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Estate Homegrown Wet Hop Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,041
Reviews: 503
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 46
Gots: 64 | FT: 1
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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

"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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PicoPapa

Connecticut

3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle with green wax on the cap. Pours a deep amber color with a big thick head. Massive amounts of lacing throughout. Powerful aroma. I'm smelling some nice floral hops and a slight citrus aroma. Taste is more of the fragrant floral hops. Earthy. This is quite crisp. Overall this is a good beer but the floweriness of the hops might be a tad bit more than I care for. I think it would work better in a 12oz bottle than a 22oz. Still I do like this beer and would recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2010 04:06:00 | More by PicoPapa
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katan

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz into a pint

A - Pours a very transparent, effervescent brown color. Strong bubbling, very strong off white head.

S - A fresh grassy, fresh cut hop note - guessing it was cascade grown in their backyard. Light amounts of sweet floral notes, and by no means too strong.

T - Starts off with a caramel, toasted malt sweetness. Almost nutty. Hops build mid-stream with some of the grassy, fresh cut notes. Finishes with a smooth grapefruit note. Bitterness lingers on the tongue.

M - Thick and creamy. Very full bodied. Carbonation backs it up, somewhat lightens it in fact. Oily finish.

D - Good drinkability for a fresh harvest. ABV is manageable. Somewhat filing at times. Flavors are very well balanced and integrated.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2010 02:14:22 | More by katan
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LukeD23

Delaware

4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice off amber with light light tan head

Aroma is great with notes of apricot, peach and Papaya. Hops are up front and in your face..yummy

Flavor is really solid, lots of hop flavor, Again fruity flavors of stone fruits, backed with subtle pound cake bread.

mouthfeel is perfect, full and silky

I could drink to much of this...best beer I have had from Sierra Nevada

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2010 01:17:10 | More by LukeD23
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Axic10

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bottle (green wax top) into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours amber with two fingers of of fluffy head that settles after a bit.

Smell: Earthy hop bitterness balanced with sweet malt.

Taste: Earthy hop bite, piney and sweet malts in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a resiny mouthfeel.

Drinikability: I enjoyed this beer quite a bit. I bought two bottles of this, so I'm definitely going to drink again. Price wise it could be better, but growing your own hops and barley ain't cheap. Another solid offering from Sierra Nevada.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2010 21:02:18 | More by Axic10
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tylernim

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into a pint glass. Stereotypical Sierra Nevada copper color. Good head on this one.

S - Hops come through. Floral and fruity notes follow.

T - Hops, grapefruit, pine notes. Slight booze to this.

M - Light, with some carbonation. Refreshing.

D - This is pretty drinkable indeed. Gladly downed the entire bottle.

IPAs are not high on the pecking order for me. This one surprised me a bit. I really enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2010 14:15:55 | More by tylernim
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jeffjeff1

California

4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up at work a couple nights ago.

Appearance- copper color, nice thick head

Smell- floral hops

Taste- floral hops

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- very good, I liked this a lot. I would definitely like to get some more of this.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2010 06:18:48 | More by jeffjeff1
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DrMalt

Saskatchewan (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank out of a Wild Rose pint glass.

Copper Orange with a very thick head. Lots of residual lacing. Gave extra points for the bottle appearance although that shouldnt traditionally count, but a nice presentation.

Aroma was good but not exceptional.

Good flavour profile although had something different from other IPA's or even other SN offerrings. Maybe it was in my mind that I noticed it after reading how the beer was made?

Mouthfeel was excellent-draft like creaminess/mouthfeel.

Felt that I drink more of this beer at one sitting.

Was apprehensive about purchasing this beer at close to $10 bottle!

Some kind of contradictory messaging/marketing going on here. Waxed to me means a cellaring beer yet the beer is somewhat based on being of the freshest ingredients? Ie straight from the SN farm.

Not sure if I believe in the marketing strategy that the hops or barley are any better coming from their own estate?

