Estate Homegrown Wet Hop Ale
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Estate Homegrown Wet Hop AleEstate Homegrown Wet Hop Ale
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IPA - American
Ranked #191
Ranked #3,248
4.12 | pDev: 10.68%
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
Estate Homegrown Wet Hop AleEstate Homegrown Wet Hop Ale
Notes: "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."
Reviews: 561 | Ratings: 1,466 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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barnzy78 from Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle, no apparent freshness date. Brilliant copper colored ale with a dense frothy ivory head that holds incredible retention while leaving thick lacing on the glass. Earthy & herbal nose with grass, grain, and light caramel. Flavors are similar to the aroma with notes of caramel, rye bread crust, grain, earthy, piney hops, a bit fruity and a bit citric. Medium and resinous body, finishing dry and bitter. It's cool that they grew the organic ingredients on site, but it's good not great in my opinion.

Dec 13, 2017
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Brolo75 from California

4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a clear golden amber color with a full creamy head, lots of lacing, very little retention, and lots of tiny bubbles streaming up the glass's side.

A: Hops are faint with aromas of grapefruit, citrus peel, spice, and a light earthy, herbal note, light sweet malts on the backed with a touch of caramel.

T: Grapefruit, citrus peel, pine, touch of pepper and spice, earthy, herbal notes, bitterness is moderate with a mix of grapefruit peel and slight pine, malts are stronger than the hops, toasted caramel sweetness.

M: Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation and dry finish.

O: This hit my area late and I can tell because the hops have faded. I suspect its at least three months old. I imagine fresh the grapefruit and pine are more noticeable and have great balance with the malts.

Dec 10, 2017
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mempath from Pennsylvania

4.76/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

good grief....wonderful...! color is a bright/deep gold...clear as a bell...smell is fresh, subdued hop citrus with...a muscadine note? scuppernong? all good. primal grapes. canaan. fresh raw honey. onwards to the's both sweet and hoppy...that is, the sweetness bursts forth as the hops come in to disrupt any cloying...and vice versa...the hop bitterness asserts but in a flash, it genuflects to it's counterpoint of DYNAMIC balance in it warms (taking my time here), it melds into melted buttery malty biscuitness...even better is the thickish (and buttery), go get your bottle now!

Nov 19, 2017
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Gold, clear, great carbonation and head. Aroma is dry biscuit, amber malt & just a gentle kiss of grassy hop. Taste isn't super-hoppy - more like a subdued red IPA, with a good amount of bready malt with dashes of hop flavor (fresh grapefruit pulp, mango purée, earthy undertones) as more of a cherry on top. Gentle and cajoling, it is an easy sipper that highlights both elements of the IPA equally well.

Nov 16, 2017
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EMV from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a Dogfish tulip

L: Cloudy dark golden orange pour. Two fingers of foamy white head... ridiculous lacing.

S: Peppery hops and resinous pine. Definite vegetable aroma with some sweetness on the nose.

T/F: Grainy and dank. Sweet pine and peppercorns... cooked greens in the background. Cracker and citrus. Lots of flavor. Interesting mix of mild sweetness and resin. Moderately bitter. Medium in body and well carbonated. Finish is grainy and floral.

O: A solid beer... and organic to boot. Different flavor profile from most of the Sierra Nevada lineup... so props for doing something outside their usual comfort zone. Still strongly prefer a 'Torpedo', but glad I tried this one.

Feb 26, 2017
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StoutHunter from Michigan

4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Sierra Nevada's Estate Homegrown Wet Hop Ale for $9.99 at The Lager Mill. I always look for this beer every year, I was a little late finding it this year, but from past experiences I know this beer holds up well, so lets see how it goes. 2016 Vintage. Poured from a brown 22oz bottle that was waxed.

