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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: 1,054
Reviews: 505
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 50
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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Photo of DrDemento456
4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a nice copper amber color with a nice creamy head

S - Smells of nice hops, barley, and malt. Really earthy.

T - Wow it sure is smooth. You can taste the hops but they are not to harsh you taste the malt yet not too sweet. Earthy and whole it really was delicious.

M - Light but sticky. It was a pleasantly hopped brew.

D - Well it was a decent full bodied ale, one that a drank whole in one sitting and would appreciate again. May pick up another bottle within the next few weeks since it is a best buy. Cheers!

DrDemento456, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of KSac4115
4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark golden color with a one inch white foam head. Doesn't let much light through.

Smells very hoppy. Floral aromas are very apparent. Have a minor sold right now and my sense of smell is a little off. Hopefully my taste isn't.

Taste is great. Perfect blend of flavors and bitterness. Very smooth after taste that make it not a very overpowering drink.

As far as beers of its style of alcohol contents go, i feel this is a very drinkable beer and only wish I bout more than just one large bottle.

KSac4115, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of acevenom
4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a large brandy snifter. Pours copper with a thick, white head that dissipates very slowly. There are a lot of tiny bubbles visible in the beer. The retreating head leaves lacing on the side of the glass. The aroma is of spicy, pine, and citrus hop smells. I pick up that sweet malt in the background as well. The hop notes offer some nice spice, pine, and citrus on the tongue. The piney aftertaste lingers. The malt backbone has a nice crusty bread type of flavor with some caramel sweetness. The hops aren't overwhelming, but the hops are allowed to shine here. The body is medium with moderate carbonation. The finish is dry with strong drinkability. This is an excellent IPA.

acevenom, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of dogfishandi
4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1pint 9.4 fl. oz (slightly bigger than a 22oz.) waxed and capped bottle pulled from fridge about 15 minutes before i cracked it open. poured into a standard pint glass. no freshness date.

pours out a beautiful orange/ copper/ red color with a big 3 fingers of light biege colored creamy head. great retention and lots of sticky lace.

lots of dank skunky(in a hoppy good way)fresh hops in the aroma. full of oils and resins. definatly the best smelling wet hop ale ive ever laid my nose over. smells just like freshly picked piney, citrus hops. very light bready and caramel malt in the background.

mmm... lots of dank, resinous fresh hops in the taste as well, but still nicely balanced. hop flavors of pellet hops, lots of pine, and grapefruit citrus. caramel and bready malts balance almost perfectly. light sweetness from the malts. nice bitterness, but nothing over the top. an incredible tasting ipa...very fresh.

medium bodied, perfect feeling carbonation. goes down very nice, easy, and smooth.

drinkability is so great. i really wish this was cheaper because i could drink this all day. definatly one of the better ipas ive ever tasted. im definatly going to try to get some more of this before its gone. very highly recommended!

dogfishandi, Nov 15, 2010
Photo of LukeD23
4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice off amber with light light tan head

Aroma is great with notes of apricot, peach and Papaya. Hops are up front and in your face..yummy

Flavor is really solid, lots of hop flavor, Again fruity flavors of stone fruits, backed with subtle pound cake bread.

mouthfeel is perfect, full and silky

I could drink to much of this...best beer I have had from Sierra Nevada

LukeD23, Oct 19, 2010
Photo of jeffjeff1
4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up at work a couple nights ago.

Appearance- copper color, nice thick head

Smell- floral hops

Taste- floral hops

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- very good, I liked this a lot. I would definitely like to get some more of this.

jeffjeff1, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of hustlesworth
4.74/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A- that unfiltered ipa stuff really gets me goin. It's all murky and muddy and rusty colored but held up against a light it's a warm, glowing, bright orange apricot. The hat on the fella is sensational, cream colored and uniform, wrinkly and hoppy membranes surface and a crazy beautiful amount of sprayed lace. Cool label art with birdies and butterflies and a cottage and shit.

S- even at almost a year old, vibrant hop aromas are jumping right out at my face with grapefruit, orange, mandarin, lime, mango and pineapple with deeper herbal notes of mild pine and passion fruit. Toasty malt and biscuit notes make me very happy as well. Nice lemony grassy bite as it warms. Another swirl releases cheddar cheesy type aromas.

