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Big Hop Harvest Ale - East End Brewing Company

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Big Hop Harvest Ale
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90
outstanding

74 Ratings
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Ratings: 74
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
East End Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: beergeek279 on 09-20-2005)
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Reviews by IronCitySteve:
Photo of IronCitySteve
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%

Had at the East End/Harris Grill Beer Dinner.

A: Pours a brownish orange color with a small white foam head. There is decent amount of lacing.

S: Pine and citrus hops are they main scents but there is a nice amount of caramel and toast in there as well.

T: Starts off with a decent amount of caramel malt flavor. In the middle there is some citrus hops coming through but the caramel and toast are still predominant. On the back end the malt still lingers in the forefront while the hops dance in the back.

M: A medium bodied brew that leaves a slightly bitter taste on the palate.

O: I really enjoy the Big Hop but did not enjoy the big hop harvest as much, but it is still a quality brew. I would have expected more hop flavor to balance the malt.

IronCitySteve, Sep 30, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

SmellsofMahagony, May 15, 2013
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%

Mad Mex Robinson had this brew flowing. Appearance is amber hued with an off white fluffy head leaves thick lacing around the pint, nice. Aromatics are this brews highlights flowing tones of some of my favorite "C" hops namingly cascade citrus and floral notes with a bigger malt profile to back up the fresh hop harvest. Flavor profile is lucious, upfront bitterness with balancing alcohol and malt sweetness combines very nicely beefier than the average Big Hop very nice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with some slightly resinous hop oils gliding across the palate tame carbonation that doesn't over do it in anyway. Drinkability is definitely pretty high with this brew beware it's probably around 7% or so, great treat from a local hardworking brewpub.

WVbeergeek, Nov 14, 2005
Photo of Zonian1
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Zonian1, Aug 26, 2014
Photo of Stigs
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%

poured from growler filled at the brewery on Thursday...served in a standard pint glass

A - pours with a solid finger of loose, very creamy eggshell colored foam. settles quickly and leaves random wet lacing on the sides of the glass. the beer is hazy, very dark gold in color.

S - very fresh hop oils, grassy and leafy. loads of sweet caramel hops, just a very subtle twinge of earthy spice.

T - wet, very earthy hops. some lightly sweetened citrus, cut grass, and a bit of pine. sweet caramel and intense biscuity malts just about dominate especially in the finish. very "wet" in the sense of the hop flavors, minimally bitter.

M - medium, creamy body...playful prickly carbonation. finishes quite dry with lingering grassy sweetness.

D - good, and super fresh...but the hop profile just doesnt do a whole lot for me in this year's compared to past releases. lacking a bitter punch through the end, this drinks much more like and English PA than anything else. still pretty yummy and goes down easy.

Stigs, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of Kegatron
3.98/5  rDev -2%

Served on tap at Capone's (Norristown, PA)

Pours a hazy medium amber (with a coppery sheen) with a thin head of off-white foam. A solid retention yields a decent cascade of lacing down the sides of the glass that doesn't stick. The aroma smells of fresh, earthy hop esters (with a bit of dankness to it), spice, light citrus, and some underlying sweetness.

The taste is fresh, tingling hop profile with a damp and earthy to feel to it that is well balanced by a sweet, supportive mix of tangy citrus and caramel malts. The overall finish is bitter and dry. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a tingling carbonation up front that spreads out into a more creamy feel in the backend.

Nice take on the Hop Harvest style by East End with a earthy hop profile that practically had me picking the dirt out of my teeth but is still well balanced and easygoing enough with the feel to stay quite drinkable. Good stuff.

Kegatron, Oct 15, 2008
Photo of Steve_Oldrati
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Steve_Oldrati, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of Kolsch
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%

On Tap: Kegged date 9.18.08.

Appearance is cloudy 1 inch head that looks very inviting.

Smell is sweet caramel hops.

Taste: The first taste is of cinnamon spice, pepper, clove and then hop. I would attribute this to the wet hop additions. The hops really take a background to the spice aspect. I can see non-hopheads really enjoying this.

Overall, a well done and unique Harvest Ale from Scott. I didn't get a chance to try last years offering but will look forward to this from now on.

Kolsch, Sep 27, 2008
Photo of dtx00
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

dtx00, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of Pensfan0782
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Pensfan0782, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of philbe311
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%

On tap at Al's of Hampden...

A - A fingers worthy of creamy off-white head quickly fades to a splotchy lacing... An extremely hazed murky gold color...

S - Sweet mandarin oranges... A mild sweet bready maltiness... Earthy with a vague spice quality...

T - Loaded with a subdued malty character... Bready... Biscuity... Mild caramel... A mild citrus hop presence... Grassy and earthy... A distinct spiciness becomes appearant as this one warms...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... The carbonation is slightly subdued... Ever so slightly on the thin side...