But it is a one-off which I am slave to so I bought & wasnt disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2010 04:55:48 | More by DrMalt
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Tucquan

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on 2010-10-16 in Chester, CA from a 25.4 oz bottle.

A - Amber and orange with a 2-finger head and a pale creamsicle color head, which is quite unusual.

S - Pleasant but not strong aromas of pine, grapefruit and yeast. Smells very fresh.

T - Rich and complex. Plenty of grapefruit bitterness and pine. Hint of vanilla compliments the tasty caramel malt backbone. It's got a fresh, floral taste too. The sweetness and bitterness are in good balance, leaning more to the bitter side, which I quite enjoy.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Decidedly creamy and resinous.

D - Sessionable. I like this a lot. Perhaps not as much as the recent, Ghidorah but at least on par if not better than their Torpedo.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2010 02:33:45 | More by Tucquan
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Yesac

Georgia

3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Orange amber hues, large off white dense foamy head.

S- Floral bouquet of wet hops, slightly toasted malts, wheat. Smells quite balanced.

T- Dull fresh wet hops with a toned down sharp bitterness and a caramel toasty malt finish. Great taste overall, but just turned down and oddly bitter. The balance is nice however.

M- Medium bodied, high carbonation.

D- Overall a great drinking brew, the caramel malts are delicious however the wet hops are toned down and contain a strong bitterness. The 7% abv is well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2010 01:21:50 | More by Yesac
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Initially poured fairly hard into a tulip, bringing a two to three-finger off white head with some larger carbonation bubbles on top. Fairly thick from the sides and clinging in a nearly-uniform pattern as the head recedes. Color is a medium, transparent copper color. Hints of a reddish hue as well.

A long sniff after a lengthy swirl reveals some muted aromas of earthy hops and a tad bit of pale malt. Second whiff reveals some more floral hops along with hints of pine. As of yet, not getting any of the citrus notes mentioned on the label. Time will tell as this one warms up a bit.

First sip is a bit mild, although it's still fairly chilled. Some of the base malt comes through with a very mild caramel flavor. Prickly carbonation on the front of my tongue and then smooth throughout. The finish is dry on the center of my tongue, although neither hop flavor nor bitterness have really come through at this point. Additionally, there's a mild, alcohol-type heat coming through, which I've grown to associate with wet hopped ales. This is pleasant and associates well with the quaint bitterness.

As the head starts to finally recede, spots of lacing dot the walls of the glass and a thin film coats the top of the brew. As it warms, both the taste and smell are still fairly muted. Much less hoppy than I would expect from Sierra, especially on their first fully homegrown ale. The taste is fairly bright and crisp, with a fairly light mouthfeel contributing just enough carbonation to carry the soft bitterness.

In the end, this is a bit of a disappointment, as I expected much more on this inaugural brew. However, this is also Sierra being a victim of their own success. I expect so much of all their beers--especially the hop-centric ones--that I can't help but wish that there was a little something more to this.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2010 23:13:11 | More by Thorpe429
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Daniellobo

District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice wet hop ale, maybe without much complexity but all around is pretty pleasing, and offers a nice brewers nod to organic self-management, at least on this offering...

Presentation: 750 ml brow waxed and capped bottle. Waxing may add to the exclusive presentation, and maybe even to the idea of freshness although since this brew is typically what one should not cellar, quite the contrary, it feels as pure make up. Elaborate nature illustration on the front label, highlighting the Sierra Estate, with a small note offering a main description and highlighting its uniqueness, including symbols or organic certification. Back label expands on on the narrative of the intent and seasons, mains ingredients, and overall description. It offers an obscure batch code on the neck, and shows Alc.by Vol. (6.7%) Served in a tulip glass.

A -Medium to dark amber pour, rich head with good retention and some lacing.

S - Good nose with a hoppy sense, very fresh initial whiff with a nice range as one goes along. Resin, a bit grassy, citrus, dash of grapefruit.

T - Rich hoppy fresh range, not too hefty but rich with pine, grapefruit and even a spicy touch as it weaves itself onto the malty backbone.

