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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: 1,055
Reviews: 505
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 50
Gots: 75 | 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 jorg2619
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

jorg2619, Oct 30, 2010
Photo of WVbeergeek
5/5  rDev +20.2%
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.

WVbeergeek, Oct 30, 2010
Photo of Xul
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Xul, Oct 30, 2010
Photo of nickhiller
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

nickhiller, Oct 29, 2010
Photo of prototypic
4/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

prototypic, Oct 29, 2010
Photo of MinorThreat
4.85/5  rDev +16.6%
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!

MinorThreat, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of CampusCrew
3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

CampusCrew, Oct 26, 2010
Photo of kbnooshay
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

kbnooshay, Oct 26, 2010
Photo of hopheadjuice
4.2/5  rDev +1%
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.

hopheadjuice, Oct 26, 2010
Photo of charlzm
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

charlzm, Oct 26, 2010
Photo of andrewinski1
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
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

andrewinski1, Oct 26, 2010
Photo of soze47
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

soze47, Oct 26, 2010
Photo of dpnelson1978
2.73/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

750ml bottle into glass pint.

$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.

dpnelson1978, Oct 26, 2010
Photo of djmichaelk
3.05/5  rDev -26.7%
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.

djmichaelk, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of Spider889
3.95/5  rDev -5%
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.

Spider889, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of chrisgn
3.95/5  rDev -5%
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.

chrisgn, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of jimmy82063
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
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!

jimmy82063, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice and crisp IPA with the signaure Sierra Nevada 'house' flavors and crisp mouthfeel and finish. But without any extraordinary features, this beer seems content with only being 'good'.

Medium copper to amber in color, the beer carries a mild haze, sturdy foam stance, good retention, and lace. A very nice looking IPA.

Aromas pick up on the grapefruit and ginger spice character that is represented in their flagship Pale Ale. Intensity of aromas are tilted toward the hops, but with a subtle rebuttal from caramel scent. No esters or phenolics lead to a very clean scent.

Flavors fare similarly- Sharp grapefruit flavors seem to be all Cascade. Definately a standout, the beer takes on the taste and bitterness of the citrus fruit piths for a bitey, sharp, resiny taste. Malt flavor resembles graham cracker, ginger bread, and soft caramelized sugars; but these take a far backseat to the citrus hops.

With the signature crisp, clean, and refreshing feel of the Pale Ale, the IPA creates more of a dry finish from its increase in hop proportions and alcoholic depth. This keeps the creamy upstart but a more dramatic step into the fleeting sweetness and closing dryness.

Of course this is a delightful beer, but we are growing more and more accustomed to a much brighter and zestier hop flavor and aroma than what is common from Sierra Nevada house character.

BEERchitect, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of telecomz
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very good beer. Pours a beautiful color between mahogany and copper.

This one is all about taste. No head not much in the aroma department.

Well balanced hoppiness. Slight sweetness and outstanding citrus notes. Medium body. Very Drinkable. I will grab this again while it is relatively fresh.

telecomz, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.18/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Primed for the first pitch of the NLCS Game 6...GO GIANTS!!!

Pours a beautiful ruddy amber, three fingers of rocky head that settles into a half-finger of nice, persistent creaminess and leaves awesome lacing. Lots of flowery hops in the nose, also a sort of medicinal element in there too, and I'm not sure I like that latter quality. Good carbonation....It smells "fresh" for some reason...flavor is a weird concoction of hops, skunky Humboldt green, and a certain sweetness which is well placed and balances the beer nicely. The carbonation is a little lacking, and I would have liked more of it. The finish is super-duper-long and bitter in a really wonderful way. The flavor is also very "fresh". I like the freshness a lot. Painfully expensive at $8.99/half-liter so drinkability suffers. A really pleasant beer, not great and too expensive.

What I like most: The fresh qualities in the nose and flavor.

What I like least: The price and lack of strong carbonation.

Verdict: good effort from SN but unfortunately not worth the price.

SolomonGrundy, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of tempest
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a large bottle at Ortino's for $6.50, split with a couple friends. This is a pretty tasty beer, reminiscent of last's year's with the peppery, spicy hops. Still hops taste and feel muted compared to the regular Harvest IPA. And while this isn't SN's best wet hop ale, I do keep coming back to it because it's so interesting. There are mild earthy grapefruit notes and a light biscuity malt backbone, making this all in all, a complex and well-made IPA. I only wish the flavors packed a bit more punch.

UPDATE: OK, I had it on draft and it had the clean, clear kick I was looking for. A mix of almost smooth wine-like hops and citrus character, with a spicy toasty malt background. This reminds me more now of the Rogue Single Malt bitter, another fantastic beer.

tempest, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a dark amber color with one inch of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops and pine hops mostly. Some fruity malts.

t - Tastes of pine hops, grapefruit, and citrus hops. Some bitterness in the taste.

m - Light to medium body and light carbonation. Little bit of bitterness but pretty smooth.

d - A pretty good IPA. Dominated by pine hops but also some citrus. Would try again.

mdfb79, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of cmannes
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz Bottle poured into a SurlyFest Stien.

Appearance: Beautiful clear reddish golden color. Soft white head, slow to fade. Very nice lacing.

Aroma: Lovely floral hoppy smell, with a hint of citrus.

Taste: Very smooth. The hops are right up there, but there's enough malt to keep them smooth. The citrus comes thru, and there's even a little sweetness in there.

Mouthfeel: About perfect for the style. Not too thin, not too fizzy, not too syrupy. A nice feel that supports the flavors.

Overall: I like it. It's not a BIG HOPS beer, but it's a very good example of an IPA. Very drinkable. If I find it again, I'll buy more.

cmannes, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of Tilley4
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stoked to see this at my local bottle joint and grabbed a couple up...

Pours a burnished golden with a huge thick creamy head... Almost Celebration Ale like in appearance...

As stated by others, the nose is subdued by SN standards. Still, there's the citrusy piney aroma present here that we've all come to know and love from these folks... Its also backed generously by a toasted maltiness that blends the aromas together quite well... So far, so good...

Perfectly balanced blend of piney hops with a warm malt base... Not a n overly hoppy IPA but just a nice drinking ale...

I think Sierra Nevada has spoiled us with its hop heavy brews and now they put out a balanced IPA and the first words out of everyone's mouth is, "Its not hoppy enough! This sucks and I'd rather buy another IPA!". I happen to like this one quite a bit.. It doesn't beat you over the head with hops, its just smooth and easy drinking...

Tilley4, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours into my glass a nice bright red/orange with great clarity and a creamy two fingers of bubbly white foam that leaves patchwork lacing across the glass. Aromas of citric, grapefruit hops leads the way, bright, oily and green. Bountiful malts that are semi sweet with caramel accents. There's a bit of an earthy quality here as well, slightly toasted. Nice!

First sip brings smooth crisp malts upfront with hints of caramel and fruits. Flows into a nice deal of citric, grapefruit hops with an earthy green twist. Well balanced with a good bitterness on the way down and a touch of spiciness. Slightly toasted. Good brew!

Mouthfeel is velvety smooth with spot on carbonation. Creamy and easy to drink. A refreshing, tasty, well balanced IPA. Cheers to Sierra Nevada for the love and hard work that went into this bottle. From the hops and barley in their fields to the brew house and now my glass, this is a rey!ally unique brew that I'm glad to support and enjoy!

orbitalr0x, Oct 23, 2010
Estate Homegrown Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,055 ratings.