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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: 1,039
Reviews: 503
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 46
Gots: 64 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

"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 ktrillionaire


4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer, circa 2008 "Chino Estate", is certainly the most phenomenal IPA I have ever tasted. It looked the part of a radiant golden prototypical IPA, as does 2009-10. The dankness of the aroma is engrossing and tantalizing. The flavor exceeds the loftiest of expectations. It is unbelievably balanced, intensely flavorful, and rife with pine-y, citric and earthy hop notes. Great body, a bit bigger than medium, with a good balance of effervescence and viscosity.

In 2009 the quality of the beer declines. It looks as radiant as ever, but the aroma and taste are definitely lesser. The brew is bitter and hoppy, but not well-melded. The aroma is better than the flavor in 2009, and as such it is promising large citrus notes and a big caramel-maltiness, an offer that is only halfway delivered upon .

It is immediately apparent that 2010's vintage is both superior to 2009's and inferior to 2008's original. That is actually a pretty good spot to be in. The flavors are still not melded in the kind of awe-inspiring fashion that they were in 2008. Though somewhat dry in a flavor-sense, the malt tastes a bit heavy, and almost (slightly) rye-like. And the hop is grassy AND grape-fruity. Not bad...

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2010 05:45:43 | More by ktrillionaire
Photo of ahalloin


4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear deep amber/copper color with orange highlights and a slightly off white head of about two fingers width. Lacing is retained on the glass through the imbibing and a film of white bubbles remains on the surface.

The aromatic smell consists of juicy grapefruit hops layered over a solidly toasty malt base. Some delightful sweet toffee malty notes are present, but the citrusy hops dominate.

Upon taking a sip, I am greeted with citrus hop juice with a hidden malt backbone leading to a pleasantly bitter finish. The hops here show their citrus quality but also an earthiness reminiscent of European hops.

The Mouthfeel is medium full as the beer has decent body for an IPA. Carbonation is medium and effervescent.

Drinkability is quite good as anyone who likes SN Pale Ale will definitely dig this.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2010 01:34:30 | More by ahalloin
Photo of cpanossian

New York

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a heavy clear glass mug.

Proud multi-finger head of frothy off-white foam. Color is a pretty and clear amber.

Aroma is strong hops and a little citrus and a strange scenting of like vulcanized rubber? Secret ingredient? Nah, must just be the wet hops.

Terrific mouthfeel - with a tingly lingering very bitter citrus aftertaste. Easy to enjoy with a burger or steak and fries, but not so easy straight up with no meal chaser.

The wax seal aroudn the cap is a nice touch, but purpose? Just cosmetic? Meh.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2010 23:43:28 | More by cpanossian
Photo of nickthetick


4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Into my Duvel tulip
A: pours a brick red-orange with two finger off white head that leaves a moderate amount of lacing.

S: citrus and grass (a lot) right off the bat with nice spicy hoppyness mixed in. Also a little peppery in the end.

T: spicy hops and more grassy notes balanced well with the citrus flavors. The flowery hops in noticeable, however not a whole lot of malt is present. Still the grass and pepper shine through more on my palate and I like it.

MF: once again with the spicy and pepper and moderately heavy. Nice effervescence and fairly smooth transitions with flavors makes you notice what is there without punching you in temple with any one.

D: as my first wet hopped beer this one amazed me, although I have nothing to compare it too. Awesome beer I will look forward to buying next time its on the shelf! Now if it only didn't cost so darn much...

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2010 22:46:14 | More by nickthetick
Photo of hosehead83


4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a "bomber" bottle into a standard pint glass.
Bright, copper/orange in color, with a big, frothy head of foam.
Aroma-Aromatic pine and citrussy hops
Taste-Fresh hop flavor abounds, juicy grapefruit, pine, orange-rind bitterness. Flavorful and fragrant, nicely balanced and drinkable. Only real negative was the price, at ten dollars a bottle. Worth it to try, but sadly will not buy another at that price.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2010 18:26:26 | More by hosehead83
Photo of beerhan


4.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A pleasant surprise to find this on tap at the Swig in Perrysburg, OHIO.

Served in a pint glass with a brilliant ruby color and creamy white lace head. Smells just straight up like sweet hops and fall. The taste of this beer is quite amazing. Very sweet and has a bitter aftertaste. The drinkability of this is incredible but at 8.50 a pint it is hard to have more. Fantastic overall.

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2010 14:44:40 | More by beerhan
Photo of Cheesemoose


4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Split with the father in law between two pint glasses.

Nice glowing amber on the pour, solid amount of head (slow pour gives about 3 fingers) that mellows into a solid film. Great lacing, sticking around throughout the beer.

Bit hop profile from the get go. Bitter citrus/piney hops with a good bit of malt that comes out as it warms.

