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Estate Homegrown Wet Hop Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
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1,038 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,038
Reviews: 503
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 46
Gots: 64 | FT: 1
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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."

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bort11

Missouri

3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz green wax sealed bottle poured into a standard shaker pint glass. The head has a whipped cream consistency and color. Sticky rings circle the glass with each sip. Body color is a clear and bright copper. Mild yet steady streams of carbonation rises up from the base of the glass.

Smell is fairly mild. Still predominantly pine needles with a hint of mint. Malt has a sweet biscuit dough flavor. There is a honeysuckle floral finish.

Mouthfeel is a lot thicker than I expected. Very chewy and filling. This beer can wear you out by the end of the 22 oz. It's not the ABV, that is relatively mild. I think the dense texture and slightly unbalanced hops is what did me in. This would be fine split two ways.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 02:50:42 | More by bort11
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an extremely thick and heavy very slightly hazed golden amber. Head forms languidly, and is everything you expect from a Sierra Nevada brew - thick, creamy, solid and persistent. Lacing is firm and sticky, leaving this perfect experience down the inside of the glass. It's a top-notch appearance. I'm starting to think Sierra Nevada to the archetypical appearance for an American ale.

Nose is pleasantly hoppy, very fresh and green. Some citrus, sharp lime in particular, with a crushed vegetation character that gives off sharp herbal notes like coriander root. Behind it, is a pleasant light sweetness, soft caramel and white sugar, just enough to give some basis for the other characters. Lovely.

Taste is raging and spicy, with more hoppiness and more raw bitterness than I expected. It's especially prevalent because the hoppiness is a direct green vector of fresh hop oil through the centre of the palate. Possibly more of a hop character than I've had in a wet-hop ale, which generally save their big guns for flavour and aroma. Some sweetness, but it's overwhelmed, leaving just the long, lingering bite on the back palate.

Feel is a little light, with a pleasantly fine carbonation, but it feels lacking in body to support the hops.

Phew. It's a tasty beer, but something of an exhausting one. It's extremely full flavoured, but it overwhelms my palate after a little while. That, however, is not necessarily a bad thing...

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 00:36:04 | More by lacqueredmouse
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

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

One thing is true... Sierra Nevada always makes gorgeous looking beers. This beer is no exception. It's pretty much the perfect pint in your glass. A creamy 2+ finger off white head that rises above your glass sticks around for quite a while. The beer is a perfect amber color with excellent clarity and a small amount of bubbles rises to the top. Tons of sticky lacing all inside the glass. The only thing keeping this from a 5.0 is the lack of perfect rings.. But still great looking beer.

Aroma is fresh, green, grassy, floral and just a whiff of toastiness in the background.

Very nice. Excellent balance, nice toasted malt backbone with a touch of brown sugar.. But not too sweet. Green fresh hop flavor slight spice along the lines of white pepper and some nice grapefruit peel bitterness. There is a wonderfully pleasant and lasting bitterness here that mingles perfectly with the malt tones.

Medium bodied, almost oily, fresh in your mouth with the slightest carbonation.

Very nice beer. This beer is listed as brewed once. Don't get it. Should be an annual event. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2010 21:43:17 | More by Reagan1984
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thebrood1987

New Jersey

4.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This smells so fresh and pure. You instantly get a smell of citrus grapefruit and some pine hops. The taste backs up those hops with the nicest toasted malt taste I've had in an IPA in a while. The toasted sweetness really makes this beer distinguished from their other high hopped ales. Not many IPA's I've had from the West Coast that give this generous amount of malt. It mixes so well with the hops. You can really tell this is organic because of how fresh it tastes. I can definitely tell the difference between a wet hop and dry hop ale now too. The wet hop ale gives you more of a forefront hop taste where the dry hop gives more of a bitterness. This still has bitterness but captures that hop flavor so well that you can lick your lips and taste it. This is definitely a style of hopping I'm not used to. I like it very much and the wet hop and toasted fresh barley tastes really just make this such a great beer. Celebration, Southern, and now Estate are my favorite beers from this brewery. California in a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2010 01:36:35 | More by thebrood1987
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scottfrie

California

3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into Duvel tulip. 2010 bottling.

