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Estate Homegrown Wet Hop Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,043
Reviews: 504
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 46
Gots: 70 | 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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portia99

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

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

California

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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.

10-12-2010 05:11:26 | More by Overlord
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John_M

Oregon

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%

On tap at Apex the other day (at $5.50 a pop for a 12 ounce glass!).

The beer pours the typical sierra nevada pale ale copper amber color with very good head retention and lacing. The nose is pretty exotic, showcasing earth, light malt, celery, celery salt, wheat grass and light pepper. The flavor profile isn't quite as exotic, though I still got some interesting celery/celery salt flavors that combined nicely with some light brown sugar, melon and grapefruit rind. As one expects from Sierra Nevada, this beer is quite well balanced, with the light sweetness from the malt countered beautifully by the bitter hop profile, leading to a fairly dry finish. Otherwise, the beer finishes with a nice kiss of hoppy bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a fairly long, decently bitter finish. Drinkability is pretty good in this beer. You can tell the beer is a bit more boozy than the regular pale ale, but it's still nicely integrated into the flavor profile, and is not at all hot on the finish.

Clearly a well crafted beer by someone who knows what they're doing when it comes to making good beer. Not sure I quite understand why it's so expensive, but that's the only thing that would probably inhibit me from ordering this again. Impressive.

Note: The folks at Apex indicated they have only seen this beer in sixtels, and not a whole lot even in that format. That tends to make me think that not much was made of this beer, especially on draft. That's too bad...

Note II: What do you know, the beer is on tap during Baltimore Beer week... at $4 a pint and I get to keep the glass. Plus the local SN rep said he'd buy the next pint. Grrrr....

10-11-2010 15:10:02 | More by John_M
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generalnotsew

Tennessee

4/5  rDev -3.6%

Thick tan head and body is deep clear amber. Smell is strong earthy piney and slightly sweet hops. Taste is more sweet than most SN beers. Still very nice earthy bitterness really no grapefruit presence. Fine beer and a nice changeup but still prefer their other Ipas. Short review I know but it takes awhile to type out on a PSP : )

10-11-2010 07:15:57 | More by generalnotsew
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ckimchi

California

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Picked up a 1PT. 9.4FL oz bomber at BevMo for about $10

Appearance: Crystal clear copper. Very pretty color with amazing clarity. Poured a two finger white head. Head retention is great and leaves lacing.

Smell: Very fresh hops. Characteristic Sierra Nevada citrus from Cascade hops with the floral aroma of others. Small bit of malt there too.

Taste: Just like the smell, floral and citrusy hops, very tasty! Has a nice malt backing that keeps this beer fairly well balanced in the West Coast style. Bitterness is not overwhelming and medium-short finish.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth. Dry but not too dry, just right.

Drinkability: High drinkability, tastes great with great mouthfeel. I wish I could get more!

I highly recommend this to Sierra Nevada fans.

10-11-2010 06:17:34 | More by ckimchi
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JohnQVegas

Tennessee

4.3/5  rDev +3.6%

Beautifully labeled, green-waxed 22 oz. bottle into Sam Adams lager glass.

Pours clear dark copper, beautiful color, with a 3-finger off-white head that settles quickly to a thin solid cap. Fantastic delicate, sticky lacing.

Nose is a bit lighter than expected - bit of citrus, some caramel - not much really going on in that aspect.

Taste is textbook Sierra Nevada to me - green, a bit dank, with an absolutely beautiful toasty caramel body sitting underneath. Very leafy, dry, sticky hop presence that's all about flavor. Bit of a tingly lingering bitterness left on the roof and sides of your mouth. This one really nails the fresh, green, dank, piny aspects with just a bit of grapefruit rind supplying a bit of brightness.

Mouthfeel is just beautiful. Creamy and smooth, lush, hop oils just sticking to the back of your teeth. Tingly in the back of the tongue from the hops.

Drinkability is very, very good. Great flavor, beautifully defines the fresh-hop sub genre of the IPA family. Perfectly balanced, constructed, refined IPA. Just a great beer, hat's off to Sierra Nevada once again.

10-10-2010 18:16:28 | More by JohnQVegas
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Zorro

California

3.73/5  rDev -10.1%

Dark amber colored beer with a very tall tan colored head. This is dark enough to be called a red ale.

