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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.


3.1
   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!!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nate (3727) - 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 (4943) - 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.


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