Estate Homegrown Wet Hop Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 533
Hads: 1,299
Avg: 4.11
pDev: 17.03%
Wants: 69
Gots: 141 | FT: 2
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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 Zorro
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
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...

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Photo of John_M
4.15/5  rDev +1%
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....

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

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Photo of plaid75
3.71/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue with a two finger frothy white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured earthy herbal hops atop a soft caramel.

The taste was a touch muddled with an overall earthy sensation. Leafy herbal hops, some tropical fruit and a round sweet malt detected.

The mouthfeel was soft and full.

Overall a good and well balanced ale.

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.33/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Notes from 1-2-11
Poured in to Duvel Tulip

A - Deep amber olour with one finger of foamy, bubbly off-white head.

S - Bitter piney hops with some light citrus notes. A sweet malt backbone rounds it out.

T - Hops up front with some pine and grassy notes as well as light citrus notes. Not as bitter and hoppy as I expected. A sweet malt backbone is definitely present here. This is a very nice and drinkable beer but something is missing here. The hops are somewhat dull and lack punch. You can tell they are there but they just lurk in the background and fail to really make their mark on this beer.

M - Medium body, oily, slightly chewy. Lightly carbonated.

D - Not as bitter and hoppy as I expect from an IPA, especially a SN offering. Slightly disappointing.

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

Tried the Sierra Estate Ale at Haymarket was a guest tap. The beer poured a clear copper color with white head and some lace. The scent included malt,some caramel, and hops that provide have grapefruit and some other citrus notes. The taste seemed a little bit light on hops. The malt and caramel sweetness help to balance the beer. The mouthfeel and decent body and carbonation that really matched the flavor profile well. Overall I enjoy the beer and would recommend it.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A great looking brew. Crystal clear tangerine orange body, and a fine white head with nice retention and great lace. Bottom line, it makes me want to drink it.

S - Orange, lemon zest, just a touch of citrus pith, sweet caramel malt, bread custard.

T - Stellar malt profile that plays out as fresh baked bread and caramel. Spicy resin and bright grapefruit counter balance the sweetness and linger deep into the finish.

M - Nice, full body for the style. Par carbonation.

O - A great american ale, balancing big chewy malt with a wallop of big bitter hops.

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

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a clear orange amber, two finger light tan (!) head dissipates slowly leaving a thin film and lacing. Looks nice. Aroma of herbal and floral hops, sweet malt, light aroma. Taste is all about hops, green, earthy, herbal hops with some moderate malt and an almost mineral flavor at first, citrus, piney hops in the finish with a long hoppy aftertaste. Light to medium bodied. I would have liked a bit more malt body to support the hops, but the fresh hops take the forefront here, which is what I expected. A tasty IPA.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: poured an amber reddish brown with a hint of yellow highlights that had good head retention and a finger of bubbly head but it did leave frothy lacing sticking to the glass.

S: very nice floral piney hops greeted my nose right away with pineapple fruity notes, bready biscuit malts, some citrus, and slight underlying booze lurking in the background.

T: it tasted really fresh especially the piney hops with citrus pineapple accents but it did seem to have a little grapefruit to help out on the bitterness factor and had a good malt backbone to help out on the balance.

M: the brew was medium to full in body with a perfect amount of prickly carbonation which had a sweet, fruity, citric, bitter, and crisp finish.

D: it drank very good and had me coming back for more after every sip I took. Really good beer and I hope I can still get my hands on more.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nearly clear golden beer with a creamy, fast falling head and excellent lacing. Big hoppy aroma with prominent grapefruit character.

The taste of this beer, like many wet hopped ales, is clean and quite bitter. The fresh hops are very strong and not particularly nuanced, so there’s just a kiss of grapefruit and floral notes underneath a big dose of bitterness. Faintly boozy and with a modest amount of maltiness underneath the hops. This one is very fresh.

Medium carbonation with a creamy mouthfeel, clean finish without an overly long bitter aftertaste. I enjoyed this beer but at 10 bucks a bomber I’d probably pass on it in the future. I love the hop bombs but for me they have to have a bit more flavor: citrus, pine, herbs and flowers, etc. When the bitterness just crushes all of that it’s a little disappointing.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark pomegranate red with a translucent nature and a monstrous 2+finger head that was frothy and parchment in color. Retention was solid as well leaving a thick lustrious foam lace that sticks well on the glass walls. Soft and lazy rise of tiny micro-bubbles float upwards at their leisure.

S: Beautiful fresh grapefruit, spicy hop flowers with soft toasted grains. Spicy citrus and pine, solid show of hoppiness meets the tongue.

T: Dry flowery lace lingers about with dry toasted grains. The hops are truly dominant here with an earthy flowery citrus that just screams sticky, wet and fresh. Dry toasted bready palate.

M: Tingly carbonation is sharp, with a malty weight and a sharp dry citrusy spiciness that just zings through grabbing the tongues attention and continues to hold it.

O: Overall an extremely solid beer, fresh sticky wet citrus hops team up with a malty base to deliver a one two punch of solid respectability. A true tribute to its homegrown roots this showcases what micro-brewing is all about, the freshness. Sharp and spicy.

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Photo of beertunes
3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Oddball 25.4oz bottle. Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a very attractive deep golden amber color with about 1-1/4 inch of light tan head that had very good retention and lacing. There were a few flecks of green wax from the lip of the bottle floating in the beer. Why were these bottles waxed?

