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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Reviews: 40 | Ratings: 92
Photo of LeftyBWS
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a fresh-from-the-brewery growler into a 12 oz. pint glass.
A: Hazy orange/amber in color, with a smooth and bubbly layer of whitish head on top, 2 inches +. Not much lacing.
S: Citrus and oily hops, with a nice caramel malt scent. Good blend of hops and melts.
T: Smooth and malty at first, followed by a nice mix of bitter hop tastes. The finish lets the hops linger, mixed in with some caramely sugar tastes. Neither one dominates the other, and the combo is quite good.
M: Mostly hop bitterness with a bit of smooth maltiness. Little carbonation. Satisfying for an IPA.
D: Delicious. I could have many.

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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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Photo of Stinkypuss
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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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy pale orange-ish color with an off white head. Aromas that are hoppy and earthy. As for in the taste, a maltyer hop taste and a bit dy in alll the right places. A smooth small hop mouthfeel and a nice dry hoppy aftertaste. A very nice harvest, balanced with a hoppy dry end.

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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 JamesS
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very nice fall/harvest beer. I could taste the autumn in the glass. Although I can't imagine anything taking black strap's place as my favorite East End brew, this is an excellent fall-session ale. It had a wonderful hoppy flavor with a crips finish and an excellent aroma with a nice helping of hops.

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Photo of brentk56
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy copper color with a modest head that leaves some lacing

Smell: Fresh hop, grassy aroma

Taste: Starts with a vaguely caramel, grassy, resinous flavor; after the swallow, the resinous hop flavors become intense, and linger well into the finish; if you squeeze the hop blossoms into the brew, it takes on an almost pesto-like character

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Interesting flavor profile that is difficult to describe; very different but enjoyable; make sure to extract the hop juice from the blossoms into the brew

Thanks, DrunkenPanther, for the opportunity

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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 foureyedgeek
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an East End growler filled October 5 and sealed until this evening.

Pours a cloudy copper color with a fluffy finger or so of head that leaved moderate lacing behind as you drink it.

Smells of hops (duh) citrus and a little like fresh cut grass as well as a little malty sweetness.

In the mouth you get that malty sweetness first and then the Big Hop kick, plus the added hops flavor from the wet hop. Not that I can tell that they are we hops specifically, just the difference between this and the 'regular' Big Hop. An added level of hoppiness, let's say. As it warms its even more prominent.

Smooth feel and crisp finish as well as a very well hidden alcohol make this a very drinkable beer.

Go East End!

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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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Photo of beerphan
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

growler -> american pint

Pours a orangish dark amber with a nice thick head. Head doesn't last all that long, leaving behind a thin sheet of soap suds. Minimal patchy lace. Beer is much darker than i expected which leads me to believe that along with the fresh hops a heavy dose of malt is involved. Medium carbonation is present.

Nose: Floral hops with a grassy scent, although not overwhelming. Similiar to smelling big hop after cutting the lawn. Malts linger off stage waiting for their cue.

Taste: Very well balanced. A fruity grass hop front is countered nicely with alot of malt. The bitter aftertaste is shortlived and subtle. This is very close to a dipa, with the thick malt presense and the fresh grassy hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is smooth and medium light. It feels good but is close to crossing into the watery category.

I have to give this beer a high rating for the drinkability because it is very balanced. Although, personally i was hoping for more of a hop overload, i think this beer can be enjoyed by hopheads as well as the not so bitter minded. Be careful though, the 7.4 abv is well hidden.

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Photo of psinderson
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Creekhouse. Served in a Guinness pint glass.

Appearance: Beautiful golden amber color. Thick white head that clings to the glass.

Smell: Total hop aroma...grassy and citrus together. A little malty, but mostly hidden behind the hops.

Taste: This beer hides the alcohol content well. Great combination of hop flavors, mostly citrus and grass. Complex fruit and sweet flavors hover in the background. No hint of any alcohol flavor.

Mouthfeel: Great carbonation and feel. Medium bodied and clean.

Drinkability: This is a dangerous brew - very drinkable despite the higher ABV. Scott has created a nice, clean beer.

This beer was going fast at the Sharp Edge. The bartender said that they got the last keg the distributor had. Great beer, Scott!!

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Photo of jasonm
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 edition. Picked up a growler at the brewery on 9/23.

A - Hazy, dark orange-red iced tea color. Tightly packed dense two-finger width off-white head. Leaves a goodly amount of lacing on the glass.

S - Smell is lemony, grassy hops. Not overpowering but a bit more assertive than the standard Big Hop.

T - The higher malt profile is evident with a big-bodied chocolate malt roastiness. This provides a nice counterbalance to the burst of grassy, floraly hop flavors. Mild touch of alcohol warming and a short lingering bitter finish.

M - Full bodied, hop-oily juicy with a crisp tartness as well.

D - Big Hop extreme, bordering on the 2IPA territory, but with some restraint. Good job Scott. Better get some before its gone.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
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 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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