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Big Hop IPA - East End Brewing Company

Big Hop IPA
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Ratings: 179
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.17%

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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Photo of ckollias


3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this on tap out a pint glass.

A: Pours a golden thick white head that quickly dissipates.

S: Mild hop and malt aroma.

T: Similar to the smell there is a good balance between bitter hops and sweet malt.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation

O: Decent IPA – nothing special.

Serving type: on-tap

12-09-2013 01:17:01 | More by ckollias
Photo of Florida9


3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from the growler into a nonic pint glass. Forms a moderate sized off-white head. Reduces to a stable very thick and creamy surface coating. Beer itself is a dull rusty orange. Mostly clear, but there is a lot of yeasty sediment on the bottom of the growler.

S: Aroma is pretty good, but nothing earth-shattering. Typically American IPA aroma. Pine and grapefruit with a sweet, lightly malty background.

T: Taste is more of the same, but with a name like "Big Hop" I was expecting a bit more in the way of hops. Mildly sweet caramel malts. A touch of nuttiness. Hops are mostly pine with some citrus pithiness. Quick finish.

M: Medium bodied. Lower bitterness. Appropriate carbonation. A bit watery.

O: Well a better-than-average, but still not overly exciting IPA. A fairly easy drinker with a modest ABV makes this one sessionable.

Serving type: growler

06-22-2013 00:04:00 | More by Florida9
Photo of xnicknj


3.24/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

on tap at hawthornes - served in Duvel tulip

Pours a deep copper color, nearly purple in some shades with a thin layer of beige head, fading out completely.

Pretty understated nose with touches of fruity hoppiness and toasted malts. Lightly sweet with caramel and berry.

Snap of hoppiness up front, juicy fruit with orange peel and berries. A bit sweet, layered onto the caramel malts with toasted grain and bread. Finishes hoppy and dry.

Medium body, decent carbonation, dry and chewy on the tongue. Certainly not poor, but there's just too many top flight IPAs all over the place these days for this not to get lost in the shuffle.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2013 12:07:27 | More by xnicknj
Photo of johnmichaelsen


3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Industry public house the other evening.

The beer pours a copper orange color with fairly decent head retention and light lacing. Don't get a whole lot on the nose in this one... just some light dry citrus, a hint of malt (sort of reminds me of malted vinegar without the vinegar), and something of a cereal grain aroma. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely in this nicely balanced, on the dry side IPA. As the previous reviewer noted, this really comes across as more of an English style IPA, and so I think calling this a "Big Hop" anything is something of a misnomer. Frankly, I was hoping for more of an American styhle IPA in this beer, as there's really not much citrus or hoppy bitterness in the finish in this one. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth, with the carbonation dialed down quite a bit. Finish is fairly long and the alcohol is completely undetectable.

Had this beer prevoiusly on cask, and I thought perhaps the cask conditioning played a role in killing the hop profile in this one. Nope. The version I had at the public house was very, very similar to the cask version I had previously.

Not awful, but very much a "mehhhh" in this one I think.

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2012 18:27:24 | More by johnmichaelsen
Photo of RblWthACoz


4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Interesting oily and hoppy tones mixed in on this one. I've had this several times and this seems the best sample to date. Nice hop tones, but it's not screaming in your mouth. There's an almost English tone to it that seems to let a good bit of malt in to balance things out. This is not a hop bomb or anything along those lines. I consider it more of an English ipa with stronger hoppy tones than you normally find.

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2012 05:03:24 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of tempest


3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-05-2012 00:38:58 | More by tempest
Photo of soulfly1492


3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Big bold hop aroma, a nice dose of malt to balance (attempt anyways). Hops are mostly pine, resinous.

Appearance: Pale gold. Quite hazy. Tall white head. Good retention. Mild lacing.

Taste: Lots to taste here. Pine hops, some mild citrus, quite bready. Maly is moderate, Munich and pale, some pils maybe. The hop wallop is nicely balanced by the malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium-low body. Very mild carbonation. The finish is moderately dry.

Overall: Quality brew. A bit funky. Easily drinkable, yet mildly bold and complex enough.