Bitter blast of hops, thought it is quite balanced. The fresh hopping makes a huge difference, and the taste is where you can see the difference. Not to mention a great clean finish, with the hops giving a slight resurgence as you breathe out. All in all, a great balance is found. Orange zest comes to mind now that has warmed.

Slightly oil mouth feel (the hop oils) but with a great crystal like cleanness that just blows me away. Exceptional.

I could drink this all night but with the 6.7% I would stick with just one.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2010 00:31:01 | More by Cheesemoose
Photo of smcolw


4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge head with a rocky, slow recession. Leaves lots of spotty but chunky lace. The liquid leans to the darker amber. It is crystal clear.

The hop aroma is fresh and floral; inviting. The malt is way in the background on this one.

Good round malt beginning. In fact, the hop never overwhelms. This is a well balanced IPA. The bitterness is most pronounced in the swallow and leaves a moderate aftertaste. Full bodied with a decent dose of carbonation. Another superb beer from SN.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 23:26:17 | More by smcolw
Photo of BeerImmediately


3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours with booming 3-4F frothy head that is reminiscent of pancake batter - thick, and goes down slowly. Deep amber colored body - quite clear. Tons of sticky lacing.

Aroma was shockingly absent. Faint piney hops and some bready malt.

Flavors come thru, tho. Rich & smoooth mouthfeel. Sharp wet-hop sting lingers long in the aftertaste. More grapefruit than pine. Not much in terms of balance. Very dry finish.

Drinkability is nice, but due to the heavy front end of sharp hops, it's not something that I'd want to make a session of.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 21:37:00 | More by BeerImmediately
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Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, clear amber colour with a lot of head on each poured glass, using the Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Tastes of a strong caramal like malt background with some hop bitterness in the finish. The flavour could be stronger, but its a decent offering. Drinks pretty smooth, it just needs a little more flavour to it.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 19:32:37 | More by WeedKing4
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New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Came in a wax topped bottle that, while pretty cool, was kind of annoying to take off. Whatever though, it fits for this beer..Every ounce of its aroma must stay inside the bottle!

Pours a deep copper color, very clear, beautifully white head. It retains forever and has tons of lacing. Awesome.

Aroma is all hops! Sweet esters of the malt come through as well.

Taste is a very fresh beer with tons of flavor. Oily juicy hops, grainy malt, more earthy hop notes in the finish with a nice crisp hop bite. A be all end all hop ale.
Medium bodied mouth feel thats a very smooth.

Overall a great beer. I was expecting a explosive version of the hemisphere ales. It's very much like it and sierra nevada's other ales. Not a bad thing though. I also don't think the price is that bad at all...Sierra Nevada or not.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 02:55:45 | More by jhammel01
Photo of Kendo

New York

4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Waxed 24 oz bottle. Cut myself three times with the knife I was using to get through the wax. Disappointed to see the standard SNPA green bottle cap underneath; given the amount I paid for this bottle (I didn't pay attention but I know it wasn't cheap), there should've been some special cap. . . . Anyhow. . . a glug-glug of a pour results in a coppery-amber body and 2+ fingers of ivory head. Good splotchy lace left behind.

S: Juicy grapefruit and some pine. Classic Sierra Nevada nose.

T: Follows the nose - light toasty malt, some sweet caramel malt, but mostly it's about the juicy hops: citrusy (juicy grapefruit) and a touch of resiny pine. Lingering wet-hop juicy bitterness.

M: Moderate carbonation, good creaminess. Call it medium in heft.

D: Very good. Slowed down a bit by the resiny feel.

Comments: Measured on its own, this is an excellent beer. In some ways, however, it's disappointing because it's so similar to so many other SN offerings (SNPA, Celebration, the Harvest Ales, their old Anniversary Ales) and because of the price point. Definitely worth trying, even at the price, and I appreciate the value of an organic ale grown on the SN premises.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2010 23:53:25 | More by Kendo
Photo of JoePat


3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear amber color with a thick kaki head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass as it dissipates.

I get a lot of citrus and some spicyness in the aroma giveing off a smell similar to orange juice. A little bicuty malt makes it throught the hop aroma but it is pretty faint.

The flavor is sweet and malty with a nice caramel flavor. The hops are spicy and vegitable with strong bitterness.

The bitterness detracts a little from the drinkability but the mouthfeel is silky smooth.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2010 22:25:40 | More by JoePat
Photo of number1bum


4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear amber color with two inches plus of light beige. It keeps a thick, chunky lace and even better it leaves a ton of beautiful webbing all over the sides. Coats the glass all the way to the bottom. Really impressive.

The nose is very fresh and quite delicate, with a soft citrus aroma as well as a spicy note. Some biscuity, lightly sweet caramel malt is here as well.

