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RATINGS: 131   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
   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!!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nate (3710) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 25, 2005
On draught at State College 8th Annual Festival. Had a good fruity-hoppy aroma, mild bitter notes with grapefruit and cat pee. Some sweet malt present. Medium amber hazy with thin white head. Medium bodied with mild-medium carbonation, a bit watery. Hoppy and properly sweet like a good IPA. Big bitter finish with notes of grapefruit, both big juicy pieces and that nasty bitter rind. Solid finish and pleasant sweet-bitter after.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Homebrewerguy (303) - Oil City, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 10, 2005
I be trinkink zis unt I be vonderink if zis ist really an IPA. Zhe tasten vas more liken ein pale ale cause of zhe hop mildness. It vas gut zhough, vis ein malty ness, or ist zhat ein nalty mess?
Earlier Rating: 6/5/2005 Total Score: 3.8
I was very impressed by this beer. It was nicely balanced without the usual overpowering hop presence. This is an easy drinker which I’ll definately be looking for again.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
waeltzy (53) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 7, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2005 An easy drinker for an up and coming brewing company. Hoppy, dry, nutty with a strong finish. Amber color good aftertaste -it kept me coming back to the glass. I guess thats all that counts. Good rookie beer.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 18, 2005
this beer had a decent kick. not stone/dogfish kick... but very respectable not the less. a little over balanced with not a lot of malt present. a very good start though

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (4909) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 8, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2014 I had heard that there was a new brewer in Pittsburgh but this was the first time that I had encountered any of their beers. Sampled on draft at Smokin’ Joes in Pittsburgh this beer poured a orange-amber color with a small yellow-tan head. The aroma was light sweet hops. The flavor was nutty malt with a solid hop presence that fades to a bitter sour tang. An OK IPA but nothing special.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2005
Cask @ Sharp Edge: Smelled sweet but hoppy, and a bit malty. Also some citrus notes. Amber color, though a bit light. Nice head. Little lacing. Flavor of hops a malts, with a slightly dry, slightly finish. Strangley balanced, as it strong on the hops and the malt. Do not agree that there is "barely enough malt backbone." In fact, I love more hops. Still a good new start in Pittsburgh’s pathetic brewing scene.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2005
Draft at Smokin Joes: Amber, moderate white head, some lacing, decent aroma of pine, flavor is moderately hoppy, some citrus, barely any malt, slightly watery mouthfeel, medium bitter finish. Decent.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hotspur2001 (44) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2005 Draught - new brewery in Pittsburgh - very exciting!! Big citrusy hop taste - full bodied, wonderful amber color. Reminded me of Dogfish Head’s 60 minute IPA. This one should be on tap shortly at a variety of places around Pittsburgh. I’ve had it at Kelly’s and Fatheads now - can never find a seat in D’s ;-)


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