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 Zaphog
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of MarkyMOD
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a shaker pint glass at The Firkin.

Why stop with just one helping of hops this evening? On to more! This bunch pours a hazy tawny amber topped by a finger of cream-tan foam. The nose comprises orange zest, light grapefruit zest, pine, greens, light grass, sweet flowers, and a surprisingly plentiful amount of bready caramel. The taste follows pretty closely, with the fruitier notes coming on first, followed by the grassier, all with the bready caramel (now slightly more biscuit-y) constantly underfoot. It's decidedly hoppy, but well-balanced as well. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly slick feel. Overall, a pretty solid fresh hop, nothing amazing, but ultimately very drinkable.

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Photo of thatoneguymike
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.11/5  rDev -24.1%
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.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried the Sierra Estate Ale at Haymarket was a guest tap. The beer poured a clear copper color with white head and some lace. The scent included malt,some caramel, and hops that provide have grapefruit and some other citrus notes. The taste seemed a little bit light on hops. The malt and caramel sweetness help to balance the beer. The mouthfeel and decent body and carbonation that really matched the flavor profile well. Overall I enjoy the beer and would recommend it.

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Photo of dfhhead25
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of WVbeergeek
5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Excellent packaging, I actually had a couple bottles of last years version recently that held up exceptionally well possibly even better than they were fresh. The new 25.4 ounce bottle green wax seal adds a finishing touch. Copper amber crystal clear no haze, large foaming head rises above the rim of my pint glass. Head is light beige in color and lacing really coats the sides of my glass.

Aroma may be the best part perfect floral citric notes bound out of my glass into my nares, underlying malt base adds hints of fresh baked bread and caramelized sugars. This smells of fresh hops it's just green a bit of chlorophyll liveliness without excess vegetable or harsh accents.

Flavors simply excellent the best harvest ale I've had in years it's green with fresh hops, perfect blend of malt and hop interplay. Assertive west coast citrus/floral/a touch of earthiness. This is excellence, they weren't supposed to master the Estate ale on their second release, but they did.

Mouthfeel is resinous lively carbonation, with hop oils gliding across the palate. Stand up medium bodied ale brings it with each sip, I just had one of the most sought after West Coast IPAs yesterday and this competes and in it own right beats that heavily hyped beer. I haven't heard much buzz about this year's release and after last year's I was a bit pessimistic. I'm so glad I picked it up price range isn't bad 8 to 11 bucks locally I will find more this stuff is heroic.

Drinkability reaches a plateau of perfection other beers especially USDA organic ales are going to strive to compete with this. Ken Grossman and company have done it, they are a staple forever within the beer industry forget about the "craft" beer industry these guys have made it. So easy and enticing to drinking between sips you want another one it makes you feel good.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Let me see if I got this right... A certified organic estate homegrown ale that is wet hopped; utilizing only the freshest of the fresh hops. Every minute that passes you are potentially missing out on subtle hoppy goodness that this brew has to offer. So who's idea was it to package it in a waxed dipped bottle? What is the wax doing for this brew? Locking the hoptastic goodness inside the bottle keeping it fresh and tasty until you unlease the wax from around the cap? Or does it add a layer of excitement to the packaging? Surely it can't possibly have any utility. Or does it? But wait...the bottle is in my hands and I am about to consume it. They got me!

Poured from a large format bottle that was dipped in a green wax that matches the label. I would be a liar if I said the packaging of this brew isn't attractive. So with all the attention to detail and making this brew look sharp and desirable, where is the bottled date/code? As the brew sits in my SA sensory glass, it appears a perfectly polished amber color with more than 2 fingers of creamy yellowish stained head. A constantly swirling vortex of bubbles rises from the etching on the bottom of the glass through the brew supporting the cap of foam indefinitely. Lace clings to the glassware in a webbing absolutely all over the place.

The aroma of this brew is a mixture of hop components that are not as bold or bright when compared to other examples of wet hopped offerings. The hop character is subtle which I fault it for yet it is complex and enjoyable which is to be commended. The smell of this brew ranges from herbs to a floral component, spiced to lightly piny. All the while there is a minor sweetness in the background from the malt that is lightly caramelized with a spice that is minorly reminiscent of cinnamon. There is a twinge of alcohol that is noticeable and becomes increasingly evident as the brew warms.

