Bigger Hop IPA | East End Brewing Company

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Bigger Hop IPABigger Hop IPA

Brewed by:
East End Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by akorsak on 10-26-2009

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Reviews: 28 | Ratings: 60
Reviews by route66pubs:
Photo of route66pubs
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to biglite351 for the awesome trade. Finally getting some East End regulars, and they are worth their weight, to be sure. A couple of months old, but sill good enough to be enjoyed, to be sure!

Pours a DEEP orange-yellow, with a very small, white head. Very little in the head, but good retention as I sip it back. Looks unfiltered and thick, very cloudy to the pour.

For an IPA - no, a double IPA - it's very bready and malty. I hate to have to say this, but the aroma is not to style, even though the (yet to be written) mouth feel and taste are overwhelming. This is definitely no West Coast hop bomb, but this is completely a compliment in this case as the balance here, as you will see, if wonderful.

Oh my the malt in this is incredible. It completely counters the intense first-taste hoppiness, and the overwhelming malt that is left is so incredibly balanced that I could drink this night and day, day and night, endlessly enjoying its incredible-ness. If this were rated on a 10, it would still be a 9.5. For a double-IPA, I have never tasted so much complexity and balance in my life. This overwhelms me, to no end.

And that complexity is there in the mouthfeel also. Carbonation, to be sure. Slight, though, with sweet overtones. Despite the double-IPA label, this is so perfectly concocted that I am not overwhelmed at the first sip. It may be 9% but this could certainly be a session beer. There is absolutely nothing to get in the way of total enjoyment with this.

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Photo of DWolf
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of PSU_Mike
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving: Bomber poured into an IPA glass. Bottled in July 2013. Enjoyed on 12/3/2013.

A - Amber with low carbonation. Loaded with sediment. Not the nicest looking beer.

S - Very nice smell. Very citrusy with subtle malt notes. The hops dominate.

T - Follows the nose. Citrusy hops forward with a malty finish.

M - Low carbonation. A nice grapefruity aftertaste that lingers.

O - A solid offering but a touch too mild for a DIPA. By IPA standards, this one rates higher but its not a DIPA in my opinion. Still a very enjoyable and drinkable beer. I think it would look better if consumed sooner but I would gladly buy this again @ $8 a bomber.

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Photo of brother_rebus
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Staw haze pale gold. Minimal head. Not a huge nose which is unexpected. And a slight let down. Perhaps its towards the end of the keg? Great bitterness up front, pine gripps the side of the tongue. Slight citrus and lingers a resin-y flavor. Incredibly smooth. Full bodied from the malt but not overwhelmed by it. well balanced. Overall delish. Hope it makes it to cans.

1/20/17 tried the "updated" version of this, with new hop profile and staging.
Its a bit maltier. Both sugary wise and toasty wise. Still very bitter. And piney. A bit more hot it seems. They had it losted at 9.1% vs. 9.0. Not preceivesble to the pallet, but perhaps the changes in the beer make it seem so. Getting some slight grapefruit.

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Photo of Stigs
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Big bottle poured into Duvel tulip.

A - one finger of white, bubbly (think dish soap) foam. kind of sitting there not doing much. rich golden amber color.

S - bitter grapefruit and citrus, faint alcohol.

T - really sweet for an IPA. the hops dont come into play until the sweetness dies down. healthy butter & caramel malts. alcohol definitely present in the taste. doesnt really taste like a DIPA.

M - thick and chewy. subtle carbonation. this one is a sipper.

D - not going to lie, finishing off this big bottle by myself is going to be a test for myself and MNF.

this one is almost trying a little too hard. im a bigger fan of the regular Big Hop and Big Hop Harvest.

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Photo of Gonzoillini
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of russpowell
3.1/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cheers to DavoleBomb for this one. opens with a solid whoosh

Pours an effervescent apricot color with a finger of ivory colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Biscuitty malt, & a touch of banana & island fruits

T: Follows the nose, not getting DIPA here...this almost tastes like Ugly American minus some of the hops, also getting apricot & pear along with dryness. Some bittering hops & grapefruit kick as this warms, along with honey malt & pineapple & a touch of booze. Finishes with leafy & woody hops, along with tropical fruit & banana, WTF?

MF: Syrupy up front then the carbonation picks up, medium bodied

Drinks okay, I'm a bit underwhelmed at the hop profile, not sure If this was a screw up at the brewery or what? The "hoppy" beers from this brewery haven't really delivered for me..

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Photo of steeltown71
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1L bottle from 9/09

A: Translucent gold, short-lived, narrow head.

S: Hops, spice, grapefruit

T: Not overwhelmingly bitter for a DIPA - upfront sweetness, grapefruit, spice. Decent hop bite on the finish but still not overly dry.

M: Medium bodied, lively, low viscosity.

D: The liter didn't last long - definitely one of the most quaffable DIPAs

Not overwhelmingly complex but nevertheless a strong offering from EE. I actually found it to be a refreshing break from the huge, dry, bitter hop bombs.

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Photo of akorsak
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 1 L swingtop courtesy of treyrab.

A: The ale has a golden glow that meanders through an autumn-colored brown and yellow hued body. A sizeable head, nearly two fingers, blanketed the glass on first pour but left no lacing behind. I'll report back on subsequent pours.

S: Hops are citrusy with a peppermint sharpness near the end. A general spiciness runs through the glass, almost like the nose on the Crack'd Wheat that I had last night.

