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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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

Photo of Johnnyfacelift
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The first thing I notice with this brew is the rich fresh hop aroma! It's not overpowering or really in your face, just a subtle, beautiful and full, flowery aroma. This brew is a nice golden color with a bit of a haze, maybe from the hops or less filtering, not really sure but it looks tasty. And speaking of taste, great balance. You get a strong malt backbone with wonderful bitterness and the fresh hop taste keeps you coming back for more. There's a nice foamy head that travels down the glass as you drink and certainly leaves its mark behind. That bitterness sticks behind in the roof and back of your mouth while the malt flavor lingers on the tongue. If you can't tell, I love this beer. I've been waiting to drink this one and am psyched that its been worth the wait... drink it fresh though, that's the whole point! Cheers!

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%
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.

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5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It is true, organic beer is incredible..the best organic IPA on the market

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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4.99/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've had this many times now, and I look forward to it each year. It really is great when fresh.

Poured out of a bottle, it has a bright caramel orange color, not quite see through. Two finger head that leaves some great lacing.

Smells of caramel grassy and grapefruit hops. A slight hint of sweet toasty maple from the malts.

Taste hits first with the sweet bitter caramel with grassy/grapefruit notes. The flavor sticks the entire way through and ends on a more slightly burnt malt note. Still it's an ipa, so the malts are subdued when compared to the hops. But the sweet characters come through.

Mouthfeel is perfectly balanced with some great mild carbonation ending with a more viscus note that pairs well with the ending malty sweetness.

Overall, This is and will continue to be one of my favorite seasonal ipa's. It's perfectly balanced for my tastes and qualities I like in a beer.

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4.95/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My favorite beer. One that I look forward to all year. What sets this beer apart is its 'fresh hop' taste. A true example of a well done wet hop ale. Color is clear copper with medium head retention. Strong grassy, citrusy notes. Hop bitterness falls squarely in to the IPA category but the emphasis is definitely on hop flavor over IBU's. Maltiness moderate and perfect compliment to strong citrus flavor.

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4.92/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 1 pt 9 fl oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottled on day 257 of 2011 (September 14 - exactly 1 month old!) 2011 vintage Estate Homegrown Ale.

Appearance: After fighting through the wax, this beer pours a light amber red with a doughy, bready, inches thick head. Tons of lacing.

Smell: Pungent citrusy hop aroma. Wet grapefruit. Fresh as a beer can smell. I could stop right here without even taking a sip and be happy I bought this beer. Magnificent!

Taste: Does anything taste better than a fresh IPA? Wow! So flavorful and light, I could drink this by the gallon. Obviously, very hoppy, but not overpowering. Mostly citrus/grapefruit.

Mouthfeel: This beer is very light. Normally I like something with a little heavier mouthfeel, but with the fresh hops, the light body is almost fitting. It lets you focus on the flavor more.

Overall: Probably the best tasting beer I have had since Celebration last year, if not better. Fresh, organic, wet hops bottled from the brewery estate grounds must make all of the difference. The fact that this was bottled 1 month prior definitely does not hurt!

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4.9/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Cracked this open on a wonderful summer night a few days back! Golden, Hoppy, Fresh, perfectly balanced! Foamy, creamy head! Year 2011. Aging in my fridge. Loved drinking, but sad, I will not be able to find this beer again. It was perfect! If I find this beer, anywhere, it will go home with me! Even, my friend liked it and he is a stout man.

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4.87/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

1pt. 9.4 fl. oz's. bottle with green wax cover. Revised 11/19/16

Copper, orange and gold color, bright and clear look. A massive, chunky mountain of sea-foam caps off the liquid in grand style. wicked sticky, clumpy lace sticks all around the glass.

Robust, complex hop aroma! Citrus tingle, earthiness, tangy, wild, fresh and exciting. Malty-sweet in the back ground. Hops are very citrusy and sweet with a big juicy aroma.

Well, it's a wet-hop bomb! Fresh, complex hop flavor's, some of the very best i've ever experienced. These guys are the masters of the cascade hop, and as usual the blend and balance of flavor's is a work of art. Organic barley, malt and hops, wet-hopped, ultra fresh in flavor. Sublime. A massive dry-bitter hop hits your palate hard. Very earthy and grainy with multiple layers of hoppiness. The bitter hop bite is very intense and the big sweet malt actually does a great job balancing this hop bomb. The hop complexity is deep and lush and tasting a bit dry-hopped as well.

This beer really brings it in the hop department. A masterful work of one of the grandest, American styles, the IPA.

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4.87/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A pleasant surprise to find this on tap at the Swig in Perrysburg, OHIO.

Served in a pint glass with a brilliant ruby color and creamy white lace head. Smells just straight up like sweet hops and fall. The taste of this beer is quite amazing. Very sweet and has a bitter aftertaste. The drinkability of this is incredible but at 8.50 a pint it is hard to have more. Fantastic overall.

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4.85/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Extremely dark for an IPA. Pours a dark copper, almost bronze color. If held to a light you can almost see through, but otherwise, it's opaque. The head is a finger of white bubbles. Creamy on the edges and craterous inside. Eventually a nice lace is left behind.

Wet-hopping = God's gift to hopping. Strong scents of pine and grapefruit fill the air, a little pineapple playing in the background.

Very Pliny The Elder like. Citrus fruits and pine flood the taste buds. There's something else in there, possibly the barley that imparts a rye-like taste.

One of the few IPAs that's smooth and creamy. Faint sweetness early on, then oily pine and acidic bitter. But it's all manageable.

Overall, this thing rivals Pliny, but it's availability is greater. It's super tasty and goes down very easily. Not sure I've had any IPAs that went down as easy as this.

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Estate Homegrown Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 1,450 ratings
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