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Estate Homegrown Wet Hop Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,276
Reviews: 538
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 63
Gots: 133 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 1,276 | Reviews: 538
Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a copper penny color with some haziness in the beer. There are 2 fingers of off-white head that slowly dissolve into chunky bubbles. Good lacing rings on the glass with each sip. Probably the best head I have seen on any Sierra Nevada beer.

S - Smells of citrus zest, pine tree, and malts.

T - Great citrus zest fruit flavors, some pine, and sweet malt. Hop bitterness is well done and does not overwhelm the palate.

M - Good carbonation. I get some hop resin coating the mouth. Somewhat creamy and very smooth.

D - This is a very delicious beer. I also really like the concept that it is created with organic ingredients grown at the Sierra Nevada company. A must try.

Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.71/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Photo of metter98
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy orange in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that gradually died down, consistently leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of pine resin, earthy and grapefruit hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of ruby red grapefruit and earthy hops along with a light to moderate amount of bitterness and hints of underlying caramel malts. The hop flavors linger though the finish, which also has some notes of herbal hops.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has an interesting profile of fresh hop flavors and is quite drinkable because it isn't overly bitter.

Note: 2012 vintage

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -27.4%

Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear amber color with a massive head; plenty of foam sticks to the side of the pint glass

Smell: Grassy grapefruit

Taste: The pale malt allows the grassy grapefruit to take over the flavor profile from the get go and to build through mid-palate and after the swallow, where a hint of wintergreen kicks in and lingers to the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Looking at the bottle with the waxed top, I guess I was expecting something more. but this appears to be a repeat of similarly named beers from prior years; nice, but I feel a little deceived by the marketing gimmick

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev -3.1%

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

A nice and crisp IPA with the signaure Sierra Nevada 'house' flavors and crisp mouthfeel and finish. But without any extraordinary features, this beer seems content with only being 'good'.

Medium copper to amber in color, the beer carries a mild haze, sturdy foam stance, good retention, and lace. A very nice looking IPA.

Aromas pick up on the grapefruit and ginger spice character that is represented in their flagship Pale Ale. Intensity of aromas are tilted toward the hops, but with a subtle rebuttal from caramel scent. No esters or phenolics lead to a very clean scent.

Flavors fare similarly- Sharp grapefruit flavors seem to be all Cascade. Definately a standout, the beer takes on the taste and bitterness of the citrus fruit piths for a bitey, sharp, resiny taste. Malt flavor resembles graham cracker, ginger bread, and soft caramelized sugars; but these take a far backseat to the citrus hops.

With the signature crisp, clean, and refreshing feel of the Pale Ale, the IPA creates more of a dry finish from its increase in hop proportions and alcoholic depth. This keeps the creamy upstart but a more dramatic step into the fleeting sweetness and closing dryness.

Of course this is a delightful beer, but we are growing more and more accustomed to a much brighter and zestier hop flavor and aroma than what is common from Sierra Nevada house character.

Photo of SocalKicks
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of green hops with light sweet notes and light bitter notes. Taste is a solid mix between some green hops with a solid caramel malt backbone with medium amount of residual sugars. Green hops notes are really pleasant with some good notes of citrus flavours. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Really good wet hop ale and something I would love to have more regular access to.

Photo of Knapp85
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Much like the 2009 version, Estate poured out as a really nice looking copper color the head was thick and very foamy. The lacing left of the glass was very good too. The smell of the beer was very hoppy with some cirtus and grains in the mix. The taste was bitter from the hops and had a nice sweetness as well. The mouthfeel is smooth and leaves a dry mouth kind of feeling. Overall i found this to be the same beer as the 2009. I'm not sure what's different about them that they retired them each year. I like the appearance of this one more only because of what they've done with the bottling. All in all, very good all around.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada Chico Estate Harvest Wet Hop Ale (2008)
Sierra Nevada Estate Brewers Harvest Ale (2009)
Sierra Nevada Estate Homegrown Wet Hop Ale (2010)
Different names. Same beer.

Autumn leaves orange with butterscotch hued highlights at the edges of the pint glass. The pour produced four fingers of bubbly foam that has an outstanding texture and is beginning to lay down a ridiculous amount of finely stippled lace. Eye candy for sure.

The nose is not as explosively hoppy as expected for a wet hop ale that isn't even one month old yet. Citrusy and herbal-earthy hops are arranged on a toasted-caramel malt base. A hint of garlic and onions make me think of Summit hops. Why doesn't SNBC release the ingredients for this beer like they do for everything else they brew?

As in the nose, Estate Homegrown's flavor is less in-your-face than it should be. Wet hops ales (which these guys invented back in the late '90s) are all about fresh, bright, green, resinous... HOPS. Sorry, but this offering tastes like a quality IPA that is 3-4 months old, not 3-4 weeks. It's enjoyable and disappointing at the same time.

The malt backbone, which is precisely the right size for the style, tastes like equal parts pale and caramel. The hops are most likely a combination of one (or more) of the C hops (grapefruit and pine) and.... something else that doesn't have citrus peel as its defining characteristic. Flavor boldness ramps up with warming and the bitterness is cumulative, although both are still shy of the mark.

