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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

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 Libeertarian
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of FortyouncestoFreedom
5/5  rDev +22%
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.

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Photo of HiWire
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of stevoj
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of Ikeithbot
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
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!

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Photo of Krisp09
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
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

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Photo of PatrickCT
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of CNoj012
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of cauchonpa
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of Bonkinishwa
3.77/5  rDev -8%
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.

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Photo of do_ob
3.86/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of DovGibor
4.46/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of Buck89
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer reminds me a lot of batch two of the Lawson's/Otter Creek collaboration Double Dose IPA. Decent hops profile with a strong malt backbone. Okay overall but not amazing.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of frasergrove
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: big billowing slightly off white head, great retention, slight hint of amber over a golden base

S: slightly earthy, hints of citrus and pine notes, not dank, hints of pepper

T: sweetness up front, good lingering bitter bite - unique, some earthiness and pepper translates from the nose

F: creaminess up front, bitter bite finishes smooth to crisp

O: very complex and tasty IPA, I always enjoy the peppery and earthy hints that some SN pales and IPA demonstrate. Also very cool that it's all from their place!

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had on tap at the Bryant Lake Bowl and then immediately went out and bought a bottle. L: Pours brilliant deep garnet amber crowned by a 1” finely bubbled, clingy cream to tan colored foam collar. S: Big hop spicy, citrus aromas with a little vegetal, minty, herbal. T: This is a hop driven beer with big hoppy spiciness, citrus and floral, supported by a solid malt backbone. F: Medium body and carbonation. O: Very nice – I have to remember to get more of this.

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Photo of delta490
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The body is a moderately cloudy deep orangey-amber. The head is off-white, foamy and big. There is great retention and it leaves small sticky lacing. The aroma is big citrus hops, a hint of pine resin, and some sweet malts. The body has all the aroma qualities, blended and balanced. No one quality really dominates but all are noticeable. The body is lighter and there is a big hops bite as it finishes.

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Photo of dgmirelli
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

for fathers day bought a 4 of Ommegang Abbey Ale, this and a Alesmith IPA, was told to drink the abbey ale first , then the Alesmith and then this. I disregarded feeling the IPA should go last. This should have been last. Enjoyed this better than the Alesmith, not sure how old the bottle was or how fresh but I would drink again. Long length and a nice aftertaste, a nice Fathers Day treat.

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Photo of Gear54
3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

From a bottle into a snifter. I realized after getting this home it was the 2014 beer. I'm sure the beer would be better fresh.

Smell a bit of citrus and hops. Very subtle aroma

Tasste is actually pretty good for an old IPA with out much going in the nose. Hop forward with nice grapefruit notes. Pine and biscuit malts help balance flavors.

Feel could be better flavors fade quickly and leave a bit if dryness behind. Not one for drinking when you want something refreshing.

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Photo of Bone53
3/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My experience was more like a 2.5 but it's not entirely the beers fault. Once i got home i realized it was the 2014 edition. Probably bottled around six months ago? Unfortunately, the hops had disappeared and i was left with a funky, malty mess. Would love to try it fresh.

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Photo of Ranz
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured in my Lakewood Belgian tulip, it created a lush finger-width had of percolating foam. Thick lacing is apparent above the creaminess, and it sits idly at about half a finger. The color is rich copper brown; it's really quite lovely.

S: Dank grapefruit and pine hops are beautiful here--there are sharp floral tones, too, but everything here is slight and subtle.

T: You could mistake this for a West Coast IPA with its bold flavors of resin, pine, biscuity malt, and bitter finish. It reminds me greatly of Arrogant Bastard, but much smoother.

M: Slightly effervescent but smooth throughout, this beer has a slight dryness to it. It's not as juicy as many IPAs I've had of late.

O: For $5 at Kroger, this is one heck of a bargain at 750mL. Sierra Nevada always hits it high. Well done.

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Photo of biggie25
5/5  rDev +22%
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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