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Estate Homegrown Wet Hop Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,269
Reviews: 537
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 61
Gots: 127 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-04-2010

"Taste fresh-from-the-field flavors with this handmade, homegrown, and completely natural ale. Made with organic wet hops and barley grown at our brewery in Chico, this remarkable ale is the only one of its kind."
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Photo of boss302
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Orange color, clear, big frothy head, lots of carbonation.

S Fresh hop aroma, citrusy sweet. Crisp and bright.

T Some malty flavor, but hop forward and balanced is in favor of the hops. Hops are not overly astringent. The taste is a little sweet and the only indication of the higheer than average alcohol.

M Thick, full body with high carbonation. I like the high carbonation on floral beers like this as it really shows off the hops.

D This is good beer and worthy of trying more than once.

Photo of Haybeerman
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A : Slightly hazy amber-orange color. Poured a 2 finger rocky tan head with good retention. Decanted lightly. Laced in webby rings.

S: Big citrussy hops; predominantly grapefruit. Plenty of earth and pine. Caramel malt in the background.

T. Bready caramel malt. Big resiny hops - citrus, grapefruit and pine - dominate the middle. Malts linger a bit in a grassy bitter finish. Overall, nicely balanced.

M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Resiny and dry with enough carbonation for crispness in a lingering bitter finish.

D: Very drinkable. Smooth, flavorful and balanced.

Photo of StaveHooks
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured at 60 F degrees.

A - An amber red body with with a 2 finger moundy eggshell head that sinks around the edges and holds a cylinder crest in the middle. The head is beautiful and has deeply sunken trenches all through it. Excellent retention. Very nice patterns of lacing. Thick mounds rest on the edges of the glass.

S - Aromas of earthy hops, green and sultry. Lemony zest, grapefruit resides in the background. I'm having a hard time picking out aromas. Kind of weak on the nose.

T - Herbal pine floods the senses immediately. Peppery notes from the hops. A caramel cracker malts stands and backs the leafy green hop. Toasted grains. Some bright strawberries, and raspberry show full strength toward the middle and almost takes over all flavors for a brief moment and then start to die as the pine juices slowly flood the palate towards the end. Mango and melon round off the the malt. Bits of tannins on the finish. Very refreshing finish.

M - Medium body, well carbonated. A full lushy feeling.

This is a great IPA but too expensive for what is. I respect fact that it's homegrown barley and hops and the fact that it's organic. All in all its a very refreshing and fresh IPA. But It's not worth $10 for a bomber.

Photo of KTCamm
3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from beautful bottle with wax seal - actually needed a cutting tool to get this off.

Pours a reddish copper with 1-2 inches white foam. Quite sticky. Light malty smell some pine notes. Very well balanced malty hop blend with a touch of caramel sweetness. Smooth finish. Light lingering hop. Some grapefruit notes. Mellow and flavorful. Real solid brew, very easy drinker.

Photo of rudzud
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally picked one of these up at Austin Liquors.

A - Poured into a Clown Shoes pint glass Holy cow theres alot of head! It puffs up like a fluffy whipped topping. This is almost like an intense belgian head! This clings to the glass and very slowly fades leaving incredibly thick side lacing and a dense cloud on the clear amber colour brew.

S - Nice hoppy, floral aroma all over the nose. Really nice pine notes too.

T - Really strong I believe citra hops here. Nice and super floral along with that delicious pine resin as well as some light citrus rind/grapefruit. Very light malt notes with this one.

M - Slighly low carbonation on this IPA. Goes down smooth and easy but could use a touch more carbonation.

D - Just delicious. Really good hop flavours and this appearance is crazy. This is easily the craziest head I've seen on an American IPA. Really nice all across the board.

Photo of bristol2120
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 1 pint 9.4 oz. bottle. Nice, craggy off-white head that persists quite well. Medium dark copper appearance. Aroma quite pleasant, featuring piney, resinous characteristics. Taste features more piney spicey notes, but there is a lack of malty notes. Mouthfeel is good, with an appropriate measure of carbonation. Overall, a really good IPA, but I wish there was just a bit more maltiness to be found in this beer. Another solid offering from Sierra Nevada.

Photo of ngeunit1
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a fairly hazy amber-orange color with a nice two fingers of frothy/creamy off-white head. The head has excellent retention and leaves behind some very nice lacing.

