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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: 1,255
Reviews: 535
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 56
Gots: 119 | 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:
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 DarthGuitarHero
3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of rickyhansing
3.27/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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

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

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

Photo of OakedCanuck
3.28/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured into cervoise. From notes.

A - Pours a hazy yellow to amber with decent lacing. The head is off white to white and fluffy, common with Sierra Nevada.

S - Piney, grassy and some caramel malt. Not as citric or as 'fresh' smelling as one would expect

T - Similar to the nose. More of the grassy bitterness, even though this is a wet hop ale, just a bit too much. The sweet malt comes out in the back in the form of caramel and sweet bread.

M - Clean and crisp. Medium body with too much effervescence.

D - Decent and smooth enough to drink. I think this one was inconsistent with Sierra Nevada's usual product. Overpriced also.

Photo of sulldaddy
3.3/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Split a bottle cold poured into a snifter. The beer pours a amber to copepr color with minimal edge layer of head and some wispy islands in the center of my glass.
Aroma is pine sap and some grass. not too much else going on with a fairly mild nose.
First sip reveals an average body and fine gentle carbonation.
Flavor is grainy caramel malt briefly and then moves to pine sap hops and a bit of wet grass. The beer is an easy drinker yet not outstanding. I dont get any hints of booze and the flavor profile is clean and simple.
Not an offensive beer for certain, and it is enjoyable, just not memorable.

Photo of KWolf
3.32/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.33/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Notes from 1-2-11
Poured in to Duvel Tulip

A - Deep amber olour with one finger of foamy, bubbly off-white head.

S - Bitter piney hops with some light citrus notes. A sweet malt backbone rounds it out.

T - Hops up front with some pine and grassy notes as well as light citrus notes. Not as bitter and hoppy as I expected. A sweet malt backbone is definitely present here. This is a very nice and drinkable beer but something is missing here. The hops are somewhat dull and lack punch. You can tell they are there but they just lurk in the background and fail to really make their mark on this beer.

M - Medium body, oily, slightly chewy. Lightly carbonated.

D - Not as bitter and hoppy as I expect from an IPA, especially a SN offering. Slightly disappointing.

Photo of ggilman
3.36/5  rDev -18.6%
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 bigfnjoe
3.38/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a waxed bottle into a Duvel tulip. Kind of strange that this would get the wax treatment....but whatever, it's all good

A- pours a dark, cloudy shade of amber with a two finger slightly offwhite head. Lacing is so so. Really dark for an IPA

S- the hop aroma is minimal, getting some citrus. Not much going on here

T- I'm getting a sharp hop taste, piney and resinous. Not much citrus going on here. It reminds me of a cross between SNPA and Torpedo, leaning towards the SNPA. A little too similar for my tastes

M- feel is a little syrupy at first, but finishes kind of thin. Really bizarre

O- I expect more out of Sierra Nevada, this fell flat with me.

Photo of BcOneSeven
3.38/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of biboergosum
3.44/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

25.4oz bottle, with a solid green wax neck covering, that cracks into a few too many small pieces for my liking as it dig for the cap. No date info, from a wee little 'gem' of a store in Hawi, Hawaii.

This beer pours a slightly hazy medium golden hue, with two fingers of foamy, bubbly ecru head, which leaves a nice tight honeycomb pattern of lace around the glass as it evenly recedes.

It smells of very mild bland citrus, some zingy leafy hops, and an equally understated bready caramel malt. The taste is subtle grapefruit, orange, and tropical fruit hops, a further, late-arriving herbal weediness, and equally muted bready, crackery malt. A tiny warming arises alongside the elevated pace of local environment-induced warming .

The bubbles are quite weak and powerless, the body a so-so medium weight, and smooth in the same vein. It finishes with a final flourish of meekness, the hops and malt taking it ridiculously easy.

An underwhelming offering, but one also totally lacking in overt offensiveness, so, given my current lanai-facing situation, I can't fault it _too_ much, can I?

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3.44/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.46/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.48/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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Estate Homegrown Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 1,255 ratings.