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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: 1,050
Reviews: 505
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 48
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 zoso1967
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served up an attractive vibrant orange amber color with a beige head that is whipped and resinous looking. The head is stubborn in its staying power and leaves amazing lace

The aroma is very fruity and citrusy with plenty of great grapefruit and pine notes. It has that classic dank wet hopped character to it that I have come to know and love. The malt aromas are pretty well buried, but I do pick up a good amount of sweetness and a touch of toasted malt smell.

The flavor lets the malts take a larger role with their nice buscuity and toasty flavors coming through. This is a pretty balanced wet hopped ale with the citrusy and fruity hops melding well with the malt backbone. As my mouth acclimates to the flavors in this beer, there is a nice earthy spice that comes out as well.

The body is on the lighter side of medium and I find this beer very smooth with good carbonation. If anything the mouthfeel is a bit watery, but the slightly hoppy finish is light and effortless.

This is a very drinkable ale, but it doesn't quite have the same pop as some others on the market. It also tasted so similar to the Northern Hemisphere I had the same day, that I would say unless you are after it for the estate and organic label, just go with the much cheaper Northern Hemisphere SN offering.

zoso1967, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Champagne Cellars. Pours light orange body with some soapy foam. Very tasty,good offsetting malting, very balanced, very no great drinkable. Tangerine, and understated grapefruit flavours, mint.Smooth even creamy drinker. Above average mouthfeel.

Sammy, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of claspada
3.2/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Aromas are of juicy grapefruit and some pine. Classic Sierra Nevada nose.

The taste follows the nose with light toasty malt, some sweet caramel malts but mostly it's about the juicy hops. Lots of grapefruit and a touch of resiny pine. Lingering wet-hop juicy bitterness, a little too much for my liking. Wet hop ales should be more about aroma in my opinion. Moderate carbonation, good creaminess. Call it medium in heft.

Overall this is a decent beer, but it's disappointing because it's so similar to so many other Sierra Nevada offerings and because of the price point, really not worth the extra dollars in my opinion. Worth a go I guess just to say that you tried it and I appreciate the value of a decent organic offering as well.

claspada, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of Lukecook
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

served in a pint glass

A- Amber in color, tons of head that remains intact for a long period of time, lots of lacing.

S- Earthy, oily hops.

T- mild carmel background, earthy, and nice oily hop bitterness.

M- light body, medium carbonation, seems very balanced.

D- Great beer I am really a big fan Sierra Nevada. Will definetly buy again.

Lukecook, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of david131
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- A clear, burnt orange liquid with a craggy bone white head that leaves excellent lacing as it works its way down the glass.

S- Pungent grapefruit, white grapes, and caramel. Aromatic and tantalizing.

T- Caramel and some white grape juice back up some strong, oily, bitter, grapefruit.

M- Oily, bitter, and dry with a nice carbonation bite.

D- Much more meat on its bones than I anticipated. Still juicy and delicious enough to not let the strong bitterness take control.

david131, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of ibbjamin
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Paid $10.99 for an odd shaped bomber (a little larger than a bomber I recon) from Bobby's Liquor in San Jose, CA. Waxed top and bottle cap, I poured this one into a large snifter to review.

Off white large head after the pour. Sexy glowing orange in color. Nice layer of retention and very nice lacing. Looks amazing!

Dripping wet hops and earthy malts. Creamy rich and balanced. Some grapefruit and citrus lay a nice foreground to this Sierra Nevada characteristic hop bouquet.

Taste is very earthy and balanced but still quite hoppy. I recommend drinking this one right away, even though Sierra Nevada is known for not letting their hops fade much.

Medium body with a long dripping wet hoppy finish. Goes down very easily with credit due to it being nicely carbonated and creamy. Some welcomed oil from the dank hops.

One of the better balanced IPAs I've had to date and certainly glad I tried it, but for this price, I am disappointed I didn't wet my pants. Won't get again at this price point.

ibbjamin, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of ProudBeerSnob
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very excited to try this beer. Very dry subtle hop aroma. Great lacing throughout. Taste is rather subdued compared to the hop bombs out there. (full disclosure: I've been enjoying Sierra celebration quite a bit lately.)

As usual a quality brew from Sierra.

