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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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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

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."

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-04-2010

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Reviews: 545 | Ratings: 1,393
Photo of JDJorgenson
2.68/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

If my neighbor made this I'd nicely tell him it's good. Unfortunately Sierra Nevada made it, and it's not so good. Overly malty and very muddled, competing flavors. Snobs would describe it as nuanced. I'd say it's mediocre and unbalanced.

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Photo of jellikit
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Orange. Clear. Thin fizzy head.
Smell: Orange peel. Sugary sweetness.
Taste: biscuits, pine tar, and bitter pine tree. A little alcohol on the swallow.
Mouthfeel: medium high carbonation. Medium body. Dry.
Overall: great ipa. Malty, hoppy, strong. Yum.

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Photo of rangerred
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass out of a 750ml bottle.

Pours a clear dark copper with a thick foamy off-white head. Outstanding head retention with equally good lacing.

Aroma is understate but full of dank hops with plenty of piney notes. Just a touch of grapefruit stuck in there.

The flavor is nearly all hops up front with plenty of spiciness along with resiny pine. There are some touches of tropical fruit but they are more understated. A good malt base with a little bit of roast and biscuit. Bitterness is quite high and lingers long after a slightly sticky finish.

Overall, a very good beer but it stops short of being outstanding. I love the fact that it is a wet hop ale and all the ingredients were grown on site.

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Photo of hreb
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Big (750mL) bottle served in chalice. BA says this is American IPA, which coming from Sierra Nevada is not a surprise, although the label offers little more than "organic wet hop ale @ 6.7% abv". Beer pours nicely reddish orange, clear, with an ample off-white head. Bright and floral hop aroma, very pleasant. Flavor is alpha hop up front but quickly fades to a deeper note which proves this beer is not without malt backbone. I get a grainy, unmalted barley flavor. Overall: relatively drinkable, and quite enjoyable, West coast IPA.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice try, Sierra Nevada. You made a good one.

It is a dark AIPA, bordering on DAIPA, with loads of lacing. The aroma is a bit stanky, with loads of nasty hops shining through.

The taste is a bitter hop bomb. One of the best "balanced" yet too bitter and hoppy. It is very drinkable.

The aftertaste is all bitter. This brew definitely works and SN should be commended for producing this quality product.

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Photo of AirBob
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Notes from 11/10/14. (2014 ed.)

A- Four fingers of rolling off white head. Plenty of visible carbonation. Amber-red body. Excellent retention and lacing.

S - Subdued sweet floral and malt notes. Nice, sharp citrus and pine behind.

T/M - Well balanced and tempered fresh floral hop notes balanced by citru (lemon zest and grapefruit) and a little pine. Solid sweet malt backbone. A little citrus bitterness in the finish. Carbonation is low-medium.

O - Excellent fresh hop ale. Really, really well balanced and full of all the best flavors that I've come across in the other fresh hop beer that I've had the privilege of tasting.

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.67/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750 mL bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada curved pint glass

A: Huge head, nice retention, and lots of lacing. Solid, clear copper color.
S: Mild and muted pine hop scent.
T: Just a mild, standard IPA to me. Nice and clean finish though, and balanced.
M: Just a bit frothy, but overall very soft.
O: Underwhelming and not worth the high price point, IMO. Their other fat bombers are a much better deal, and taste just as good if not better.

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Photo of Qbdoo
3.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Solid but not exceptional. Pretty dank and a bit spicey but nothing really jumps out at you. The hops are interesting, slightly piney, somewhat grapefruity. Maltier than your typical IPA. A nice beer overall.

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Photo of JAFoley
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

A - Crystal clear amber body, incredibly effervescent, and nice bubbly off-white head rises easily. Very good retention and lacing.

S - Subtle hops with big tangy cherries and apricots and caramel malt sweetness.

T - Taste just like the aroma. Nice hop bitterness upfront; citrus, pine, and potpouri. Fruits flavors are much more subtle, and malts are much less sugary. Nice dank earthy flavors resolving to nice hop finish.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Very resinous yet slick and in no way sticky.

O - What a quality brew as expected from Sierra Nevada. Nice and dry, drinkable, and bitter. I'll certainly be coming back to this.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: clear; burnt orange in color; 2 finger khaki head that receded slowly to a thick cap; nice, long lasting lacing;

S: restrained; earthy, a bit of caramel, and I think I get a touch of cascade hops in the background;

T: restrained up front, then a blast of flavor that tapers off at the end; that blast is filled with earthy hops and tart grapefruit; not picking up much malt; low to medium bitterness at the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: the blast of flavor after a subdued start was both a surprise and really good;

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Photo of MattyG85
4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a chalice. 2014 bottle.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Huge four finger off white head with good retention. Leaves a lot of lacing.

