Pedal Pale Ale | East End Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
East End Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
eastendbrewing.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
A single-hopped, single-batch, summer quencher brewed exclusively for BIKEFEST!, Bike Pittsburgh’s week-plus celebration of all things bicycling. Keep an eye on www.Bike-Pgh.org for more info about the summer “brewery ride” and more about FreeRide! – the guys who made those cool tap handles out of salvaged bike parts. Available in July and August, or as long as it lasts (maybe a little earlier and later next year?)

Added by beergeek279 on 08-24-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
85
Reviews:
30
Avg:
4
pDev:
12.75%
 
 
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0
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Photo of NoProblem
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at the brewery

Poured a slightly hazy golden-yellow, with a small white head that receded quite a bit, leaving some lacing on the way. Aroma is quite hop dominant, smelling almost like a fresh hop bag squeezin' right from the wort kettle, with a bready malt base. Nice citrus and pine hops in the taste, well-balanced with sweet bready malts. Nothing new or mind-blowing here, just a solid pale ale, pretty typical of the style. Light-medium body, and great drinkability.

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3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -37.5%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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Photo of IronCitySteve
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice hazy dark golden color with a nice thick white foam head with nice retention. There is a small amount of lacing left.

S: Some floral and citrus hops are the main scent. There are some mild biscuit and toasted bread malt as well.

T: Starts off with ample amount of citrus hops character. Lots of orange and lemon flavors. In the middle, the lemon and citrus hops is balanced out with some caramel, biscuit and toast malts. The beer finishes with more citrus hop bitterness.

M: Fairly dry with a nice light body. Leave a nice hop bitterness on the palate.

O: One of the better APA's I have ever had. Lots of dry citrus hops, very aggressive, but with a nice malt backbone that gives it some balance.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - When it poured a hazy amber I assumed it was another beer but this is the most non pale I ever seen! Nice half inch of foamy head.

S - Smells of mostly malts of bread but I can smell a nice floral hop base.

T - Wow I thought it was my last beer but this beer has hop bite! Not as much as I wanted but still enjoyable almost in terms of "Dales Pale Ale" only less ABV. Wow tasty.

M - light to medium pint went pretty quick.

Overall I can't wait to taste this again. I was a big fan of the hop beer and to see this still very hoppy with less ABV is pretty sweet. Would drink again.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Growler of this from my gf for my birthday.

4.5 A: Slightly hazed golden yellow color. One and a half fingers of off-white dense frothy head with good retention and tons of lacing.

4.5 S: Bright floral and spicy hops. Graham cracker maltiness with plenty of the dank grassy house flavor which works really well in this beer.

4.0 T: Herbal and grassy hop flavor. Fairly assertive bitterness. A touch of indistinguishable general citrus. Cracker and biscuity malts with a bit of crystal in there too. Overall solid.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Good creaminess and smooth with a bitter aftertaste.

4.5 D: Definitely a solid APA that you aren't mad about coming in growler form. No problems and good taste.

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Photo of Deuane
4.52/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A-Lightly hazed golden yellow with a medium bright-white head that slowly reduces to a thin cap and leaves spotty lace behind.

S-Bright floralness and a zing of fresh cut grass backed up by an aggressive citrus punch. Biscuit malt sweetness is there in support but this is a hop forward brew for sure!

T-BAM! Bitter citrus rind and fruit juiciness up front with light notes of pine resin and spiciness in the background. Lightly toasted biscuit malt adds a bit of balance and support but again the hops take center stage here.

M-Medium-light bodied, sharp and crisp with a prickly component. Long lingering hop bitterness and juiciness in the drying finish.

D-Wow! Has this beer always been this good? well, yes and no. It has always been good but it's hop bill has been insidiously ramped up over time. With this incarnation I think EEBC has hit a summertime quaffer home run! Scuttlebutt is that this will become a year round offering....no complaints here! Very similar to another pale ale hop attack in the form of Half-Acre Daisy Cutter.

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4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

64 oz brewery filled growler into an oversized mug.

Pours a hazy gold, with a finger of bright-white colored foamy head. This sticks around with a smooth layer of creamy froth that leaves some nice looking patchy lacing behind. The aroma is floral and grassy and VERY tangy in the nose with a mix of bright smelling fruit, citrus peel, gritty earth, pine, and bready grains. Hops definitely drive the flavor forward here but this is overall pretty sweet and tangy in nose.

The taste has a nice gritty bitterness to it, with earthy textures, bitter citrus peel, and spice giving this some pop. Pine is present but takes more of a backseat to some of the sharper aspects of the hops. Soft fruit and the sweet biscuit character of the pale malts help balance out the back but the bitterness of the hops is pretty darn aggressiveness here, ending this with a satisfying deep dry spicy finish that gets you ready for the next sip. Things do smooth and balance out nicely as this hits room temp, helping take some of the edges off of the hop profile. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a prickly and crisp feel on the tongue. A touch of slickness from the hops lends this some underlying oiliness that gives this some extra ease in the mouth.

