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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.


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
auerbrau (3178) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - MAR 18, 2009
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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrChopin (3474) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 21, 2009
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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Naka (708) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 13, 2009
Courtesy of Juart from a growler. Pours dark amber orange color with an off white khaki colored head. Aroma of sticky citrus brown sugar with a slight floral apricot or mango. The bitter is huge in this. A little grainy with some fruity character. A slight butterscotch background. I must say that it is slightly unbalanced. Body is medium, but solid. A little roasty-ness to it as well.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dpjuart (1085) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2009
Growler pour courtesy of Nate. Pours Orange with ruby and amber hints and a frothy, off-white head. Nose of grassy, citrusy, piny hops with some mint present. Body is medium watery, with a solid caramel backbone and slight chocolate notes. Moderate bitter with citrus and piny hops, lemon and grapefruit. Dry finish with mild resiny character. Such a solid IPA, especially fresh.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dmtroyer (431) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2009
Draft at Sharp Edge. Textbook IPA. Pours a lovely orange with a dense and thin white head. Aroma is everything you would hope for, grassy, citrusy, hoppy, minty. Body follows with similar flavors, little to no harshness or alcohol and a an off-dry finish. Goes down smooth. Best IPA in Pittsburgh, underrated.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
gsmitty80 (1831) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 30, 2008
A normal IPA, nothing to write home about, but not horrible either. Has some hops but they arent that acidic, smooth and drinkable.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - OCT 31, 2008
Draft at capones. Pours a golden orange body with a thin white lacing. Sweet and then fruity with grapefruit, pine, and citrus. A clean hoppy finish, decent brew.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - SEP 15, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2008 draft- cleanser like hop flavor that is a bit puckering, along with a strange wild belgian yeast thing going on. Would not go to again. Editors note: communicated with the brewer who expressed concern that the place I had the brew may have had an old keg or had not properly cleaned their tap lines. Judging by solid reviews below, this may be true. Will re-rate and give another chance. This may have been an isolated incident.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
clingman71 (297) - Centerville, Ohio, USA - AUG 24, 2008
Draft @ Hop House - Pittsburgh. Cloudy orange color wit a sticky lacing head. Malt sweetness in the aroma with some fruity hops also. Flavor begins a nice mixture of malt and hops, then leads to a burst of hop bitterness and resinous finish. A pleasant surprise.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brew4fun (209) - West Virginia, USA - AUG 17, 2008
On tap at Pittsburgh Westin Fish Market. Pour was cloudy, deep golden. Persistent head. Aroma of big earthy, citrus hops, fresh malt. Taste is awesome! Palate very smooth, nice hop "bite". Medium light body. Beautifully balanced hops to malt. Wish I had picked up a few growlers to take home!


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