Smells malty with an earthy aroma. I smell tea, mushrooms and peaches, but honestly this isn't real fragrant for a Sierra Nevada beer.

Starts off sweet and malty with a fair bitter aftertaste. Strongly earthy and pine flavors. Pretty balanced but not real complex.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability is good, very smooth. Could be more complex. I really expected more from this beer.

10-10-2010 03:11:48 | More by Zorro
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nas5755

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%

Big head with nice lacing. Piney hops, on the lighter side some citrus and malt. Smooth piney hops with big citrus flavors coming onto the mid palate followed by surprise more piney hops , slightly sweet malts. Very balanced. Nice smooth resins on the palate and a nice body, good carbonation on the spritzie side. Another fantastic IPA from Sierra Nevada, a very cool and impressive waxed bottle.

10-10-2010 00:45:44 | More by nas5755
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siradmiralnelson

Iowa

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%

Poured from 220z bottle into Tulip.

A. 3 finger head. Really good retention. Permanent half inch collar of head. Thick lacing left. Color is a bronze orange.

S. Pretty big piney hop aromas. Some citrus. Some carmel malt underneath. Nice bitter piney aroma.

T. Taste is piney hops and carmel malt. Pretty smooth and well balanced between the two. I wouldnt say this is the best tasting IPA that I have had from Sierra Nevada, but it is good. Nice west coast piney flavored bitter IPA.

M. Medium bodied. Finishes pretty dry. A little lingering bitterness.

D. Very drinkable IPA. Super smooth. Not the most flavorful or complex but a nice well balanced easy drinking beer. I don't really see the value in this beer at $12.99/22oz.

10-09-2010 21:28:12 | More by siradmiralnelson
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oberon

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%

Poured a rich brilliant bronze into a imperial nonic with a large sticky slight off white head that left globs of lace as it settles oh so slowly into a frothy mass.Big citric and floral hop aromas over top of a real noticeable caramel/biscuit malt base.Flavors burst with earthy and citric fresh hops,again the caramel base is big and holds up well to the hops.This is a nice beer,fresh hop goodness,not the most complex but highly drinkable.

Go Blue,beat Sparty!

10-09-2010 19:39:06 | More by oberon
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nomomentwasted

Oregon

4.33/5  rDev +4.3%

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.

10-09-2010 18:31:29 | More by nomomentwasted
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Dspohn

California

4.08/5  rDev -1.7%

24 oz. bottle with light green wax and a pretty cool label.

This beer is a little darker than some IPA's, a more copper hue with a great head that left some fat, thick rings and globs of lacing. Very leafy and fresh hops in the smell and flavor profiles with a nice strong malt backbone. Deliciously bitter pine and rind character with a hefty sweet caramel malt side that really gives this beer a great combination for an IPA. Super floral hops and pretty resinous and sticky as well. A wonderfully fuller mouthfeel with ample carbonation really adds to this beer.

At almost 10 bucks a pop I probably wont drink many of these but it was quite good, comparable to Celebration. They have some similarities but the wet hop harvest has a great floral/sticky hop presence that I really enjoyed.

10-08-2010 19:53:50 | More by Dspohn
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popery

California

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Whoa, that's a good IPA. The aroma isn't quite as aggressive as expected, but the notes are just so nice and friendly that I can't really complain. The beer is just gorgeous. Bright, transparent amber. Liquid light mahogany. Ecru head that sticks to the glass better than dish soap. The aroma is strong but not overpowering. Lots of delicate hop notes. Fresh, floral and piney hops with a noticeable caramel malt candy backbone. Taste is sweeter than I normally like for the style, but it just works here. The bitterness is gentle but enough to make the malt sugars take a backseat. Mouthfeel is full and oily with hoppiness. Easy to drink. It's clear that SN has worked out some best practices with wet-hopped IPAs. I still wish that this lineup was a touch cheaper - kinda wonder if the waxing and fancy label are partially attempt to justify said price - but this beer is worth it. Excellent IPA. Not to get too gushy, but it probably belongs amongst the very best of this highly competitive style.

10-08-2010 05:29:14 | More by popery
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carpezytha

California

4.83/5  rDev +16.4%

Served in red wine glass.