The nose was nice but the taste packs even more flavor. Hops area citrusy, herbal and slightly spicy. Has some caramel malt sweetness and a more subtle bready, biscuity flavor. For a fresh hop ale this still has a very good amount of bitterness. Not a big in your face bitterness, but certainly enough for an IPA. Extremely smooth and well balanced; it's just sublime for a fresh hop IPA.

Mouthfeel is a medium bodied, or a hair less than that, and is quite smooth. Clean, crisp, pretty creamy too.

This is a beautiful beer from a brewery that knows how to brew beautiful hoppy beers; maybe more than any other in fact. Sierra Nevada has mastered the art of the fresh hop beer and this is their best. This is the best fresh hop beer I've ever had, and even if I didn't know it used fresh hops it would still be an excellent IPA. Just a wonderful, wonderful beer. If it were packaged and priced like Celebration or Torpedo I would buy it all the time.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2010 03:01:00 | More by number1bum
Photo of krisandajt


3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed a bottle of this whilst shopping around Shawan's Liquors on my latest Maryland beer run.

Appearance: Poured from the wax topped bottle into my Shorts pint glass. A rough pour, mostly out of laziness, the beer is a clear vibrant amber color with an immense amount of white, foamy head. Impressive so far.

Smell: A nice, mild blast of bitter, piney hops with virtually no trace of malts getting in the way. Nothing overwhelming, smells like it's going to be a find drinking IPA.

Taste: And a fine drinking IPA it is. Not overly bitter, but not really balanced either. It has some piney hops, maybe with a bit of citrus (lemon and grapefruit) scattered about.

Mouthfeel: A surprising, yet rather refreshing, light to medium body for the style with ample carbonation.

Drinkability: Not exactly a hop bomb, just a nice easy drinking IPA. If you're looking for a good IPA that you can drink all night, this is it. Sierra Nevada knows how to do it.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2010 01:31:23 | More by krisandajt
Photo of WYVYRN527


4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml. bottle into a tulip glass. Perhaps one of the most attractive packages I have come across.

A: Pours a brilliant, crystal clear amber with lively carbonation and a two finger head that settles to a finger-thick cream-hued foam on the surface. Lacing is sticky and coats the glass nicely.

S: At first, I am a bit put off by the aroma. Slight sulfur aroma shows upon pouring with a metallic note, but fades away after a few minutes. Hops lend hints of citrus, spring flowers, and distinct piney character.

T: Hops dominate with flavors of grapefruit, lemon peel, and grassy notes. It's balanced with some sweet caramel and grain undertones. Finish is refreshingly bitter, with pine and more fruity and grassy notes.

Notes: This beer is resinous and medium bodied, coating the palate and leaving a 40 second finish. Very tasty, and quite easy to drink. Not the best wet hop ale I have ever had, but a damn fine example.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 03:51:47 | More by WYVYRN527
Photo of zhanson88


4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, pure amber color with copper highlights. A bit over a finger of off-white head with great retention, that gives way to some beautiful lacing.

Smell: Even scent primarily made up of citrus, grapefruit and pine. Some herbal and floral elements in there as well. Nothing overwhelming, but decent nonetheless.

Taste: Caramel malt and a little citrus up front, with more grapefruit and some pine and floral hops. Very balanced beer that is a pleasure to drink.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Medium bodied, this beer feels thick, smooth and creamy on the palate. Absolutely perfect. Drinkability is very high as well. Even, balanced flavors with that great mouthfeel make for a nice combination.

I rated this beer as an APA; I haven't found anywhere else that lists it as an IPA. As an APA it is easily one of the best I've ever had. A bit pricey, but certainly worth the money at least once.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 03:28:02 | More by zhanson88
Photo of beer2day

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange with light carbonation. 1-finger head, gives way to a light sheen by the end of the glass. Thick, but widely spaced, bands of lace.

Definite herbal-floral hop mixture. I agree also on the fresh-cut tomato aroma - decidedly. Leaf grass, wheat, with a strong herbal mixture.

Floral-herbal hop mix comes out in the mouth. Hits fairly heavy in body, turns resiny, and gets pine bitter in the finish. Very dry in the finish, too. Slight creaminess up front, but very fleeting.

Very expensive beer, but dang tasty.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 01:25:35 | More by beer2day
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New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, green wax

Pours a glowing light orange color with a large off white head, some sticking. The aromatics are more subdued than expected. To the guy who said he caught whiffs of fresh cut Jersey tomatoes, yes. Totally. Herbal qualities, pine, cannabis, an eggy-ness (sulphur?), a light citrus note and a light sweetness in the nose. Crisp and resinous with a bite, lots of citrus flavor and a light pale malt body behind it all. Overall i cant say Im thrilled with the beer, the bottle has taken me about 45 minutes or so but man, i love the concept. I'm probably the first one to say 'thanks' to Sierra Nevada for keeping the price so low. 9.99 on the shelf is very fair for what went in to making this one, that, and the USDA cert is not cheap. Good work guys, I've been nothing but impressed with Sierra Nevada this year for so many different reasons..

