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Big Hop Harvest Ale - East End Brewing Company

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Big Hop Harvest Ale
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89
very good

78 Ratings
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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.9%
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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Photo of brentk56
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy copper color with a modest head that leaves some lacing

Smell: Fresh hop, grassy aroma

Taste: Starts with a vaguely caramel, grassy, resinous flavor; after the swallow, the resinous hop flavors become intense, and linger well into the finish; if you squeeze the hop blossoms into the brew, it takes on an almost pesto-like character

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Interesting flavor profile that is difficult to describe; very different but enjoyable; make sure to extract the hop juice from the blossoms into the brew

Thanks, DrunkenPanther, for the opportunity

brentk56, Oct 16, 2006
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 Kegatron
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 RblWthACoz
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I have been wanting up try this beer for years, but it never worked out for me to be able to.

Looks good off the pour. Slightly clouded amber brown. Nose is nice. Fragrant oily hops. Unfortunately it faded a bit after initially cracking it. Flavor is more along the earthy wet-hopped character. Oily. Very slightly piney. Never gets obnoxious or loud. It's those NY state hops I suppose.

A nice drinker. Certainly prefer this to the standard Big Hop. But I am sure I'd prefer the wet-hopped version of any beer over the original version.

RblWthACoz, Sep 13, 2013
Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -0.7%

orangesol, Sep 19, 2013
Photo of stakem
3.54/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served in a nonic at Piper's pub. The brew appears a clouded orange color with a frothy white topping. A full wall of lace hangs on the glass as the cap slowly fades.

The aroma is lightly vegetative like many fresh hop ales are but it isnt distracting. There is an accenting rindy note that gets somewhat fruity and floral as it warms up with little to no grain backing.

The flavor is quite grassy with that same vegetative hop aspect that is pronounced in the nose. it has a rindy bitterness zesty aspect across the back with a clean fresh grain appeal that hardly provides any contrasting sweetness.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It is easy drinking for the most part and a decent example of a fresh hop ale. I would drink it again but im not in a hurry to go out of my way to have it again.

stakem, Sep 20, 2013
Photo of ejimhof
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

ejimhof, May 16, 2012
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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
Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev -0.7%

DrBier, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 outoffocus
4/5  rDev -0.7%

outoffocus, Sep 19, 2013
Photo of Holland
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Holland, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of ffejherb
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Al's of Hampden on 8/26/10.

A - Hazy rusty orange, copper-toned liquid with a wispy off-white head that quickly diminished to a patchy film and left a bit of spotty lacing around the pint glass.

S - Sweet aroma with some fresh, juicy citrus notes and green leafy hops. There is also quite a bit of malt character in the nose including hints of caramel and lightly toasted grains.

T - Fruity fresh hops with a citrus character balanced by a grainy malt backbone. Some leafy, herbal notes appear midway, providing earthy tones in the backend. Finishes with a sweet grainy malt character amid fairly predominant hop notes.

M - Medium bodied with bristly carbonation and lots of hop oils, resulting in a fairly sticky mouthfeel. Finishes with mild lingering bitterness and a slight metallic feel on the palate.

D - Pretty solid harvest IPA with a well-rounded flavor, although the hop character could have been more pronounced and cleaned up a bit. It did, however, provide adequate hop burps!

ffejherb, Aug 27, 2010
Photo of DavoleBomb
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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 thecheapies
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice warm orange color with thorough hop-hazing. Soppy white head and lacing. 4.5

Mix of orange citrus, pine, and melon hops in the nose with a subtle note of caramel malts. Slightly floral and perfumey. 4.0

Not as melon-y in flavor as in past years (canteloupe). Still delicious fresh hop flavors of pine, citrus pith, and flower petals. Light orange-y zest. Malts are biscuity with a little toast. Nice IPA. 4.0

Sturdy body and some smoother-than-your-average carbonation. Good feel. 4.0

A fall classic in my neck of the woods. Recommended. 4.5

thecheapies, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of Boto
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler from brewery: Thanks to the brewer who sold me some beer even though I wasn't there during their growler hours!! This one pours a hazy orangish color. There was a fair amount of a beige head that leaves some lacing. The aroma is decent: plenty of hops to the nose. Mainly piney, but some earthy notes also. The taste is also quite good. A nice medium body, with lots of pine and grapefruit hop flavors. Given the taste and aroma I expected this to be more bitter, but it is very drinkable. Quite nice.