A: Deep reddish copper body with decent head with good lace traces.
S: Floral with some hay traces. Distingué traces even, as Johnny Hartman would second. There is even room for some wet wool among the floral scents.
T: Hops should really be presented the way it is in this brew, in my opinion, if they are going to be put on prominent display. The hops in this brew compared to the hops in a lot of the trendy super-hoppy stuff out there now, is like comparing the difference between an art school nude model and a stripper. You may be impressed by the stripper when she sits in your lap, but don't look in her eyes because you will see that there is no there there. There is a difference and I am glad they got it. This beer seems nuanced, attentive, and accentuating the beauty that is there in the hop plant. The many little hop bites are more seductive than one huge hop hammer blow, allowing the malts and yeast to have their say. The label says grapefruit but I do not actually get tons of citrus. More melon rinds than citrus.
M: Evenly reaching all areas of the mouth, this floral, hoppy brew has a mildly lively mouthfeel.
D: Hey, the Giants are in the playoffs for the first time in years and I cannot get it on my TV. This brew soothes whatever hurt that may have caused, and will soothe many a more. Salut!

10-08-2010 02:34:37 | More by carpezytha
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snaotheus

Washington

4.28/5  rDev +3.1%

750ml bottle poured into a large mug

Pours with a huge beige head, fades gradually, leaves massive chunky lacing. Pretty golden color with a slight ruby hue, lots of carbonation, no sediment that I can see, not cloudy at all. Smell is a nice balance of malty mustiness and hoppy freshness, very pleasant.

Taste is quite pleasant, muted florals, mild bitterness, thick bready sweetness to balance it out. A little yeasty tang that makes me think of Belgians.

Mouthfeel is light, fresh, pleasant, and good. Very drinkable beer. Very nice!

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2011
Wow, this is a pretty beer. It looks pretty, it smells pretty, it tastes pretty. I think it's better this year than last.

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2012
Still very pretty, milder smell, maltier taste.

10-07-2010 23:58:31 | More by snaotheus
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TheBungyo

Washington

3.95/5  rDev -4.8%

Sierra Nevada is the one brewery that just about every time I see a special release in bottles from them I instantly pay attention and expect the offering to be worthwhile. This beer proved no different.

This poured a burnt orange sort of bronze that was put in check by a meringue like head of half an inch. A little darker than I like my IPA's. Lovely to look at in any case.

There's pine, grapefruit, and charred caramel that is overpowered and tainted by a strong sulfur that seems to mingle with every other aroma.

Taste is mostly malt up front but finished with luscious hop flavors of pine, grapefruit, and apricot. Hints of sulfur show up too in the finish along with bitterness. This would score higher without the sulfur.

Still, even with the sulfur this is a delicious brew. Sierra Nevada continues to demonstrate again and again just how far ahead of the pack they are ... despite the fact that they were the originators of said pack. Cheers to you Sierra Nevada!

10-06-2010 06:38:57 | More by TheBungyo
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Gobzilla

California

4.38/5  rDev +5.5%

A: poured an amber reddish brown with a hint of yellow highlights that had good head retention and a finger of bubbly head but it did leave frothy lacing sticking to the glass.

S: very nice floral piney hops greeted my nose right away with pineapple fruity notes, bready biscuit malts, some citrus, and slight underlying booze lurking in the background.

T: it tasted really fresh especially the piney hops with citrus pineapple accents but it did seem to have a little grapefruit to help out on the bitterness factor and had a good malt backbone to help out on the balance.

M: the brew was medium to full in body with a perfect amount of prickly carbonation which had a sweet, fruity, citric, bitter, and crisp finish.

D: it drank very good and had me coming back for more after every sip I took. Really good beer and I hope I can still get my hands on more.

10-06-2010 05:06:31 | More by Gobzilla
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Brad007

Vermont

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%

Pours a mild copper color with a one-finger head into my glass. Looks really good for the style and accurate as well.

The aroma is light with grassy hops, bready malt and not much else. Very basic and to the point.

The hops used are very good and they feel very fresh. Grassy with just a hint of mint and lemon. Very interesting.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering light citrus from the hops along with a slight butteriness on the mouth.

It's a wet hop beer but I feel it's done right as only SN can do. I'm not sure how much longer the wet hop fad will last but check out this beer regardless.

10-06-2010 01:38:24 | More by Brad007
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Estate Homegrown Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,043 ratings.