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Pedal Pale Ale - East End Brewing Company

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Ratings: 65
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.61%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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East End Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
A single-hopped, single-batch, summer quencher brewed exclusively for BIKEFEST!, Bike Pittsburgh’s week-plus celebration of all things bicycling. Keep an eye on www.Bike-Pgh.org for more info about the summer “brewery ride” and more about FreeRide! – the guys who made those cool tap handles out of salvaged bike parts. Available in July and August, or as long as it lasts (maybe a little earlier and later next year?)

(Beer added by: beergeek279 on 08-24-2005)
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Photo of johannasclimacus


4.95/5  rDev +29.6%

Pours a really nice golden color with some darker hits of amber. A nice layer of head dissipates slowly from this one, and the beer leaves some nice lacing around the glass.

Smell is hops. I can't put my finger on the hop variety, but it's pretty distinguishing. I've smelled it before and a friend who homebrews was saying the same thing to me, but he couldn't put his finger on the variety either. In any event, the smell is very enticing. There's a bit of a grainy, earthy smell in there too but mostly its the hops.

As others have mentioned, there is quite a bit going on in the taste for a "single hop" beer. This hop profile is very good, and gives off some grapefruit, pineapple and some other citrusy flavors. I picked up a little bit of an oily taste from the hops at times, as well as some of the more rind-like qualities from citrus. There's a very nice grain taste in the finish and aftertaste too that really brings it all together in my opinion.

At 5.4% ABV and with a lighter mouthfeel, this one is right in the wheelhouse as far as session beers go. In fact, I would go as far as to say that if I could have any beer I've tried to session, it would be East End Pedal Pale Ale.

08-13-2009 02:06:54 | More by johannasclimacus
Photo of Deuane


4.53/5  rDev +18.6%

A-Lightly hazed golden yellow with a medium bright-white head that slowly reduces to a thin cap and leaves spotty lace behind.

S-Bright floralness and a zing of fresh cut grass backed up by an aggressive citrus punch. Biscuit malt sweetness is there in support but this is a hop forward brew for sure!

T-BAM! Bitter citrus rind and fruit juiciness up front with light notes of pine resin and spiciness in the background. Lightly toasted biscuit malt adds a bit of balance and support but again the hops take center stage here.

M-Medium-light bodied, sharp and crisp with a prickly component. Long lingering hop bitterness and juiciness in the drying finish.

D-Wow! Has this beer always been this good? well, yes and no. It has always been good but it's hop bill has been insidiously ramped up over time. With this incarnation I think EEBC has hit a summertime quaffer home run! Scuttlebutt is that this will become a year round offering....no complaints here! Very similar to another pale ale hop attack in the form of Half-Acre Daisy Cutter.

08-25-2010 13:45:31 | More by Deuane
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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

07-07-2012 23:42:05 | More by NoProblem
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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

03-06-2012 18:01:04 | More by WestViewBrew
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4.43/5  rDev +16%

On-Cask at Piper's Pub. I'm reviewing this one keeping in mind that it is an APA. A great APA at that.

Golden amber body with a huge fluffy head that sticks out of the top of my glass like a giant bubbly dome; a creation of the hand pump. A little bit of lacing is left behind, it is rather thing and spindly.

A bit of sweet malts with some very small toasted aromas. The hop profile is rather fruity and grassy.

I know this is supposed to be a single-hop beer, but there sure is a lot going on in the hop profile. A noticeable fruitiness is there, featuring pineapples, along with a nice, grassy flavor. These hops are balanced out by a nice bit of just slightly toasted-seeming malt. Great balance, nice flavors, great APA.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, medium to light bodied with no carbonation of course. It is always hard for me to judge off of hand pumps though.

This is a great APA, one of the best examples of the style that I have come across. That's no surprise though, because it seems like I could say that for most East End creations.

06-02-2009 14:41:28 | More by Hojaminbag
Photo of DrDemento456


4.35/5  rDev +13.9%

A - When it poured a hazy amber I assumed it was another beer but this is the most non pale I ever seen! Nice half inch of foamy head.

S - Smells of mostly malts of bread but I can smell a nice floral hop base.

T - Wow I thought it was my last beer but this beer has hop bite! Not as much as I wanted but still enjoyable almost in terms of "Dales Pale Ale" only less ABV. Wow tasty.

M - light to medium pint went pretty quick.

Overall I can't wait to taste this again. I was a big fan of the hop beer and to see this still very hoppy with less ABV is pretty sweet. Would drink again.

05-29-2011 03:16:50 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of IronCitySteve


4.35/5  rDev +13.9%

A: Pours a nice hazy dark golden color with a nice thick white foam head with nice retention. There is a small amount of lacing left.

S: Some floral and citrus hops are the main scent. There are some mild biscuit and toasted bread malt as well.

