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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 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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Photo of JDJorgenson
2.68/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

If my neighbor made this I'd nicely tell him it's good. Unfortunately Sierra Nevada made it, and it's not so good. Overly malty and very muddled, competing flavors. Snobs would describe it as nuanced. I'd say it's mediocre and unbalanced.

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Photo of jellikit
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Orange. Clear. Thin fizzy head.
Smell: Orange peel. Sugary sweetness.
Taste: biscuits, pine tar, and bitter pine tree. A little alcohol on the swallow.
Mouthfeel: medium high carbonation. Medium body. Dry.
Overall: great ipa. Malty, hoppy, strong. Yum.

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

Poured into a pint glass out of a 750ml bottle.

Pours a clear dark copper with a thick foamy off-white head. Outstanding head retention with equally good lacing.

Aroma is understate but full of dank hops with plenty of piney notes. Just a touch of grapefruit stuck in there.

The flavor is nearly all hops up front with plenty of spiciness along with resiny pine. There are some touches of tropical fruit but they are more understated. A good malt base with a little bit of roast and biscuit. Bitterness is quite high and lingers long after a slightly sticky finish.

Overall, a very good beer but it stops short of being outstanding. I love the fact that it is a wet hop ale and all the ingredients were grown on site.

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Photo of hreb
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Big (750mL) bottle served in chalice. BA says this is American IPA, which coming from Sierra Nevada is not a surprise, although the label offers little more than "organic wet hop ale @ 6.7% abv". Beer pours nicely reddish orange, clear, with an ample off-white head. Bright and floral hop aroma, very pleasant. Flavor is alpha hop up front but quickly fades to a deeper note which proves this beer is not without malt backbone. I get a grainy, unmalted barley flavor. Overall: relatively drinkable, and quite enjoyable, West coast IPA.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice try, Sierra Nevada. You made a good one.

It is a dark AIPA, bordering on DAIPA, with loads of lacing. The aroma is a bit stanky, with loads of nasty hops shining through.

The taste is a bitter hop bomb. One of the best "balanced" yet too bitter and hoppy. It is very drinkable.

The aftertaste is all bitter. This brew definitely works and SN should be commended for producing this quality product.

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Photo of AirBob
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Notes from 11/10/14. (2014 ed.)

A- Four fingers of rolling off white head. Plenty of visible carbonation. Amber-red body. Excellent retention and lacing.

S - Subdued sweet floral and malt notes. Nice, sharp citrus and pine behind.

T/M - Well balanced and tempered fresh floral hop notes balanced by citru (lemon zest and grapefruit) and a little pine. Solid sweet malt backbone. A little citrus bitterness in the finish. Carbonation is low-medium.

O - Excellent fresh hop ale. Really, really well balanced and full of all the best flavors that I've come across in the other fresh hop beer that I've had the privilege of tasting.

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.67/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750 mL bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada curved pint glass

A: Huge head, nice retention, and lots of lacing. Solid, clear copper color.
S: Mild and muted pine hop scent.
T: Just a mild, standard IPA to me. Nice and clean finish though, and balanced.
M: Just a bit frothy, but overall very soft.
O: Underwhelming and not worth the high price point, IMO. Their other fat bombers are a much better deal, and taste just as good if not better.

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

Solid but not exceptional. Pretty dank and a bit spicey but nothing really jumps out at you. The hops are interesting, slightly piney, somewhat grapefruity. Maltier than your typical IPA. A nice beer overall.

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Photo of JAFoley
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

A - Crystal clear amber body, incredibly effervescent, and nice bubbly off-white head rises easily. Very good retention and lacing.

S - Subtle hops with big tangy cherries and apricots and caramel malt sweetness.

T - Taste just like the aroma. Nice hop bitterness upfront; citrus, pine, and potpouri. Fruits flavors are much more subtle, and malts are much less sugary. Nice dank earthy flavors resolving to nice hop finish.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Very resinous yet slick and in no way sticky.

O - What a quality brew as expected from Sierra Nevada. Nice and dry, drinkable, and bitter. I'll certainly be coming back to this.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: clear; burnt orange in color; 2 finger khaki head that receded slowly to a thick cap; nice, long lasting lacing;

S: restrained; earthy, a bit of caramel, and I think I get a touch of cascade hops in the background;

T: restrained up front, then a blast of flavor that tapers off at the end; that blast is filled with earthy hops and tart grapefruit; not picking up much malt; low to medium bitterness at the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: the blast of flavor after a subdued start was both a surprise and really good;

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Estate Homegrown Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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