Estate Homegrown Wet Hop Ale

VERY robust bottle with annoying wax over the cap. Quite an effort to get into it. $9.99 for the bottle, NOT good value.
Nice light amber pour with a smallish head but it does produce a little lace. Plenty of citrus, slightly onion-based aromas. Tastes are clean, obviously nicely hopped and straightforward but ultimately forgettable. Well balanced and refreshing, but in the end it’s simply just another hop-forward Sierra Nevada beer and not much else. In that respect it seems a bit pointless to produce yet another SN clone (at least from a beer and brewing point of view) but perhaps makes a lot more sense from a marketing and profit point of view. Some light spice in the hops and it finishes a little on the dry side.
There are some floral, grassy notes in there too, and overall it does “feel” somewhat organic, but not it a really significant, specific or even replicable way.
Ultimately fine, but no more than a typical SN beer, but at the same time the beer does not feel (or taste) significantly different than a bunch of their other fresh/wet/hop-forward beers, and in that respect is horrible value at the price point that it seems to command – maybe the $4-5 worth of wax on each bottle send the price up!?

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10/30/2010
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bottle
ABV: 6.7 %
Appearance: 3.5
Taste: 3.5
Mouthfeel: 3.5
Smell: 3.5
Overall: 3.5
Total: 3.5
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