ProudBeerSnob, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of sitarist
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours that Sierra Nevada copper color...very tiny bubbles rise up to a huge frothy off-white head that leaves rings and sheets of lacing as it falls.

I smell lemongrass, garlic, fresh herbs(cilantro), and the faintest hint of citrus...it is fresh and earthy...it reminds me of spring.

I taste the herbs with a mild peppery bite...It reminds me of their Summer Lager?

It has a wet medium body...I do not feel any carbonation...smooth.

Very easy to drink...nothing special. IMO

sitarist, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of bluejacket74
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours an amber/copper color with an inch off-white head. Head retention is good, and there is a lot of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is pine and citrusy (grapefruit) hops, and some bready malt. However, the aroma is very weak. Luckily, the taste is much stronger than the aroma. The citrusy hops (grapefruit, orange peel) are stronger compared to the other flavors, with pine hops, caramel malt and a bit of peppery spice also noticable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit oily with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, it's very smooth and goes down easy. Other than the weak aroma, I thought this was a good brew.

bluejacket74, Nov 11, 2010
Photo of Hojaminbag
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada Estate Harverst pours a dark copper color with an off-white head that has decent retention and leaves a little bit of lace behind.

The nose is all earthy, spicy, fresh hops. Fresh cut grass and a general resinous aroma permeate the nose.

This beer is quite good, but fairly simple. The malt barely makes an appearance, letting the hops do all of the work. The fresh hop flavor has some bitterness, but lots of flavors that include grassy, spicy and earthy also. Hints of fruity hops in resin come in also.

Just a hint of an oily mouthfeel.

Very drinkable beer, but I have to say that at five times the cost of celebration, Sierra Nevada Estate just cannot compete.

Hojaminbag, Nov 11, 2010
Photo of aerozeppl
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had the 08 but so much has changed since then. First off the fact that a craft brewing company can even have an estate ale is a testament to the changes over the last 30 years.

A: Copper color with ruby highlights. Really nice looking beer. A finger and a half of white head with tons of sticky and bubbly lacing.

S: The nose is not what you would expect for a wet hopped ale. It is kind of tight and has that organic smell to it. By that I mean super earthy. I wanted a little bit more in the nose.

T: Super balanced. The hops come through more than in the nose. The malt is super fresh and crisp. Get a little bit of munich in the taste. Really nice IPA overall. They really let the malt shine in this one and why not they grew it.

M: Medium body. Carbonation is a little on the low side.

D: What can you say? They have their own hop and grain fields. This is the ultimate expression of taking control over the process and the craft brewing movement as a whole. People ofter overlook sierra nevada but that is a mistake. They are the wolf of the craft brewing movement...40 min away...be there in 20.

aerozeppl, Nov 11, 2010
Photo of ktrillionaire
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer, circa 2008 "Chino Estate", is certainly the most phenomenal IPA I have ever tasted. It looked the part of a radiant golden prototypical IPA, as does 2009-10. The dankness of the aroma is engrossing and tantalizing. The flavor exceeds the loftiest of expectations. It is unbelievably balanced, intensely flavorful, and rife with pine-y, citric and earthy hop notes. Great body, a bit bigger than medium, with a good balance of effervescence and viscosity.

In 2009 the quality of the beer declines. It looks as radiant as ever, but the aroma and taste are definitely lesser. The brew is bitter and hoppy, but not well-melded. The aroma is better than the flavor in 2009, and as such it is promising large citrus notes and a big caramel-maltiness, an offer that is only halfway delivered upon .

It is immediately apparent that 2010's vintage is both superior to 2009's and inferior to 2008's original. That is actually a pretty good spot to be in. The flavors are still not melded in the kind of awe-inspiring fashion that they were in 2008. Though somewhat dry in a flavor-sense, the malt tastes a bit heavy, and almost (slightly) rye-like. And the hop is grassy AND grape-fruity. Not bad...

ktrillionaire, Nov 10, 2010
Photo of ahalloin
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear deep amber/copper color with orange highlights and a slightly off white head of about two fingers width. Lacing is retained on the glass through the imbibing and a film of white bubbles remains on the surface.

The aromatic smell consists of juicy grapefruit hops layered over a solidly toasty malt base. Some delightful sweet toffee malty notes are present, but the citrusy hops dominate.

