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: 1,219
Reviews: 526
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.87%
Wants: 53
Gots: 107 | 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 sulldaddy
3.28/5  rDev -20.8%
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 TheSevenDuffs
3.3/5  rDev -20.3%
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 BBri
3.3/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Really "home grown" as all the ingredients are grown on the S.N. property.

Dark amber color with a good head. Nice aroma, citrus, spice.

Very good taste with a nice hoppy flavor. "Strong" flavor but no harsh at all. Took my time with this one and really enjoyed it. Not a guzzler.

Hoppy finish. This is a really nice IPA. Not a crazy price for an "exclusive" IPA either.

Photo of KWolf
3.32/5  rDev -19.8%

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 BcOneSeven
3.39/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bigfnjoe
3.4/5  rDev -17.9%
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 biboergosum
3.45/5  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?

Photo of kristougher
3.46/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

2013 - 3.0

2014 - 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of Retsinis
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Total wines for $4.99. With a $2 coupon, came out to $3. Just for that alone it's worth a try. ( the manger said it was the best price around, and I agreed)
As the picture reflects, it is waxed sealed, nice touch for the price.

Poured from 25.4oz bottle into Bruery Tulip.

Amber to Orange color, almost dull gold, about two inches of head that fades to just less than one, that sits like cream on top.

Aroma was not as hoppy as I've come to expect from Sierra Nevada. ( but maybe I've just been having too many DIPA's lately)
Though there are nice herb or earth notes, citrus, and sweet malt

Flavor is also earthy, herbal with hints of caramel, hop bitterness and some citrus. Not too complex, some what mellow, but fairly well balanced. I let this warm up for while, and the hops came through a lot more.

Light to medium mouth feel, with some bitterness, but a smooth pale ale finish. The abv is not that high, but given the size, one bottle in a sitting is more then enough with this flavor profile..

Interesting brew. I like the concept, and the land around the brewery certainly gives a unique flavor to this IPA, though maybe not a great one. (not bad either) A Solidly brewed, but less hop bite that I've come to expect and anticipate with SN. My guess is that maybe they just didn't have enough of their hops to do that.

Photo of jbertsch
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Estate Homegrown Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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