Estate Homegrown Wet Hop Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.63/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Xmas gift from son and shared with said son. Many thanks #1 and it's much appreciated.

The initial blast of fresh hops is really impressive. Fresh, full, flowery, citrus and a little herbal.
Big full dense frothy head. Very clear amber body.
Boy, a nicely complex and balanced drink (in a proper IPA way). A range of hop flavors that start of soft and pleasant and grow throughout the drink and leaves about 10 seconds after the liquid leaves the palate with a burst of grapefruit bitterness that lasts and lasts. That great firm malt backing very similar, if not identical, to Celebration Ale.
Soft, creamy and moderately bodied. Smooth and pleasant.
Wow, this is better than I anticipated, esp. since it's been out for a bit. Complex as all get out and still holding many fresh hop qualities. Top notch.

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4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My thoughts halfway through the chalice? An easy beer for a wine lover to take seriously.

Pours a coppery brown, heavy lacing.

Smell is dominated, naturally, by the hops.

Taste is mineral, kids multivitamin, pinecone, and peppermint, made and glued together by those wet hops. Very fine taste.

Mouthfeel is bubbly and dry, and finishes dry and resinous.

Fine example of a serious hoppy ale. To me, there's a noticeable line between the wanna-bees and the truly great brewers/beers. Sierra Nevada is consistently the real deal, and this is no exception.

Bonus: In my collection of 250+ beer labels, this now ranks among my favorites. Neat label of flowering hop vines, barley, and friendly critters around an estate house.

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4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep Brown, Gold Haze with 1 finger of creamy off white head

S - Tropical Sweet citrus flavors, wet hops

T - Very dry lingering taste on all ends, sweet lemon minty hops

M - light in the mouth, with a bit of stickiness half way down.

O - Seems to have both extreme dryness and a sweet citrus flavor. Maybe missing that thing to tie the 2 together. This bottle may have sat a bit too long in the fridge though for being a fresh wet hopped ale.

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3/5  rDev -27%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Copper colored; 1-finger head that lingers
S: Slightly muted, but distinct pine and grapefruit aromas
T: Grassy with hints of earth & herbs. Given the nose I would have expected the hops to make more of an appearance, but they did not.
M: Medium bodied & crisp
O: While this didn't blow me a way, I enjoyed it and as others have mentioned appreciate the organic estate-made approach.

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.72/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An impulse buy from Wegman's, fresh is good right?

Usually I go for older hop bombs, but I decided to push the palet.

Beauty of a glass; great color, fizz, foam. And huge bubbles in the bottle, soapish and delightful. A nice carbonation with a stable foam that rises up pretty fast. Very sticky off white lace.

Very long grassy flavor. Sediment free bottle. Peachy?
Medium light body.

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a pretty hazy burnt orange color with a small 1/4" head of light tan bubbles. The bubbles are pretty small, and though there are a few bubbles noticeably rising, they aren't sticking once they get there, so the head reduces to a ring where the beer meets the glass within about 3-040 seconds. That ring is staying put, and there is already a little bit of lace on the glass where the head fell.

Aroma: I initially got lots of fresh hops with citrus and light pine being the most noticeable components after the pour. As the beer sits a little, the pine is lightening up and the citrus is being a bigger player in the aroma. The hops are really green smelling and almost have a minty quality that is a little unusual for me.

Taste: The hops are the most noticeable thing in the beginning of the flavor profile giving some citrus and the same mint that I got in the aroma, but the body of this beer is a little thin and the carbonation is a little low, so it pretty quickly gets a little watery during the middle of the sip. There is some nice caramel malt that you get to taste while the hops are finding their place in the flavor, and then you get a pretty firm dose of bittering hops to lead you to the finish. The bitterness is the one in charge of the finish. The alcohol isn't really noticeable in the flavor, but after half the beer, I am feeling warmer, so it is in there. The body is medium to light with the light carbonation being a pretty big contributor to that palate sensation.

Opinion: This is a pretty good beer, and I applaud Sierra Nevada for making an estate-produced beer. I imagine that all of us as brewers have thought about what it would be like if you had complete control of your ingredients. They have done that at SN, and that is a beautiful thing. That said, this beer is pretty good, but when you put it up against other beers that use commercial ingredients in this style, it falls short a little. I would recommend that you try this beer anyway, just to show your support for a brewery willing to do it all themselves.

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

Estate Homegrown Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 88% out of 100 with 1,436 ratings
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