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Estate Homegrown Wet Hop Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,252
Reviews: 534
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 56
Gots: 117 | FT: 0
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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 Huhzubendah
3.11/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer is crystal clear and appears copper to amber in color. The head is thick and dense, measuring just over an inch after a leisurely pour. Plenty of lacing left on the tulip glass. The aroma offers dank hops, malt, and an odd scent with a funky character. It smells similar to cleaning carpets. Hmm....the taste has the same character. Not bad, per se, but not even in the same league as the Founders Harvest Ale I just enjoyed. Decent feel, with a lingering wet hop flavor, as well as the damp basement oddness. Overall, not worth $10. Nothing special here.

Notes: waxing a fresh hop beer? Seems like a marketing gimmick if ever I saw one.

Photo of Hands22
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Whole Foods.

A- dark coppery color. Poured a mall head that faded quickly. Brilliantly clear. 

S- piney, citrusy hops typical of a west coast IPA dominate. No malt noticeable. 

T- hops dominate throughout with a piney flavor. Bitter but not overwhelming, very nicely balanced. Some light malt sweetness, but very very slight. 

M- medium bodied. Medium-high carbonation. Bitter but not astringent. 

O- an excellent IPA that showcases the west coast style without going overboard. Not really all that bothered with the organic thing, but as a gardener myself I appreciate the homegrown aspect. A pleasant beer that I would drink again if given the chance. 

Photo of nniicckkww
4.41/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Once I got through the wax, I poured this into my Sam Adams glass. Amber reddish color. Crystal clear. Beautiful head. Burnt orange and white. It's like merrange. Ridiculous retention.

Aroma is very enticing. Citrus grapefruit. Pine. Slight mildew, mold aroma. My wife agreed. I attribute this to the 'wet' hops.

Smooth mouthfeel. Medium body. Dry. Slightly sweet toasted malt. Complex. Lots of hop flavor. Grapefruit. Pine. Earthy spiciness. A pronounced bitter finish. Delicious.

A bit pricey for almost $10 a bottle. But it's damn good. Being on the eastcoast, I'd pick this over a PtE any day (I've only had a three week old PtE). I love the complexity here. It's hoppy yet so much more.

Photo of TheWhiskerReview
4.67/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Opened the day it rolled off the truck. 2011 Vintage.

Pours a orange-tinted red with a massive, 4-finger off-white head that gets nicely rocky and frothy as it shrinks, leaving a solid ring of retention and loads of sticky lace.

The nose is lovely, pure and complex with sweet doughy malt and lots of fruity and wet hop tones- peach, lemon, orange blossom honey and eucalyptus with touches of hop oil, wet grass and papaya. The combo of tropical notes in this is very reminiscent of a Riesling.

The medium-bodied palate has an awesome balance of creamy malt and slick, oily hoppiness while the bitterness is only mild-to-moderate- delicious flavors of grass, bread crust, mango and papaya turn towards sweet, malty caramel and pine on the slightly bitter and resinous finish.

My first Estate and I'm very impressed. I like this way better than the NoHem (which I had right before) due mostly to that awesome mouthfeel. The creamier malt was just enough to add its complexities but never got in the way of the slick, wet hoppiness.

Photo of draheim
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I tried the 2010 batch of this beer just 3 months ago - meaning it was way past fresh - and I gave it all 4.5s. So it really held up well and I'm excited to try this one super fresh. I just deleted my last review, as a fresh bottle will be more definitive considering this is an IPA.

750mL wax top bottle (2011 batch) poured into a tulip.

Glowing amber orange color, perfectly clear with a dense, thick, 3-finger slightly off-white head that hangs around for a while and leaves nice sticky lacing.

Aroma is a burst of citrus, grapefruit rind, tropical fruit, and pine. This beer smells wonderful, fresh & bright.

Taste is bright tropical fruit and hops. Really clean and fresh. Hoppy and nicely bitter but well-balanced by pale and caramel malts. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean.

Overall I really can't find many flaws with this beer; the only thing I can think of is if it were bottle-conditioned similar to an AleSmith IPA, the mouthfeel would be superlative. Outstanding ingredients, lovingly handcrafted. This is a showcase beer for Sierra Nevada. Too bad it's only available for a short time each year.

Photo of elgiacomo
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottled September 15, 2011. Served at around 45F.

Pours faintly hazy copper with a nice three finger light tan head that leaves clumpy rings of lacing and holds a strong cap. Pretty.

Aroma is predominately floral and grassy hops, some herbal and a little pine, touch of spice, bready and caramel malt round things out. Good but not great strength.

