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Estate Homegrown Wet Hop Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Estate Homegrown Wet Hop AleEstate Homegrown Wet Hop Ale

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Ratings: 1,050
Reviews: 505
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 48
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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5/5  rDev +20.2%

SteelCityHops89, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of Johnnyfacelift
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The first thing I notice with this brew is the rich fresh hop aroma! It's not overpowering or really in your face, just a subtle, beautiful and full, flowery aroma. This brew is a nice golden color with a bit of a haze, maybe from the hops or less filtering, not really sure but it looks tasty. And speaking of taste, great balance. You get a strong malt backbone with wonderful bitterness and the fresh hop taste keeps you coming back for more. There's a nice foamy head that travels down the glass as you drink and certainly leaves its mark behind. That bitterness sticks behind in the roof and back of your mouth while the malt flavor lingers on the tongue. If you can't tell, I love this beer. I've been waiting to drink this one and am psyched that its been worth the wait... drink it fresh though, that's the whole point! Cheers!

Johnnyfacelift, Oct 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

photomike, Dec 15, 2011
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kdpark, Dec 06, 2011
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

MasterMustace, Nov 16, 2011
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

rab53, Dec 07, 2011
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

whallgren, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of lsummers
4.99/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've had this many times now, and I look forward to it each year. It really is great when fresh.

Poured out of a bottle, it has a bright caramel orange color, not quite see through. Two finger head that leaves some great lacing.

Smells of caramel grassy and grapefruit hops. A slight hint of sweet toasty maple from the malts.

Taste hits first with the sweet bitter caramel with grassy/grapefruit notes. The flavor sticks the entire way through and ends on a more slightly burnt malt note. Still it's an ipa, so the malts are subdued when compared to the hops. But the sweet characters come through.

Mouthfeel is perfectly balanced with some great mild carbonation ending with a more viscus note that pairs well with the ending malty sweetness.

Overall, This is and will continue to be one of my favorite seasonal ipa's. It's perfectly balanced for my tastes and qualities I like in a beer.

lsummers, Mar 10, 2013
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4.95/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My favorite beer. One that I look forward to all year. What sets this beer apart is its 'fresh hop' taste. A true example of a well done wet hop ale. Color is clear copper with medium head retention. Strong grassy, citrusy notes. Hop bitterness falls squarely in to the IPA category but the emphasis is definitely on hop flavor over IBU's. Maltiness moderate and perfect compliment to strong citrus flavor.

blackwelma01, Dec 12, 2012
Photo of JednoPivoProsim
4.93/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 1 pt 9 fl oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottled on day 257 of 2011 (September 14 - exactly 1 month old!) 2011 vintage Estate Homegrown Ale.

Appearance: After fighting through the wax, this beer pours a light amber red with a doughy, bready, inches thick head. Tons of lacing.

Smell: Pungent citrusy hop aroma. Wet grapefruit. Fresh as a beer can smell. I could stop right here without even taking a sip and be happy I bought this beer. Magnificent!

Taste: Does anything taste better than a fresh IPA? Wow! So flavorful and light, I could drink this by the gallon. Obviously, very hoppy, but not overpowering. Mostly citrus/grapefruit.

Mouthfeel: This beer is very light. Normally I like something with a little heavier mouthfeel, but with the fresh hops, the light body is almost fitting. It lets you focus on the flavor more.

Overall: Probably the best tasting beer I have had since Celebration last year, if not better. Fresh, organic, wet hops bottled from the brewery estate grounds must make all of the difference. The fact that this was bottled 1 month prior definitely does not hurt!

JednoPivoProsim, Oct 15, 2011
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4.9/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

Jaunty, Jun 15, 2014
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4.88/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

GratefulBeerGuy, Dec 11, 2013
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4.88/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Extremely dark for an IPA. Pours a dark copper, almost bronze color. If held to a light you can almost see through, but otherwise, it's opaque. The head is a finger of white bubbles. Creamy on the edges and craterous inside. Eventually a nice lace is left behind.

Wet-hopping = God's gift to hopping. Strong scents of pine and grapefruit fill the air, a little pineapple playing in the background.

Very Pliny The Elder like. Citrus fruits and pine flood the taste buds. There's something else in there, possibly the barley that imparts a rye-like taste.

One of the few IPAs that's smooth and creamy. Faint sweetness early on, then oily pine and acidic bitter. But it's all manageable.

Overall, this thing rivals Pliny, but it's availability is greater. It's super tasty and goes down very easily. Not sure I've had any IPAs that went down as easy as this.

RickS95, Jan 07, 2013
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4.88/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A pleasant surprise to find this on tap at the Swig in Perrysburg, OHIO.

Served in a pint glass with a brilliant ruby color and creamy white lace head. Smells just straight up like sweet hops and fall. The taste of this beer is quite amazing. Very sweet and has a bitter aftertaste. The drinkability of this is incredible but at 8.50 a pint it is hard to have more. Fantastic overall.

beerhan, Nov 08, 2010
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4.88/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Copper/Amber with a nice head. Poured from a 750ml bottle with a green wax seal.

S - Smelled like a fresh Sierra Nevada. The hops kick right in but are not too overpowering in aroma.

T - Delicious. Not only did it smell like a fresh Sierra Nevada, it tasted like one too. The balance of the malt and hops were perfect. A very pure beer.

M - Light and smooth IPA.

D - This was one of the tastiest IPA's i've had. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale was my first taste of craft beer years ago and the Estate Wet Hop Ale reminds me of why I kept drinking craft beer. Pure, clean, fresh IPA here.

darthpeepee, Dec 25, 2010
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4.85/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served from a green wax sealed bomber. The packaging on this beer is phenomenal, very reminiscent of the Life and Limb collaboration.

