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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: 1,156
Reviews: 519
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 54
Gots: 97 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
"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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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce pour - $3.50 at Brick Store Pub in Decatur, Georgia.

Appearance: Deep, dark copper-hued body, with good clarity, and underneath two fingers worth of yellowed foam. Scattered lace on the descent.

Smell: Waterlogged grains, a light hint of bread-scented malts with a very low trace of promised sweetness. Hops scents of citrus, spice, and florals, though none of them overtly fragrant.

Taste: Bready accented pale malts given a thin, thin glaze of sweet golden syrup. Floral, softly citrusy, spicy hops with a moderate level of bitterness. Very vague hints of sweetish malts on the back end as the beer remains predominately dry and lightly bitter through to the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-light carbonation. Very slight stickiness to the mouthfeel.

Overall: It's good, though not too dissimilar from the Northern/Southern Harvests except in terms of price.

ChainGangGuy, Oct 13, 2011
Photo of Offa
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an excellent, fairly well-rounded ale with a fair amount of spicey-citrusy-earthy-medicinal hop character that taste almost Eucalyptus-like, but with a good body to balance, although rather low on the complexity front.

Deep amber, it has a smallish pale tan head, creamy, slowly shirnking to a thin, foamy ring and leaving some very nice lace.

Aroma is fresh Eucalyptus, spicey wet leaves, citrus, caramelised grain.

Taste is fairly similar, spicey wet Eucalyptus with a little extra faint, vaguely herbal element, altogether fresh & zesty, along with some citrusy (faintly grapefruity) and peppery bite. It has caramelly bread-crust sweetness underneath and nicely carrying it to a sweetish hoppy finish. Aftertaste is carmaleised toasted cracker and lingering, slightly too-strong spicey bitterness, the weakest part of the beer and bringin down drinkaiblity, extrmeley high but for this. There is not that much complexity really as the Eucalyptus character tends to dominate.

Offa, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of JizackFH
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This pours a hazy orange color. It has a big foamy 3-finger off-white head. The head left extremely good lacing on the side of the glass as it fell.

S - The smell is very citrusy with a hint of hops and pine. It smells very fresh.

T - This has a nice fresh hop taste. There are notes of pine, citrus, and some malty sweetness. the finish is slightly bitter and hoppy.

M - This has a medium body and medium carbonation. It is smooth and goes down easily. This beer also leaves you feeling refreshed after each drink.

D - This is very drinkable. It goes down easy and is refreshing. I like this beer, and I would try it again. I just think that the flavors could be amped up just a little more.

JizackFH, Nov 29, 2010
Photo of EConnOG
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%

EConnOG, Today at 03:23 AM
Photo of Gmann
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very deep honey color, which almost produces some ruby highlights. The head is off-white, huge, and frothy; it takes its time to settle leaving a fantastic wall of webby lacing around the glass.

The aroma is of grapefruit hops with some pine notes. Not the strongest aroma for an IPA. I do pick up some significant malt presence on the nose.

The taste starts off with mainly bitter, peppery and tropical fruit hop flavor. There is a berry like sweetness which I assume is coming from the malt. The malt is actually the more dominate flavor in is this beer. There is a nice toasted honey malt presence that adds sweetness to the brew; almost a candied honey.

The IPA has a moderate body with soft to tingly carbonation; finishes with an asprin like bitterness and a slight sticky touch. There is a nice balance between sweet and bitter.

Just by looking at the beer you can tell it was going to be a malty IPA, and it is. The hops weren't as flavorful as I hoped but are definitely bitter which works well with the bigger malt presence.

Gmann, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of philbe311
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Two fingers worth of fluffy light khaki colored head comprised of mostly large bubbles... A bit of a rocky top emerges as this one settles a bit... Solid retention gives way to a full layer of creamy lacing... The color is a warm inviting copperish amber... Mostly still with just a couple of sluggish stray carbonation bubbles... A bit of lacing clings to the sides of the glass...

S - Earthy... Lots of doughy bread malts... The hop component is muted and takes on a slightly pungent character... Flour...

