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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: 1,040
Reviews: 503
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 46
Gots: 64 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

08-28-2013 00:01:54 | More by GraduatedCashew
Photo of BigTrubble

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

03-30-2013 17:20:35 | More by BigTrubble
Photo of StaveHooks


3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured at 60 F degrees.

A - An amber red body with with a 2 finger moundy eggshell head that sinks around the edges and holds a cylinder crest in the middle. The head is beautiful and has deeply sunken trenches all through it. Excellent retention. Very nice patterns of lacing. Thick mounds rest on the edges of the glass.

S - Aromas of earthy hops, green and sultry. Lemony zest, grapefruit resides in the background. I'm having a hard time picking out aromas. Kind of weak on the nose.

T - Herbal pine floods the senses immediately. Peppery notes from the hops. A caramel cracker malts stands and backs the leafy green hop. Toasted grains. Some bright strawberries, and raspberry show full strength toward the middle and almost takes over all flavors for a brief moment and then start to die as the pine juices slowly flood the palate towards the end. Mango and melon round off the the malt. Bits of tannins on the finish. Very refreshing finish.

M - Medium body, well carbonated. A full lushy feeling.

This is a great IPA but too expensive for what is. I respect fact that it's homegrown barley and hops and the fact that it's organic. All in all its a very refreshing and fresh IPA. But It's not worth $10 for a bomber.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 02:50:06 | More by StaveHooks
Photo of Sturmthis


3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

11-16-2012 03:50:41 | More by Sturmthis
Photo of WebGuyMike


3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

01-23-2013 01:22:17 | More by WebGuyMike
Photo of katan


3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz into a pint

A - Pours a very transparent, effervescent brown color. Strong bubbling, very strong off white head.

S - A fresh grassy, fresh cut hop note - guessing it was cascade grown in their backyard. Light amounts of sweet floral notes, and by no means too strong.

T - Starts off with a caramel, toasted malt sweetness. Almost nutty. Hops build mid-stream with some of the grassy, fresh cut notes. Finishes with a smooth grapefruit note. Bitterness lingers on the tongue.

M - Thick and creamy. Very full bodied. Carbonation backs it up, somewhat lightens it in fact. Oily finish.

D - Good drinkability for a fresh harvest. ABV is manageable. Somewhat filing at times. Flavors are very well balanced and integrated.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2010 02:14:22 | More by katan
Photo of szmnnl99


3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

11-03-2012 03:12:52 | More by szmnnl99
Photo of Zorro


3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark amber colored beer with a very tall tan colored head. This is dark enough to be called a red ale.

Smells malty with an earthy aroma. I smell tea, mushrooms and peaches, but honestly this isn't real fragrant for a Sierra Nevada beer.

Starts off sweet and malty with a fair bitter aftertaste. Strongly earthy and pine flavors. Pretty balanced but not real complex.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability is good, very smooth. Could be more complex. I really expected more from this beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2010 03:11:48 | More by Zorro
Photo of BostonHops


3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

wax sealed 750ml bottle served in a standard pint glass. can't remember too many wax-dipped IPAs. not exactly sure what the point is here (other than to grind my gears trying to chisel it off), but okay...

pours a nice dark amber tone with a creamy two finger, beige head; a touch of cloudiness to it... very impressive retention and bountiful lacing. awesome presentation.

nose is solid with citrusy, earthy hoppiness. maybe not as aromatic as i typically look for. flavor follows the aroma with grapefuit, a touch of pine, and maybe a few herbal and grassy notes in the background. strong hops bitterness persists through the finish. very good, very enjoyable, but personally i don't find this one propelling itself into noteworthiness (in a style loaded with superstars).

medium-plus bodied mouthfeel with medium carbonation. on its own the beer is very drinkable and well worth a try, but when you factor the cost, well, for my money there are better IPAs out there that come with a much more palatable price tag.

originally reviewed: 01-13-2011

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2012 22:49:38 | More by BostonHops
Photo of mattcrill


3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Pleasant light grassy and pine-like hop notes up front. Slight bready background notes. Clean fermentation character. Aroma is very "Pale ale-like" which I consider a great thing.

Appearance: Deep clear amber pour with brick red highlights. Sticky off-white head that retains well.

Flavor: Pine-like hop flavors up front. Light grassy hop flavors blend well with the crusty malt base. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is lingering and bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium-high carbonation. Slightly oily. No alcohol heat.

Overall impression: Seems a little "light" for an IPA but very drinkable and always well crafted. For the price, I probably wouldn't grab it again but it was a nice treat.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2011 20:50:22 | More by mattcrill
Photo of TKEbeerman


3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2010 19:36:16 | More by TKEbeerman
Photo of jsanford


3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a SN Pint Glass

A - Pours a hazy orange-amber with a creamy off-white head. Features that typically amazing Sierra Nevada retention and lacing. Beautiful as always.
S - Sweet caramel malt, grapefruit and pine resin. Disappointing and underwhelming nose given the SN track record, this doesn't do much for me.
T - Crisp and juicy flavors of grapefruit, pine resin, pineapple and orange peel with a sweet caramel malt backbone. Again, it's good but just doesn't blow me away.
M - Crisp with a medium body and sharp carbonation.
D - Really good drinkablility, like all of SNs offerings.

