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RATINGS: 134   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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Big Hop IPA – the first of the brews from Pittsburgh’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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
raphael (912) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 3, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2007 on tap at gooskis. sharp aroma of hops. orange amber, white head. strong hop giving way to alack of folow through--sharp keening without much malt back-up.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kramer (5089) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 23, 2007
On tap, Sharp Edge Creekhouse. Pours a slightly hazy dark copper under a small beige creamy head. Nice citrusy hop aroma with a little bit of a floral note and a little bit of doughy malt. Flavor wise, just your basic IPA, light citrusy hops with minimal bitterness. A slight metallic tinge on the finish. Fairly nice soft carbonation with a slight resiny stickiness on the finish. Not sure why they call this "Big" hop, I didn’t really get an especially aggressive hoppiness out of it. Just your basic IPA.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 14, 2007
Draught at Capone’s. Very cloudy golden-orange body with a soapy white head. Nice bright citrus and tropical fruit, plus crusty hop aromas. Juicy flavor with notes of grapefruit, toast and a hint of diacetyl. Firm, but mostly clean bitterness. Decent little IPA, despite the excess of particulate matter.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
egajdzis (5401) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2007
Murky golden amber color with a medium sized, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of pine, citrus, toffee, and floral hops. Taste was bitter, grapefruit, light caramel malts, pine, lightly resiny, with a dry finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2007
Medium amber color - lively head. Aroma is sweet with a slight hint of grassy hops. Flavor is also rather sweet, some hop bitterness but not much - a little out of balance, though it’s clean and crisp.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lukin013 (215) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 17, 2007
On tap at the Map Room. Dark amber body with off-white head. Nice floral hop aroma. Flavor starts off with some sweet caramel malt with a cool, crisp finish consisting of pine, floral hops, and some grapefruit. IPA is not my favorite style but this is quite enjoyable.

2.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
cheap (4198) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2011 Out of the tap it pours cloudy yellow orange at the Bocktown Bar in the Robinson mall shopping center. Nice hoppy floral aroma. Has some bubbles arising but it does not qualify as lacing. Pretty hoppy taste but not as an IPA of DIPA. Flavor is a little weak compared to other IPAs and I think that may be a benefit since I don’t really care for IPA bitter lingering beers. However, the finish is bitterness that builds as the resolution continues. This is a little better than your typical IPA but for the style, I think IPA lovers may find this without offense. Best IPA I’ve tasted.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (9133) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2006
Growler acquired in trade with lukin013 (thanks!). Poured a deeper and murky orange color with a huge sized off white head. Lots of lacing left on the glass. Aromas of pine, citrus, and caramel. Tastes of pine, citrus (oranges and grapefruit), and caramel. Sugary sweet with a nice bitter balance. Nice hop presence with a malty balance. The only bad side is the body was on the thin side.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TomDecapolis (4540) - Milton, Delaware, USA - DEC 28, 2006
Thanks to hopdog for sharing this growler. Pours a lightly hazy golden orange with a large foamy off white head that left tons of lacing. Aroma of orange, light pine and other various citrus with a nice caramel malt balance. Flavor of an up front bitterness followed by pez candy, citrus, pine and more bitterness at the end that creeps back in. Lots of fresh/dry hop flavor.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
LinusStick (2887) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2006
Not a very good IPA. Had on draft at Sharp Edge Creekhouse (but I won’t hold it against them). This tasted like a stale version of the greats. It poured a delicious malt colored brown with a soapy head. But looks can be deceiving. The best way to describe the taste was hollow. It had the hoppy bitterness to it but nothing in between to balance it out. I expect more from my home town gosh darnit.


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