A- The label looks good, t's got a nice design to it and it's eye catching. It poured a burnt orange color that took on more of a ruby and caramel color when held to the light and it had three fingers worth of chunky and fluffy very light tan head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and it left lots of nice patchy lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness with the hops being the first to show up and they impart a nice orange and citrus heavy aromas with a little bit of floral, green hops and slightly spicy hops showing up in the background. Up next comes a little bit of doughy yeast which leads into the malts which impart some caramel malt, pale malt, grainy, bread crust, light cracker and sweet malt like aroma. This beer has a nice aroma, it has nice balance and the hop profile is nice.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the hops still being the first to show up and they impart that same orange and citrus heavy aspects that are a little more juicy with some dank, floral and spicy hops showing up more in the background. Up next comes a little bit of doughy yeast and that leads into the malts with them imparting all the same aspects that they did in the aroma and they show up just a little more with the caramel malts and bread crust flavors seeming to stick out the most. On the finish there's a medium amount of bitterness with a little more sweet malts coming through and it had a 50/50 mix of malty and hoppy flavors in the aftertaste. This is a good tasting IPA, it's got nice balance and the hop profile works well with it.

M- Smooth, slightly refreshing, pretty crisp, sightly refreshing, on the thicker side of being medium bodied with a higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is good and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and it's a good example of the style, it had pretty much all the aspects that I was looking for and the fresh hops seem to give it and extra bit of citrus and juicy aspects. This beer had nice drinkability, I could drink a couple, but I think that would be my limit. What I like the most about this beer is the hop profile and balance, to me those are the highlights of this beer. What I like the least about this beer is nothing, there isn't anything that I disliked or would change. I would buy this beer again, i look for it every year and I would recommend it to anyone who like a new fresh hopped IPA. All in all I was pretty happy with this beer and it's pretty much just as good as I remember. It's one of my favorite IPA's from Sierra Nevada and it's a good example of the style. Good job guys, this is a tasty IPA, keep it up.

Feb 20, 2017
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macrosmatic from Florida

3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from long-standing notes. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a Fat Head's pint glass.

A: Hazy amber, with a big fluffy off-white head that has good retention. Average visible carbonation.

S: Resin and grassy hops, caramel and bready malts. Fairly sweet, and a touch musty.

T: Resinous pine, herbal, and a touch grassy hops. There's a big alpha bitterness up front as well. Caramel and sweet bready malts with some ethanol sweetness follows. It fades into a reasonable balance between sweet malts and alpha oil bitterness, but the alcohol heat lingers the longest.

M: Fairly heavy-bodied, but with good carbonation sensation. The alcohol presence seems heavy, especially for the listed ABV.

O: Not my favorite by any stretch. I think this may have been a bit on the older side, but it was purchased and drank fresh from my local bottle shop. A bit disappointing.

Jan 07, 2017
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HorseheadsHophead from New York

4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Clear copper. Lightly bubbly. The head is huge, frothy, and creamy beige. Retention is superb and sheets of lacing are left behind.

S: Smells Noble-hopped. Grassy, floral, and herbal-smelling. Hints of orange pith and grapefruit flesh, but mostly floral and herbal aromas. Hints of caramel malt sweetness. Pleasant but not particularly gripping.

T: Very crisp, clean, and refreshing. A good mixture of citrus, floral, and herbal. Tastes a bit more citrusy than the nose would indicate. Juicy blood orange, red grapefruit, and lemon peel. Still tastes largely Noble-hopped, though, with crisp floral and vegetal notes reminiscent of a good pilsner. On the finish, you get some sweet biscuit and caramel malt, but then it ends hoppy, lightly bitter, and clean; with lingering orange peel and grass.

F: Medium-bodied, smooth and slick in the mouth, with boisterous carbonation to make it thirst-quenching and eminently drinkable.

O: A solid and quite enjoyable IPA. Very good beer overall.

Dec 09, 2016
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arizcards from North Carolina

4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a 24 oz. bottle from Craft Beer Hop Stop in early October for $7.77. Bottling date smudged.

Beer poured amber orange with a gorgeous white head that is leaving all sorts of lacing with each sip.

Nose suggest fresh floral hops but it is not as pungent as hoped.

Taste is very well balanced between floral and citrus hops and the caramel and pale malts. Finish is a light pine bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth.

Overall a very good beer that i am glad i finally tracked down fresh!

