Pittsburgh, the home of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood is also home to East End Brewing Company. I find myself in the great “Steel City” this weekend for a wedding. I did a little research and found East End Brewing Company is just a hop skip and a jump from my hotel. Off I went to pick up a growler, a pint glass, and two 1 quart 1.8 fl oz of some of their finest beer.
Tonights beer, #292, is Bigger Hop by East End Brewing Company. This American Double IPA or Imperial IPA has an ABV of 9%.
Into my newly purchased East End Brewing Company pint glass went this hazy gold with a slight hint of orange colored brew. The off-white head was magnificent, large and fluffy. It left some awesome lacing on the glass. The nose was grapefruit juice, tropical fruit, and it was quite malty. The grapefruit hit me first in the taste…coming off slightly sweet. There was a nice bready malty thing going on throughout the flavor profile also. It had quite the bitter bite…which I love. The body was medium leaning towards heavy and sticky. It had a lower amount of carbonation and was bordering on being smooth. The alcohol was hidden nicely but at the end of the 1 quart 1.8 oz bottle, I was feeling like Mr. McFeely.
This was a nice solid brew that I enjoyed as I was singing “It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood…would you be mine? Could you be mine?”.