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Big Hop IPA - East End Brewing Company

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Big Hop IPA
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86
very good

195 Ratings
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Ratings: 195
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.46%
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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Florida9

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
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
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kbrown

Ohio

4/5  rDev +4.2%

06-19-2013 23:28:31 | More by kbrown
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.24/5  rDev -15.6%
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
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RobertColianni

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

06-08-2013 23:50:38 | More by RobertColianni
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HumphreyLee

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

05-31-2013 06:01:27 | More by HumphreyLee
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Illos

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.2%

05-23-2013 05:00:24 | More by Illos
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

05-16-2013 22:17:40 | More by Slatetank
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Pensfan0782

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

04-23-2013 00:53:48 | More by Pensfan0782
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wertschy

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

03-20-2013 01:24:35 | More by wertschy
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iguana1010

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.2%

03-17-2013 14:37:11 | More by iguana1010
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Seaba

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -21.9%

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

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

02-26-2013 18:03:16 | More by Segelstrom
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Hermthegerm

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

02-22-2013 13:11:32 | More by Hermthegerm
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hinemk76

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.2%

01-26-2013 02:38:12 | More by hinemk76
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TomD

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

01-03-2013 02:24:09 | More by TomD
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outoffocus

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

12-05-2012 03:08:56 | More by outoffocus
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tmars13

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

11-26-2012 00:45:56 | More by tmars13
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hollywood_15063

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

11-22-2012 01:43:53 | More by hollywood_15063
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jtd335

Maryland

4/5  rDev +4.2%

11-18-2012 23:14:05 | More by jtd335
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John_M

Oregon

3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
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 John_M
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Scott1970

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

10-17-2012 01:43:47 | More by Scott1970
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ItsBeer4Me

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.2%

09-30-2012 21:08:24 | More by ItsBeer4Me
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IPAFrankieH

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

09-24-2012 11:39:41 | More by IPAFrankieH
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Anino531

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

09-08-2012 00:53:38 | More by Anino531
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bacher468

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

08-20-2012 01:30:50 | More by bacher468
Big Hop IPA from East End Brewing Company
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