Big Hop | East End Brewing Company

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Big HopBig Hop

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 PittsburghÂ’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

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Photo of grayburn
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Kelly's.

Pours the lightest shade of amber. Decent head that went away pretty quick but left some lacing.

Smells of pine, and a light malt back. Pretty well rounded in all honesty, I don't know as though it lives up to the name Big Hop in todays day and age. But certainly a nice english ipa.

All hops with pockets of fresh malt exploding out of nowhere. Excellent combination that hits you every so often as you sip or gulp your pint.

Decent mouth, a bit creamy and smooth, the bitterness is not overbearing, which leads to a pretty nice drinkability overall as well. This is a beer I could have a few pints of, but would not be my first choice.

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Photo of woodske1
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

It may use alot of hops, but it is not overpowering. Very nice smell and taste but not BIG. It seems to not be fizzy enough though.

I get this in Growlers quite a bit so it is a beer you can go back to again and again. Not the best IPA but very good.

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Photo of IronCitySteve
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Tessaro's.

A: An extremely cloudy/hazy golden/orange color. Lighting was not the best, so I may be a tad off. Produced a 1-2 finger foam head with some spotty lacing.

S: Citrus, grapefruit and pine hops are all hinted at. Thought it would be a stronger smell then what it was.

T: A good amount of hop flavoring. Up front there are plenty of grapefruit hop but there are also some sweet caramel malt undertones. Does not take away from the hops.

M: A nice medium body beer, bitter and slightly acidic.

D: Low ABV, would have a few in a sitting.

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Photo of bosco7
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Zenos

Melon, citrus, and some grainy aromas.

Grapefruit, pine, orange hop flavors followed by malty caramel. There is some grainy flavors almost husky. Bitterness is high and very astringent.

Pretty good little IPA. I plan on having some more.

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Photo of CoolJosh
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stumbled into Zeno's on an off-night after I got off work. It's not that I was in a miserable mood, it's just that I had a lot on my mind, I had recently done something that I didn't regret but that I had questioned God for....

Tonight was different then most, I sat down at Zeno's bar and asked for a recommendation by Dave, and afterwards I went with a favorite of mine. The recommendation was an East End Big Hop.

The beer poured a beautiful lofty white soft cloud like head. The body was a very clear rusty orange body that looks very clean, and easy to drink.

When I threw my nose into the mix, here's what I got: some peach, some apricot, and a slight graininess. Fairly dry. very subtle and lacking here, in the sense that the smell is subdued. Nothing jumps out at you, but nothing holds itself back, it's one of those stuck in the middle type deals.

Ultra refreshing. Some simco hops add a nice and unoverwhelming dryness. Very light, but some tiny bit of lemon and grapefruit flavors and some grassy flavors as well as some hints of apricot. I could definitely have another, but i'd need a couple of minutes to recover after thinking about everything that just happened to my palate.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a medium, cloudy tangerine-amber with a fluffy off white head, 1 finger high that quickly settled leaving only faint amounts of tracing.

S: loads of centennial and cascade hops were definitely noticed producing a big pungent aroma of soft pine and grapefruit notes with a light flowery presence.

T: The initial flavor had a nice citrusy grapefruit bite and bitterness with smooth floral notes. A nice dry palate with some graininess. The hoppiness lingers long after the swallow.

M: good with a light-medium body. light carbonation tingle and a good amount of bitterness left behind.

D: A nice drinking ipa with just enough balance to down a few of these. The hoppiness was well in check being respectful, without being obnoxiously overbearing making for a great session.

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Photo of SwiftyMcBeer
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank this from a growler picked up at the brewery. It poured a decent looking cloudy yellow/orange with a small head and a hint of lacing. Your smells are the standard IPA smells, piney, grapefruit, etc, supplemented with a decent amount of malt. The malts are the first thing that hits your palates quickly followed by the hops that take you into the finish. I like that this shows it's malts, I'm a huge fan of the hoppiest of beers, but it's nice to have an IPA that gives you some malt flavor every now and then. This is a beer you could drink all night long and the growler went really fast with three of us attacking it. An extremely enjoyable effort, I would probably get off the turnpike again to seek this out.