Serving type: on-tap

06-25-2012 00:36:23 | More by soulfly1492
Photo of ADZA


3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is definately a first for me and pours a hazy orange honey hue with a creamy two finger head and subtle lacing,the smell is citrus and pine infused hops with sherbet not much else really,the mouthfeel is just over lightbodied and like they state the hops dont get much of a say in this mouthfeel which leaves really unbalanced for me and the taste is all about the hops too with tastes of mandarins,piney bitter hops,grapefruit,kumquats and finished with that ever present piney hop bitterness and overall i like my IPA's but this one is really unbalanced and would prefer a HOP HOG to be honest cheers.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2012 11:20:22 | More by ADZA
Photo of Darkmagus82


3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served a orange golden color with a good deal of haze. There was a nice large two finger head upon serving that slowly receded over time. Once dissipated, the head leaves a nice deal of lacing to be seen.

Smell – The smell is a bit light for an IPA. There are lighter hints of citrus and a little bit of floral mixed with some sweet caramel malt aroma.

Taste – The taste is of more earthy hop flavors and caught me off guard at first. The earthy hops really hold their ground throughout the taste and more toward the middle meet up with some of the sweeter flavors that were detected in the nose and the lightest bit of pine. These sweeter and earthy flavors largely take the taste to the end.

Mouthfeel – The body was medium to slightly above medium in thickness with a slightly above average carbonation level.

Overall – The earthiness of the brew made it quite unique in my opinion as all the hop flavor, for the most part, was of its origin. In some ways this earthiness made it very delightful, but somewhat one-dimensional in other ways. This beer would be one that I would have to be in the mood for to go for again( which I likely will be).

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2012 23:06:38 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of clayrock81


3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly orangish gold with good two0finger head that quickly dies, leaving lace on top of a standard aroma of piney, citric hops, touch of grape (?) and minor sweet caramel malt. Found this beer to be a bit thicker, sweeter, breadier, as the malts are in play more than they should be until a very dry, piney and floral hop tidal wave crushes them, leaving a citric back bite. Not as smooth or as balanced as most IPAs I've had; this seems to be well-reviewed beer but the draft I had was pretty good but nothing blew me away.

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2012 22:14:48 | More by clayrock81
Photo of Mounty4Life


4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
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

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2012 23:42:51 | More by Mounty4Life
Photo of thecheapies


4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

East End Big Hop on tap.

Hazy true amber. Some red-orange hues. Creamy head. Great lacing.

Stinky piney hops of a potent pellet nature. Pine sap, grapefruit pith, spicy/floral notes, as well. Pine forward with a wacky aromatic bitterness and semi-sweet malt undertone.

Massively bitter hops. Pine crazy and super dry. The flowery flavors also come to fruition. Much drier than the smell. Clean and crackery. Can't get over the mega-bitterness. Battery acid tongue. Macerates the palate. Unreal. Some grassiness, Swiss chard, mint, let's just describe this as green.

Silky with a carb that's held in check. Light on booze.

A local hit. East End does a really good job on many of their brews. I look forward to the Harvest, but drink this in the meanwhile.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2012 04:11:41 | More by thecheapies
Photo of Paymygasbill77


2.35/5  rDev -39%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I have been wanting to try this beer for a long time.

From tap into a pint glass.

A: Pours a carmel-amber color with a nice 2 finger sticky head.

S: Only hops, Nothing else. I sniffed it 3 or 4 times toget something else out of it but couldn't find anything.

T: Mild lemony hops up front with an overpowering hop bitterness. Some mild biscuity flavor and a tiny bit of maltyness. This beer is pretty one dimensional. There are way to many IPA's out there to make a beer this plain.

Mouthfeel: I will say that for an IPA this has a decent mouthfeel. Not chewy, but not watery either.

Overall: I give it a 2.5. I hope I get a chance to try it again. Maybe I got a bad batch.

