Estate Homegrown Wet Hop Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,289
Reviews: 542
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.92%
Wants: 64
Gots: 139 | FT: 2
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 justintcoons
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Golden amber with 3-4 fingers of big, fluffy head. Excellent clarity and head retention. Moderate carbonation and big clouds of lacing.

Grapefruit, lemon, navel orange, toasted grains, caramel and light notes of pine.

Grapefruit pith along with lemon and orange juices. Honey, caramel and toasted grains. Finishes with some very mellow florals and pine sap.

Medium-full bodied, creamy, oily and smooth.

Grapefruit juice all over this one. Very juicy, balanced and mellow.

Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours an amber/red with blonde highlights. About 3 fingers of fluffy, off-white head rises revealing thick lacing. Great clarity with light-moderate carbonation.

N: Lemon and orange citrus, pine and sugary caramel.

T: Grapefruit, pine and lemon upfront followed by sugary caramel and orange citrus. Finishes with spicy pine, grapefruit , lemon zest and candy sugar.

M: Medium bodied, smooth, crisp, clean, dry and bitter.

O: Huge grapefruit and citrus notes mixed with candy sugar and caramel. Nice bitterness, easy drinking and overall an excellent American IPA!

Photo of Dope
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A clear amber-orange pour. Huge ridiculously fluffy tan head. Fades very, very slowly. Thin spiderweb lacing left behind. Excellent head retention.

S: Not a huge hop bomb like I was expecting (not sure why I was even expecting that to be honest). Plenty of earthy, piney and resinous hops however. Some biscuity malt as well.

T: Hoppier than the aroma. Again, lots of earthy and resinous hops. Just a touch of pine in there. I get some grapefruit that I missed in the aroma as well. Has a sweet, dry biscuity type malt base backing it all up. Finish is drawn out, resinous and fairly bitter. Quite drying. It tastes almost salty along with the biscuity malt, like drinking liquid saltines.

M: Medium bodied but sort of astringent. Lots of mouth-coating hop oils to boot, kinda sticky and drying as a result. Excellent "full" mouthfeel.

O: Excellent fresh hop IPA for sure. I really enjoyed the mouthfeel. You can practically feel all the hops floating around. It's not overly hoppy or bitter, but they're just THERE. I think the lack of a really sweet caramel malt really accentuates the hoppiness without it being a hop bomb. Gives it a bit more drinkability as well.

Photo of dbrauneis
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
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 Philousa
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From a 750ml capped bottle to a New Belgium globe.

Pours crystal clear with oak type wood color and one inch dense, creamy sand colored head. The foam sticks to the glass thinly, but evenly. I could watch the bubbles drift up from the etching at the bottom of the glass all day. Definite strong crystal malt aroma. Lots of almond or other hearty nut and browned biscuit with syrup in aroma. Wet hops are definitely evident: slight citrus with lots of pine and pitch. Lots of depth to the hops in this one, as the grapefruit is light and the pine needle is strong, supporting the other. The malt is very prevalent in the taste: buttered biscuit, caramel, toasted wheat bread, and slight toffee. The bitterness fades in green like fresh cut grass and gets stronger with time. Bark and earth are strong underneath a somewhat soapy hop oil. Feel is very creamy and balanced. The yeast does wonders to this beer. Scratch that: the brewer does wonders to the beer with this yeast. Slightly dry in the finish, making you salivate for another taste.

This is one hell of a beer. I was put off by the $10 price tag, thinking SN was just doing a cash grab. Now I feel that they just know how much the market will pay for a quality product. The malt and hops are balanced and it's full of flavor. The mouthfeel is the star of the show, though. I've never had such a creamy beer that wasn't on nitro. While this isn't the most hoppy beer or the highest in alcohol, it's a great beer that I look forward to having again next year.

Photo of beertunes
3.63/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

Photo of tastybeer
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Big towering sudsy head over auburn, clear beer. Looks inviting. Big clumpy lace forms as I get further in.

