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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: 1,206
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."

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Photo of BierFan
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Big fluffy off-white head and a clear orange/amber body. Great head retention and lacing.

Smell: Maltier than I was expecting.

Taste: Malt sweetness, followed by delicious fruity hops, followed by the hop bitterness and caramel and toasty malts. Very well balanced between malt and hops which I appreciate.

Mouthfeel: Not much carbonation, but it's not a bad mouthfeel.

Overall: Not the most enjoyable harvest ale I've ever had but it's still very enjoyable and all harvest ales are pretty damn good in my experience.

Photo of Donnie2112
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Brooklyn chalice.

Golden Amber beer, sticky lace, big fluffy head

Biscuity malt aromas combine with citrus and pine aromas, it's complex and there's some Earthy tones to it as well

The malts are present but not overtly sweet, they taste more like rye bread or whole wheat crackers, lemon lime and some pine is the hop flavor. What is interesting is how well put together the flavors of this beer are and how raw all of the flavors are. The malt is what impresses me the most, it reminds me of putting malted barley in my mouth and chewing it, the hops are like that too all of these little subtle notes that are hard to specify but are there nonetheless.

Slightly lacking in the carbonation department, medium-light body, light astringency on palate that holds citrus for a while.

A bit more carbonation would contribute to the drinkability immensely, the pungence and pure flavor of this beer make me want to take another sip, but it could use a bit more pop.

Photo of WanderingFool
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The Estate Wet Hop Ale pours a hazy amber color with a thick, creamy white head on top. The foam dissolves slowly to a thick sheet on the surface leaving behind a coating of netted lace on the glass.

The aroma isn't as strong as I though it would be, however pleasant notes of orange and grapefruit citrus with a touch of pine are present. Perhaps I stored this beer in the fridge a bit too long to appreciate the aroma.

Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is soft on the palate, creamy, with a light effervescent fizz. The flavor is well balanced between sweet caramel malt and grapefruit citrus plus piney hops. Moderately bitter finish. Once gone the pine hops linger on the palate.

This is a very drinkable beer that's well balanced. Very tasty, but somewhat typical for its style.

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

Sierra Nevada Estate Homegrown Ale. Abv 6.7%
"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 it's kind."

You don't say? Well, let's pry off this wax-laden cap, and pour...

Clouded, crimson look, smallish off-white head, slim but sticks around.

Pop! There she is! Grapefruit aromatics all over the place, with dark fruits as well, some cherry, apple, plum... sweet and scrumptious. Very nice.

Taste: Bitterness grips the palate, far and wide, but lush, sweet malt is big and in charge, holding firm and keeping command. Bright, fresh, floral, brimming with bitterness. Caramel malt, a little toasty, biscuity. Earthy, and nutty. Solid malt backbone, brisk, bitter hoppiness above.

All in all, though...ah, I'm not crazy about this one. Is it the curse of the organic ale? Personally, I've never found an organic ale that ever really did anything for me. Something's always lacking. I can't tell you what, why, or how, they just seem lackluster.

As nice as this is, it lacks a certain spark. For a wet hop ale, I expect a little more. It fades off the palate a touch too quickly, doesn't have the force I'm looking more.

Maybe it's that "earthy, nutty toasted caramel malt" doesn't quite match the hop profile I'm wanting. For a wet hop ale, I want the hop featured, and it's canvas is cluttered with too much else.

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

Poured from the bottle a cloudy apricot color with a rich, rocky off-white head.

Aroma of grapefruit and pine along with light caramel malts.

Tastes of bitter hops and herbal notes.

Medium bodied and dry with a moderate carbonation.

A quite enjoyable IPA from the folks at Sierra Nevada. I'll definitely have this one again.

Photo of brew3crew
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-golden amber with white head that leaves lacing throughout
S-hops hit the nose right away.
T-for being how old I think it is, very suprised at the hop profile
m-leaves a nice, sweet hoppy after taste. Very smooth.
D-very nice. No alcohol burn. So smooth

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a giant glass mug. Pours a hazy, medium amber. The head reaches up about an inch and a half and leaves some of the nicest lace I've seen in a while. The smell is a bit mild but still interesting. The barley malt is right out front with some retardedly fresh citrus hops to follow. A little light but it'll draw you in. The taste is very mellow compared to many of the other Sierra Nevada IPAs, but that isn't a complaint. Bread, citrus and grass compliment each other well. Very dry on the finish and super easy going down. So much better than the last two estate harvest beers. After creating a great many hoppy beers, Sierra Nevada proves that they can still make something pretty unique (if it's fresh, not sure this would fare well with even a small amount of age.)