S - Aroma is full of citrusy hops (lots of grapefruit) also some more earthy tones including piney and grassy notes. There is also some underlying malt that breaks through.

T - Starts off with a building hop bitterness along with some citrus flavors (grapefruit being the strongest) with some malt in the background. The middle has a bit of a pop of the bitterness and fruit flavors with a bit of grassy flavor really coming through. The finish has some nice bitterness mixed with the citrus flavor and some other sweetness from the malts that linger for a while. Very well balanced.

M - Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very smooth and crisp all the way through. Finish is just a touch dry which makes for a very pleasant lingering mouthfeel.

D - Very drinkable. Super smooth and very well balanced overall. Nice mixture of the hop and the malt flavors throughout the beer. Very well balanced.

Photo of clarkm04
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Amber color with medium white head retention. Has a typical IPA color but maybe not so hazy or dark in color as I can see my fingers through the other side of the glass.

S- Nice hopp aroma upfront. Slight floral and grapefruit. Seems to have Citra hops in it.

T- A mild IPA. Some decent hops upfront that is balanced by a slight malty backbone. The aftertaste leaves a little more bitterness than I would appreciate. Very delicate and nicely balanced. Definitely more in line with a mainline or British IPA then the current US intrepretation. The beer is nicely crafted, very creamy an balanced but nothing particularly stands out about it.

M- Very smooth mouthfeel on the palate

D- Medium to high. Will definitely be able to handle the bomber by myself and could handle another glass upon that.

Overall - Love the story of this beer. I really appreciate Sierra Nevada for actually making an Estate beer. Truly something to be applauded to grow and brew everything on cite. I found this beer to be solid but not overly outstanding. Definitely worth a taste and would recommend it to others but will not overly gush about this beer.

Photo of mjrod2142
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle poured into a Perfect Pint glass

This beer poured beautifully smooth with a gorgeous off-white head that was at least two fingers thick. It stood firm for several minutes and left big lacings inside the glass. The color is a hazy, light copper. The aroma is subdued, yet what I picked up was a distinct orange-pineapple hoppyness.

The flavor is excellent, as you'd expect from Sierra Nevada. The bitterness is well matched by the creaminess and perfect weight in the mouth. It has all around "wet" feel in the mouth, meaning its flavors hit you everywhere rather than just targeted areas of the tongue.

Very nice and highly recommended.

Photo of bsp77
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I reviewed this on November 6th, 2010, but it was mistakenly for the old Estate. So I moved the review to here.

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Clear, bright amber with thick, foamy and sticky head and great lacing.

Smell: Dry, almost tart, grapefruit, apricot and pine. Very spicy and aromatic, with just a touch of toasted malts.

Taste: Extremely fresh grapefruit, citrus, pine and spicy hops. Nice toasted malts provide balance but this is truly all about the wet hops, especially on the long bitter finish.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, slightly too thin body for the style but fairly creamy. Very dry finish.

Drinkability: Overall, an extremely fresh and drinkable Wet Hop IPA. The body (and flavor to a certain extent) is just slightly too thin, but otherwise fantastic.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

That good ole orange and copper appearance you love to see in an ipa. Aroma, earthy hops, the standard chinook and cascade.

Taste, actually nice and mellow, not gigantic bitterness, just your standard hoppy SN beer that they put on the map. A little bit of every kind of the typical hop flavors, citrus, pine, grapefruit, perfectly balanced together.

I'd say this 2010 version is the best yet of the estate harvest series. A neat little treat, sure its a little more expensive, but this isn't exactly trying to put itself out there as anyones everyday go to IPA, just a little treat, neatly done and takes the think globally act locally mantra to heart and for once, in practice. A good example of everything Sierra Nevada stands for: quality, sustainability, organic, local, hoppy etc. ..


Photo of shakeheap
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Most of the Sierra Nevada IPAs are hoppy affairs that lean bitter without an overload of citrusy notes. While similar to most of these this brew seems to me to be a bit smoother/less bitter than most of the others.

I could regularly drink this beer if it weren't so difficult to come by in this neck of the woods. It's a solid American IPA (as are all the SN IPAs) and I think it's really cool that they are brewing a beer with ingredients that are all their own. Anybody else in the US doing that?

