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Estate Homegrown Wet Hop Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,267
Reviews: 537
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 61
Gots: 126 | FT: 1
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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-04-2010

"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."
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Photo of alpinebryant
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark clear caramel in color, massive light tan head of frothy bubbles.

S: Earthy dirty aroma of wet cooked hops with a light caramel scent. The hops really smell more noble in character than most American IPA's on the fresh hop side.

T: A well caramelized american IPA with a lot of fresh hop taste. Lots of bitterness with not a lot of aroma hop flavoring. The flavors of this are in between a strong noble hopped beer of Czech hops with a highly caramelized pale ale. This is a resiny IPA, but not anywhere near a Cali IPA in terms of flavor profiles. Definitely a nice change for a highly hopped IPA in my opinion.

M: Medium carbonation with a thick body for an IPA.

O: Everything comes together really well. I swore I would never buy this for over $10 and I finally found a bottle for $9 in CT so I jumped on it. I think it was a good decision...

Photo of ncfranklin
3.84/5  rDev -7%
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.

Photo of pixieskid
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have to admit, I remember this beer being much more refined, balanced, and impressive with last years release. However, it is still a solid offering that showcases the quality of Sierra Nevada's "homegrown" produce!

Pours a nice dark amber color with a good lingering white head...nice retention.

Solid hop presence; citrus and floral with a most definite present malt back; tons of raw grains, caramel, and a nice earthiness.

Finishes with a solid grapefruit bitterness, with undertones of citrus and caramel malt.

Overall; still an impressive beer but more malt forward than I recall from last years release...and yeah, it's worth the 8-10 buck price tag!

Photo of gford217
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

24oz bottle with green wax. Tasted side by side with Port's High Tide for a little

Pours clear amber with a creamy beige head that recedes slowly leaving some spotty lacing.

Aroma is green spicy hops - definitely less citrus than I remember from earlier vintages. There is also some floral hops and a solid toasted malt backbone. Probably not as hoppy as I was expecting in the nose.

The taste a little hoppier and actually has some of the grapefruit and oranges I was expecting. The malt backbone is hefty and lends plenty of balance to this one. Slight bitterness in the finish but not overly so.

The mouthfeel is creamy with strong carbonation and lightly bitter citrus finish.

I've had many fresh/wet hop beers in the past few weeks and I would probably rate this below the High Tide (side by side), Surly Wet and Founders Harvest. To be fair, that's some serious competition and this is a good beer just not one of the top harvest beers this year. Just not quite as distinctively hoppy as the others.

Photo of jcartamdg
3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber with a rediculous two finger head that sticks around and eventually leaves a crazy lacing. Aroma is a bit subdued, piney and citrus hops are there but well balanced with the malts. Taste is set apart from the nose, bitter hops kick u in the face in the best way possible and follow with a good malt backbone. Delicious and amazing, I just wish it didn't cost so much or I would drink this more often

Photo of lnashsig
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada Estate Homegrown Ale- bottle presumably fresh, opened 10-25-11. After I got the wax off of the cap, opened and poured into my brooklyn tulip glass. Pours a dark orange/brown transparent color. Really thick cloudy head fills the glass, and recedes slowly leaving sticky lacing all over the glass. What I love to see in an IPA! Smell- a bisquity, citrus, floral aroma. Not overpowering, but definitely some nice earthy hops aroma is there. Taste- orange, lemon, and a hoppy oily flavor at the back of my throat that I am having a hard time pinpointing- is it gingerbread? Seems wierd, I know, but something with the spicy hop flavors imparts an almost cinnamon bready flavor with me. Its really a nice beer- you can't call this an IPA- its very very different. So incredibly drinkable- no ABV present at all. Others complained about the price of this bottle. It is a unique, interesting, and delicious beer, and I am glad to have bought it.

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a goblet at Northdown.

Appearance: My pour has a full copper color with streaks of amber and ruby throughout. A creamy eggshell head slow fades after the initial pour, leaving some sheets of lace down the glass.

