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Big Hop IPA - East End Brewing Company

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Ratings: 216
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.23%
Wants: 7
Gots: 17 | 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:
Beer added by: WVbeergeek on 12-07-2004

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
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Ratings: 216 | Reviews: 94
Photo of Paymygasbill77
2.37/5  rDev -38.1%
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.

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2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of aforbes10
3.06/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Growler from Capones in Norristown, PA. Pours and amber brown with a nice short white head and sticky, wet spider web lacing. Smells malty, with a touch of lemony hop. Taste is at first quite one-dimensionally bitter, but a caramel malt flavor builds beneath this, along with a biscuity quality that supports the bitterness pretty well. Hops are slightly spicy, no citrus or floral qualities. Medium bodied, drinks pretty well. Overall, its mildly interesting, though I still found it just a bit more one sided on the bitterness than it needed to be.

Photo of umtox
3.11/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of xnicknj
3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.24/5  rDev -15.4%
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).

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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of sholland119
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a mildly hazy golden color. About an inch of white head and a little bit of lacing.

Big pine hops in the nose with just a hint of malt in the background.

Taste is fine but a little bland. Some pine hops in the beginning and an earthy hop finish. I am not generally a fan of this type of IPA taste and this one does not change my mind. No real detectable malt so kind of out of balance for me.

Mouthfeel is a bit acidic and bitter, moderate carbonation.

Moderate ABV makes it sessionable but I did not like the flavor enough to want more than one. Too many beers, not enough time.


Photo of Illinick
3.42/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got straight from the kettle at the brewery!
A: Burnt copper orange in color. Very similar to iced tea or cider in color. No head whatsoever, even after rigorous pour.
S: Floral and citrus rind hop smells dominate the nose. Grassiness and slight sweet bread in there too.
T: Citrus rind, grapefruit and tart lemon pulp with grassy and hop oil flavors. The floral scents peek through in flavor, but are subdued by the bitter citrus pulp flavors. Slight sweet bread near the end and a puckering bitterness that I like.
MF: Light MF with a bitter end
Overall: A good IPA with nice flavor profile. Seems to be lacking in a few areas, but a solid stab.

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Big Hop IPA from East End Brewing Company
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