Pretty good, but given the price and presentation, this didn't do it for me. I can get a Sixer of Celebration for less then the price of this. A vary rare miss from Sierra Nevada, but it's still better then a lot of beers.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 00:25:29 | More by jsanford
Photo of plaid75

New York

3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue with a two finger frothy white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured earthy herbal hops atop a soft caramel.

The taste was a touch muddled with an overall earthy sensation. Leafy herbal hops, some tropical fruit and a round sweet malt detected.

The mouthfeel was soft and full.

Overall a good and well balanced ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2012 04:49:22 | More by plaid75
Photo of Thorpe429


3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Initially poured fairly hard into a tulip, bringing a two to three-finger off white head with some larger carbonation bubbles on top. Fairly thick from the sides and clinging in a nearly-uniform pattern as the head recedes. Color is a medium, transparent copper color. Hints of a reddish hue as well.

A long sniff after a lengthy swirl reveals some muted aromas of earthy hops and a tad bit of pale malt. Second whiff reveals some more floral hops along with hints of pine. As of yet, not getting any of the citrus notes mentioned on the label. Time will tell as this one warms up a bit.

First sip is a bit mild, although it's still fairly chilled. Some of the base malt comes through with a very mild caramel flavor. Prickly carbonation on the front of my tongue and then smooth throughout. The finish is dry on the center of my tongue, although neither hop flavor nor bitterness have really come through at this point. Additionally, there's a mild, alcohol-type heat coming through, which I've grown to associate with wet hopped ales. This is pleasant and associates well with the quaint bitterness.

As the head starts to finally recede, spots of lacing dot the walls of the glass and a thin film coats the top of the brew. As it warms, both the taste and smell are still fairly muted. Much less hoppy than I would expect from Sierra, especially on their first fully homegrown ale. The taste is fairly bright and crisp, with a fairly light mouthfeel contributing just enough carbonation to carry the soft bitterness.

In the end, this is a bit of a disappointment, as I expected much more on this inaugural brew. However, this is also Sierra being a victim of their own success. I expect so much of all their beers--especially the hop-centric ones--that I can't help but wish that there was a little something more to this.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2010 23:13:11 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of Profchaos20


3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a tulip. Reviewed 12/16/12, bottled 10/2/12.

A - Large two plus finger off white head. Amber/copper colored with a slight haze. Leaves lots of lacing and rings of foam down the glass.

S - Sweet malt upfront with a light floral hop aroma, maybe a hint of skunkiness?

T - Malty upfront with a little sweetness, hoppy in the middle and finishes with a light bitterness that lingers. Very balanced.

M - Medium carbonation, smooth and easy to drink, medium bodied.

O - Nice, not what I was expecting but pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 02:47:40 | More by Profchaos20
Photo of Schwarzbart


3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25.4 oz
A: A nice bottle presentation with the green waxed top and certified organic symbol. It poured a big 2+ finger off-white rocky clumpy head. It has a hazy chestnut color and awesome sticky lacing.
S: Earthy, wet, resiny hops fill the nose and is sweetened by the malts. Raison like malts also fill the nose.
T: The malts and hops balance out quite nicely. That raison malt sweetness is delicious. Earthy hops with a slight spice. The hops finish resiny, earthy and grassy. Some other qualities include garlic & onion and grapefruit.
M&D: A very drinkable IPA and my opinion is that it could almost pass for a hopped up pale ale if it wasn't for the fuller mouthfeel. This beer has a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel that gives it an oily quality which helps those hop notes stick to your tongue.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 04:48:12 | More by Schwarzbart
Photo of augustgarage


3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a gorgeous 22oz green-wax-capped bomber into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Rich deep tangelo body, clear with glimmering orange peel highlights. A sudsy finger of ivory foam creates a lasting pearling head ringed by concentric circles of thick sticky lacing.

Floral, soapy/perfume-like aromatics (a character which seems emblematic of wet hop IPAs) assail the senses - pine sap, juicy citrus, and phenolic white pepper notes join forces as well.

Clean cutting pale malt - much like that found in their standard pale ale, but magnified in intensity here - the unmistakable signature of Sierra Nevada accompanied by a lasting grapefruit pith bitterness on the palate. This flavor coupling slowly gives way to a faint spicy/herbal element from the hops and a vaguely toasty flavor from the malt. Very dry, clean, and fresh finish.

Moderate carbonation, smooth medium-light bodied feel - yet the flavor accentuates crispness over all.

If you enjoy the pale malt base of Sierra Nevada's namesake, this will rate highly...in my case, I think that flavor impedes the impact of the hops, which reduces my enjoyment significantly. Among their offerings, I'd rather reach for Torpedo...ymmv.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 22:34:40 | More by augustgarage
Photo of JLeege


3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On draft, poured into a 12 oz tulip glass.

