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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: 1,265
Reviews: 536
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 61
Gots: 123 | 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:
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 dorianmarley
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is rich amber. Creamy head with nice lacing.

Nose is harp hops with light malt underneath that smells excellent. Also has some light citrus.

The taste has a dynamic set of hops, ranging from sweet to sharp. Lots of wood, and the malt is candy-like--excellent.

Mouthfeel is very smooth with mild carbonation; coats the tongue.

Overall, worth a purchase for the malt alone, and there is plenty more to be enjoyed. A great beer.

Photo of Nate
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of kirchy
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of LtCracker20
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Harpoon 100 Barrel glass.

A- Pours a clear amber with a sticky 2-finger off white head that shows some pretty good retention. Looks like the lace should be nice on this one.

S- Actually reminds me of Sculpin. Citrusy hops up front. Mostly grapefruit and some orange possibly. Little grassiness in there as well.

T- Citrus hops flash by quickly followed by some bready malt flavors. Pretty balanced. Not one thing over-powers the other, but they take turns on the palate and compliment each other. Tropical fruits show up in the finish.

MF- Medium bodied. Thick enough to coat the mouth but not syrupy. Flavors do fade rather quick though.

All in all, very good. Not amazing, but another solid beer from Sierra Nevada that I'm glad I tried. Easy to drink and easy to enjoy. Again though, it kinda reminds me of Sculpin, anyone else?

Photo of iguana1010
5/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of Twig2848
2.75/5  rDev -33.4%

Photo of aficionado
3.64/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2011 Release served in a Duvel Tulip

Deep, medium-dark brown malty body with an off white 2 finger head that has a tinge of yellow to it. Moderate carbonation bubbles rise to the surface.

The aroma is quite yeasty for an IPA. Lots of pale base grain on the nose as well. Smells more like malty 6-row, or something you would get when you crack open a Bud Light. I get mild fruit notes -apple and pear along with some light spice.

The flavor better than the aroma. You get more of that apple/pear/spice. Quite smooth and yet bitter at the same time. Earthy, floral, caramel, grapefruit pith. Not an overly citrusy or tropical IPA with tons of aroma. This is more of a citrus pith / stone fruit IPA with nice bitterness and roundness. I wouldn't say this beer is extremely malty, but the flavor certainly bolstered by a decent amount of malt.

I like the mouthfeel. Creamy, velvety, moderately thick. The concentrated flavor, brightening bitterness, light fruitiness, and lush mouthfeel really work well together.

Photo of boss302
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Orange color, clear, big frothy head, lots of carbonation.

S Fresh hop aroma, citrusy sweet. Crisp and bright.

T Some malty flavor, but hop forward and balanced is in favor of the hops. Hops are not overly astringent. The taste is a little sweet and the only indication of the higheer than average alcohol.

M Thick, full body with high carbonation. I like the high carbonation on floral beers like this as it really shows off the hops.

D This is good beer and worthy of trying more than once.

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 BeerForHokie
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of ReelBigwigFish
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass

A: Deep amber color with the slightest bit of haze. Thick 3 fingers of beige colored head, receded to about a cm or so with an impressive full coat of lacing.

S: Fresh floral, pine, citrus fruit hop aromas, matched well with a caramel and biscuity malt. The hops just edge out the malt for center stage, but my god this beer smells so freaking delicious.

T: Fresh citrus fruit and pine hop up front mixing with a sweet malt. Perfect balance. Dry hop bitterness in the finish, but the hops never get too overwhelming.

M: Light-medium body, gets a little creamy in the middle before finishing dry. Just a little light on the carbonation, but so incredibly drinkable.

O: This beer is awesome. It isn't a hop bomb, but it's not an imperial.... it is so perfectly balanced. Without a doubt the best beer I've had from Sierra Nevada.

Photo of jibbyvonjibb
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank a couple months ago.
A: amber color. Bit hazy w sediment that swirl then settle. Frothy head.
S: earthy hops. Caramel sweetness. 
T: caramel. Earthy hops. Hint of peppery spice. Apple cider. Figs. Tangy finish.
M: medium body, more than usual for ipa. Some butteriness.
O: A malty, earthy ipa. Not like regular westcoast, but more earthy. Caramel sweetness makes this more of a Scottish Ale with more hops. Still amazingly drinkable, never cloying. Serve on special occasions, maybe with an apple pie.

Photo of Leinie
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of GmAn613
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Dotcubed
3.72/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An impulse buy from Wegman's, fresh is good right?

Usually I go for older hop bombs, but I decided to push the palet.

Beauty of a glass; great color, fizz, foam. And huge bubbles in the bottle, soapish and delightful. A nice carbonation with a stable foam that rises up pretty fast. Very sticky off white lace.

Very long grassy flavor. Sediment free bottle. Peachy?
Medium light body.

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 rsquared59
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of grannaniwa
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of Skott1123
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of jculler82
4.44/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased this beer 12/11 and am drinking and reviewing on 12/12.

Semi vigorous pour to a pint glass produced a creamy off white two finger head that climbed about a quarter of an inch above the top of the glass, but didn't fall over. Beer is a hazy orangey-amber, I'm assuming hop haze. Sticky lacing that hangs around forever.

Smell is, grassy, grapefruity citrus, and tropical fruits. The tropical notes are the lead, but the grassiness and grapefruit are firm enough that it doesn't smell like fruit punch. Absolutely amazing nose on the beer.

Firm bitterness imediately following the swallow, the bitterness clears and a sweet maltiness washes in for moment. At the finish is the tropical hop flavor, with citrus in the background. Seconds after the swallow the bitterness returns and lingers until the next swallow. Medium to almost thick mouthfeel, the beer certainly isn't bone dry, but isn't cloying either.

Drinkability is pretty good, no problem making it through this bomber, but I don't think I'd open a second bomber right now if I had one. It's a filling beer and the mouthfeel really is a bit on the full side, though I don't think this is necessarily a bad thing.

Overall, maybe it's because I got to drink a beer I ultimately thought I never would, but I'm thrilled by this one. This is a fantastic example of a wet hopped beer.

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 cisteve
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of sdonegan
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of haddyhustle302
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of JAFoley
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

A - Crystal clear amber body, incredibly effervescent, and nice bubbly off-white head rises easily. Very good retention and lacing.

S - Subtle hops with big tangy cherries and apricots and caramel malt sweetness.

T - Taste just like the aroma. Nice hop bitterness upfront; citrus, pine, and potpouri. Fruits flavors are much more subtle, and malts are much less sugary. Nice dank earthy flavors resolving to nice hop finish.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Very resinous yet slick and in no way sticky.

O - What a quality brew as expected from Sierra Nevada. Nice and dry, drinkable, and bitter. I'll certainly be coming back to this.

Estate Homegrown Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 1,265 ratings.