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RATINGS: 129   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
taffurs888 (124) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 1, 2006
This is a vey good beer. I love that fact that I can drive two miles and go to a wharehouse, meet the brewery, and see it being brewed. It has a floral taste to it, but the hops just keep coming!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (7243) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 18, 2006
Cask version at Barley’s 4th Annual Mini RAF (05/13/06): Hazy dark gold color with a medium ivory-colored head that dissipates slowly. Thin lacing. The aroma is floral hops and some malt. Medium-bodied with a good bitter character. Citrus, floral hops and malt flavors are pretty well-balanced. The finish is clean and citrusy with a lingering hops aftertaste. Pretty good.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
nolankowal (923) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 17, 2006
Sample from MRAF at Barley’s Smokehouse. A hazy copper beer with a off white head that dissapates to a film. The aroma held the standard pine and grass duo with a bit of grapefruit lingering somewhere. The flavor showed more of the grapefruit and less of the pine with a bit of sweet malt. Watery at times, the hop punch comes mid way though and finsihes bitter and dry.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (10072) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 16, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2006 Draft at the MRAF in Columbus. Hazy golden pour with an average frothy white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate floral sour citrus aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture. Heavy sour citrus bitter flavor with a smooth bitter finish that was long and pleasing. This is a standout beer.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - MAY 13, 2006
On firkin at Barley’s MRAF - Pours cloudy amber with a short foamy tan head. Aroma of grapefruit and floral hops big and bold. Flavor is much more balanced though. Nice hop presence with floral and grapefruit notes but balanced quite well with sweet caramel malts holding it together. Finish is bitter but nothing that lingers and really stays with you!

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
keithtarbi (7) - Crafton, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 21, 2006 does not count
I enjoyed this beer at the Sharp Edge Creekhouse with my Dad about 2 weeks ago. To me, it does not compare in “hoppy-ess” when put up against Victory’s Hop Devil. However, the East End Big Hop IPA is more easier on the palate and has variations of sweeter “tip of the tongue” offerings that make it better suited for the beginner hop enthusiasts. I love the story behind this brewery and I love to see small locals build up like this and create a wonderful offering. My suggestion : Next time, go more dare devil on the hops !!!! Keith, Crafton, PA

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CMUBEERMAN (421) - - FEB 26, 2006
I’ve had this on tap a couple of time and had a sixtel at a party last night. It seems a bit inconsistent. Usually it has a great mix of grassy bitterness and malty sweetness...but last night it seemed to have too much sweetness...not enough hops. Oh well...the beer looks good and is a much more cloudy and red colored than most IPAs. Mouthfeel is surpisingly smooth and creamy and the palate is clean enough. I’d rate it higher, but it does seem to swing around the scale a bit.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nchurman (12) - USA - FEB 16, 2006
Had it on tap at the Bottleshop Cafe in Bridgeville. It had a nice golden color with a little bit of white head. Nice level of carbonation and a nice hop aroma, very fresh smelling. Pretty hoppy in flavor, but not too much so. Well balanced. Overall a very easy drinking refreshing beer. Not the best IPA I’ve head, but definitely one of the best. I’m going to go out to East Liberty and get a growler full.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SB (333) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2006
On Tap, Bites and Brews, Pgh

Poured golden. Nice creamy white head, and nice lacing on the glass. Aroma sweet and of grapefruit, alot of citrus notes from it. Flavor citrusy and grapefruity. Nice hop bite as it warmed. Not overpowering, easy to drink. Nice mix of hops and malts. nicely mixed brew. Medium mouthfeel, carbonation was good. Overall a nice IPA and I don’t like IPA’s.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopnpop (69) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 12, 2005
Hop Head Heaven here in Homewood! Tried on tap locally. Gorgeous copper color, very hoppy nose. Beautiful balanced taste finishing with a massive bitter, citrusy twang. I need more!!


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