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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Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of nmann08
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of brentk56
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a very cloudy amber color and a modest head that leaves a nice web of lacing

Smell: Fruity, citrus aroma that bends to the grapefruit

Taste: Brief biscuity opening followed by blast of bitter grapefruit fruitiness; after the swallow, the bitter flavors dominate although the malt retains a maintains a modest presence through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body and moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Very nice, everyday IPA; East End beers remind you that you can get a lot of flavor without going into the high ABV territory

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Photo of DrBier
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Rifugium
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Pinocchio's, Media, PA

Poured into a stem glass, a cloudy amber color with a nice finger of dense white head, that retained and laced well. Aroma of biscuity malts, pine and mildly citrus hops. Lots of good hoppiness in the taste, with a solid malt base. Very tasty IPA. Light-medium mouthfeel, moderate carbonation, and quite drinkable.

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

On tap at the Sharp Edge Creekhouse.

Pours a clear amber with a thin white head that retains well and leaves a beautiful latticework of lace down the sides of the glass. Aroma is sweet citrus notes and a spicy hop presence.

The taste is big on citrus and hops up front but then melds into a undercurrent of malt sweetness and spice that provides a good balance. Finishes with a nice bite of lingering bitterness at the end. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice tingling carbonation.

There's something about this IPA from East End that I think could use just a tad more oompth to jack it up a level but I can never seem to put my finger on it. Still very servicable though and very good for the style. I'd never turn down a pint!

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Photo of woodychandler
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I originally reviewed this beer on-draft in 2006, not long after Scott Smith initially opened his tiny brewery. He has come a long way, expanding into a much larger location and opening a satellite location in The Strip District. Along with his expansion(s) has come the ability to CAN some of his beers, including this one. Today is T, 27 Sept 2016 and this is a CAN review in support of The CANQuest (tm).

From the CAN: "Buy a Good Friend a Good Beer (tm)"; "Yinz CAN [recycle] this CAN, 'n' 'at!"

The Crack! was loud, but otherwise uneventful. I utilized a gentle Glug followed by an in-glass swirl to raise two-plus fingers of soapy, foamy, tawny head with moderate retention. Color was a slightly-hazy Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) and I again attribute the haziness to the interior temperature of my reefer. I keep food in there also and as such, I like to maintain a very cool state. The nose, while hoppy, was ironically not as pronounced as in an earlier APA. This had more of a pine & caramel cast, but not as hoppy as I might have expected, given the name. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste belied the nose as it came across with an intense grapefruit citrusiness, buttressed by an underlying pine tar flavor. The flavor's bitterness was lingering on the finish, rendering it dry, but not as intense as the name would suggest. I CAN easily envision filling a cooler with this one.

My original, draft review: This arrived with a thick, foamy, white head above a very clear amber beer. The nose had a great floral hop aroma. The mouthfeel was solidly medium, which is just about right for the style, IMHO. There was a wonderful bitterness on the palate and the finish was beautifully hoppy. I found this to be a refreshing, palate cleansing beer and one that I would have again, often.

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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 mdfb79
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From 05/29/15 notes at August Henry's in Pittsburgh, PA. 16 oz. pour in a pint glass.

Decent IPA...not super hoppy, more malty, but easy to drink. Some pine, light bitter bite. Would give it another shot but not a hop bomb.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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 orangesol
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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 PA-Michigander
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Interesting oily and hoppy tones mixed in on this one. I've had this several times and this seems the best sample to date. Nice hop tones, but it's not screaming in your mouth. There's an almost English tone to it that seems to let a good bit of malt in to balance things out. This is not a hop bomb or anything along those lines. I consider it more of an English ipa with stronger hoppy tones than you normally find.

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Photo of IPAchris
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of epyon396
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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 plaid75
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Six Penn in Pittsburgh.

Poured a medium amber hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a peppery and citric hop and a moderate sweetness.

The taste was upfront peppery resinous hop and a chewy caramel malt. Touch of sweetness at the finish.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty hop forward IPA.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly orangish gold with good two0finger head that quickly dies, leaving lace on top of a standard aroma of piney, citric hops, touch of grape (?) and minor sweet caramel malt. Found this beer to be a bit thicker, sweeter, breadier, as the malts are in play more than they should be until a very dry, piney and floral hop tidal wave crushes them, leaving a citric back bite. Not as smooth or as balanced as most IPAs I've had; this seems to be well-reviewed beer but the draft I had was pretty good but nothing blew me away.

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Big Hop from East End Brewing Company
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