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Big Rig Classic Pub Ale | Deschutes Brewery

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Big Rig Classic Pub AleBig Rig Classic Pub Ale

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ccrida on 04-17-2009

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Ratings: 70 |  Reviews: 27
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
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 kaseydad
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
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 BCborn
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chickenm
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LXIXME
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of biboergosum
3.64/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle - always nice to see a new version of this under-represented style appear before me! Very rural late summertime imagery depicted on the label - at least it is for me.

This beer pours a clear, medium copper amber colour, with two chubby fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves a bit of splattered snow rime lace in places around the glass as things slowly and evenly sink away.

It smells of semi-sweet, bready and doughy caramel malt, lightly biscuity toffee, some estery florals, and laid-back leafy, herbal, and piney green hop bitters. The taste is grainy and doughy caramel malt, gritty toffee, white pepper dust, muted orange and lemon citrus notes, and more plain floral, weedy, and pine-fresh hoppiness.

The bubbles are pretty tame in their gently-rendered frothiness, the body an adequate middleweight, and mostly smooth, maybe a touch of hop intransigence going off the reservation here. It finishes off-dry, the caramel/toffee malt holding tight, while the lingering hops start to exhibit more of their spicy inherencies.

Overall, Big Rig turns out to be a so-so iteration of this venerable English pub style - nice and malty, sure, but that biscuity character really needs to attend night school to shore up its credits, or something. At any rate, pretty easy to drink, if you're 'stuck' in the aforementioned establishment and need a quaff that approximates at least a modicum of Old World charm.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Best by date of 07/19/16

Appearance - Pours slightly hazy and orange amber in color with an off-white, finger width head. Fair retention, then dissipates to a mostly barren surface with a ring of suds along the edge of the glass. Fair lacing, with a broken sheet across the top and spots along the rest of the glass.

Smell - Fair aroma of floral hops, bread, caramel and a touch of citrus.

Taste - Follows the nose. Well balanced flavor, hitting on bread and caramel malt sweetness countered by floral and citrus hoppiness. A touch of spice. Balanced finish, with fruity esters and just a bit of grain found in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with moderate carbonation, slightly bitey carbonation. Slick, smooth texture with a slightly dry finish. Nigh quaffable.

Overall - Good, solid brew that's well balanced and easy drinking. They set out to achieve a 'classic pub ale' and they certainly accomplished that. It might not wow you in punchy flavor, but the craftsmanship shines here. Well done, Deschutes.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
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 tempest
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lovely balance of hops and malt here. The aroma and flavor start with the caramel malts, but then spicy pine and grapefruit hops jump in to make this a very American ESB. Still the lingering herbal bitterness gives a solid nod to the original ESBs.

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Photo of Beernoobie
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerAndFilm
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of russpowell
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4


Pours a very effervescent amber with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Stellar lacing & head retention

S: Faint cereal notes, some citrus, all muted

T: Herbal and woody hops, a little pine and faint caramel & pear up front. A little grapefruit mixes with herbal and woody hops, some caramel and breadyness as this warms. Finishes with piney, grapefruitty & herbal hops, plus a little breadyness

MF: Medium body, firm carbonation, pretty good balance

Drinks easy, no Bachelor's Bitter, but a nice American slanted ESB, would've like to try this fresher

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Photo of DOCRW
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jason_nwx
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Eddybones
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Branlott42
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Spikester
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazed golden orange with two fingers of bone color head. Retention and lace are good.
Smell is herbal dank and a bit of malt sweetness.
Taste is a quick dose of bitter herbal dank and eventually grassy hops. Malts are there as bread and caramel but never quite catch up to the bitterness.
Mouthfeel is medium with a good carbonation level. Finish is long dry and bitter.
Overall a pleasant beer that does not bring to mind the former ESB that they bottled.
Good beer though glad I bought it.

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Photo of rogerthegill
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of OregonGrown7
4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GeorgeAKeim
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of grnmtnman
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Zorro
3.51/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper colored ale with a medium sized yellowish-white colored head.

Smells strongly malty with a strong caramel scent. Scent of toffee candy.

Starts out dry and woody. Taste of caramel. Taste of toffee and a medium level of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall a good bitter.

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Photo of LampertLand
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
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 thebooyakid
3.39/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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Big Rig Classic Pub Ale from Deschutes Brewery
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