American Beers: Sierra Nevada Estate

Sierra Nevada Again? Estate Homegrown Ale marks the intersection of two beery trends: wet hopped and estate grown. Wet hopped beers make for a special seasonal treat, with extra grassy floral notes. Estate grown beers are a way for (usually bigger) players to talk about terroir and the mystique of place.

Here goes:

Why we bought it – We had a great wet hopped Citra IPA the other day., and have been on the lookout for more wet hopped beers.

Why we like it – It reminds us of our memory of Celebration back in the day, plus the extra special fresh hop notes. It is a little sweet, with enough malt complexity to balance the assertive citrus, grass and floral notes from the hops. A lingering bitterness completes the package. It is contemplative, and very drinkable.

Bonus – Growing your own ingredients is pretty cool marketing, and plays to sustainable and local – though when it’s bottled and shipped a thousand kilometres away, not so much.

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About Fritz and Maria

Fritz and Maria have been living, drinking and brewing together for over 20 years. As beer commentators and educators they strive to create a beerocracy where people exercise their palates by voting for quality in the marketplace. Their interests include the personalities, business, and culture of craft beer worldwide. As distillers for Rough Hands, they loved being at the place where magic meets science. Fritz and Maria can be found speaking at beery events, holding guided tastings, judging competitions.

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