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

Added by WVbeergeek on 12-07-2004

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Ratings: 276 |  Reviews: 110
Photo of tbst
1.43/5  rDev -62.5%
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 Paymygasbill77
2.37/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I have been wanting to try this beer for a long time.

From tap into a pint glass.

A: Pours a carmel-amber color with a nice 2 finger sticky head.

S: Only hops, Nothing else. I sniffed it 3 or 4 times toget something else out of it but couldn't find anything.

T: Mild lemony hops up front with an overpowering hop bitterness. Some mild biscuity flavor and a tiny bit of maltyness. This beer is pretty one dimensional. There are way to many IPA's out there to make a beer this plain.

Mouthfeel: I will say that for an IPA this has a decent mouthfeel. Not chewy, but not watery either.

Overall: I give it a 2.5. I hope I get a chance to try it again. Maybe I got a bad batch.

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Photo of knave0927
2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

Photo of Jeremy0682
2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

Photo of ajm5108
2.9/5  rDev -23.9%
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 Seaba
3/5  rDev -21.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of IPAchris
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of billbeers
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of Andrew526
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of aforbes10
3.06/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Growler from Capones in Norristown, PA. Pours and amber brown with a nice short white head and sticky, wet spider web lacing. Smells malty, with a touch of lemony hop. Taste is at first quite one-dimensionally bitter, but a caramel malt flavor builds beneath this, along with a biscuity quality that supports the bitterness pretty well. Hops are slightly spicy, no citrus or floral qualities. Medium bodied, drinks pretty well. Overall, its mildly interesting, though I still found it just a bit more one sided on the bitterness than it needed to be.

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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 GreesyFizeek
3.17/5  rDev -16.8%
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 zhreger
3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of xnicknj
3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

on tap at hawthornes - served in Duvel tulip

Pours a deep copper color, nearly purple in some shades with a thin layer of beige head, fading out completely.

Pretty understated nose with touches of fruity hoppiness and toasted malts. Lightly sweet with caramel and berry.

Snap of hoppiness up front, juicy fruit with orange peel and berries. A bit sweet, layered onto the caramel malts with toasted grain and bread. Finishes hoppy and dry.

Medium body, decent carbonation, dry and chewy on the tongue. Certainly not poor, but there's just too many top flight IPAs all over the place these days for this not to get lost in the shuffle.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.24/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served a orange golden color with a good deal of haze. There was a nice large two finger head upon serving that slowly receded over time. Once dissipated, the head leaves a nice deal of lacing to be seen.

Smell – The smell is a bit light for an IPA. There are lighter hints of citrus and a little bit of floral mixed with some sweet caramel malt aroma.

Taste – The taste is of more earthy hop flavors and caught me off guard at first. The earthy hops really hold their ground throughout the taste and more toward the middle meet up with some of the sweeter flavors that were detected in the nose and the lightest bit of pine. These sweeter and earthy flavors largely take the taste to the end.

Mouthfeel – The body was medium to slightly above medium in thickness with a slightly above average carbonation level.

Overall – The earthiness of the brew made it quite unique in my opinion as all the hop flavor, for the most part, was of its origin. In some ways this earthiness made it very delightful, but somewhat one-dimensional in other ways. This beer would be one that I would have to be in the mood for to go for again( which I likely will be).

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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Big Hop from East End Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 276 ratings
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