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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: 1,215
Reviews: 523
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.87%
Wants: 53
Gots: 103 | 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 mdcrouser
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The wax-dipped bottle is aggravating at the very least. I took the tip of my bottle opener and cut it around the wax a couple of times until the opener could find the lip of the cap.

The beer itself is a deep orange, while thehead is creamy tan and fluffy - like an ice cream soda, but without the annoying ice cream and soda parts. Chunks of big bubbles pop to create craters, supported by smaller bubbles.

Fresh is the best way to describe the nose - like you're walking through a hop farm. A unique blend of citrus and pine is at the fore.

That there is a ridiculously good beer. Highly hopped, but subtle all the same. Reflective of the nose, but deeper in doing so, with a strong biscuity bitterness to close. Alcoholic esters reveal themselves as it comes to temperature.

The carbonation pops the hops, prickling them to the tongue.

Absolutely love this beer - fresh, balanced, and easy to enjoy.

Photo of Philousa
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From a 750ml capped bottle to a New Belgium globe.

Pours crystal clear with oak type wood color and one inch dense, creamy sand colored head. The foam sticks to the glass thinly, but evenly. I could watch the bubbles drift up from the etching at the bottom of the glass all day. Definite strong crystal malt aroma. Lots of almond or other hearty nut and browned biscuit with syrup in aroma. Wet hops are definitely evident: slight citrus with lots of pine and pitch. Lots of depth to the hops in this one, as the grapefruit is light and the pine needle is strong, supporting the other. The malt is very prevalent in the taste: buttered biscuit, caramel, toasted wheat bread, and slight toffee. The bitterness fades in green like fresh cut grass and gets stronger with time. Bark and earth are strong underneath a somewhat soapy hop oil. Feel is very creamy and balanced. The yeast does wonders to this beer. Scratch that: the brewer does wonders to the beer with this yeast. Slightly dry in the finish, making you salivate for another taste.

This is one hell of a beer. I was put off by the $10 price tag, thinking SN was just doing a cash grab. Now I feel that they just know how much the market will pay for a quality product. The malt and hops are balanced and it's full of flavor. The mouthfeel is the star of the show, though. I've never had such a creamy beer that wasn't on nitro. While this isn't the most hoppy beer or the highest in alcohol, it's a great beer that I look forward to having again next year.

Photo of Mantooth
4.47/5  rDev +8%
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 MrHassellYaHurd
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a gorgeous light copper with gently rising carbonation rushing towards a thick white foamy head. Fantastic lacing is revealed upon the descent of the head.

The scent is of a sweet and citrusy hop background, but with a mellow earthy quality throughout. Sweet barley and a hint of gentle spice finish off the nose.

The taste is made up of sweet and bready malt with a slight roastiness. Subtle hop bitterness is a perfect balance between citrusy floral hops, as well as earthy and grassy hops. There is an earthy quality, as well. Very hard to describe, but it's almost as if you can taste the minerals of the ground from which the hops and barley were grown. The body is medium/thick with a soft and smooth texture. Smooth-drinking, and masterfully balanced; this beer gets an A+ for drinkability.

Photo of sethmeister
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy copper colored brew with a foamy cream colored head. Sheets of sticky fluffy lace cover the glass. Gorgeous.

Fresh bread and caramel waft immediately from the bottle as I pour. Spicy and grapefruit hops jump out as I bring the glass to my nose and a mild garlic note appears later.

Taste is exquisite. Strong juicy grapefruit hops. Vivid flavor of grapefruit pulp and bitter white pith. Spicy earthy hops. Fresh mint leaves. Fresh warm bread.

Mouth is creamy.

Drinkability is ideal.

Beautifully executed IPA.

Photo of Gavage
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: pours a clear dark orange color with a 3" fluffy head that lasts a long time. Thick lacing paints the glass.

Smell: floral hop bitterness with a nice amount of lightly tart citrus coming through to the nose.

Taste: caramel, lemon, grapefruit, a nice floral bitterness, and some earthy tones arriving late. Very well balanced.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout with a hint of dryness late. Aftertaste is short.

Drinkability: this beer is extremely quaffable, very tasty, and for me was really enjoyable from a flavor standpoint. This beer was fresh which added to the refreshment level. Great beer.