Wow, quite the little aggressive APA here, which was packed with a rich but well balanced hop profile and a super easy and thirst-quenching drinkibility. This is no-brainer summer quaff if I've ever tasted one. Great stuff, as always, from East End.

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4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

fresh growler fill today from the brewery, served in a standard pint glass

A - poured with over an inch of frothy cream colored foam, the beer is dark gold in color, crystal clear. leaves behind a thin layer of lacing.

S - very nice bouquet of floral hops, balanced by some crackery and lightly sweet caramel malts.

T - assertively bitter again with a very up front floral hop profile joined by some mild grassyness and light citrus (mostly grapefruit). balanced moderately by some light grains but the hops are in control here. very good.

M - light bodied with subtle dancing carbonation. very slick and oily, coats the mouth and throat.

D - this is great, cant believe i havent sat down and critiqued this before. wonderful hop profile yet balanced and light where it needs to be. a real treat and possibly the new benchmark for APA's as far as I'm concerned.

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4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

New year, slightly different recipe, all for the better.

Appears golden, semi hazy with a lasting head and fine lace work.

Smell is of hop pellet, typically fuggles and northern brewer, though I can't say for sure if those are used.

Tastes bitter up front, with a solid malt backing. Light herbal hopping, not too over the top for the style. Citrus moments, with a caramel like malt body.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Carbonation good.

Very drinkable and nice for a hot summer day. Not as hop attenuated as the Big Hop, this is like the little brother, Small Hop. Good nonetheless.

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4.95/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a really nice golden color with some darker hits of amber. A nice layer of head dissipates slowly from this one, and the beer leaves some nice lacing around the glass.

Smell is hops. I can't put my finger on the hop variety, but it's pretty distinguishing. I've smelled it before and a friend who homebrews was saying the same thing to me, but he couldn't put his finger on the variety either. In any event, the smell is very enticing. There's a bit of a grainy, earthy smell in there too but mostly its the hops.

As others have mentioned, there is quite a bit going on in the taste for a "single hop" beer. This hop profile is very good, and gives off some grapefruit, pineapple and some other citrusy flavors. I picked up a little bit of an oily taste from the hops at times, as well as some of the more rind-like qualities from citrus. There's a very nice grain taste in the finish and aftertaste too that really brings it all together in my opinion.

At 5.4% ABV and with a lighter mouthfeel, this one is right in the wheelhouse as far as session beers go. In fact, I would go as far as to say that if I could have any beer I've tried to session, it would be East End Pedal Pale Ale.

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4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slighly cloudy light amber with plenty of foamy white head. There is a moderate amount of carbonation.

The beer is very aromatic with lots of grapefruity and piney hops.

The taste has plenty of grapefruity hops with a bit of sweet malt coming through in the backgroud.

All in all, this is a very enjoyable beer. It seems to be a rather by the book American Pale Ale and will compare nicely with more highly rated ones.

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4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-Cask at Piper's Pub. I'm reviewing this one keeping in mind that it is an APA. A great APA at that.

Golden amber body with a huge fluffy head that sticks out of the top of my glass like a giant bubbly dome; a creation of the hand pump. A little bit of lacing is left behind, it is rather thing and spindly.

A bit of sweet malts with some very small toasted aromas. The hop profile is rather fruity and grassy.

I know this is supposed to be a single-hop beer, but there sure is a lot going on in the hop profile. A noticeable fruitiness is there, featuring pineapples, along with a nice, grassy flavor. These hops are balanced out by a nice bit of just slightly toasted-seeming malt. Great balance, nice flavors, great APA.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, medium to light bodied with no carbonation of course. It is always hard for me to judge off of hand pumps though.

This is a great APA, one of the best examples of the style that I have come across. That's no surprise though, because it seems like I could say that for most East End creations.

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4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Body is a very cloudy (almost opaque) golden yellow with uniform cloudiness. Head is foamy and thin but it retains well and some lacing is left behind in the glass.

S-Nose is light and crisp. A mild spiciness (similar to cinnamon), and floral hops are most dominant.

T- Initial flavor is mild with a floral hop flavor up front and a sweet pale malt and earthy yeast backbone. A big floral hop bitterness kicks in for the finish along with a big spiciness. A mild residual bitterness lingers along with the initial flavors.

M-High carbonation and light body.

D- I know this doesn't really have any special ingredients but it tastes very different and great. It's a classic APA rather than a hoppier amber APA. Throughout the summer it has become one of my favorite APAs.

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Pedal Pale Ale from East End Brewing Company
4 out of 5 based on 85 ratings.
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