M - Medium to medium-light body with medium carbonation, touch of resin, with a nice bitterness building up around the hoppy profile.

D - It all comes together in a rather nice drinking experience with a solid shine to it. Very pleasing if one enjoys how all the bitterness holds it together.

Notes: It actually has a nice feel to it, despite the marketing and the small organic and somewhat forced niche it wants to exploit, and in and of itself it is quite pleasing. A tad pretentious and pricey, waxed top and all, but one of the better seasonal single bottle offerings from Sierra Nevada I´ve tried to date.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2010 13:36:56 | More by Daniellobo
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada Chico Estate Harvest Wet Hop Ale (2008)
Sierra Nevada Estate Brewers Harvest Ale (2009)
Sierra Nevada Estate Homegrown Wet Hop Ale (2010)
Different names. Same beer.

Autumn leaves orange with butterscotch hued highlights at the edges of the pint glass. The pour produced four fingers of bubbly foam that has an outstanding texture and is beginning to lay down a ridiculous amount of finely stippled lace. Eye candy for sure.

The nose is not as explosively hoppy as expected for a wet hop ale that isn't even one month old yet. Citrusy and herbal-earthy hops are arranged on a toasted-caramel malt base. A hint of garlic and onions make me think of Summit hops. Why doesn't SNBC release the ingredients for this beer like they do for everything else they brew?

As in the nose, Estate Homegrown's flavor is less in-your-face than it should be. Wet hops ales (which these guys invented back in the late '90s) are all about fresh, bright, green, resinous... HOPS. Sorry, but this offering tastes like a quality IPA that is 3-4 months old, not 3-4 weeks. It's enjoyable and disappointing at the same time.

The malt backbone, which is precisely the right size for the style, tastes like equal parts pale and caramel. The hops are most likely a combination of one (or more) of the C hops (grapefruit and pine) and.... something else that doesn't have citrus peel as its defining characteristic. Flavor boldness ramps up with warming and the bitterness is cumulative, although both are still shy of the mark.

Other than appearance (still great), mouthfeel is the highlight. It fits style and ABV to a 'T', while being as lush and as creamy smooth as hop mousse. Hey, that's not a bad idea.

Sierra Nevada is one of this country's finest craft breweries. Celebration Ale and Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale (to name just two) are icons that deliver the goods year after year after year. Whether it's the choice of ingredients or the decision to back off the hops, Estate Homegrown Wet Hop Ale is not destined for legendary status. $12.99 for the bottle. Ouch.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2010 12:56:09 | More by BuckeyeNation
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bonkers

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a bomber into a snifter. Deeep amber pour with a thick sticky, white head. The aroma is full of pine and earthy hops. Taste follows the nose, piney and grassy. It finishes with a lingering pine, Medium in body with good carbonation. A decent IPA, IMO nothing special, not really worth the money.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2010 02:13:35 | More by bonkers
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PDXHops

South Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A slow pour into my Duvel tulip builds an enormous frothy head that rises cloudlike above the rim of the glass. Incredible retention, loads of clumpy and sticky lacing. Great looking beer.

The nose is full of hoppy goodness, leafy and oily, green and fresh. Notes of tobacco in there as well. It's more viscous than I imagined it would be, with plentiful grit and earthiness. The malts are sweet, but nutty and tangy as well. Bitterness is more than adequate, and the leafy hop flavors linger. Light citrus notes float in and out, along with a vaguely soapy/herbal notion I can't quite put my finger on. Nevertheless, delicious stuff.

Overall impression: If your idea of a great IPA includes a mandatory citrus/pine combo, this probably isn't the beer for you. I found it to be pretty damned good.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2010 13:16:29 | More by PDXHops
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LtCracker20

Connecticut

4.13/5  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?

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2010 03:38:14 | More by LtCracker20
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AgentZero

Illinois

2.65/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to MasterSki aka Alex for bringing this by. Nice green wax on the bottle, didn't know SN did this.

A - An amber colored beer with a nice head that left some spots and chunk on the side and had nice drag throught the consumption of this beer.