Upon taking a sip, I am greeted with citrus hop juice with a hidden malt backbone leading to a pleasantly bitter finish. The hops here show their citrus quality but also an earthiness reminiscent of European hops.

The Mouthfeel is medium full as the beer has decent body for an IPA. Carbonation is medium and effervescent.

Drinkability is quite good as anyone who likes SN Pale Ale will definitely dig this.

ahalloin, Nov 09, 2010
Photo of cpanossian
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a heavy clear glass mug.

Proud multi-finger head of frothy off-white foam. Color is a pretty and clear amber.

Aroma is strong hops and a little citrus and a strange scenting of like vulcanized rubber? Secret ingredient? Nah, must just be the wet hops.

Terrific mouthfeel - with a tingly lingering very bitter citrus aftertaste. Easy to enjoy with a burger or steak and fries, but not so easy straight up with no meal chaser.

The wax seal aroudn the cap is a nice touch, but purpose? Just cosmetic? Meh.

cpanossian, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of nickthetick
4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Into my Duvel tulip
A: pours a brick red-orange with two finger off white head that leaves a moderate amount of lacing.

S: citrus and grass (a lot) right off the bat with nice spicy hoppyness mixed in. Also a little peppery in the end.

T: spicy hops and more grassy notes balanced well with the citrus flavors. The flowery hops in noticeable, however not a whole lot of malt is present. Still the grass and pepper shine through more on my palate and I like it.

MF: once again with the spicy and pepper and moderately heavy. Nice effervescence and fairly smooth transitions with flavors makes you notice what is there without punching you in temple with any one.

D: as my first wet hopped beer this one amazed me, although I have nothing to compare it too. Awesome beer I will look forward to buying next time its on the shelf! Now if it only didn't cost so darn much...

nickthetick, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of hosehead83
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a "bomber" bottle into a standard pint glass.
Bright, copper/orange in color, with a big, frothy head of foam.
Aroma-Aromatic pine and citrussy hops
Taste-Fresh hop flavor abounds, juicy grapefruit, pine, orange-rind bitterness. Flavorful and fragrant, nicely balanced and drinkable. Only real negative was the price, at ten dollars a bottle. Worth it to try, but sadly will not buy another at that price.

hosehead83, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of beerhan
4.88/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A pleasant surprise to find this on tap at the Swig in Perrysburg, OHIO.

Served in a pint glass with a brilliant ruby color and creamy white lace head. Smells just straight up like sweet hops and fall. The taste of this beer is quite amazing. Very sweet and has a bitter aftertaste. The drinkability of this is incredible but at 8.50 a pint it is hard to have more. Fantastic overall.

beerhan, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of Cheesemoose
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Split with the father in law between two pint glasses.

Nice glowing amber on the pour, solid amount of head (slow pour gives about 3 fingers) that mellows into a solid film. Great lacing, sticking around throughout the beer.

Bit hop profile from the get go. Bitter citrus/piney hops with a good bit of malt that comes out as it warms.

Bitter blast of hops, thought it is quite balanced. The fresh hopping makes a huge difference, and the taste is where you can see the difference. Not to mention a great clean finish, with the hops giving a slight resurgence as you breathe out. All in all, a great balance is found. Orange zest comes to mind now that has warmed.

Slightly oil mouth feel (the hop oils) but with a great crystal like cleanness that just blows me away. Exceptional.

I could drink this all night but with the 6.7% I would stick with just one.

Cheesemoose, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of smcolw
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge head with a rocky, slow recession. Leaves lots of spotty but chunky lace. The liquid leans to the darker amber. It is crystal clear.

The hop aroma is fresh and floral; inviting. The malt is way in the background on this one.

Good round malt beginning. In fact, the hop never overwhelms. This is a well balanced IPA. The bitterness is most pronounced in the swallow and leaves a moderate aftertaste. Full bodied with a decent dose of carbonation. Another superb beer from SN.

smcolw, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of BeerImmediately
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours with booming 3-4F frothy head that is reminiscent of pancake batter - thick, and goes down slowly. Deep amber colored body - quite clear. Tons of sticky lacing.

Aroma was shockingly absent. Faint piney hops and some bready malt.

