Estate Homegrown Wet Hop Ale
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Estate Homegrown Wet Hop AleEstate Homegrown Wet Hop Ale
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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
IPA - American
Ranked #416
Ranked #5,676
4.11 | pDev: 10.71%
Oct 14, 2021
Oct 04, 2010
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."
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4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

Batch from 2011. Drank in 2011. Bomber poured into a 10 oz tasting glass.
L: dark amber with some sticky lacing, 1.5 inch creamy head.
S: resinous hops, grassy, yeasty cracker crust.
T: SN malt center and backbone, sweet and spicy hops, pine resin, light honey, black tea, quite bitter.
F: lightly crunchy, oily and dry in the finish.
O: A fantastic tasting American ale that is very bitter and hop forward. Excellent in it's style.

Oct 14, 2021
4.25 by aasher from Indiana on Jun 20, 2021
4.27 by kraut6363 from Pennsylvania on Jan 16, 2021
4 by TallGuyCM from California on Jun 17, 2020
3.75 by BarrelAgedG from California on Apr 26, 2020
5 by RiceOwls27 from Texas on Apr 07, 2020
3.94 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona on Feb 02, 2020
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3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by cratez from Canada (ON)

Rating from notes. Consumed Summer 2012. "Solid"

Jan 25, 2020
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2.41/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
by BilleGibbons from Pennsylvania

Was amber in color. Nice carbonation. Hops started out nice but finish was blah. I would not get this again.

Nov 29, 2019
4.23 by DigitGrowler from Kentucky on Dec 08, 2018
4.1 by KMcGrath from Massachusetts on Dec 04, 2018
4.03 by Ssitron from Michigan on Dec 04, 2018
4.24 by MeIquiades from Illinois on Jul 05, 2018
3.88 by TheCrowsEye from California on May 17, 2018
3.93 by JoeyJellico from Kentucky on Feb 25, 2018
4 by avisong from Virginia on Feb 03, 2018
3.93 by TheIPAHunter from Pennsylvania on Jan 30, 2018
3.96 by GlennWB from West Virginia on Jan 24, 2018
4.25 by ArnoldBlumenthal from Maryland on Jan 22, 2018
4.13 by LarrysDeerGut from Illinois on Jan 13, 2018
4.66 by King_Lich13 from Mississippi on Jan 06, 2018
3.89 by mlk822 from Massachusetts on Dec 21, 2017
3.51 by Segelstrom from Pennsylvania on Dec 16, 2017
4.08 by Hockey_Fan from Maryland on Dec 15, 2017
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3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by barnzy78 from Illinois

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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4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Brolo75 from California

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
4 by DoctorRobert1969 from California on Dec 05, 2017
4.15 by jmh21 from Minnesota on Dec 02, 2017
4.7 by redsoxjim from Massachusetts on Nov 25, 2017
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4.76/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by mempath from Pennsylvania

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
4.19 by FBarber from Illinois on Nov 17, 2017
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4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

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
2.57 by RollDamnTide from Florida on Oct 28, 2017
4.09 by JuiceMan818 from California on Aug 11, 2017
3.41 by locoformavs from Colorado on Aug 01, 2017
4 by csfcmitchell from Texas on Jun 29, 2017
4.14 by jnorris404 from Alabama on Jun 18, 2017
3.81 by MjBrewhouse from Idaho on May 01, 2017
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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by EMV from Pennsylvania

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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4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by StoutHunter from Michigan

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
Estate Homegrown Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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