Serving type: growler

Reviewed on: 05-26-2008 20:14:49

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Photo of aforbes10
3.06/5  rDev -21.3%
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 sholland119
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a mildly hazy golden color. About an inch of white head and a little bit of lacing.

Big pine hops in the nose with just a hint of malt in the background.

Taste is fine but a little bland. Some pine hops in the beginning and an earthy hop finish. I am not generally a fan of this type of IPA taste and this one does not change my mind. No real detectable malt so kind of out of balance for me.

Mouthfeel is a bit acidic and bitter, moderate carbonation.

Moderate ABV makes it sessionable but I did not like the flavor enough to want more than one. Too many beers, not enough time.


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Photo of MmmIPA
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Fresh growler from East End.Drank from a Steelers glass.

Nice orange body with a nice one finger head.Lacing is left on the glass.

Notes of hops and breadiness.

Very well balanced for a ipa.The hops and malts never overpower each other.Not very bitter at all.

Nice carbonation and mouthful was light but never thin.

Good ipa but I think they should up the hops and make it a little less english.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Served on tap into a beer mug. Brownish amber in hue, almost orange. A nice head diminishes to cling to the rim of the glass, a nice webbed lace forms.

S. Some citrus and herbal hops, a bit of malt.

T. Follows the nose as a nice balanced show of hops and barley. The malt is there, hops are there, neither overbearing at all. A good IPA.

M. Smooth and crisp. Leaves palate a bit dry, leaves me wanting more.

D. Very drinkable, the ABV is managable too for sessions.

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Photo of oneeye
4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a growler straight from the brewery.

A.Unfiltered,cloudy orange/yellow with sticky lacing with very little head.

S.You can pick up the malts along with the hops at first.Grapefruit,sweet,grassy.

T.Sweet taste of malts up front.Piney/grapefruity hops with mild bitterness follows and ends dry with a subtle taste of hops and malts.Very balanced flavors without one flavor dominating the other.

M.Slight bitterness about the tounge with chewey malts and a light watery feel.

D.Very veasy to drink and very enjoyable to drink.The first sip is as good as the last.I can drink this beer all night and onto the next day wanting more.Very tasty indeed.

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Photo of JamesS
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this on-tap at the Pipers Pub in Pittsburgh.

Poured a great amber/orange color with excellent head and nice lacing. It had a wonderful floral scent, very hoppy, with slight citrus undertones. Great bitter IPA taste, a refreshing bit of citrus, with a great hoppy bitter aftertaste. This is very smooth and refreshing, a great pale ale.

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Photo of umtox
3.11/5  rDev -20.1%
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 Hojaminbag
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap @ Roland's in the strip district.

Hazy amber/orangish color with off white head. Leaves some nice foamy lacing along the sides of the glass.

Not a huge aroma here, just faint citrusy hops comes through.

The very first flavor is a bitter hop bite followed with a tasty citrus/grapefruit flavor. The whole hop experience is underlined with just a slight malt backbone to balance it out a little.

Mouthfeel is what you expect from an ipa, light and bubbly.

This brew is extremely easy to drink because the overall flavor is very mellow, no very strong bitterness. The main flavor characteristic is citrus, and even that is not extremely potent.

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Photo of jeremy13586
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just picked up a fresh growler yesterday during their Growler Hours. Pours a big bubbly head that hangs around for a while, but eventually dwindles in to nothingness. The body is a nice cloudy copper color. Very floral in the nose.
Starts off a tiny bit watery, but then the hops hit you in full force. There is just enough sweetness. Finishes clean and smooth. I could drink this stuff all day long as long as I had enough growlers on hand.

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Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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 irishevans
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not typicaly an IPA guy so this may seem a bit off to those who are. nice deep gold colour, very sharp hoppy nose which is deceiving of the taste which is perfectly mellow smooth start and crisp but not overwhelmingly hoppy finish. extremely drinkable IPA, give her a try