Boto, Nov 05, 2009
Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Hazy golden bronze body with small off-white head. Head fades quickly and no lacing or collar is left behind. Head retention is somewhat disappointing; but I love a cloudiness this thick in an IPA.

S- wow is this beer fresh! Lots of pine and citrus hop aromas with a solid caramel malt background.

T- Upfront is a big balance of citrus and pine hop flavor with a subtle caramel malt background and very little bitterness. The finish is all pine hop flavor. A big refreshing dose of piny cascade hops take over and make a nice clean-yet wet-finish. Nothing lingers on the palate.

M- Medium carbonation and smooth body. Not very oily. Goes down easy.

D- Its a shame this beer is a seasonal. The fresh hops make a world of difference here and it is delicious. Luckily, I live in the Pittsburgh area and can enjoy this one every time it comes around.

PittBeerGirl, Oct 02, 2007
Photo of Hojaminbag
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A golden orange body that has a touch of haziness to it, with about a finger of off-white head.

The aroma is great. A ton of fresh, grassy hops that have a great aroma with some citric hops mixed-in for good measure. A little bit of malt peaking through also.

I have to say, I think this is an improvement on the normal Big Hop. Up fron the fresh, green tasting hops are big and tasty, followed by some bitterness and grapefruit flavor. The bready malt is there, but it is muted.

The mouthfeel for this one is just off. The carbonation is too low, which makes the beer a bit heavy. They were having trouble with the kegs are the brewery when I went, so maybe that was the problem. The sample I tried was much better, so I will average the two scores.

This is a good one for sure; see you next year Big Hop Harvest.

Hojaminbag, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of hollywood_15063
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

hollywood_15063, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of philbe311
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 JamesS
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very nice fall/harvest beer. I could taste the autumn in the glass. Although I can't imagine anything taking black strap's place as my favorite East End brew, this is an excellent fall-session ale. It had a wonderful hoppy flavor with a crips finish and an excellent aroma with a nice helping of hops.

JamesS, Sep 16, 2007
Photo of wvsabbath
4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - Growler

Appearance - Golden tan/yellow, with a nice 2 inch foamy head. Tons of sticky lacing.

Smell - Wet hops, orange, pine, grapefruit. Some lemon, grassy with a malt backbone.

Taste - Nice mild wet hop kick, mixed some caramel malts. Pine, orange, lemon along with some added sweet sugars makes a smooth easy drinking beer. A smooth grassy and herbal note from the wet hops mixes well with the malts.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth wet hops coats the tongue. Caramel malts along with some sugars coats the palate. The aftertaste comes up wet hopped, grassy and lemon smooth.

Overall - A nice smooth, easy to enjoy beer. Nothing groundbreaking, just easy to drink and enjoy. Cant beat a solid beer fresh from the brewery that you can sit at home and drink.

wvsabbath, Dec 19, 2013
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

SmellsofMahagony, May 15, 2013
Photo of Cylinsier
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

tap

Pours a hazy dark orange with a medium and finely packed white head with great retention.

Smells of piney and floral hops over slightly citrusy malts. The hops are the primary scent.

The taste follows suit. Piney, floral hops. The bitterness is moderate considering the otherwise strong hop character.

Feels moderate, on the fuller side, with fine tingly carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

Great above average IPA, easy to drink, a bit deceptive in its strength, maybe falls just shy of being superb but is definitely very good.

Cylinsier, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of Omnium
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Omnium, Jan 19, 2014
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Big Hop Harvest Ale from East End Brewing Company
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