A: Pours a surprisingly dark ruby-amber with a huge dense, oily, cream colored head that receded into a bubbly film that left great rings of lace down the glass.
S: Big SN style hop character with dominant notes of pine and grass. Hints of pineapple nectar and other sweet fruits, maybe apricot, come through as well. A slight bready quality to the nose comes out as the beer warms.
T: The taste is very fresh from the wet hops. A bit more fruit comes through over the grass and pine. The malt is right there and adds a touch of spicy sweetness. The finish has a decent punch of bitterness and spiciness, and the aftertaste is earthy and leafy.
M: Slick mouthfeel with a medium amount of carbonation that can be prickly at times. Body is medium and has a bit of resiny stickiness to it.
D: The release of this beer last year was the second beer I ever reviewed, but I never entered it into the database because I was still learning. One year later this beer is still as good as it was last release, but like I noted a year ago, it's not really worth the price. SN makes better hoppy beers that don't cost $10 a pop. Still, there is nothing wrong with this beer and it is extremely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2010 01:09:34 | More by scottfrie
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a nice bronze color with a off white head leaving a nice white head

S: Citrus and floral notes, very Earthy nose

T: Rarthy meets varamel meets biscuit with fruit and flowers. Good

M: Has a nice feel, good carbonation and a nice amount of bittering

D: Pretty good overall. Worth the money.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 14:12:48 | More by barleywinefiend
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ectomorph

Tennessee

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

Bomber with the wax dip to seal in the hops goodness. Great artwork and description on the label. Served in a large The Bruery tulip.

A - Gorgeous deep copper body, crystal clear with lively carbonation rising from the bottom. Frothy 2 finger off white head, great retention with excellent sticky patches of lace.

S - Big wet grass impression initially. Pine resin, grapefruit, with a hint of lemon zest. Some bread notes from the malt with a very clean fermentation. No fruity or yeast character noted.

T - Solid upfront bitterness but not overpowering. Balanced in this area by good malt sweetness of caramel and fresh toffee. Lots of hops in the flavor and finish. Pine and spruce with bitter orange and loads of fresh cut grass. Again, very clean with zero yeast esters or flavor.

M - Medium to light bodied, great carbonation scrubs the palate, dry and not slick with a crisp finish.

D - High. As I reviewed this one, I noticed my sips were huge and frequent even for me. Not something you see in the bulk of today's American IPA's.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 21:09:01 | More by ectomorph
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kzoobrew

Michigan

3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap at Shakespeare's, served in a snifter.

Deep amber colored body. When the snifter was brought to the head was long gone. A slight white ring is left around the top.

Fresh hop aroma is plentiful. It is rather unfortunate that the wonderful hop aroma is muddled by the malt. Stronger caramel and toasted malt aroma than what I feel is appropriate for an IPA. Hops display a strong citrus character coupled with a earthy spiciness.

Much the same as the nose, the taste is a bit too malt forward for an IPA. The grain bill reminds me much more of an Amber. Toasted and caramel malt flavors are upfront. Citrusy and grassy hops deliver a subtle bitter bite.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. The finish is moderately dry.

Decent beer though not an IPA. Pleasant to drink though one snifter was a good serving. Sierra Nevada puts out much better harvest ales, I will stick to those next time.

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2010 23:58:01 | More by kzoobrew
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jorg2619

Pennsylvania

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

This is the second bottle of SN Estate WHA. This years estate pours a soft light red amber with a thick fluffy slightly off white head that has lacing galore, just as expected from SN. The smell of this wet hop ale is to die for. I smell fresh cat piss, pine, grapefruit peel, fresh,fresh fresh hops!!!! The smell is a very hard act to follow and I have to say the taste is smooth hoppy not overly bitter but flavorful. I taste citrus galore, followed by pine and the finishing pucker of bitterness. Still hard to live up to the smell. The mouthfeel is good and I have to say that if this beer was on tap I would stop for a pint or three every day.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2010 22:02:21 | More by jorg2619
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Excellent packaging, I actually had a couple bottles of last years version recently that held up exceptionally well possibly even better than they were fresh. The new 25.4 ounce bottle green wax seal adds a finishing touch. Copper amber crystal clear no haze, large foaming head rises above the rim of my pint glass. Head is light beige in color and lacing really coats the sides of my glass.

Aroma may be the best part perfect floral citric notes bound out of my glass into my nares, underlying malt base adds hints of fresh baked bread and caramelized sugars. This smells of fresh hops it's just green a bit of chlorophyll liveliness without excess vegetable or harsh accents.

