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Estate Homegrown Wet Hop Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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1,157 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,157
Reviews: 519
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 54
Gots: 97 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
"Taste fresh-from-the-field flavors with this handmade, homegrown, and completely natural ale. Made with organic wet hops and barley grown at our brewery in Chico, this remarkable ale is the only one of its kind."

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-04-2010)
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Ratings: 1,157 | Reviews: 519 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Mic-Lee:
Photo of Mic-Lee
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Deep, ruby red amber color; transparent. Nice creamy thick head, excellent lacing. Great appearance. Smells hoppy. Flavors are of caramel, dark fruit. Nice creamy mouthfeel, robust and satisfying without being too heavy. Hops are piney and citrusy. Well balanced. Light bitterness. Alcohol is well hidden. Lighter carbonation.

Overall: Excellent mouthfeel and depth of flavor. The creaminess and deliciousness of this brew is exceptional. Well balanced and high marks for the appearance, smell and lacing. Highly recommended.

Mic-Lee, Nov 20, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bomber into a mini-snifter.

Typical beauty from SN appearance-wise, with a thick, blanket-like, cream-colored head a finger and a half thick. It takes its sweet time in receding. Lace is abundant and forms a bubbly, sticky layer over the body. As for the body, it's a beautiful dark amber color with a nice glow to it, plus perfect clarity and slight trickling carbonation. 4.5

As is common with SN beers (for me at least) there's a pungent sweet floral aroma that first reachers the nose. Piney, resinous hops trail behind. As usual, I like the aroma here, but it's not as colorful or broad in aromas as other big time IPAs. 4

This is incredibly resinous, earthy, and pungent, especially about mid-palate when the flavor seems, feels and tastes to me like I'm drinking an IPA with whole hop cones floating in it. Now that I'm able to at least slightly articulate what the hops are like, I'm able to recognize a toasty malt flavor with a tinge of caramel. 4

Lot of different sensations my tongue is feeling: spice from the hops, an oil-like quality weaving through, followed by an intense, super intense, bitterness. This beer is bitter And it lingers with some dryness that really are hard to ignore. 4

This beer is not for the faint of heart. It's not for those tasting their first IPA. All the hop heads that complain about a beer not being bitter enough should give this a spin. It's sure to satisfy. 4

ONovoMexicano, Oct 30, 2014
Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a rich brilliant bronze into a imperial nonic with a large sticky slight off white head that left globs of lace as it settles oh so slowly into a frothy mass.Big citric and floral hop aromas over top of a real noticeable caramel/biscuit malt base.Flavors burst with earthy and citric fresh hops,again the caramel base is big and holds up well to the hops.This is a nice beer,fresh hop goodness,not the most complex but highly drinkable.

Go Blue,beat Sparty!

oberon, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of woodchipper
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

woodchipper, Sunday at 09:01 PM
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours into my glass a nice bright red/orange with great clarity and a creamy two fingers of bubbly white foam that leaves patchwork lacing across the glass. Aromas of citric, grapefruit hops leads the way, bright, oily and green. Bountiful malts that are semi sweet with caramel accents. There's a bit of an earthy quality here as well, slightly toasted. Nice!

First sip brings smooth crisp malts upfront with hints of caramel and fruits. Flows into a nice deal of citric, grapefruit hops with an earthy green twist. Well balanced with a good bitterness on the way down and a touch of spiciness. Slightly toasted. Good brew!

Mouthfeel is velvety smooth with spot on carbonation. Creamy and easy to drink. A refreshing, tasty, well balanced IPA. Cheers to Sierra Nevada for the love and hard work that went into this bottle. From the hops and barley in their fields to the brew house and now my glass, this is a rey!ally unique brew that I'm glad to support and enjoy!

orbitalr0x, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of danthehopslamman
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

danthehopslamman, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really liked this beer.
Bomber poured into a pint glass. Amber color, fairly thin tan head that lasted throughout. Good lacing.
Citrus aroma, also floral/outdoors. Kind of peppery.
Big hit of grapefruit, a bit of resinous pine. Still a little peppery. All against a strong malt background.
I really liked the balance of this beer: hops up front, then malt. It worked really well for me, despite the toughest wax I've ever come across.

lordofthewiens, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of DWolf
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

DWolf, May 07, 2012
Photo of generallee
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 24oz bottle into a pint glass. This was originally reviewed and noted in 2009.

Appearance: It foams a tall light beige and rocky foam head after the pour. This hangs on well and maintains a nice cap on top of a deep amber colored beer with good clarity and some visible carbonation.

Smell: The aroma is full of heavy pine, citrus and herbal hop notes on top of modest bready malt base.

Taste: For Sierra Nevada and compared to there other fresh hop ales this one seemed quite light on hop flavor and bitterness. Still it was quite good and hop forward. Pine and citrus notes hit the tongue first. The middle reveals the mild bready malt base and then moves to an average herbal hop bitter fade into the finish. Its palate has a middle of the road feel with medium balanced carbonation.

Notes: Overall flavor and drinkability are very good but at over $9.00 I'm not going back seconds.

generallee, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of molinasj
4.83/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Short and sweet - This beer was a GREAT drink! It smelled a little hoppy and thought it was going to be really overwhelming but it end up being really smooth. I got at great head after pouring into a glass with a nice carmel color. Great beer I wish I bought more.

molinasj, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of iemailjack
5/5  rDev +20.8%

iemailjack, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber bottle, $11.99 at Peekskill Beer and soda, Peekskill, NY.

Pours darker amber, with a slight red/golden hue. Oatmeal head, stays forever, leaes a thick film, ample collar and ungodly amount of quality looking fine lace.

Hopped up nose, grapefruit and resins.

