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: 1,219
Reviews: 526
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.87%
Wants: 53
Gots: 106 | 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 dbrauneis
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a crystal clear darker copper in color with light amounts of visible carbonation and some garnet red highlights. The beer has a three finger thick dense frothy light beige head that slowly reduces to a quarter finger thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of caramel malt with a light amount of nuttiness to the malt smells. There are some pretty strong aromas of citrus/grapefruit/lemon, earthy, floral, and just a touch of pine hops - there are tons of hops aromas.

T: The beer starts out with light to moderate flavors of caramel malts with some sweetness and just a hint of almond nuttiness. There are strong flavors of the different hops and they taste really fresh (like fresh cut grass) - citrus/grapefruit/lemon and pine with some notes of floral and earthy hops. Moderate amounts of bitterness in the finish which lingers for quite awhile.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slight amounts of stickiness and just a hint of dryness in the finish.

O: This is a very enjoyable beer - I have had a couple of the previous versions of this beer and it continues to be really nice. Very enjoyable and very easy to drink - I would be happy to enjoy a couple of more glasses of this one.

Photo of duceswild
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of stakem
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Let me see if I got this right... A certified organic estate homegrown ale that is wet hopped; utilizing only the freshest of the fresh hops. Every minute that passes you are potentially missing out on subtle hoppy goodness that this brew has to offer. So who's idea was it to package it in a waxed dipped bottle? What is the wax doing for this brew? Locking the hoptastic goodness inside the bottle keeping it fresh and tasty until you unlease the wax from around the cap? Or does it add a layer of excitement to the packaging? Surely it can't possibly have any utility. Or does it? But wait...the bottle is in my hands and I am about to consume it. They got me!

Poured from a large format bottle that was dipped in a green wax that matches the label. I would be a liar if I said the packaging of this brew isn't attractive. So with all the attention to detail and making this brew look sharp and desirable, where is the bottled date/code? As the brew sits in my SA sensory glass, it appears a perfectly polished amber color with more than 2 fingers of creamy yellowish stained head. A constantly swirling vortex of bubbles rises from the etching on the bottom of the glass through the brew supporting the cap of foam indefinitely. Lace clings to the glassware in a webbing absolutely all over the place.

The aroma of this brew is a mixture of hop components that are not as bold or bright when compared to other examples of wet hopped offerings. The hop character is subtle which I fault it for yet it is complex and enjoyable which is to be commended. The smell of this brew ranges from herbs to a floral component, spiced to lightly piny. All the while there is a minor sweetness in the background from the malt that is lightly caramelized with a spice that is minorly reminiscent of cinnamon. There is a twinge of alcohol that is noticeable and becomes increasingly evident as the brew warms.

The taste includes a broad array of hop flavoring before turning moderately bitter. The hops taste herbal, minor amount of citrus rind, somewhat piny character and a light resinous cling that sticks inside the mouth that brings forth the bitterness. The malt backing to this brew is lightly toasty with a faint sweetness that tastes somewhat like caramel. An aftertaste of grassy hops almost seems to taste like green yeast coupled with a mildly solvent alcohol flavor to bring this brew all together. For more than 6.5 abv the alcohol is hidden nicely for the most part but plays a nice accenting role to the hop flavoring.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. The carbonation is prickly on the tongue yet at times overall seems watery. There are no issues finishing the glass but this brew left me wanting just a little more. It was a solid representation of the style and I would drink it again but not at the cost of $8 per bottle.

Photo of woodychandler
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Transcribed from notes dtd Sa, 13 Nov 2010.

Served with a foamy finger of ecru head with moderate retention. Color was a coppery-amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose had an earthy, piney quality, like standing in a grove of evergreens. Mouthfeel was medium, but sticky and resinous at the same time. The Californians can keep their Prop. 19 crop, it is hops that make this hophead happy. This was hops, hops, and more hops, like the hybrid of a rabbit and a frog. Very hoppy! Finish was (literally) breathtaking with a cool, dry minty taste that lingered well after the swallow. I know that it was a lot of work for them to make this beer, but I found it worthwhile.