Flavor is resinous hop oils, some citrus, grass and pine, rather hefty caramel and bready malt backbone offering a bit of sweetness to balance against the bitterness on the finish. Some noticeable alcohol as well.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus bodied, rather creamy, moderate carbonation.

Very good wet hop ale, quite raw and resinous, more malty than I usually prefer in the style but still very enjoyable and kudos to Sierra Nevada on the price drop this year....the cost kept me from trying it last year.

Photo of tjkinate
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mmmm... Tasty!

Poured the brew into a standard pint glass that produced a 2+ fingered, frothy white head with good retention. I could clearly see small bubbles rising in this caramel colored beer that persisted throughout the tasting. Solid lacing was also present.

Lots of floral hops with scents of pine, was able to detect barley accompanied with sweet notes.

Hops were less pronounced than anticipated (not to say they weren't present), this allowed the sweet notes and barley grains to present themselves.

Medium/light body that coats the mouth thoroughly.

Keep the beers coming Sierra Nevada!

Photo of Chaney
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap over at the Whole Foods in Fair Lakes.

Drank from a 16oz. shaped pint glass.

A: The clarity was impeccable, and the tight, foamy beige head was both frothy and retentative (is that a word?).

S: Uber hoppy and wet hopping was most evident. The profile was similar to a lot of SN's hop bombs.

T: Ground up hop leaves along with a soothing cushion of yeast made this one quite remarkable. The aftertaste left a good bit of bitter lingering that was O so yummy!

M: Perfectly carbonated, and the bitter elements definitely won out over the sweetness.... while was nill at best.

O: Sierra managed to extract every ounce of hop bitterness and taste out of those home-grown ingredients, and for that, I applaud them.

Photo of Johnnyfacelift
5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The first thing I notice with this brew is the rich fresh hop aroma! It's not overpowering or really in your face, just a subtle, beautiful and full, flowery aroma. This brew is a nice golden color with a bit of a haze, maybe from the hops or less filtering, not really sure but it looks tasty. And speaking of taste, great balance. You get a strong malt backbone with wonderful bitterness and the fresh hop taste keeps you coming back for more. There's a nice foamy head that travels down the glass as you drink and certainly leaves its mark behind. That bitterness sticks behind in the roof and back of your mouth while the malt flavor lingers on the tongue. If you can't tell, I love this beer. I've been waiting to drink this one and am psyched that its been worth the wait... drink it fresh though, that's the whole point! Cheers!

Photo of JednoPivoProsim
4.92/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 1 pt 9 fl oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottled on day 257 of 2011 (September 14 - exactly 1 month old!) 2011 vintage Estate Homegrown Ale.

Appearance: After fighting through the wax, this beer pours a light amber red with a doughy, bready, inches thick head. Tons of lacing.

Smell: Pungent citrusy hop aroma. Wet grapefruit. Fresh as a beer can smell. I could stop right here without even taking a sip and be happy I bought this beer. Magnificent!

Taste: Does anything taste better than a fresh IPA? Wow! So flavorful and light, I could drink this by the gallon. Obviously, very hoppy, but not overpowering. Mostly citrus/grapefruit.

Mouthfeel: This beer is very light. Normally I like something with a little heavier mouthfeel, but with the fresh hops, the light body is almost fitting. It lets you focus on the flavor more.

Overall: Probably the best tasting beer I have had since Celebration last year, if not better. Fresh, organic, wet hops bottled from the brewery estate grounds must make all of the difference. The fact that this was bottled 1 month prior definitely does not hurt!

Photo of Crossmd
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured 45 degrees Fahrenheit into a tulip glass

Pours a dark red-amber with pink reflections. Two finger head eggshell dissipates quickly into a cap of bubbles.

Smells of a sweet, liquor soaked tangerine and honey. Maybe some cloves on top. I don't want to finish it, I just want to smell it. Can i get an air freshener?

Intensely smooth, with an excellent degree of drinkability. Not a lot of carbonation, but I find myself glad for it. Tis won't make sense on paper, only in the mouth.

Overall, it should on paper look, feel act, smell like an IPA, but it remains intensely smooth, even lithe. It glides, instead of the typical citrus hop attack that comes with a west coast IPA. Gorgeous and unique with all sorts of character. Will revisit.


Photo of JCaweinstein
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A crystal clear, medium amber with a thick and creamy off white head.
The aroma burst out of the bottle giving me notes of lemons and toast. Unfortunately the aromas seemed to tail off rather quickly.
Toasted and bready malts followed by grapefruit hop flavors
smooth and medium bodied, this one coats the mouth before leAving a big grapefruit aftertaste
A good looking and smelling beer, it's nicely balanced between malts and hops. Will pick this up again!