S: Stinky piles of fresh "farmy" hops. This has an assortment of earthier, darker hops aromas. Root-like, leafy decomposition, tea, piles of wild floral, on a soft bed of pine. Interesting and enjoyable with what seems like an unusual hop mix.

T: Taste has a bitter piney kick that lingers. Very resinous....sticky. There are indeed plenty of hops. The malt is like fresh crackery grains. Just enough malt to support the dank hoppiness.

M: Dry, powdery, and smooth at the same time.

O: Good stuff. Fresh and hoppy with an artistic spin.

Photo of wedge
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Impeccably clear reddened copper color topped with a tall, remarkably thick and sturdy off-white head. Hard to get aromas through the head at first, but when they come it's all fresh, perfumy, floral hop oils and sugary melon...not smack-you-in-the-face potent, but very pleasant. Deep, slick, oily hop flavor. Green, leafy, peppery, and floral with some underlying malt sweetness. Some lingering pine sap, but not a huge amount of citrus. Medium bodied and oily, seeming to coat the mouth with each sip. Not terribly bitter. A nice, hoppy treat.

Photo of BeerManBert
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes - Nice example of a refined wet hop ale. I've always respected the work by Sierra Nevade and finally got a chance to try several of their beers at GABF 2012?
Really love what this brewery is doing from an environmental standpoint and the organic homegrown wet hops from their own fields is really cool.

Flavor was very balanced with a nice soft nose and very smooth finish. Great body and just a nice pleasant enjoyable beer.

Photo of rajendra82
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I guess this is a renaming of their Hop Harvest Ale. The packaging is certainly nicer than the old one, with a wax dipped cap. The beer poured golden brown, and formed a nice foamy head, that slowly dissolved into a collar of bubbles. The smell was hoppy with a touch of cooked corn. The taste was assertive in its spiciness, middle a bit reminiscent of white wine, and dry finish with a hint of oak. The feel was medium in the mouth and slippery. The aftertaste was quite bitter. This was 2011 vintage. I suppose I should seek this out closer to the bottling date.

Photo of dbell23
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip. Dark burnt orange with a beige head of about an inch. Decent retention and nice lacing.

Smell is all ipa. Grapefruit, pine and really clean.

Taste is great. Hoppy and exceptionally smooth and balanced. Super clean finish that makes you want to take another drink.

Mouthfeel is almost perfect. Smooth with what I think is just the right carbonation for an ipa.

Overall a great American ipa. It doesn't slap you in the face but nicely hopped and very well balanced and smooth.

Photo of thedoubler55
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Wax cap was annoying to get off and I think I waited to long to drink this.

A: Cloudy orange with a huge off white head at the top, left a little lacing around the glass.

S: A bit of citrus, and rounded out with fresh wet hops and nice malts, slight notes of caramel and honey.

T: I do think the taste would have been a lot better if I had this one fresh. Slight notes of citrus and bitterness from the hops, but it was very warming on the booze side, the malts had a nice coating as well.

M: Medium bodied and high carbonation.

O: A good beer, wish I had drank it earlier, was very warming I am guessing from sitting to long.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a prime example of why I always take a whiff right after pouring a beer. This one had a real nice wet hopped nose to it right off the pour; nice and oily. The flavor profile is good. Mildly robust with the oily tones on there. I certainly salute SIerra Nevada for what they are doing with this beer, but other breweries have put out other really distinct wet hopped beers that pretty much show this one up. This is nice, yes. But seems a bit muffled in comparison. I'd love a lot more up in my face; a lot more interesting hop influence. But, overall, it's a nice beer.

Photo of Durtdiggler
4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber bottle into snifter style glass.

Dark orange hue. The head is massive, creamy with huge retention. Lacing sticks to glass. So inviting.

Bready, sweet malt presence offsetting the hops. Some spices noted. The hops are more subdued not as overpowering.

