When hops are harvested in early September, most are dried and stored for use throughout the year.
A beer's hop flavor can't get any fresher than a wet-hopped beer like this one, brewed with hops used within 48 hours of harvesting. The hops and barley used in Sierra Nevada's Estate Homegrown Ale are indeed grown on the grounds of its brewery in Chico, California, making it truly local and one of the few estate-made ales in the world. The 6.7 percent ABV American IPA is also certified organic with both the USDA and Oregon Tilth, the highest level of organic certification available. This ale shouts out earthy, grapefruit-like flavors as well as spicy aromas, mild malty sweetness and toasted nuances.