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Pedal Pale Ale - East End Brewing Company

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66 Ratings
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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.61%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 WVbeergeek
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

WVbeergeek, May 10, 2006
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

RblWthACoz, Jun 04, 2013
Photo of Kegatron
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Kegatron, Jul 02, 2010
Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Rifugium, May 21, 2012
Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

weeare138, Sep 10, 2007
Photo of ejimhof
2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

ejimhof, May 16, 2012
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Stinkypuss, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

DrBier, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of billab914
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

billab914, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of xnicknj
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

xnicknj, Jun 12, 2012
Photo of WoodBrew
2.88/5  rDev -24.6%
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.

WoodBrew, Aug 01, 2012
Photo of DrDemento456
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

DrDemento456, May 29, 2011
Photo of outoffocus
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

outoffocus, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of Darkmagus82
3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Darkmagus82, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of DavoleBomb
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

DavoleBomb, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of Deuane
4.53/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

Deuane, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of thecheapies
4.05/5  rDev +6%
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

thecheapies, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of Hojaminbag
4.43/5  rDev +16%
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.

Hojaminbag, Jun 02, 2009
Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

PittBeerGirl, Aug 04, 2008
Photo of hollywood_15063
3/5  rDev -21.5%

hollywood_15063, Jul 20, 2013
Photo of MDDMD
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
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

MDDMD, Jun 10, 2014
Photo of wvsabbath
4/5  rDev +4.7%

wvsabbath, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of DeutschesBier
3/5  rDev -21.5%

DeutschesBier, May 24, 2013
Photo of Omnium
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Omnium, Jun 24, 2014
Photo of TasteTester
4/5  rDev +4.7%

TasteTester, Apr 30, 2012
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Pedal Pale Ale from East End Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.