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Photo of LeftyBWS
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank this a few days ago and took some notes. Poured from a 1/2 gallon growler filled fresh earlier that day, into a Sam Adams pint glass.
A: Hazy amber-copper in color. The head is smooth and light beige, about 1 inch thick, and it fades quickly to the sides of the glass, leaving a foamy sheet of spottily-sticky lacing.
S: Citrus and pine, mostly, with some lightly sweet malts behind the hops. The sweetness comes out a little more after warming a bit. Interestingly, it seems like I can smell the alcohol, even tho there isn't that much in this beer...
T: At first, the citrusy and piney hops really dominate, with only a slight, soft malt flavor. This leads into a slightly bigger spice and sugar presence in the middle, with the citrus still carrying thru to the finish. The aftertaste lets the maltiness grow, producing some roasted sugary flavors that borders on being kinda creamy.
M: Kinda soft and almost smooth in the middle, but slightly watery and alcoholy in the finish. Overall, a little too drying for my mouth, but still not bad.
D: Good. Thoroughly enjoyed downing this growler. Will have this again sometime for sure.
Overall, a pretty solid IPA. The hop tastes, and particularly the feeling they produce, are not exactly what I've had in IPAs that really wowed me, but this is definitely a nice tasting, all-around good brew.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice cloudy deep amberish color, with a nich fluffy head. In the aroma citrus hops and a bit earthy. It has the huge citrus hop taste and a small amount of sweet malts. Lighter body than expected, but it goes together very well. The little brewery that could, good job Scott!

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Photo of akorsak
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 1/2 pint served by Scott Smith during a visit on the way to Dark Lord Day.

A: The IPA pours a cloudy amber orange color with a small patch of head that does not retain for long.

S: The nose is heavily weighted towards the biscuity malt body, nearly foresaking the hops. Only near the end do the hops emerge, showcasing a citrusy body.

T: The taste begins with a routine malty body, somewhat biscuity but not very dry. As the maltiness slides away, a bitter hop presence emerges. That body is grapefruity with some tangerine/apricot flavors rest nicely on top of the malts.

M: The mouthfeel weighs in more on the malt side, presenting a relatively mild IPA that is not afraid to show its hoppy head.

D: A good drink, I'd like to see some more floral hops emerge throughout the drink. It is pretty darn good the way it is though.

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Photo of DrJay
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very hazy, deep orange with a cap of off-white foam. Good head retention with plenty of lacing. The aroma was all hops - citrusy, grapefruit, and earthy. Solid bitterness with grapefruit and light pine flavours. Soft malt sweetness that's a bit toasty. Medium bodied, with lowish carbonation. Mild texture. An easy drinking IPA, lots of hops without being way out of balance.

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Photo of Phatz
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up the growler form Capone's in Norristown on Wednesday and had it in the fridge until Sunday when I had the opportunity to share it with akorsak, bookert & phnphilly. We did finish the line up of growlers so am drinking some more tonight but my review is from last nights notes with some reminders by the pint in front of me.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden amber color with little head and a whit collar and light lacing.

Smell: Hoppy but not terribly bold. I can smell the doughy sweetness and the grapefruit through my cold.

Taste: Fruity sweet with a solid doughy malt backbone and pleasant hop bitterness. As much as it is bold in citrus and floral hops this a solid representation on an American IPA without going over the top. Well done East End Brewing.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, sticky pine sap oily feel, light in carbonation and with adequate bitterness.

Drinkability: This is a sessionable IPA with out a doubt. Sometimes we are dazzled by the monsters and forget that a beer like East End Brewing's Big Hop IPA has a time and place as well.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Capone's. Thanks to Matt for bringing this beer to our side of the state.
A - Arrives very cloudy. I cannot see clearly through the glass. Cloudy amber yellow with a finger of white foam.
S - Fruity, citrusy, grapefruit peel, flowery hops.
T - Grapefruit, slightly peppery, lots of hop flavor. Nice malt presence towards the finish.
M - Chewy and dense. Are those hop particles that make it so cloudy? If so, it's evident in the mouthfeel.
D - A well done IPA. I can session this no prob.

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Photo of weeare138
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Capone's...
Appears a hazy orange toned amber with a small, off white head that quickly fades out into a bubbly collar. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of an Earthy, citrus blast up front with a nice, American hop aroma up front followed by a sugary dough sweetness. The hops are bold in this one. It reminds me of sticking my face over a hop boil and inhaling all the wonderful aromas.
Taste is of hop blasted citrus, pine, and floral goodness, along with some doughy, yeasty bread that's been dusted with sugar.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, low-medium CO2, and highlighted with bitter citrusy grapefruit.

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