Smell: An earthy, fruity, and spicy hop forward aroma with hints of citrus, grass, and pine. Upfront scent of earthy and floral hops with dank hints of grass and spicy pine resin. Citrus hop hints of grapefruit, lemon, orange peel, tangerine, and melon. Solid malt backing with sweet hints of caramel, biscuit, grains, and yeast. A very good earthy aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a ripe, bitter, earthy, spicy, and fruity hop driven taste with notes of pine, grass, and citrus. Floral and earthy hop presence with strong notes of pine resin and fresh cut grass. Citrus notes of grapefruit, orange peel, tangerine, lemon, and melon. Good backing presence of pale malt with notes of caramel, grains, biscuit, and yeast. Nicely bitter and juicy. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Oily, juicy, and pretty drying. Somewhat chewy.

Overall: Another very good hoppy ale from Sierra Nevada. Good mix of earthy and juicy hop flavors with a solid caramel malt backing.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.72/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a darker copper color. The head is two fingers high, with an off-white shade. Retention is quite good (as is typical of many SN beers), and the thick texture leaves behind nice rings of lacing on the glass. Sierra Nevada's IPAs almost always look amazing, and guess what? This is no exception to that rule. (4.5)

Smell: I wish I could say that I pick up vibrant, defined fresh hops...but I don't. Seriously, where's the freshness? The hop notes seem rather subdued, only bringing generic and non-descript pine and flowers. Luckily, these qualities gain some more definition as the beer opens up. Grapefruit and lemon are very mild. There is some caramel malt popping through, too. Man, I'm disappointed in how mundane this wet hop ale comes across, plain and simple. (3)

Taste: Thankfully, it tastes better than it smells. It opens up with notes of earth and grapefruit. Some milder melon flavors near the finish seem to balance things, as well as the malt backbone. The mid-taste, in particular, features a powerful pungency I like the prevalence of the malt here: it's there, but not ridiculous. Maybe it's not balanced in the traditional sense (the hops definitely overpower the malt), but it's balanced in my book. And the best part? It still tastes very fresh. Very, very fresh. (4)

Mouthfeel: It doesn't seem to be particularly sappy - while it has a decent body, it's also crisp and dry. Only a slight amount of malt sweetness lingers, as well as a touch of hop resin. Easy to drink and decently carbonated. (3.75)

Overall: SN's Northern Hemisphere Wet Hop IPA was quite good, so the hope was there that this would be impressive as well. The nose threw me for a curveball, but otherwise it's every bit the IPA the former was. To me, this is a bit more balanced and malty. Still, it does a good job of bringing the wet hop goodness I enjoy. This one is well worth anyone's time, especially for those who love big, bitter IPAs. (3.75)

3.75/5: Sierra Nevada makes some rock-solid IPAs...and this is another one of them

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Photo of RyanK252
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Spokeasy Public House

A: Pours deep amber with a creamy off white head that laces well.

S: Citrus and tropical fruit hops, a little pine, and a touch of sweet malt.

T: Citrus hops, grapefruit and a touch of orange, a little mango, some pine, well balanced with sweet caramel malt.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: I've been wanting to try this one for some time and it didn't disappoint. Very tasty.

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Photo of ColdOneKev
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

A - Crystal clear copper, thick off-white head. Fades slowly and leaves heavy lacing.
S - Hops, earthy, piney, lightly floral. Malt is light caramel.
T - Well balanced and with a slight edge to the malt. Spicy, medicinal hops, sweetness from the caramel. Maybe a little biscuit in there, but ever so light. Aftertaste is light fruitiness.
M - Medium/thick body, low carbonation. Moves cleanly across the palate.
O - A wonderful ale. Freshest fresh beer I've had. I"m surprised this is an IPA, it drinks more like a straight up pale ale to me, but maybe my hop tolerance has increased.

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Photo of Dwkasper
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Malty, brown sugary and fresh, wet hops. Good, beer with strong malt characteristics. I personally like a light wet hop beer like deschutes fresh squeezed, but this is good and rich beer in cold weather

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Photo of Roguer
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enormous fluffy off-white/beige head, Great retention and thick clumpy lacing. Brew is a surprisingly dark copper Amber, and very clear.

Aroma is fairly subdued, with notes of Caramel, Brown sugar, and a hop profile that features Pine, grassy earthy notes, grapes, and citrus.

Exceptionally well balanced hoppy ale. Malt profile is thick and grainy: Caramel and pale, chewy grains. Hops are well integrated, and represent the flavor aroma quite well: Earth, grass, pine, and just a very faint trace of grapefruit peel.

Very lively brew with no sting; exceptional drinkability. This brew disappears before you even notice.

I thought nothing about this beer, except perhaps it's appearance blew me away, and then I noticed I needed to refill my glass. There are no crazy flavors, aromas, or adjuncts. It's just a damn good beer.