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2012 03:03:32 | More by Paymygasbill77
Photo of theotherone87


4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

had this one the other day for the first time.

appearence- a nice hazy yellowish brown with a small white head

smell- smells of nice fresh hops

taste- for a ipa it was spot on. It was not two bitter but still had the hoppy good taste. I could imagine anyone drinking this regardless of they like the style or not.

m- right amount of carbonation

o- this beer was real delightful find. I wish i could get six packs or cases somewhere. I know they sell growlers of it. East end brewery is an up and coming brewery in pittsburgh and big hop ipa is a great brew. Cheers

Serving type: on-tap

12-25-2011 23:13:33 | More by theotherone87
Photo of TheMultiYeast


4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
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

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2011 16:48:38 | More by TheMultiYeast
Photo of mjw1200


4.53/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

Serving type: growler

08-14-2011 03:52:06 | More by mjw1200
Photo of Rifugium


3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Pinocchio's, Media, PA

Poured into a stem glass, a cloudy amber color with a nice finger of dense white head, that retained and laced well. Aroma of biscuity malts, pine and mildly citrus hops. Lots of good hoppiness in the taste, with a solid malt base. Very tasty IPA. Light-medium mouthfeel, moderate carbonation, and quite drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2011 18:46:37 | More by Rifugium
Photo of Boto


3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught @ Headkeeper: This one pours a slightly orangish color. There was a small off-white head that left almost no lacing. Milder aroma for an IPA. Some pine and earthy hops, as well as some bicuity notes. It has a nice taste. Somewhat bitter, but not overly so. Milder pine and faint citrus hops. Biscuit and slightly toasty flavors also. Decent caramel malt body. A nice brew.

Serving type: on-tap

07-10-2011 00:52:59 | More by Boto
Photo of Stanhagen


4.72/5  rDev +22.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-22-2011 14:56:07 | More by Stanhagen
Photo of bigdeuce


4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one outside PNC park before a Pirate's game. Generously hopped ale with a spicy, malty, backbone. Great pour, big creamy head..quite impressive. Very quaff-able, went down smoothly, with a spicy, hop nose. Very sticky and chewy beer. I need to come down to the brewery to get my growler filled back up with this one!

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2011 15:06:14 | More by bigdeuce
Photo of nukem5


4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice carmel coloration with a nice rocky foam cap.

S: Hops,hops,hops... some malt with citrus and floral galore.

T: Nice hoppy floral bursts of flavor in your mouth.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation level.

D: Very drinkable and refreshing.

Serving type: growler

03-05-2011 23:41:28 | More by nukem5
Photo of corby112


3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From notes:

Draft at several different locations in the burgh. Pours a slightly hazy, dark golden orange color with burnt orange hues when held to a light and a 1.5 finger frothy off-white head. Decent retention, slowly fading into a thin lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lacing left behind.

Slightly earthy hop aroma with lots of sweet citrus character as well as some pale malt and subtle booze. Hints of grapefruit and orange peel as well as some earthynpine from the hops. Thisnis countered by a decet malt backbone with hints of biscuit and alcohol sweetness.

Medium bodied with a sticky, bitter dry hop presence up front which is countered by some sweet fruit flavor, pale malt and alcohol sweetness. Pretty dry up front with a resinous pine characte but is decently balanced by hi ts of grapefruit, pineapple and orange peel. The mal backbone is a bit too strong for my preference with hints of toffee, biscuit and Graham cracker. Nicely balanced and decently drinkable but a bit too malty and boozy.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2011 03:06:59 | More by corby112
Photo of alleykatking


3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: growler

01-05-2011 00:55:47 | More by alleykatking
Photo of thain709


3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A darker shade of amber with a bit of orange highlighting...the head is off white and creamy...it stands about two fingers and falls into a thin cap...decent lacing

S - A big hop presence with citrus and pine leading the way...there is also a malt backbone that can be found

T - The beer is pretty balanced out in the beginning with the citrus hops starting things off...there is an underlying sweetness of caramel malt but it only sticks its head out for a moment...then the bitter pine hops rush in and tingle your palate for a while

M - Medium bodied...thick and smooth, could have a bit more carbonation...a slight metallic taste

D - This is a pretty decent IPA...bold hop presence with a touch of caramel malt...my first offering from East End

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2011 21:45:49 | More by thain709
Photo of kimbo33


4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-01-2011 23:39:03 | More by kimbo33
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