Other than appearance (still great), mouthfeel is the highlight. It fits style and ABV to a 'T', while being as lush and as creamy smooth as hop mousse. Hey, that's not a bad idea.

Sierra Nevada is one of this country's finest craft breweries. Celebration Ale and Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale (to name just two) are icons that deliver the goods year after year after year. Whether it's the choice of ingredients or the decision to back off the hops, Estate Homegrown Wet Hop Ale is not destined for legendary status. $12.99 for the bottle. Ouch.

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

waxed bomber, beautiful presentation. pours a copper orange with a thin vanishing head. nose is grassy and earthen, with a resin type hop vibe happening. taste is not as hoppy as the usual wet hope ales are, because it quite well balanced. slightly thin on the mouthfeel, but very very drinkable. i prefer their "harvest" series, but i give this one extra points for the sustainable fact that its made with ingredients entirely from their property. not too many breweries can do that!

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

My last night of tastings. Sad really, now I will have to wait an entire month before I get to indulge in such things again. But what can you do, figured I would go out with a bang and hit up these new ones and get them off the list and out of the fridge. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, these were consumed on 11/18/2010.

Followed up the northern hemi with the estate homegrown just to get the ball rolling a bit deeper into the hops. Great pour here with a dark orange color that really showed off the depth here. Big head of white rises up and over the top of the glass, settling down nicely into a smooth and coating layer of lacing. Really nice hops here, sweet with a deep orange and pineapple flavor that really just gums up and sticks to everything around it. Really just smooth and very well done I have to admit. Working forward you gets that rich, sticky and resin filled flavor that really puts it all into perspective very nicely. Well done I have to admit. Balanced with a good deal of sweetness this was really just so full of resin I was beside myself.

Incredibly drinkable and just a wonder, I was totally and completely blown away with how drinkable this one was. Really well done.

Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a rich brilliant bronze into a imperial nonic with a large sticky slight off white head that left globs of lace as it settles oh so slowly into a frothy mass.Big citric and floral hop aromas over top of a real noticeable caramel/biscuit malt base.Flavors burst with earthy and citric fresh hops,again the caramel base is big and holds up well to the hops.This is a nice beer,fresh hop goodness,not the most complex but highly drinkable.

Go Blue,beat Sparty!

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

12 ounce pour - $3.50 at Brick Store Pub in Decatur, Georgia.

Appearance: Deep, dark copper-hued body, with good clarity, and underneath two fingers worth of yellowed foam. Scattered lace on the descent.

Smell: Waterlogged grains, a light hint of bread-scented malts with a very low trace of promised sweetness. Hops scents of citrus, spice, and florals, though none of them overtly fragrant.

Taste: Bready accented pale malts given a thin, thin glaze of sweet golden syrup. Floral, softly citrusy, spicy hops with a moderate level of bitterness. Very vague hints of sweetish malts on the back end as the beer remains predominately dry and lightly bitter through to the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-light carbonation. Very slight stickiness to the mouthfeel.

Overall: It's good, though not too dissimilar from the Northern/Southern Harvests except in terms of price.

Photo of biboergosum
3.44/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

25.4oz bottle, with a solid green wax neck covering, that cracks into a few too many small pieces for my liking as it dig for the cap. No date info, from a wee little 'gem' of a store in Hawi, Hawaii.

This beer pours a slightly hazy medium golden hue, with two fingers of foamy, bubbly ecru head, which leaves a nice tight honeycomb pattern of lace around the glass as it evenly recedes.

It smells of very mild bland citrus, some zingy leafy hops, and an equally understated bready caramel malt. The taste is subtle grapefruit, orange, and tropical fruit hops, a further, late-arriving herbal weediness, and equally muted bready, crackery malt. A tiny warming arises alongside the elevated pace of local environment-induced warming .

The bubbles are quite weak and powerless, the body a so-so medium weight, and smooth in the same vein. It finishes with a final flourish of meekness, the hops and malt taking it ridiculously easy.

An underwhelming offering, but one also totally lacking in overt offensiveness, so, given my current lanai-facing situation, I can't fault it _too_ much, can I?

Photo of emerge077
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really nice copper orange body with trailing streams of carbonation, very dense and sticky head that craters on the surface. It leaves thick concentric rings of lacing around the edges of the glass. Creamy texture to the foam.

Aroma is slightly sweet and malty underneath a mildly floral and understated citrusy hop bouquet. Cut grass and herbal notes in the flavor. A moderate earthy hop bitterness builds, dandelion greens, pine resin, biscuity malt, and a clean finish with lingering traces of both fresh hops and malt. Melon or cantaloupe notes surface towards the end of the glass.

Medium bodied, light enough to quaff a few times. Bitterness isn't overwhelming, fairly balanced overall. For my money though, i'd rather be drinking local: Broodoo, Daisy Cutter, or Flossmoor's IPAs. More bold hop character in those. The mildness of this keeps it from being more than just "above average".

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Estate Homegrown Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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