Estate Homegrown Wet Hop Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by magictacosinus:
4.18/5 rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured out of a 500ml bottle into a tulip glass. No freshness date, but knowing the story behind this beer, this should most likely be consumed as fresh as possible!
Pours a surprisingly darkened amber reddish color, complete with an enormous frothy head, filled with delightful soapy like bubbles and a semi elegant stream of carbonation ascending from the bottom part of the glass. The head never seems to truly die down, especially when I got the dregs poured in. Lacing abounds on the sides of the glass, giving the impression that this is near homebrew quality and freshness.
The aroma is definitely not as hoppy as I expected... Although there is an undeniable orange peel, lemon rind flavor that immediately hits the nostrils, it's coated with subtle phenols of all kinds, which range from light fruit yeasty notes resembling white peaches and tangerines. It's kind of grassy and definitely has a "wet" smell similar to farmhouse ales, but it's definitely all pretty blended together without being too overpowering. There's also a strongish alcohol backdrop underneath all this, but it's not enough to notice until it warms up.
The flavor consists of an initial hoppy, wet grassy flavor that curls up in the palate, but then descends into a smooth, malty finish that resembles earthy notes, as well as slight hints of caramel and sugar. To me, this is like SN's pale ale with an extra kick, and far, far fresher hops. The orange/lemon peel flavor is fantastic here, and everything tastes fantastically fresh. The malty flavors seem to become more prominent as it warms itself, but it's still loaded with hop oil here and there. The creaminess of the beer's head make it quite easy to drink, and well as perpetually juicy no matter how slowly it is taken in. What perplexes me is how dry of a flavor this has while maintaining a crisp, wet feel in body. How are they doing this? Very experimental.
To me, this beer continues the wonderful trend that so many of these gargantuan micro-breweries (excuse the oxymoron) have recently taken in wanting to bring fresher hop-focused beers in mass production. There's an extra cost, but it's worth it. This makes me envision what the head brewers at SN drink as their personal fresh batch every week, and it's beautiful. This may not be as enlightening as Stone's Enjoy By or a 2-day old batch of Pliny, but it was indeed delicious. A crowd pleaser for sure, whether among non-beer fans or connoisseurs .
Serving type: bottle
12-27-2012 09:14:13 | More by magictacosinus
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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
4.88/5 rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
1pt. 9.4 fl. oz's. bottle with green wax cover
Amber and gold color, bright and clear look. A massive, chunky mountain of sea-foam caps off the liquid in grand style. wicked sticky, clumpy lace sticks all around the glass.
Robust, complex hop aroma! Citrus tingle, earthiness, tangy, wild, fresh and exciting. Malty-sweet in the back ground.
Well, it's a wet-hop bomb! Fresh, complex hop flavor's, some of the very best i'e ever experienced. These guys are the masters of the cascade hop, and as usual the blend and balance of flavor's is a work of art. Organic barley, malt and hops, wet-hopped, ultra fresh in flavor. Sublime.
This beer really brings it in the hop department. A masterful work of one of the grandest, American styles, the IPA.
Serving type: bottle
12-11-2013 03:30:37 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
Estate Homegrown Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,038 ratings.