Big Rig Bitter | Deschutes Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States | website

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
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
51
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
13.73%
 
 
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Photo of LXIXME
3.59/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of biboergosum
3.64/5  rDev -5.7%
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 +0.3%
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 tempest
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
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 +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of russpowell
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

BBD07/19/2016

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%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jason_nwx
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Eddybones
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Branlott42
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Spikester
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
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 -2.8%

Photo of OregonGrown7
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GeorgeAKeim
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Zorro
3.51/5  rDev -9.1%
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 thebooyakid
3.39/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of CMC73
4.53/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of smi69
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Phi_Psi_OR_Beta
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tjmiller718
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.28/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Bend brewpub on 11.9.11.
46 IBU 6.0% ABV

A - Served a dark, cloudy orange with an off-white head. The fades fades quickly and completely dissapears. Lots of lacing is left on the glass.

S - No smell, it was served pretty cold, so I blame the temp. Some muted orange finally comes through.

T - Bitter fruit, citrus, tangerine and oranges.

D - Average body and carbonation.

O - Solid, but nothing exciting.

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Photo of Strix
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy orange, good head.

Mostly pine in the nose.

Caramel malt, orange rind, grapefruit.

Substantial mouthfeel, well carbonated.

This was impeccably balanced. Hits the tastebuds in just the right spot. I've had a bunch of ESBs that don't rub me the right way but this one was stellar. Just loving everything Deschutes is doing right, now, quality stuff.

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Photo of Smak_Hermann
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jakecattleco
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Big Rig Bitter from Deschutes Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.
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