D - Utterly quaffable... Utterly sessionable... Gulp, after gulp, after gulp... There's nothing outstanding about this one, but it's a super enjoyable and hides its 7.4% ABV extremely wel...

philbe311, Aug 27, 2010
Photo of wingman14
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%

Pours a dark orange with almost red hints, a frothy off white head that sticks around. The smell is pungent, a delicious aroma of hops, a few sweet notes. This beer is very crisp with sweet hops up front and a hoppy full finish. I was surprised at the amount of flavor and the lack of bitterness. There was no real bitterness to speak of. This one has a medium mouthfeel and nice carbonation. This beer has depth but sticks to the hop flavor and does it very well. This is a must for any hop fan, not overwhelming, great flavor and smoothness to the beer. Very enjoyable!

wingman14, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of vwbus7
4.75/5  rDev +17%

vwbus7, Jun 26, 2014
Photo of Griggsy
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Griggsy, Sep 20, 2013
Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev -1.5%

DrBier, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of DavoleBomb
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Poured into a pint glass. Growler poured a mere hour ago at the brewery.

4.0 A: Hazy brownish-orange copper color. One finger of creamy white head with average retention and modest lacing.

4.5 S: Wow. What an elegant mix of grassy and herbal hops with a touch of citrus. One of the best smelling IPAs I've ever had, which is saying something. Malts add a noticeable sweetness from crystal malts. If it were a bit stronger, this would have been an easy 5.

4.0 T: First thought was: Is this an IPA? No, it isn't, but it's a damn tasty APA. Very fruity, but not so much citrusy. Rather it's peach and apricot heavy, then orange. Formitable bitterness which works well with a touch of crystal sweetness.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good creaminess and ultra smooth, but could use a touch more carbonation, especially since this is basically straight from the tap.

4.0 D: Very good beer all-around. Tasty and easy to put down. It probably wasn't worth the price of $13 for the growler fill, but it satisfied my beer drinking needs and I don't mind shelling out a couple extra bucks for the little guy.

DavoleBomb, Sep 25, 2009
Photo of AWS2111
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

AWS2111, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of rwshelton2
4/5  rDev -1.5%

rwshelton2, Nov 06, 2013
Photo of gcare02
4/5  rDev -1.5%

gcare02, Jun 13, 2014
Photo of OneDropSoup
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%

Poured into a pint glass, creating a finger of head (this is at least 24 hours after the growler was poured, so not bad). A hazy, translucent amber tea color with light orange highlights. Various speeds of rising bubbles, some lacing.

Smell is very smooth & nice, mostly grapefruit & sweet orange scents. There's that little bit of hop bite too, crisp. Great smell.

Taste is pretty remarkable, in my opinion: nice mix of lemon, orange zest, some semi-dry iced tea flavors, a little bread crust sweetness, some other fruit (cherries, maybe). A lot more balanced than I'd anticipated, very smooth & refreshing.

The mouthfeel is very iced tea-like, going down easy & leaving just a tiny bit of sugary viscosity. As is my experienced with most growlers, it goes flat quickly but really isn't a problem here. Really drinkable for a non-session piece.

I gotta say, I was very pleasantly surprised by this beer. I'm not a huge fan of Big Hop, & I figured this would just be a hoppier version of such, but the wet-hopping really added some delicious & unexpected notes.

OneDropSoup, Sep 27, 2009
Photo of foureyedgeek
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%

Poured from an East End growler filled October 5 and sealed until this evening.

Pours a cloudy copper color with a fluffy finger or so of head that leaved moderate lacing behind as you drink it.

Smells of hops (duh) citrus and a little like fresh cut grass as well as a little malty sweetness.

In the mouth you get that malty sweetness first and then the Big Hop kick, plus the added hops flavor from the wet hop. Not that I can tell that they are we hops specifically, just the difference between this and the 'regular' Big Hop. An added level of hoppiness, let's say. As it warms its even more prominent.

Smooth feel and crisp finish as well as a very well hidden alcohol make this a very drinkable beer.

Go East End!

foureyedgeek, Oct 10, 2006
Photo of outoffocus
4/5  rDev -1.5%

outoffocus, Sep 19, 2013
Photo of HollyHops
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

HollyHops, Dec 23, 2013
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.98/5  rDev -2%

Pours a cloudy pale orange-ish color with an off white head. Aromas that are hoppy and earthy. As for in the taste, a maltyer hop taste and a bit dy in alll the right places. A smooth small hop mouthfeel and a nice dry hoppy aftertaste. A very nice harvest, balanced with a hoppy dry end.

OWSLEY069, Oct 04, 2007
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%

A. Pours cloudy orange with a pillowy off white head. A little lacing effect. Hop blossoms were floating in the growler and poured into my beer.

S. Light on the nose surprisingly. Floral hops and some malt.

T. With the hops floating around in there, I expected intense hoppyness. It was hoppy, but the hop used was delicate and floral, with some earthyness to it and a lingering bitterness. The malt was sweet (caramel?) Spicy Hops linger on the palate

M. Pretty smooth and refreshing.

D. This is a very well balanced drinkable IPA. Worthy of a growler pick up from time to time.

Stinkypuss, Sep 14, 2008
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Big Hop Harvest Ale from East End Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.