Flavors simply excellent the best harvest ale I've had in years it's green with fresh hops, perfect blend of malt and hop interplay. Assertive west coast citrus/floral/a touch of earthiness. This is excellence, they weren't supposed to master the Estate ale on their second release, but they did.

Mouthfeel is resinous lively carbonation, with hop oils gliding across the palate. Stand up medium bodied ale brings it with each sip, I just had one of the most sought after West Coast IPAs yesterday and this competes and in it own right beats that heavily hyped beer. I haven't heard much buzz about this year's release and after last year's I was a bit pessimistic. I'm so glad I picked it up price range isn't bad 8 to 11 bucks locally I will find more this stuff is heroic.

Drinkability reaches a plateau of perfection other beers especially USDA organic ales are going to strive to compete with this. Ken Grossman and company have done it, they are a staple forever within the beer industry forget about the "craft" beer industry these guys have made it. So easy and enticing to drinking between sips you want another one it makes you feel good.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2010 21:10:03 | More by WVbeergeek
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Xul

California

3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours translucent golde with some amber highlights, capped by two fingers of frothy eggshell-colored head. Retention is good as it recedes slowly, leaving moderate lacing down the glass.

S: Lots of earthy and floral hops up front, with a touch of citrus character around the edges to provide some complexity. Light malt base in the background, but the aroma is mostly hops, as one would expect from a fresh hop ale.

T: Opens with predominant earthy hops before moving into a blend of floral and citrus hops with some juicy orange notes. Grain base steps up in the mid-palate before piney hops come back in and lead to a resinous finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

D: Rather easy drinking but not as quaffable as something like a Torpedo or Celebration Ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2010 04:38:00 | More by Xul
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nickhiller

Texas

4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep grenadine/ruby color, four finger head settles to a think one finger foam. Clear with a few carbonation bubbles. Fantastice lacing, maybe the thickest I've ever seen. Unbelievable.

S: strong smell of yeast and fresh hops, a nice mild sourness, black currant, a little earthiness.

T: very strange hops (that sounds bad, 'unique' might be a better word), tastes exactly like concord grape juice, more of the earthiness from the nose, a mix of malty sweetness and hop bitterness on the back end.

M: medium carbonation, medium body.

D: pretty good, an interesting concept and the hops were certainly different than any others I've tried. It's also a strange mix, smells like a sour, tastes like a little like Saison, bitter as an IPA. It's nice to have something unique and still sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 22:38:15 | More by nickhiller
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prototypic

Ohio

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

First off...damn this wax cap. Was it really necessary? Methinks not. It was some serious work to pry off, too. Moving on.

This 2010 Estate Ale release pours a clean copper color. It's crystal clear. No haze at all. It's topped with an off-white head that stretches a couple of fingers. It's very slow to recede, and leaves a nice, sticky web of lace lining the glass. Not bad at all.

The nose is good. There's absolutely no shortage of hops in this one. The hop profile smells equally floral and citric. The citric side features grapefruit and orange scents while the floral aspect is grassy. There might even be a touch of pine there. The base smells like a blend of caramel and toasted malts. Don't be confused though, this one's skewed rather far in the hop direction. Alcohol is masked well.

I like the flavor quite a bit. I'm on the fence with the score though. It kicks off with a strong, tasty hop flavor. It seems more citric here, but definitely has some floral characteristics. Grapefruit, orange, and pineapple are all in the mix. A little bit of grass and some spicy hop flavors complement the citrus varieties. I'm not too jazzed about the spicy flavor. It's just alright. Toasted and caramel malts are the base. They provide some balance, but it remains mostly hoppy and bitter. There's more balance than one might expect though. Alcohol is almost completely masked. It finishes a little sweet and hoppy.

The body is on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation is dialed in nicely. Feels nice and smooth. Drinkability is good. The flavor is good, and it goes down rather easy. Having said that, this bottle is plenty enough for me.

2010 Estate Ale is a nice release from Sierra Nevada. I can't say that it's materially better (or worse) than any of the other Sierra Nevada Harvest Ales. In fact, it's rather par for the course. The only aspect I'm not crazy about is that spicy hop flavor. It just doesn't gel with the other flavors, if you ask me. Get rid of that God forsaken wax cap, too. Still a nice release. If you see it, grab one.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 02:35:14 | More by prototypic
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MinorThreat

Nebraska

4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served from a green wax sealed bomber. The packaging on this beer is phenomenal, very reminiscent of the Life and Limb collaboration.

