Big Hop Harvest Ale | East End Brewing Company

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East End Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Fall

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Added by beergeek279 on 09-20-2005

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Ratings: 92 |  Reviews: 40
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5/5  rDev +23.5%

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5/5  rDev +23.5%

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5/5  rDev +23.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of Pukstopper
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Pours in a pint glass at the Wexford Ale House. Nice deep bronze color but not opaque. Sort of cloudy. Head stayed a little while and lacing was good. Not real hoppy tasting but a very nice follow typical of a good APA. Had it with fried pickles and it paired great. Wife took a sip and said she liked it and she isn't a Hoppy kind of person. BTW she is drinking the Thirsty dog Barktober.

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Photo of dawg
4.7/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked up a 1/6th on September 28, 06 straight from the source.

Thought I'd review before I run out.

I guess I am fortunate to have a sixtel. This is some tastey stuff.

Poured from the 1/6th into a wheat beer glass. Poured with an inch and a half head...very fluffy and hard. Looks like spray insulation. Probably could have floated a penny on top. Orangish brown and cloudy. Not as cloudy as when I first tapped. East End does not filter. Good thing as the feel of this beer is nice and rich. I could crush tons of these sixtels.

Taste suprised me as I and friends enjoyed this years harvest. I expected more of a bitter and crisp hop smack in the face. This is not the case. The ale is well balanced with a huge malt pofile that leaves the insane amount of wet hops lingering in the aroma and finish. I've had some growlers this year with fresh wet hops added but I think I prefer the kegged version from home. Although I have to admit, it was nice to chew on some green hops.

Hopefully Scott does another Harvest next year. Perhaps I'll get a half. At 7ish % it should last awhile.

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Photo of oneeye
4.67/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a growler into a Iron City Beer pint glass. According to the breweries web page; "The Big Hop Harvest Ale is a wet hopped beer using freshly picked hops. The hops were picked on Wednsday, brewed with on Thursday, and the beer tapped on Saturday."

A. A unfiltered IPA that pours a murky cloudy copper orange. A glowing body with a thin eggshell white head. A lot of sticky lacing left clinging to the pint glass.

S. The aroma of a Fall day as if you were taking a walk on a path through nature. A earthy smell of dried leaves, leafy hops, and freshly cut grass. Sweet caramel malts and citrusy hops.

T. A earthy hop mixture that almost tastes dirty. A fresh taste of bitter earthy grassy hops blended with a floral citrusy dry finish. A well balance of caramel sugary malts and earthy citrusy hops. A few freshly picked hop cones floating about to add a additional fresh hop goodness.

M. The mouthfeel was a bit thin. Though crisp and creamy. The Harvest Ale finishes dry and bitter with all flavours lingering on.

D.The drinkability is tremendous! The abv. of 7.40% is well hidden. The Big Hop Harvest Ale is easy too drink and tastes good to the very last swig. I could picture this beer pairing with many things on a cool afternoon Fall day. I could drink this all day long!

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4.6/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Hazy golden bronze body with small off-white head. Head fades quickly and no lacing or collar is left behind. Head retention is somewhat disappointing; but I love a cloudiness this thick in an IPA.

S- wow is this beer fresh! Lots of pine and citrus hop aromas with a solid caramel malt background.

T- Upfront is a big balance of citrus and pine hop flavor with a subtle caramel malt background and very little bitterness. The finish is all pine hop flavor. A big refreshing dose of piny cascade hops take over and make a nice clean-yet wet-finish. Nothing lingers on the palate.

M- Medium carbonation and smooth body. Not very oily. Goes down easy.

D- Its a shame this beer is a seasonal. The fresh hops make a world of difference here and it is delicious. Luckily, I live in the Pittsburgh area and can enjoy this one every time it comes around.

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Photo of trygelski1
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Growler being drank out of a tulip glass:

Look: Pours a nice golden/orangy color with about an inch of head with tons of lacing present.

Smell: Citrus, pine, grassy.

Taste: Citrus, pine, grassy, also tastes kind of woody, nice touch of malts also to not make this overly hoppy.

Feel: Medium bodied.

Overall: This is one of my East End favorites. This is a solid harvest ale that I visit every year. It is not overly hoppy so might be a good starter for someone just getting into harvest IPAs. I recommend picking up a growler or pint of this at the brewery.