Defies convention. Citrus presence, like a sweet fruit with malt backbones limited bitterness. Creamy, not syrupy. Would like bit more bitterness.

Ver smooth, creamy. Clean finish. Full profile yet very drinkable

More focus on the malts then hops may put some off for his beer but notice an A factor with the ingredients that gives this beer such a fresh taste. Trying to stockpile it. Wet hop ale style is different, unique.

Photo of rdilauro
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have become a big fan of Sierra Nevada brews. I've tasted so many of their different types and I have yet to be disappointed.

This one poured a golden amber hue. The head was frothy and a semi white beige which never faltered. I let one of my pours sit for about 10 minutes and it still had a pretty good size head.

The aroma was pleasant, enjoyable, but nothing that came across with strong bouquet. I did smell the typical grapefruit citrus aroma of any good IPA. I am still intrigued by the term
Wet Hop Ale... I've had a number of Dry Hop Ale, so comparing this was fun.

The taste was big full and very smooth. Not sure of the IBU's in this one, but my tongue's reaction to some of the bitterness was overshadowed by its fullness.

I really enjoyed this 2011 beer.

Photo of sulldaddy
3.3/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Split a bottle cold poured into a snifter. The beer pours a amber to copepr color with minimal edge layer of head and some wispy islands in the center of my glass.
Aroma is pine sap and some grass. not too much else going on with a fairly mild nose.
First sip reveals an average body and fine gentle carbonation.
Flavor is grainy caramel malt briefly and then moves to pine sap hops and a bit of wet grass. The beer is an easy drinker yet not outstanding. I dont get any hints of booze and the flavor profile is clean and simple.
Not an offensive beer for certain, and it is enjoyable, just not memorable.

Photo of BostonHops
3.71/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

wax sealed 750ml bottle served in a standard pint glass. can't remember too many wax-dipped IPAs. not exactly sure what the point is here (other than to grind my gears trying to chisel it off), but okay...

pours a nice dark amber tone with a creamy two finger, beige head; a touch of cloudiness to it... very impressive retention and bountiful lacing. awesome presentation.

nose is solid with citrusy, earthy hoppiness. maybe not as aromatic as i typically look for. flavor follows the aroma with grapefuit, a touch of pine, and maybe a few herbal and grassy notes in the background. strong hops bitterness persists through the finish. very good, very enjoyable, but personally i don't find this one propelling itself into noteworthiness (in a style loaded with superstars).

medium-plus bodied mouthfeel with medium carbonation. on its own the beer is very drinkable and well worth a try, but when you factor the cost, well, for my money there are better IPAs out there that come with a much more palatable price tag.

originally reviewed: 01-13-2011

Photo of Megahertz
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750 with green wax covering. Bottle date code indicates Sep 15, 2011 on line 6 at 4:23 pm. Served in a shaker.

A - Deep copper, intensely cloudy. Massive fluffy off-white head that leaves considerable rockiness. Massive lacing. Carbonation appears low. Almost homebrew-like.

S - Slight pine with a good amount of caramel maltiness.

T - Toasted bread at the tip of the tongue followed by complex burnt honey, caramel and brown sugar. Bitterness is firm but packs only a mild punch on the sides of the tongue. Grassy, piney hops in the finish with a light residual sweetness. Maybe even a roasted hint at the very end.

M - Fully bodied, almost creamy. Carbonation is appropriate for the style.

O - Age has brought out some interesting character in this beer. It is not nearly as aromatic as it would have been fresh, however, the malt complexity is appreciable - especially in the finish. The body contributes a lot to this beer.

This beer would be an excellent one to try at a lower price point. As it stands, go find some Hemisphere Harvest.

