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Estate Homegrown Wet Hop Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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1,204 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,204
Reviews: 523
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.87%
Wants: 53
Gots: 104 | 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 Schwarzbart
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25.4 oz
A: A nice bottle presentation with the green waxed top and certified organic symbol. It poured a big 2+ finger off-white rocky clumpy head. It has a hazy chestnut color and awesome sticky lacing.
S: Earthy, wet, resiny hops fill the nose and is sweetened by the malts. Raison like malts also fill the nose.
T: The malts and hops balance out quite nicely. That raison malt sweetness is delicious. Earthy hops with a slight spice. The hops finish resiny, earthy and grassy. Some other qualities include garlic & onion and grapefruit.
M&D: A very drinkable IPA and my opinion is that it could almost pass for a hopped up pale ale if it wasn't for the fuller mouthfeel. This beer has a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel that gives it an oily quality which helps those hop notes stick to your tongue.

Photo of DrinkingDrake
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found some notes on this looking through a notebook from last fall. A slightly red copper colored beer with a fat amount of off white head. Large bubbles popping through that eventually mellow down to a solid lacing that stuck around through the whole beer. The nose is mainly all hops. I got a lot of earthy and fresh, wet off the vine, hops. A descent amount of fruity sweetness eventually pokes through. Some pale, biscuit malt holds down the base. More malt is apparent than the nose leads you to believe when you first taste it. A nice caramel/toffee and creamy malt body. A lot of juicy wet hops a solid bitterness that is balanced between earthy and tropical fruity. A lot of hops on top of this malt base but i really like the hop characteristics that pop out here.

Photo of scruffwhor
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lots of carbonation in this beer, that helps give this brew it's awesome billowy head of three fingers. The foam lasts throughout all 22 oz. Great bright, yet somewhat dull copper color. Awesome looking beer.

Very mellow stinky, moist orange peel hop aroma. The malt has a wet biscuit aroma as well.

The taste has a complex citric bitterness. Upfront you get moist orange peels. The middle has a combo of caramel malts adding bread, biscuit, and marmalade flavors to a pineapple and toasted orange peel hop bitterness in the middle. The hops have more of a tropical fruit flavor as they mingle with the malts and yeast a little bit more on the finish.

This beer is well balanced between sweet and bitter. The palate is a bit resiny, and that adds a syrupy like sweetness to the caramel malt and tropical fruit hop flavors.

Photo of rickyhansing
3.25/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The color is like a beautiful honey, great carbonation.

S: Obviously hop forward, not as balanced in aroma as I expected. Pretty simple.

T: Some hop bite, not much of a malt backbone for the amount of hops. I feel it is out of balance.

Overall: I think this beer, objectively speaking, is a mid-level IPA. However, once you add in the higher price and hype it falls short. The color is nice, and it does gain complexity when it warms; I'm happy I tried it once, but once in enough.

Photo of gpogo
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Clear caramel brown body with cream colored head. Head was decently sized and dissipated to a foamy covering. Light carbonation bubbles.

A- Citrusy hop aromas. Lots of grapefruit. Light malt notes in the background, caramel.

T- Caramel and some nutty breadiness. Followed by some hoppy flavors finishing with a nice bitterness that stays on my tongue.

M- Medium body with moderate to light carbonation. Pretty smooth with a light carbonic bite.

D- Very drinkable, not sure it is worth the price though. However it is a very cool beer. All locally grown ingredients. I'm curious as to if they did their own malting and toasted malts.

Photo of weller1js
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: pours a bold and clear rich orange color, with sediment suspended consistently throughout, foam is very bubbly and billows as it dissipates, leaving a foamy bubbly lacing; viscocity is slightly thick, noticable when swilled in a glass.

smell: hops are very floral and sweet, with the expected absence of dryness to the scent, very bold.

taste: begins very clean and refreshing, developing into a mellow yet bold hop sensation throughout; the notable absence of a typical dry-hop taste allows for the less than subtle elements to come forth, finishing with a crisp, pleasant bitterness.

drinkability: unique in its intent and very successful at that, it is very pleasant to drink; a higher abv could have been done without changing the hop characteristics and would have put this one at a five.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes 3/11/11. Thanks to THECPJ for grabbing this one. Love the bottle art and the waxed top.

A: Pours a clear orange color with a bubbly thick two finger head. Reduces to a nice layer of foam on top, leaves some nice lacing.

S: Tons of grapefruit as well as a little bit of wheat, a hint of caramel and bready malt.