Photo of superspak
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/9/2014. Pours slightly hazy deep orange/copper color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy light khaki head with incredible retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, light pine, caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of juicy citrus/floral hops and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, pine, caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, floral, grass, caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, balance, and robustness of juicy citrus/floral hops and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and fairly creamy/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a really excellent wet hop IPA. All around great robustness, balance, and complexity of juicy citrus/floral hops and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; and very smooth and fairly crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber bottle, $11.99 at Peekskill Beer and soda, Peekskill, NY.

Pours darker amber, with a slight red/golden hue. Oatmeal head, stays forever, leaes a thick film, ample collar and ungodly amount of quality looking fine lace.

Hopped up nose, grapefruit and resins.

Yummy stuff, full flavor, fairly balanced. Maple, caramel malt layers provide a well developed base here, fresh tasting but not overly bold, grapefruity hops add the bite and spice.

Enjoyable, clearly high quality brew from SN

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an extremely thick and heavy very slightly hazed golden amber. Head forms languidly, and is everything you expect from a Sierra Nevada brew - thick, creamy, solid and persistent. Lacing is firm and sticky, leaving this perfect experience down the inside of the glass. It's a top-notch appearance. I'm starting to think Sierra Nevada to the archetypical appearance for an American ale.

Nose is pleasantly hoppy, very fresh and green. Some citrus, sharp lime in particular, with a crushed vegetation character that gives off sharp herbal notes like coriander root. Behind it, is a pleasant light sweetness, soft caramel and white sugar, just enough to give some basis for the other characters. Lovely.

Taste is raging and spicy, with more hoppiness and more raw bitterness than I expected. It's especially prevalent because the hoppiness is a direct green vector of fresh hop oil through the centre of the palate. Possibly more of a hop character than I've had in a wet-hop ale, which generally save their big guns for flavour and aroma. Some sweetness, but it's overwhelmed, leaving just the long, lingering bite on the back palate.

Feel is a little light, with a pleasantly fine carbonation, but it feels lacking in body to support the hops.

Phew. It's a tasty beer, but something of an exhausting one. It's extremely full flavoured, but it overwhelms my palate after a little while. That, however, is not necessarily a bad thing...

Photo of LXIXME
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a coppery golden color beneath a big off white biscuity head. The head very slowly recedes leaving a nice lacing with good retention.

The aroma is a non overbearing citrus wet hop with slight hints of some sweet floras in the background.

The taste is right inline with the aroma, nice wet hops with some citrus, light wet grasses with a very light lemony sweetness finish. Leaving a light citrus sweet and quite dry aftertaste.

A good IPA but one can find IPA's of similar tastes for quite a bit less but still worth getting a bottle or two of these.

Photo of tempest
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a large bottle at Ortino's for $6.50, split with a couple friends. This is a pretty tasty beer, reminiscent of last's year's with the peppery, spicy hops. Still hops taste and feel muted compared to the regular Harvest IPA. And while this isn't SN's best wet hop ale, I do keep coming back to it because it's so interesting. There are mild earthy grapefruit notes and a light biscuity malt backbone, making this all in all, a complex and well-made IPA. I only wish the flavors packed a bit more punch.

UPDATE: OK, I had it on draft and it had the clean, clear kick I was looking for. A mix of almost smooth wine-like hops and citrus character, with a spicy toasty malt background. This reminds me more now of the Rogue Single Malt bitter, another fantastic beer.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a nice bronze color with a off white head leaving a nice white head

S: Citrus and floral notes, very Earthy nose

T: Rarthy meets varamel meets biscuit with fruit and flowers. Good

M: Has a nice feel, good carbonation and a nice amount of bittering

D: Pretty good overall. Worth the money.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes 3/11/11. Thanks to THECPJ for grabbing this one. Love the bottle art and the waxed top.

A: Pours a clear orange color with a bubbly thick two finger head. Reduces to a nice layer of foam on top, leaves some nice lacing.

S: Tons of grapefruit as well as a little bit of wheat, a hint of caramel and bready malt.

T: Extremely bitter, lots of pine and citrus. This is really an enamel ripper. Has a fresh, earthy flavor with a solid malt backbone (it needs it), but the hops overpower it.

M: Medium bodied with solid carbonation. The bitterness is what really got me here.

