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Big Hop IPA - East End Brewing Company

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Big Hop IPA
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very good

200 Ratings
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Ratings: 200
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 3
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
East End Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
The first of the brews from Pittsburgh’s newest and MICRO-est microbrewery to hit the streets. Truly, a hopped-up American IPA with loads of Centennial and Cascade hops, and just barely enough malt backbone to balance it out. Our flagship brew

(Beer added by: WVbeergeek on 12-07-2004)
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Jeremy0682

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

01-30-2014 01:06:04 | More by Jeremy0682
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DWolf

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

06-15-2012 22:14:01 | More by DWolf
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SmellsofMahagony

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

07-29-2014 18:59:58 | More by SmellsofMahagony
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OldFrothingSlosh

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -5.2%

The lone beer (and not the one AKSP and I SHOULD have ordered) at the Sharp Edge Creekside location in Pittsburgh. As previously noted by AKSP, this is a local brew that was scheduled to be infused through the Randall later this month. Given that I loves the hoppy beers, this was a good choice.

Hazy dark honey-copper in color with a semi-thick off-white head. Nice lacing of the glass. Hoppy aromas (duh!) with grassy and floral notes. Lots of hops in the flavor as well, but it was a little too brash and "dirty" in the flavor. Hard to describe...not as clean of a hoppy flavor as expected. This carries into the aftertaste as well. Felt like it needed to be "cleaned up" some.

AKSP nailed it: "Should ordered the Urthel Hop-It instead..."

04-16-2006 00:06:06 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
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jcdiflorio

West Virginia

4.22/5  rDev +10.2%

Poured into 22oz.pilsner glass.A very thick,slightly off-white head. Has reddish-orangey a mirky look.Very, cloudy,haziey,unfiltered look,can just barely see light through it.Very piney,citrusy aroma.A very piney,grapefruity taste.More on the hoppy side,not a malty as you would assume from the smell. A tangy mouthfeel,very chewey. Very drinkable for a beer of this style.This is a hop lovers brew,I thought it was refreshing,tasty,amazing how much of this beer I could drink. I really enjoyed this beer

09-28-2006 03:32:28 | More by jcdiflorio
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.13/5  rDev +7.8%

Appearance: Slightly hazed orange copper amber hue forms a thick off white caramel tan head leaves broad bands of lacing very nice look to it. Aroma: Cascade heavy in a good way, leafy citrus mix of hops with a undertone of malt flavor caramel mildly toasted malts that balance out the steady flow of hop character. Taste: Tangy hop bite with an earthy tobacco leaf quality with citrus fruits and a mildly sweet malt mixes nicely to find a nicely hopped very solid IPA with ample bitterness and a touch of alcohol. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied slightly sticky with oil resins from the hops flows nicely evenly carbonated somewhat creamy texture to it. Drinkability: Solid IPA greatful it's a local beer, what better brew to highlight in my 1000th review than Scott Smith's East End Brewing's Big Hop IPA. This small brewery has done so much for the local Pittsburgh brewing scene they deserve some respect.

12-05-2005 18:14:30 | More by WVbeergeek
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mrosenfeld32

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.4%

07-19-2012 23:39:27 | More by mrosenfeld32
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glid02

Georgia

4/5  rDev +4.4%

On-tap.

Pours a hazy copper color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of leafy, citrus and pine hops, in that order, with good amounts of grainy caramel malt aromas serving as the backbone.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Caramel malt flavors that are fairly dry kick things off and are joined quickly by good amounts of hop flavors that are equal parts earthy, citrus and pine. The hops carry through to a solidly bitter ending. As the beer warms the citrus hop influence tends to recede a bit, making more room for pine flavors.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I thought this was a solid beer but nothing stood out as exceptional. Worth a shot but I wouldn't seek it out.

04-03-2010 23:48:07 | More by glid02
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watermelonman

California

3.95/5  rDev +3.1%

This arrived as a nice thick yellow and orange with a medium head. It's leaving a good amount of lace too.

The smell is full of hops. Pine and grapefruit come through strong on top of a nice malt base. The taste is solid and brings more of these flavors through. The mouthfeel is slightly thin while drinkability is good.

08-03-2006 07:42:30 | More by watermelonman
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umtox

Pennsylvania

3.18/5  rDev -17%

A: Fairly light without much head

S: Faint hops and citrus

T: Clean and crisp, moderate hop, with almost no detectable sweetness, very little bitterness for an IPA and a nice change of pace from the heavy-hitters of this class.

M: Much lighter on the palate than most IPAs, very crisp and dry

D: More so than many IPAs because of the relatively low ABV and therefore, more than one can be enjoyed.

East End has come up with a unique IPA that sits on the lightest fringe of this class, a good beer to try to enjoy the full range of IPAs.

04-27-2008 11:37:52 | More by umtox
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asabreed

New York

4.1/5  rDev +7%

Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: A nice hazy copper color with a nice rocky and quickly fading head, which charges up again with a swirl.

Smell: A nice clean but pungent hop profile of peach, citrus, grapefruit, and lemon zest.