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce pour - $3.50 at Brick Store Pub in Decatur, Georgia.

Appearance: Deep, dark copper-hued body, with good clarity, and underneath two fingers worth of yellowed foam. Scattered lace on the descent.

Smell: Waterlogged grains, a light hint of bread-scented malts with a very low trace of promised sweetness. Hops scents of citrus, spice, and florals, though none of them overtly fragrant.

Taste: Bready accented pale malts given a thin, thin glaze of sweet golden syrup. Floral, softly citrusy, spicy hops with a moderate level of bitterness. Very vague hints of sweetish malts on the back end as the beer remains predominately dry and lightly bitter through to the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-light carbonation. Very slight stickiness to the mouthfeel.

Overall: It's good, though not too dissimilar from the Northern/Southern Harvests except in terms of price.

Photo of cokes
3.56/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Misty burnt orange bodied with a thick buttercreme head that sinks towards the liquid leaving thorough lacing.
Bits of tangerine and honey on the nose, but primarily a dank, earthy herbal and pine hopping with backing hard toffee and roasted nuts.
Begins through the mouth with a sturdy, gritty maltiness of burnt toast, roasted almonds, with a touch of caramel sweetness. Some applesauce fruitiness arrises midway, and joins whispers of blood oranges and limes and melons. The fruitiness is beaten back with a whallop of forest floor earthy bitterness, full of pine needles, wet bark, damp, dead leaves, and astringent banana slugs.
Medium+ bodied with a carbonation that fades over time, leaving it feeling fatter than it is.
It's a robust and balanced Wet Hop Ale. Though the brightness I associate with the style is missing, replaced by a dank and claustrophobic earthiness. It's not my favorite, but it's worth a shot for its concept.

Photo of Phelps
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at Tops in a tasting glass.

Deep golden-orange with perfect clarity. Half a finger of fuzzy off white foam deposits hills of bubbly lace.

The nose is a mix of tropical hops and biscuity malt. Mango, honey, biscuits, flowers. Sweet and floral.

The hops in the flavor, strangely, display a much more earthy terroir. There’s lots of bitterness, earth and flowers. Improved maltiness lends a bready finish. Strange, stark contrast between aroma and flavor.

Mild carbonation in a smooth, medium-light body. Soft fizz.

Estate Harvest is an interesting showcase of estate-grown hops, displaying well the California terroir. But it’s not too exciting, and a little disjointed at times. Glad I paid for a taster instead of the overpriced wax-topped bottle.

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a translucent copper/amber color. The color is attractive. Deep amber. The head is lightly tanned. The consistency of the head is both creamy and bubbly. It leaves a ton of consistent lacing. Looks quite delicious.

S-Sweetness combined with grapefruit rind and some other floral and fruity hop aromas. The aroma is a bit lighter than I would like. Definitely smells well balanced. i enjoy the hop profile although it is quite light in the nose.

T-Hops are decently bitter. Sweetness from the nose combines with some resinous piney hops. Grapefruit and a hint of floral happiness too. More bitter than hoppy. A tad grassy too. As it warms I get much more of those juicy fruity hops that I love. Impressive.

M-Has that resinous, oily feel that is a must for a good IPA. Bunches of carbonation. Dry, quite bitter, and clean. Good feel.

O/D-The more I sipped this beer the more it grew on me. I am a pretty big fan of this beer. I do not know if it is better than their Northern or Southern Harvest IPAs but it is pretty damn good in its own regard. At $7.99 for a 750 ml, this is not a bad deal either.

Photo of adam42381
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes at World of Beer - Fort Myers on 10/5/11.

Poured on draft into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark caramel brown with gold highlights and a 1 finger creamy light tan head. Excellent lacing.

Smell: Pine and grapefruit. Very hoppy aroma.

Taste: Fraser fir Christmas tree aroma converted to a flavor up front followed by bitter citrus in the middle before ending with grapefruit and a touch of onion at the finish. Aftertaste is pine. Not especially well-balanced as this is all hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Decent drinkability. The onion flavor at the finish keeps me from wanting to go back for more.

Overall: Good beer overall. Definitely worth trying if you're a hophead.

Photo of ocelot2500
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with a thick, rocky off-white head that leaves a nice sheet of lacing.

Smells of earthy and fruity notes with some bread to it.

Tastes of a good hop character with a nice malt base. Hops have leafy, citrus, and tropical fruit notes with some earthiness as well. A good amount of bitterness. Malts come in and add some caramel sweetness and white bread notes.

