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 brokentee
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of kwkurdziel
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of searsclone
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of BigBarley
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of ToddT
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Cloudy orange amber topped with a large off white head. Head is sticky, falls slowly and leaves lots of spider web lace on the glass.

S- Sweet grapefruit notes and a nice balance of biscuit malt, a few notes of caramel and yeast in the background.

T- Biscuit malt upfront that slowly gives way to a slightly bitter grapefruit flavor. The bitterness builds slowly to the finish but never becomes overpowering, very smooth and balanced. Finish is dry and clean, almost no oily residue from the hops.

M- Medium in body and nicely carbonated, I'm halfway through the bottle and there is still almost no oiliness from the hops building up on my palate. Very clean for an IPA.

D- Easy drinker not really that dangerous with a 6.7% ABV, I don't think I would want to session this one, but it could be done.

Beautiful job, on the expensive side but well worth it. If it wasn't so pricey I would love to hand out bottles to my friends who don't like IPA to show them just how good they can be.

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Photo of IKR
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden amber color with a generous frothy off white head that slowly faded. Absolutely not
hing to change here,

Smell: Fairly subdued nose with hints of hay and grapefruit/citrus fruit aromas.

Taste:The mild hay and citrus fruit aromas carry over to the taste. No real malt flavors but this beer has a Very clean after taste.

Mouth-feel: Fairly light Medium-bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation.

Overall: A good tasting IPA, but I'm not sure how age has affected this as this has been released a while back.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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

A: Pours a very nice dark copper, honey. Clean and clear. Huge off-white head that lingers for quite a while. When it finally receeds, there's tons of caked on lacing and a thick, foamy film.

S: For some reason, I'm not getting a lot from the smell. Pine, slight citrus..not sure of anything else. I hope to find another bottle of this because I think it's probably my sinuses getting in way and not the beer.

T: Now we're in business. Pine, bitter citrus, some sort of spice, biscuit/toasted malts. Man, the malts sure do take a back seat though. Solid.

M: Very bitter and moderately dry. This isn't a beginner IPA because of the high bitterness level.

O: Under normal circumstances, this wouldn't warrant a repeat purchase, but I really want to revisit to check out the smell to see if it's me or the beer. Outside of that, this is a really nice, enjoyable beer...especially if you like bitterness.

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Photo of krisandajt
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed a bottle of this whilst shopping around Shawan's Liquors on my latest Maryland beer run.

Appearance: Poured from the wax topped bottle into my Shorts pint glass. A rough pour, mostly out of laziness, the beer is a clear vibrant amber color with an immense amount of white, foamy head. Impressive so far.

Smell: A nice, mild blast of bitter, piney hops with virtually no trace of malts getting in the way. Nothing overwhelming, smells like it's going to be a find drinking IPA.

Taste: And a fine drinking IPA it is. Not overly bitter, but not really balanced either. It has some piney hops, maybe with a bit of citrus (lemon and grapefruit) scattered about.

Mouthfeel: A surprising, yet rather refreshing, light to medium body for the style with ample carbonation.

Drinkability: Not exactly a hop bomb, just a nice easy drinking IPA. If you're looking for a good IPA that you can drink all night, this is it. Sierra Nevada knows how to do it.

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4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

On tap at the Meddlesome Moth

Pours a copper/dark orange with a white head that laces.

Smells of biscuit, bread, pine and citrus hop character. Big nose that is impressive.

Up front sweet, bready malt character that gives way to a big pine character and some citrus hop notes before ending on a dry note.

Medium body and dry makes it easy enough to drink.

This is a damned fine IPA that has a bready and pine character more than anything. It is a bit heavier in body and bready than most other IPAs I run into. Worth a try.

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Photo of Spineypanda
4.54/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber in color, with a nice strong foam head that laces like no other I have had in quite a while.
Smells of super citrusy delicious hops!
Taste is actually more subdued than I ever imagined from the aroma. It has a good ho kick at the front and mellows towards the back of the tongue... giving it an almost superior drinking quality to the original pale ale, or even the Wet Hop harvest.
Creamy mouthfeel.


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3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Waxed 2011 bottle into a tulip.

Amber and clear, pretty dark for an IPA. Nice fluffy head that leaves a lot of lacing.

Smells like some sticky orange and pine hop aromas, quite a bit of malt sweetness as well.

Flavor is pretty smooth--strong malt backbone, prickly lemon/orange citrus flavors. Reminds me of Celebration. Has that juicy flavor that wet-hopped beers have, as opposed to the sharper bitterness of many IPAs.

Mouthfeel is light-medium but leaves a lot of stickiness in the mouth.

This is a good beer and worth getting once each year. I liked it much more than the Northern Hemisphere this year, but at twice the price, I guess it should be better. But seeing as a 12-pack of Celebration costs as much as 1.5 Estates, I tend to go with Celebration through the cold months.

