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Deschutes Big Rig Bitter

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RATINGS: 48   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   IBU: 46   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
UXO (1524) - CANADA - OCT 16, 2016
Appearance: clear pale to medium amber with two fingers of rocky ivory head, excellent retention and good lacing. (5/5) Aroma: citrus, floral, resiny pine, biscuity/bready malt, grassy/earthy. (8/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter. (8/10) Medium body, moderate carbonation, off-dry medium finish. (4/5) This is not by any means “a classic pub ale” - it’s far hoppier than nearly any other ESB I can recall having, excepting only Driftwood’s Naughty Hildegard. An excellent brew all around, and one that I feel no hesitation in recommending. (16/20)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wlajwl (5830) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - OCT 12, 2016
Aroma is fruit, floral hops and mildly perfumed. The flavor is fruit, hops/light hop resin, malts, slight earthiness and a mix of tart and bitter in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
zoucrew102 (1415) - - OCT 8, 2016
Bomber. Grassy hop aroma with notes of toffee, citrus and floral hops. Pours clear amber with a thin but retentive off white head that also has good lacing. Starts with grassy hops and notes of sweet toffee malt and a bit of toast. Finishes dry with a good bitter bite of citrus and floral hops. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madchemist83 (262) - USA - SEP 30, 2016
Big, bold, malty. Smooth ending, okay palate. Toffee, bread and banana. Okay beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
mrjaxson (497) - .08 Junction, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 30, 2016
Good looking from the pour and nice hoppy aroma. Taste is a bitter blast that seems to punch above its stated IBU of 46 (not the 61 listed on this site). Finish is long, harsh and earthy bitterness. Very heavy body. Perhaps I let it hibernate too long? Consumed 2.5 months after its "best by" date of 7/19/16.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bill Becker (818) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - SEP 30, 2016
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. 6.00 abv on the label.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Capa (2762) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - SEP 26, 2016
Copper. Full of juicy fruit notes mixed with medium caramel malts and a little toast. Body is soft with medium carbonation. A hint of citrus in the finish. A very round malt and citrus hop profile. Quite drinkable. Exactly what I would expect to session in a pub.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (23333) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 25, 2016
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy golden pale amber orange color with a small white head. Has a fruity malty grassy weak hoppy caramel aroma. Fruity malty spicy caramel hoppy flavor. Has a fruity malty grainy grassy caramel finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gio72 (14) - ITALY - SEP 20, 2016
Wasn;t sure about the beer style from the label, but the taste is great, very easy to drink with a nice well rounded pallet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
crispaire (57) - - SEP 18, 2016
Bomber. Pours a frothy white head with an amber color. Smells floraly, citrusy, and a little roasty. Great balance between hops and malt. Pleasant bitter aftertaste. Reminds me of a pale ale more than anything. Very solid "pub ale".

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