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: 1,220
Reviews: 526
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.87%
Wants: 53
Gots: 108 | 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 Gueuzedude
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid pour down the center of my New Belgium globe glass produces a three-finger thick, light amber tinged, light tan colored head that is made up of a tightly beaded froth. The head leaves lots of layered lacing that thinly clings to the sides of my glass. The beer is a gold tinged, full amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, bright, full copper (though with a bit of amber) color when held up to the light. The nose smells brightly of essential grapefruit oils, with a backing biscuit / cracker malt character. The hops are the main attraction here though and other aromas of Meyer lemon zest, tangelo and a touch (or maybe even just a hint) of dank hop character. This is not hugely hopped and is smells more of grapefruit than anything. I really like the supporting grain / malt character that this has. As the beer warms up some warming alcohol notes contribute a spiciness and the nose takes on more of a hop focus with more complex citrus character coming out and overall the nose becomes fruitier with a brighter hop character.

The beer does not taste as sweet as I was expecting and there is a light, biting bitterness up front that lingers through to the finish. The beer is a bit colder than I usually prefer, but a quick 15 second jaunt in the microwave makes the hop character much more pungent and provides an edge to the citrus fruit character as well as contributing a herbal / pine leaning focus to the flavor; the finish has much more hop potency to it now that the beer is warmed up a bit. The flavor is citrus oil dominated, but I like the nice bittering and herbaceous-citrus character that is found here. The hops contributes flavors of tangelo zest, lighter lychee notes, some grapefruit (though not that "dirty" somehow), some pine notes and a touch of hemp oil to round things out. There is a nice, round, supporting malt character here that is more subtle than it is in the nose, but it does contribute notes of biscuit-like grain and a soft, caramelized malt character. The body is definitely malt influenced as well with a medium'ish (more so as it warms) heft and some viscosity that still manages to be drinkable enough for a hoppy IPA like beer.

This is quite enjoyable, quaffable, hop focused, but malt supported. It is quite cool / interesting because of the estate aspect, but it is not uniquely so. Despite the hop head in me, I wanted to be able to get a distinct sense of both the estate hop and malt character and this beer delivers on that.

Photo of bamojr
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from 25.4 Oz wax sealed bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery Flute glass.

Pours a lovely amber with a nice tan fluffy head with great lacing.
Smells strongly of hops with some great smelling citrus notes.
Tastes quite fruity with a solid wet hop backing, it does have a bit of spice to it and a good amount of bitterness. It bitters from the hops are evened out nicely with the maltiness in the background. It is quite pleasing to the pallet and has an amazing mouthfeel, I also had no problem finishing up such a large bottle because of its wonderful drinkability.

Photo of darthpeepee
4.88/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Copper/Amber with a nice head. Poured from a 750ml bottle with a green wax seal.

S - Smelled like a fresh Sierra Nevada. The hops kick right in but are not too overpowering in aroma.

T - Delicious. Not only did it smell like a fresh Sierra Nevada, it tasted like one too. The balance of the malt and hops were perfect. A very pure beer.

M - Light and smooth IPA.

D - This was one of the tastiest IPA's i've had. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale was my first taste of craft beer years ago and the Estate Wet Hop Ale reminds me of why I kept drinking craft beer. Pure, clean, fresh IPA here.

Photo of BeanBone
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: A coppery-brown body with some fine particles in suspension and two fingers of creamy off-white head that fade slowly and leave excellent lacing.

Aroma: Lots of citrusy, juicy, piney, and lightly spicy hops over a sweet caramel malt body. This is very clearly a Sierra Nevada beer.

Flavor: Up front, lots of typically West-coast citrusy, piney, spicy and nicely bitter hops. These hops are fresh and juicy as hell, what a treat! Underneath, the malt is biscuity and perfectly matches the hops. There's also a mild wisp of spice from the alcohol as it warms. It's all balanced excellently, as you'd expect from Chico. Leafy and citrusy hops over biscuity malt in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and just a little creamy with moderate carbonation and a dry finish. A hint of warmth from the alcohol right towards the end of the bottle.

Drinkability: This is easily quaffable, and the big bottle goes back in record time. Keep an eye out for the sneaky moderately high alcohol content.

Verdict: Estate is just a fantastic beer, and not just for an estate-grown beer. Delicious, effortlessly drinkable, and balanced expertly, it's a real shame this can't be on the shelves every week.

Photo of Gmann
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very deep honey color, which almost produces some ruby highlights. The head is off-white, huge, and frothy; it takes its time to settle leaving a fantastic wall of webby lacing around the glass.

The aroma is of grapefruit hops with some pine notes. Not the strongest aroma for an IPA. I do pick up some significant malt presence on the nose.

