Beerman6686 (3186) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2013
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Apparently it was not the old brewing equipment or lack of climate control that was affecting the house taste or the ability to make a solid hoppy beer. This one poured a dark orange to amber color with an off white head. Aroma was of dirty and stale herbal earthy hops, light caramel and toast too. Flavor was light roast and malty upfront, with that stale bread house taste to it, followed by a big offensively astringent AA bitterness, with old earthy tones. Another hoppy disappointment.
Nate (3358) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From growler. My first rating of the new year, of the first beer from East Endís new locale. Nice symmetry. Wonderful spicy and floral Cascade aroma. Great hoppy nose with a bit of sweet and nutty malt undertones. Dark amber, almost brownish, hazy body with thin beige lacing head. Medium bodied with medium to high carbonation. Starts with mild caramel sweetness and light carbonic acidity. Big hit of hoppy flavor and bitter character. A bit of fruity character, too. Overall, very easy drinking amber with nice dry hopped profile. Bitter finish with lasting bitter after and a bit of nutty astringency. The move certainly hasnít affected brewing quality!