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October 22, 2010
Sierra Nevada Estate Ale - An Organic Venture
In the last year and a half or so, I've attempted to change my eating habits to that of an "organic when possible" philosophy. Granted, its near impossible to eat 100% organic, but it feels good to try. Plus, a good majority of the time it tastes better! One thing that I haven't been able to go organic with is beer. Yes, there are some great organic brands out there. Wolaver's and Peak Organic are fine examples of organic brews, but they are quite limited and sometimes hard to find. That's where craft brewing giant Sierra Nevada comes in.
Its no secret that Sierra Nevada is a successful company. It was one of the pioneers of the craft movement and nowadays many bars carry (at the very least) the staple Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. But when the brewery located in Chico, California, began growing its own grains and hops on its land, it was a no-brainer to attempt to make the first ever fully sustainable organic ale. And it works...well.
Sierra Nevada Estate is a Wet-Hop Ale weighing in at 6.7% ABV. It was purchased from Whole Foods Bowery Beer Room for a reasonable $9.99. In the interest of full disclosure, I must admit that adding a green wax to the top of the bottle is alluring in and of itself (and is reminiscent of this year's incarnation of Three Floyds Dark Lord). It pours a very clear copper color with about 2 fingers worth of head that lingers around quite a bit. Once you get your nose into the glass you'll notice malty sweetness and a grapefruit citrus aroma. This one drinks bitter, but not overly hoppy. I'd almost like to see a little more in the way of hoppyness here as there isn't as much citrus in the taste as there is the aroma.
Overall, this beer reminds me a bit of a less-hoppy version of another Sierra Nevada brew: Torpedo. But you can purchase this and feel good about yourself for choosing something sustainable and organic yet also very tasty.