T - The nose was good indication for the palette... The hops aren't at the forefront, but rather blend in to create a beer with surprising depth and complexity... Earthy in many respects... A very strong malty base... Pizza crust... Some light orange zest... Perhaps some ultra faint lemony notes...

M - A sturdy medium bodied offering... Clean and crisp... Dry to the bone... Limited carbonation... Even and consistent sip after sip... An unpretentious subtle sophistication...

D - An interest brew from Sierra Nevada... The hop presence is certainly dialed down more than I expected, but this brew is loaded with intricacies, depth, and character... Nicely done...

philbe311, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of Xul
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours translucent golde with some amber highlights, capped by two fingers of frothy eggshell-colored head. Retention is good as it recedes slowly, leaving moderate lacing down the glass.

S: Lots of earthy and floral hops up front, with a touch of citrus character around the edges to provide some complexity. Light malt base in the background, but the aroma is mostly hops, as one would expect from a fresh hop ale.

T: Opens with predominant earthy hops before moving into a blend of floral and citrus hops with some juicy orange notes. Grain base steps up in the mid-palate before piney hops come back in and lead to a resinous finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

D: Rather easy drinking but not as quaffable as something like a Torpedo or Celebration Ale.

Xul, Oct 30, 2010
Photo of StlHopHead77
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage consumed on 10-20-11.

A-Pours out a nearly transparent,copper with two inches of stiff and stubborn,slightly off-white foam that showed great retention and left clingy ribbons of lacing on the glass.

S-Hops are there but not as in-your-face as I had hoped.Initially,I'm getting floral/herbal hop notes of lemon balm and fresh grass.That's followed by grapefruit zest citrus notes and wet pine and is finished by a light caramel malt presence.

T-Tastes come alive more than the nose would suggest.Fresh grapefruit,soft pine,wildflowers,caramel and an almost spearminty,dry finish.

M-Medium bodied with good fresh hop flavors and moderate bitterness.

O-A real nice wet hop ale that I will be revisiting next year.

StlHopHead77, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of fwiz
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Snifter.

Appearance: Hazy Brownish. One and a half fingers of off white head. Lace rings on the walls of the glass.

Smell: Aroma of herbal hops, sweet malt, very light in the nose.

Taste: Just like the smell, with caramel sweet malts and nice citrus hops. Light pine and wood, very fresh earthy.

Mouth: Thick and chewy. Maybe a little oil from the hops. Not bad. Mid carb in this one.

Overall: A very solid offering again from SN. They always seem to please. This one was no disappointment. Drinkability is high. I could go all night with this beer. Cheers.

fwiz, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of scottfrie
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into Duvel tulip. 2010 bottling.

A: Pours a surprisingly dark ruby-amber with a huge dense, oily, cream colored head that receded into a bubbly film that left great rings of lace down the glass.
S: Big SN style hop character with dominant notes of pine and grass. Hints of pineapple nectar and other sweet fruits, maybe apricot, come through as well. A slight bready quality to the nose comes out as the beer warms.
T: The taste is very fresh from the wet hops. A bit more fruit comes through over the grass and pine. The malt is right there and adds a touch of spicy sweetness. The finish has a decent punch of bitterness and spiciness, and the aftertaste is earthy and leafy.
M: Slick mouthfeel with a medium amount of carbonation that can be prickly at times. Body is medium and has a bit of resiny stickiness to it.
D: The release of this beer last year was the second beer I ever reviewed, but I never entered it into the database because I was still learning. One year later this beer is still as good as it was last release, but like I noted a year ago, it's not really worth the price. SN makes better hoppy beers that don't cost $10 a pop. Still, there is nothing wrong with this beer and it is extremely drinkable.

scottfrie, Nov 02, 2010
Photo of Hellabeerguzzler
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - almost opaque light amber with generous chunky white top and nice lacing
s - smells citrusy, hoppy, with a sweet maltyness
t - the smell was on the thin side but the taste was a surprise. Very rich with a thicker creamier taste and when combined with the hops and a little tart citrus, well, it was nice. Very good actually.
m - another surprise for me. It was clean and crisp with a nice carbonation - I expected gummy from the appearance but it wasn't. Very nice.
d - another one to add to my list of highly drinkable ales. I'm getting some more of these.

