Estate Homegrown Wet Hop Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by JaredKent:
4.35/5 rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Appearance: A nice head on the initial pour, approximately one fingers worth. The residual head is amazing. A nice "crema", for lack of a better word, throughout the entire tasting. This poured a dark amber with a hint of red. Anywhere between a 16 and 18 SRM.
Scent: Immediately the first thing you get is a punch of hops. Both floral and citrus aromas from the hops; very inviting. There is a level of freshness coming from the hops that isn't quite present in all IPAs, in this case I believe it is coming from the use of wet hops. Though the hops are prominent no IPA is complete without a maltiness to balance it out. Underneath the hops are aromas of caramel and pale malt sweetness. Very well balanced.
Taste: Once again the hops are the star player. I dont get as much citrus coming through, but I still get the floral notes with a hint of pine. I think the malt is a background player on the flavor. It's not as prominent, but works wonderfully to push the hops to the forefront. A hint of bitterness on the finish from the hops, not an overpowering bitterness though. This is a smooth bitterness that crawls in at the very end to remind you that it's there.
Mouthfeel: I would say that this is a well-balanced, medium bodied beer. The carbonation is perfect and the body perfectly compliments the flavors being conveyed to your mouth.
Overall: I've been on a bit of a malt kick for the past 6 months. Drinking strong, malty Belgians mostly. I was craving something hoppy and this really hit the spot. Maybe it was my deprivation of hops, but this really hit the spot. The wet-hopping added a freshness to the beer that I haven't seen in too many IPAs. Very well-balanced, the malt and hops play very nicely with each other.
Serving type: bottle
01-16-2012 03:00:51 | More by JaredKent
More User Reviews:
4.9/5 rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
Cracked this open on a wonderful summer night a few days back! Golden, Hoppy, Fresh, perfectly balanced! Foamy, creamy head! Year 2011. Aging in my fridge. Loved drinking, but sad, I will not be able to find this beer again. It was perfect! If I find this beer, anywhere, it will go home with me! Even, my friend liked it and he is a stout man.
Serving type: bottle
06-15-2014 15:14:38 | More by Jaunty
Estate Homegrown Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,040 ratings.