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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: 132 | FT: 1
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 burnerfinger
4.63/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

poured from the 25.4 ounce bomber into my new belgium goblet at the Thanksgiving table 2010

A: nice show on the pour. BIG, 3 finger, rocky and sticky head. nice lacing that stays. Cloudy, orange ish brew

S: pleasing but subtle hops come thru if ther is grapefruit (per the label) it's just atouch

T: the grapefruit comes thru more on the tongue lots of hops and a big malt backbone

M: really nice! not too much bite. medium - heavy body

D: Thank You Lord for California and its brews.
too much ABV for a session beer, though!

Photo of MrOH
4.71/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

deep copper with a big off-white, pebbly, head

fresh cut grass, grapefruit, earthy, honey, funk

grapefruit, pine, white sugar, earthiness, meadow, rich, touch of cocoa

mouthfilling but light, creamy, smooth, refreshing, long finish

mellow but full, very elegant, graceful and balanced

From notes, 10-21-10

Photo of jcjerabek
4.75/5  rDev +15%

Photo of soccerfancooch
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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 ramseye4
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with an enormous head, with a nice coppery color. The aroma is of slight citrus fruit, with a nice balance of hops with some caramel malts. The taste is wonderful, as I have come to expect from Sierra Nevada. It is not as hoppy as Torpedo, but it has a much more complex taste than SNPA. Smooth malts blend perfectly with hops, and a bit of orange. The mouthfeel is great, very light on the tongue, and leaves a good aftertaste.
This is one damn good beer, and has a much more complex taste than the typical hops overload of a lot of American IPA's.

Photo of kirchy
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Donnie2112
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Brooklyn chalice.

Golden Amber beer, sticky lace, big fluffy head

Biscuity malt aromas combine with citrus and pine aromas, it's complex and there's some Earthy tones to it as well

The malts are present but not overtly sweet, they taste more like rye bread or whole wheat crackers, lemon lime and some pine is the hop flavor. What is interesting is how well put together the flavors of this beer are and how raw all of the flavors are. The malt is what impresses me the most, it reminds me of putting malted barley in my mouth and chewing it, the hops are like that too all of these little subtle notes that are hard to specify but are there nonetheless.

Slightly lacking in the carbonation department, medium-light body, light astringency on palate that holds citrus for a while.

A bit more carbonation would contribute to the drinkability immensely, the pungence and pure flavor of this beer make me want to take another sip, but it could use a bit more pop.

Photo of weller1js
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: pours a bold and clear rich orange color, with sediment suspended consistently throughout, foam is very bubbly and billows as it dissipates, leaving a foamy bubbly lacing; viscocity is slightly thick, noticable when swilled in a glass.

smell: hops are very floral and sweet, with the expected absence of dryness to the scent, very bold.

taste: begins very clean and refreshing, developing into a mellow yet bold hop sensation throughout; the notable absence of a typical dry-hop taste allows for the less than subtle elements to come forth, finishing with a crisp, pleasant bitterness.

drinkability: unique in its intent and very successful at that, it is very pleasant to drink; a higher abv could have been done without changing the hop characteristics and would have put this one at a five.

Photo of Nate
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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 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 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 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 grannaniwa
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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.

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Estate Homegrown Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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