T: The ale is vibrant, heavy on the hops. The hops are bold, driving a hopback-full of spices into the body. Grapefruit and orange peel mix with a grassy herbal presence. The result is bitter but not harsh. The ale, despite a large head, seems to be a little undercarbonated. Caramel malts support the hops nicely, allowing scallions, cinnamon and amarillo to peak through. Bitterness leaves a lasting impression on the palate.

M: The mouthfeel is very complex, leveraging the big hop profile and creating a spicy smooth taste that, unfortunately, can't mask a higher alcohol content.

D: The boozy heat peaks through regularly, slowing down my attempts to empty the bottle. A very well done ale. I'm floored by the complexity of the hops.

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Photo of DerekCarruth
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of coachdonovan
2.96/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

"Bottled 9/4/09 - for hoppiest results do not cellar this beer" oops. but from the nice whoosh of the flip top bottle, it appears that this one has help up OK.

pours a true amber, but there is a little haze to it. aroma is not DIPA at all; this is where it starts to fall apart. there is some faint hop citrus but there is also some Belgian, spice, cardamom. taste is the same. it took me a second to identify it, but to me this tastes like a Belgian IPA. at best it's one of those Belgium/West Coast cross-breeds. but i don't get the double IPA at all. if i'm reviewing this against the style, it falls short.

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue with a wispy white head. There was little retention and lacing.

The smell featured a juicy sweet hop and a balmy malt.

The flavor consisted of juicy fruity hops, resins and a smooth sweet caramel.

The mouthfeel was toward thelighter side of style.

Overall a very nice hoppy ale. Smooth as glass on cask.

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Photo of BigPapiBrewingCo
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to fatheads pint glass.
Pours clear reddish brown. smells of carmel and hops some cinnamon notes.
Taste hop bittness carmel a wierd cinnamon hop weird in a good way. There a but of etoh burn as it warmed. It was good east coast ipa.

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Photo of weeare138
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to hopdog for sharing this 1L swingtop bottle...
Appears a hazy golden toned amber with a small head of white fluff that slowly fades away. Tiny streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of citrusy hops, gentle malt grains, and a touch of caramel.
Taste is of the mentioned aroma with more of a fight going on between the bitter hops and sweet, grainy brew fighting it out to a citrusy, orange, and pine clash of hops winning out.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, highly carbonated with an herbal, warming finish.

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Photo of Ezekiel81923
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found this at Capones. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy golden color with a small 1 finger head. Head is around for a little while before settling back to a thin layer. Leaves moderate amounts of lacing, but nothing special.

Smell: Herbal hop aromas as well as grapefruit and citrus. Faint presence of a malt backbone and another faint presence of alcohol.

Taste: Follows the aroma a bit, with citrus and grapefruit hop flavors. A bready malt backbone is present. Not as much of a hop flavor as I'm used to in a DIPA, it's more sweet than anything. The finish also has a mentholated twang to it. Sometimes I'm ok with that, this time I don't think it really works. Mild bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-Medium carbonation with some lingering bitterness in the finish. A bit of an alcohol warming. Hop oils linger as well, allowing a sweetness to hang out on the tongue for a quick second.

Drinkability: Medium bodied. A little too much alcohol presence for me. I drank the whole 33.8oz without a problem but as it warmed the alcohol and a buttery sweetness got stronger and stronger and made it more laborious to finish.

Not bad. East End has better beers though.

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Photo of gcare02
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of outoffocus
2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of gjrey
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of Dogleg
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of sideshowe
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of DaveHack
4.41/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Capones, served in a tulip.

This beer looks beautiful. Nice dark gold, a little bit of haze.
Unfortunately the smell is somehow absent? I healthy swirl produces a bit, but not much.
Very nice bittersweet hop flavor. I'm loving that. The flavor of this beer is amazing.
It truly is an experience in the mouth. It isn't light, bit not overly heavy. This really is how I personally define DIPA.

Do, do seek this out. I hope it is this delicious in bottles.

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Photo of FlakyBiscuit
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

East End Brewing
Bigger Hop

LOOK: Pours a bright copper color with a soapy froth that leaves chunks of lace. Clarity is only fair, the head retention is outstanding.

SMELL: Bigger Hop has a extremely hoppy, fruity aroma. Light toasty malt profile.

TASTE: Aggressive grapefruit rind flavor from the hops, yet achieves a fine balance. Bitterness is in full force, and hop oils are sticky. Pine sap, wood, herbs and citrus definitely overshadow the pale or caramel malt body. Little alcohol flavor.

FEEL: Full bodied, well carbonated. Has a strong hop bite and a dry ish finish. Warming alcohol is felt more than tasted.

OVERALL: A nice big IPA. Definitely tastes strongly of tropical hops. Enjoyable, the alcohol creeps up on you. This is what America is all about , taking a Big Hop to the extreme. Thanks to Chase for securing me this rarity, it was worth the price.

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Photo of Deuane
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes found in a long lost notebook. On tap at Bocktown.

A-Deep copper with a medium off-white head that held on strong and left spotty lace.

S-Spicy floral hops popping through backing a fairly significant malty sweetness.

T-Spicier up front with backing floral notes. Subtle tangy tangerine like flavour in the back. Caramel malt sweetness backs up the hop bill and balances things out nicely.

M-Medium body, semi sharp with a touch of lingering sweet syrupy quality.

D-Good but a touch to malt heavy for me. I would prefer something more hop aggressive. Nice floral aspects come through though I would like more.

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