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RATINGS: 136   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 2, 2011
From notes: Draft at several different locations in the burgh. Pours a slightly hazy, dark golden orange color with burnt orange hues when held to a light and a 1.5 finger frothy off-white head. Decent retention, slowly fading into a thin lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lacing left behind. Slightly earthy hop aroma with lots of sweet citrus character as well as some pale malt and subtle booze. Hints of grapefruit and orange peel as well as some earthynpine from the hops. Thisnis countered by a decet malt backbone with hints of biscuit and alcohol sweetness. Medium bodied with a sticky, bitter dry hop presence up front which is countered by some sweet fruit flavor, pale malt and alcohol sweetness. Pretty dry up front with a resinous pine characte but is decently balanced by hi ts of grapefruit, pineapple and orange peel. The mal backbone is a bit too strong for my preference with hints of toffee, biscuit and Graham cracker. Nicely balanced and decently drinkable but a bit too malty and boozy.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bth122 (1325) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2010
Draft. Full frothy head. Liter arom for IPA. Milder tasting IPA than most. Pretty easy drinkin. Taste diminishes kind of abruptly. Not as refined as some. Would prob get again though.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
zdk (1822) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 26, 2010
Cask @ Fat Heads Saloon, Pittsburgh - Nice, big malty prrofile. Copper pour, caramel malts, cirtus and piney finishes bitter. Mellow body because of the hand pull cask. Tasty.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kassner (1410) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 2, 2010
I have had this beer several times, but this was on tap, hand [pulled at Piper’s Pub, so the carbonation and head were low, a little lacing but the whole hopexperience was smooth and mellow.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
agl108 (883) - Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 28, 2010
On draft at Sharp Edge Brasserie. Poured light copper with off-white head. Sweet with citrus tones throughout. Fairly standard IPA and somewhat forgettable. A shame that this is the best the Burgh has to offer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 7, 2010
Growler. Pours a hazy amber with a white head. Smells of pine, bitter citrus. Tastes of juicy hops, some resiny hints, peppery, some sweet citrus on the finish. Well balanced.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alobar (3011) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 3, 2010
On tap at the brewery. Pours a caramel amber color with a citrus and pine aroma. Flavor is more caramel, citrus and pine with little hops like many IPA’s. Smooth and refreshing.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnnyJ (4807) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 19, 2010
On tap at the brewery. Pours a clear amber, with white heat. Citrus, piney bitterness, caramel malt, and hops. Good IPA, but doesn’t stand out to much.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (8817) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 9, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2010 Tap at Pony Bar. Hazy amber pour with a thin white head. The nose is full of light iced tea, a bit of grapefruit and a touch of lightly sweet toffee. Fairly brisk hoppiness with a bit of fruitiness on the flavour. Some orange peel and sweet malt. More east coast in construction with a definite twist in the direction of sweetness, but it’s pretty tasty even though I routinely prefer hoppier stuff. Cask at Brazen Head. Deep amber pour with a thin white head. The nose is nice and fresh with a bright hoppy nose. A touch of orange marmalade along with a woody resinousness. Light grapefruit citrus and a lingering astringent/grassy character. 7 3 6 3 12

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Capa (2237) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - MAR 23, 2010
Citrus and pine hops with a solid malty, caramel backbone. It’s a really easy to drink IPA that still offers up plenty of hop flavor and bitter feel. This is quite the sessionable IPA. Not a palate killer so moving to other beers is still on the table.


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