Photo of JackieTH
3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Coppery amber with an enormous puff of foamy head that lasted until the liquid was gone from the glass. Very, very impressive.

Smell: Nice resinous and citric hop, dry, subtle earthen barley malts.

Taste: Subdued hop profile similar to nose with a bit of piney resin, citrus and lemongrass although with a hefty dollop of bisquit-malted barley. A bit of a departure from the norm, and quite nice, great balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium with the right amount of carbonation to prick the tongue.

Drinkability: While I wasn't blown away by this Sierra Nevada, it's pleasant and enjoyable.

Photo of BierFan
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Big fluffy off-white head and a clear orange/amber body. Great head retention and lacing.

Smell: Maltier than I was expecting.

Taste: Malt sweetness, followed by delicious fruity hops, followed by the hop bitterness and caramel and toasty malts. Very well balanced between malt and hops which I appreciate.

Mouthfeel: Not much carbonation, but it's not a bad mouthfeel.

Overall: Not the most enjoyable harvest ale I've ever had but it's still very enjoyable and all harvest ales are pretty damn good in my experience.

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

Poured into a Brooklyn chalice.

Golden Amber beer, sticky lace, big fluffy head

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

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

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

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

Photo of WanderingFool
3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The Estate Wet Hop Ale pours a hazy amber color with a thick, creamy white head on top. The foam dissolves slowly to a thick sheet on the surface leaving behind a coating of netted lace on the glass.

The aroma isn't as strong as I though it would be, however pleasant notes of orange and grapefruit citrus with a touch of pine are present. Perhaps I stored this beer in the fridge a bit too long to appreciate the aroma.

Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is soft on the palate, creamy, with a light effervescent fizz. The flavor is well balanced between sweet caramel malt and grapefruit citrus plus piney hops. Moderately bitter finish. Once gone the pine hops linger on the palate.

This is a very drinkable beer that's well balanced. Very tasty, but somewhat typical for its style.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sierra Nevada Estate Homegrown Ale. Abv 6.7%
"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 it's kind."

You don't say? Well, let's pry off this wax-laden cap, and pour...

Clouded, crimson look, smallish off-white head, slim but sticks around.

Pop! There she is! Grapefruit aromatics all over the place, with dark fruits as well, some cherry, apple, plum... sweet and scrumptious. Very nice.

Taste: Bitterness grips the palate, far and wide, but lush, sweet malt is big and in charge, holding firm and keeping command. Bright, fresh, floral, brimming with bitterness. Caramel malt, a little toasty, biscuity. Earthy, and nutty. Solid malt backbone, brisk, bitter hoppiness above.

All in all, though...ah, I'm not crazy about this one. Is it the curse of the organic ale? Personally, I've never found an organic ale that ever really did anything for me. Something's always lacking. I can't tell you what, why, or how, they just seem lackluster.

As nice as this is, it lacks a certain spark. For a wet hop ale, I expect a little more. It fades off the palate a touch too quickly, doesn't have the force I'm looking more.

Maybe it's that "earthy, nutty toasted caramel malt" doesn't quite match the hop profile I'm wanting. For a wet hop ale, I want the hop featured, and it's canvas is cluttered with too much else.

Photo of Monkeyknife
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a cloudy apricot color with a rich, rocky off-white head.

Aroma of grapefruit and pine along with light caramel malts.

Tastes of bitter hops and herbal notes.

Medium bodied and dry with a moderate carbonation.

A quite enjoyable IPA from the folks at Sierra Nevada. I'll definitely have this one again.

Photo of brew3crew
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-golden amber with white head that leaves lacing throughout
S-hops hit the nose right away.
T-for being how old I think it is, very suprised at the hop profile
m-leaves a nice, sweet hoppy after taste. Very smooth.
D-very nice. No alcohol burn. So smooth

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a giant glass mug. Pours a hazy, medium amber. The head reaches up about an inch and a half and leaves some of the nicest lace I've seen in a while. The smell is a bit mild but still interesting. The barley malt is right out front with some retardedly fresh citrus hops to follow. A little light but it'll draw you in. The taste is very mellow compared to many of the other Sierra Nevada IPAs, but that isn't a complaint. Bread, citrus and grass compliment each other well. Very dry on the finish and super easy going down. So much better than the last two estate harvest beers. After creating a great many hoppy beers, Sierra Nevada proves that they can still make something pretty unique (if it's fresh, not sure this would fare well with even a small amount of age.)

