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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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Ratings: 1,156
Reviews: 519
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 54
Gots: 97 | 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 bashiba
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy golden/orange with a very thick and creamy head, nice retention and lacing.

The smell was very fresh hops like opening a fresh bag of hops right from the farm, very fuggle/willamatte dominated smell.

The malt is very thin with just a light toasty bread quality with a nice fresh green hop flavor and a light bitterness. Very nice example of very fresh hop flavor and aroma.

The mouthfeel is very thin with a touch of creamyness and a light bit of oil.

Easy drinking and a nice hoppy treat.

bashiba, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of MrDanno96
3.6/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a really nice copper color with more than a finger of fluffy white head. Lots of sticky and foamy lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Lots of pine aroma and very earthy too. A little sweet citrus mixed in.

T: A nice sweet malt backbone dominates the front end of the flavor and most of the way up until a long, lingering bitter finish. Not as exciting as it could be, but decent.

M: Medium in body with a good amount of carbonation in the finish.

D: A fair IPA overall. It's cool that it's 100% organic I guess, but I'm sure that made it more expensive and there are a lot of cheaper IPAs.

MrDanno96, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of ThreeDimesDown
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear burnt-orange with a three finger thick, fluffy off-white head that leaves behind some really nice layers of lacing. Really nice looking beer.

Nice hop aromas: floral, citrus, pine, and grass. Toasty and light caramel malts create a subtle base.

Taste follows the aroma with different levels of hops that play well together. Floral hops up front with an even grapefruit citrus. Biscuity malts steady the brew. Slight acetyl and a bitter aftertaste.

Medium mouthfeel with crisp, active carbonation. Slightly creamy and a slight dryness at the end.

A nice brew by SN. Good earthy tones.

ThreeDimesDown, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of generallee
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 24oz bottle into a pint glass. This was originally reviewed and noted in 2009.

Appearance: It foams a tall light beige and rocky foam head after the pour. This hangs on well and maintains a nice cap on top of a deep amber colored beer with good clarity and some visible carbonation.

Smell: The aroma is full of heavy pine, citrus and herbal hop notes on top of modest bready malt base.

Taste: For Sierra Nevada and compared to there other fresh hop ales this one seemed quite light on hop flavor and bitterness. Still it was quite good and hop forward. Pine and citrus notes hit the tongue first. The middle reveals the mild bready malt base and then moves to an average herbal hop bitter fade into the finish. Its palate has a middle of the road feel with medium balanced carbonation.

Notes: Overall flavor and drinkability are very good but at over $9.00 I'm not going back seconds.

generallee, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of NotACommunist
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass from bomber with wax around cap; somewhat difficult to get through.

A: Amber / gold color with thick head.

S: Fresh really floral hop aroma, slight pine maybe some citrus/grapefruit

T: Non-potent citrus fruit, great hop fresh hop aroma and pine

M: Medium, almost creamy as it warms, hops dry out mouth towards the end.

D: VERY Drinkable

All organic brah, hops an barley grown on SN property.

NotACommunist, Feb 17, 2011
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a copper penny color with some haziness in the beer. There are 2 fingers of off-white head that slowly dissolve into chunky bubbles. Good lacing rings on the glass with each sip. Probably the best head I have seen on any Sierra Nevada beer.

S - Smells of citrus zest, pine tree, and malts.

T - Great citrus zest fruit flavors, some pine, and sweet malt. Hop bitterness is well done and does not overwhelm the palate.

M - Good carbonation. I get some hop resin coating the mouth. Somewhat creamy and very smooth.

D - This is a very delicious beer. I also really like the concept that it is created with organic ingredients grown at the Sierra Nevada company. A must try.

UCLABrewN84, Feb 17, 2011
Photo of billab914
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Originally reviewed on 10-16-2010.

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Southern Tier tulip. It poured a bright copper color with a full frothy head filling the top inch of the glass. The head faded to a thin dusting but left some great lacing on the glass as it did.

The aroma shows a bright hoppiness to it with grapefruit coming through along with a nice peachy, pineapple, tropical hoppiness. Very good hoppy aroma to it overall.

