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Pedal Pale Ale - East End Brewing Company

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Reviews: 30
Hads: 79
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 0
Gots: 7 | 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:
Beer added by: beergeek279 on 08-24-2005

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?)
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Reviews: 30 | Hads: 79
Photo of trygelski1
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler fill poured into tulip glass

Look: golden with about an inch of head

Smell: citrusy and grapefruit

Taste: citrusy with hints of grapefruit and hops

Feel: medium bodied with good carbonation

Overall: I love this beer. This is a really solid pale ale that is crisp and refreshing on those hot summer days. Also always released on the keg bike ride to benefit charity. Another great one from Scott and crew at East End! (432 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-golden color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-grain, citrus, light pine, light caramel

T-bread dough, grapefruit, hint of orange, pine, light caramel, mild to moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-refreshing pale ale easy drinking and enjoyable (292 characters)

Photo of Highlander15401
3.56/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden hue,nice white head that dissipated to lacing on pint glass. Faint nose though served in a pint glass & needed a little warmth to perk it up. Grapefruit, light bread & balanced finish with more grapefruit in the finish! What is not to like? Scott ROCKS! (260 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Glad to finally get a chance with this one.

Golden hue to this beer. Citrus and grapefruit are heaviest on this one, though not in an out of control manner. The hops almost seem to give a mild sweet thing on it too. The bitterness is definitely there, don't get me wrong. But the citrus gives an interesting edge to things. A nice pale ale. (341 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.24/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served a light golden color with a one finger white head. The head faded fast to give a light amount of lacing.

Smell – The aroma was almost non-existent. There was a very light malt aroma and a tiny citrus smell.

Taste – The taste was on the rather mild side. At the start it was entirely of a light malt flavor. Soon flavors of a citrus nature come to the taste. This more lemon hop and orange citrus flavor is soon met with a lighter pine and grassy hop flavor. These take the taste to the end leaving a slightly bitter hop taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The beer had a lower then average body with a higher than average carbonation. Both were good for the more subtle malt and hoppy flavors of the beer.

Overall – Decent, but not really one that stands out in my book. It has a good citrus hop flavor, but could use a bit more of a malt body. (925 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
2.92/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at the Boulevard in Johnstown, PA. 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. (325 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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 (612 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at the brewery

Poured a slightly hazy golden-yellow, with a small white head that receded quite a bit, leaving some lacing on the way. Aroma is quite hop dominant, smelling almost like a fresh hop bag squeezin' right from the wort kettle, with a bready malt base. Nice citrus and pine hops in the taste, well-balanced with sweet bready malts. Nothing new or mind-blowing here, just a solid pale ale, pretty typical of the style. Light-medium body, and great drinkability. (490 characters)

Photo of IronCitySteve
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (718 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (587 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (752 characters)

Photo of Deuane
4.52/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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. (1,046 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,494 characters)

Photo of Stigs
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (868 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (585 characters)

Photo of johannasclimacus
4.95/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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. (1,196 characters)

Photo of wampahoofus
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (431 characters)

Photo of Hojaminbag
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,049 characters)

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (775 characters)

Photo of Kolsch
2.6/5  rDev -35%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled on tap at Brewery.

Was really anticipating this as I have never had it before.

This is about as fresh as it can get direct from the brewery. Not quite sure how to describe this. Smell and Appearance were average, nothing out of the ordinary. Website states this as Crisp and Hoppy. Taste was more of straight forward effervescent ale with very little hop character and a metallic dry finish. It is definitely crisp but is lacking in any kind of hop back bone.

I wanted to like this but was disappointed overall. I sampled twice just to be sure. Maybe I was expecting something else? Scott is a fine brewer, but misses the mark on this one.

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EDIT: 6.2.09: Recently tried this years (09)version again at the urging of Scott. This years version is very tasty and is what I was expecting initially when I first tasted this. Gone is the harsh metallic taste and replaced with the Hops that I was expecting from a Pale Ale. I liked it so much, I got a Sixtel for my home system. (988 characters)

Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (493 characters)

Photo of psinderson
3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler that filled at the brewery! I was told that this batch of Pedal Pale Ale was just finished yesterday, so it was as fresh as it could get. Fresh hop cones were added to the growler when filling.

Appearance: A nice golden color, good head retension and somewhat cloudy.

Smell: Definite hop presence, nice and citrusy.

Taste: Very satisfying hop bitterness. I wanted a bit more complexity in the middle but this beer isn't trying to do that. It's meant as a simple thirst quencher and that it does.

Mouthfeel: Medium with good carbonation. Taste isn't "sticky" in the mouth.

Drinkability: Great session beer. Not too hoppy or complex. (668 characters)

Photo of rabsten
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap from that bar next to D's, in the East End of Pittsburgh. Poured into a thick-walled barrel mug, golden amber with fluffy white head. Some solid lacing.

Smells curiously like a wheat beer. Anise and banana hints over dry malt.

Tastes like an american wheat, too. More along the lines of Bell's APA than a SNPA or GL Buringin River. Toasted malt with floral and fruit hints. Hop presence surprisingly low.

Crisp/dry to astringent mouthfeel. High carbonation that crackles in the mouth, almost like pop-rocks. The biggest drawback to the beer, IMHO. Led to a lower drinkability, as well, since the high carbonation led to an almost immediate bloated feeling.

bottom line: looks, smells, and tastes nice, but was a little harsh going down. I enjoyed it, but am going for something else next time. (814 characters)

Photo of amstelcat
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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! (499 characters)

Photo of Illinick
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at Fathead's
A: Golden orange amber in color with a fluffy and sticky white head. Nice clarity and a good looking brew. Great head retention and lacing.
S: Grassy and citrus hops dominate the nose. Some slight spiced citrus rind and slight biscuit smells. The hodgepodge of citrus and grassy aromas dominate and are invigorating.
T: Follows the nose with smooth grassy and citrus, citrus peel and pulp flavors. Nice citrus bitterness. Some slight biscuit sweetness around the middle. Finishes with a bitter bite.
MF: A bit thin at times, but smooth and finishes with a nice bite.
Overall: A quality brew from a local brewery. The cask took this brew above and beyond and I am curious to have it on regular tap. (726 characters)

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Pedal Pale Ale from East End Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.