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Photo of rabsten
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a growler drawn on the afternoon of Saturday, September 30 2006, poured into an East End pint glass for review. I got the extra hops in the growler, which is a nice touch.

Pours a cloudy copper amber, nice head with good retention, fluffy lacing.

Very hoppy aroma, fruity and clean. Tasty to smell, better to drink. Crisp hop wallop up front with a clean malty finish.

Smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Drinkability is high but takes a bit of a ding because of the alcohol content (two a session, tops).

It's brews like this that make East End a must stop whenever I visit the 'burgh. Another good one, Scott. Cheers!

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4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mad Mex Robinson had this brew flowing. Appearance is amber hued with an off white fluffy head leaves thick lacing around the pint, nice. Aromatics are this brews highlights flowing tones of some of my favorite "C" hops namingly cascade citrus and floral notes with a bigger malt profile to back up the fresh hop harvest. Flavor profile is lucious, upfront bitterness with balancing alcohol and malt sweetness combines very nicely beefier than the average Big Hop very nice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with some slightly resinous hop oils gliding across the palate tame carbonation that doesn't over do it in anyway. Drinkability is definitely pretty high with this brew beware it's probably around 7% or so, great treat from a local hardworking brewpub.

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Photo of Boto
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler from brewery: Thanks to the brewer who sold me some beer even though I wasn't there during their growler hours!! This one pours a hazy orangish color. There was a fair amount of a beige head that leaves some lacing. The aroma is decent: plenty of hops to the nose. Mainly piney, but some earthy notes also. The taste is also quite good. A nice medium body, with lots of pine and grapefruit hop flavors. Given the taste and aroma I expected this to be more bitter, but it is very drinkable. Quite nice.

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Photo of jeffbearer
4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer at the Harvest Ale Debut last night at the Pittsburgh Deli Company. It was served on both draught and cask. I'm reviewing the hand pumped version.

The beer poured a rich cloudy orange with a creamy white head. The aroma was hard for me to pick up; the bar was a little smoky. From what I could smell it had a light hop smell compared to what I expected for a wet hopped IPA made with fifty pounds of fresh hops.

The flavor was big and juicy; a full malt backbone supports a load of hops that bring a lot of citrus to the beer. The beer sports a higher gravity which adds some alcohol warming to this beer making it taste and a bit 'Imperial'. The mouthfeel is huge; it reminded me of biting into an orange.

Any grassiness that you would expect from the fresh hops is minimal or imagined but it does not take away from this beer, it's a great offering from East End Brewing, find it while you can, there is only 14 barrels of it out there.

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4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A. Pours cloudy orange with a pillowy off white head. A little lacing effect. Hop blossoms were floating in the growler and poured into my beer.

S. Light on the nose surprisingly. Floral hops and some malt.

T. With the hops floating around in there, I expected intense hoppyness. It was hoppy, but the hop used was delicate and floral, with some earthyness to it and a lingering bitterness. The malt was sweet (caramel?) Spicy Hops linger on the palate

M. Pretty smooth and refreshing.

D. This is a very well balanced drinkable IPA. Worthy of a growler pick up from time to time.

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4.28/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of OneDropSoup
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, creating a finger of head (this is at least 24 hours after the growler was poured, so not bad). A hazy, translucent amber tea color with light orange highlights. Various speeds of rising bubbles, some lacing.

Smell is very smooth & nice, mostly grapefruit & sweet orange scents. There's that little bit of hop bite too, crisp. Great smell.

Taste is pretty remarkable, in my opinion: nice mix of lemon, orange zest, some semi-dry iced tea flavors, a little bread crust sweetness, some other fruit (cherries, maybe). A lot more balanced than I'd anticipated, very smooth & refreshing.

The mouthfeel is very iced tea-like, going down easy & leaving just a tiny bit of sugary viscosity. As is my experienced with most growlers, it goes flat quickly but really isn't a problem here. Really drinkable for a non-session piece.

I gotta say, I was very pleasantly surprised by this beer. I'm not a huge fan of Big Hop, & I figured this would just be a hoppier version of such, but the wet-hopping really added some delicious & unexpected notes.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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Big Hop Harvest Ale from East End Brewing Company
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