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 Fubar1453
4.36/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first review

A: A beautiful orange, a deep honey color. Nice creamy head with great staying power.

S: Citrus, pine, apricots. Comes out after sitting for a few minutes.

T: Amazing balance. No one flavor overrides the other. Citrus, pine and hops fill the mouth. Little after taste. Crisp.

M: Clean, a tiny bit sticky at times.

O: An awesome beer, I wish it was around all year. It has one of the best colors I've seen. Balanced taste. Nice and hoppy. I wish I had gotten a case. If you see it on a local shelf, grab a bottle or regret it.

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Photo of ConchobarNessa
4/5  rDev -2.4%

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

If anyone figures out a way to get the wax-coated cap off in less than 10 minutes, please let me know!

A very nice Christmas gift from my younger son.

A= big active fluffy off-white head, a mix of large and small bubbles, plenty of pooling and lacing. Orange-golden color, somewhat cloudy.

S= a bit light on scent at first but a very nice nose of rich malts and blended hops florals. Once the beer sits for a few minutes the nose really comes out! Plentiful rich malts and evident citrus.

T= very lush and thick with caramelized malts, and top quality hops flavor with a decent hops bitterness but far more refined than something like their standard Pale Ale. Almost chewy at times. A really nice blend of citrus and a little pine in the hops. A real treat!

M= thick sweet malts, nice rich hops florals, some good bitterness but fairly balanced.

O= very impressive, hopefully I can find some more. It's nice that the ABV% is only 6.7% unlike the trend today for most brewers to go for 10%-plus alcohol in their special-brew offerings!

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of beerbiatchMD
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2011 Vintage poured into a wine glass.

A: Nice orange-red appearance, consistent but not clear, good off-white head with great retention throughout pour and good lacing.

S: Actually mostly malty up front on the nose, this bottle is a few months old and has been stored properly but I believe the hops have faded quite a bit from what I remember a few months ago. Definite caramel and toffee notes. Bready as well.

T: Again some nice caramel malts, a bit of bright hop cirtrusy bitterness at the end. Decently balanced, good overall taste.

M: reasonably smooth, good carbonation, average mouthfeel. No alcohol heat at all.

O: I very good beer overall. Would definitely recommend. I do think there is quite a bit more hop character fresh, but I like it today a few months aged as well.

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Photo of LDemarais
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of XanderCruz
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of icecoldphatty
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Beer4MyBrajs
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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

A: Dark pomegranate red with a translucent nature and a monstrous 2+finger head that was frothy and parchment in color. Retention was solid as well leaving a thick lustrious foam lace that sticks well on the glass walls. Soft and lazy rise of tiny micro-bubbles float upwards at their leisure.

S: Beautiful fresh grapefruit, spicy hop flowers with soft toasted grains. Spicy citrus and pine, solid show of hoppiness meets the tongue.

T: Dry flowery lace lingers about with dry toasted grains. The hops are truly dominant here with an earthy flowery citrus that just screams sticky, wet and fresh. Dry toasted bready palate.

M: Tingly carbonation is sharp, with a malty weight and a sharp dry citrusy spiciness that just zings through grabbing the tongues attention and continues to hold it.

O: Overall an extremely solid beer, fresh sticky wet citrus hops team up with a malty base to deliver a one two punch of solid respectability. A true tribute to its homegrown roots this showcases what micro-brewing is all about, the freshness. Sharp and spicy.

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Photo of TicoCali
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of IdrinkGas
3/5  rDev -26.8%

Photo of ohtheguilt
4/5  rDev -2.4%

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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5/5  rDev +22%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of brewandbbq
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle.

Pours hazy copper with an inch-plus head of whipped white froth. Loads of lacework and a solid skim coat for the duration.

Sweet, plump, juicy malt with fresh citrus and pine fill the nose. Orange, grapefruit, and spruce with a hint of caramel.

Medium bodied with a crisp, tacky mouthfeel.

Ripe malt and bright hops start the palate. Pine and grapefruit with hints of orange and cracked garlic.

Finishes with fresh malt and chewy hops.

Tasty beer as any hop-forward beer from Sierra Nevada would be. This one is just tasting super fresh and ripe.

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

A- amber or honey hue with some slow moving carbonation bubbles and foamy head.

S-hops, and some more hop

T- lots of tasty hops some hint of Carmel, mint

M- not as heavy as expected. It's a nice blend flavor finishes leaving the plate nicely satisfied.

O- Picked this up at the end of december 2011. Some reviews left me expecting more but I was happy with the beer. Im going to stop reviewing and enjoy this.

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3/5  rDev -26.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of bertram
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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