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Estate Homegrown Wet Hop Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 533
Hads: 1,299
Avg: 4.11
pDev: 17.03%
Wants: 69
Gots: 141 | FT: 2
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 clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%

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 +1.2%
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 -1.9%
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 +2.7%
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 +9.5%

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 +0.7%

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 +19.2%
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 +18.5%
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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Photo of hopqaman
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I absolutely love sierra Nevada and was excited about this being one of their special brews.

A: poured straight out of the bottle into a tulip. This beer looks very nice. It's a murky dark orange with about a finger of white head.

S: hops, malt and some spices. Not too much going on in the nose.

T: very hoppy as one would expect with a slightly sweet malt backbone. This beer is actually very refreshing. Leaves a nice bitter coating on the back of the pallet.

M: medium bodied on the lighter side. with light carbonation.

Overall: one of my favorite beers from sierra Nevada they did a fantastic job with this brew 10/10 would bang.

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Photo of DanielDomigan
3.52/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

i love sierra nevada they brew really great beers. i was surprised to come across this brew.

the bottle comes with a thick green wax layer over the cap to ensure total freshness

murky burnt orange in color with a finger ov white head leaves minor lacing along glass.

very slight citrus smell.

probably one of the freshest beers iv ever tasted. a very hoppy yet smooth backbone a slight sweetness from malts through out. and a strong bitterness left on the pallet.

a little runny and slightly sticky very fine carbonation

overall a very nice brew. im looking forward to getting ahold ov there DevESTATEtion even more now.

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Photo of bmwats
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a snifter.

A: Dark golden hue. Pours a 1 finger, foamy, white head. Lingers. Plenty of spiderweb lacing. Very persistent.

S: Strong hop, with plenty of honey, and orange citrus.

T: Rye bread, bitter hops, a little butterscotch and honey, and a bit of smoked wood chips.

M: Hearty and syrupy body. A little sweetness lingers throughout. Crisp and pristine hop. Bitter, pungent aftertaste. Dry finish.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is really strong. Dark hue, tight foamy head, and pervasive lacing. Nose is hoppy and citrusy with a bit of sweetness. Pungent bready flavor with some hints of sweetness and some wood chips, balancing out a full-on smooth hop bite. Full and robust. Overall, this is a great quaff.

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Photo of Vigilante
4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Beautiful copper-orange color with two fingers of white head which lingers leaving a large ammount of lacing.

S: Hops, sweet malt, tropical fruit

T: Taste follows the nose. Begins with a blast of hops and finishes sweet. Grapefruit notes.

M: Medium to full bodied. Good amount of carbonation.

O: I enjoyed this one a lot. I love the story of this beer as I have gone to Sierra Nevada multiple times and seen the fields where they grew the ingredients.Great beer.

- Poured into a tulip glass.

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Photo of Rope
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Fantastic, half a finger of off-white head. The color is a hazy fire orange.

Complex, but not a strong aroma. Each smell yields hints of different styles of beer. First I got an IPA, then a lager, then a saison.

I can see why my nose was jumping from style to style. Starts with a sweet buttery hop, but melds to a wonderful grassy tea flavor for the majority of the taste. It ends with a pleasant bitter hop wall.

Very small bubbles, feel nice. The hops have giving it a oily feel on the palate. It makes me yearn for a overcast spring day, looking out at a forest expanse.

I appreciate these kinds of entries, because it demonstrates that beer doesn't have to be produced with such a large footprint. The ultimate in local, inspiring to start ones own small beer making farm.

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Photo of jibbyvonjibb
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank a couple months ago.
A: amber color. Bit hazy w sediment that swirl then settle. Frothy head.
S: earthy hops. Caramel sweetness. 
T: caramel. Earthy hops. Hint of peppery spice. Apple cider. Figs. Tangy finish.
M: medium body, more than usual for ipa. Some butteriness.
O: A malty, earthy ipa. Not like regular westcoast, but more earthy. Caramel sweetness makes this more of a Scottish Ale with more hops. Still amazingly drinkable, never cloying. Serve on special occasions, maybe with an apple pie.

