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."

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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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Photo of MattyG85
4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a chalice. 2014 bottle.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Huge four finger off white head with good retention. Leaves a lot of lacing.

Smell: An earthy, fruity, and spicy hop forward aroma with hints of citrus, grass, and pine. Upfront scent of earthy and floral hops with dank hints of grass and spicy pine resin. Citrus hop hints of grapefruit, lemon, orange peel, tangerine, and melon. Solid malt backing with sweet hints of caramel, biscuit, grains, and yeast. A very good earthy aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a ripe, bitter, earthy, spicy, and fruity hop driven taste with notes of pine, grass, and citrus. Floral and earthy hop presence with strong notes of pine resin and fresh cut grass. Citrus notes of grapefruit, orange peel, tangerine, lemon, and melon. Good backing presence of pale malt with notes of caramel, grains, biscuit, and yeast. Nicely bitter and juicy. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Oily, juicy, and pretty drying. Somewhat chewy.

Overall: Another very good hoppy ale from Sierra Nevada. Good mix of earthy and juicy hop flavors with a solid caramel malt backing.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.72/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a darker copper color. The head is two fingers high, with an off-white shade. Retention is quite good (as is typical of many SN beers), and the thick texture leaves behind nice rings of lacing on the glass. Sierra Nevada's IPAs almost always look amazing, and guess what? This is no exception to that rule. (4.5)

Smell: I wish I could say that I pick up vibrant, defined fresh hops...but I don't. Seriously, where's the freshness? The hop notes seem rather subdued, only bringing generic and non-descript pine and flowers. Luckily, these qualities gain some more definition as the beer opens up. Grapefruit and lemon are very mild. There is some caramel malt popping through, too. Man, I'm disappointed in how mundane this wet hop ale comes across, plain and simple. (3)

Taste: Thankfully, it tastes better than it smells. It opens up with notes of earth and grapefruit. Some milder melon flavors near the finish seem to balance things, as well as the malt backbone. The mid-taste, in particular, features a powerful pungency I like the prevalence of the malt here: it's there, but not ridiculous. Maybe it's not balanced in the traditional sense (the hops definitely overpower the malt), but it's balanced in my book. And the best part? It still tastes very fresh. Very, very fresh. (4)

Mouthfeel: It doesn't seem to be particularly sappy - while it has a decent body, it's also crisp and dry. Only a slight amount of malt sweetness lingers, as well as a touch of hop resin. Easy to drink and decently carbonated. (3.75)

Overall: SN's Northern Hemisphere Wet Hop IPA was quite good, so the hope was there that this would be impressive as well. The nose threw me for a curveball, but otherwise it's every bit the IPA the former was. To me, this is a bit more balanced and malty. Still, it does a good job of bringing the wet hop goodness I enjoy. This one is well worth anyone's time, especially for those who love big, bitter IPAs. (3.75)

3.75/5: Sierra Nevada makes some rock-solid IPAs...and this is another one of them

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Photo of RyanK252
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Spokeasy Public House

A: Pours deep amber with a creamy off white head that laces well.

S: Citrus and tropical fruit hops, a little pine, and a touch of sweet malt.

T: Citrus hops, grapefruit and a touch of orange, a little mango, some pine, well balanced with sweet caramel malt.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: I've been wanting to try this one for some time and it didn't disappoint. Very tasty.

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Photo of ColdOneKev
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

A - Crystal clear copper, thick off-white head. Fades slowly and leaves heavy lacing.
S - Hops, earthy, piney, lightly floral. Malt is light caramel.
T - Well balanced and with a slight edge to the malt. Spicy, medicinal hops, sweetness from the caramel. Maybe a little biscuit in there, but ever so light. Aftertaste is light fruitiness.
M - Medium/thick body, low carbonation. Moves cleanly across the palate.
O - A wonderful ale. Freshest fresh beer I've had. I"m surprised this is an IPA, it drinks more like a straight up pale ale to me, but maybe my hop tolerance has increased.

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Photo of Dwkasper
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Malty, brown sugary and fresh, wet hops. Good, beer with strong malt characteristics. I personally like a light wet hop beer like deschutes fresh squeezed, but this is good and rich beer in cold weather

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Photo of Roguer
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enormous fluffy off-white/beige head, Great retention and thick clumpy lacing. Brew is a surprisingly dark copper Amber, and very clear.

Aroma is fairly subdued, with notes of Caramel, Brown sugar, and a hop profile that features Pine, grassy earthy notes, grapes, and citrus.

Exceptionally well balanced hoppy ale. Malt profile is thick and grainy: Caramel and pale, chewy grains. Hops are well integrated, and represent the flavor aroma quite well: Earth, grass, pine, and just a very faint trace of grapefruit peel.

Very lively brew with no sting; exceptional drinkability. This brew disappears before you even notice.

I thought nothing about this beer, except perhaps it's appearance blew me away, and then I noticed I needed to refill my glass. There are no crazy flavors, aromas, or adjuncts. It's just a damn good beer.

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Photo of gonzo000
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Excellent full bodied beer. There is a toasted malt flavor with a hint of caramel in the middle. The start and finish are balanced hoppy goodness. The strong flavors do not disappoint.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%

Poured a clear reddish-brown hue with one finger foamy white head that recedes and leaves lace ring down mug.
Not as much grapefruit on the aroma as I thought but more of a piney, earthy, dirty hop aroma that gives off a little bit of citric spice and grape sweetness.
Laid back beer b/c the under 7% ABV doesn't factor into this ale at all so the beer is smooth, medium-to heavy body ("fluffy" at times), slightly dry, with some sticky malt sweetness.
The hops are the star and they are low-key, giving off a piney, citric taste that never overpowers/ruins your taste buds but gives off a wonderful taste profile that keeps you wanting more as well as giving off slight grape/tangerine like sweetness.
Pretty good ale that any Sierra Nevada or west coast type ale fan needs to try.
I can only wonder how the 2014 version differs from previous versions since I never tried this beer before, b/c not only does the current version have no wax top but in comparison of reviews of previous versions the grapefruit taste profile seems to be lessened in the current version and a more earthy, dry feel is present.
Maybe drinkers of this beer from yesteryears can take a pass but I think it's worth trying this year's version.

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

From the bomber into a mini-snifter.

Typical beauty from SN appearance-wise, with a thick, blanket-like, cream-colored head a finger and a half thick. It takes its sweet time in receding. Lace is abundant and forms a bubbly, sticky layer over the body. As for the body, it's a beautiful dark amber color with a nice glow to it, plus perfect clarity and slight trickling carbonation. 4.5

As is common with SN beers (for me at least) there's a pungent sweet floral aroma that first reachers the nose. Piney, resinous hops trail behind. As usual, I like the aroma here, but it's not as colorful or broad in aromas as other big time IPAs. 4

This is incredibly resinous, earthy, and pungent, especially about mid-palate when the flavor seems, feels and tastes to me like I'm drinking an IPA with whole hop cones floating in it. Now that I'm able to at least slightly articulate what the hops are like, I'm able to recognize a toasty malt flavor with a tinge of caramel. 4

Lot of different sensations my tongue is feeling: spice from the hops, an oil-like quality weaving through, followed by an intense, super intense, bitterness. This beer is bitter And it lingers with some dryness that really are hard to ignore. 4

This beer is not for the faint of heart. It's not for those tasting their first IPA. All the hop heads that complain about a beer not being bitter enough should give this a spin. It's sure to satisfy. 4

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Estate Homegrown Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.1 out of 5 based on 1,432 ratings.
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