Photo of jsanford
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a SN Pint Glass

A - Pours a hazy orange-amber with a creamy off-white head. Features that typically amazing Sierra Nevada retention and lacing. Beautiful as always.
S - Sweet caramel malt, grapefruit and pine resin. Disappointing and underwhelming nose given the SN track record, this doesn't do much for me.
T - Crisp and juicy flavors of grapefruit, pine resin, pineapple and orange peel with a sweet caramel malt backbone. Again, it's good but just doesn't blow me away.
M - Crisp with a medium body and sharp carbonation.
D - Really good drinkablility, like all of SNs offerings.

Pretty good, but given the price and presentation, this didn't do it for me. I can get a Sixer of Celebration for less then the price of this. A vary rare miss from Sierra Nevada, but it's still better then a lot of beers.

Photo of ggilman
3.35/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoying this beer poured from wax topped bomber into my favorite vessel, a Sebago Brewing Co. tulip glass. I'm not usually interested in Sierra Nevada, however, I go weak at the knees at the mention of "wet" hops.

A - Poured aggressively, the head was substantial, frothy and sticky. Subsided quickly, but meager amounts of lacing clung to the walls as the volume decreased. A deep rich amber body led to the high appearance rating. It wreaks of quality from first sight.

S - Faint whiffs of hops are over powered by malt. Nowhere near enough aroma hops for my liking, my expectations were set high.

T - Grapefruity bitterness gives way to caramel malt, again too soon for my liking. Some slight bitterness lingers on the palette.

M & D - Appearance, Mouthfeel & Drinkability save this beers rating. It's a good looking beer, with a nice tight carbonation, and sticky, syrupy mouthfeel, with drinkability that borders on superb. If I were ordering this on tap, I'd probably go back for more. The 6.7% ABV is apparent, and leaves me wanting another.

Nice packaging, nice looking, but in the end, the nose & flavor came up short of great. Great drinking beer, but not worth the $10 price tag in my opinion. A fresh growler of this beer would sway me.

Photo of climax
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a caramel amber color with a smooth creamy head. The retention is excellent, and even more impressive is the wall of webby lace crusted on the glass.

The nose is smooth and really quite subtle. The citrus hops had hints of orange and grapefruit. A dash of spice and a prominent caramel malt backbone round it out. More intensity would have yielded a better score.

The flavor starts out with a fruity kick. Citrus and berries, both sweet and bitter begin the trip. It never really has an IPA intensity to it, but a good blend of all things positive. The flavor begins to take on a spicy note before a substantial toasty malt finish. It blends sweetness and bitterness perfectly. I'm torn between 4.0 and 4.5... eh, it's pretty damn good, 4.5!

The body is medium with a fluffy feel in the mouth. It somewhat slick right away and fades to a silky finish. The carbonation really is interesting. It is never sharp but has a light fizzy kiss.

All things considered, this is a pretty remarkable beer assuming everything in it was grown on SV's northern California estate. I wouldn't call it a hardy IPA, but more of a well balanced fresh pale ale.

Photo of heebes
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 pint, wax capped bottle

Pours a semi hazy dark amber with a two finger off white foamy head. Thin lacing follows the ale down. Nose is distinct wet pine hops and a good amount of roasted malt. Citrus notes and wood also in the auroma. Sip reveals a satisfying well balanced IPA. Bitterness from the hops is present and the strong malt backbone rounds out a nice beer. Medium heavy mouthfeel. Wonderful tasting and perfect ABV make this very drinkable. The wet-hop aspect sets this apart from Sierra Nevada's other offerings and its quite unique in its homegrown / organic creations. Very glad I got to try this. Wonderful label this year.

Photo of puboflyons
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the 750 ml. waxed top bottle with no expiration or bottling date. Sampled on January 15, 2011. It pours a vaguely cloudy amber-orange with about an inch of puffy, off-white head. Slow carbonation. The aroma is well-hopped and earthy. The taste is also hopped up but at the same time on the subtle side. It isn't all that bad.

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

a-deep amber color, big foamy head, good lacing and retention

s-earthy hops, light citrus, nice aroma

t-very nice hop profile, citrus, toasted malts, great bitter note

m-very light and clean, smooth and well balanced, nice carbonation with a touch of sticky bitterness

d-excellent, incredibly balanced and has an amazing hop profile that differs from many other IPAs. This beer is a standout IPA. I would drink it regularly if it weren't for the price, however I understand why it's priced the way it is due to the ingredients etc.