T- I take the first sip and say "oh man" with foam all in my mustache. Resinous hoppy herbal cheesy meatiness hit immediately, tar-like and bitter yet incredibly soft and smooth. My buddy grows hops and believe it, this is what it tastes like when you pluck one and pop it in your mouth. The tropical fruits from the aroma take a backseat to smashed grapefruit peels, mild peppery spice, and bitter orange with layers of herbal resin like thyme and bay laurel. Cheese notes continue on with sharp cheddar and nutty emmentaler and although it sounds crazy, it's amazingly good and it is indeed what fresh hops taste like. It's like peeling off a bract and licking up the yellow powder like a cat drinkin milk. Though the sublime bitterness persists, malt nudges in with toasted biscuit, very mild sweetness and nothing more. Malt complexity is not necessary here. The slightest hint of alcohol transforms the grains into maduro wrapper and cured hardwood. So all in all, it's an overtoasted biscuit smeared with hop resin then topped with melted cheese and a dash of pepper dressed like a pirate holding an unlit cigar in its mouth, about to walk the plank. Finishes with lingering... Awesome... Cheesy hop bitterness.

MF- this really blew me away. So creamy and finely carbonated its like some big ass beer but it's not. Adding the second half of the bottle the half empty glass, the head becomes nitro creamy and is like a happy pillow for my lips. The bubbles are tight, velvety, and complimentary to the rich feeling medium body and though they seem understated, they provide plenty of giggling hop filled burps. The combination of sticky lips, pleasant dryness and alpha acid astringency has me sittin here makin faces like an old timer.

D- well. Safe to say this was worth it. One of the best IPAs I've ever had and further evidence that Sierra Nevada is BAD AS F when it comes to the hops. 6.7%? Not so bad. This is sheer drinkability with a hop monster attitude. I love the 'wet hop' idea and process and I get a hard on for organic beer and locally sourced food, local businesses etc. (even though I'm in Ohio, you get the point). Things made at the source feel better, and this beer feels like pretty girls, flower petals, well worn jeans and a beat up baseball glove.

hustlesworth, Apr 03, 2013
Photo of Ashinpaugh
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Ashinpaugh, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of Clockwork12
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Clockwork12, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of rmolledo
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Huge frothy and rocky tab head. slow fading. incredible lacing.

S: intense piney hop aroma. citrus and floral notes as well. malts.

T: wonderful interesting hop flavors. grassy, earthy, piney, citrusy, plus interesting new flavors. caramel malts, toasted malts. sweet finish.

MF: slick and creamy with little carbonation.

D: wonderful beer. too bad it is only a 1 time 1 batch. Great hop flavor yet enjoyable bitterness.

rmolledo, Nov 22, 2010
Photo of Shruggy
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Shruggy, Dec 03, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

billybrew21, Mar 02, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

hemorhoidzz, Jan 28, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

bigbeers84, Oct 03, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

fmccormi, Nov 14, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

pathman, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of shand
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 25 ounce bottle into a nonic pint.

A perfect looking IPA. This pours with a huge, fluffy, three fingers worth of head. This head is super pillowy, and retains and laces very well. The smell is, although great, probably the weakest part of the beer. There's slightly weak pine hops and citrus here, nothing all that strong or enticing, although it's well done.

The taste is exceptional. I'm kicking myself for not getting this sooner, because this could have been hands down the best beer I've ever had if I got it when it was super-fresh. It's just the citrus and pine hops thing that most IPAs shoot for, but it's just done so much better here. The ingredients are of an extremely high quality, which, to me, fully justifies the brew's high price. It's not super bitter, but isn't sweet either. It's just the sweet spot for an IPA, very balanced.

The mouthfeel is excellent, it's crisp and light, which works perfectly for the flavor profile. And it's extremely drinkable, to boot. I only had to go back to the glass four times to finish my first 12 ounce pour. Sierra Nevada really has something here. The ingredients for this beer are just on their own level, elevating a fairly simple recipe into something that's absolutely amazing.

shand, Jan 04, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

ejhansen7, Jan 19, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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Estate Homegrown Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,054 ratings.