Photo of pigdog
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a-deep amber color, big foamy head, good lacing and retention

s-earthy hops, light citrus, nice aroma

t-very nice hop profile, citrus, toasted malts, great bitter note

m-very light and clean, smooth and well balanced, nice carbonation with a touch of sticky bitterness

d-excellent, incredibly balanced and has an amazing hop profile that differs from many other IPAs. This beer is a standout IPA. I would drink it regularly if it weren't for the price, however I understand why it's priced the way it is due to the ingredients etc.

Photo of WMEugene
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA (from notes)

A - Nice clear amber/brown color with a thick head.

S - Strong, fresh hops. A very delightful smell. Some traces of malt in the background, but this is all about the hops.

T - Hoppy with citrus and pine flavors. The hops dominate. Some malt and caramel flavors which are overwhelmed by the hops flavors.

M - Medium to thick bodied. ok carbonation. A little oily due to the hops (not totally unexpected)

O - Estate was an enjoyable beer that really pushed the fresh, wet hops flavors to the forefront. If you like hops, you should give Estate a try!

Photo of enfield249
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy orange, thick white head.

S - Strong pine aroma, clean scent, not pine sol but fresh

T - Great malty back bone to the excellent hop flavor.

M - Full but not overly so. Really great.

D - I could drink this all the time. It makes my mouth happy.

Photo of LakerLeith
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Durtdiggler
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber bottle into snifter style glass.

Dark orange hue. The head is massive, creamy with huge retention. Lacing sticks to glass. So inviting.

Bready, sweet malt presence offsetting the hops. Some spices noted. The hops are more subdued not as overpowering.

Defies convention. Citrus presence, like a sweet fruit with malt backbones limited bitterness. Creamy, not syrupy. Would like bit more bitterness.

Ver smooth, creamy. Clean finish. Full profile yet very drinkable

More focus on the malts then hops may put some off for his beer but notice an A factor with the ingredients that gives this beer such a fresh taste. Trying to stockpile it. Wet hop ale style is different, unique.

Photo of SebD
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It has a beautiful hazy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down very slow and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of piney resin, grapefruit, citrus, floral hops and sweet bready/caramelly malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some nice grapefruit and citrus notes, with some piney resin, sweet caramelly malts and a touch of breadiness. Great balance.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with great flavors and aromas. This beer has held up very well considering it's age, I can just imagine it fresh!

Photo of Rizalini
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into my Deschutes tulip...

A - Pours a nice clear amberish-red color with a foamy 2 finger off-white head that sticks around for a while. Great ring and lacing left behind.

S - Fresh, bright citrusy aroma. Piney and grapefruit, with a fresh slightly floral earthy smell.

T/M - Nice bitter bite, but very balanced. Taste matches the aroma perfectly. Hoppiness stays on the palete for a while. Medium mouthfeel, good carbonation.

O - By far one of the best fresh IPAs I've ever had. There's just something about a fresh hop beer that just makes my mouth water. This one just hit all the right notes.

Photo of SchadeAM
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this bottle up in April 2012. Bottle says 2011, so I am assuming a fall brew. Bit late for an IPA, but I have about 3 more bottles of it that I plan to age for a little longer, in order to mellow the flavor out.

A- Amber brown, about 1 finger head, and 1/3 carbonation.

S-Dirt, lavender, hoppiness, fresh, floral

T- mellow hoppy flavor, undertones overwhelmed by bitterness (but not in a bad way!!)

M- Light, airy, crisp, Leaves you wanting more

Overall- An excellent IPA. I am very impressed, and would purchase again. I would recommend aging for a few months (I know, I know, IPA's are meant to be enjoyed fresh) but remember, the IPA was originally designed to last for months on oceans, so go ahead and save some bottles for future use. You will not regret it.

Photo of bambam2517
4.49/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle served in a pint glass at 40F. 2012 vintage.

A - Cloudy, caramel body. Nice standard IPA carbonation develops a strong lace ring on top that lasts all the way down the galss and leaves sticky legs. It's great.

S - So fresh! Summer grass (sweet hay), pear, apricot, grapefruit. Wet hopping maximizes the complexity. Really well done.

T - Alot of fruit esters, along with some hoppy bite. Bitterness is minimal, which I really like. Pear and grapefruit are the stars here, don't pick up much in the way of grains.

M - Creamy and smooth drinking, finishes dry but not bitter.

O - So good, I can't believe theres so much flavor in a single IPA. Drinks like a double.

Photo of rsquared59
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of slim24
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of cisteve
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Shawner
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of imbuckeye
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of alamode
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of brokentee
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Nickfellow007
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of ChrisCBeets
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of DallasHuber
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Estate Homegrown Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,215 ratings.