Photo of CliffBrake
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very pretty beer - medium amber color with a full, rocky head that leaves lots of lacing on the glass.

Earthy hop smell that blends with a bready malt aroma. The flavor is dominated by roasted malts with a lot of sweetness. Hops attempt to cut through the malts, with a dominantly earthy character with some citrus attempting to get some attention on the edges.

Mouthfeel is round and a bit heavy with all the sweetness. Overall this is a tasty beer, well worth trying. It seems a bit sweet, heavy, and dark to be classified as an IPA and has a very different hop profile than most American IPA's.

Photo of perrymarcus
3.6/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

wax sealed 750ml bottle served in a standard pint glass. can't remember too many wax-dipped IPAs. not exactly sure what the point is here (other than to grind my gears trying to chisel it off), but okay...

pours a nice dark amber tone with a creamy two finger, beige head; a touch of cloudiness to it... very impressive retention and bountiful lacing. awesome presentation.

nose is solid with citrusy, earthy hoppiness. maybe not as aromatic as i typically look for.

flavor follows the aroma with grapefuit, a touch of pine, and maybe a few herbal and grassy notes in the background. strong hops bitterness persists through the finish. very good, very enjoyable, but personally i don't find this one propelling itself into noteworthiness (in a style loaded with superstars).

medium-plus bodied mouthfeel with medium carbonation. on its own the beer is very drinkable, but when you factor the cost, well, for my money there are better IPAs out there that come with a much more palatable price tag.

Photo of Spineypanda
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber in color, with a nice strong foam head that laces like no other I have had in quite a while.
Smells of super citrusy delicious hops!
Taste is actually more subdued than I ever imagined from the aroma. It has a good ho kick at the front and mellows towards the back of the tongue... giving it an almost superior drinking quality to the original pale ale, or even the Wet Hop harvest.
Creamy mouthfeel.


Photo of allengarvin
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The wax sealing was annoying. I made a mess trying to scrape it open with my keys, before I succumbed and got a knife. It left wax scrapings all over my desktop.

This is a pretty beer, a clear amber-gold color with a very frothy head atop it. Lacing is excellent. The nose, as expected, presents a lot of hoppiness: mostly citrus, a little grass. Taste is... well, it's hoppy, but there's not much distinctive character here... if I knew it was Sierra Nevada, but didn't know the label, I'd have guessed their Torpedo IPA. It's alright, but it's not "interesting", and not worth the price on the bottle.

Photo of cetherid
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into a tulip


a nice copper color. Not seeing much haze to it like others. A huge foamy off-white head. About 3 fingers worth. An insane amount of lacing going on.


A nice little bouquet of floral and citrus hops. Slight malt and pine smells in there. Not as strong smelling as I would have liked but the smells are there.

*as this warms up, I get a little peppery smell as well*


Same as nose. Bitter floral hops up front, then it really smooths out in the finish. Nothing spectacular but very drinkable


Not quite medium bodied. A little thin but an extremely crisp refreshing beer. Goes down very smooth.


Pretty low abv...one could easily drink a bomber, however its a little pricey. I won't be purchasing another 9 dollar bomber but would not turn this beer down.

Photo of Shrews629
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Light amber/copper color. Semi-hazy with an off white head with a hue of orange. Burnt orange and yellow highlights adorn the bottom of the glass. A very strong head, head retention and lacing. A mix between a soapy and a creamy looking head.

Smell - A nice presence of grapefruit citrus. Some orange in there. A bit of pine. Smells very floral. Very well balanced in the nose. As the beer warmed, the biscuit aromas really started to shine.

Taste - A nicely pronounced bitterness of grapfruit. Again, a touch of sticky pine. Orange citrus is coming forth nicely. Once more, as it warmed, the bready/biscuit flavors pulled through, but it still maintained that hop bite.

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel that is very dry. Almost chewy in the mouthfeel. I like it!!! Even feels a bit sticky. This brew leaves enormous amounts of flavor on the palate. Outstanding, wonderful mouthfeel. I may still be tasting this in the morning.

Drinkability - I don't have a whole lot of experience with "hoppy" beers, but this one was outstaanding. Probably has more hop characteristics than any I have tried before. I really, really enjoyed this. With the large bottle, I really got to savor it and experience the changes. Easily drinkable and worth a try. The alcohol is non-existant, so watch out!!! Man, I have really had some outstanding beers lately.