T: Starts off with ample amount of citrus hops character. Lots of orange and lemon flavors. In the middle, the lemon and citrus hops is balanced out with some caramel, biscuit and toast malts. The beer finishes with more citrus hop bitterness.

M: Fairly dry with a nice light body. Leave a nice hop bitterness on the palate.

O: One of the better APA's I have ever had. Lots of dry citrus hops, very aggressive, but with a nice malt backbone that gives it some balance.

06-05-2011 17:27:49 | More by IronCitySteve
Photo of Stigs


4.33/5  rDev +13.4%

fresh growler fill today from the brewery, served in a standard pint glass

A - poured with over an inch of frothy cream colored foam, the beer is dark gold in color, crystal clear. leaves behind a thin layer of lacing.

S - very nice bouquet of floral hops, balanced by some crackery and lightly sweet caramel malts.

T - assertively bitter again with a very up front floral hop profile joined by some mild grassyness and light citrus (mostly grapefruit). balanced moderately by some light grains but the hops are in control here. very good.

M - light bodied with subtle dancing carbonation. very slick and oily, coats the mouth and throat.

D - this is great, cant believe i havent sat down and critiqued this before. wonderful hop profile yet balanced and light where it needs to be. a real treat and possibly the new benchmark for APA's as far as I'm concerned.

06-13-2010 01:41:07 | More by Stigs
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

06-26-2012 23:48:06 | More by ItsBeer4Me
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

12-05-2012 03:08:10 | More by outoffocus
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

07-04-2014 14:40:15 | More by emquilxy
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4.22/5  rDev +10.5%

Poured into a pint glass. Growler of this from my gf for my birthday.

4.5 A: Slightly hazed golden yellow color. One and a half fingers of off-white dense frothy head with good retention and tons of lacing.

4.5 S: Bright floral and spicy hops. Graham cracker maltiness with plenty of the dank grassy house flavor which works really well in this beer.

4.0 T: Herbal and grassy hop flavor. Fairly assertive bitterness. A touch of indistinguishable general citrus. Cracker and biscuity malts with a bit of crystal in there too. Overall solid.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Good creaminess and smooth with a bitter aftertaste.

4.5 D: Definitely a solid APA that you aren't mad about coming in growler form. No problems and good taste.

10-02-2010 19:59:31 | More by DavoleBomb
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4.2/5  rDev +9.9%

Served from an East End growler (poured at the Map Room, albeit a bit poorly....wasn't proplerly topped off) into a pint glass. The color is a hazy dark golden color, with a nice retaining wisp of head. The smell is quite apple fruity with only the slightest bit of hop in there. The taste is quite strongly hopped with a nice Fuggles-ish hop to it, along with the same fruity/apple esters I detected in the smell, and a lingering hop aftertaste. Mouthfeel is about what I'd expect. As for drinkability, this is such a nice little session beer and I'd gladly have several of these.

Well, Scott, ask and ye shall receive! I first had this one at D's, and wanted to make sure I got this one down before it left the area (from what I understand, it's flown out of the taps quite quickly). Cheers to East End for such an interesting pale ale, with a nice fruity ester that shines quite nicely. One I hope to see in future years.

08-29-2005 02:12:30 | More by beergeek279
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West Virginia

4.13/5  rDev +8.1%

Appears golden amber white hazed hue with a creamy off white head actually billowing following the hand pump action coming off the cask. Aroma here is grassy/citrus hops with low malted sweetness coming through touch of caramel and biscuit breadiness. Flavor is really smooth citrus and grassy hop flavor dominates matched with the toasty malt and a touch of fruitiness. Mouthfeel is fluffy with hop resins in tact on the palate low even carbonation natural smoothness from the serving style. Drinkability glides down the gullet could easily empty a few pints of this fine Pittsburgh creation, thanks Scott.

05-10-2006 13:18:36 | More by WVbeergeek
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4.13/5  rDev +8.1%

A-Body is a very cloudy (almost opaque) golden yellow with uniform cloudiness. Head is foamy and thin but it retains well and some lacing is left behind in the glass.

S-Nose is light and crisp. A mild spiciness (similar to cinnamon), and floral hops are most dominant.

T- Initial flavor is mild with a floral hop flavor up front and a sweet pale malt and earthy yeast backbone. A big floral hop bitterness kicks in for the finish along with a big spiciness. A mild residual bitterness lingers along with the initial flavors.

M-High carbonation and light body.

D- I know this doesn't really have any special ingredients but it tastes very different and great. It's a classic APA rather than a hoppier amber APA. Throughout the summer it has become one of my favorite APAs.

08-04-2008 18:23:44 | More by PittBeerGirl
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4.1/5  rDev +7.3%

64 oz brewery filled growler into an oversized mug.

