Estate Homegrown Wet Hop Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,433
Reviews:
556
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
10.73%
 
 
Wants:
76
Gots:
192
For Trade:
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Ratings: 1,433 |  Reviews: 556
Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Champagne Cellars. Pours light orange body with some soapy foam. Very tasty,good offsetting malting, very balanced, very no great drinkable. Tangerine, and understated grapefruit flavours, mint.Smooth even creamy drinker. Above average mouthfeel.

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Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a copper penny color with some haziness in the beer. There are 2 fingers of off-white head that slowly dissolve into chunky bubbles. Good lacing rings on the glass with each sip. Probably the best head I have seen on any Sierra Nevada beer.

S - Smells of citrus zest, pine tree, and malts.

T - Great citrus zest fruit flavors, some pine, and sweet malt. Hop bitterness is well done and does not overwhelm the palate.

M - Good carbonation. I get some hop resin coating the mouth. Somewhat creamy and very smooth.

D - This is a very delicious beer. I also really like the concept that it is created with organic ingredients grown at the Sierra Nevada company. A must try.

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Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

waxed bomber, beautiful presentation. pours a copper orange with a thin vanishing head. nose is grassy and earthen, with a resin type hop vibe happening. taste is not as hoppy as the usual wet hope ales are, because it quite well balanced. slightly thin on the mouthfeel, but very very drinkable. i prefer their "harvest" series, but i give this one extra points for the sustainable fact that its made with ingredients entirely from their property. not too many breweries can do that!

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Photo of djrn2
3.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Knapp85
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Much like the 2009 version, Estate poured out as a really nice looking copper color the head was thick and very foamy. The lacing left of the glass was very good too. The smell of the beer was very hoppy with some cirtus and grains in the mix. The taste was bitter from the hops and had a nice sweetness as well. The mouthfeel is smooth and leaves a dry mouth kind of feeling. Overall i found this to be the same beer as the 2009. I'm not sure what's different about them that they retired them each year. I like the appearance of this one more only because of what they've done with the bottling. All in all, very good all around.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of metter98
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy orange in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that gradually died down, consistently leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of pine resin, earthy and grapefruit hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of ruby red grapefruit and earthy hops along with a light to moderate amount of bitterness and hints of underlying caramel malts. The hop flavors linger though the finish, which also has some notes of herbal hops.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has an interesting profile of fresh hop flavors and is quite drinkable because it isn't overly bitter.

Note: 2012 vintage

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finally got a chance to try this one, love Sierra Nevada beers so was looking forward to this one. I always find it that even though they make tons of IPAs, they all have their own "identity" and this one is no different. For me, it was very not hoppy for an IPA and had a great malt backbone to it that was actually the most prominent part of the mouthfeel and taste. Well balanced and not the usual bitterness you've come to expect, but a nice smooth IPA. Solid beer and worthy trying.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice and crisp IPA with the signaure Sierra Nevada 'house' flavors and crisp mouthfeel and finish. But without any extraordinary features, this beer seems content with only being 'good'.

Medium copper to amber in color, the beer carries a mild haze, sturdy foam stance, good retention, and lace. A very nice looking IPA.

Aromas pick up on the grapefruit and ginger spice character that is represented in their flagship Pale Ale. Intensity of aromas are tilted toward the hops, but with a subtle rebuttal from caramel scent. No esters or phenolics lead to a very clean scent.

Flavors fare similarly- Sharp grapefruit flavors seem to be all Cascade. Definately a standout, the beer takes on the taste and bitterness of the citrus fruit piths for a bitey, sharp, resiny taste. Malt flavor resembles graham cracker, ginger bread, and soft caramelized sugars; but these take a far backseat to the citrus hops.

With the signature crisp, clean, and refreshing feel of the Pale Ale, the IPA creates more of a dry finish from its increase in hop proportions and alcoholic depth. This keeps the creamy upstart but a more dramatic step into the fleeting sweetness and closing dryness.

Of course this is a delightful beer, but we are growing more and more accustomed to a much brighter and zestier hop flavor and aroma than what is common from Sierra Nevada house character.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.44/5  rDev -16.1%
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?

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of oline73
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy dark reddish amber with a finger of off white head that has good retention and great lacing.

Smell: Citrus peel hop bitterness, very fresh smelling. The hops seem a bit peppery. Good amount of malt sweetness helps the citrus fruit notes come out.

Taste: Very bitter citrus peel hops dominate the tongue. Some nice sweet, bready malt backs up the hops. Really nice IPA.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation and a very dry finish.

Overall: This is a really good fresh hop IPA. The hop profile is really nice. A little more malt might help, but no complaints here.

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Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear amber color with a massive head; plenty of foam sticks to the side of the pint glass

Smell: Grassy grapefruit

Taste: The pale malt allows the grassy grapefruit to take over the flavor profile from the get go and to build through mid-palate and after the swallow, where a hint of wintergreen kicks in and lingers to the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Looking at the bottle with the waxed top, I guess I was expecting something more. but this appears to be a repeat of similarly named beers from prior years; nice, but I feel a little deceived by the marketing gimmick

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Photo of emerge077
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really nice copper orange body with trailing streams of carbonation, very dense and sticky head that craters on the surface. It leaves thick concentric rings of lacing around the edges of the glass. Creamy texture to the foam.

Aroma is slightly sweet and malty underneath a mildly floral and understated citrusy hop bouquet. Cut grass and herbal notes in the flavor. A moderate earthy hop bitterness builds, dandelion greens, pine resin, biscuity malt, and a clean finish with lingering traces of both fresh hops and malt. Melon or cantaloupe notes surface towards the end of the glass.

Medium bodied, light enough to quaff a few times. Bitterness isn't overwhelming, fairly balanced overall. For my money though, i'd rather be drinking local: Broodoo, Daisy Cutter, or Flossmoor's IPAs. More bold hop character in those. The mildness of this keeps it from being more than just "above average".

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of green hops with light sweet notes and light bitter notes. Taste is a solid mix between some green hops with a solid caramel malt backbone with medium amount of residual sugars. Green hops notes are really pleasant with some good notes of citrus flavours. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Really good wet hop ale and something I would love to have more regular access to.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a coppery golden color beneath a big off white biscuity head. The head very slowly recedes leaving a nice lacing with good retention.

The aroma is a non overbearing citrus wet hop with slight hints of some sweet floras in the background.

The taste is right inline with the aroma, nice wet hops with some citrus, light wet grasses with a very light lemony sweetness finish. Leaving a light citrus sweet and quite dry aftertaste.

A good IPA but one can find IPA's of similar tastes for quite a bit less but still worth getting a bottle or two of these.

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3/5  rDev -26.8%

Photo of superspak
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/9/2014. Pours slightly hazy deep orange/copper color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy light khaki head with incredible retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, light pine, caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of juicy citrus/floral hops and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, pine, caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, floral, grass, caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, balance, and robustness of juicy citrus/floral hops and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and fairly creamy/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a really excellent wet hop IPA. All around great robustness, balance, and complexity of juicy citrus/floral hops and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; and very smooth and fairly crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Estate Homegrown Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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