Dec 04, 2016
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Libeertarian from Montana

3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From notes taken 09/03/16:

Fairly clear to almost opaque depending on where you’re at with the pours, dark copper-amber, looks gelatinous with chunky suspended haze. Buttery tan head of excellent retention, fluffy, fine, thick, and lacier than all get out. Caramel, earth, leaf matter, resin aromas. Tastes like a slightly more dank and leathery English Pale or English IPA, definitely has the earthy and tea-like qualities. Resin and bitter rind as well, with subdued caramel backbone and slightly peppery finish. Medium body, middling effervescence, parts creamy and parts sudsy, astringent. Decent, but an extra level of “acquired taste” beyond a regular IPA or dry-hopped ale.

Oct 20, 2016
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Earthy, malty in a good way with some pleasant citrus hop flavors. Really balanced and drinkable. Thirst quenching. Easy drinking. Nice bitter dry finish makes you want to keep sipping. Solidly made beer.

Oct 13, 2016
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FortyouncestoFreedom from Virginia

5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I drank hundreds of dollars worth of this when it first came out. I loved it. The mix of hops with the citrus was unlike any others I had back in the day. Soon others followed suite if you ask me. This was a great IPA in its day. First one I had was the year it was released, kept going back for more.

Oct 12, 2016
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HiWire from Florida

3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy amber with 2 finger head and great lacing. Smells earthy, touch sweet, and subtle hops. Tastes fairly bitter hops on back on end of sips, minor tea leaf as well. Good carbonation and drinkability. Not a fan of earthy bitterness that lingers on this one, would be a 1 glass then switch if done again.

Jun 03, 2016
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stevoj from Idaho

4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Excellent from the get-go, mellow, soft hoppy aroma with a nice billowing head, clear amber body, lots of sticky lacing. Resinous hop flavor, not too much, not too little, just perfect.

Jun 02, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

They know how to make a pretty beer, this was one of the first orange colored ipas I remember. Gives off a run of the mill C hop earthen vibe. Good, but not to be distinguished from almost all their other hoppy pale ales.

Taste again offered more of the usual c hops, ample bitterness (but not one dimensional) kicking down grapefruit and caramel throughout.

One of the pricier bottles in their hop arsenal. Not worth it for repeat performances. Worth trying once.

Apr 11, 2016
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Ikeithbot from New York

4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A little late in the game for the 2015 brewing of this beer. Seeing that this has been on the shelf for 5 months didn't affect it much. SN does it again. Such a great beer. Tastes VERY close to their wet hop release from earlier this year. So good. Thank you SN!

Feb 18, 2016
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Krisp09 from Virginia

3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: poured into tulip, nice clear copper orange color with 2 finger soapy white head that laced the glass beautifully. Aroma: mustiness from hops along with floral and citrus, decent amount of caramel malt aroma as well. Taste: extremely well balanced with wonderful great hop floral hop flavors and pine and citrus at the end. Mouthfeel: great carbonation gives nice light feel. Overall: nicely balanced IPA that is easy to drink but still leaves the hop head happy on the finish

Dec 25, 2015
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PatrickCT from Connecticut

4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml poured into a tulip.

a: Beautiful Amber/orange body. Nice and hazy. Like an autum day. Soapy, white, two finger head.

s: Grapefruit. Grass. Floral Pine. Straight forward. Easy to understand. Delightful.

t: Nice malt backbone holds up grapefruit rind, pine, floral hoppiness. Ends with dank and hoppy spiciness.

mf: Medium body with medium carbonation. Slight resinous feel with a sharp, dry, hop spice finish.

o: Classic Sierra Nevada. Classic American hop profile. Even at a few months old this beer holds up. A bit like SNPA and a little Celebration.

Dec 23, 2015
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CNoj012 from New York

4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a gorgeous hazy amber copper color color with a huge soapy off white head that has excellent retention and leaves great lacing. Smell is grapefruit, floral, pine and spicy hops with a bready malt backing. Taste is the same. Medium feel with good carbonation and the hop spiciness tingles the tongue. Overall another great SN IPA.

Dec 14, 2015
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cauchonpa from Virginia

4.01/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2015 bottling of the Homegrown IPA
A (4.25) - Pours a clear reddish orange with two fingers of gold tinged head. The head is very persistent and develops contours where my moustache with it. It also laces nicely on the pint glass. Little bubbles that continued to rise from the bottom of glass, even with very little ale left in the glass.