Smell: There is a fair amount of malt in the nose: some caramel mixes in with lightly toasted cereal grains. The hops have grapefruit and some other citrus notes in front to go along with some deeper herbal and earthy notes beneath the surface.

Taste: Considering this is a wet hop ale, I find the hops to be a little bit on the light side actually. The malt presence starts off pleasantly, with some caramel sweetness to go along with toasted bread and grain notes. The use of wet hops is noticeable with that distinctive fresh, full, and robust hop flavor that always seem to capture the flavor more completely than regular IPA varieties. The hop, flavor, however, is a bit on the light side. Grapefruit and lemon peel provide some juicy zest to go along with the light earthy and more powerful herbal hoppy notes. The flavor is nice, but it could be improved simply by amplifying the strength of the hop flavors.

Mouthfeel: The body and carbonation really match the flavor profile well. Overall the feel is creamy and smooth, with some soft graininess and hop residue. The carbonation contributes to the creamy feel and lets the bitterness roll off the tongue after each sip.

Overall: I enjoy wet hopped beers due to the full spectrum of hop flavors that are noticeable. In this case, I thought Estate Homegrown Wet Hop Ale was well made, but simply lacked the bitter punch to push this over the edge.

Photo of SawDog505
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my 13 oz tulip. Pours a bright red, with a two inch off white head, that hangs out a while, with plenty of lacing. Smell is pine, pineapple, and some grass. Taste all that, with some bready grapefruit in the finish. Mouthfeel is on the heavyside for it's reasonable abv. This is a nice beer, but I need to say it very expensive for 6.7% and I always love Sierra Nevada for it's reasonable price.

Photo of BigPlay1824
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: Pours a nice clear warm amber color with a small amount of carbonation bubbles and a nice fine two finger head that is between off white and light tan, leaves a nice amount of light tan lacing on the glass
S: great scent, i can smell the nice resinous hop notes even though my glass is about 10 feet away from me right now, nice citrus notes, a good bit of depth like brown sugar
T: nice earthy hop flavors hit the palate immediately, moves into a nice depth in the middle and then slides out with a bit of citrus that is left on the back of the palate
M: medium carbonation tingle in the beginning then moves into a nice silky finish which leaves the mouth nicely dry
O: a great brew, everything that i have come to expect from Sierra Nevada, just a really high quality brew, love the addition of the wax cap for the extra added touch of class, well done

Photo of rapidsequence
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

24 oz waxed bottle. I hate wax. It was nine-something from Tasty Beverage in Raleigh.

Appearance: Once again, SN makes a beautiful looking beer. Clear golden orange, soft off white head with excellent retention and lacing.

Smell: Bag o'dope, sweet citrus, a touch of brown sugar, and a bit of Wonder bread.

Taste: Green and bitter hops. Grapefruit and pine. A bit of sweetness and crackery malt. Lasting bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Its of course perfectly carbonated with a nice softness. Big sticky resiny feel on the end.

Overall: Damn good. A cool idea, but its pretty expensive. Similar to the Harvest ale, but twice the price.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A surprise I found on-tap at Killarney's in Riverside. Poured into a shaker pint glass, on to the beer:

This is dark copper colored, almost reddish. Lots of good lacing clings around the glass. There are crisp piney hops in the aroma, a Sierra Nevada trademark. Taste is piney as well, but without much bitterness to it. Not much malt comes into play, which explains why this beer is more or less one dimensional. Quite smooth and creamy in the mouth.

The concept of a "homegrown" ale does sound aesthetically appealing. Yes, this IS a good beer, don't get me wrong, however it's not one to remember for the ages. The $10 pricetag for a bottle is a bit of a punch to the gut, which makes the $5.50 pint I purchased look relatively cheap.

Photo of kbuzz
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of BeerBuckeye
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a bright amber with reddish hue, nice puffy 1.5 finger head that leaves plenty of lacing along the sides.

S - Nose full of piney, evergreen hops with a bit of grapefruit in the background. A bit of honey provides a little bit of sweetness, but mostly just a ton of piney hops

T - The hops are actually bit more subdued than I expected. Hops are very, very piney. A little bit of honey sweetness, a decent amount of maltyness brings up the rear.

