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Estate Homegrown Wet Hop Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,054
Reviews: 505
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 50
Gots: 74 | 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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Reviews by bbkd3b:
Photo of bbkd3b
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my "Happy Thanksgiving" brews and probably the one I'm most excited to try. Heard very good things from the employee about this ale.

LOOK: Clear, copper tone hits the glass. BIG, frothy cream head rests on top, lingers longer than a Cranberries song (sorry) and cakes the sides of the glass with lace. VERY nice looking beer, for sure.

SMELL: Citrus/hop bomb, which is exactly what it should be. Sort of reminds me of the beach in summer. Wheat bread and that odd, handsoap-like scent that some Sierra Nevada beers have make up the second layer. Aside from that last one, it's just a welcoming scent.

TASTE/MOUTHFEEL: Medium body. This sucker is FRESH, wit the hops just exploding on to the tongue. Citrus and grassy flavors lay the taste buds to waste while the carbonation prickles through my mouth. Cereal and grains round off the flavor before leaving the mouth with a great, bitter finish. Nice stuff. Well done!

OVERALL/NOTES: Boo-ya! Tough call between this and Northern Hemisphere as to my favorite, but regardless, Sierra Nevada has some awesome IPAs. This will have to be an annual thing for me. Worth seeking out, and worth the $9.99 price tag by a long shot!

bbkd3b, Nov 23, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
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 orbitalr0x
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
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 +2.2%

danthehopslamman, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
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 -9.9%

DWolf, May 07, 2012
Photo of generallee
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
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 +16.1%
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
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

iemailjack, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
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 -3.8%
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 bsp77
4.2/5  rDev +1%
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
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

jaminjohnson, Jul 05, 2012
Photo of kingcrowing
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
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
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

mjtiernan, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of xdefeatsy
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

xdefeatsy, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of virinow
5/5  rDev +20.2%

virinow, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of dogfishandi
4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
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 -9.9%
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
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

RyanPS, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of Mantooth
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
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
Photo of TKEbeerman
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into my pint glass this brew pours a pumpkin orange with a 3 finger thick, fluffy head with a little orange tint to it. This brew is laying down the best lace I've seen (tied with FFF Dreadnaught). Wonderful.

S: The aroma is lacking complexity and power that I love in an IPA. This brew is very earthy and toasty. Biscuit and roasted malt shine through. A little pinny hoppyness is present.

T: The flavor is very disappointing, however this is still a solid beer. Drinking more like a pale ale, the hops are very attenuated....and this brew is fresh. Very earthy, with tons of pale malt, and a little caramel malt. Hops add a little citrus peel and pine to the flavor notes.

MF/D: Both mouthfeel and drink are right where they should be.

Overall, this brew tastes organic....very earth-like, but missing a fresh hop flavor/aroma that I would love to have seen.

TKEbeerman, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of ThreeDimesDown
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear burnt-orange with a three finger thick, fluffy off-white head that leaves behind some really nice layers of lacing. Really nice looking beer.

Nice hop aromas: floral, citrus, pine, and grass. Toasty and light caramel malts create a subtle base.

Taste follows the aroma with different levels of hops that play well together. Floral hops up front with an even grapefruit citrus. Biscuity malts steady the brew. Slight acetyl and a bitter aftertaste.

Medium mouthfeel with crisp, active carbonation. Slightly creamy and a slight dryness at the end.

A nice brew by SN. Good earthy tones.

ThreeDimesDown, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

That good ole orange and copper appearance you love to see in an ipa. Aroma, earthy hops, the standard chinook and cascade.

Taste, actually nice and mellow, not gigantic bitterness, just your standard hoppy SN beer that they put on the map. A little bit of every kind of the typical hop flavors, citrus, pine, grapefruit, perfectly balanced together.

I'd say this 2010 version is the best yet of the estate harvest series. A neat little treat, sure its a little more expensive, but this isn't exactly trying to put itself out there as anyones everyday go to IPA, just a little treat, neatly done and takes the think globally act locally mantra to heart and for once, in practice. A good example of everything Sierra Nevada stands for: quality, sustainability, organic, local, hoppy etc. ..


Beerandraiderfan, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of WVbeergeek
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Excellent packaging, I actually had a couple bottles of last years version recently that held up exceptionally well possibly even better than they were fresh. The new 25.4 ounce bottle green wax seal adds a finishing touch. Copper amber crystal clear no haze, large foaming head rises above the rim of my pint glass. Head is light beige in color and lacing really coats the sides of my glass.

Aroma may be the best part perfect floral citric notes bound out of my glass into my nares, underlying malt base adds hints of fresh baked bread and caramelized sugars. This smells of fresh hops it's just green a bit of chlorophyll liveliness without excess vegetable or harsh accents.

Flavors simply excellent the best harvest ale I've had in years it's green with fresh hops, perfect blend of malt and hop interplay. Assertive west coast citrus/floral/a touch of earthiness. This is excellence, they weren't supposed to master the Estate ale on their second release, but they did.

Mouthfeel is resinous lively carbonation, with hop oils gliding across the palate. Stand up medium bodied ale brings it with each sip, I just had one of the most sought after West Coast IPAs yesterday and this competes and in it own right beats that heavily hyped beer. I haven't heard much buzz about this year's release and after last year's I was a bit pessimistic. I'm so glad I picked it up price range isn't bad 8 to 11 bucks locally I will find more this stuff is heroic.

Drinkability reaches a plateau of perfection other beers especially USDA organic ales are going to strive to compete with this. Ken Grossman and company have done it, they are a staple forever within the beer industry forget about the "craft" beer industry these guys have made it. So easy and enticing to drinking between sips you want another one it makes you feel good.

WVbeergeek, Oct 30, 2010
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Estate Homegrown Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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