Found this beer at the local IGA. They like to buy craft beer but apparently the masses in Mechanic Falls, ME do not enjoy it as much as they do so I can usually find some odd and old beers in their cooler. This is the 2011 version of Sierra Nevada’s Estate Homegrown Wet Hop Ale. Unfortunately this is a beer that should be enjoyed fresh but when I say the beautiful bottle with wax dipped cap I had to try it.
I have no idea what this beer would have tasted like last year but I assume it would have been much better than 1+ year on the shelf. I was encouraged by the pour as you can see it had a thick head with plenty of carbonation. No issues with the beer going flat but I am sure it lost something. Aroma was OK with some hops still present but nothing too exciting. Taste is where this one really seemed old. Very soapy taste and feel with the only positive thing being the sweet malts.
Overall this was probably a very good beer last year but not the variety that should be sitting around for a year. Will keep an eye out for a fresh bottle and update the post if I am able to score one.
Alcohol Content: 6.7% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Brewers Website: Sierra Nevada
Brewers Description: Here in the sun-drenched fields of California’s North Valley, the black soil is rich with promise. In winter, rows of barley seed are laid in the freshly tilled dirt. In spring, trellises are set for hops.
From our fields comes a remarkable homegrown ale, made with organic wet hops and barley grown at our brewery here in Chico and one of the few estate-made ales produced anywhere in the world!
This Estate Ale is rich with the flavors of the valley—featuring hops with earthy, grapefruit-like flavors and layered spicy aromas and barley with mild sweetness and smooth, toasted flavors. Together, these crops grow alongside the brewery to make a truly unique brew.