Photo of MatthewWilde
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sample: 1 bottle 2011

A: Medium orange in color, slight bit of haze, strong internal carbonation, light foamy white head

S: Moderately fragrant, nice citrus with bit of butter/something extra, some coriander, pine, decently complex

T: Reminiscent of the nose, citrus followed by a buttery pine/coriander/tropical fruits element, great balance, extremely clean finish

M: Extremely smooth and refreshing, very drinkable, light citrus/slightly floral aftertaste, only a tad drying, so clean

O: A very smooth and refreshing ipa, great look, pretty fragrant, and delicious, definitely worth a try, assuming any bottles are left

Photo of biboergosum
3.44/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

25.4oz bottle, with a solid green wax neck covering, that cracks into a few too many small pieces for my liking as it dig for the cap. No date info, from a wee little 'gem' of a store in Hawi, Hawaii.

This beer pours a slightly hazy medium golden hue, with two fingers of foamy, bubbly ecru head, which leaves a nice tight honeycomb pattern of lace around the glass as it evenly recedes.

It smells of very mild bland citrus, some zingy leafy hops, and an equally understated bready caramel malt. The taste is subtle grapefruit, orange, and tropical fruit hops, a further, late-arriving herbal weediness, and equally muted bready, crackery malt. A tiny warming arises alongside the elevated pace of local environment-induced warming .

The bubbles are quite weak and powerless, the body a so-so medium weight, and smooth in the same vein. It finishes with a final flourish of meekness, the hops and malt taking it ridiculously easy.

An underwhelming offering, but one also totally lacking in overt offensiveness, so, given my current lanai-facing situation, I can't fault it _too_ much, can I?

Photo of SchadeAM
4.48/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this bottle up in April 2012. Bottle says 2011, so I am assuming a fall brew. Bit late for an IPA, but I have about 3 more bottles of it that I plan to age for a little longer, in order to mellow the flavor out.

A- Amber brown, about 1 finger head, and 1/3 carbonation.

S-Dirt, lavender, hoppiness, fresh, floral

T- mellow hoppy flavor, undertones overwhelmed by bitterness (but not in a bad way!!)

M- Light, airy, crisp, Leaves you wanting more

Overall- An excellent IPA. I am very impressed, and would purchase again. I would recommend aging for a few months (I know, I know, IPA's are meant to be enjoyed fresh) but remember, the IPA was originally designed to last for months on oceans, so go ahead and save some bottles for future use. You will not regret it.

Photo of evilkalla
4.11/5  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 ThePortlander
4.52/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orange-copper-gold with a dense, foamy head. The nose is promising, with some nice caramel malt and resiny hops coming through, along with a hint of orange-tangerine. Wow! this thing is creamy and a pleasure to drink. Wonderful mouthfeel. Nice balance with lingering hop overtones that manage sweep the gamut from pine to spice to citrus. I'm impressed, SN. Keep it up, damn.

Photo of JayS2629
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice copper color with a huge white head that sticks around for a while. Leaves big rings of lace.

Aroma has a bready background with huge citrus notes of orange, pineapple, and pine.

Nicely balanced with a toasted bread, touch of caramel and huge citrus punch with resiny pine in the finish.

Medium bodied, somewhat creamy, smooth and crisp

Nicely balanced, enjoyable, easy drinking

Photo of abgba121
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a reddish golden color, slightly hazy, huge 1.5 inch head, big retention, lots of lace

S: citrus and piney hops, strong Malty sweetness, caramel notes, might be more choppy had I opened the bottle when it was more fresh.

T: sweet upfront, citrus hops in the middle, finishes bitter with a piney resinous, but not overpowering, this wet hop ale is delicious and probably even better fresher

O: a great Ipa, drinks like a pale ale, very refreshing. You can just taste that it is a fresh wet hop ale.

Photo of sevenarts
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden orange, somewhat hazy, off-white head with fluffy clouds of lacing.

S: Very earthy and malty, with some strong grapefruit hops coming through as well.

T/M: Grapefruit hops up front, very sweet and tasty, followed by a dry and slightly bitter finish. Very smooth and drinkable, and the earthy homegrown feel comes through very clearly.

O: Very tasty IPA with a distinctive feel due to the unique process behind its brewing.

Estate Homegrown Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 1,289 ratings.