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2010 22:16:07 | More by ATPete
Photo of Lerxst


3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a clear amber with a nice one inch head that has good retention and leaves good amounts of sticky lace.

S-Very tame and subdued, but pleasant. I would've liked the nose to be more prominent. I'm picking up earthy, grassy hop notes along with bready malt in the back.

T-Slightly sweet bready malt really comes through here, really pushing the hops out of the way. The earthy hops try and fight their way back in the middle and finish, but can't overcome the malt.

M-Just on the light side of medium body, crisp carb bite, somewhat dry finish.

D-As with any SN product, it goes down easily. But this is a one and done for me.

A solid and respectable effort from the good folks at SN, it just didn't knock my socks off.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2010 22:15:49 | More by Lerxst
Photo of russpowell


4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours caramel/amber with 2 fingers of fluffy cream colored head. Superior lacing & good head retention

S: Earthy & piney hops

T: Follows the nose, with caramel & woody hops as well up front. Woody, herbal, citrussy & piney hops lead the way as this warms, slight pear & caramel notes as well, but hops are the star of the show here. Finishes with leafy, herbal & woody hops, some grapefruit, a whisper of booze warmth & a bit of dry caramel

MF: Medium bodied, low but firm carbonation that turns creamy as time goes on. Nice balance & some warming booze showing up

Drinks too easy, a very good take on the style. Wish I could know just how fresh this sample is. Tasty, but bloody expensive, a + $10 bomber. Now that I've had it, I'll spend my next/future 10's on Bigfoot or celebration or better yet some Founders Harvest

Edit: Based on reviews I will just say I would've loved to try a month younger version. Still a nice effort. I like it better than the average...

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2010 03:39:33 | More by russpowell
Photo of llllDrGONZOllll


4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wax covered 750ml bottle poured in to my stemmed tulip

Giant less than white head is hanging tough. Lacing quite dense only leaves its thick stain after i take a sip. An island of thick bubbles presides in the center of my glass even as i gulp away. A hazy maroon body laced with golden touches rests peacefully under the mounds of head.

The aroma is breathtaking, my nosed is tickled with waves of grapefruit, pine, dark fruits, mangoes and call me crazy fresh sliced New Jersey sweet tomatoes? My first sip was less bitter than I was expecting, yet very delicious all the same. I must say this ale is very hoppy in the flavor department more than other wet hop ales. I find the layers of hops sticky and clinging to the insides of my cheeks and the back of my tongue. The tastes are much like the aromas , only more prominent. I enjoy the nice dry finish that gives the light body a clean fresh caramel grain accent. The rarity of this delight is not keeping me from quaffing this fantasy down. I only hope I will have a sip left to taste this when it warms a tad more.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2010 00:43:17 | More by llllDrGONZOllll
Photo of lordofthewiens


4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really liked this beer.
Bomber poured into a pint glass. Amber color, fairly thin tan head that lasted throughout. Good lacing.
Citrus aroma, also floral/outdoors. Kind of peppery.
Big hit of grapefruit, a bit of resinous pine. Still a little peppery. All against a strong malt background.
I really liked the balance of this beer: hops up front, then malt. It worked really well for me, despite the toughest wax I've ever come across.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 23:50:33 | More by lordofthewiens
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3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a gorgeous 22oz green-wax-capped bomber into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Rich deep tangelo body, clear with glimmering orange peel highlights. A sudsy finger of ivory foam creates a lasting pearling head ringed by concentric circles of thick sticky lacing.

Floral, soapy/perfume-like aromatics (a character which seems emblematic of wet hop IPAs) assail the senses - pine sap, juicy citrus, and phenolic white pepper notes join forces as well.

Clean cutting pale malt - much like that found in their standard pale ale, but magnified in intensity here - the unmistakable signature of Sierra Nevada accompanied by a lasting grapefruit pith bitterness on the palate. This flavor coupling slowly gives way to a faint spicy/herbal element from the hops and a vaguely toasty flavor from the malt. Very dry, clean, and fresh finish.

Moderate carbonation, smooth medium-light bodied feel - yet the flavor accentuates crispness over all.

If you enjoy the pale malt base of Sierra Nevada's namesake, this will rate highly...in my case, I think that flavor impedes the impact of the hops, which reduces my enjoyment significantly. Among their offerings, I'd rather reach for Torpedo...ymmv.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 22:34:40 | More by augustgarage
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4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Carries itself like a much bigger beer than 6.7%. Bold hopping, with citrus and pine notes, well balanced by a substantial malt body. Calls to mind past year's Celebration ale, with a bit more body. I'm just glad it was worth all the work to peel off what must be the thickest, toughest wax cap coating I've run across.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 15:39:55 | More by Brent
Estate Homegrown Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,039 ratings.