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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 macrosmatic
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from long-standing notes. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a Fat Head's pint glass.

A: Hazy amber, with a big fluffy off-white head that has good retention. Average visible carbonation.

S: Resin and grassy hops, caramel and bready malts. Fairly sweet, and a touch musty.

T: Resinous pine, herbal, and a touch grassy hops. There's a big alpha bitterness up front as well. Caramel and sweet bready malts with some ethanol sweetness follows. It fades into a reasonable balance between sweet malts and alpha oil bitterness, but the alcohol heat lingers the longest.

M: Fairly heavy-bodied, but with good carbonation sensation. The alcohol presence seems heavy, especially for the listed ABV.

O: Not my favorite by any stretch. I think this may have been a bit on the older side, but it was purchased and drank fresh from my local bottle shop. A bit disappointing.

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Photo of Lerxst
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a clear amber with a nice one inch head that has good retention and leaves good amounts of sticky lace.

S-Very tame and subdued, but pleasant. I would've liked the nose to be more prominent. I'm picking up earthy, grassy hop notes along with bready malt in the back.

T-Slightly sweet bready malt really comes through here, really pushing the hops out of the way. The earthy hops try and fight their way back in the middle and finish, but can't overcome the malt.

M-Just on the light side of medium body, crisp carb bite, somewhat dry finish.

D-As with any SN product, it goes down easily. But this is a one and done for me.

A solid and respectable effort from the good folks at SN, it just didn't knock my socks off.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: orangish brown with a finger white head

smell: malts, with some hops,

taste: sweet malts, finishes with a dry bitterness,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body

Drinkability: not bad but also not great. I like what there trying to do here. Just wish it had a little more hop action.


the CpJ

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Photo of cokes
3.56/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Misty burnt orange bodied with a thick buttercreme head that sinks towards the liquid leaving thorough lacing.
Bits of tangerine and honey on the nose, but primarily a dank, earthy herbal and pine hopping with backing hard toffee and roasted nuts.
Begins through the mouth with a sturdy, gritty maltiness of burnt toast, roasted almonds, with a touch of caramel sweetness. Some applesauce fruitiness arrises midway, and joins whispers of blood oranges and limes and melons. The fruitiness is beaten back with a whallop of forest floor earthy bitterness, full of pine needles, wet bark, damp, dead leaves, and astringent banana slugs.
Medium+ bodied with a carbonation that fades over time, leaving it feeling fatter than it is.
It's a robust and balanced Wet Hop Ale. Though the brightness I associate with the style is missing, replaced by a dank and claustrophobic earthiness. It's not my favorite, but it's worth a shot for its concept.

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Photo of philbertk
3.57/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2012 25.4 oz. Bottle Purchased for $8.99 + Tax at Fremont, Seattle PCC. No sediment. Lacy half inch lingering white head. Clear dull amber gold color. Lightly toasted herbal earthy aromatic fresh hop front. Earthy mildly sweet light toasted caramel medium textured body with a malty ESB flavor, fruit hints, and a touch of resinous hop oil. Crusty earthy odd minimally bitter fruit hint end. Complex refreshing smooth, but no longer class of Fresh Wet Hop Harvest Brews. (3.75 / 5.0) 6.7% ABV--66 IBU's.

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Photo of bld81
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: brownish amber color, frothy head with large bubbly texture
S: not overpowering, biscuity malts and earthy hops, really have to struggle to discern
T: clean floral hops, bitter resin, spicy
M: very crisp, almost burning from the heavy carbonation and bitterness
O: decent beer, more highly carbonated than I expected, not worth the $9-10 price tag IMO.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a draft into a pint glass at KnB Wine Cellars in San Diego, Calif. Color was dark amber, almost brown. Lots of head, maybe 1 ¼ inches. Lots of lacing on the top that stayed throughout. A plethora of film on the sides, too.

Wasn’t that deep of a smell. Got some lemon and amber in there, but that’s about it.

Initial taste was citrus, mainly lemon. That gave way to a nutty amber taste. Very bitter finish.

Medium body. Average carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel with lingering finish.

I thought it was going to be a bit better, but in my opinion it was just okay. It went down well, but wasn’t up to par to the many other Sierra Nevada’s I’ve had.

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Photo of kzoobrew
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap at Shakespeare's, served in a snifter.

Deep amber colored body. When the snifter was brought to the head was long gone. A slight white ring is left around the top.

Fresh hop aroma is plentiful. It is rather unfortunate that the wonderful hop aroma is muddled by the malt. Stronger caramel and toasted malt aroma than what I feel is appropriate for an IPA. Hops display a strong citrus character coupled with a earthy spiciness.

Much the same as the nose, the taste is a bit too malt forward for an IPA. The grain bill reminds me much more of an Amber. Toasted and caramel malt flavors are upfront. Citrusy and grassy hops deliver a subtle bitter bite.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. The finish is moderately dry.

