Big Rig Classic Pub Ale | Deschutes Brewery

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67 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
deschutesbrewery.com

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by ccrida on 04-17-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
67
Reviews:
27
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
8.97%
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
12
For Trade:
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Ratings: 67 |  Reviews: 27
Photo of beergoot
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep amber colored body topped with a very thick, rocky, sticky head; sheets and globs of foam sticking to the glass. Heavy grain and caramel scent. Toasted grain flavors; some esters; bold hop bitterness. Heavy body with mild carbonation; slick and chewy; warm.

The bottle has a 'best by' date of 10/28/16, so this has been sitting around in my collection of beers for a long yet unknown time. Despite being six months past its listed best by date, the beer still delivers a big malt-forward, mildly sweet beer with a fine counterbalancing hop bitterness. Not bad for an "old fellow"...

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Photo of Exeter
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark yellow gold with slight haze and good foamy head. Lots of sticky lacing on this beer, just hangs on the glass.
Smells terrific, citrus and floral hit you with some hops and malty notes. The flavor is just fantastic, a very smooth and full ale, loads of citrus and malty goodness with a nice balance of floral and mild hops. The balance on this beer if really nice, I am really blown away on this one, did not expect this tasty a beer. Feel is medium with mild dryness on the back side. Poured from 22oz bomber.

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Photo of grnmtnman
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of kaseydad
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wife pick and it was even past the best by date......by over a month! Still poured an angry beast and way better than I expected. Juicy goodness and a nice sweeter malt but big bitter hops for a great swig each time. If this is a pub ale.....direct me to that pub!

Very good beer and fantastic price point.

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Photo of DrinkAZBeer
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mmilyko
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BeerAndFilm
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chickenm
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Troy-Hawaii
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought 22oz bottle from Tamura's $4.29
Cloudy amber color
Medium-heavy mouthfeel
Medium carbonation
Citrus taste, slight bitterness, smooth
Overall a great beer, especially for the price. If it was priced higher like Rogue beers I probably wouldn't have tried it, but glad that this level of beer can be made at this price point.

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Photo of Keepnitrl
3.49/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Bitterbill
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Best by November 29th 2016. 22 ounce bottle.

Deep gold colour with 2 fingers of foam. (Served warm)

It has a hoppy malty thing going on in the smell. Bready and caramel malt with a bunch of grass.

Malt, both bread and caramel lead in the taste. Grassy hops in the finish are there to compliment/assist rather than take over the taste profile. It does so pretty brilliantly. Every flavour unites rather than divides.

Nice mouthfeel and man, this is a pleasure to sip on. Kinda reminds me of Old Tankard.

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Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of brlelievre
4.66/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of NastyNorseman
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice bitter that holds its own. Pours copper Amber and a nice off white head. Smells of hops citrus, and caramel. Tastes right, a little bit sweeter than expected, but the bitterness shows up nicely on the back end. Lacking a little carbonation but crisp and medium-full bodied. Yes please, I'll have another.

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Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LampertLand
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Deschutes Brewery 'Big Rig' a classic pub ale ESB @ 6.0% , served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $6.50
A-pour is gold from the bottle to a golden/amber in the glass with a medium size off-white head leaving a fine spotty lace along the pint
S-hints of citrus , caramel in the background
T-crisp & clean tasting with a true bitter finish
MF-ok carbonation , feels full bodied
Ov-nice beer , possible good ESB
prost LampertLand

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Photo of DOCRW
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beertunes
3.44/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hated, despised, reviled, disgusting 22oz format bottle format. Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a mildly hazy medium amber color with about an inch of just off-white, rocky head that decent retention and good lacing.

The aroma was mostly sweet, grainy malt, with some earthy hops in the background. Pretty similar on the tongue, although the hops popped more, and had a citrusy tone.

The body was medium-full, and smooth, with a semi-dry finish. Drinkability was very nice, my friend Kelsey and I knocked the 22 off in a prompt and timely manner. Overall, a very solid take on the style. Not just an "IPA Light" that so many U.S. brewers make under the title ESB. Worth grabbing if you see it.

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Photo of arizcards
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber from the Belmont Station in Portland today for $4.46. Best by 10/11/16.

Beer poured copper with a nice white head on the initial pour.

Nose has nice strains of citrus over a caramel malt.

Taste is pretty well balanced with citrus melding nicely with the caramel malts. A slight bitterness in the finish wins out.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty smooth.

Overall a smackable beer from Deschutes that I am glad I bought today as I am pretty sure this is not available in the desert Southwest. Give it a try if you like the ESB style.

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Photo of mikerieder
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tivlavrie
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Howlader
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tjmiller718
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Wisconsin_IPA_Lover
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Big Rig Classic Pub Ale from Deschutes Brewery
3.9 out of 5 based on 67 ratings.
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