A- Big pillowy white head rests on top of a amber gold, honey-ish colored beer. Very impressive appearance with great lacing and head retention.

S-The nose is really nice. Lots of the citrus hop scents rolling around with some sweet lime and light cereal grain toastyness. Not overpowering but really refined.

T-Big vibrant hop bitterness. Lots of tart citrus fruit and piney sweetness. A slight hint of toasted malt holds it together well. Big and aggressive yet well balanced and integrated. This strikes me as an ale that shows a level of refinement that other big hoppy beers do not have.

M-Nice amount of gas to keep it light and vibrant. Silky smooth and light on the palate.

D-This is an amazingly well balanced big beer. It somehow walks the line between sessionable and sipper perfectly.

By far the best beer I have had from Sierra Nevada and one of the top three IPA's I have had (IMHO). Nice work on this near perfect beer Sierra Nevada!

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2010 22:26:44 | More by MinorThreat
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CampusCrew

Florida

3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance: golden, amber, reddish

smell: loaded hops and citrus aroma, grapefruit aroma
taste: some citrus but has zero finish and tastes one deminsional.
mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: solid and fresh, but not SN's best. Great concept though.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2010 22:10:49 | More by CampusCrew
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kbnooshay

New York

4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The new label and illustration is sweet looking. The green wax makes it even fancier.

Pours a gorgeous clear orange amber color with a huge fluffy frothy head. The floral hoppiness in the aroma is intoxicating. One of the freshest hopped beers I have had to date.

Flavor is full of piney and floral hops with a nice toasty maltiness to balance. Feel is tingly from the carbonation. This is SUPER FRESH and incredibly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2010 18:34:15 | More by kbnooshay
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hopheadjuice

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, no freshness date.

Pours a gorgeous hazy amber/garnet body with a huge tight beige head capping and leaving lace just about everywhere.

Scent on this one is dank, soapy wet hops ranging from grapefruit to fresh cut grass. Malts are well hidden poking their little caramel heads out trying to say hello.

Hop dominant, grapefruit pine and pipe tobacco. Malts are stronger in the taste and balance this IPA very well. You can taste the "wet" hops as they are distinct and strong.

Mouthfeel is medium to full with a slick oily presence from the hops. Great carbonation with a slightly dry finish.

Great drinkability the only slightly deterring fact is the price at $10.99. Great organic estate wet hop ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2010 17:39:03 | More by hopheadjuice
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charlzm

California

4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed October 25th, 2010.

Pour is a beautiful coppery/amber hue. A luxurious, two finger creamy off-white head forms and provides plenty of sticky lacing that lasts to the bottom of the glass.

The nose is treated to a wonderful bouquet of hops and malt: grassy, earthy hops that also exhibit a citrus rind note and a noticeable malt component (lighter than caramel - maybe crystal?).

Flavor is mainly a hop affair: pine resin, citric tang, very light malt flavor and a touch of fresh cut wet grass. Bitter without being overbearing, there is an expert, light touch to the flavor balance of this beer.

The mouthfeel is thick and substantial, almost velvety. Ever-so-slightly dry on the finish.

Quite simply, one of the best examples of this style I have ever had.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2010 16:01:29 | More by charlzm
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andrewinski1

New Hampshire

4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I just realized I put this under the wrong beer, so I'm correcting it.

Poured into a pint glass. Nice caramel, amber color. Very large off white head that leaves quite a bit of lacing. No haze.

Smells like a nice blend of soap and citrus. Very powerful aroma scores high in my book.

Nice dry taste. The hops start nice and spicy, and finish kind of citrusy on the sides of the tongue.

Nice mouthfeel, and this is incredibly drinkable. A near perfect example of a pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 10-16-2010 23:23:20

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2010 05:04:50 | More by andrewinski1
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soze47

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 2010, wax-dipped Estate last week. I'm looking forward to see how well SN homegrown products stand-up to their normal brews.

Appearance- Vibrant amber brown color. Big head, pillowy foamy head. Lacing on the glass is very sticky.

Aroma- Grassy and pine flavored hop forwardness. There is also enough of a toasty breadiness that this promises to be pretty balanced.