Decent beer though not an IPA. Pleasant to drink though one snifter was a good serving. Sierra Nevada puts out much better harvest ales, I will stick to those next time.

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Photo of MrDanno96
3.61/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a really nice copper color with more than a finger of fluffy white head. Lots of sticky and foamy lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Lots of pine aroma and very earthy too. A little sweet citrus mixed in.

T: A nice sweet malt backbone dominates the front end of the flavor and most of the way up until a long, lingering bitter finish. Not as exciting as it could be, but decent.

M: Medium in body with a good amount of carbonation in the finish.

D: A fair IPA overall. It's cool that it's 100% organic I guess, but I'm sure that made it more expensive and there are a lot of cheaper IPAs.

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Photo of stewart124
3.61/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. Amber to orange in color with a beautiful white head.

Nose is more muted than I expected. Some light bread characters and subtle caramel. Where is the cascade citrus bomb?

Creamy taste. Very smooth and easy to drink. Background bitterness with citrus, pine, and a resin feel. More chewy bread and light caramel in the overall character of the beer. Very drinkable overall and smooth but nothing stupendous.

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Photo of perrymarcus
3.61/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

wax sealed 750ml bottle served in a standard pint glass. can't remember too many wax-dipped IPAs. not exactly sure what the point is here (other than to grind my gears trying to chisel it off), but okay...

pours a nice dark amber tone with a creamy two finger, beige head; a touch of cloudiness to it... very impressive retention and bountiful lacing. awesome presentation.

nose is solid with citrusy, earthy hoppiness. maybe not as aromatic as i typically look for.

flavor follows the aroma with grapefuit, a touch of pine, and maybe a few herbal and grassy notes in the background. strong hops bitterness persists through the finish. very good, very enjoyable, but personally i don't find this one propelling itself into noteworthiness (in a style loaded with superstars).

medium-plus bodied mouthfeel with medium carbonation. on its own the beer is very drinkable, but when you factor the cost, well, for my money there are better IPAs out there that come with a much more palatable price tag.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.61/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer is clear and amber with moderate carbonation and an annoyingly large head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

Aroma is mildly piny in the hop department, smells fine.

Beer is medium bodied and strong on the palate overall. It's a nice beer, bitterness could be more pronounced but that's OK. There is a mild sweetness at leadoff and a finish that is nice wiht no aftertaste.

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Photo of The3rdbeer
3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Bruery tulip with 2 fingers creamy off white head that has diminished into a finger and a half with cylindrical lacing on the glass marking the initial head.

A- red tinged amber color with bubbly off white head. No haze found here nice and clean.

S- yeast and malt upfront almost no hop aroma and this is after swirling. Maybe the tiniest hint of pine.

T- bitterness of hop fades after 10 seconds leaving lite malt sweetness and ale yeast, back with the hop flavor which leaves sweet with very light tropical notes and honeycomb. If this is an IPA it's the lightest on hops I've had.

M- light side of medium, same goes for carbonation.

O- very clean beer, a novelty estate offering, a very lite hop forward IPA. Would drink again if I didn't have to buy it.

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Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not a fan of the heavily wax sealed bottle, after wrestling to get it open I hope it's worth it...

A - Pours clear amber in color with almost three fingers on head, decent retention and sticky lacing.

S - Much more mild than what I was expecting. More floral hop than caramel malts with this one, but neither one is really sticking out very much. It does have a grapefruit rind/pine scent to it and there are hints of spice as well.

T - Again, just a little too tame for my taste. Subtle yet balanced hops and malts. Mild citrus and pine with faint amount of grass and bitterness on the finish.

M - Medium and somewhat under carbonated.

D - There is nothing really wrong with this brew, just didn't excite me like I thought it was going to. Solid offering.

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Photo of budgood1
3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours out of the wax coated bomber a hazy auburn colour with a thick and rich off white head which sticks and stays leaving plentiful lace. sweet malty aroma with an equal and balanced amount of spicy, earthy and herbal hopping. definitely smells different from the usual SN hop bombs. tast is more of the same....a nice cotton candy malt bill escorts a spicy, earthy hop profile which compliment each other nicely. again this tastes nothing like the usual SN fare which lean towards the big grapefruit and pine hopped concoctions. it has a good deal of bitterness to compliment things. it's really balanced and nice. nice body on this one...seemingly a little lighter than usual but still ample. mouthfeel is relatively par for the style...again the coarse hopping plays the part and makes for a prickly feel. drinkability is fine. enjoyed drinking this one.

a different beast with this can really tell the ingredients used are different from other SN brews. glad i got to try this estate ale using only organic ingredients from the brewery grounds in Chico. just ok, but nicely done.

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Photo of beertunes
3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Oddball 25.4oz bottle. Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a very attractive deep golden amber color with about 1-1/4 inch of light tan head that had very good retention and lacing. There were a few flecks of green wax from the lip of the bottle floating in the beer. Why were these bottles waxed?

