Big Rig Gold | Big Rig Brewery

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Brewed by:
Big Rig Brewery
Ontario, Canada

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our flagship beer is a refreshing Golden brew that uses a blend of the finest Canadian and German malts giving it a smooth mild body that balances the crisp, pleasant German hop finish. The hops used in this local brew are soon to be grown at our very own hop yard at the Phillips farm in Manotick.

20 IBU

Added by ElGallo on 12-26-2012

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Ratings: 47 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by jmkoscie:
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3/5  rDev -7.1%

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Photo of JahTurbo
2.38/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Very bland taste I found. Will not purchase again.

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Photo of Juiposa
3.59/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DaveBar
3.46/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the LCBO for just over the $2.00 mark for a 473ml can. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a 1" high white head that is gone in seconds. Medium gold color and filtered clear.

S- Good hops and malt but nothing special

T- Malty good. Rather basic beer though and nothing to write home about

M- Pretty creamy

O- Overall decent brew. Good for a hot summer day

Food Pairing

This ok brew went well with..... BBQ chicken with a sweet and sour glaze


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Photo of StormAles
3.09/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.75/5  rDev -14.9%

Can: Poured a clear bright golden color ale with a nice large white foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of grainy cereal notes is not the most pleasant. Taste is also dominated by grainy unrefined notes with light cereal notes. Body is about average for style with good carbonation. Malt bill is definitely not clean enough in my opinion.

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3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of ssmack
2.96/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beautiful clear darkish amber colour with one inch of yellowish head that became a slick. Fast streams of carbonation. Bit of lacing but no retention.

Mild matly aroma. Pound cake with a whiff of German hops.

Mild taste. Generic mild hops and light-weight malt. Herby steel mild bitter aftertaste.

Light side of medium.

This is just too mild for me. OK for a mainstream ale.

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Photo of spinrsx
2.75/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of RedAleMan
3.6/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SebD
3/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of Mousel
3.15/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of thehyperduck
3.12/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

473 mL can served well-chilled; a surprise addition to my local LCBO's craft beer selection. Other than Beau's, I really can't recall the last time an Ottawa-area beer made it all the way to shops in Sarnia.

Pours a bright golden-blonde colour, clear as day, with just under two fingers of loose, soapy, white froth seated atop. The head steadily recedes over the next few minutes, in the end leaving behind a thin, foamy film and some messy lace. Looks normal enough. The aroma is dominated by grainy pale malts and honey sweetness, with minor notes of grass and butterscotch.

The flavour falls along the same lines. Grainy barley malts, with an unusually prominent sweetness akin to butterscotch or honey underlying them. Not much is heard from the hops, other than a vaguely grassy, dirty earthiness in the finish. Along with the butterscotch vibe, this sensation lingers on the palate for much longer than I'd prefer in a style that is supposed to be mild and sessionable. On the lighter side of medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a slightly crisp bite appropriate for the style. Not that great; reminds me of a few other overpriced 'craft blondes' available in this market that seem more aimed at poaching macro drinkers than satisfying the craft beer fans.

Final Grade: 3.12, a C+. Big Rig Gold is a serviceable beer, but I doubt I'll bother picking up any more of this. Macro beer drinkers shouldn't have much trouble adjusting to this brew, but BAs will be left feeling underwhelmed by this middling blonde ale, as it simply fails to offer anything we haven't already seen before. Fans of bare-bones craft brews like Iron Spike Blonde, Hockley 100 or Top Shelf Lager should consider this one worth a look - but on the other hand, people who already know that those beers aren't up their alley will be best served by not bothering with this one. My final thought as I finished the glass? I'd rather drink Labatt 50.

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Photo of rickfos
2.75/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Brody1714
3.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of TheBigBoy
2.75/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of Long813
3.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bryehn
3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of Jotora
3/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

473 ml can served cold into a pint glass. Purchased for $2.75 CDN from LCBO.

Appearance - clear light golden color with minimal bubbles. Topped by about 2 fingers of fluffy white head with a good retention time. Some thick bubbly lacing lepton the side of the glass.

Smell - grainy with a faint caramel and vanilla sweetness throughout, pretty simple.

Taste- mile with a distinctly malt butterscotch and vanilla flavor profile.hop bitterness is minimal and so are any other flavours.

Mouthfeel - smooth, creamy with a moderately low carbonation.

Overall - not a bad blonde lager, but nothing out of the ordinary. If you really like vanilla and butterscotch though definitely a worthy purchase, otherwise if you're looking for something new, give it a try, you might really enjoy this one.

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Photo of Boo-urns
4.26/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jaisell
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Big Rig Gold from Big Rig Brewery
Beer rating: 3.23 out of 5 with 47 ratings