S (4.5) - Heavy grapefruit scent up front followed by pine and a general vegetation smell, probably from the wet hops used in the brewing process. Some spice, but not as much I had expected.

T (3.75) - Decent amount of bitterness from the hops flows into a tart and almost sweet fruitiness on the palate. From start to finish: zesty hops moves through fresh spice into dry bitterness. Not much taste of alcohol at all.

M (3.75) - A decent amount of carbonation felt both on the tongue and the roof of the mouth. The hop taste feels bright on the tongue.

O (4.0625) - I appreciate what this is trying to do. I like the idea of an estate ale, and I think Sierra Nevada's offering is getting the job done well. Overall, a good wet hopped IPA, and worth sharing with a friend.

Dec 04, 2015
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Bonkinishwa from Kentucky

3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. - Estate Homegrown Wet Hop Ale. 6.7% ABV. 750ml bottle split between two snifters. 2015 Edition.

Look: Vibrant orange/copper colored body. Aggressive pour created a 2 finger bubbly white head, which dissipated slowly into very sticky lacing, which remained throughout.

Smell: Dank wet hops, earthy piney aroma, over-ripened tropical fruits, like mangos, peaches, and bananas, all with some nice spiciness to balance it all out.

Feel: Thin bodied, with some creaminess from the head, and a nice balance of carbonation.

Taste: Some hop taste up front, but quickly enveloped by the tropical fruits, earthy pine, and spices. On the back end and into the aftertaste, the wet hop taste returns, as a resiny bitter taste. Also very faint, but some kind of cracker/biscuity taste within the aftertaste.

Overall: Very different from the usual IPAs, Has the usual ingredients of an IPA, but its spiced like a Saison. Very natural like taste, most likely since being organic; has an earthy piney taste within.

Nov 30, 2015
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do_ob from Kentucky

3.86/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2015 edition. Bottle split between two New Belgium snifters. Pours a washed-out, hazy orange-gold and settles as a transluscent, vibrant amber in the glass. Decent clarity, albeit a bit hazy. Light sediment in the bottom of the glass. Great carbonation. Topped off with 2 fingers of eggshell colored foam, super sticky in composition. The head eventually bubbled down to about 1/2 a finger and stuck around for the remainder of the beer. On the nose, I got light fruit- mainly mango, banana, and over-ripened peaches. Also lots of herbal spice and earthiness in there to counterbalance the sweetness. Some toasty malt as it warmed. On the taste, strong notes of earthy & peppery spice, hay/grain/grass, and wet hops - especially on the back end. Lots of piney, hop resin on the aftertaste. Very little 'typical' IPA characteristics, as there is little fruitiness or citrus. On the feel, it's well balanced in terms of weight and carbonation. Decently creamy, though a tad watery on the finish.

Overall, a good deviation from the norm. Almost like a saison/IPA hybrid in the best possible way. It's different, but it's nice to get away from the mainstream once in a while.

Nov 30, 2015
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DovGibor from New York

4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 10-01-15. Poured into a tulip glass. Clear medium-dark amber in color with two inches of head that settled to a long lingering half-inch. Aroma is sweet hops with light citrus fruit intertwined.

It's dry and flavorful, with rich malt and just the right amount of bitterness. The balance in this beer is perfect. Solid mouthfeel with light carbonation on the tongue.

Wow this is a nice drinking beer. I can't believe I've left it on the shelf in years past; that will not happen again.

Nov 22, 2015
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Buck89 from Tennessee

4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Hazy dark amber color with a beautiful fluffy off-white head. The foam lasted for a while and left killer tracks and laces. Nice aromas of grass, pine, straw, orange and grapefruit. Bracingly bitter up front, but clean with layers of citrus, pine and fresh grass. A strong malt backbone. Clean finish. Really great.

Nov 21, 2015
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VABA from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Revisited 9/3/18

A-Pours a nice hazy amber color with a generous head and lacing
A-Aroma has abundant hoppy hints
T-The taste follows the nose with hoppy and barley flavors and a nice bitterness
M-A medium bodied moderately carbonated beer
O-A very well done and balanced beer

Oct 30, 2015
Estate Homegrown Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 1466 ratings