The taste starts off with mainly bitter, peppery and tropical fruit hop flavor. There is a berry like sweetness which I assume is coming from the malt. The malt is actually the more dominate flavor in is this beer. There is a nice toasted honey malt presence that adds sweetness to the brew; almost a candied honey.

The IPA has a moderate body with soft to tingly carbonation; finishes with an asprin like bitterness and a slight sticky touch. There is a nice balance between sweet and bitter.

Just by looking at the beer you can tell it was going to be a malty IPA, and it is. The hops weren't as flavorful as I hoped but are definitely bitter which works well with the bigger malt presence.

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 Slatetank
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Quick 6 on Mt Rose Ave in York -served in a tumbler.

A deep amber/light copper with a thin cap of beige, the lace sticks pretty well and the bead is tiny, mild haze in the overall clarity. The aroam is very dank -floral and fruity with sweet tropical passionfruit and slight mango aroma, mild citrus accents the hop aroma. The feel is bitter, but lovely balance of moderate tang and medium astringency w/ medium overall bitterness and a very dry and moderately spiced effect. The slight juicy feel is pleasant an slightly oily with hop resins.

The flavor is something I had not expected based on the aroma -very herbal, earthy but not like dirt -more pine and slight bitter flavor of aromatic wood with a fruit tinge and mild mango-tropical tinge w/ light citrus peel and more lemony than grapefruit hop acidity w/ a mild sweet caramel note from the malt in the finish, but still falls more toward dry and oily flavor-wise. The drinkability is high, I could sip on this for hours - Taste the Terroir! I remember the bottle being green and flavorful, but this is a notch above that-incredibly good

Photo of mjaskula
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass. It was a pain getting the wax off. The beer pours a clear dark amber with an off white head. The head thins and leaves a sheet of lace.

The aroma is smooth and mild hop aroma of grapefruit, and some sweetness. The flavor is mild and smooth as well. Hop flavors of citrus and pine are backed with some mild malt sweetness and body. The moderate carbonation and dry mouthfeel leave you wanting more. Overall I like it, and it was quite a feat for them to make it.

Photo of foureyedgeek
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 1 pint 9.6 fl oz bottle into imperial pint.

Pour is head-a-licious, with tons of foam and beautiful lacing. Beer itself is an opaque copper orange. Fine looking beer.

Smell is wonderful west coast hops and sweet malt.

Taste is, surprise surprise, yet another delicious IPA from Sierra Nevada. I remarked to a friend recently that if Sierra Nevada makes a beer, it cannot be anything but wonderful. This one holds up that standard quite well. Well balanced, yet still nicely hop forward.

Mouthfeel is full and creamy, nice drying finish that brings me back for more.

Drinkability is good, yet another Sierra Nevada beer that holds its own.

Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear amber color with a massive head; plenty of foam sticks to the side of the pint glass

Smell: Grassy grapefruit

Taste: The pale malt allows the grassy grapefruit to take over the flavor profile from the get go and to build through mid-palate and after the swallow, where a hint of wintergreen kicks in and lingers to the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Looking at the bottle with the waxed top, I guess I was expecting something more. but this appears to be a repeat of similarly named beers from prior years; nice, but I feel a little deceived by the marketing gimmick

Photo of Brabander
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this beer from the brewers when we visited the abbey of Saint Sixtus. Ken Grossman and his guys were on a trip in Belgium and i accompanied them for a while.

This bottle was saved for a special occaision. Last sunday we had a beer tasting session with some friends and BA buddy's and this was one of the first who was opened.

A very very very nice beer. I am not a beerlover regarding US beers but i have to say Ken; this is a great beer.

Poured in my tasting glass this beer looks absolutely good. Teasmell and a taste whuch can be described from sweet to bitter and back. Very fruity and very tasty!

Photo of JamnesCameron
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a New Holland pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with about three fingers of tan head, made up of mostly small bubbles.

I can smell the hops with the pour. Aromas of citrusy, earthy hops with a grainy, malty balance. Malt is toffee-like.

First sip is slightly bitter, with a citrus hop bite. Some malty sweetness, but the bitterness is rather subdued for an american IPA. The finish is bitter and a little grassy.

Mouthfeel is medium. With some chewy malt.

Overall drinkability is good. This makes a great session beer.

Photo of RichScherle
4.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - nice amber with frothy head. Quite clear.

Smell - complex hoppyness combined with a refined malty note.

Taste - the hop profile is very very unique here. Very herbal - almost like a wintergreen flavor mixed with a fresh herbal/grassy note. Delicious finish.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied. medium carb.

Drinkability - very high with the relaitvely low abv.

