Tasting: February 15, 2014
Style: IPA (Black)
Beer #: 518
Each year, Sierra Nevada produces an ale called Estate which is made solely from ingredients grown on their own land (or estate). Apparently, weather related issues this past year led to a poor harvest of barley and the brewery was forced to either scrap it or alter their plan. They opted for the latter and produced what they bill the antithesis to Estate – a black India pale ale called DevESTATEion. The brewery still used their own wet (undried) hops and the DevESTATEion label and wax-dipped neck of this bomber resemble their past Estate offerings. It also checks in at the same 6.7 % alcohol by volume and once again carries the organic seal.
I’m pouring DevESTATEion in the midst of another snow storm – our fourth storm in just a dozen days. We’ve amassed a couple feet of snow and the local devastation is of roof collapses at a number of local businesses. I went to Target in Riverdale earlier today only to see that the store was closed as a precaution – surprising considering the building is probably less than ten years old. The forecast was calling for warm temperatures early next week. But now I see a deteriorating forecast for Tuesday. You know how that goes. The only thing that makes cabin fever tolerable is a chance to try a new beer. So let’s slice into one…
DevESTATEion pours a cola brown and intially it offers a wisp of roasted grain that gives way to a very pleasant lemon in the mid palate. Finishes with a moderate bitterness. Some bread, herbal earthiness and a tad bit of caramel. A little thin but all in all DevESTATEion is an enjoyable beer. I had the 2011 version of Estate at 85 points. I’ll put DevESTATEion a couple ticks ahead at 87.