M - Nice and smooth, hops don't particularly dry the mouth, very good mouthfeel.

Overall - I thought it was good, not great. The taste was a tad underwhelming, but it was good. Another good offering from Sierra Nevada.

Photo of titosupertramp
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very nice dark copper, honey. Clean and clear. Huge off-white head that lingers for quite a while. When it finally receeds, there's tons of caked on lacing and a thick, foamy film.

S: For some reason, I'm not getting a lot from the smell. Pine, slight citrus..not sure of anything else. I hope to find another bottle of this because I think it's probably my sinuses getting in way and not the beer.

T: Now we're in business. Pine, bitter citrus, some sort of spice, biscuit/toasted malts. Man, the malts sure do take a back seat though. Solid.

M: Very bitter and moderately dry. This isn't a beginner IPA because of the high bitterness level.

O: Under normal circumstances, this wouldn't warrant a repeat purchase, but I really want to revisit to check out the smell to see if it's me or the beer. Outside of that, this is a really nice, enjoyable beer...especially if you like bitterness.

Photo of bierbrauer
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml, wax-sealed bottle into a tulip glass, at 50 degrees. Bottled Sept. 14, 2011.

A: Clear, midway between amber and copper; with dense, tan head that leaves thick lacing.

S: Sweet honey and faint evergreen; fresh earth.

T: Citrus and sweet malt, offset by moderate bitterness.

M: Smooth, medium-bodied, w/ light carbonation and fresh finish despite lingering bitterness. Little alcohol warming.

O: More balanced than the recently released SN Northern Hemisphere Harvest wet hop. A highly drinkable ale. A must for fresh hop fans -- all ingredients are organic and local. Worth seeking out.

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.11/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer is crystal clear and appears copper to amber in color. The head is thick and dense, measuring just over an inch after a leisurely pour. Plenty of lacing left on the tulip glass. The aroma offers dank hops, malt, and an odd scent with a funky character. It smells similar to cleaning carpets. Hmm....the taste has the same character. Not bad, per se, but not even in the same league as the Founders Harvest Ale I just enjoyed. Decent feel, with a lingering wet hop flavor, as well as the damp basement oddness. Overall, not worth $10. Nothing special here.

Notes: waxing a fresh hop beer? Seems like a marketing gimmick if ever I saw one.

Photo of Hands22
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Whole Foods.

A- dark coppery color. Poured a mall head that faded quickly. Brilliantly clear. 

S- piney, citrusy hops typical of a west coast IPA dominate. No malt noticeable. 

T- hops dominate throughout with a piney flavor. Bitter but not overwhelming, very nicely balanced. Some light malt sweetness, but very very slight. 

M- medium bodied. Medium-high carbonation. Bitter but not astringent. 

O- an excellent IPA that showcases the west coast style without going overboard. Not really all that bothered with the organic thing, but as a gardener myself I appreciate the homegrown aspect. A pleasant beer that I would drink again if given the chance. 

Photo of nniicckkww
4.41/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Once I got through the wax, I poured this into my Sam Adams glass. Amber reddish color. Crystal clear. Beautiful head. Burnt orange and white. It's like merrange. Ridiculous retention.

Aroma is very enticing. Citrus grapefruit. Pine. Slight mildew, mold aroma. My wife agreed. I attribute this to the 'wet' hops.

Smooth mouthfeel. Medium body. Dry. Slightly sweet toasted malt. Complex. Lots of hop flavor. Grapefruit. Pine. Earthy spiciness. A pronounced bitter finish. Delicious.

A bit pricey for almost $10 a bottle. But it's damn good. Being on the eastcoast, I'd pick this over a PtE any day (I've only had a three week old PtE). I love the complexity here. It's hoppy yet so much more.

Photo of TheWhiskerReview
4.67/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Opened the day it rolled off the truck. 2011 Vintage.

Pours a orange-tinted red with a massive, 4-finger off-white head that gets nicely rocky and frothy as it shrinks, leaving a solid ring of retention and loads of sticky lace.