Conclusion - very unique hop profile is worth trying. My only complain is it could use a more abv and just more of everything. If this was the same profile but with just more extremeness - it would be out of this world. It just came across as a little too elegant (maybe that's a godo thing for some but I would like a bit more extreme here). Nevertheless i've already bought 4 bottles despite the lofty price tag.

Photo of wagenvolks
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz green-waxed bottle in to a Black Star Co-op pint glass.

It's no surprise that Sierra Nevada knows how to make an attractive beer. And their Estate Homegrown Ale is no exception: fat crown of khaki foam that drapes webs of lacing along the inside of the pint. Body is a crystal clear, radiant copper hue with several deliberate trails of carbonation rising up through it. The aroma packs that familiar Chico yeastiness that SN is famous for, as well as some west coast (cascade?) hops that add a hint of greenery. A hint of mineral water and lightly roasted caramel from the malt, but the overall impression is that of a nicely hopped pale ale, not an IPA.

The flavor kicks the hop profile up a notch with a nice dose of bitter alpha acids that coat the back of the palate with pine and resin. Malts taste biscuity mid-palate with a good caramel sweetness. The uppity carbonation and bitterness combination is just a bit too aggressive for the mouthfeel, and the drinkability of the medium body suffers because of it. Still, this is a nice addition to Sierra Nevada's rotating "Estate/Wet Hop/Hemisphere" line-up, if but a bit predictable. Gotta commend them on the total process aspect of it all, though.

Photo of bbb099
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared with mjyoung, 12/12. Poured into Chimay and Brother Thelonius goblets.

A: Light amber color, mildly laced w/a frothy head that subsided quickly.

S:Strong smell of fresh hops. Light hint of grass and bitter citrus. It had the kind of smell you would expect out of a good IPA.

T: Tasted strongly of fresh hops, very smooth. Strong floral notes with a hint of citrus. Still got the grassy taste.

M:Very smooth, no bite to it at all.


Photo of smakawhat
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice cream colored big head, copper dark red body with clear see through. Some tiny bubbles from the bottom also. Nice retention root beer quality with some decent lacing.

Smell is a mix balance of hop freshness and also fruit sweet red apple. Interesting balance more on the hop perhaps 60/40 or maybe even 50/50.

Taste comes in a wet clean apple aroma, slight hop bitterness but not too bad. Afterfinish is more sting than the citrus bite I am use to for an IPA but there is some. Drinkability though is pretty solid, if you dig apples this is probably one you would want to seek out.

Photo of oakbluff
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber- hazy (surprising for Sierra Nevada) light brown/amber with a thick and frothy two finger head. Sticky soapy lacing. Nose- piney, white grapefruit rinds. Taste- light caramel,sweet and doughy malts and moderate hopping. Hops are less juicy on front end, more a bittering agent on the finish creating a complex peppery lingering mouthfeel.

Photo of jculler82
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased this beer 12/11 and am drinking and reviewing on 12/12.

Semi vigorous pour to a pint glass produced a creamy off white two finger head that climbed about a quarter of an inch above the top of the glass, but didn't fall over. Beer is a hazy orangey-amber, I'm assuming hop haze. Sticky lacing that hangs around forever.

Smell is, grassy, grapefruity citrus, and tropical fruits. The tropical notes are the lead, but the grassiness and grapefruit are firm enough that it doesn't smell like fruit punch. Absolutely amazing nose on the beer.

Firm bitterness imediately following the swallow, the bitterness clears and a sweet maltiness washes in for moment. At the finish is the tropical hop flavor, with citrus in the background. Seconds after the swallow the bitterness returns and lingers until the next swallow. Medium to almost thick mouthfeel, the beer certainly isn't bone dry, but isn't cloying either.

Drinkability is pretty good, no problem making it through this bomber, but I don't think I'd open a second bomber right now if I had one. It's a filling beer and the mouthfeel really is a bit on the full side, though I don't think this is necessarily a bad thing.

Overall, maybe it's because I got to drink a beer I ultimately thought I never would, but I'm thrilled by this one. This is a fantastic example of a wet hopped beer.

Photo of kylejohnson03
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a wax sealed 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. A rich, amber color, with hints of orange. Really nice two finger head, leaves thin sheets of lacing. Nose is very pine forward, lots of earthy/woody notes. The first tastes are of sweet malt, grapefruit, then on to bitter hops in the finish. This beer is medium bodied, with just enough carbonation. Right now it's fresh, and really a fantastic, easy to drink IPA.