Yummy stuff, full flavor, fairly balanced. Maple, caramel malt layers provide a well developed base here, fresh tasting but not overly bold, grapefruity hops add the bite and spice.

Enjoyable, clearly high quality brew from SN

Billolick, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an amber color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of grassy hops with some citrus and bread notes. The beer is very grassy, which is what I have come to expect from well-done wet hop beers. The flavor is dominated by the grassy hops and bready malt. I also get some orange from the hops. The bitterness is pretty low for an American IPA. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Nov 16, 2010
Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -27.5%

olradetbalder, Nov 17, 2014
Photo of bsp77
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I reviewed this on November 6th, 2010, but it was mistakenly for the old Estate. So I moved the review to here.

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Clear, bright amber with thick, foamy and sticky head and great lacing.

Smell: Dry, almost tart, grapefruit, apricot and pine. Very spicy and aromatic, with just a touch of toasted malts.

Taste: Extremely fresh grapefruit, citrus, pine and spicy hops. Nice toasted malts provide balance but this is truly all about the wet hops, especially on the long bitter finish.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, slightly too thin body for the style but fairly creamy. Very dry finish.

Drinkability: Overall, an extremely fresh and drinkable Wet Hop IPA. The body (and flavor to a certain extent) is just slightly too thin, but otherwise fantastic.

bsp77, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of jaminjohnson
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

jaminjohnson, Jul 05, 2012
Photo of kingcrowing
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml green waxed bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a nice deep amber color with a nice small white head. Nose is hoppy and sweet, very nice.

Taste is super well balanced, nice floral hope notes as well as some smooth caramel maltiness. Mouthfeel is full and rich. Very drinkable.

kingcrowing, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of mjtiernan
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

mjtiernan, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of xdefeatsy
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

xdefeatsy, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of virinow
5/5  rDev +20.8%

virinow, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of dogfishandi
4.72/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1pint 9.4 fl. oz (slightly bigger than a 22oz.) waxed and capped bottle pulled from fridge about 15 minutes before i cracked it open. poured into a standard pint glass. no freshness date.

pours out a beautiful orange/ copper/ red color with a big 3 fingers of light biege colored creamy head. great retention and lots of sticky lace.

lots of dank skunky(in a hoppy good way)fresh hops in the aroma. full of oils and resins. definatly the best smelling wet hop ale ive ever laid my nose over. smells just like freshly picked piney, citrus hops. very light bready and caramel malt in the background.

mmm... lots of dank, resinous fresh hops in the taste as well, but still nicely balanced. hop flavors of pellet hops, lots of pine, and grapefruit citrus. caramel and bready malts balance almost perfectly. light sweetness from the malts. nice bitterness, but nothing over the top. an incredible tasting ipa...very fresh.

medium bodied, perfect feeling carbonation. goes down very nice, easy, and smooth.

drinkability is so great. i really wish this was cheaper because i could drink this all day. definatly one of the better ipas ive ever tasted. im definatly going to try to get some more of this before its gone. very highly recommended!

dogfishandi, Nov 15, 2010
Photo of ehammond1
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011)

Lone Hill Liquors
Glendale, CA

A beautiful dark auburn, nearly brown, with gold edges. Huge, pillowy, fluffy yet persistent off-white head and the most amazing, sticking, chunky lacing down the glass you can imagine.

A very sweet aroma, consisting of lots of caramel and crystal malts and some pine and mild citrus hops. There is a slight aroma of alcohol sting as well, which is unfortunate.

A decidedly bitter and sweet IPA with a lot of piney flavored hop character and sweet, bready, and even spicy malt character. Interesting, though I personally wish it was a bit more hop-forward.

Medium to thick mouthfeel. Sierra Nevada wins here always!

A good IPA, and one I've seen grow from seed, to vine, to flower, to bottle, to glass, (literally), though I can find much better IPAs for far cheaper.

ehammond1, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of MattyG85
4.41/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a chalice. 2014 bottle.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Huge four finger off white head with good retention. Leaves a lot of lacing.

Smell: An earthy, fruity, and spicy hop forward aroma with hints of citrus, grass, and pine. Upfront scent of earthy and floral hops with dank hints of grass and spicy pine resin. Citrus hop hints of grapefruit, lemon, orange peel, tangerine, and melon. Solid malt backing with sweet hints of caramel, biscuit, grains, and yeast. A very good earthy aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a ripe, bitter, earthy, spicy, and fruity hop driven taste with notes of pine, grass, and citrus. Floral and earthy hop presence with strong notes of pine resin and fresh cut grass. Citrus notes of grapefruit, orange peel, tangerine, lemon, and melon. Good backing presence of pale malt with notes of caramel, grains, biscuit, and yeast. Nicely bitter and juicy. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Oily, juicy, and pretty drying. Somewhat chewy.

Overall: Another very good hoppy ale from Sierra Nevada. Good mix of earthy and juicy hop flavors with a solid caramel malt backing.

MattyG85, Yesterday at 05:39 AM
Photo of RyanPS
5/5  rDev +20.8%

RyanPS, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of Mantooth
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber with a beautiful label and wax dipped cap.

A: Hazy orange in the glass with a head that won't stop & thick lacing throughout.

S: FLORAL. The hops hit my nose the second I pried the lid off the bottle. Also: pine, dark soil, malt, earthy.

T: Incredible. Grapefruit/semi-sweet citrus, pine, malt, caramel, toffee.

M: Chewy & oily & bright (oh my!).

O: From the packaging to every aspect of the beer itself, a wonderful and surprisingly complex ale. Easily one of the more memorable brews I've had of late.

Mantooth, Jan 29, 2012
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Estate Homegrown Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,157 ratings.