Pours a hazy gold, with a finger of bright-white colored foamy head. This sticks around with a smooth layer of creamy froth that leaves some nice looking patchy lacing behind. The aroma is floral and grassy and VERY tangy in the nose with a mix of bright smelling fruit, citrus peel, gritty earth, pine, and bready grains. Hops definitely drive the flavor forward here but this is overall pretty sweet and tangy in nose.

The taste has a nice gritty bitterness to it, with earthy textures, bitter citrus peel, and spice giving this some pop. Pine is present but takes more of a backseat to some of the sharper aspects of the hops. Soft fruit and the sweet biscuit character of the pale malts help balance out the back but the bitterness of the hops is pretty darn aggressiveness here, ending this with a satisfying deep dry spicy finish that gets you ready for the next sip. Things do smooth and balance out nicely as this hits room temp, helping take some of the edges off of the hop profile. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a prickly and crisp feel on the tongue. A touch of slickness from the hops lends this some underlying oiliness that gives this some extra ease in the mouth.

Wow, quite the little aggressive APA here, which was packed with a rich but well balanced hop profile and a super easy and thirst-quenching drinkibility. This is no-brainer summer quaff if I've ever tasted one. Great stuff, as always, from East End.

07-02-2010 19:54:46 | More by Kegatron
Photo of Stinkypuss


4.1/5  rDev +7.3%

New year, slightly different recipe, all for the better.

Appears golden, semi hazy with a lasting head and fine lace work.

Smell is of hop pellet, typically fuggles and northern brewer, though I can't say for sure if those are used.

Tastes bitter up front, with a solid malt backing. Light herbal hopping, not too over the top for the style. Citrus moments, with a caramel like malt body.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Carbonation good.

Very drinkable and nice for a hot summer day. Not as hop attenuated as the Big Hop, this is like the little brother, Small Hop. Good nonetheless.

08-23-2009 03:07:22 | More by Stinkypuss
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4.05/5  rDev +6%

Had this from the beer engine at Sharp Edge on St. Clair.

Served at cellar temperature in a Victory pint glass. Color is a dark orange with a fairly small head. Decent subsequent lacing as the pint poured into my gullet. Nice hop bite that is more rounded than sharp. Malt profile is pronounced but is balanced out. Still, a little on the sweet side for an APA.

Very drinkable pale ale with the added bonus that my fiance wasn't keen on the the serving temperature of her pint, so more for me!

06-26-2006 02:49:06 | More by amstelcat
Photo of thecheapies


4.05/5  rDev +6%

Deep yellow gold beer with a rich hop oil-supported fluff of head. Laces like a resinous IPA. 4.0

Grapefruit and orange citrus hops with a leafy aroma and a touch of pine. Crackery malts with a light odorous sweetness. 4.0

Mondo fresh hop flavor. Dry citrus and flowery hops with a tightly crisp bitterness. Pale malts hold up okay and there's a tart apple note in the phenols. Pretty damn nice. 4.0

Medium-light body with some big fuzzy carb. Alcohol is settled in where it should be. 3.5

One of the few East End staples that I had yet to try. I won't wait nearly as long before I have it a second time. 4.5

07-22-2012 01:22:20 | More by thecheapies
Photo of jasonm


4.03/5  rDev +5.5%

Thats right, the Pedal Pale Ale is back. Picked up a growler of this on Thursday.

A - In my pint glass, its got a cloudy orangish amber color. Similar to the Big Hop IPA. Minimal head.

S - Light floral hops and apples.

T - The taste definitely leans towards the bitter side. Similar bitterness level to the Big Hop but not as much malt sweetness. Although the hops are more of an English bitter (Goldings/Fuggles) flavor than the Centennial/Cascade you get from the Big Hop.

M - Smooth with a hint of carbonation.

D - Good beer to session. Packs a strong bitter punch for an APA.

04-22-2006 02:35:12 | More by jasonm
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

12-04-2011 04:29:30 | More by nunzo
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.7%

08-15-2013 22:53:50 | More by hemorhoidzz
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

On tap at Capone's...
Appears a hazy, pale gold with a yeasty ring left around the bottom of the glass. A fluffy white head fades into a mild cap and collar. Splattered blotches of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is earthy, yeasty, florally, with notes of bitter grass, bubble gum, citrus, along with pineapple.
Taste is yeasty, bitter, juicyfruit gum, with orange peel.
Moutfheel is yeasty, medium bodied, with orange & citrus lingering. Mostly balanced with a somewhat bitter ending.

09-10-2007 15:31:11 | More by weeare138
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Pours a slighly cloudy light amber with plenty of foamy white head. There is a moderate amount of carbonation.

The beer is very aromatic with lots of grapefruity and piney hops.

The taste has plenty of grapefruity hops with a bit of sweet malt coming through in the backgroud.

All in all, this is a very enjoyable beer. It seems to be a rather by the book American Pale Ale and will compare nicely with more highly rated ones.

07-11-2009 21:55:32 | More by wampahoofus
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Pedal Pale Ale from East End Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.