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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

88 Ratings
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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 12.97%
Wants: 4
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
East End Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: beergeek279 on 09-20-2005

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Photo of Vietmeier
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of wvsabbath
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Photo of Iceman4
5/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of clfrost
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Houser
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Holland
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of stakem
3.54/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Photo of Griggsy
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of outoffocus
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Steve_Oldrati
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.05/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of Scrapss
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

.Growler pour from the East End Brewing's substation in the Strip. Now that I have a clean palate, let's review. Served in a 16oz. Turbinator style glass.

A: Wonderful orange/golden hue, with a bit of haziness. Head was poured from growler using a vigorous finishing pour and the head stuck around briefly. 1 mm disk hangs around the edge through entire glass. Beautiful beer.

S: Since fresh hops were stuffed in the neck of the growler, the smell of the fresh hops is strong on the initial quaff. Typical fresh hop smells push through, such as grassy, pine and lemon, as well as a very light astringent, not unpleasant like skunk pee but in the same smellagory/family. Malt is caramel like and not as pronounced as these fresh hops.

T: Fresh hops are forward. Very good flavors of lemony piney citrus. Light caramel malt midway through. Fairly dry finish.

M: Medium body and slightly creamy even after carbonation dies down. slightly hot finish due to ABV.

O: I would like to have more of this. A lot more. Great harvest style fresh hopped IPA.

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of TomD
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of norm36
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of tmars13
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of hollywood_15063
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of Pensfan0782
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of dtx00
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of lsummers
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I decided to grab this in growler form at Jean Bonnet in Bedford Pa. To start out, it looks fantastic, a golen orange amber and very hazy. I can't see through this one.

Smells great, it has very nice sweet citrus piney notes, with a touch of vanilla. Almost like it has been aged in oak. It's pleasant and not overwhelming.

Taste is fantastic, the sweetness hits first, then the piney vanilla turns into a fresh cut field of bitter hops. It ends with a very pleasant after taste that lingers on the tongue. The finish reminds me how wood aged Ipa's finish, lots of caramel, malts, vanilla and of course a touch of the hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is also very pleasant. Medium amount of carbonation that lets the sticky sweetness come through. I like the fact it has a touch of thickness to it since it is over 7%

Overall, I really enjoyed this harvest ipa. I would love to try the non harvest version without the fresh picked hops to compare. I think it's a try before buy for the ipa lover. While there's alot going on, I think most would enjoy this one even if they didn't love it.

Photo of thecheapies
4.13/5  rDev +3%
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

Photo of HopFace
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -19%

Big Hop Harvest Ale from East End Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.