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Photo of gonzo000
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Excellent full bodied beer. There is a toasted malt flavor with a hint of caramel in the middle. The start and finish are balanced hoppy goodness. The strong flavors do not disappoint.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%

Poured a clear reddish-brown hue with one finger foamy white head that recedes and leaves lace ring down mug.
Not as much grapefruit on the aroma as I thought but more of a piney, earthy, dirty hop aroma that gives off a little bit of citric spice and grape sweetness.
Laid back beer b/c the under 7% ABV doesn't factor into this ale at all so the beer is smooth, medium-to heavy body ("fluffy" at times), slightly dry, with some sticky malt sweetness.
The hops are the star and they are low-key, giving off a piney, citric taste that never overpowers/ruins your taste buds but gives off a wonderful taste profile that keeps you wanting more as well as giving off slight grape/tangerine like sweetness.
Pretty good ale that any Sierra Nevada or west coast type ale fan needs to try.
I can only wonder how the 2014 version differs from previous versions since I never tried this beer before, b/c not only does the current version have no wax top but in comparison of reviews of previous versions the grapefruit taste profile seems to be lessened in the current version and a more earthy, dry feel is present.
Maybe drinkers of this beer from yesteryears can take a pass but I think it's worth trying this year's version.

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Photo of superspak
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/9/2014. Pours slightly hazy deep orange/copper color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy light khaki head with incredible retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, light pine, caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of juicy citrus/floral hops and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, pine, caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, floral, grass, caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, balance, and robustness of juicy citrus/floral hops and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and fairly creamy/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a really excellent wet hop IPA. All around great robustness, balance, and complexity of juicy citrus/floral hops and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; and very smooth and fairly crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bomber into a mini-snifter.

Typical beauty from SN appearance-wise, with a thick, blanket-like, cream-colored head a finger and a half thick. It takes its sweet time in receding. Lace is abundant and forms a bubbly, sticky layer over the body. As for the body, it's a beautiful dark amber color with a nice glow to it, plus perfect clarity and slight trickling carbonation. 4.5

As is common with SN beers (for me at least) there's a pungent sweet floral aroma that first reachers the nose. Piney, resinous hops trail behind. As usual, I like the aroma here, but it's not as colorful or broad in aromas as other big time IPAs. 4

This is incredibly resinous, earthy, and pungent, especially about mid-palate when the flavor seems, feels and tastes to me like I'm drinking an IPA with whole hop cones floating in it. Now that I'm able to at least slightly articulate what the hops are like, I'm able to recognize a toasty malt flavor with a tinge of caramel. 4

Lot of different sensations my tongue is feeling: spice from the hops, an oil-like quality weaving through, followed by an intense, super intense, bitterness. This beer is bitter And it lingers with some dryness that really are hard to ignore. 4

This beer is not for the faint of heart. It's not for those tasting their first IPA. All the hop heads that complain about a beer not being bitter enough should give this a spin. It's sure to satisfy. 4

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Photo of Flounder57
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz beer was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A frothy two finer head was poured that reduced to a puffy layer. It is a copper color with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Grassy, citrus, grapefruit, spicy, earthy, biscuity, toasted, bready, caramel, and pale malts.

Taste: The hop flavor is blended well together with the Chico malted barley. Very balance, delicious, and tasty

Mouthfeel: Smooth, crisp, light to medium bodied, refreshing, light bitterness, little chewy, and low to medium carbonation.

Overall: Nice hop flavor and bitterness with balance from the estate grown malts. This beer is pretty solid and I look forward to enjoying it every October.

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Photo of Jefriedrichs
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

A-clear dark copper in color with great lacing and retention, sticking the sides of my glass. S-some earthy pine with floral notes. T- grapefruit brightness followed by a nice sweet malt that's not overbearing. O-Hop taste is crystal clear and malts balance off in the finish. Quite balanced and very delicious. I'm biased towards organic beers but this one makes me question my opinion. I will most definitely be buying another bottle.

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Photo of neurobot01
4.14/5  rDev +1%

Fresh 750ml bottle into an IPA glass. With all the malt and honey flavors in this, if I were tasting it blind I'd probably guess it was a super-hoppy brown ale. The hops are earthy, with some tropical and floral notes for good measure, and in pretty much perfect balance with the malts. If you come in expecting a West Coast IPA, you may be disappointed, but this is a damn fine beer nonetheless.

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Photo of Jaunty
4.9/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Cracked this open on a wonderful summer night a few days back! Golden, Hoppy, Fresh, perfectly balanced! Foamy, creamy head! Year 2011. Aging in my fridge. Loved drinking, but sad, I will not be able to find this beer again. It was perfect! If I find this beer, anywhere, it will go home with me! Even, my friend liked it and he is a stout man.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.87/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

1pt. 9.4 fl. oz's. bottle with green wax cover

Amber and gold color, bright and clear look. A massive, chunky mountain of sea-foam caps off the liquid in grand style. wicked sticky, clumpy lace sticks all around the glass.

Robust, complex hop aroma! Citrus tingle, earthiness, tangy, wild, fresh and exciting. Malty-sweet in the back ground.

Well, it's a wet-hop bomb! Fresh, complex hop flavor's, some of the very best i'e ever experienced. These guys are the masters of the cascade hop, and as usual the blend and balance of flavor's is a work of art. Organic barley, malt and hops, wet-hopped, ultra fresh in flavor. Sublime.

This beer really brings it in the hop department. A masterful work of one of the grandest, American styles, the IPA.

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Estate Homegrown Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 545 ratings.