S - Slight smell of ammonia, as well as some sort of weak dish soap, kind of reminds me of the ginger they give you with sushi. Pine hops, not particularly resiny, and a bready backbone, but it all smells a little weak.

T - Don't like this. Some sort of hops and the usual weak organic flavoring that may taste natural but doesn't take good. I feel this might be mislabeled as an IPA, reminds me of some sort of organic rice lager or something, if that exists.

M - A lower carbonation beer for something this light, although that's not horrible.

D - Not like I couldn't drink it, but I didn't really want to so after about three quarters of my glass I let the drain finish this off. It's a drinkable beer, but if I'm going to drink I'd rather put something down with better taste. The highlight of this beer for me was the nice looking wax, and I couldn't help lamenting after the fact that this bottle was a waste of good wax.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2010 02:34:59 | More by AgentZero
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beveragesampler

Indiana

4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

one of my favorite selections from SN. pours wonderful copper in color with a most impressive head. nice amount of lacing. smell is mello and very ballanced with hints of citrus and bananas. taste is smooth with a lite smokiness to it. very drinkable, you wont notice the 6.7% ABV. every sip left me wanting one more sip. i dont care for the wax dip that the bottle has. it takes a little care not to get the wax in the beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2010 00:39:15 | More by beveragesampler
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MasterSki

Illinois

2.98/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle purchased from Whole Foods. Served in a Rodenbach tulip.

A - Two fingers of off-white foam that settle to a thin cap and thick collar, leaving behind spotty lace. Transparent coppery body.

S - Extremely catty and earthy hops, with a bit of pine and soap mixed in there as well. Whatever they are growing on their estate, they aren't the hops I like. The malt character is mostly biscuit and also has notes of wild rice. Not pleasant in my book.

T - Taste is bready malt and nondescript hop bitterness in the finish. Would probably impress me more if it was called an American Pale Ale.

M - Very smooth, soft texture. Medium body with pleasant active carbonation. Slightly dry and bitter finish. Nothing off-putting here.

D - I finished my glass, but I think about a third of the bomber ended up going down the drain as no one wanted seconds. If you're into the type of hop profile I described, you'll probably dig this, but I'm with Overlord on this one and want more citrus character. I guess that's the gamble with growing your own hops - if they don't turn out like you planned you still have to make a beer with them.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2010 14:58:02 | More by MasterSki
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aval89

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into snifter.

A: dark orange/copper color with gorgeous 2.5 finger head. leaves a nice lace & sticks around for a while.

S: fresh all the way, with nice floral hops. citrus notes & signature SN pine smell. also has a spice note to it that creates an almost banana like aroma.

T: pine notes upfront, fresh fruits, sweet malt flavor makes its way through, fresh apple taste surprised me & a hint of spiciness. finishes with more pine & a nice orange peel/grapefruit bitterness lingers on the palate. slight alcohol warming at the back end. as the beer warms you get more toasty malts.

MF: mouthfeel felt a little thin & lacked a bit of carbonation..making it kind of creamy. still good though..

D: very good drinkability. couldnt put my glass down.

overall, a very different IPA that i enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2010 07:51:22 | More by aval89
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Beejay

Virginia

4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Beautifully clear amber. with a massive just off white head.

S: Huge American hop smell. Grassy, piney, and a little hint of citrus. Nice caramel aroma in the finish.

T: A lovely balance between hops and malt with a lingering bitterness. Nice citrus and Pine notes backed by a malt and caramel sweetness.

M: Very smooth for the style. Medium in body, but perhaps just a wee bit undercarbed.

D: Very nice. Well rounded, beautiful, and very enjoyable. Strong work. The best organic brew I have had.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2010 02:58:04 | More by Beejay
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DeanMoriarty

California

4.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I worked an event with Eric Silverman earlier this summer where we brought in Sierra Nevada as the beer sponsorship and he was hyping this beer big time - claiming it was going to be insanely good and one of their best to date. He was right!

