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Big Hop
East End Brewing Company

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East End Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
American IPA
Ranked #2,747
Ranked #20,544
3.8 | pDev: 11.05%
May 08, 2023
Dec 07, 2004
The first of the brews from PittsburghÂ’s newest and MICRO-est microbrewery to hit the streets. Truly, a hopped-up American IPA with loads of Centennial and Cascade hops, and just barely enough malt backbone to balance it out. Our flagship brew
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Rated: 4 by paulish from New York

May 08, 2023
Rated: 4 by florisj135 from Virginia

May 05, 2022
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Reviewed by BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

3.27/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Thanks to Pinz412 for this one, from NBS BIF #13. 12oz can (dated 8/17/20) Poured into 14oz teku. Poured a cloudy and dense dark amber color with over 3 inches (it was a very active brew) of light khaki head that had loads of retention, and light-moderate lacing.

The aroma had a some citrus hops at the front, with a solid malt base.

Pretty similar on the tongue. The hops tasted a bit musty, but that happens with time. The malt flavors weren't as sweet as the aroma had led me to expect.

The body was solidly medium, smooth, and led to a medium finish.

Drinkability was OK, but was probably better fresh.

Overall, a decent brew, I'd like to try a fresh one, because I think beer has much more going on than what I saw here.
Apr 01, 2021
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Reviewed by Jugs_McGhee from Colorado

2.55/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75
12 fl oz pull-tab can:

Label is about as basic as it gets.

Pale malt and caramalt. Floral hop flavour. Tastes like a mid-1990s homebrew IPA. Soulless and inspired.


12/04/20 can brought to me by my good friend Zed - thanks, man!

"American Ale." 5.8% ABV.

Can is green and generic looking...as if a homebrewer suddenly acquired a labeller.

Served cold into a stemless wine glass.

Resin. Floral hop flavour. Pale malt. Crystal and/or caramalt. Wow, this is forgettable and generic.

Why brew this?

Nov 14, 2020
Rated: 3.97 by StanleysCup from Maryland

Aug 27, 2020
Rated: 3.72 by TheCakePounder from Pennsylvania

Aug 22, 2020
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Reviewed by beergoot from Colorado

4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Deep amber colored body topped with a thick and frothy head. Strong aroma of sweet caramel and pine resin. Bold malt background highlighting caramel and mild toffee flavors; resinous hop bitterness develops midway through and lingers through the finish. Medium body; warm and crisp on the palate; sticky.

Per the data on the can bottom, this beer is nearly 2 1/2 months old (canned 04/27/20), yet it still packs a nice malt and hop bitterness flavor. It seems to me like a amped up English-style IPA. Well, if this tastes great after this amount of time, I'd love to try a fresher version. Perhaps I will someday...
Jul 17, 2020
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Reviewed by FBarber from Illinois

3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Pours a dark orange-tinged amber color. Somewhat cloudy with a thin weak white head. Aroma is mild, but very nice as hints of orange and pine along with some caramel malts come across the nose. The flavor of this is really nice - its balanced yet flavorful with notes of orange, pine, lemongrass and some herbal-earthy hop notes. The bitterness is initially moderate, but builds on itself as the beer is consumed leaving a bitter aftertaste on the finish. Feel is crisp, easy drinking, with some bright carbonation. Overall its not the best beer Ive ever had, but its a damn good really enjoyable IPA.
May 17, 2020
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Reviewed by 2beerdogs from California

3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
An amber tinged copper colored liquid capped with a off-white head.
Aroma is caramel malts, pine, and slight grass.
Taste follows the nose faithfully with additions of lemon and a slight herbal note.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated.
May 12, 2020
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

3.51/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Inconsistent shades of foggy brown with a tall poofy khaki head leaving some spikey lacing on the glass.

Old. School.

This puppy is malty enough to almost come across like a hoppy brown. It's semi-bitter, a little woody, and toasty, even giving off hints of pumpernickel, with accents of orange rind and tangy apple.
Mar 22, 2020
Rated: 3.8 by BWM-PGH from Pennsylvania

Jan 22, 2020
Rated: 3.25 by Shenk87 from Pennsylvania

Oct 26, 2019
Rated: 4 by bigred89 from Maryland

Oct 20, 2019
Rated: 3.25 by BdM from Netherlands

Aug 05, 2019
Rated: 3.5 by guzzleacoldone from Ohio

Aug 04, 2019
Rated: 3.38 by JDizzle from Indiana

Jul 04, 2019
Rated: 4.05 by Pens1967 from Louisiana

Jan 30, 2019
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Rated by Reggie_Dunlop from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
It is rather inconsistent . But I will say when its good its a 4
Nov 24, 2018
Rated: 3.9 by chebode2 from Germany

Oct 30, 2018
Rated: 3.82 by lastmango from Pennsylvania

Sep 26, 2018
Big Hop from East End Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 303 ratings