T: Extremely bitter, lots of pine and citrus. This is really an enamel ripper. Has a fresh, earthy flavor with a solid malt backbone (it needs it), but the hops overpower it.

M: Medium bodied with solid carbonation. The bitterness is what really got me here.

O: I really wanted to like it more, but the bitterness knocks it down a few pegs for me. It looks great, smells great, and the flavors are solid, but not the easiest to drink.

Photo of VWBuggirl
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

First, I really hate that they waxed this bottle. It just makes it more of a pain to open with no functionality. Save the wax and charge a few cents less please.

This poured a rich copper color and had a creamy thick head with decent retention and lacing.

This had the citrus scent that seems to be fairly common, with a stronger pine scent than many.

The initial taste is tangy bitter citrus with a strong pine flavor that really comes through after. It finishes with a lingering bitterness and semi-dry mouthfeel.

I generally don't like the often strong bitter flavor in IPAs and DIPAs, but this had an interesting flavor to go with it that I found enjoyable.

Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1 pint 9.4 fl oz bottle into a snifter.

A- Excellent 2 finger head. Very attractive appearance. Dark orange copper body, slightly hazy as well.

S- Very unique, you get the hops and citrus aroma up front, with hints of malts and nuttiness, slight peach and grapefruit as well.

T- It's a surprising taste. The nuttiness really comes out, with hints of peach and grapefruit. The hops are present as well.

M- Medium body leaves a nice smooth after taste on the palate, well balanced.

D- Very drinkable. It's a big bottle so would of preferred to share this one than drink on my own. One of the most attractive looking IPA's I've had but the taste was a bit unusual. Overall it's a good quality craft brew.

Photo of kaips1
3/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

not exactly what i expected but still good

a- dark orange almost a burnt in some light, very bodied, cant see through the glass unless held to light
s-very citrusey as expected, a nice sierra neveda hop smell as usual
t- this is the only area i felt really lacking, not enough bite or biter, it could be from the wet hop deal not sure yet, i was really hoping for more flavor
m-its ok
d- i could pound these all day in the summer, i might try and save one or two just to see if it appeals more then

not my favorite sn product but its not horrible by any means

Photo of DelMontiac
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice slightly hazed glowing orange color with three fingers worth of barely off white sticky froth that left some pretty amazing thick lace. Looks great. That is some thickass wax on this bottle! Had to dig the cap out.

IPAs are what they are in the way of smell - well hopped. This one is pretty forgetable. Fresh citrus, grassy, caramel malt (once warmed a bit).

Let this one warm. 55 -60F would be a good serving temp. Colder = hops and not much else. Once it warms a bit the caramel really comes through nicely. The fresh hops grap you right away - bitter up front, citrus on the finish. Peppery in the middle which I like a lot. Good earthy undertone here.

I like the feel of IPAs. This one is a bit dry compared to most. Still good.

No problem putting away a bomber solo. Recommended, but not hoarding it either.

Photo of bump8628
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one comes in a well-designed wax-topped bottle and pours a deep copper that's topped with an adequate cap of foam.

Warm graininess with a solid medium caramel maltiness balances the citric, herbal hopping almost evenly. The Chico yeast gets out of the way as it does in all of Sierra Nevada's ales.

There's not much else to say. As an IPA, this one doesn't stand out, but if one is enjoying it as just an all-around well-crafted ale it hits the mark nicely. I almost certain that terroir will never effect beer the way it does wine, or if it will ever take off in the brewing industry, but I certainly applaud the effort from America's best asset in the craft brewing revolution.

Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up a few weeks ago. Bottle poured into a taster glass. Reviewed from notes.

A - Pours deep amber orange with a huge pillow of two finger tall white head leaving sticky rings of lacing down the glass.

S - Still plenty of fresh piney hops; all-tho some have faded out a bit; lightly toasted caramel malt, and a bit of fresh squeezed citrus juice. Not too bad overall.

T - Nice bright citric hop bite up front mixes well with the sweet caramel malt leaving a lingering bitterness on the pallet long thru the finish. It becomes a bit dry toward the end of glass. Pretty good stuff, not the best fresh hop beer I have had but certainly not the worst.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. A little heavy in the feel but a nice overall balance of flavors, a bit dry in the finish.

D - Pretty good. I love fresh hop beers and while I really enjoyed this one the price really doesn't allow you to enjoy a whole lot of it. There are plenty of other beers just like this one that cost less.

