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Big Hop IPA - East End Brewing Company

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Big Hop IPA
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206 Ratings
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Ratings: 206
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 3
Gots: 15 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +24%

aRmanda, Oct 01, 2013
Photo of Stanhagen
4.72/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had it on tap a neighborhood bar in Pittsburgh. A really impressive IPA coming out of a small brewery. It's not a kick you in the teeth hoppy beer but its got a nice bitterness to it that ensures you that your drinking an IPA.

East End Brewing has a small capacity so whether different batches of their brews have different tastes I can't say for certain, but they have a solid reputation so their quality control must be pretty good for a small brewery. Unfortunately i do not think east end bottles so you're probably going to have to be in or very near pittsburgh to try anything but if your in the area big hop is definitely worth a try.

Stanhagen, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of mjw1200
4.53/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Not as hoppy as the name would have you think, but it doesn't disappoint. There are hops there, but there is good layers of malt. Some pine and citrus but nothing really over powers this beer. Lots of good flavor throughout, but its not just one solid flavor taking over.

mjw1200, Aug 14, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

WestViewBrew, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of ThrashLibrarian
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks like I get to write the first review. I had this beer from this brand new Pittsburgh brewery last night. It was probably from one of the very first kegs out the door. The beer is only available on draft in local restaurants. I had 2 last night at D's Hot Dogs on Braddock Ave.

Appearance
The beer was a pale amber in color and appropriate to the style. It appeared to be a little hazy, but that did not effect my enjoyment of the beer. There carbonation was evident but it was not overly fizzy.It poured with a rocky white head that held up through the pint.
Smell
The aroma was of American hops. Very dry and fresh smelling. A mix of grassy and citrusy. Cascades?
Taste
The initial taste was hops, which is what I was expecting give the name. The hop flavors are upfront and very American. Very dry hoppy flavor in the finish. Not painfully bitter, but definitely "over the top" in the hop department (which I like). Just enough malt flavor to remind you that you are drinking beer.
Mouthfeel
The mouthfeel was similar to what I've experienced from other beers of this style.
Drinkability
The Big Hop is probably my favorite style of beer, and I found this one to be quite drinkable. Not for those non-hopheads, but that should be obvious. I decided to have a second, which is rare for me in D's, given their huge selection. I will buy it again.

Comments
A nice interpretation of the American IPA. I'll be drinking more of these and looking forward to the next beers out of the brewery. It was good enough that I wished that they had the means to bottle it, so I could take a six pack home.

ThrashLibrarian, Dec 07, 2004
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4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love this shirt! Had to buy one. The taste is exceptional for and IPA, not too hopped...just the right amount so it isnt overly bitter. It is nice and smooth so it is easy to drink. Surprisingly nice malty taste to it. This is a good IPA to introduce to someone.

kimbo33, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of beerphan
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

growler -> pint glass
keg was tapped about 15 minutes before the pour to the growler and it was about 15 minutes before it hit my pint.

Arrived a deep orange amber, with the FRESH hops added to the growler adding an amazing touch. Gotta love to hear the 'plop' of a fresh hop. Poured with a nice quality fluffy lasting head that balanced the hops on a sudsy pillow. Waves of lace lined the glass throughout. Carbonation appeared minimal.

Smell of overwhelming hops. The fresh hops in the glass really completely overpower the nose with a grassy earthy smell.

Taste: Hops are all over this brew. From the first taste to the lasting refreshing bitter end. The fresh hops add an extra special earthy grassy flavor, that explodes as you reach the bottom of the pint. A nice full malt blast presents itself but only for a peek. Excellent with or without the fresh hops added.

Mouthfeel on bighop has sometimes let me down, but this fresh draw has a full natural feel.

This beer can be drank and drank. Just watch out, cause i always think the abv is higher than 5.8.