The taste also has a nice peach and pineapple citrus hoppiness coming through. The malt is pretty restrained and doesn't come through much at all through the hoppiness. It has a moderate dry bitterness coming through in the finish. Very nice hoppy flavor to it overall.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is average. Drinkability is good, it was a very nice hoppy beer overall. I really liked the tropical and peachy hoppy flavors it had. It was a very flavorful and easy drinking beer. Very enjoyable beer overall.

billab914, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of ebrauser
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber to a pint glass

Appearane: Clear ambor color with a thick, puffy, off-white head.

Smell: Dominant hop oils and some caramel malt

Flavor: Subdued hop bitterness is ubiquitous, with some sweetness in the malt backbone providing perfect support for this american IPA.

MF: Easily drinkable, with perfect amounts of bitterness to keep it interesting.

ebrauser, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of TangTKE402
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This pours copper/straw colored with a light haze and an impressive, 3-finger head. Great lacing down the sides of my pint glass.

S: Honestly I can't pick up much; very faint aromas. What is there smells of barley and light, earthy hops.

T: Tastes like a really well put-together homebrew with ample barley malts and some nice wet hop spice. A touch of coffee, leather, and peatmoss in the mouth with a nice citrus hop finish. Leaves the mouth dry, but very pleasant and well-balanced all around.

M: This has a nice weight to it that makes it very inviting to drink. It's clean without lacking substance; bright, but with something to chew on.

D: The best words for this beer are Even-Keeled. SN has created a really groovy beer that has a well-rounded flavor without any particular elements standing out. The result is a high drinkability factor.

TangTKE402, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of Hellabeerguzzler
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - almost opaque light amber with generous chunky white top and nice lacing
s - smells citrusy, hoppy, with a sweet maltyness
t - the smell was on the thin side but the taste was a surprise. Very rich with a thicker creamier taste and when combined with the hops and a little tart citrus, well, it was nice. Very good actually.
m - another surprise for me. It was clean and crisp with a nice carbonation - I expected gummy from the appearance but it wasn't. Very nice.
d - another one to add to my list of highly drinkable ales. I'm getting some more of these.

This review may be tainted a bit by the delicious local italian bistro pizzeria that I washed down with this delicious ale but nevertheless, this was delicious and my only regret is that I didn't buy two... or ten...

Hellabeerguzzler, Feb 11, 2011
Photo of MrOH
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

deep copper with a big off-white, pebbly, head

fresh cut grass, grapefruit, earthy, honey, funk

grapefruit, pine, white sugar, earthiness, meadow, rich, touch of cocoa

mouthfilling but light, creamy, smooth, refreshing, long finish

mellow but full, very elegant, graceful and balanced

From notes, 10-21-10

MrOH, Feb 08, 2011
Photo of OakedCanuck
3.25/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured into cervoise. From notes.

A - Pours a hazy yellow to amber with decent lacing. The head is off white to white and fluffy, common with Sierra Nevada.

S - Piney, grassy and some caramel malt. Not as citric or as 'fresh' smelling as one would expect

T - Similar to the nose. More of the grassy bitterness, even though this is a wet hop ale, just a bit too much. The sweet malt comes out in the back in the form of caramel and sweet bread.

M - Clean and crisp. Medium body with too much effervescence.

D - Decent and smooth enough to drink. I think this one was inconsistent with Sierra Nevada's usual product. Overpriced also.

OakedCanuck, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of boss302
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

boss302, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of Haybeerman
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Haybeerman, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of StaveHooks
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

StaveHooks, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of KTCamm
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

KTCamm, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of rudzud
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

rudzud, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of bristol2120
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

bristol2120, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of ngeunit1
4.1/5  rDev -1%
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.

ngeunit1, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of clarkm04
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

clarkm04, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of mjrod2142
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

mjrod2142, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of bsp77
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

bsp77, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
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. ..


Beerandraiderfan, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of shakeheap
4.18/5  rDev +1%
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?

shakeheap, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of JackieTH
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

JackieTH, Jan 27, 2011
Estate Homegrown Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,156 ratings.