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: 264 |  Reviews: 105
Photo of DaMyth
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of davidIPA
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of soulfly1492
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Big bold hop aroma, a nice dose of malt to balance (attempt anyways). Hops are mostly pine, resinous.

Appearance: Pale gold. Quite hazy. Tall white head. Good retention. Mild lacing.

Taste: Lots to taste here. Pine hops, some mild citrus, quite bready. Maly is moderate, Munich and pale, some pils maybe. The hop wallop is nicely balanced by the malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium-low body. Very mild carbonation. The finish is moderately dry.

Overall: Quality brew. A bit funky. Easily drinkable, yet mildly bold and complex enough.

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Photo of DWolf
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of ADZA
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is definately a first for me and pours a hazy orange honey hue with a creamy two finger head and subtle lacing,the smell is citrus and pine infused hops with sherbet not much else really,the mouthfeel is just over lightbodied and like they state the hops dont get much of a say in this mouthfeel which leaves really unbalanced for me and the taste is all about the hops too with tastes of mandarins,piney bitter hops,grapefruit,kumquats and finished with that ever present piney hop bitterness and overall i like my IPA's but this one is really unbalanced and would prefer a HOP HOG to be honest cheers.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of OriolesFan1008
2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

Photo of wfpalm
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of Dual45s
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of gjrey
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of ejimhof
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of Mark5252
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of KimbarkBrewCrew
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Dray
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TasteTester
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of TheMadStork
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of tellish33
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of deapokid
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.24/5  rDev -16.5%
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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Photo of clayrock81
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
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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Photo of Garlicjosh
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of WestViewBrew
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of Mounty4Life
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fresh keg tapped week ago

Light and hazy
Smells of cascades overcome all
Great carbonation and hop presence
yummy hops hops hops
Overall local favorite of mine in ipa category..very drinkable for all the hop heads out there...a must try if ever in Pittsburgh,PA

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Photo of thecheapies
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

East End Big Hop on tap.

Hazy true amber. Some red-orange hues. Creamy head. Great lacing.

Stinky piney hops of a potent pellet nature. Pine sap, grapefruit pith, spicy/floral notes, as well. Pine forward with a wacky aromatic bitterness and semi-sweet malt undertone.

Massively bitter hops. Pine crazy and super dry. The flowery flavors also come to fruition. Much drier than the smell. Clean and crackery. Can't get over the mega-bitterness. Battery acid tongue. Macerates the palate. Unreal. Some grassiness, Swiss chard, mint, let's just describe this as green.

Silky with a carb that's held in check. Light on booze.

A local hit. East End does a really good job on many of their brews. I look forward to the Harvest, but drink this in the meanwhile.

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Photo of Paymygasbill77
2.37/5  rDev -38.9%
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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Big Hop from East End Brewing Company
3.88 out of 5 based on 264 ratings.
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