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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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PGHbeer77 (571) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 2, 2012
Draft. The name says it all. This one has all you’d expect in appearance, palate, and scent from an IPA, but the taste stands out. After the hay hop bomb explosion up front, there’s a brown, malty kick to finish it out.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lamas (1339) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 15, 2012
Draft at Barley’s and Hop’s, Bethel Park, PA on 02/11/12. Poured a murky copper color with a thick beige head. The aroma consisted of a decent amount of caramel maltiness, light biscuity qualities, some grapefruits, and a little pine. Went down medium-bodied with no real surprises taste-wise. Caramel and biscuity flavors were present upfront. Bittering citrus fruits and rinds were noticeable at the end. A touch of harsh rye here and there. A splash of sour lemon in the finish. I would’ve thought that a brewery’s flagship beer should’ve been more memorable.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 15, 2012
On keg at the Craft Beer Co. Pours a slightly cloudy golden colour with a decent white head. Lovely hoppy aroma of pine, passion fruit, pineapple and caramel. Similar flavours. Nice and bitter with moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Alcohol is well balanced. Nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
altonbrownd (3766) - Brussels, BELGIUM - JAN 23, 2012
On tap at beer temple. Nice amber body w medium head. Nose hoppy and nice taste is sweet hops with prickly texture. Really enjoyable. Nice!

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tkrjukoff (4020) - SWEDEN - JAN 23, 2012
Tap @ Beer Temple, Amsterdam. Pours cloudy dark amber with a good creamy beige head leaving lacing. Aroma is weak to medium fruity, malty, citric, soapy and hay. Flavor is fruity, phenolic, apples, pears, caramel, citric, piny, bitter and malty. Finishes longlived bitter and caramel sweet.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ReggieDunlap (3009) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 22, 2012
Pours a hazy blonde/honey color with a medium creamy white head. Aroma has some spicy and tea-like hops. Flavor has spicy, bitter hops...leafy...lightly biscuity. Mouthfeel is light/medium with a bitter, dry finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PotjeBier (1583) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 19, 2012
On tap @ Beer Temple. Orange/amber color. Off white head, good lace. Aroma: sweet malt & resiny hops, nicely balanced. Flavor is medium bitter and lightly (malty) sweet. Body is fuller than I expected from 5.8%. Firm bitter finish. Nice!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Borresteijn (4541) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 15, 2012
On tap at Beer Temple. Hazy golden colour, dense rocky white head. Aroma of dusty malts, flowery hops, oranges, citrus. Flavour is malty, dry, dusty, oranges, flowery hops, citrus bitter finish. Medium bodied. Really enjoyable beer, reminded me of XX Bitter. Good.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MarkSachon (551) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 26, 2011
Not overwhelming or excessive in the use of hops and a pleasant, non-bitter aftertaste. No recoil on the nose.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
callmemickey (2475) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 19, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2013 A: Orange-amber body with a moderate fluffy off-white cap... decent retention but mediocre lacing S: Bold, assertive pine and grapefruit bitter notes, slight sweet malt backbone T: Less profound than the nose, but decent none the less... unfortunately doesn’t live up to the "big hop" name... decently balanced malt-hop ratio, and subtle pine and grapefruit notes... not particularly bitter M: Smooth, medium-light body, somewhat rounded finish O: Decent all around ipa... not as complex as the big boys, but a good drinker nonetheless


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