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Big Hop Harvest Ale - East End Brewing Company

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Big Hop Harvest Ale
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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.34%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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East End Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: beergeek279 on 09-20-2005)
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3.5/5  rDev -14%

11-17-2012 02:53:43 | More by hollywood_15063
Photo of Pensfan0782


3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

11-16-2012 01:08:43 | More by Pensfan0782
Photo of dtx00


4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

10-07-2012 20:59:44 | More by dtx00
Photo of lsummers


4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Serving type: growler

10-02-2012 02:54:58 | More by lsummers
Photo of thecheapies


4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
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

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2012 01:01:11 | More by thecheapies
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

09-06-2012 19:56:20 | More by HopFace
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3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

05-15-2012 23:38:53 | More by ejimhof
Photo of JulianBaughman


4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

01-06-2012 03:25:46 | More by JulianBaughman
Photo of AWS2111


3.5/5  rDev -14%

01-03-2012 02:13:13 | More by AWS2111
Photo of AdamBear


3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-cloudy dark yellow with a foamy white head. lacing

S-fresh creamy hops. good citrusy scents. strong aroma

T-comes in with bitter and grainy hops. the taste pretty much ends there besides a decent bitterness

M-good medium carbonation with a dry finish

O-pretty good for a pale ale. pretty easy drinking though a big hop presence is missing, though that fact is okay with me. its really enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2011 03:46:06 | More by AdamBear
Photo of agriff401


4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

12-14-2011 20:23:35 | More by agriff401
Photo of jdl55


5/5  rDev +22.9%

11-22-2011 01:30:38 | More by jdl55
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5/5  rDev +22.9%

11-14-2011 11:32:30 | More by CrazyMacHarris99
Photo of kimbo33


3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this on tap in Wexford last week. Nice beer with a pleasant aroma. Mine was a bit foamy, could have been the pour but it made the carbonation a bit lower. Overall I liked the beer, didn't know it was 7.4% ABV! Smooth consider the higher alcohol content. Would have again.

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2011 01:44:43 | More by kimbo33
Photo of IronCitySteve


3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2011 23:25:23 | More by IronCitySteve
Photo of Cylinsier


3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2010 03:49:13 | More by Cylinsier
Photo of terrapinfan88


4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy orange with brown tint, spongy one finger head, carbonation clings to the sides of the glass relatively motionless

Smell: Pear, bright fruits, pine, dry and earthy malts

Taste: Not as hoppy as I expected going by the name and the smell a little grapefruit, and pear

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation, slight dryness on the pallet, quite refreshing

Drinkability: Very drinkable. The alcohol did not seem very evident in the taste at all, which might get you in trouble, or you may just end up listening to loud music and dancing in your buddy's garage at a less the desirable hour for the neighbors, but nothing you cant chalk up to boys being boys right?

Serving type: growler

10-04-2010 00:32:28 | More by terrapinfan88
Photo of wingman14


4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: growler

10-02-2010 20:54:13 | More by wingman14
Photo of Stigs


3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: growler

08-29-2010 20:06:17 | More by Stigs
Photo of ffejherb


3.5/5  rDev -14%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2010 12:24:57 | More by ffejherb
Photo of philbe311


3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
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...

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2010 02:25:32 | More by philbe311
Photo of Boto


4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: growler

11-05-2009 00:10:27 | More by Boto
Photo of Hojaminbag


4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Serving type: growler

10-30-2009 02:04:17 | More by Hojaminbag
Photo of OneDropSoup


4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: growler

09-27-2009 19:15:48 | More by OneDropSoup
Photo of DavoleBomb


4/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Serving type: growler

09-25-2009 22:29:02 | More by DavoleBomb
Big Hop Harvest Ale from East End Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.