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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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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of John_M
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Industry public house the other evening.

The beer pours a copper orange color with fairly decent head retention and light lacing. Don't get a whole lot on the nose in this one... just some light dry citrus, a hint of malt (sort of reminds me of malted vinegar without the vinegar), and something of a cereal grain aroma. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely in this nicely balanced, on the dry side IPA. As the previous reviewer noted, this really comes across as more of an English style IPA, and so I think calling this a "Big Hop" anything is something of a misnomer. Frankly, I was hoping for more of an American styhle IPA in this beer, as there's really not much citrus or hoppy bitterness in the finish in this one. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth, with the carbonation dialed down quite a bit. Finish is fairly long and the alcohol is completely undetectable.

Had this beer prevoiusly on cask, and I thought perhaps the cask conditioning played a role in killing the hop profile in this one. Nope. The version I had at the public house was very, very similar to the cask version I had previously.

Not awful, but very much a "mehhhh" in this one I think.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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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 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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4/5  rDev +5%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of soulfly1492
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
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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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of ADZA
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
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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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Dray
4.14/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Big Hop from East End Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 275 ratings
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