Photo of jsanford
3.71/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a SN Pint Glass

A - Pours a hazy orange-amber with a creamy off-white head. Features that typically amazing Sierra Nevada retention and lacing. Beautiful as always.
S - Sweet caramel malt, grapefruit and pine resin. Disappointing and underwhelming nose given the SN track record, this doesn't do much for me.
T - Crisp and juicy flavors of grapefruit, pine resin, pineapple and orange peel with a sweet caramel malt backbone. Again, it's good but just doesn't blow me away.
M - Crisp with a medium body and sharp carbonation.
D - Really good drinkablility, like all of SNs offerings.

Pretty good, but given the price and presentation, this didn't do it for me. I can get a Sixer of Celebration for less then the price of this. A vary rare miss from Sierra Nevada, but it's still better then a lot of beers.

Photo of ggilman
3.36/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoying this beer poured from wax topped bomber into my favorite vessel, a Sebago Brewing Co. tulip glass. I'm not usually interested in Sierra Nevada, however, I go weak at the knees at the mention of "wet" hops.

A - Poured aggressively, the head was substantial, frothy and sticky. Subsided quickly, but meager amounts of lacing clung to the walls as the volume decreased. A deep rich amber body led to the high appearance rating. It wreaks of quality from first sight.

S - Faint whiffs of hops are over powered by malt. Nowhere near enough aroma hops for my liking, my expectations were set high.

T - Grapefruity bitterness gives way to caramel malt, again too soon for my liking. Some slight bitterness lingers on the palette.

M & D - Appearance, Mouthfeel & Drinkability save this beers rating. It's a good looking beer, with a nice tight carbonation, and sticky, syrupy mouthfeel, with drinkability that borders on superb. If I were ordering this on tap, I'd probably go back for more. The 6.7% ABV is apparent, and leaves me wanting another.

Nice packaging, nice looking, but in the end, the nose & flavor came up short of great. Great drinking beer, but not worth the $10 price tag in my opinion. A fresh growler of this beer would sway me.

Photo of climax
4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a caramel amber color with a smooth creamy head. The retention is excellent, and even more impressive is the wall of webby lace crusted on the glass.

The nose is smooth and really quite subtle. The citrus hops had hints of orange and grapefruit. A dash of spice and a prominent caramel malt backbone round it out. More intensity would have yielded a better score.

The flavor starts out with a fruity kick. Citrus and berries, both sweet and bitter begin the trip. It never really has an IPA intensity to it, but a good blend of all things positive. The flavor begins to take on a spicy note before a substantial toasty malt finish. It blends sweetness and bitterness perfectly. I'm torn between 4.0 and 4.5... eh, it's pretty damn good, 4.5!

The body is medium with a fluffy feel in the mouth. It somewhat slick right away and fades to a silky finish. The carbonation really is interesting. It is never sharp but has a light fizzy kiss.

All things considered, this is a pretty remarkable beer assuming everything in it was grown on SV's northern California estate. I wouldn't call it a hardy IPA, but more of a well balanced fresh pale ale.

Photo of heebes
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 pint, wax capped bottle

Pours a semi hazy dark amber with a two finger off white foamy head. Thin lacing follows the ale down. Nose is distinct wet pine hops and a good amount of roasted malt. Citrus notes and wood also in the auroma. Sip reveals a satisfying well balanced IPA. Bitterness from the hops is present and the strong malt backbone rounds out a nice beer. Medium heavy mouthfeel. Wonderful tasting and perfect ABV make this very drinkable. The wet-hop aspect sets this apart from Sierra Nevada's other offerings and its quite unique in its homegrown / organic creations. Very glad I got to try this. Wonderful label this year.

Photo of puboflyons
3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the 750 ml. waxed top bottle with no expiration or bottling date. Sampled on January 15, 2011. It pours a vaguely cloudy amber-orange with about an inch of puffy, off-white head. Slow carbonation. The aroma is well-hopped and earthy. The taste is also hopped up but at the same time on the subtle side. It isn't all that bad.

Estate Homegrown Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 1,269 ratings.