Photo of jjayjaye
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear orange amber color, darker than the average, with a HUGE stiff off eggshell colored head that fades slowly leaving CRAZY 3D Belgian lacing. The smell is AMAZING. Dominant aggressive primarily a sweet pine that suggests a grapefruit citrus and grass. The grapefruit flavor suggested by the nose presents nicely but isn't supported well by the mouth (4.25..going with 4.0). The mouth is reasonably carbonated and recovers the experience pretty well in a lingering sense of the piny aftertaste. I'm gigging it more because of the initial timid texture. Just under 7% ABV, this one is a REAL DRINKER. I'd grab another one in a heartbeat. Hey, but I hate the green waxed cap..too much work.

Photo of ekardz
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aggressive pour leaves 3.5 finger head in my snifter glass. Very little carbonation is present, golden amber color, can't wait to dive in and taste this. It smells almost citrus with some piney/earthy hop notes which hides most of the fruit notes, maybe some orange peel in there. Taste the robust hop flavor, very piney/earthy, slight malty taste; has wine-like notes, possibly grape/grape juice. Medium bodied, no carbonation, smooth dry finish. Very drinkable/solid beer, I have begun to look forward to these estate brews by SN.

Photo of rlee1390
4.68/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from wax-sealed 22oz bottle into pint glass, final beer reviewed from notes taken on 12/4/2010

A-Dark amber red. Clearer than I though it would be. Not entirely see through but more than one would expect. Pours a nice inch-inch and half foam head that lingers and leaves a near perfect lacing.

S-Earthly hops. Almost as if I could smell the farm when the ingredients were being harvested.

T-Starts off with a malt sweetness that is earthy in nature. Ends bitters. However the two are very well balanced. Each sip made my tastebuds water just thinking about taking another sip.

M-Medium bodied with a nice long after taste

D-Highly drinkable, only comes it at 6.7% abv

Great all around beer, glad I spent the money, definitely worth it.

Photo of NCBeernut
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is very much like Celebration. Orangish amber color with a very nice head - great retention, lots of lacing.

Sweet malt aroma blends well with some fruitiness (ester) and a mild juicy hop, which adds a touch of spiciness and grapefruit - very cascade-like. A bit of alcohol is there if you dig for it. Fruity and mild definitely describe the aroma. I was hoping for a bit more.

The aroma is a good indicator of flavor - grape-juice like frutiness is most apparent, then the hop spiciness hits and lingers on through the finish and sits on the tongue into the aftertaste. The malt flavor comes across as a balancing sweetness. Seems to begin finishing slightly sweet, but then drys on the end - the bitterness seems to accentuate the dryness. Bitterness is medium, not too aggressive for the style. Overall, fruity, spicy, and leaning slightly toward bitter. Alcohol is complex, rounding out the flavors, but not at all hot or solventy. Medium body with perfect carbonation - slick mouthfeel.

Photo of Duhast500
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a dimpled mug

The color is clear, dark gold with several finger of foamy white head and some thick lacing left on the glass.

The smell has a really nice grassy flavor that is bringing me back to days of trimming the tree at Christmas time. There is a deep pine flavor with some sweet, sugary flavor that is going pretty fast it is hard to keep up.

The taste is tasting a bit juicy with that same hop flavor that was in the nose. The piney flavor comes back to mix with some sweetness from some of the malts to win back my affection. The hops stay in the background till the end where in the aftertaste the announce themselves again like they had been there all along. There is bit of a dirty feel through out this beer. It is rooted through out this beer and seems to connect all the flavors together.

The feel of this beer is medium bodied with an interesting Hop flavor and some nice smooth malty flavors that take this beer to some interesting ports of call. It goes some places that a hoppy beers dear not tread and it is very good for it.

Photo of mjsheehan08
3.15/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a pale off white, two fingered head into a pint glass. Color is a deep orange almost rustlike flavor with lots or bubbles leading up to the head. When held to light, has a reddish hue.  This beer looks great.  Head retention is good, and there is some great lacing from the hops.

Smell: There's not a whole hell of a lot of aroma to this beer, I sniffed at it a few times and didnt pull alot from it. Some floral hops, maybe a little citrus. I feel a slight predjustice towards this beer. It being organic, I thought it would have a ton of fragrance, it did not.

Taste: The taste is a little piney, with some fresh citrus and hop oil, but not alot of hop bitterness until the end. Again, the organic label left me thinking a lot more fresh flavors would be present, and I didn't see them.

Mouthfeel is very slick, mild carbonation that is smooth on the way down, and then bites on the end.

Overall, a decent beer, but I am a little disappointed. I didn't come into this beer experience with an open mind, and that's probably why. I had high expectations, I got this in a sampler pack with some over very good beers, and this is by far the least impressive.

Estate Homegrown Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 1,220 ratings.