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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.

artmcd8's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
artmcd8 (1575) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2013 Pours a pale yellowish orange with a white head. Piney hop aroma. Not so huge of a hop aroma. Still decent though. Kinda overly bitter and a dry finish. An easy drinker. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Darkmagus82 (964) - - MAY 25, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 3-31-12 - Served in 10 oz chalice glass Appearance – Served a orange golden color with a good deal of haze. There was a nice large two finger head upon serving that slowly receded over time. Once dissipated, the head leaves a nice deal of lacing to be seen. Smell – The smell is a bit light for an IPA. There are lighter hints of citrus and a little bit of floral mixed with some sweet caramel malt aroma. Taste – The taste is of more earthy hop flavors and caught me off guard at first. The earthy hops really hold their ground throughout the taste and more toward the middle meet up with some of the sweeter flavors that were detected in the nose and the lightest bit of pine. These sweeter and earthy flavors largely take the taste to the end. Mouthfeel – The body was medium to slightly above medium in thickness with a slightly above average carbonation level. Overall – The earthiness of the brew made it quite unique in my opinion as all the hop flavor, for the most part, was of its origin. In some ways this earthiness made it very delightful, but somewhat one-dimensional in other ways. This beer would be one that I would have to be in the mood for to go for again( which I likely will be).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MadRobin (1894) - Silver Spring, USA - MAY 7, 2014
Poured from growler. Hazy, almost murky, dirty copper orange with a khaki head and very good lacing. Aroma of grapefruit, pine, caramel and citrus. Taste of pine, light fruit, citrus, bread and caramel. Medium body and medium carbonation. While quite hoppy, it's not over-the-top hoppy and has enough malt to keep a reasonable balance. Nothing fancy here, just a solid flavorful IPA. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
TylerGreenDC (294) - - OCT 23, 2013
On draft. Typical super-balanced East Coast style IPA. No particular hop aroma or flavor. Slightly roasty finish. A fine example of average.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DiarmaidBHK (3386) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 17, 2013
Draft from Sharp edge beer emporium. Pours orange with a thin white head. Doesn’t leave any lacing in the glass. Has a bit of pine on the tongue and a fair amount of malt sweetness. Finishes clean. Eh!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Advocate_Ames (426) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 8, 2013
Pours copper in color with a nice thin foam head. In the aroma I noticed carmel malts and a mild pine hop aroma. The flavor is of malted barley with a finish that is bitter and dry. Overall this was an above average beverage.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Atjeff (16) - - SEP 25, 2013
This is the best micro brew IPA I've ever had. Draft has a great color and aroma. Good piney after taste. Hint of malt keeps it balanced and smooth. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
changeup45 (1716) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - AUG 2, 2013
Growler from artmcd8. Thanks, Art. The pour is a bright amber-copper color with a moderate khaki head on top that produces light lacing. The aroma shows caramelized malt, resin, and some pine. The flavor follows right in line with that; piney hops, caramel, with the addition of some sweet doughy malt that leads to toasted almond, and a bitter, dry finish. There’s definitely quite a bit of malt flavor, and a roasty element to this, which makes it drink like a Pale Ale. The body is fairly light for an IPA, though. Not bad. A solid beer to kick back to but it falls short of what I expect from a good IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ryanscourt (740) - Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 30, 2013
Big dry hop body. Nice hop aroma. Nice hoppy beer with decent chacacter. Enjoyable and good, not top tier though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
charule (1057) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2013
Tap at East End. Golden amber pour with a foamy head. Nice citrus aromas. Real smooth flavors. Solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tcane7 (1660) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2013
Draft at Salt of the Earth. Pours cloudy amber. Notes of pine, citrus, caramel and some roasted malt. Should have tried this at the brewery it wasn’t tasting that fresh.

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