This review may be tainted a bit by the delicious local italian bistro pizzeria that I washed down with this delicious ale but nevertheless, this was delicious and my only regret is that I didn't buy two... or ten...

Hellabeerguzzler, Feb 11, 2011
Photo of inlimbo77
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml waxed bottle poured into a Deschutes snifter. This is the 2011 version. Purchased at Total Wine in Claymont, DE.

A: Pours a very clear amber color. Looks similar to other SN IPAs that I have had over the years. Good two finger sticky off white head with large bubbles. Lacing really clings to the glass, very sticky.

S: I get some mild grapefruit hints and pine. Also some bready malt aromas. Nothing mind blowing, but it's a solid IPA from the nose.

T: You get a little hop bitterness on the tip of the tongue. Then the malt balance comes towards the center. Then an astringency on the aftertaste. Like all SN IPAs, they aren't the hop monsters that other smaller dogs are doing. They are sort of middle of the road, but extremely well crafted. This one doesn't dissappoint.

M: Light to medium. Some mouth coat from the bitter hops.

O: Giving this one a strong B+.

inlimbo77, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of JamnesCameron
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a New Holland pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with about three fingers of tan head, made up of mostly small bubbles.

I can smell the hops with the pour. Aromas of citrusy, earthy hops with a grainy, malty balance. Malt is toffee-like.

First sip is slightly bitter, with a citrus hop bite. Some malty sweetness, but the bitterness is rather subdued for an american IPA. The finish is bitter and a little grassy.

Mouthfeel is medium. With some chewy malt.

Overall drinkability is good. This makes a great session beer.

JamnesCameron, Dec 16, 2010
Photo of devinoconnor
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another classic IPA from Sierra Nevada. Look this one up. Really nice background as the entire brew is made from ingredients native to the Napa (Sierra Nevada) area.

Pours a hazy dark amber with an ample pale tan head. Really nice hoppy and citrus aroma on the nose, with some fruit tones.

Taste is what you'd expect from a wonderful IPA. Bountiful hops and citrus. This one is well-balanced though, but it is intense. A sipper. A little hint of yeasty barleywine-like flavors as well.

Finish is tingly and again, HOPPY. Nice IPA.

devinoconnor, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of AdamPenna
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%

AdamPenna, Nov 18, 2014
Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taken from notes on 4.8.11

25.4oz bottle, dipped in green wax poured into a pint glass. Good lacing left on the glass.

A - Pours an orange hazy color with a two finger orangish head.

S - Malts and slightly piney hops.

T - Taste is similar to the scents, but more citrusy and sweet.

D - Very creamy and sweet.

HuskyinPDX, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of mrebeka
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%

mrebeka, Nov 16, 2014
Photo of ClarkHimself
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definitely a unique offering, and looks delicious poured into a snifter. Creamy white head that clings well and stays longer than anticipated. Smells of nice malts and hops hops hops! First sip is downright shocking. It's been a while since I've had an IPA this hop-forward... it's the most sharply hop-bitter beer I've had in a long time. It reminds me of the first time I tried Hop Devil. Subsequent tastes reveal the citrus (grapefruit) that I didn't notice at first, but that nice fresh hop sting remains throughout the whole glass. Good stuff, I'd love to try this on draft.

ClarkHimself, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of ncfranklin
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a tulip.

A: A deeper orange than expected. Slightly hazy. Nice off-white finger tall head laces thick to the glass. Very nice looking, as it shimmers with some amber red in it.

S: Floral, earthy hops are here. Quite feint. Hard to discern anything else in the nose.

T: Bitter. Back to floral hops up front, almost like chewing on some flowers. Finished more spice earthiness, with some pine and grassy quality.

M: Light. Some fluffy quality. A bit dry on the finish. Crisp from the bitter hops and decent carbonation. Gritty earthy resin remains in the mouth afterwards.

D: Quite good. Has a very fresh and clean feeling too it, even tho the hops are overloaded. Not complex, expectantly so since the ingredients are all grown by Sierra Nevada. Unique in its creation for sure.

ncfranklin, Oct 27, 2011
Photo of Hopzilla2991
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%

Hopzilla2991, Nov 09, 2014
Photo of mdaschaf
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes 3/11/11. Thanks to THECPJ for grabbing this one. Love the bottle art and the waxed top.