Flavors come thru, tho. Rich & smoooth mouthfeel. Sharp wet-hop sting lingers long in the aftertaste. More grapefruit than pine. Not much in terms of balance. Very dry finish.

Drinkability is nice, but due to the heavy front end of sharp hops, it's not something that I'd want to make a session of.

BeerImmediately, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of WeedKing4
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, clear amber colour with a lot of head on each poured glass, using the Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Tastes of a strong caramal like malt background with some hop bitterness in the finish. The flavour could be stronger, but its a decent offering. Drinks pretty smooth, it just needs a little more flavour to it.

WeedKing4, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of jhammel01
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Came in a wax topped bottle that, while pretty cool, was kind of annoying to take off. Whatever though, it fits for this beer..Every ounce of its aroma must stay inside the bottle!

Pours a deep copper color, very clear, beautifully white head. It retains forever and has tons of lacing. Awesome.

Aroma is all hops! Sweet esters of the malt come through as well.

Taste is a very fresh beer with tons of flavor. Oily juicy hops, grainy malt, more earthy hop notes in the finish with a nice crisp hop bite. A be all end all hop ale.
Medium bodied mouth feel thats a very smooth.

Overall a great beer. I was expecting a explosive version of the hemisphere ales. It's very much like it and sierra nevada's other ales. Not a bad thing though. I also don't think the price is that bad at all...Sierra Nevada or not.

jhammel01, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of Kendo
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Waxed 24 oz bottle. Cut myself three times with the knife I was using to get through the wax. Disappointed to see the standard SNPA green bottle cap underneath; given the amount I paid for this bottle (I didn't pay attention but I know it wasn't cheap), there should've been some special cap. . . . Anyhow. . . a glug-glug of a pour results in a coppery-amber body and 2+ fingers of ivory head. Good splotchy lace left behind.

S: Juicy grapefruit and some pine. Classic Sierra Nevada nose.

T: Follows the nose - light toasty malt, some sweet caramel malt, but mostly it's about the juicy hops: citrusy (juicy grapefruit) and a touch of resiny pine. Lingering wet-hop juicy bitterness.

M: Moderate carbonation, good creaminess. Call it medium in heft.

D: Very good. Slowed down a bit by the resiny feel.

Comments: Measured on its own, this is an excellent beer. In some ways, however, it's disappointing because it's so similar to so many other SN offerings (SNPA, Celebration, the Harvest Ales, their old Anniversary Ales) and because of the price point. Definitely worth trying, even at the price, and I appreciate the value of an organic ale grown on the SN premises.

Kendo, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of JoePat
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear amber color with a thick kaki head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass as it dissipates.

I get a lot of citrus and some spicyness in the aroma giveing off a smell similar to orange juice. A little bicuty malt makes it throught the hop aroma but it is pretty faint.

The flavor is sweet and malty with a nice caramel flavor. The hops are spicy and vegitable with strong bitterness.

The bitterness detracts a little from the drinkability but the mouthfeel is silky smooth.

JoePat, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of number1bum
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear amber color with two inches plus of light beige. It keeps a thick, chunky lace and even better it leaves a ton of beautiful webbing all over the sides. Coats the glass all the way to the bottom. Really impressive.

The nose is very fresh and quite delicate, with a soft citrus aroma as well as a spicy note. Some biscuity, lightly sweet caramel malt is here as well.

The nose was nice but the taste packs even more flavor. Hops area citrusy, herbal and slightly spicy. Has some caramel malt sweetness and a more subtle bready, biscuity flavor. For a fresh hop ale this still has a very good amount of bitterness. Not a big in your face bitterness, but certainly enough for an IPA. Extremely smooth and well balanced; it's just sublime for a fresh hop IPA.

Mouthfeel is a medium bodied, or a hair less than that, and is quite smooth. Clean, crisp, pretty creamy too.

This is a beautiful beer from a brewery that knows how to brew beautiful hoppy beers; maybe more than any other in fact. Sierra Nevada has mastered the art of the fresh hop beer and this is their best. This is the best fresh hop beer I've ever had, and even if I didn't know it used fresh hops it would still be an excellent IPA. Just a wonderful, wonderful beer. If it were packaged and priced like Celebration or Torpedo I would buy it all the time.

number1bum, Nov 06, 2010
Estate Homegrown Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,050 ratings.