Rig Pig Pale Ale | Brewsters Brewing Company & Restaurant - Eleventh Avenue

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Rig Pig Pale AleRig Pig Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Brewsters Brewing Company & Restaurant - Eleventh Avenue
Alberta, Canada

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
32 IBU

Added by IronDjinn on 04-11-2006

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Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 11
Photo of Bunman3
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Overall, this is an enjoyable APA. I've sampled it on tap, however this particular tasting was a bottle from a mixer pack. Brewster's is not really the cutting edge of Alberta brewing, but they've been making a nice variety of beers for a long time. If you like a mildly hopped, crackery, malt-forward ale, this will fit the bill nicely.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed a pint at Calgary Crowfoot location. This regular brew is a nice mellow light gold to brass hue with a few reddish highlights, with a decent amount of white head. Pleasant mellow aroma of citrus and sweet doughy malt does not do the palate justice. My subjective take is that this is one of Brewster's best regular offerings, an APA that veers a little towards IPA territory in terms of hop flavor if not firepower. A rich honey and caramel malt backbone props up some orange/lemon/lime citrus notes, pineapple, a floral sweetness that almost recalls vanilla, brown spices, and some juniper/pine aromatics, and although things start smooth and mellow like orange spice tea they actually get a little piney and catty as you go. Quite satisfying and comes off like a less refined version of Deschutes Mirror Pond.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - clear dark golden, thumb of white head retained respectably leaving some lacing
S - toasty and dry cracker malt, grassy, hint of bubble gum
T - toasty malt and grassy hops of front, peppery undertones, some multigrain cracker, mild herbs
M - light body, medium carbonation, pleasant dry peppery finish
O - a dry and nicely hopped pale ale, very sessionable

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Photo of Converge
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle poured into a 20oz nonic.

A - A nice fluffy off-white head puffs up above a rusty copper-amber beer with a touch of haziness to it. The head recedes back to a thin cap, but laces surprisingly well.

S - Surprisingly prominent tropical fruitiness, flashbacks of Brewsters Curly Horse IPA. Grapefruit with subtle hints of pineapple, orange, even mango. A touch of pine rounds out the hop profile. Nice caramel malt balanced the hops, and brings a nutty character to the aroma as well. Smells more like a IPA than an APA at this point.

T - The flavor profile is a bit of a letdown after the aroma, but this is definitely an APA and not an IPA after all. Opens with a smooth malty feel, lots of caramel malt and nutty presence here, but not very complex. Finish is light on the bitterness, but I suppose this is only 32 IBU, so that makes sense. Hop flavors linger, but don't really stick with me. Light pineapple and grapefruit, with a gentle piney feel too. Light cotton-candy/bubblegum sort of sweetness in the finish as well with a slight graininess, which I don't really care for. Overall this is definitely a departure from more bitter and hoppy pale ales, but I actually really enjoy the citrusy sweetness this ale packs.

M - Medium bodied, but the finish feels a bit watery. Carbonation is shockingly low, which hurts the feel overall, but definitely smooths it out a lot.

D - A very drinkable APA. Not much hop presence in the end, with the bitterness kept on the low end, but I can certainly see myself picking this up again. Another solid local beer from Brewsters.

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Photo of Viggo
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Voonder for sending me this one. 500 ml bottle.

Pours a clear orange/golden, thin white head forms, drops down to a nice thick ring of lace, drops some decent chunks on the glass, looks nice. Smell is fragrant, malty, caramel, strawberries, pineapple, a bit musty almost, like feet, floral, not too bad. Taste is okay, sweet and grainy, some caramel, floral, light pineapple, quite fruity in the finish, lots of floral, more on the sweet side. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low carbonation, smooth and drinkable but not very exciting. Thanks Alex!

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Photo of BigBry
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-draft pint with lunch at the 11th Ave Brewster's location.
Golden copper color with a thin head, thin strings of lacing stuck toi the glass. Citrus hop aroma which mirrored the taste. Full maly flavor and a tastey hop finish. Average mouthfeel with decent carbonation. A solid example of the style, with a good use of cascade hops.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear deep golden/light amber hue served with no head but a bit of lacing. Mild in the aroma area, but discernable biscuit malt and cirtusy hops. Buttery biscuit malt flavour, with a nicely balanced hop finish, yet the hops start to become astringent on the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a bit of a kick on the finish. Pretty good example of the style, but it doesn't stand out in the crowd.

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Rig Pig Pale Ale from Brewsters Brewing Company & Restaurant - Eleventh Avenue
3.7 out of 5 based on 11 ratings.
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