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 Haightfulbrew
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour – Medium copper, clean and clear, with two fingers of dense, resilient foam that fights back throughout. Steady carbonation rising. Lacing from top to bottom.

Nose – Ripe citrus and grapefruit on the hop side, and quite grassy. Biscuity, bready, and some honey. Bit of pine also.

Taste - Big upfront hop bitterness matches up with the nose. Grapefruit rind, caramel, and white pepper. Hits some nice sweet notes in the middle, then back into a lemony hop finish. Very subtle spice in the end as it warms up.

Mouth – Light on the carbonation, medium, creamy body, and a bit chewy. Finishes up dry and sprightly.

Overall – Nice bottle of beer. Easy to drink, but tough to slam. Goes through a great spectrum as it warms. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of sgobee
5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of cfinch2
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of StlHopHead77
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage consumed on 10-20-11.

A-Pours out a nearly transparent,copper with two inches of stiff and stubborn,slightly off-white foam that showed great retention and left clingy ribbons of lacing on the glass.

S-Hops are there but not as in-your-face as I had hoped.Initially,I'm getting floral/herbal hop notes of lemon balm and fresh grass.That's followed by grapefruit zest citrus notes and wet pine and is finished by a light caramel malt presence.

T-Tastes come alive more than the nose would suggest.Fresh grapefruit,soft pine,wildflowers,caramel and an almost spearminty,dry finish.

M-Medium bodied with good fresh hop flavors and moderate bitterness.

O-A real nice wet hop ale that I will be revisiting next year.

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Photo of jak
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Kiniey01
3/5  rDev -26.8%

Photo of BBri
3.2/5  rDev -22%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Really "home grown" as all the ingredients are grown on the S.N. property.

Dark amber color with a good head. Nice aroma, citrus, spice.

Very good taste with a nice hoppy flavor. "Strong" flavor but no harsh at all. Took my time with this one and really enjoyed it. Not a guzzler.

Hoppy finish. This is a really nice IPA. Not a crazy price for an "exclusive" IPA either.

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3/5  rDev -26.8%

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5/5  rDev +22%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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5/5  rDev +22%

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5/5  rDev +22%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of CHickman
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear reddish copper color with a massive foamy 3 finger foamy tan head that was full of bubbles of all sizes and didn’t move for at least a minute; the head looked like a foamy/soapy cloud that just sat there and was so thick I ran my finger through it. It faded extremely slowly and left excellent foamy lacing sticking to the sides and a layer of foam on top. A great looking beer, which also unleashed a nice hoppy aroma as soon as I cut through the wax and popped the cap off. The pour from the second half of the bomber was just as impressive.

Smells of big hops up front, both citrus and piney hops, followed by grapefruit, orange, piney cones, light caramel, fresh cut grass, flowers, sweet malt, grains and very light spices; considering that this is a fresh hopped brew the hops are on the tame side. The aroma is not in your face, but soft and very enjoyable like the hops are in your hand not stuffed up your nostril. The fresh barley adds nice elements and very good balance for an IPA.

Tastes of citrus hops up front, with grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, piney hops, lightly roasted grains, brown sugar, herbs, grass, floral hops, sweet malt, earthy tones like peat moss or tree bark, cracker, spices like coriander, pepper and light cinnamon, and no sign of the alcohol at all; talk about smooth and balanced and this beer should come into the conversation. It is very smooth and easy drinking, however the hops don’t have the kick I expected from a wet hop brew from Sierra Nevada. It’s hard to complain because this beer is tasty and a definite session beer, but the malt and grains seem to be just as strong as the hops when all is said and done in the finish which is not bitter at all.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with mild carbonation, a medium chewy body, and an almost watery feel that finishes almost clean. Perhaps it’s the fresh ingredients, but the wet hops seem to shine more in other Sierra Nevada products.

This was a really enjoyable and highly drinkable beer, but the “wet hop ale” listing on the bottle could lead to a letdown for some people. A great beer overall that is a tad bit expensive, but very much worth a try. It’s very tasty and complex, and the best part about it is that it’s incredible damn smooth and flows down with ease. I could drink this all night.

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

Photo of devinoconnor
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another classic IPA from Sierra Nevada. Look this one up. Really nice background as the entire brew is made from ingredients native to the Napa (Sierra Nevada) area.

Pours a hazy dark amber with an ample pale tan head. Really nice hoppy and citrus aroma on the nose, with some fruit tones.

Taste is what you'd expect from a wonderful IPA. Bountiful hops and citrus. This one is well-balanced though, but it is intense. A sipper. A little hint of yeasty barleywine-like flavors as well.

Finish is tingly and again, HOPPY. Nice IPA.

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5/5  rDev +22%

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5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of oline73
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy dark reddish amber with a finger of off white head that has good retention and great lacing.

Smell: Citrus peel hop bitterness, very fresh smelling. The hops seem a bit peppery. Good amount of malt sweetness helps the citrus fruit notes come out.

Taste: Very bitter citrus peel hops dominate the tongue. Some nice sweet, bready malt backs up the hops. Really nice IPA.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation and a very dry finish.

Overall: This is a really good fresh hop IPA. The hop profile is really nice. A little more malt might help, but no complaints here.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Estate Homegrown Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.1 out of 5 based on 1,434 ratings.
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