Photo of THECPJ
3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: orangish brown with a finger white head

smell: malts, with some hops,

taste: sweet malts, finishes with a dry bitterness,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body

Drinkability: not bad but also not great. I like what there trying to do here. Just wish it had a little more hop action.

Cheers,

the CpJ

Photo of TheBrewViking
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, appearance is a beautiful copper color with a huge off white frothy head that laces nicely down the glass.

S- is piney citrusy, smells fresh and mouth watering

T- all that I hoped that it would be, classic. Sierra Nevada never disappoints. The malty backbone with fresh piney hops that hit the back of your tongue make this brew very well balanced.

M- mouthfeel is a top notch, carbonation and maltyness coat the mouth

D- I could drink multiple bottles of this in one sitting, so yes its very drinkable

Photo of enfield249
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy orange, thick white head.

S - Strong pine aroma, clean scent, not pine sol but fresh

T - Great malty back bone to the excellent hop flavor.

M - Full but not overly so. Really great.

D - I could drink this all the time. It makes my mouth happy.

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a darker golden color, with a nice size head that stayed throughout the beer. The smell is strong and rich, its bitter and hoppy. The taste is bitter, but doesnt have a bitter kick, instead its gradual, and then their is a smooth hoppy taste leftover towards the end, very fresh tasting. Overall a fantastic beer, really glad I picked this one up.

Photo of bobsy
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have no idea why this is waxed, as it's not cellarable. Nevertheless, a nice presentation.

Pours a hazy, unfiltered orange / cider with a good amount of white head that clings to the glass. Full-on green aroma, very herbal, with strong pine and dank notes. Some citrus in the tail, but this is very mucy a resin-heavy brew. Flavour follows the template, with a huge resin hit, herbs, pine, weed, grapefruit. Nice wet hop character which really shines and brings a good bitterness. Medium body and carbonation works well.

Incredibly drinkable and more or less what a wet hop beer should be.

Photo of Chyren
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful clear amber color liquid that springs a massive frothy, oily head. The head doesn't really begin to die down until you take your first sips, whereupon it leaves rings and globs of foam clinging to the insides of the glass. The strong and pleasant scent of citrus dominant hops with a nice and subtle reminiscing of wormwood oil emanates from the brew, bolstered by a certain sweetness. The taste is quite fresh and crisp, with a biting bitterness, resinous, green like chlorophyll carried on a light malt backbone. This beer has a perfect consistency: it is smooth, has body but is not syrupy, the perfect level of carbonation, leaves a pleasant viscosity lingering on the tongue. I could drink this beer all day long.

Would definitely purchase again.

Photo of dnolan36
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful looking bomber bottle. Poured into Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary glass.

Beautiful golden orange color with a creamy off white head. Decent lacing with a head that lingered for several minutes.

Blast of grapefruit hops aroma.

Hop forward with a citrus, sticky mouthfeel. Slightly resin taste with sweet malt backbone.

I love this beer and and found it to be very drinkable. Would drink more if it it did not cost as much as it did.

Photo of tlazaroff
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance when first poured is a nice bubbly, frothy head that is 2 fingers high. It has a really nice deep copper color to it and is a tad hazy. The smell is pretty much all hops. I get some earthy hops with little citrus. On the palate, the hops come out in droves with a nice balanced bitterness and a strong flavor. I get more citrus (grapefruit specifically) in tasting the beer than I did on the nose. The malt takes a backseat to the hops in this brew, but it isn't gone completely. I get small hints of caramel. The more i drink it, the only thing I can taste is hops. Mouthfeel is really nice, it's not thick, but not too watery either. The carbonation is just right, in the moderate level. You taste the bitterness for a long time in the finish. Drinkability here is high, I love this beer.

Photo of hopluva1
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A wonderful concept! Pours a cloudy dark amber / reddish. Great off white head that sticks around! Aroma is good but not great. Taste has a light sweetness, finishes with grapefruit hop bitterness. All the flavors are well balanced. A very drinkable beer!

Photo of Blakaeris
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dense caramel brown with a massive sticky head that leaves sheets of sticky lacing.

Aroma is sweet caramel malt base with strong green hop goodness.

Taste is mild biscuit malt up front. Hints of caramel and toffee. Hops come on strong, and retain the leafy tobacco, and fresh green quality from the nose. Finishes with mild herbal bitterness and light fruit.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Some resinous hop slickness.

Overall a flavorful and balanced IPA. Hops have a very fresh presence, but not particularly overpowering.

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.

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.

Estate Homegrown Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,204 ratings.