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Deschutes Big Rig Bitter

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RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 3.51/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   IBU: 61   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
The 1st installment of the Big Rig series here in Portland. This version uses 100% Crystal hops in the hopback and 3 types of crystal malt. This beer is smooth and easy drinking with an excellent citrusy, floral aroma.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Koskela (490) - Marysville, California, USA - MAY 21, 2016
Malty and floral hops fill my nose from this clear copper brew. Sweet malty with a smooth bitterness and slight hop flavor. The aftertaste in this medium bodied brew if pleasantly hoppy bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JPDIPSO (5381) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 18, 2016
Orange to amber in color. Smaller head of small tan bubbles. Aromas of dry pale malt, raw barley, mild citrus and just a hint of celery. Nice smooth, slightly heavier feel. Light sweet start. Bits of pale malt, mild clover honey and biscuits. Just enough bitterness to balance things. Some orange zest and mild red grapefruit. Finish is dry and bitterness clings on. Nice traditional English ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Reid (2235) - Salem, Oregon, USA - MAY 8, 2016
22 oz bottle purchased from Roth’s Sunnyslope store in South Salem. $4.99 Translucent light amber coloured ale with a large thick and densely frothy creme coloured head. Aroma is of caramel malts and floral hops with a hint of lime zest. Taste the same but with a very bitter middle stage..then it calms down to its English roots. Great mouth feel they got the carbonation just right. A very good beer but is this a premium bitter/ESB? I am not sure the hop bitterness is out of place and i would say this is a very good hoppy amber. Whatever its a great beer. Perhaps should be an English Strong Ale

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (9208) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAY 6, 2016
Hope to see this in the top 50 in style soon, where it belongs. Not a style I really get excited about, but I enjoy a good one, like a couple Deschutes Classics. This joins them. Earthy hops, crystal malt and hops evident in the nose and flavor. Lightly nutty, with caramel and citrus. Quite complex. Enjoyed more than I thought I would and wish it was a 6-pack beer and not bombers. I don’t like too many bitters enough to get multiple bombers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (8685) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 3, 2016
Bottle shared by Kyle at Final Gravity. Pours amber with a thick beige head and a funky toffee aroma. There is a hearty brown malt flavor with a bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
poisoneddwarf (2204) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - APR 30, 2016
Bomber from the supermarket. Aroma is floral, perfumy, grapefruit rind. Pours hazy orange with a nice long-sustaining cream-colored head with excellent retention and lace. Taste is highly bitter, hoppy. With those New World hops and high bitterness, it tastes like an old school American pale bordering on amber ale rather than any ESB I’ve ever had. Not bad, though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stevoj (3589) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 28, 2016
Bottle from Albertsons. Medium amber color with soft fluffy head. Aroma leans on the caramel malts, flavor brings in sharp hops that obscure the malts and lingers on the palate for a while. Big hoppy bite.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Darkmagus82 (2196) - - APR 21, 2016
Poured from bomber into a pint glass Appearance – The beer pours a deeper amber color with a creamy head of two finger height. The head has a great level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a decent level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma of the brew is strongest of a sweeter caramel and doughy aroma along with some other smells of a light fruit nature of peach and orange. Along with these aromas comes some lighter notes of hop of an earthy and pine nature. Taste – The taste begins with a slightly bready and lightly sweetened taste, with the sweet being a mix of caramel and some orange. As the taste advances some hop tastes come to the tongue with them being predominantly of pine and earth, but containing a little bit of citrus as well. Some of the caramel fades a little bit, but is replaced by more orange and a little bit of a sour lemonade like flavor more toward the end. At the very end a little bit of grass joins the flavor profile and ends up leaving a rather bready, moderately fruity, but slightly dank flavor to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is average in thickness with a carbonation level that is a bit high. The average body was spot on for the mix of slightly dank hop and bready sweet, although a little less carbonation may have given it a slightly better and more cask like feel (which I think this would be a great pour style for). Overall – A fairly nice Pub ale overall. A little high in ABV., but quite tasty and enjoyable overall. One to certainly try if you get the chance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckeyeBoy (5170) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 11, 2016
22oz bottle pours out a crisp copper golden topped with a fluffy white head. nose is wood bread malts pine hops and some light spice. taste is more of the bread malts a pithy bitterness and a pine hop.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (13609) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 7, 2016
Bomber from Compton’s in Sacramento, CA. Pours copper/amber with a white head. Aroma is citrus/floral with some smooth, mildly roasty malt/caramel backdrop. Med body at least. Flavor is floral, citrus, makes me think of grass a bit as well. The caramel backdrop is perfect. Detectable, but doesn’t interfere with the hops. Deschutes is amazing.

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