Note: the fresh hops are a once a year perk around harvest time, i am looking forward to the BigHopHarvestAle next month!!

beerphan, Sep 04, 2006
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4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I've had a few pints of this at the Bottleshop, and I have to say Big Hop is Big Time! While not a beer that immediately asserts its place with the world class beers, it gets more enjoyable each time I have it. Typical IPA orange-copper body topped by a cream head. Usually a bit of a haze as well. Aroma has some solid American hop aroma, Centennial/Cascade. The hop flavor is fairly aggressive up front, but after a few sips it mellows a bit and balances really nicely with the caramel and biscuity malt background. The mouthfeel is very smooth on the palate and the beer makes its presence known. I love the seductive, supple caresses it gives tot he tongue. Drinakbility is also very good, and I coud consider buying a keg of this wonderful beer. I could drink it often and in great quantity if it weren't for the DUI factor. I can’t wait to try a few other offerings from Mr. Scott Smith at East End. I must admit, I was expecting a less than stellar offering, but Big Hop lives up to it's name. Every bit as good as Two Hearted or SNCA, but it does have that "typical" flavor profile, so it doesn’t make that fantastic first impression.

aaronh, Mar 28, 2005
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4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a growler straight from the tank in the Brewery. Nice.

Poured into a pint glass, honey amber. My growler is a bit flat, but the gererous sample I got at the brewery has a tan head and laced nicely.

Floral hop aroma over moderate malt. What I look for in an IPA.

Tasty, floral hops lead over a crisp malt. Well balanced.

Nice, round feeling opening with a sublte crispness towards the end.

Good drinkability. Goes down easily on this monstrously hot day.

Well worth a try. My favorite of the 'Burhg brewed products.

rabsten, Jul 02, 2006
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4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this on-tap at the Pipers Pub in Pittsburgh.

Poured a great amber/orange color with excellent head and nice lacing. It had a wonderful floral scent, very hoppy, with slight citrus undertones. Great bitter IPA taste, a refreshing bit of citrus, with a great hoppy bitter aftertaste. This is very smooth and refreshing, a great pale ale.

JamesS, Apr 27, 2008
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4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber/brown with some white head

Big cascades in the aroma with plenty of citrus and tropical fruits, some sweetness.

"Big Hops" in the taste but not overbearing. Well balanced between bitterness and burnt sugar.

Nice flagship from East End

TheMultiYeast, Nov 13, 2011
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4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fresh keg tapped week ago

Light and hazy
Smells of cascades overcome all
Great carbonation and hop presence
yummy hops hops hops
Overall local favorite of mine in ipa category..very drinkable for all the hop heads out there...a must try if ever in Pittsburgh,PA

Mounty4Life, Mar 04, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just picked up a fresh growler yesterday during their Growler Hours. Pours a big bubbly head that hangs around for a while, but eventually dwindles in to nothingness. The body is a nice cloudy copper color. Very floral in the nose.
Starts off a tiny bit watery, but then the hops hit you in full force. There is just enough sweetness. Finishes clean and smooth. I could drink this stuff all day long as long as I had enough growlers on hand.

jeremy13586, Mar 03, 2008
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4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Beer is a great IPA. Not too bitter. nice balance. Beer poured a little flat from the growler but if you get a change to get it straight from the brewery its perfect.

A: Nice brown color and tan foamy head

S: very nice flowery hop aroma and malt backing

T: very balance and for me leaves nice flowery hop taste.

M: Nice carbonation and mouthfeel

D: very drinkable IPA with great balance flavor

jhicks12, Dec 19, 2006
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4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank this from a growler picked up at the brewery. It poured a decent looking cloudy yellow/orange with a small head and a hint of lacing. Your smells are the standard IPA smells, piney, grapefruit, etc, supplemented with a decent amount of malt. The malts are the first thing that hits your palates quickly followed by the hops that take you into the finish. I like that this shows it's malts, I'm a huge fan of the hoppiest of beers, but it's nice to have an IPA that gives you some malt flavor every now and then. This is a beer you could drink all night long and the growler went really fast with three of us attacking it. An extremely enjoyable effort, I would probably get off the turnpike again to seek this out.

Serving type: growler

Reviewed on: 05-26-2008 20:14:49

SwiftyMcBeer, Dec 15, 2008
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4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a growler straight from the brewery.

A.Unfiltered,cloudy orange/yellow with sticky lacing with very little head.

S.You can pick up the malts along with the hops at first.Grapefruit,sweet,grassy.

T.Sweet taste of malts up front.Piney/grapefruity hops with mild bitterness follows and ends dry with a subtle taste of hops and malts.Very balanced flavors without one flavor dominating the other.

M.Slight bitterness about the tounge with chewey malts and a light watery feel.

D.Very veasy to drink and very enjoyable to drink.The first sip is as good as the last.I can drink this beer all night and onto the next day wanting more.Very tasty indeed.

oneeye, May 26, 2008
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Big Hop IPA from East End Brewing Company
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