Estate Homegrown Wet Hop Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,289
Reviews: 542
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.92%
Wants: 64
Gots: 139 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-04-2010

"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."
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Reviews by ectomorph:
Photo of ectomorph
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber with the wax dip to seal in the hops goodness. Great artwork and description on the label. Served in a large The Bruery tulip.

A - Gorgeous deep copper body, crystal clear with lively carbonation rising from the bottom. Frothy 2 finger off white head, great retention with excellent sticky patches of lace.

S - Big wet grass impression initially. Pine resin, grapefruit, with a hint of lemon zest. Some bread notes from the malt with a very clean fermentation. No fruity or yeast character noted.

T - Solid upfront bitterness but not overpowering. Balanced in this area by good malt sweetness of caramel and fresh toffee. Lots of hops in the flavor and finish. Pine and spruce with bitter orange and loads of fresh cut grass. Again, very clean with zero yeast esters or flavor.

M - Medium to light bodied, great carbonation scrubs the palate, dry and not slick with a crisp finish.

D - High. As I reviewed this one, I noticed my sips were huge and frequent even for me. Not something you see in the bulk of today's American IPA's.

More User Reviews:
Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
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

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!

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.08/5  rDev -1%
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!

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.38/5  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.

Photo of generallee
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of molinasj
4.8/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
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

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of bsp77
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of kingcrowing
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Photo of dogfishandi
4.7/5  rDev +14.1%
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!

Photo of ehammond1
3.76/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Photo of MattyG85
4.41/5  rDev +7%
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.

Photo of Mantooth
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Photo of TKEbeerman
3.71/5  rDev -10%
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.

Photo of ThreeDimesDown
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.08/5  rDev -1%
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. ..


Photo of WVbeergeek
5/5  rDev +21.4%
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.

Photo of DanielDomigan
3.52/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

i love sierra nevada they brew really great beers. i was surprised to come across this brew.

the bottle comes with a thick green wax layer over the cap to ensure total freshness

murky burnt orange in color with a finger ov white head leaves minor lacing along glass.

very slight citrus smell.

probably one of the freshest beers iv ever tasted. a very hoppy yet smooth backbone a slight sweetness from malts through out. and a strong bitterness left on the pallet.

a little runny and slightly sticky very fine carbonation

overall a very nice brew. im looking forward to getting ahold ov there DevESTATEtion even more now.

Photo of LXIXME
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a coppery golden color beneath a big off white biscuity head. The head very slowly recedes leaving a nice lacing with good retention.

The aroma is a non overbearing citrus wet hop with slight hints of some sweet floras in the background.

The taste is right inline with the aroma, nice wet hops with some citrus, light wet grasses with a very light lemony sweetness finish. Leaving a light citrus sweet and quite dry aftertaste.

A good IPA but one can find IPA's of similar tastes for quite a bit less but still worth getting a bottle or two of these.

Photo of CloudStrife
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25.4 oz wax sealed bottle poured into a snifter. Green wax, 2012 on the back label.

A: Pours a crystal clear amber with a dense 2 finger white head. Leaves a lot of lacing as it spends a few minutes dissipating. Not too much visible carbonation. Looks very nice throughout both glasses.

S: A real earthy aroma of hop and spicy malt. Can get grapefruit as well as a skunkiness from the hop. A bready malt aroma with some toastiness.

T: A very balanced and authentic tasting IPA. Doesn't blow you away with crazy hop, but instead as a well balanced and pure tasting ale. Still has the patented Sierra Nevada taste to it, guessing from the yeast as it has a hint of spice.

M: Light to medium on the palate with average carbonation. Maybe a hint sticky on the mouth but nothing that offends.

Overall I am impressed. Been avoiding it for the last few years due to its price tag but glad I spent the extra few bucks. Authentic organic taste and a real pure flavor.

Photo of rdilauro
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have become a big fan of Sierra Nevada brews. I've tasted so many of their different types and I have yet to be disappointed.

This one poured a golden amber hue. The head was frothy and a semi white beige which never faltered. I let one of my pours sit for about 10 minutes and it still had a pretty good size head.

The aroma was pleasant, enjoyable, but nothing that came across with strong bouquet. I did smell the typical grapefruit citrus aroma of any good IPA. I am still intrigued by the term
Wet Hop Ale... I've had a number of Dry Hop Ale, so comparing this was fun.

The taste was big full and very smooth. Not sure of the IBU's in this one, but my tongue's reaction to some of the bitterness was overshadowed by its fullness.

I really enjoyed this 2011 beer.

Photo of Haightfulbrew
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour – Medium copper, clean and clear, with two fingers of dense, resilient foam that fights back throughout. Steady carbonation rising. Lacing from top to bottom.

Nose – Ripe citrus and grapefruit on the hop side, and quite grassy. Biscuity, bready, and some honey. Bit of pine also.

Taste - Big upfront hop bitterness matches up with the nose. Grapefruit rind, caramel, and white pepper. Hits some nice sweet notes in the middle, then back into a lemony hop finish. Very subtle spice in the end as it warms up.

Mouth – Light on the carbonation, medium, creamy body, and a bit chewy. Finishes up dry and sprightly.

Overall – Nice bottle of beer. Easy to drink, but tough to slam. Goes through a great spectrum as it warms. Definitely worth a try.

Photo of lnashsig
3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada Estate Homegrown Ale- bottle presumably fresh, opened 10-25-11. After I got the wax off of the cap, opened and poured into my brooklyn tulip glass. Pours a dark orange/brown transparent color. Really thick cloudy head fills the glass, and recedes slowly leaving sticky lacing all over the glass. What I love to see in an IPA! Smell- a bisquity, citrus, floral aroma. Not overpowering, but definitely some nice earthy hops aroma is there. Taste- orange, lemon, and a hoppy oily flavor at the back of my throat that I am having a hard time pinpointing- is it gingerbread? Seems wierd, I know, but something with the spicy hop flavors imparts an almost cinnamon bready flavor with me. Its really a nice beer- you can't call this an IPA- its very very different. So incredibly drinkable- no ABV present at all. Others complained about the price of this bottle. It is a unique, interesting, and delicious beer, and I am glad to have bought it.

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Estate Homegrown Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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