The aroma was a big blast of pine and floral hops over an earthy malt base. The flavors started out the same, but then the malts came through in a bigger manner than the aroma had led me to expect, and the hops were a bit more subdued and balanced.

The body was very nicely medium-full and smooth. Drinkability was very good, the beer went down quickly and easily, this is not a sippin' beer, it's a gulper. Overall, a very nice beer in a semi-ridiculous format. A must try, and almost worth it's $9 price point.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a clear copper/amber color with an off-white head with decent lacing and retention.

S- The aroma is some caramel malt along with some grapefruit hops. The aroma is good but not as pronounced as I was hoping for.

T- The taste is pretty solid. Sweet caramel malts up front with some bitterness from the grapefruity hops. Very tasty, more balanced than I expected.

M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, I love the concept of the beer and it didn't really disappoint. It is a solid beer that is definitely worth trying. Recommended!

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Photo of puboflyons
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the 750 ml. waxed top bottle with no expiration or bottling date. Sampled on January 15, 2011. It pours a vaguely cloudy amber-orange with about an inch of puffy, off-white head. Slow carbonation. The aroma is well-hopped and earthy. The taste is also hopped up but at the same time on the subtle side. It isn't all that bad.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A : Slightly hazy amber-orange color. Poured a 2 finger rocky tan head with good retention. Decanted lightly. Laced in webby rings.

S: Big citrussy hops; predominantly grapefruit. Plenty of earth and pine. Caramel malt in the background.

T. Bready caramel malt. Big resiny hops - citrus, grapefruit and pine - dominate the middle. Malts linger a bit in a grassy bitter finish. Overall, nicely balanced.

M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Resiny and dry with enough carbonation for crispness in a lingering bitter finish.

D: Very drinkable. Smooth, flavorful and balanced.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taken from notes on 4.8.11

25.4oz bottle, dipped in green wax poured into a pint glass. Good lacing left on the glass.

A - Pours an orange hazy color with a two finger orangish head.

S - Malts and slightly piney hops.

T - Taste is similar to the scents, but more citrusy and sweet.

D - Very creamy and sweet.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

That good ole orange and copper appearance you love to see in an ipa. Aroma, earthy hops, the standard chinook and cascade.

Taste, actually nice and mellow, not gigantic bitterness, just your standard hoppy SN beer that they put on the map. A little bit of every kind of the typical hop flavors, citrus, pine, grapefruit, perfectly balanced together.

I'd say this 2010 version is the best yet of the estate harvest series. A neat little treat, sure its a little more expensive, but this isn't exactly trying to put itself out there as anyones everyday go to IPA, just a little treat, neatly done and takes the think globally act locally mantra to heart and for once, in practice. A good example of everything Sierra Nevada stands for: quality, sustainability, organic, local, hoppy etc. ..


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Photo of scruffwhor
4.36/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lots of carbonation in this beer, that helps give this brew it's awesome billowy head of three fingers. The foam lasts throughout all 22 oz. Great bright, yet somewhat dull copper color. Awesome looking beer.

Very mellow stinky, moist orange peel hop aroma. The malt has a wet biscuit aroma as well.

The taste has a complex citric bitterness. Upfront you get moist orange peels. The middle has a combo of caramel malts adding bread, biscuit, and marmalade flavors to a pineapple and toasted orange peel hop bitterness in the middle. The hops have more of a tropical fruit flavor as they mingle with the malts and yeast a little bit more on the finish.

This beer is well balanced between sweet and bitter. The palate is a bit resiny, and that adds a syrupy like sweetness to the caramel malt and tropical fruit hop flavors.

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Photo of Brad007
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mild copper color with a one-finger head into my glass. Looks really good for the style and accurate as well.

The aroma is light with grassy hops, bready malt and not much else. Very basic and to the point.

The hops used are very good and they feel very fresh. Grassy with just a hint of mint and lemon. Very interesting.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering light citrus from the hops along with a slight butteriness on the mouth.

It's a wet hop beer but I feel it's done right as only SN can do. I'm not sure how much longer the wet hop fad will last but check out this beer regardless.

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Photo of rudzud
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally picked one of these up at Austin Liquors.

A - Poured into a Clown Shoes pint glass Holy cow theres alot of head! It puffs up like a fluffy whipped topping. This is almost like an intense belgian head! This clings to the glass and very slowly fades leaving incredibly thick side lacing and a dense cloud on the clear amber colour brew.

S - Nice hoppy, floral aroma all over the nose. Really nice pine notes too.

T - Really strong I believe citra hops here. Nice and super floral along with that delicious pine resin as well as some light citrus rind/grapefruit. Very light malt notes with this one.

M - Slighly low carbonation on this IPA. Goes down smooth and easy but could use a touch more carbonation.

D - Just delicious. Really good hop flavours and this appearance is crazy. This is easily the craziest head I've seen on an American IPA. Really nice all across the board.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.89/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had on tap at the Bryant Lake Bowl and then immediately went out and bought a bottle. L: Pours brilliant deep garnet amber crowned by a 1” finely bubbled, clingy cream to tan colored foam collar. S: Big hop spicy, citrus aromas with a little vegetal, minty, herbal. T: This is a hop driven beer with big hoppy spiciness, citrus and floral, supported by a solid malt backbone. F: Medium body and carbonation. O: Very nice – I have to remember to get more of this.

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Estate Homegrown Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 533 ratings.