DialSquare (4238) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 25, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
douglas88 (8336) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 19, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
shigadeyo (3633) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 13, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Sonicdescent (384) - Donora, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 28, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
afireinside96 (923) - Mountville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 16, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
keepersj12 (3058) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - JUN 23, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very nice IPA. Well balanced. Malt early followed by the hops. Nice dark amber. Aroma is mostly sweet malt. Good stuff.
MrBunn (2729) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 20, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Acetobacter (816) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAR 18, 2009
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Sharp Edge - Pittsburgh, PA. Pours a heavily hazed peachy-orange, with a soft silky white rim. Nice juicy hop aroma, with a little candied orange and some canned pineapple juice. Flavors heads a little downhill, with a rash bitterness and some slight buttery isovaleric. A touch coarse and biting, with some weird fruitiness that may come from the yeast or other weird off-flavors. Not my favorite. A bit overly sugary.
MrChopin (4303) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 21, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at The Map Room. Pretty orange with a small white head. Nose is tea-like, sugary, with minor bitterness and fruit. Flavor is similar, a little grain and bitterness showing but not much fresh hop. Not innovative or memorable, it’s still a nice one.