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Photo of brewdoc75
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful deep amber. Crystal clear. Moderate carbonation. Lovely 1 inch, ever-lasting head in my Duvel tulip. Sierra Nevada can truly craft a beautiful beer. This looks like something epic. I love deep amber color the most.

S: Grassy, citrusy, and plenty of floral aromas. If you have ever smelled a hop on the vine, you will get a little of that same aroma in this beer. Some tea-like and herbal aromas too. But wait, there are some malt aromas as well. Light caramel and a sweet grainy aroma is present. Very nice aromas, but would have liked a bit stronger hop presence.

T: Wonderful flavors here. The hops are the main showcase with plenty of citrus, some grassiness and even strong tea-like herbal flavors in the end. The citrus fruits are more of the grapefruit variety. Maybe even a hint of pine. The malts balance this out nicely with solid caramel malt flavor. It ends with a touch of breadiness that compliments the tea-like hop flavors. Bitterness is spot on and not too overpowering.

M: Light-medium bodied. Crisp and clean as ever, just like every other SN brew I've had. Finishes with a slight resinous feel in the back of the throat from the hops. A little less dry than some IPAs, but pretty damn solid.

D: What can I say, this is another great Sierra Nevada beer. I really like some of the tea-like and herbal flavors from the hops. As always, Sierra Nevada doesn't forget about the malts and balances this out nicely. If the price tag wasn't $9.99 a bomber, I may be after this one more often. An excellent beer overall.

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Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.18/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Primed for the first pitch of the NLCS Game 6...GO GIANTS!!!

Pours a beautiful ruddy amber, three fingers of rocky head that settles into a half-finger of nice, persistent creaminess and leaves awesome lacing. Lots of flowery hops in the nose, also a sort of medicinal element in there too, and I'm not sure I like that latter quality. Good carbonation....It smells "fresh" for some reason...flavor is a weird concoction of hops, skunky Humboldt green, and a certain sweetness which is well placed and balances the beer nicely. The carbonation is a little lacking, and I would have liked more of it. The finish is super-duper-long and bitter in a really wonderful way. The flavor is also very "fresh". I like the freshness a lot. Painfully expensive at $8.99/half-liter so drinkability suffers. A really pleasant beer, not great and too expensive.

What I like most: The fresh qualities in the nose and flavor.

What I like least: The price and lack of strong carbonation.

Verdict: good effort from SN but unfortunately not worth the price.

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4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

S- Poured a bomber into a pint glass.

A- Dark for an ipa, even darker than surly furious. Big 2 inch head that settles down slowly.

S- Dank hop smell. Very citrusy a little pine and herbs. Somewhat bread like.

T- Has a great balance of citrus, caramel, banana bread with a mellow bitter finish. Drinks extremly easily. Does remind me a bit of furious

M- I agree that this may be the best feature of this beer. Malty, very easy to drink.

O- I would love to see this show up in six packs as it would a regular in my fridge

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of chefdave37
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.6/5  rDev -12.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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5/5  rDev +22%

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

Ba Review #120
Served On: 02/03/2012
Glassware: Duvel Glass
Labeled ABV: 6.7%
Date/ Code: 2011 Release

I stumbled upon this fine bottle while sifting through the amazing selection at Ye Old Spirit Shop in Frederick during my lunch break one day.

Look: The beer poured a beautiful hazy dark copper with an orange hue at times. Head was a super thick light tan color of spongy froth. It started off at 3 fingers and ended up at around 1 ½ fingers, which held out the entire time. Almost like a scoop of French-vanilla ice-cream. I couldn’t really pickup on any carbonation bubbles.

Smell: The aroma had that interesting creamy sherbet quality. I also noticed this quality in the Northern Hemisphere Harvest I had a couple weeks ago. Smooth hoppy notes of ripened grapefruit. There was also a sweet malt in the background.

Taste: Drinkability was extremely high. The palate seemed so smooth compared to other hoppy SN offerings. First was a sweetened citrus that had a bitterness into the middle of the palate. Then a well defined fruity hop dominated long into the finish. The aftertaste was a residual hoppiness that eventually became a pleasant bitterness.

This was an amazing beer from SN. The high quality was evident with the complex hop profile coupled with an extreme level of dinkability.

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

Mmmm... Tasty!

Poured the brew into a standard pint glass that produced a 2+ fingered, frothy white head with good retention. I could clearly see small bubbles rising in this caramel colored beer that persisted throughout the tasting. Solid lacing was also present.

Lots of floral hops with scents of pine, was able to detect barley accompanied with sweet notes.

Hops were less pronounced than anticipated (not to say they weren't present), this allowed the sweet notes and barley grains to present themselves.

Medium/light body that coats the mouth thoroughly.

Keep the beers coming Sierra Nevada!

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Estate Homegrown Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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