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 Gatch
4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2011: 1 pint 9.4 fl. oz. bottle. I haven't opened many waxed bottles so I had quite the ordeal opening this one. Somehow it didn't shatter and spill all over the kitchen when it slipped on the counter and slammed on its side. Seriously, it should have shattered to pieces letting all of this delicious stuff go to waste. But luckily it didn't!

A - Awesome reddish-copper color with a thick, pillowy, fluffy, white head that settles very slowly into pits of foam. The lacing is even thick, making a trail all the way down the glass. Impressive.

S - The smell of fresh, bitter, Pacific Northwest hops is there but it's also citrus, cedar, pine, and a hint of sugary malt. Very inviting.

T - Well...that first sip was fantastic. Just a nod and a smile, confirming that this is exactly the beer I had hoped for. Perfect, may I repeat, perfect balance of hop bitterness and malt sweetness. The hops hit you first, awakening your senses, and then those senses are bombarded with sweet, delicious, slightly roasted malt.

M - Smooth and creamy with a very light tingle from the carbonation. Very mellow. Chewy, even. A bit of alcohol shows up when the beer warms toward room temperature.

While a bit on the pricey side, this beer is well worth it and you'll be glad it is 25.4 fluid ounces. Pure enjoyment all the way through.

And the fact that this beer is brewed from Sierra Nevada's own hops and barley makes it even more special. They are already known as pioneers in many aspects of beer but this is another fantastic accomplishment to add to the list. I hope many other breweries follow this path and use their own locally grown ingredients if possible.

Update: 2012 release...easily one of the best fresh hop beers out there. Incredibly fresh and delicious hops. Malt complements and balances the beer perfectly. My previous review mentions that it was pricey in 2011. I'm sure SN has lowered their costs and improved their efficiency which shows in this beer. Only about $8.50 in MA. By the way, the wax peeled away much easier this time around.

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Photo of ummswimmin
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this beer about a month ago, then I got sick for about three weeks. I've been dying to try this beer. My sinuses finally opened up today for proper reviewing.

I poured this into a tulip to retain the nose in the beer. I got a couple fingers of very light foam, which dissipates very quickly.

This is a very nice orange with a little bit of brown to it.

You smell a ton of citrus with some flower notes off the top. It smells really good. This really isn't a surprise considering that this is a wet hopped beer. Most of the properly brewed wet hop beers are going to smell good.

It tastes very good as well. You get a mouth full of hops, but it isn't overwhelming. You get a decent amount of complexity with this mix of flavors.

Overall this was a very good beer. The mouthfeel was a bit of a challenge, but this was a very good experience.

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

From notes on 11/10/11:
No freshness date; Sealed with green wax; Poured in a pint glass.

A - Slight orange tinted amber with medium cloudiness; 2-1/2" light tan colored head that's very clumpy and billowy; Very nice sticky lacing

S - Not a very strong aroma; Mostly made up of sweet, floral, citrus hops; Faint earthy notes as well

T - Earthy and toasted taste up front; Next up is immediate fresh pine with a touch of citrus; The finish is slightly toasty and bitter; There is some bitterness that lasts from start to finish

M - Solid amount of carbonation; Medium bodied; Very smooth with a barely noticeable dry finish; Slight oily, bitter coat left on the tongue

O - This is yet another great brew from Sierra Nevada that's very smooth and drinkable. I like the moderate bitterness and tasty hop profile in this beer. The use of homegrown hops is also very cool. I honestly believe that you can't go wrong with any IPA from Sierra Nevada, and this one certainly continues that trend.

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Photo of AbbeyNORML
5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.36/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I made this review about 6 weeks ago. Taken into my notebook

Large brown bomber style bottle with nice looking label. Darker shade of green wax covering the cap and most of the bottle neck. Poured the first glass into a standard mug(not the short fat mug). The rest was poured into the same mug.

A - deep amber in color. Thick and creamy white head that lasted the entire experience. Rich, thick lacing covering the glass. Like their northern hemisphere IPA, the head and lace are unbelievable. Very luscious in appearance.

S - lots of pine and citrus. I get more pine than the grapefruit however. Very bright hop aroma with an earthy presense.

T - delightful. Fresh Hop flavors are very tasty. More of the pine and citrus(lemon and grapefruit). Not an overpowering hop taste as it sort of blends into some sweet malts. Excellent nonetheless. Nice dry finish.

M - creamy medium body. Very frothy and smooth. Enjoyable due to the frothiness it provides.

O - an excellent IPA. It's a very well crafted brew. The head and lacing are from another universe. The blending used in the taste is very mouth watering leaving you wanting more. Sad it's a limited release. Hopefully SN bring this back year after year. I bought 4 more bottles after I had this experience. It's real good stuff

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

Good IPA! I let it warm out of the fridge. Poured a nice light tan, foamy, frothy head that slowly settles to an island and ring. Color is a clear honey amber with a couple of fat bubble trails. Aroma is hop, malt, pineapple, grapefruit, resin, musty, hint of ammonia. Flavor is similar to nose, but with massive hop, fairly dry, some tang. Body is good with sharp bitter points reinforcing the carbonic high points. Finsih is like flavor with a very long bitterness.

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5/5  rDev +22%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of dorianmarley
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is rich amber. Creamy head with nice lacing.

Nose is harp hops with light malt underneath that smells excellent. Also has some light citrus.

The taste has a dynamic set of hops, ranging from sweet to sharp. Lots of wood, and the malt is candy-like--excellent.

Mouthfeel is very smooth with mild carbonation; coats the tongue.

Overall, worth a purchase for the malt alone, and there is plenty more to be enjoyed. A great beer.

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Photo of rudy611
5/5  rDev +22%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of ReelBigwigFish
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass

A: Deep amber color with the slightest bit of haze. Thick 3 fingers of beige colored head, receded to about a cm or so with an impressive full coat of lacing.

S: Fresh floral, pine, citrus fruit hop aromas, matched well with a caramel and biscuity malt. The hops just edge out the malt for center stage, but my god this beer smells so freaking delicious.

T: Fresh citrus fruit and pine hop up front mixing with a sweet malt. Perfect balance. Dry hop bitterness in the finish, but the hops never get too overwhelming.

M: Light-medium body, gets a little creamy in the middle before finishing dry. Just a little light on the carbonation, but so incredibly drinkable.

O: This beer is awesome. It isn't a hop bomb, but it's not an imperial.... it is so perfectly balanced. Without a doubt the best beer I've had from Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of chcfan
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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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. No obvious best before date on the bottle. (It's this year's model).

A - amber, very slightly cloudy, big fluffy white head that melts away leaving spiderweb lacing around the glass

S - wet grassy hops, slight astringent in the background with just a hint of skunkiness

T - nicely balanced with solid initial hops bitterness, some tea leaf/grass, and backed with citrus and spice. Just enough malt profile to put it all together, but the citrus rind at the back of the throat is the biggest part of the finish

M - tingles at the front of the tongue with a burst of carbonation and then disappears; fairly light body

D - really drinkable, and a beer for many occasions; can see this working both as a summer quencher and a fall/winter warmer

Very solid beer; not exceptional in any dimension, but very well balanced. Big hops, but not overpowering. Good all-rounder.

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Photo of pirmannt1
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

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5/5  rDev +22%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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

A: 1" tan coloured head that left a nice lacing over a cloudy deep amber liquid.

S: Pine and citrus hops.

T: Citrus, honey, and some caramel malt up front which transitions to a mostly pine and underlying caramel malt finish.

M: Medium viscosity and a medium level of fine carbonation.

O: A good wet hopped IPA.

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Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Estate Homegrown Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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