Photo of robinsmv
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a wax dipped 750ml bottle into my Duvel tulip. Pours a deep copper with a big offwhite head. The initial smell is a nice citrus hop with a little malt coming through as well. The hops are definitely there at first sip (no big suprise there). The citrus is there up front with more earthy/grassy/piney hops quickly taking over. The hops are nicely balanced and in no way overpowering. The finish leaves some hop bitterness behind. There is a good level of carbonation that helps cut through the hoppiness to make this a very drinkable IPA.

Photo of ppoitras
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle purchased at WineNation, Millbury, MA. Green waxed cap.

Poured into an imperial pint, formed a 1/2" beige head over the cloudy coppery amber brew. Thick head lasts well, with ample sticky lacing. Aroma is citrusy and earthy hops.

Taste starts sweet, goes crisply citrus in the middle, with earthiness coming on at the end. Lemony aftertaste. Mouthfeel is quite smooth, and drinkability is very good as well. Price is somewhat prohibitive, but a very enjoyable brew.

Photo of aphineday
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my glass, it pours a nice 1-1.5 inch frothy white head. Color is a dark amber, just waiting to be devoured.

The scent is very hoppy, floral, and distinct while not over powering. The scent combines an earthy-goodness with just the right amount of citrus.

The taste is exceptional. Great hops on first delivery, but not over-powering like some IPA's tend to be. As you get into drinking the beer, you really taste all of the flavors of the "Estate". If you allow yourself, you can almost taste the California soil where these hops were grown.

The mouthfeel is heavy, but no heavier than any other full bodied beer.

Great drinkability, sips well throughout the entire bomber. I was very sad to drink my last drop of this fine brew!

A little pricey, but totally worth the 13-15 bones/bomber.

Photo of xMEGANx901
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As a brief note, this is my first review in the BA community.

-Style: American Style IPA
-ABV: 6.7%
-Serving Type: 22oz Bottle (with a wax seal, pain in the arse to open
-Glass: Pint, approx. 40 degrees

Appearance: Bright copper/rusty orange with approx. 1 inch collar of foam- laces in very pretty patterns around glass.

Smell: Citrusy, but not overpowering with hops as I expected... the word "hop" is in the name, but it doesn't punch you in the face at first whiff? I'm not sure if this is a pro or a con- I guess it depends what level geek you are. New geeks who are shy about hoppy beers might like this as an introduction, while the more weathered hopheads (such as myself) might take it as a disappointment. Other smells that come to mind are more laid back- earthy, grassy, with toasted caramel undertones. Like I said, intricate but very mild.

Taste: Grapefruit, pine, and tart with a gentle warm lingering at the back of my throat.

MF: This beer leaves the slightest alcohol taste in my mouth- watering for more! Medium carbonation and a medium body.

Drinkability: Very much so! Refreshing and satisfying- while not everything I wanted out of a "wet hop ale," it was still a wonderful experience. Sierra Nevada goes in strong on a gentle hop focus with a maltier support on the tail end.

Pros: This beer is organic and ALSO contains a secret ingredient, and pairs wonderfully with sharp cheeses and poultry, two of my favorite bases to build snack plates and roasts from.
Cons: Insanely overpriced, renamed three times since '08, AND has a ridiculous wax seal that clumsy me couldn't get past without a bit of help.

Food Pairings: I personally served this particular beer with curried thai noodles and dragonfire salmon (dragonfire being a homemade salsa with peaches).

Photo of csiewert
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage... Pours a slightly hazy dark amber with one finger of off white head that clings to the glass as you drink. Aroma is amazing and of sweet malt and grassy unique hops. The flavor is very similar with the hops coming out after the malt. The hops have a distinct fresh grassy taste that I have ne'er experienced in any other beer. The mouthfeel is a little bit harsher than I like but still finishes very smooth. Amazing beer.

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

Estate Homegrown Wet Hop Ale | 500 ml. | 6.7% ABV | 2010 vintage

Brewer: Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Style: American IPA
Glass: Hennepin chalice

Hazy amber with a splotchy foam crown and excellent lacing.

Quite aromatic--hoppy and juicy with light floral notes.

Not as oily, hoppy, and resinous as a wet-hopped offering like this should be. It tastes like a regular old IPA. This isn't bad: juicy tropical fruits upfront and slippery, mildly bitter hops downstream do the job. I was just expecting something a little more differentiated.

Medium-bodied, with ample carbonation and a slight oily feel in the mouth.

Well-balanced and mild.

Would I get it again?:
No. It was good, but didn't live up to the hype.

Bottled: ?
Served: 01.04.2011

Price = $9.99 at Whole Foods

Estate Homegrown Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,206 ratings.