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Estate Homegrown Wet Hop Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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1,039 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,039
Reviews: 503
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 46
Gots: 64 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

"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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SkeeterHawk

Texas

3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a pretty hazy burnt orange color with a small 1/4" head of light tan bubbles. The bubbles are pretty small, and though there are a few bubbles noticeably rising, they aren't sticking once they get there, so the head reduces to a ring where the beer meets the glass within about 3-040 seconds. That ring is staying put, and there is already a little bit of lace on the glass where the head fell.

Aroma: I initially got lots of fresh hops with citrus and light pine being the most noticeable components after the pour. As the beer sits a little, the pine is lightening up and the citrus is being a bigger player in the aroma. The hops are really green smelling and almost have a minty quality that is a little unusual for me.

Taste: The hops are the most noticeable thing in the beginning of the flavor profile giving some citrus and the same mint that I got in the aroma, but the body of this beer is a little thin and the carbonation is a little low, so it pretty quickly gets a little watery during the middle of the sip. There is some nice caramel malt that you get to taste while the hops are finding their place in the flavor, and then you get a pretty firm dose of bittering hops to lead you to the finish. The bitterness is the one in charge of the finish. The alcohol isn't really noticeable in the flavor, but after half the beer, I am feeling warmer, so it is in there. The body is medium to light with the light carbonation being a pretty big contributor to that palate sensation.

Opinion: This is a pretty good beer, and I applaud Sierra Nevada for making an estate-produced beer. I imagine that all of us as brewers have thought about what it would be like if you had complete control of your ingredients. They have done that at SN, and that is a beautiful thing. That said, this beer is pretty good, but when you put it up against other beers that use commercial ingredients in this style, it falls short a little. I would recommend that you try this beer anyway, just to show your support for a brewery willing to do it all themselves.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 00:25:17 | More by SkeeterHawk
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Estate Homegrown Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,039 ratings.