A- Big pillowy white head rests on top of a amber gold, honey-ish colored beer. Very impressive appearance with great lacing and head retention.

S-The nose is really nice. Lots of the citrus hop scents rolling around with some sweet lime and light cereal grain toastyness. Not overpowering but really refined.

T-Big vibrant hop bitterness. Lots of tart citrus fruit and piney sweetness. A slight hint of toasted malt holds it together well. Big and aggressive yet well balanced and integrated. This strikes me as an ale that shows a level of refinement that other big hoppy beers do not have.

M-Nice amount of gas to keep it light and vibrant. Silky smooth and light on the palate.

D-This is an amazingly well balanced big beer. It somehow walks the line between sessionable and sipper perfectly.

By far the best beer I have had from Sierra Nevada and one of the top three IPA's I have had (IMHO). Nice work on this near perfect beer Sierra Nevada!

MinorThreat, Oct 27, 2010
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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
Photo of thebrood1987
4.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This smells so fresh and pure. You instantly get a smell of citrus grapefruit and some pine hops. The taste backs up those hops with the nicest toasted malt taste I've had in an IPA in a while. The toasted sweetness really makes this beer distinguished from their other high hopped ales. Not many IPA's I've had from the West Coast that give this generous amount of malt. It mixes so well with the hops. You can really tell this is organic because of how fresh it tastes. I can definitely tell the difference between a wet hop and dry hop ale now too. The wet hop ale gives you more of a forefront hop taste where the dry hop gives more of a bitterness. This still has bitterness but captures that hop flavor so well that you can lick your lips and taste it. This is definitely a style of hopping I'm not used to. I like it very much and the wet hop and toasted fresh barley tastes really just make this such a great beer. Celebration, Southern, and now Estate are my favorite beers from this brewery. California in a bottle.

thebrood1987, Nov 02, 2010
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4.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in red wine glass.

A: Deep reddish copper body with decent head with good lace traces.
S: Floral with some hay traces. Distingué traces even, as Johnny Hartman would second. There is even room for some wet wool among the floral scents.
T: Hops should really be presented the way it is in this brew, in my opinion, if they are going to be put on prominent display. The hops in this brew compared to the hops in a lot of the trendy super-hoppy stuff out there now, is like comparing the difference between an art school nude model and a stripper. You may be impressed by the stripper when she sits in your lap, but don't look in her eyes because you will see that there is no there there. There is a difference and I am glad they got it. This beer seems nuanced, attentive, and accentuating the beauty that is there in the hop plant. The many little hop bites are more seductive than one huge hop hammer blow, allowing the malts and yeast to have their say. The label says grapefruit but I do not actually get tons of citrus. More melon rinds than citrus.
M: Evenly reaching all areas of the mouth, this floral, hoppy brew has a mildly lively mouthfeel.
D: Hey, the Giants are in the playoffs for the first time in years and I cannot get it on my TV. This brew soothes whatever hurt that may have caused, and will soothe many a more. Salut!

carpezytha, Oct 08, 2010
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4.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I worked an event with Eric Silverman earlier this summer where we brought in Sierra Nevada as the beer sponsorship and he was hyping this beer big time - claiming it was going to be insanely good and one of their best to date. He was right!

Picked up a 22oz bomber from Olive Tree Market in OB and poured it into a stemmed tulip glass.

A: Very clean copper, slightly reddish hue with a nice creamy head that lasted about half way through my glass, leaving tons of lace in its tracks.

S: Earthy piney hops, sweet carmel, fermented malts and some yeast in there too. Real fresh smelling.

T: Resinous piney hop flavor that coats the mouth; fresh cut grass, slight bitter citrus flavor, sweet carmel, and nice fresh grainy malt that lends a real freshness to this beer. Absolute perfectly balanced California IPA.

M: Medium bodied, dry with perfect carbonation that gives it a nice creamy aspect.

D: These are too easy to drink - at $10.99 each you'll go broke quick though.

*Can't wait to have this on tap at Toronado in SF this weekend!

DeanMoriarty, Oct 14, 2010
Photo of RichScherle
4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - nice amber with frothy head. Quite clear.

Smell - complex hoppyness combined with a refined malty note.

Taste - the hop profile is very very unique here. Very herbal - almost like a wintergreen flavor mixed with a fresh herbal/grassy note. Delicious finish.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied. medium carb.

Drinkability - very high with the relaitvely low abv.

Conclusion - very unique hop profile is worth trying. My only complain is it could use a more abv and just more of everything. If this was the same profile but with just more extremeness - it would be out of this world. It just came across as a little too elegant (maybe that's a godo thing for some but I would like a bit more extreme here). Nevertheless i've already bought 4 bottles despite the lofty price tag.

RichScherle, Dec 15, 2010
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4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Into my Duvel tulip
A: pours a brick red-orange with two finger off white head that leaves a moderate amount of lacing.

S: citrus and grass (a lot) right off the bat with nice spicy hoppyness mixed in. Also a little peppery in the end.

T: spicy hops and more grassy notes balanced well with the citrus flavors. The flowery hops in noticeable, however not a whole lot of malt is present. Still the grass and pepper shine through more on my palate and I like it.

MF: once again with the spicy and pepper and moderately heavy. Nice effervescence and fairly smooth transitions with flavors makes you notice what is there without punching you in temple with any one.

D: as my first wet hopped beer this one amazed me, although I have nothing to compare it too. Awesome beer I will look forward to buying next time its on the shelf! Now if it only didn't cost so darn much...

nickthetick, Nov 08, 2010
Estate Homegrown Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,050 ratings.