Appearance- Pours a light amber color with a two finger just off white head. Good retention and left good lacing.

Smell- Floral and piney hops.

Taste- Pine hops all the way with with a bit of citrus thrown in. Small caramel malt backbone. Somewhat resinous, lasting bitter/dry finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium body and carbonation, fairly creamy.

Overall- Found this to be similar to the rest of SN IPA's. Nothing really made this one stand out at all. Not bad, but nothing great or groundbreaking.

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2010 02:57:43 | More by JLeege
Photo of Cresant


3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served this 22 oz. green waxed bottle in a large Samuel Adams perfect pint. No date. The beer itself was a rich golden amber with a manilla file folder colored head. It was tall and uneven leaving lots of lacing.

The smell was fresh and gently spicy. Not as aromatic as some SN beers but good.

The taste was hops forward of course. Spicy and leafy. Almost a black tea bitterness. There was an understated malty presence but this is overshadowed by the drying finish.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with a slickness until the carbonation blossoms. I love the idea of estate beers but at this stage I would not seek this one again, solid but nothing monumental here.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2011 13:07:54 | More by Cresant
Photo of PicoPapa


3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle with green wax on the cap. Pours a deep amber color with a big thick head. Massive amounts of lacing throughout. Powerful aroma. I'm smelling some nice floral hops and a slight citrus aroma. Taste is more of the fragrant floral hops. Earthy. This is quite crisp. Overall this is a good beer but the floweriness of the hops might be a tad bit more than I care for. I think it would work better in a 12oz bottle than a 22oz. Still I do like this beer and would recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2010 04:06:00 | More by PicoPapa
Photo of Dotcubed


3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An impulse buy from Wegman's, fresh is good right?

Usually I go for older hop bombs, but I decided to push the palet.

Beauty of a glass; great color, fizz, foam. And huge bubbles in the bottle, soapish and delightful. A nice carbonation with a stable foam that rises up pretty fast. Very sticky off white lace.

Very long grassy flavor. Sediment free bottle. Peachy?
Medium light body.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 00:25:50 | More by Dotcubed
Photo of bort11


3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz green wax sealed bottle poured into a standard shaker pint glass. The head has a whipped cream consistency and color. Sticky rings circle the glass with each sip. Body color is a clear and bright copper. Mild yet steady streams of carbonation rises up from the base of the glass.

Smell is fairly mild. Still predominantly pine needles with a hint of mint. Malt has a sweet biscuit dough flavor. There is a honeysuckle floral finish.

Mouthfeel is a lot thicker than I expected. Very chewy and filling. This beer can wear you out by the end of the 22 oz. It's not the ABV, that is relatively mild. I think the dense texture and slightly unbalanced hops is what did me in. This would be fine split two ways.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 02:50:42 | More by bort11
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3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2011 Vintage poured into a wine glass.

A: Nice orange-red appearance, consistent but not clear, good off-white head with great retention throughout pour and good lacing.

S: Actually mostly malty up front on the nose, this bottle is a few months old and has been stored properly but I believe the hops have faded quite a bit from what I remember a few months ago. Definite caramel and toffee notes. Bready as well.

T: Again some nice caramel malts, a bit of bright hop cirtrusy bitterness at the end. Decently balanced, good overall taste.

M: reasonably smooth, good carbonation, average mouthfeel. No alcohol heat at all.

O: I very good beer overall. Would definitely recommend. I do think there is quite a bit more hop character fresh, but I like it today a few months aged as well.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 22:01:03 | More by beerbiatchMD
Photo of Phelps


3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at Tops in a tasting glass.

Deep golden-orange with perfect clarity. Half a finger of fuzzy off white foam deposits hills of bubbly lace.

The nose is a mix of tropical hops and biscuity malt. Mango, honey, biscuits, flowers. Sweet and floral.

The hops in the flavor, strangely, display a much more earthy terroir. There’s lots of bitterness, earth and flowers. Improved maltiness lends a bready finish. Strange, stark contrast between aroma and flavor.

Mild carbonation in a smooth, medium-light body. Soft fizz.

Estate Harvest is an interesting showcase of estate-grown hops, displaying well the California terroir. But it’s not too exciting, and a little disjointed at times. Glad I paid for a taster instead of the overpriced wax-topped bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2011 23:29:49 | More by Phelps
Photo of ONUMello


3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Copper colored; 1-finger head that lingers
S: Slightly muted, but distinct pine and grapefruit aromas
T: Grassy with hints of earth & herbs. Given the nose I would have expected the hops to make more of an appearance, but they did not.
M: Medium bodied & crisp
O: While this didn't blow me a way, I enjoyed it and as others have mentioned appreciate the organic estate-made approach.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 05:26:27 | More by ONUMello
Estate Homegrown Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,040 ratings.