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Photo of SebD
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It has a beautiful hazy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down very slow and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of piney resin, grapefruit, citrus, floral hops and sweet bready/caramelly malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some nice grapefruit and citrus notes, with some piney resin, sweet caramelly malts and a touch of breadiness. Great balance.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with great flavors and aromas. This beer has held up very well considering it's age, I can just imagine it fresh!

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Photo of metter98
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy orange in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that gradually died down, consistently leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of pine resin, earthy and grapefruit hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of ruby red grapefruit and earthy hops along with a light to moderate amount of bitterness and hints of underlying caramel malts. The hop flavors linger though the finish, which also has some notes of herbal hops.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has an interesting profile of fresh hop flavors and is quite drinkable because it isn't overly bitter.

Note: 2012 vintage

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.73/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A- that unfiltered ipa stuff really gets me goin. It's all murky and muddy and rusty colored but held up against a light it's a warm, glowing, bright orange apricot. The hat on the fella is sensational, cream colored and uniform, wrinkly and hoppy membranes surface and a crazy beautiful amount of sprayed lace. Cool label art with birdies and butterflies and a cottage and shit.

S- even at almost a year old, vibrant hop aromas are jumping right out at my face with grapefruit, orange, mandarin, lime, mango and pineapple with deeper herbal notes of mild pine and passion fruit. Toasty malt and biscuit notes make me very happy as well. Nice lemony grassy bite as it warms. Another swirl releases cheddar cheesy type aromas.

T- I take the first sip and say "oh man" with foam all in my mustache. Resinous hoppy herbal cheesy meatiness hit immediately, tar-like and bitter yet incredibly soft and smooth. My buddy grows hops and believe it, this is what it tastes like when you pluck one and pop it in your mouth. The tropical fruits from the aroma take a backseat to smashed grapefruit peels, mild peppery spice, and bitter orange with layers of herbal resin like thyme and bay laurel. Cheese notes continue on with sharp cheddar and nutty emmentaler and although it sounds crazy, it's amazingly good and it is indeed what fresh hops taste like. It's like peeling off a bract and licking up the yellow powder like a cat drinkin milk. Though the sublime bitterness persists, malt nudges in with toasted biscuit, very mild sweetness and nothing more. Malt complexity is not necessary here. The slightest hint of alcohol transforms the grains into maduro wrapper and cured hardwood. So all in all, it's an overtoasted biscuit smeared with hop resin then topped with melted cheese and a dash of pepper dressed like a pirate holding an unlit cigar in its mouth, about to walk the plank. Finishes with lingering... Awesome... Cheesy hop bitterness.

MF- this really blew me away. So creamy and finely carbonated its like some big ass beer but it's not. Adding the second half of the bottle the half empty glass, the head becomes nitro creamy and is like a happy pillow for my lips. The bubbles are tight, velvety, and complimentary to the rich feeling medium body and though they seem understated, they provide plenty of giggling hop filled burps. The combination of sticky lips, pleasant dryness and alpha acid astringency has me sittin here makin faces like an old timer.

D- well. Safe to say this was worth it. One of the best IPAs I've ever had and further evidence that Sierra Nevada is BAD AS F when it comes to the hops. 6.7%? Not so bad. This is sheer drinkability with a hop monster attitude. I love the 'wet hop' idea and process and I get a hard on for organic beer and locally sourced food, local businesses etc. (even though I'm in Ohio, you get the point). Things made at the source feel better, and this beer feels like pretty girls, flower petals, well worn jeans and a beat up baseball glove.

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Photo of IKR
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden amber color with a generous frothy off white head that slowly faded. Absolutely not
hing to change here,

Smell: Fairly subdued nose with hints of hay and grapefruit/citrus fruit aromas.

Taste:The mild hay and citrus fruit aromas carry over to the taste. No real malt flavors but this beer has a Very clean after taste.

Mouth-feel: Fairly light Medium-bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation.

Overall: A good tasting IPA, but I'm not sure how age has affected this as this has been released a while back.

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Photo of lsummers
4.99/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've had this many times now, and I look forward to it each year. It really is great when fresh.

Poured out of a bottle, it has a bright caramel orange color, not quite see through. Two finger head that leaves some great lacing.

Smells of caramel grassy and grapefruit hops. A slight hint of sweet toasty maple from the malts.