O: I really wanted to like it more, but the bitterness knocks it down a few pegs for me. It looks great, smells great, and the flavors are solid, but not the easiest to drink.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
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 Huhzubendah
3.1/5  rDev -25.1%
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 Zorro
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark amber colored beer with a very tall tan colored head. This is dark enough to be called a red ale.

Smells malty with an earthy aroma. I smell tea, mushrooms and peaches, but honestly this isn't real fragrant for a Sierra Nevada beer.

Starts off sweet and malty with a fair bitter aftertaste. Strongly earthy and pine flavors. Pretty balanced but not real complex.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability is good, very smooth. Could be more complex. I really expected more from this beer.

Photo of afsdan
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada Estate Homegrown Wet Hop Ale

Pours a clear deep copper color, soapy, slight off white head and lots of lace. Aroma is floral, herbal, dank and inviting. In the taste, more fresh herb qualities, mild grapefruit, peppery, piney, earthy bitterness and a rich caramel like malt base. The hops come through very well, with a slight west coast fruityness. Juicy, bitter, fresh and smooth. An easy drinking ale, and a well crafted one at that.

Photo of smakawhat
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice cream colored big head, copper dark red body with clear see through. Some tiny bubbles from the bottom also. Nice retention root beer quality with some decent lacing.

Smell is a mix balance of hop freshness and also fruit sweet red apple. Interesting balance more on the hop perhaps 60/40 or maybe even 50/50.

Taste comes in a wet clean apple aroma, slight hop bitterness but not too bad. Afterfinish is more sting than the citrus bite I am use to for an IPA but there is some. Drinkability though is pretty solid, if you dig apples this is probably one you would want to seek out.

Photo of brandoman63
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of BillRoth
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. Bomber
Green Wax

Pours a nice dark golden color, nice carbonation, nice HUGE creamy/foamy off-white head, with tons of sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, with some malt notes, citrus. The taste is hoppy, sweet, malty, with a nice touch of citrus notes. Medium body. Drinkable, a pretty tasty IPA.

Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

Pours a dark amber with 1/2" of thick, foamy, off white head. Great retention. Great floral and piny aromas and faint malt notes in the nose. Faint malt followed by intense hop bitterness; the hops here are piny and earthy. The bitterness sticks with you far after the swallow. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp, and smooth.

This is a solid beer. I compare it with their Torpedo which is another great beer.

Photo of John_M
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Apex the other day (at $5.50 a pop for a 12 ounce glass!).

The beer pours the typical sierra nevada pale ale copper amber color with very good head retention and lacing. The nose is pretty exotic, showcasing earth, light malt, celery, celery salt, wheat grass and light pepper. The flavor profile isn't quite as exotic, though I still got some interesting celery/celery salt flavors that combined nicely with some light brown sugar, melon and grapefruit rind. As one expects from Sierra Nevada, this beer is quite well balanced, with the light sweetness from the malt countered beautifully by the bitter hop profile, leading to a fairly dry finish. Otherwise, the beer finishes with a nice kiss of hoppy bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a fairly long, decently bitter finish. Drinkability is pretty good in this beer. You can tell the beer is a bit more boozy than the regular pale ale, but it's still nicely integrated into the flavor profile, and is not at all hot on the finish.

Clearly a well crafted beer by someone who knows what they're doing when it comes to making good beer. Not sure I quite understand why it's so expensive, but that's the only thing that would probably inhibit me from ordering this again. Impressive.

Note: The folks at Apex indicated they have only seen this beer in sixtels, and not a whole lot even in that format. That tends to make me think that not much was made of this beer, especially on draft. That's too bad...

Note II: What do you know, the beer is on tap during Baltimore Beer week... at $4 a pint and I get to keep the glass. Plus the local SN rep said he'd buy the next pint. Grrrr....

Photo of KAF
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of rab53
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ppoitras
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle purchased at WineNation, Millbury, MA. Green waxed cap.

Poured into an imperial pint, formed a 1/2" beige head over the cloudy coppery amber brew. Thick head lasts well, with ample sticky lacing. Aroma is citrusy and earthy hops.

Taste starts sweet, goes crisply citrus in the middle, with earthiness coming on at the end. Lemony aftertaste. Mouthfeel is quite smooth, and drinkability is very good as well. Price is somewhat prohibitive, but a very enjoyable brew.

Estate Homegrown Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 1,219 ratings.