Taste- This is a very balanced beer. Hop bitterness that you'd expect from SN is not here, but that doesn't mean this isn't a great taste. The earthiness of the hops have a lighter, less bitter grassiness and wooden quality to them. The malt, instead of being sweet and clashing with these subtle hops, provide just enough toasty, not bready presence.

Mouthfeel: This is definitely a medium bodied beer. It has a chewy feel to it, but it isn't cloying or heavy.

Drinkability: I found this to be a very drinkable beer, but the subtle nuisances are best to be enjoyed on a one bottle limit. I enjoyed this bomber with a salad and sausage/shrimp gumbo over rice.

Overall: Good beer. I think SN provided a more complex brew for this offering. While I love SN's line-up, they are usually pretty straightforward. This one is a departure from them as its strength lies in its restraint and harmony of delicate ingredients.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2010 01:18:25 | More by soze47
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dpnelson1978

Minnesota

2.73/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

750ml bottle into glass pint.
45°F

$9.99 / ea.

A: Bright amber body topped with an enormous rocky head of excellent retention that leaves behind fantastic sticky lace and a thick rocky cover.

S: Just a hint of orange citrus and a plethora of floral hop character. Enticing perfume.

T: Bready backbone that serves as a vehicle for the piney hops that dominate the brew. Strong bitter aftertaste with a heavy resin character. A bit one dimensional and overbearing.

M: Moderate body and virtually no carbonation. Oily.

D: Not a particularly enjoyable IPA. Too flat, the aftertaste is distracting, and it is ultimately too expensive for what you are getting.

O: I would take their standard pale ale or Torpedo over this one any day of the week.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 23:10:00 | More by dpnelson1978
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djmichaelk

Florida

3.05/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Toronado, served in a pint glass.

A - Honey-colored, with very little head -- just a thin cap. Part of that was the pour, but then again there was very little retention and no lacing, so I'm not inclined to give any more credit here.

S - Grassy hoppiness, like wet lawn clippings, are the dominant aroma, but there's also caramel and toffee in the background. Not very aromatic at all. Almost like an old keg, but I don't think that's the case here.

T - Well, blah. Nothing here that I was hoping for. The usual SN hoppy bite that I've come to expect isn't there. Plenty of malt, and the hops, while there, are very mild. I didn't get much of the grassiness that was in the nose, but it definitely has a polite bitterness. It seems almost... balanced? Not bad by any means, but just not superlative.

M - Solid and full, with good carbonation. One of the better aspects of this brew for me.

D - It's definitely got some abv weight to it, since I could feel the difference after the pint. I specifically ordered this to test it before dropping $10 on a bottle, and I'm glad I did -- I won't be getting one.

O - Disappointed to say the least. While it's not a bad beer, it seems more like a solid APA than an IPA. A rare miss for me from SN.

Serving type: on-tap

10-25-2010 09:23:15 | More by djmichaelk
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Spider889

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice golden amber color, fairly typical of the Sierra Nevada IPAs. Tall frothy honey colored head, nice lace.

Smelled wonderful. Super fresh smelling hops. They were damp and grassy. Loads of pine throughout.

Fairly typical, not that much different than the other wet hops in flavor. Still really good. Bitingly bitter, dry, crisp, and refreshing. Not overly drinkable but a great beer worth getting when you have the opportunity.

Serving type: on-tap

10-25-2010 01:42:10 | More by Spider889
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chrisgn

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a BN Army pint glass.

A- Beautiful amber color. Filtered, with a huge foamy head and solid lacing.

S- I can smell some citrus hop aroma and some malt sweetness, but the aromas are muted.

T- Nicely balanced with a clean dry finish. Does not have the normal SN house flavor.

M- medium bodied with a light carbonation. (I think it all rushed into the enormous head)

D- The is a nice beer. Well balanced IPA clean and crisp taste.

Notes: First organic beer I have tried. You have to appreciate SN's commitment to sustainable brewing practices.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 01:18:58 | More by chrisgn
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jimmy82063

Connecticut

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

I swore I would never deal with a bottle that was wax sealed...but this was certainly worth it.

A- Nice orange color full head.

S- Getting the hops....

T- Nice citrus flavor, grapefruit, tangerine no piney bitterness.

M- Medium carbonation, smooth

D- Nice and easy.

SN comes through again, a little more than the Pale Ale a little less than the Torpedo. These guys have has a great 30th Anniversary!

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 16:27:21 | More by jimmy82063
Estate Homegrown Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,038 ratings.