Taste: A more malty profile initially, with some fruit and big citrus, sliding into some back of the throat tartness and sourness with some grapefruit and lemon zest.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation and medium-bodied.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable. Fresh and flavorful. I went through two pints quite easily.

03-29-2009 02:02:33 | More by asabreed
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Stigs

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.4%

review from several notes taken at various places, served in std. pint glass

A - bright amber with a slight haze. about a finger of foamy off-white head, stayed at that level through most of the drink. thin layer of lace on the way down.

S - mostlly a bit dulled citrus hops, sweetness from an abudant caramel malty backbone. a bit tame for an IPA.

T - lots of citrus and sweet hops at first then the heavy caramel malts kick in.

M - carbonation varies from location, usually pretty spot on. slightly thinnish body but nice and oily at the same time. goes down well.

D - one of my goto session beers at a few places around here. doesnt wear on your palate and won't get you blackout drunk. happy to have it locally!

12-21-2009 16:18:53 | More by Stigs
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whatname

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

07-23-2013 04:51:11 | More by whatname
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

05-13-2014 01:36:11 | More by WoodBrew
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -9.9%

Had a pint at Capone's near Philly. It made a decent pairing with my roast beef sandwich, but I expected more hops. It poured a hazy orange with a short white head. The big citrus flavor came off soapy, and the sharp, bitter edge felt and tasted muted—a good IPA has more kick. Maybe I got an old keg? I'll give this another try next time I see it, but I wasn't impressed.

08-05-2012 00:38:58 | More by tempest
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DerekP

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.4%

12-31-2011 16:47:30 | More by DerekP
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.4%

On tap at the Sharp Edge Creekhouse.

Pours a clear amber with a thin white head that retains well and leaves a beautiful latticework of lace down the sides of the glass. Aroma is sweet citrus notes and a spicy hop presence.

The taste is big on citrus and hops up front but then melds into a undercurrent of malt sweetness and spice that provides a good balance. Finishes with a nice bite of lingering bitterness at the end. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice tingling carbonation.

There's something about this IPA from East End that I think could use just a tad more oompth to jack it up a level but I can never seem to put my finger on it. Still very servicable though and very good for the style. I'd never turn down a pint!

01-16-2008 17:26:31 | More by Kegatron
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Seaba

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -21.7%

02-26-2013 19:24:29 | More by Seaba
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Jpilot64


4.23/5  rDev +10.4%

Surprisingly wonderful after-taste. It's got the taste of the promised hoppiness, but it's perfectly balanced with just enough malt flavor. The light malt flavor knocks down the sharpness of the hopps so the hop taste remains without the battery acid mouth-feel of other very hoppy pale ales.

07-04-2014 18:26:36 | More by Jpilot64
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Saxboy10

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +11%

04-20-2014 13:17:41 | More by Saxboy10
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Steve_Oldrati

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

09-14-2013 01:51:56 | More by Steve_Oldrati
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nunzo

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.4%

12-04-2011 04:28:43 | More by nunzo
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woodske1

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +2.6%

It may use alot of hops, but it is not overpowering. Very nice smell and taste but not BIG. It seems to not be fizzy enough though.

I get this in Growlers quite a bit so it is a beer you can go back to again and again. Not the best IPA but very good.

03-03-2009 00:34:50 | More by woodske1
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Kolsch

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%

Just tapped on my home system. Kegged date 2.22.08.

I have had this beer many times before, but never on my home system. I really like this beer for its low ABV alone.

Taste is dry, malty, hop. Nose is minimal, not much happening there, but the taste makes up for that. I don't get much sweetness out of this as others do and thats the way I like my IPAs. Though I really believe this resembles a "hoppier" APA rather than IPA.

Very sessionable and highly recommended if you are in the Pittsburgh area. Stop by for Growler hours at East End and get one to go. Soon!

03-28-2008 22:02:18 | More by Kolsch
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alleykatking

Indiana

3.88/5  rDev +1.3%

Poured from growler. Thanks to jdefont for this beauty. Justin you are amazing for this one!

A- Pours a semi-hazy light amberish color. One finger light beige head shows medium retention. Light web style lacing on the sides of the glass as I drink this one down.

S- Bright citrus hops in the front of this beer. These tend to die out a little toward the middle of the beer itself leaving a sweet bready caramel underbody shine for a second. Hops come back in the ending giving a little more fruit forward push.

T- Nice clean citrus zest on the palate with first sip. The crisp hop bite comes back for a second before retreating behind a sweet caramel malt background. The fruit flavors come in for a split second before a light bitter piney bite takes over. This isn't very overpowering though like it could have been.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is great for the style. Citrus hops and light caramel malts left on the palate. Aftertaste is bitter hops that fade as a malt base and alcohol stick. Light drying on the palate from the alcohol. Flavors were balanced with hops and malt not really going past one another and no off flavors at all.

D- This IPA I thought was very drinkable...I mean very drinkable. There was no palate crushing hops in it which turned out to be a good thing and made this a smooth drinker the entire growler. The ABV is low enough to actually enjoy a whole growler by yourself if you choose.

01-05-2011 00:55:47 | More by alleykatking
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Big Hop IPA from East End Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 200 ratings.