A: Pours a clear orange color with a bubbly thick two finger head. Reduces to a nice layer of foam on top, leaves some nice lacing.

S: Tons of grapefruit as well as a little bit of wheat, a hint of caramel and bready malt.

T: Extremely bitter, lots of pine and citrus. This is really an enamel ripper. Has a fresh, earthy flavor with a solid malt backbone (it needs it), but the hops overpower it.

M: Medium bodied with solid carbonation. The bitterness is what really got me here.

O: I really wanted to like it more, but the bitterness knocks it down a few pegs for me. It looks great, smells great, and the flavors are solid, but not the easiest to drink.

mdaschaf, Mar 19, 2011
Photo of kbuzz
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle with a date stamp of September 14, 2011 (day 257).

A: Sierra Nevada has the best looking pale ales, I swear. This thing is sitting pretty in my snifter with an orange/peach color. Somewhat hazy with a good amount of bubbles. Poured two fingers of eggshell colored head that faded to a thin layer of frothiness. Tons of lacing on the glass.

S: As I sit two feet from the glass, I'm already getting whiffs of hops. Once I stick my nose in, I get a very pungent fruity/herbal/floral aroma. No pine. A touch of earthiness. Some minor caramel malt notes come through as well.

T: Bitterness at first, not a lot though. Very earthy, floral hop qualities dominate the flavor profile here. A touch of pine that wasn't detectible in the nose. Some spiciness. Maybe some coriander or citrus zest. Just enough malt to balance everything out in the middle. Extremely fresh tasting. The palate ends with a heavier resiny bitterness that lingers.

M: Mouthfeel is wonderful - very creamy medium bodied beer. Just enough carbonation to get the bitterness moving at the beginning.

O: Well, this is certainly a good beer. But nothing special. I can't help but compare it to their pale ale, which is still one of my top 5 pale ales to date. This isn't much different from that to be honest. You definitely get those wet hop qualities as opposed to the finely tuned hop schedule of the pale ale...and it's done very well, but it just really doesn't give you anything "different" or "interesting" to take note of. Whereas, I felt their Southern Hemisphere release offered a twist.

kbuzz, Oct 22, 2011
Photo of dental
3.85/5  rDev -7%

dental, Oct 30, 2014
Photo of Hopstuff
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Stylish beer that is true to form. Amazing that a brewer that has grown so much can still pull off such a home grown ale that is good or great in every way. With these folks expanding to the hills of NC soon, I think these style beers from them, if given enough freedom, can become commonplace and be a staple in their lineup. The beer has a deep and perfect pine straw golden hue, which embodies the whole concept of a homegrown ale. The smell brings back memories of playing at my friends granddads farm. The taste is whole and leaves no doubt this beer was brew with the utmost care and appreciation for farm fresh tactics. This beer is special in that even if the biggest of craft breweries can take the time and effort to make such a nicely wet hopped ale, one can only imagine what is being brew right now we might never taste.

Hopstuff, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of HosP
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hmm can't remember who to thank for this beer, but whoever sent it to me, thanks! Poured into 3floyds pint glass.

A- Pours darker orange in color. Big 2 finger white fluffy head. Sticky lace all over the glass.

S- Big burst of piney hop smell. Fades rather fast to the end filled with malt aromas. Caramel comes through nicely at the end. Didn't expect that much malt aroma really.

T- Nice citrus and pine hop flavors mixed together up front. Follows through to the middle with mild bitterness. Tails off at the end with the malts balancing out nicely. Other wet hopped beers seemed to be "juicier" in flavor as the hops went throughout the drink. This just seemed to drop off in the hop flavor department at the end.

M- Medium body with moderate carbonation. A little dry in the mouth

D- Good drink. Haven't had a good IPA in a while so this was very refreshing. Compared to some of the other wet hopped beers, this lacked a bit. Still had good flavors to it. So glad to have some warmer weather and a nice IPA!

HosP, Apr 20, 2011
Estate Homegrown Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,156 ratings.