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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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Estate Homegrown Wet Hop AleEstate Homegrown Wet Hop Ale

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

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."

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-04-2010

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Photo of barnzy78
3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

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Photo of Brolo75
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of DoctorRobert1969
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jmh21
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of redsoxjim
4.7/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of mempath
4.76/5  rDev +15.8%
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 taste...wow...it'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 sweetness...total DYNAMIC balance in motion...as it warms (taking my time here), it melds into melted buttery malty biscuitness...even better is the thickish (and buttery) mouthfeel...wow.2...jeez, go get your bottle now!

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Photo of FBarber
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ajm5108
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of RollDamnTide
2.57/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2

Photo of JuiceMan818
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of locoformavs
3.41/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of csfcmitchell
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jnorris404
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MjBrewhouse
3.81/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EMV
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of walt5
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of macrosmatic
3.53/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

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Photo of MarkLinton1
4.73/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Sound_Explorer
3.71/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of arizcards
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
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!

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Photo of sd123
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Petegrieco
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BdM
3.87/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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