Estate Homegrown Wet Hop Ale
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Estate Homegrown Wet Hop AleEstate Homegrown Wet Hop Ale
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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #183
ABV:
6.7%
Score:
92
Ranked #3,052
Avg:
4.12 | pDev: 10.68%
Reviews:
561
Ratings:
1,465
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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
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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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Reviews by Krisp09:
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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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ONovoMexicano from New Mexico

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

From the bomber into a mini-snifter.

Typical beauty from SN appearance-wise, with a thick, blanket-like, cream-colored head a finger and a half thick. It takes its sweet time in receding. Lace is abundant and forms a bubbly, sticky layer over the body. As for the body, it's a beautiful dark amber color with a nice glow to it, plus perfect clarity and slight trickling carbonation. 4.5

As is common with SN beers (for me at least) there's a pungent sweet floral aroma that first reachers the nose. Piney, resinous hops trail behind. As usual, I like the aroma here, but it's not as colorful or broad in aromas as other big time IPAs. 4

This is incredibly resinous, earthy, and pungent, especially about mid-palate when the flavor seems, feels and tastes to me like I'm drinking an IPA with whole hop cones floating in it. Now that I'm able to at least slightly articulate what the hops are like, I'm able to recognize a toasty malt flavor with a tinge of caramel. 4

Lot of different sensations my tongue is feeling: spice from the hops, an oil-like quality weaving through, followed by an intense, super intense, bitterness. This beer is bitter And it lingers with some dryness that really are hard to ignore. 4

This beer is not for the faint of heart. It's not for those tasting their first IPA. All the hop heads that complain about a beer not being bitter enough should give this a spin. It's sure to satisfy. 4

Oct 30, 2014
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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draft at the brand new Sierra Nevada facility in Mills River, NC. Cloudy amber-orange with a small off-white head. Citrus hops predominate here - well-balanced by malt sweetness, though. Medium mouthfeel - refreshing. Not a bad IPA, but definitely not in my top ten.

Oct 28, 2015
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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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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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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 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!

Nov 19, 2017
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Philousa from California

4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From a 750ml capped bottle to a New Belgium globe.

Pours crystal clear with oak type wood color and one inch dense, creamy sand colored head. The foam sticks to the glass thinly, but evenly. I could watch the bubbles drift up from the etching at the bottom of the glass all day. Definite strong crystal malt aroma. Lots of almond or other hearty nut and browned biscuit with syrup in aroma. Wet hops are definitely evident: slight citrus with lots of pine and pitch. Lots of depth to the hops in this one, as the grapefruit is light and the pine needle is strong, supporting the other. The malt is very prevalent in the taste: buttered biscuit, caramel, toasted wheat bread, and slight toffee. The bitterness fades in green like fresh cut grass and gets stronger with time. Bark and earth are strong underneath a somewhat soapy hop oil. Feel is very creamy and balanced. The yeast does wonders to this beer. Scratch that: the brewer does wonders to the beer with this yeast. Slightly dry in the finish, making you salivate for another taste.

This is one hell of a beer. I was put off by the $10 price tag, thinking SN was just doing a cash grab. Now I feel that they just know how much the market will pay for a quality product. The malt and hops are balanced and it's full of flavor. The mouthfeel is the star of the show, though. I've never had such a creamy beer that wasn't on nitro. While this isn't the most hoppy beer or the highest in alcohol, it's a great beer that I look forward to having again next year.

Oct 28, 2012
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golf4collet from West Virginia

3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dec 16, 2015
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CreightonSM from New York

4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

Feb 01, 2013
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ambruns1979 from California

4/5  rDev -2.9%

Oct 14, 2012
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Morgoth from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2.9%

Sep 07, 2013
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twelveinches from Washington

4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

Dec 04, 2011
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Spineypanda from Texas

4.54/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber in color, with a nice strong foam head that laces like no other I have had in quite a while.
Smells of super citrusy delicious hops!
Taste is actually more subdued than I ever imagined from the aroma. It has a good ho kick at the front and mellows towards the back of the tongue... giving it an almost superior drinking quality to the original pale ale, or even the Wet Hop harvest.
Creamy mouthfeel.

Fantastic!

Jan 13, 2011
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jpd7374 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.9%

Dec 15, 2012
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Nage37 from California

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

Dec 18, 2015
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Scarflower from New Hampshire

3.12/5  rDev -24.3%

Dec 01, 2014
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biboergosum from Canada

3.44/5  rDev -16.5%
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 dating info, and procured from a wee little 'gem' of a store in Hawi, Hawaii.

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

It smells of very mild and bland citrus pith, some zingy leafy hops, and an equally understated bready caramel malt sweetness. 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 middleweight, 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 yet one also totally lacking in overt offensiveness, so, given my current lanai-facing situation, I can't fault it _too_ much, now, can I?

May 15, 2012
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Retsinis from Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -15%
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.

Dec 31, 2010
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BeezNeezy22D from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.9%

Oct 24, 2012
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GeoffreyM from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.9%

Nov 27, 2012
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biggie25 from Illinois

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

I had the 2014 it was delicious nice color good hops a bitter sweet taste a pine bite light grapefruit flavor but smooth and toast flavor i love it so give it a shot.

Mar 01, 2015
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

3.11/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer is crystal clear and appears copper to amber in color. The head is thick and dense, measuring just over an inch after a leisurely pour. Plenty of lacing left on the tulip glass. The aroma offers dank hops, malt, and an odd scent with a funky character. It smells similar to cleaning carpets. Hmm....the taste has the same character. Not bad, per se, but not even in the same league as the Founders Harvest Ale I just enjoyed. Decent feel, with a lingering wet hop flavor, as well as the damp basement oddness. Overall, not worth $10. Nothing special here.

Notes: waxing a fresh hop beer? Seems like a marketing gimmick if ever I saw one.

Oct 18, 2011
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ElGallo from New Hampshire

4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nov 23, 2016
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oderus666 from Michigan

5/5  rDev +21.4%

Nov 07, 2014
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steamboatbrewer from Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Aug 22, 2013
Estate Homegrown Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 1465 ratings