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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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 2, 2006
Draft at Sharp Edge in Pittsburgh. Pours amber with white head. Faint citrusy hop aroma. Medium light texture. Initial flavor of britishesque toffee maltiness, but grapefruity hops take center stage. The bitterness carries through to the finish, along with some soapiness. The hop profile combined with the thin malt backbone did not really suit my personal tastes. But kudos for being hoppy

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 19, 2006
On tap at Roland’s Landing. Hazy copper. Frothy off-white head. Light hop aroma. Not much. Stale caramel malt and light old orange hops in flavor. Okay, but not too interesting.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MIBRomeo (2559) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 18, 2006
copper color w/ a nice desne white head some nice lacing. Aroma of grass & light citrus some carmels. Palate is smooth & well coated almost fluffy in the mouth. Flavor is a light strawberry & other light fruits some light grass and a touch of carmel. Well blended and very nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 15, 2006
On tap. Orange gold with cream head. Aroma is citrus, floral, and caramel, Flavor is hoppy, citrus, and caramel.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chucks66 (85) - Beachwood, Ohio, USA - AUG 1, 2006
Poured from a growler, thanks Taffurs888. Nice Floral aroma, very floral with lots of grapefruit notes. Drinkable, citrusy IPA, Not crazy on the IBU’s but definitely citrusy and floral/.

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 (8149) - 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 (931) - 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 (10712) - 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!


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