Picked up a 22oz bomber from Olive Tree Market in OB and poured it into a stemmed tulip glass.

A: Very clean copper, slightly reddish hue with a nice creamy head that lasted about half way through my glass, leaving tons of lace in its tracks.

S: Earthy piney hops, sweet carmel, fermented malts and some yeast in there too. Real fresh smelling.

T: Resinous piney hop flavor that coats the mouth; fresh cut grass, slight bitter citrus flavor, sweet carmel, and nice fresh grainy malt that lends a real freshness to this beer. Absolute perfectly balanced California IPA.

M: Medium bodied, dry with perfect carbonation that gives it a nice creamy aspect.

D: These are too easy to drink - at $10.99 each you'll go broke quick though.

*Can't wait to have this on tap at Toronado in SF this weekend!

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2010 02:40:56 | More by DeanMoriarty
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jrallen34

Illinois

2.88/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle into my Narke, provided by Alex...Pours a clear and bright, but super dark copper. Watery and whispy off white head, retention is poor, ok lacing...The aroma is terrible, all throw up on the front, rice and wood. I don't even want to drink to try it...The taste thankfully isn't as bad, light dry hops, alcohol but a light sweet finish. You can tell this is organic, not a good way. A beer worth skipping. The aroma makes it super tough to drink, if it wasn't as strong I could probably drink more of this.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2010 02:24:45 | More by jrallen34
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biggred1

Indiana

4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, dark copper with a dense tan head that lasts and leaves rings of sticky lace on the glass. Caramel, toast and pine sap with some fresh grapefruit in the aroma. Mega fresh hoppy flavors of pine and grapefruit rind backed with plenty of rich, toasty malt, finishes with a spicy tobacco-like mild bitterness. Medium bodied with soft, creamy carbonation. As is the case with most of SN's offerings this ale is spot on.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2010 03:48:59 | More by biggred1
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portia99

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint glass.

A - Pours an absolutely crystal clear deep copper color. Two fingers of rocky head sit on top and hang around for a long, long time. Sticky spiderwebs of lacing coat the glass all the way down. Beautiful beer.

S - Lots of nice citrusy grapefruit up front. I also get some green and grassy aromas, some earthiness and a touch of pine. Malt is there in the background giving the slightest touch of sweetness in the aroma.

T - Taste is loaded with fresh hops. Very green tasting. Grass, grapefruit and tropical fruits - most notably pineapple are all here too. Bitterness is assertive, but perhaps a bit heavy on the palette (I guess a little bit on the dull and dirty side as opposed to being crisp and clean). There is a solid earthy component, perhaps from the hops and some spicy hop flavors as well (how many hop varieties are in here?). Malt is mild in flavor yielding only a light sugary sweetness and some stronger caramel aspects.

M - Lightish medium bodied...fuller than SNPA but lighter than Celebration Ale as a reference. Lingering bitterness well past the swallow with tropical fruitiness sticking around too. Carbonation is medium, perhaps a bit light even, with a creamy feel on the tongue. A bit smoother feeling than most other Sierra Nevada offerings.

D - Very good fresh hop IPA. Lots of fresh green hop flavors. Definitely one to have fresh. If you are into fresh hop beers, definitely give this one a shot. Another winner for Sierra Nevada.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2010 23:28:39 | More by portia99
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Overlord

California

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a surprisingly dark amber with both orange and red highlights. Huge gob-bish off-white foam head. Truly titanic. One inch of head for one inch of beer.

Smells overwhelmingly floral, with some bittering pine. No citrus. That makes me sad.

Taste is bitter pine, a ton of fresh cut grass, a splash of sweet honey-ed malt, and a strange, almost earth-y lingering ... I don't know ... I guess earthiness is the best term for it, aftertaste. Maybe a smidgen of grapefruit husk.

Eh. For some reason, I recall the Chico Estate iteration being significantly better. Needs a lot more citrus, and the hops are pretty one note. Great mouthfeel, though. Fluffy and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2010 05:11:26 | More by Overlord
Estate Homegrown Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,041 ratings.