Big Hop | East End Brewing Company

Big HopBig Hop
BA SCORE
3.82/5
273 Ratings
Big HopBig Hop
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
East End Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
eastendbrewing.com

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

Added by WVbeergeek on 12-07-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#13,614
Reviews:
108
Ratings:
273
pDev:
11.26%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
47
Trade:
0
HISTOGRAM
 
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Ratings: 273 |  Reviews: 108
Photo of Ozzylizard
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$ 11.66 (Including tax)/six pack ($ 0.162/oz) at The House of Brews, Robinson Township, PA.
Canned 7/26/17. Stored at 42 degrees and served at 42 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Aroma – Peppery hops
Head – Large (Maximum 7.8 cm, aggressive pour), low density froth, good retention, slowly diminishing to an irregular frothy eight to 15 mm ring and a frothy partial layer.
Lacing – Good. Wide bands of tiny to medium bubbles which slowly break into lacey curtains.
Body – Orangish, hazy.
Flavor – The pepper from the nose does not translate to the flavor. This begins moderately bitter and chalky. Allowing it to warm in my mouth smooths out the hoppiness whilst allowing a little of the malt backbone to peep through. No alcohol, no diacetyl. Ends slightly chalky with a short hang time.
Palate – Moderate, watery, soft carbonation.

Impression: An IPA that walks on the mild side. Very easy drinking – not going to win any awards but more of a not-so-pale ale that you could drink all day.

Appearance 4, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 3.5, Palate 3.5, Overall 3.5.

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Photo of omahawk
3.42/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Solid old-fashioned pale ale. Drinks like a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Copper colored, bitter forwatd. Not great, but a good pale ale.

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Photo of MKrauss
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of caahare
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IronLover
4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark, weathered copper orange on color with a murky, unfiltered appearance. Poured with a tall, rich, frothy off-white foam with excellent retention. Medium spicy hop aromas with with notes of fresh pine lemon zest. Medium malt and caramel malt flavors. Medium bodied with soft medium carbonation. Pleasant, creamy smooth feel through the middle with light warmth near the finish. Medium high fresh pine hoppiness up front that turns spicy and herbal. Medium high spicy hop bitterness through the middle. Medium malty backbone throughout with light caramel notes. Herbal and spicy flavors on the back end. Finished dryly with a lager-like cleanness followed by pleasant herbal, spicy hoppiness. If this beer has been in the line up for over 10 yrs, it's a beer before its time IMO. Like many non-west coast IPAs it is not a tropical fruit bomb. It is also not dank and incredibly bitter. It features an unfiltered hoppy pineness up front (NE style) with great hop character and a fabulous finish. Great feel and drinkability. A unique brew for the IPA connoisseur.

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Photo of krbrevard
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Bluescooter
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.17/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

On tap at Primanti Bros in Pittsburgh, PA.

This one pours a dark-ish amber, with a small head and a good bit of lacing.

The name is Big Hop but that seems like a misnomer. I get mostly malt on the nose, bready and caramelly, with stale hops fighting in the background.

The taste is the same. Don't call a beer Big Hop if it's neither Big nor Hoppy. It's mainly just malty with astringent bitterness.

This is medium bodied, with a good level of carbonation.

This is fairly disappointing.

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Photo of LarryMyers
3.54/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Raphaellima
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Blackop555
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours light haze. Foamy, short, off white head that fades fast. Light lacing.

Smells caramel malt, light toasted malt and pine.

Tastes malty. Pine and light citrus peel with herbal hints. Finish is dry with pine and light earthiness. Medium body and creamy medium carbonation.

This was 3 weeks old in can so i guess it's always malty.

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Photo of tbst
1.43/5  rDev -62.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

It tastes like a cat is urinating into your mouth. It is seriously not a good IPA. I have to type this filler. If you imagine this being a good time, order a Big Hop IPA!

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Photo of ajm5108
2.9/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

very malty, lots of caramel flavors, the hops are more resinous / piney but not exactly something I would say is a "big" hop presence. feel was normal.

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Photo of tdm168
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tucquan
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this on 2017-03-27 in Columbia, PA from a 12oz canned on 2017-02-22

A - Fairly-clear, ruby-gold with a 1-finger white head and good lace. It's a lovely color. After pouring the last third of the can into my class, sediment clouded the remaining beer in my glass. The flavor wasn't impacted.

S - Biscuit, light caramel, earthy spice, stone fruit, light citrus. Pleasant but not real strong.

T - Lightly toasted bread, caramel, orange rind, pepper, earthy spice, pine. Finishes pleasantly bitter with balancing fruit and grain sweetness.

M - Medium-body and carbonation. Viscous, somewhat prickly and resinous. Very nice feel.

O - The flavors in this beer apparently appeal to me. I'd be glad to have this again as I like a complex malt bill to go along with not-too-dank hop flavors. Somewhat reminds me of a Victory Hop Devil. Nice.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

on tap at Soho restaurant in Pittsburgh yesterday.

more hazy than cloudy deep yellow body. good white head, leaves decent lacing.

getting a little citrus on the aroma, but not a lot of anything.

tastes good enough, okay hop bite, can feel a good maltiness, but far from a malt bomb.

feel is a touch below medium, would have preferred a heavier mouth.

overall, and bearing in mind i had this after an excellent head hunter, this is an okay ipa, nothing spectacular, but would not hesitate to call it up again.

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Photo of Octoberist
3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Yancey82
3.54/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nmann08
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rons35
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rizzy17
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mjgpy3
4.6/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brutalist
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JohnnyLarue
3.39/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of qcbrewer
3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Big Hop from East End Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 273 ratings
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