The nose is lovely, pure and complex with sweet doughy malt and lots of fruity and wet hop tones- peach, lemon, orange blossom honey and eucalyptus with touches of hop oil, wet grass and papaya. The combo of tropical notes in this is very reminiscent of a Riesling.

The medium-bodied palate has an awesome balance of creamy malt and slick, oily hoppiness while the bitterness is only mild-to-moderate- delicious flavors of grass, bread crust, mango and papaya turn towards sweet, malty caramel and pine on the slightly bitter and resinous finish.

My first Estate and I'm very impressed. I like this way better than the NoHem (which I had right before) due mostly to that awesome mouthfeel. The creamier malt was just enough to add its complexities but never got in the way of the slick, wet hoppiness.

Photo of draheim
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I tried the 2010 batch of this beer just 3 months ago - meaning it was way past fresh - and I gave it all 4.5s. So it really held up well and I'm excited to try this one super fresh. I just deleted my last review, as a fresh bottle will be more definitive considering this is an IPA.

750mL wax top bottle (2011 batch) poured into a tulip.

Glowing amber orange color, perfectly clear with a dense, thick, 3-finger slightly off-white head that hangs around for a while and leaves nice sticky lacing.

Aroma is a burst of citrus, grapefruit rind, tropical fruit, and pine. This beer smells wonderful, fresh & bright.

Taste is bright tropical fruit and hops. Really clean and fresh. Hoppy and nicely bitter but well-balanced by pale and caramel malts. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean.

Overall I really can't find many flaws with this beer; the only thing I can think of is if it were bottle-conditioned similar to an AleSmith IPA, the mouthfeel would be superlative. Outstanding ingredients, lovingly handcrafted. This is a showcase beer for Sierra Nevada. Too bad it's only available for a short time each year.

Photo of elgiacomo
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottled September 15, 2011. Served at around 45F.

Pours faintly hazy copper with a nice three finger light tan head that leaves clumpy rings of lacing and holds a strong cap. Pretty.

Aroma is predominately floral and grassy hops, some herbal and a little pine, touch of spice, bready and caramel malt round things out. Good but not great strength.

Flavor is resinous hop oils, some citrus, grass and pine, rather hefty caramel and bready malt backbone offering a bit of sweetness to balance against the bitterness on the finish. Some noticeable alcohol as well.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus bodied, rather creamy, moderate carbonation.

Very good wet hop ale, quite raw and resinous, more malty than I usually prefer in the style but still very enjoyable and kudos to Sierra Nevada on the price drop this year....the cost kept me from trying it last year.

Photo of tjkinate
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mmmm... Tasty!

Poured the brew into a standard pint glass that produced a 2+ fingered, frothy white head with good retention. I could clearly see small bubbles rising in this caramel colored beer that persisted throughout the tasting. Solid lacing was also present.

Lots of floral hops with scents of pine, was able to detect barley accompanied with sweet notes.

Hops were less pronounced than anticipated (not to say they weren't present), this allowed the sweet notes and barley grains to present themselves.

Medium/light body that coats the mouth thoroughly.

Keep the beers coming Sierra Nevada!

Photo of Chaney
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap over at the Whole Foods in Fair Lakes.

Drank from a 16oz. shaped pint glass.

A: The clarity was impeccable, and the tight, foamy beige head was both frothy and retentative (is that a word?).

S: Uber hoppy and wet hopping was most evident. The profile was similar to a lot of SN's hop bombs.

T: Ground up hop leaves along with a soothing cushion of yeast made this one quite remarkable. The aftertaste left a good bit of bitter lingering that was O so yummy!

M: Perfectly carbonated, and the bitter elements definitely won out over the sweetness.... while was nill at best.

O: Sierra managed to extract every ounce of hop bitterness and taste out of those home-grown ingredients, and for that, I applaud them.

Photo of Johnnyfacelift
5/5  rDev +21.1%
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!

Photo of JednoPivoProsim
4.92/5  rDev +19.1%
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!

Estate Homegrown Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 1,267 ratings.