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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
fiver29 (1035) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 7, 2010
On tap at the brewery. Pours clear amber color with off white head. Aroma is slight citrus and grass. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor is subtle citrus hop, some grass, and finishes slightly sweet with a caramel touch. Not very bitter. Just an ok brew.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yinzerbeernut (180) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 12, 2010
On tap, poured deep copper with a murky appearance and white head that produced some lacing. Subtle hop aroma and is accented by a hint of citrus. On mouth, this is a medium bodied IPA that has plenty of flowery hop flavor with a touch of green grass. There is a sweet component to this beer that touches the front of the mouth and acts to balance the taste. It has a crisp finish with a slight tang and hoppy zing.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DialSquare (2692) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 25, 2009
From an old rating note - got this at some point on a trip to Pittsburgh a while back: Tap. Cloudy orange pour with a thin white head. Caramel, citrus, pine and grass in aroma. Grapefruit hop taste. Light hop bitterness is main theme.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (6052) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 19, 2009
On tap at the brewery during our Christmas tasting. Pours a deep red-brown color with a massive white head. The aroma is citrus orange hops, seemingly sweet. The flavor though is very hoppy, quite bitter, some citrus and pine, but loads of bittery goodness. A very good IPA. One of my favorites of the night.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shigadeyo (3013) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - SEP 13, 2009

8/26/2009: East End Big Hop IPA is a solid IPA. It really tastes almost identical to Victory HopDevil on tap.... Big Hop has an impressive amber (almost ruby) color, inviting citrusy aroma, plenty of red grapefruit hop flavor and bitterness (mild to moderate level overall), and just enough underlying malt to balance everyting out. This beer is very sessionable and just as good as Victory HopDevil.

Draught (several pints) at August Henry’s (across for the Marriott) in Pittsburgh, PA. Rating #70 for this beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sonicdescent (384) - Donora, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 28, 2009
Even my non IPA, non craftbeer guys love this one. Aroma is of sweet hoppy goodness, appearance takes a hit because of a lack of head, but the murky dark red liquid looks great in a mug. Flavor is..well its hoppy goodness with a semi sweet twist.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
afireinside96 (923) - Mountville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 16, 2009
Growler bought back for me from The ’Burgh by BeerGestapo. Big thanks Mike. Lightly hazed dark amber with a thin diminishing head. Faint smell of pine and toffee. Grassy, caramel, citrus flavors. Bitterness is semi-intense at first but quickly takes a backseat. Not bad, but not nearly as good as the other beers I have had from East End.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
keepersj12 (2694) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - JUN 23, 2009
Very nice IPA. Well balanced. Malt early followed by the hops. Nice dark amber. Aroma is mostly sweet malt. Good stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrBunn (2459) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 20, 2009
On tap at East End. Pours an orangish amber with a pretty substantial head. Nose is full with hops goodness. A lot of citrus and a little bit of floral hops are there. Flavor is excellent as well. Lots of balance between the malt and hops with a bit more of a pine/grapefruit in the finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Acetobacter (816) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2009
Enjoyed via draft. Probably the best beer from East End. Nose is dominated by American hops. I noticed some complexity in terms of hop flavor, but not as much as the best examples of the style. I would have liked to see a little more hop flavor on the back end, along with slightly more malt complexity. Not outstanding, not awful.


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