Tmoney99 (11705) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 16, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - MAY 13, 2006
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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!
keithtarbi (7) - Crafton, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 21, 2006 does not count
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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
CMUBEERMAN (421) - - FEB 26, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
nchurman (12) - USA - FEB 16, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
SB (334) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2006
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
hopnpop (69) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 12, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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!!
Nate (3806) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 25, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Homebrewerguy (304) - Oil City, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 10, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
waeltzy (53) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 7, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.