Taste hits first with the sweet bitter caramel with grassy/grapefruit notes. The flavor sticks the entire way through and ends on a more slightly burnt malt note. Still it's an ipa, so the malts are subdued when compared to the hops. But the sweet characters come through.

Mouthfeel is perfectly balanced with some great mild carbonation ending with a more viscus note that pairs well with the ending malty sweetness.

Overall, This is and will continue to be one of my favorite seasonal ipa's. It's perfectly balanced for my tastes and qualities I like in a beer.

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Photo of santa216
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark gold – orange color. White, short lasting head with minimal retention.

Smell: Intense American hop aroma. Citrusy and a bit grassy with a slight northwest piney hop aroma.

Flavor: Very prominent hop flavor and bitterness. American hops dominate the front palate while a noticeable bitterness finishes out the beer. Malt backbone is present but the hop flavor dominates the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation. No astringency but a strong hop bitterness dominates. Dry finish.

Overall: One of my favorite Sierra Nevada beers. A great hop flavor from the wet-hopping method of brewing. The hop flavor is the big player in this beer. It’s slightly sweet with very earthy/grassy undertones that complement the beer quite well. Very delicious and something I always look forward to having.

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Photo of bambam2517
4.49/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle served in a pint glass at 40F. 2012 vintage.

A - Cloudy, caramel body. Nice standard IPA carbonation develops a strong lace ring on top that lasts all the way down the galss and leaves sticky legs. It's great.

S - So fresh! Summer grass (sweet hay), pear, apricot, grapefruit. Wet hopping maximizes the complexity. Really well done.

T - Alot of fruit esters, along with some hoppy bite. Bitterness is minimal, which I really like. Pear and grapefruit are the stars here, don't pick up much in the way of grains.

M - Creamy and smooth drinking, finishes dry but not bitter.

O - So good, I can't believe theres so much flavor in a single IPA. Drinks like a double.

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Gorden Biersch glass.

Appearance- Dark redish/orange with big fluffy off white head. Crazy lacing around the rim.

Smell- Floral earthy hops. Pine. Earth. Beautiful IPA smell.

Taste- Sweet, fruity hops. Citrus fruits. Vegetal flavors. Nicely balanced malts.

Mouthfeel- Thick coming in, but thins out on the way through. A little resinous. Nicely carbonated.

Overall- I love Sierra Nevada beers.

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Photo of evanforbeer
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into many glasses from a number of these gorgeous bombers

Fresh bread on the nose, subtle squaw and grain. Creamy while sweet mouthfeel, earthy hop spice hits with full resiny and grassy flavours, herbal notes with subtle green tea. Citrus comes through with lots of orange, tangerine, and grapefruit. Subtle caramel sweetness with biscuity malt, leaving a lot of earthy citrusy hop resin and toasty grain on the palate. So much flavor, truly a great wet hop ale that illustates that landscape of flavors of fresh hops. One of my favorites.

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Photo of rfbenavi80
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle with green wax over cap. Very nice art work on the label. Hard to go wrong with a wet hop ale, so lets see how this one stacks up. Bottle poured into a tulip.

A- Pours what appears to be a solid copper color with 3 fingers of thick, creamy, rocky white head that has amazing staying power. The head also looks very sticky as it laces down the glass perfectly.

S- Lots of earthy hops layered on top of some sweet caramel malt. Not exactly the most aromatic beer out there.

T- The signature grapefruit punch from those fresh wet hops kicks you from the start. Quickly followed by the earthy hop flavors. All on top of a solid Sierra Nevada malt backbone.

M- Feels like a solid medium body on this one, maybe a high medium. Moderate carbonation.

O- Impressed to say the least. Love the idea of the certified USDA Organic, and the the fact that it is an "Estate Ale". Worth trying for sure.

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Photo of Danno48
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Glad I chit-chat with the bar owner so I actually could get a bottle of the stuff.

Pretty beer. Dark for an IPA. Poured in a tulip the colors range from light tangerine to dark amber. Perfect look.

Smells like honeysuckle and cream with light pine notes.

Tastes sweet and creamy. Its like the milk and honey of IPAs. Light pine sappy sweetness and sugary floral notes. Very nice.

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Estate Homegrown Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 533 ratings.