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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: 1,203
Reviews: 523
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.87%
Wants: 53
Gots: 104 | 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 nomomentwasted
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this a couple times over the past few weeks from some bottle shares, but recently had a full pour and figured it's time for a review. Out of a 22 ounce bottle poured into a tulip. I have to say this before reviewing, however: the way topping on this beer was a beast to get through. Which is funny, since I have a feeling this IPA wouldn't keep very well. Still, kudos on the decoration.

Appearance: Bright ruby-red with orange hues, filled with a rather light, bubbly lacing and crown. More red than the average IPA fare, but otherwise, pretty standard.

Smell: Big citrus esters, including chiefly ruby-red grapefruit. Sure there was orange and pineapple, but the deeper I dove in, I kept getting full-on, double-rainbow-all-the-way grapefruit. Gotta love them fresh wet hops. The more it came into picture, some of the sweetness came in the way of caramel and crystal malts, but sweet and fresh hops were leading to a very refreshing nose. Pleasing for a hot day, for sure.

Taste: Big, sweet, hoppy nose. Citrus is there, but the bitterness is a little lower than I had anticipated. The sweetness is definitely a maltier beast than the hoppy nose led me to believe. However, the more the beer opened up, I really had to admire the balance between malt sweetness and wet hoppiness. This beer with much more sweet and much less hop could've rapidly turned too sweet, but SN really did a nice job with keeping everything in check. Definitely refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Not as bitter as I've come to expect my IPAs to be, but San Diego IPAs do that to a palate. Finishes clean and sweet, and carbonated appropriately.

Drinkability: A very nice little IPA. Pricy is problem with Estate Ales, but I really like the recipe. I can think of several IPAs I'd prefer in 24oz quantities over this one, but when looking for a fairly balanced yet still hoppy IPA, I could definitely look this direction again.

Photo of groetman
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of wolfinthemirror
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First off, I want to say the presentation of this beer is absolutely beautiful. The art and over all aesthetic of the label is very pleasing to the eye and fitting with the concept of the beer.

Pours a gorgeous honey orange color with a butterscotch tinge into my tulip glass. Very hazy and translucent. generous white head of over an inch worth, leaves behind a lot of lacing.

smells very sweet and grassy, of the nectars of flowers. A sort of honey orange blossom smell. Subtle malt scents emerge shortly after.

The taste profile of this beer is unique. The first thing i notice is the signature Sierra Nevada taste. That sort of spicy, piney, deep grapefruit hop flavor. However, this beer backs off on the bitterness and leaves room for the flavors of the sweet delicate body. You can just pick it apart, there is a lot going on. The middle of this beer just has a ton of toasted, caramel malt flavors, and the soft, bright yeast tones really shine through. Reminiscent of a belgian pale ale or something.

The mouthfeel is very nice and soft, one of my favorite things about this beer. Carbonation is perfect. fluffy, lush feel.

This beer is very tasty which definitely helps in the drinkability department. A little expensive, but totally worth it. Wonderful beer, would recommend.

Photo of SteelCityHops89
5/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of bsnone
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of scootsmal
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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.

Photo of evilkalla
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: Bomber into a big glass.

A: Pours a pretty clear copper color with half an inch of fairly thick head on it. Carbonation level is about medium. Very attractive pour.

S: I don't smell much of anything honestly. My nose is a little stuffy today so I'll give it a pass this time.

T: Very malty up front with subdued hints of hop bitterness. Hop character is a little spicy with hints of grapefruit and orange peel. Sweet malts on the finish. Very crisp. Nice.

M: Feels just about right.

O: Very drinkable beer. Glad I gave this one a try.

Photo of hopluva1
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A wonderful concept! Pours a cloudy dark amber / reddish. Great off white head that sticks around! Aroma is good but not great. Taste has a light sweetness, finishes with grapefruit hop bitterness. All the flavors are well balanced. A very drinkable beer!

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

A: Pours a nice rich copper color with a thick fluffy head. The head is long lasting and leaves lots of lacing

S: The smell is very hops-forward. Lots of citrus hops aroma but you can also detect the malt. Rich and grainy with a caramel backbone.

T: Again, the hops dominates, as should be the case for this style. Strong flavors of citrus and piney hops followed by the malt flavor.

M: On the high side of light bodied. It feels almost creamy. Very "comfortable" mouth feel.

O: I would and will try this again. All I can speak for is the 2012 batch but I am very happy.

Photo of mudbug
4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the waxed cap (really could do without this)bottle into a standard pint glass results in a slightly hazy dark golden body topped with a nice fluffy off white head that slowly drops to a thin cap of foam that coats the glass , small bubbles continue to rise up all the way through, very pleasing.
Aroma of grapefruit and floral hops waft up, a slight tinge of fresh baked bread commingles, my mouth waters.
Ahhhh the taste is superb, bitter grapefruit rind, bread biscuit, just a tinge of malt sweetness, balanced? You betcha!
Slightly creamy with super tight carbonation, coats the tongue, juicy.
What a great beer! Bravo Sierra Nevada.
Extra props for it being an organic all estate grown beer, no one has anything like this so there is no comparison on price.
I will continue to drink this until the supply runs out.

Photo of tomholland
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of HKUSPC40
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of gmcsierra91
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of runner72
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of PopGun
2.5/5  rDev -39.6%

Photo of Cheesemoose
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of JWing
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of WebGuyMike
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of Sixofsigmas
5/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of rm9679
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Crossmd
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured 45 degrees Fahrenheit into a tulip glass

Pours a dark red-amber with pink reflections. Two finger head eggshell dissipates quickly into a cap of bubbles.

Smells of a sweet, liquor soaked tangerine and honey. Maybe some cloves on top. I don't want to finish it, I just want to smell it. Can i get an air freshener?

Intensely smooth, with an excellent degree of drinkability. Not a lot of carbonation, but I find myself glad for it. Tis won't make sense on paper, only in the mouth.

Overall, it should on paper look, feel act, smell like an IPA, but it remains intensely smooth, even lithe. It glides, instead of the typical citrus hop attack that comes with a west coast IPA. Gorgeous and unique with all sorts of character. Will revisit.


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

This beer pours a dark copper to almost amber to light amber color with a white head. The aroma is of citrus and pine hops. The flavor is of sweet malt and a solid citrus backbone. There is a complex flavor of hops. The mouthfeel is medium light, and I would consider this very drinkable.

Photo of beerbiatchMD
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2011 Vintage poured into a wine glass.

A: Nice orange-red appearance, consistent but not clear, good off-white head with great retention throughout pour and good lacing.

S: Actually mostly malty up front on the nose, this bottle is a few months old and has been stored properly but I believe the hops have faded quite a bit from what I remember a few months ago. Definite caramel and toffee notes. Bready as well.

T: Again some nice caramel malts, a bit of bright hop cirtrusy bitterness at the end. Decently balanced, good overall taste.

M: reasonably smooth, good carbonation, average mouthfeel. No alcohol heat at all.

O: I very good beer overall. Would definitely recommend. I do think there is quite a bit more hop character fresh, but I like it today a few months aged as well.

Photo of Jhatwig
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Estate Homegrown Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,203 ratings.