The aroma was a big blast of pine and floral hops over an earthy malt base. The flavors started out the same, but then the malts came through in a bigger manner than the aroma had led me to expect, and the hops were a bit more subdued and balanced.

The body was very nicely medium-full and smooth. Drinkability was very good, the beer went down quickly and easily, this is not a sippin' beer, it's a gulper. Overall, a very nice beer in a semi-ridiculous format. A must try, and almost worth it's $9 price point.

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Photo of wahhmaster
3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a wax-topped 22 oz. bottle into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a tan, light brown color with a large foamy head that dissipates slowly and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: Smells hoppy with strong citrus notes. Also has a significant malty aroma.

Taste: Starts off significantly hoppy with some grapefruit and piney notes. Finishes hoppy, malty and spicy. Honestly reminds me of a beefed-up version of SN's Torpedo.

Mouthfeel: A little thin for a SN beer but not bad.

Overall: A good beer but not different enough from their Pale Ale or Torpedo Ale to warrant paying the extra money for the wax-topped bottle. Skip this one, you won't miss much.

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Photo of aficionado
3.64/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2011 Release served in a Duvel Tulip

Deep, medium-dark brown malty body with an off white 2 finger head that has a tinge of yellow to it. Moderate carbonation bubbles rise to the surface.

The aroma is quite yeasty for an IPA. Lots of pale base grain on the nose as well. Smells more like malty 6-row, or something you would get when you crack open a Bud Light. I get mild fruit notes -apple and pear along with some light spice.

The flavor better than the aroma. You get more of that apple/pear/spice. Quite smooth and yet bitter at the same time. Earthy, floral, caramel, grapefruit pith. Not an overly citrusy or tropical IPA with tons of aroma. This is more of a citrus pith / stone fruit IPA with nice bitterness and roundness. I wouldn't say this beer is extremely malty, but the flavor certainly bolstered by a decent amount of malt.

I like the mouthfeel. Creamy, velvety, moderately thick. The concentrated flavor, brightening bitterness, light fruitiness, and lush mouthfeel really work well together.

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Photo of CampusCrew
3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance: golden, amber, reddish

smell: loaded hops and citrus aroma, grapefruit aroma
taste: some citrus but has zero finish and tastes one deminsional.
mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: solid and fresh, but not SN's best. Great concept though.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a nice bronze color with a off white head leaving a nice white head

S: Citrus and floral notes, very Earthy nose

T: Rarthy meets varamel meets biscuit with fruit and flowers. Good

M: Has a nice feel, good carbonation and a nice amount of bittering

D: Pretty good overall. Worth the money.

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Photo of bort11
3.66/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz green wax sealed bottle poured into a standard shaker pint glass. The head has a whipped cream consistency and color. Sticky rings circle the glass with each sip. Body color is a clear and bright copper. Mild yet steady streams of carbonation rises up from the base of the glass.

Smell is fairly mild. Still predominantly pine needles with a hint of mint. Malt has a sweet biscuit dough flavor. There is a honeysuckle floral finish.

Mouthfeel is a lot thicker than I expected. Very chewy and filling. This beer can wear you out by the end of the 22 oz. It's not the ABV, that is relatively mild. I think the dense texture and slightly unbalanced hops is what did me in. This would be fine split two ways.

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Photo of Profchaos20
3.66/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a tulip. Reviewed 12/16/12, bottled 10/2/12.

A - Large two plus finger off white head. Amber/copper colored with a slight haze. Leaves lots of lacing and rings of foam down the glass.

S - Sweet malt upfront with a light floral hop aroma, maybe a hint of skunkiness?

T - Malty upfront with a little sweetness, hoppy in the middle and finishes with a light bitterness that lingers. Very balanced.

M - Medium carbonation, smooth and easy to drink, medium bodied.

O - Nice, not what I was expecting but pretty good.

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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 Cresant
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served this 22 oz. green waxed bottle in a large Samuel Adams perfect pint. No date. The beer itself was a rich golden amber with a manilla file folder colored head. It was tall and uneven leaving lots of lacing.

The smell was fresh and gently spicy. Not as aromatic as some SN beers but good.

The taste was hops forward of course. Spicy and leafy. Almost a black tea bitterness. There was an understated malty presence but this is overshadowed by the drying finish.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with a slickness until the carbonation blossoms. I love the idea of estate beers but at this stage I would not seek this one again, solid but nothing monumental here.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle, capped and waxed. Fresh 2012.

appears a clear dark golden color. clear. big off-white head, great head retention and lacing - leaves rings and clumps of foam on the sides of the glass.

smell is pungent, fruity, earthy hops. grapefruit, grass, herbal. taste has just enough clean slightly biscuity malt to balance the hops. a bit spicy. hop flavors are a little vegative. medium body and carbonation that works.

overall - nice wet hop aroma.

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Estate Homegrown Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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