Mouthfeel is medium with a slightly crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a good IPA, but not the hop bomb I was expecting.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

waxed bomber, beautiful presentation. pours a copper orange with a thin vanishing head. nose is grassy and earthen, with a resin type hop vibe happening. taste is not as hoppy as the usual wet hope ales are, because it quite well balanced. slightly thin on the mouthfeel, but very very drinkable. i prefer their "harvest" series, but i give this one extra points for the sustainable fact that its made with ingredients entirely from their property. not too many breweries can do that!

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.58/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a draft into a pint glass at KnB Wine Cellars in San Diego, Calif. Color was dark amber, almost brown. Lots of head, maybe 1 ¼ inches. Lots of lacing on the top that stayed throughout. A plethora of film on the sides, too.

Wasn’t that deep of a smell. Got some lemon and amber in there, but that’s about it.

Initial taste was citrus, mainly lemon. That gave way to a nutty amber taste. Very bitter finish.

Medium body. Average carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel with lingering finish.

I thought it was going to be a bit better, but in my opinion it was just okay. It went down well, but wasn’t up to par to the many other Sierra Nevada’s I’ve had.

Photo of ryanonline
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears very clear and golden witch a large white foamy head. Also has some very nice sheet like lacing.

Smells very sweet, clean and fresh. Lots of caramel malt and grapefruit hops.

Taste is the same but with a strong bitter residual finish also has a light burnt taste as well. Very very clean all the way through.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly creamy with some nice and foamy carbonation. Dry finish.

Great drinkability, smooth and delicious and not too complex.

Awesome offering flight not too spectacularly unique, it is very well crafted.

Photo of ZAP
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty strong vibrant hop aroma...piney....dank....earthy....a little spicy..

Mahogany colored....big frothy egg white head...

Taste is nice...again earthy....some pine...some spiciness...not a lot of citrus if that is your thing but a nice flavor...some drying bitterness on the finish..

A wet hop without a ton of pure bitterness (although it is pretty dry on the finish)....nice drinker and well enjoyed...

Photo of jjanega08
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Vintage

A= Pours a nice deep deep amber color almost a brown with a big off white head on it. A tan sort of head I would say with great retention and lacing. Looks like soap on top of the beer.

S= The smell is of course hops but a huge caramelly undertone to it as well. Sweet malty goodness with a layer of hop floweryness.

T= The taste is of course hop forward again but not as agressivly so. Somewhat quiet for an IPA from SN but still great none the less. Great malt character and a good semi sweet finish.

M= Great carbonation. I may have poured it a little agressive forcing some of the carbonation out but it worked perfectly.

D= A tasty beer indeed. I don't remember how much I paid for this but I don't think it was too much and it's a quality beer. Homegrown and organic as well if that's your flavor. Really a nice wholesome beer from SN. Not the best IPA I've ever had. Not even the best from SN but a quality brew.

Photo of mkotsayfan
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 22oz bottle into a duvel tulip glass. Pours a dark amber color with lots of head.

Smells like an IPA, lots of sweetness with floral and pine notes. First think I noticed upon tasting it was how "creamy" it is, more so than other IPAs I've tasted. The finish is also less harsh, and is very smooth.

A great beer, my first wet hop ale and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Will pick it up if I see it again.

Photo of robboyd
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Waxed Bomber poured into a gold rimmed tulip.

A - Beautiful amber pour, translucent with zero debris. The beer has the most amazing fluffy white two finger head and lacing that stayed with me through almost the entire glass.

S - This is where this brew shines. The aroma is mesmerizing. The bottle description hints to this but it reminds me of eating grapefruit and honey. Hops shine through as well. I might say this is one of the best smelling beers I've ever sniffed.

T - After the aroma, I have to admin the taste was a bit of a let down. Not disappointing by any means, it simply didn't measure up to the smell. WIth that said, the taste didn't deceive the nose. Grapefruit and other citrus hints are there as well as that initial sweetness that I described as honey on the nose. I don't know what wet hops should taste like but I imagine this is it. The beer is fresh and the bitterness really grabs ahold of you. The hops stay with you until the next sip, where it all happens again.

M - I enjoyed holding this beer in my mouth and swashing it around for a second. It's refreshing and smooth. I would call it drinkable as well as I'm 2/3 of the way through this bomber as I write this.

O - I'm glad I purchased 4 of them because I want to enjoy this again. It's really a great beer. I can't say my taste buds know the difference between an organic brew or otherwise but I can say that they do appreciate this organic brew.

Estate Homegrown Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 1,252 ratings.