Big Hop | East End Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
East End Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
The first of the brews from Pittsburgh’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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Ratings: 287 |  Reviews: 113
Reviews by psinderson:
Photo of psinderson
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler filled fresh at the brewery with FRESH whole hops added to the growler!

Appearance: Dark golden, thick white head with awesome staying power and lacing. Somewhat cloudy.

Smell: Luscious hop aroma. I'm sure the fresh hops added some to this, but I've had this beer before and it has always produced a great citrus aroma.

Taste: Hops, hops, hops. A hopheads' dream beer! There was a hint of malt in the background, but the keynote here is a good, satisfying hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Great medium to thick mouthfeel with a clean finish thanks to the hops.

Drinkability: Well, I had a few with no problems. However, this may be too much for some.

I am so glad to have an up-and-coming craft brewery right around the corner. This is their flagship brew and I can see why. I Found this to be a good representation of the style.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of DWolf
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of JohnnyLarue
3.39/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The lone beer (and not the one AKSP and I SHOULD have ordered) at the Sharp Edge Creekside location in Pittsburgh. As previously noted by AKSP, this is a local brew that was scheduled to be infused through the Randall later this month. Given that I loves the hoppy beers, this was a good choice.

Hazy dark honey-copper in color with a semi-thick off-white head. Nice lacing of the glass. Hoppy aromas (duh!) with grassy and floral notes. Lots of hops in the flavor as well, but it was a little too brash and "dirty" in the flavor. Hard to describe...not as clean of a hoppy flavor as expected. This carries into the aftertaste as well. Felt like it needed to be "cleaned up" some.

AKSP nailed it: "Should ordered the Urthel Hop-It instead..."

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Photo of jcdiflorio
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into 22oz.pilsner glass.A very thick,slightly off-white head. Has reddish-orangey a mirky look.Very, cloudy,haziey,unfiltered look,can just barely see light through it.Very piney,citrusy aroma.A very piney,grapefruity taste.More on the hoppy side,not a malty as you would assume from the smell. A tangy mouthfeel,very chewey. Very drinkable for a beer of this style.This is a hop lovers brew,I thought it was refreshing,tasty,amazing how much of this beer I could drink. I really enjoyed this beer

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Slightly hazed orange copper amber hue forms a thick off white caramel tan head leaves broad bands of lacing very nice look to it. Aroma: Cascade heavy in a good way, leafy citrus mix of hops with a undertone of malt flavor caramel mildly toasted malts that balance out the steady flow of hop character. Taste: Tangy hop bite with an earthy tobacco leaf quality with citrus fruits and a mildly sweet malt mixes nicely to find a nicely hopped very solid IPA with ample bitterness and a touch of alcohol. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied slightly sticky with oil resins from the hops flows nicely evenly carbonated somewhat creamy texture to it. Drinkability: Solid IPA greatful it's a local beer, what better brew to highlight in my 1000th review than Scott Smith's East End Brewing's Big Hop IPA. This small brewery has done so much for the local Pittsburgh brewing scene they deserve some respect.

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Photo of mrosenfeld32
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Zonian1
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Pours a hazy copper color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of leafy, citrus and pine hops, in that order, with good amounts of grainy caramel malt aromas serving as the backbone.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Caramel malt flavors that are fairly dry kick things off and are joined quickly by good amounts of hop flavors that are equal parts earthy, citrus and pine. The hops carry through to a solidly bitter ending. As the beer warms the citrus hop influence tends to recede a bit, making more room for pine flavors.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I thought this was a solid beer but nothing stood out as exceptional. Worth a shot but I wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of dcbeers
3.46/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of watermelonman
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This arrived as a nice thick yellow and orange with a medium head. It's leaving a good amount of lace too.

The smell is full of hops. Pine and grapefruit come through strong on top of a nice malt base. The taste is solid and brings more of these flavors through. The mouthfeel is slightly thin while drinkability is good.

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Photo of umtox
3.11/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Fairly light without much head

S: Faint hops and citrus

T: Clean and crisp, moderate hop, with almost no detectable sweetness, very little bitterness for an IPA and a nice change of pace from the heavy-hitters of this class.

M: Much lighter on the palate than most IPAs, very crisp and dry

D: More so than many IPAs because of the relatively low ABV and therefore, more than one can be enjoyed.

East End has come up with a unique IPA that sits on the lightest fringe of this class, a good beer to try to enjoy the full range of IPAs.

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Photo of brother_rebus
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of asabreed
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: A nice hazy copper color with a nice rocky and quickly fading head, which charges up again with a swirl.

Smell: A nice clean but pungent hop profile of peach, citrus, grapefruit, and lemon zest.

Taste: A more malty profile initially, with some fruit and big citrus, sliding into some back of the throat tartness and sourness with some grapefruit and lemon zest.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation and medium-bodied.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable. Fresh and flavorful. I went through two pints quite easily.

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Photo of Stigs
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

review from several notes taken at various places, served in std. pint glass

A - bright amber with a slight haze. about a finger of foamy off-white head, stayed at that level through most of the drink. thin layer of lace on the way down.

S - mostlly a bit dulled citrus hops, sweetness from an abudant caramel malty backbone. a bit tame for an IPA.

T - lots of citrus and sweet hops at first then the heavy caramel malts kick in.

M - carbonation varies from location, usually pretty spot on. slightly thinnish body but nice and oily at the same time. goes down well.

D - one of my goto session beers at a few places around here. doesnt wear on your palate and won't get you blackout drunk. happy to have it locally!

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Photo of whatname
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of tdm168
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WoodBrew
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The Big Hop is a solid drinkable ipa. It poured a copper clear with white head that left a spotty lace. The scent was bitter with slight citrus backing. The taste was nice and ever...but bitter enough to make sure you knew it was an ipa. The mouthfeeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall....solid.

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Photo of VoxRationis
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) can into a custom Samuel Adams glass; canned 1/15/18.
A: Pour a hazy dark amber to light copper color with robust head formation and a one inch, foamy, light tan head, excellent retention and rings and rings of foamy lacing all the way down the glass.
S: Aromas of caramel, melon, papaya, and licorice. A smokey note. A little grassy and slightly peppery.
T: Bitter hoppiness does hit you like a ton a bricks up front, but caramel/molasses, cocoa, strong black tea, black licorice and pine flavors unmistakable. Strong bitterness extends beyond consumption.
M: Light to medium bodied with excellent retention of carbonation.
O: Obviously very hoppy, but different, drinkable and enjoyable. Can see it complementing Mexican or Thai food very well.

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Photo of qcbrewer
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of avisong
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tempest
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had a pint at Capone's near Philly. It made a decent pairing with my roast beef sandwich, but I expected more hops. It poured a hazy orange with a short white head. The big citrus flavor came off soapy, and the sharp, bitter edge felt and tasted muted—a good IPA has more kick. Maybe I got an old keg? I'll give this another try next time I see it, but I wasn't impressed.

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Photo of PretzelCity
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DerekP
4/5  rDev +5%

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Big Hop from East End Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 287 ratings