The taste includes a broad array of hop flavoring before turning moderately bitter. The hops taste herbal, minor amount of citrus rind, somewhat piny character and a light resinous cling that sticks inside the mouth that brings forth the bitterness. The malt backing to this brew is lightly toasty with a faint sweetness that tastes somewhat like caramel. An aftertaste of grassy hops almost seems to taste like green yeast coupled with a mildly solvent alcohol flavor to bring this brew all together. For more than 6.5 abv the alcohol is hidden nicely for the most part but plays a nice accenting role to the hop flavoring.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. The carbonation is prickly on the tongue yet at times overall seems watery. There are no issues finishing the glass but this brew left me wanting just a little more. It was a solid representation of the style and I would drink it again but not at the cost of $8 per bottle.

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

Poured into a snifter.

Pours a dark amber with 1/2" of thick, foamy, off white head. Great retention. Great floral and piny aromas and faint malt notes in the nose. Faint malt followed by intense hop bitterness; the hops here are piny and earthy. The bitterness sticks with you far after the swallow. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp, and smooth.

This is a solid beer. I compare it with their Torpedo which is another great beer.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

2013 - 3.0

2014 - 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of imbibehour
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice cream colored big head, copper dark red body with clear see through. Some tiny bubbles from the bottom also. Nice retention root beer quality with some decent lacing.

Smell is a mix balance of hop freshness and also fruit sweet red apple. Interesting balance more on the hop perhaps 60/40 or maybe even 50/50.

Taste comes in a wet clean apple aroma, slight hop bitterness but not too bad. Afterfinish is more sting than the citrus bite I am use to for an IPA but there is some. Drinkability though is pretty solid, if you dig apples this is probably one you would want to seek out.

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3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber bottle, $11.99 at Peekskill Beer and soda, Peekskill, NY.

Pours darker amber, with a slight red/golden hue. Oatmeal head, stays forever, leaes a thick film, ample collar and ungodly amount of quality looking fine lace.

Hopped up nose, grapefruit and resins.

Yummy stuff, full flavor, fairly balanced. Maple, caramel malt layers provide a well developed base here, fresh tasting but not overly bold, grapefruity hops add the bite and spice.

Enjoyable, clearly high quality brew from SN

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

This beer is a prime example of why I always take a whiff right after pouring a beer. This one had a real nice wet hopped nose to it right off the pour; nice and oily. The flavor profile is good. Mildly robust with the oily tones on there. I certainly salute SIerra Nevada for what they are doing with this beer, but other breweries have put out other really distinct wet hopped beers that pretty much show this one up. This is nice, yes. But seems a bit muffled in comparison. I'd love a lot more up in my face; a lot more interesting hop influence. But, overall, it's a nice beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Duff27
3.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BEER88
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sierra Nevada Estate Homegrown Ale. Abv 6.7%
"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 it's kind."

You don't say? Well, let's pry off this wax-laden cap, and pour...

Clouded, crimson look, smallish off-white head, slim but sticks around.

Pop! There she is! Grapefruit aromatics all over the place, with dark fruits as well, some cherry, apple, plum... sweet and scrumptious. Very nice.

Taste: Bitterness grips the palate, far and wide, but lush, sweet malt is big and in charge, holding firm and keeping command. Bright, fresh, floral, brimming with bitterness. Caramel malt, a little toasty, biscuity. Earthy, and nutty. Solid malt backbone, brisk, bitter hoppiness above.

All in all, though...ah, I'm not crazy about this one. Is it the curse of the organic ale? Personally, I've never found an organic ale that ever really did anything for me. Something's always lacking. I can't tell you what, why, or how, they just seem lackluster.

As nice as this is, it lacks a certain spark. For a wet hop ale, I expect a little more. It fades off the palate a touch too quickly, doesn't have the force I'm looking more.

Maybe it's that "earthy, nutty toasted caramel malt" doesn't quite match the hop profile I'm wanting. For a wet hop ale, I want the hop featured, and it's canvas is cluttered with too much else.

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Estate Homegrown Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.1 out of 5 based on 1,436 ratings.
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