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RATINGS: 57   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   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.

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exeter (535) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 10, 2017
Pours a nice golden colour with a 1-1/2 finger head that comes down to a thin, full cover. Nice lacing. The taste is floral, bread malts, and caramel. A great ESB.

drpimento (3672) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 28, 2017
Aroma’s very perfumy. Appearance’s a medium clear amber with a long lasting off white head and good lacing. Flavor’s ok, but uninspired.

tmalaher (305) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 13, 2017
650 ml bottle. Medium light brown. Very little foam. Nice balance of hoppy bitterness and malt /caramel flavor. Excellent as usual from Deschutes

crossovert (13078) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2016
Draft. Clear golden pour. It is extremely mild some herbalness and some slight piney hops.

drjay44 (3736) - Salida, Colorado, USA - NOV 11, 2016
651 ml. bottle. BBD 01/24/17. Pours a medium thick, well retained, tiny bubbled, ivory head, with slight lacing, over an initially clear, effervescent, amber (SRM 10) body.......nose is cereal malts with toffee/caramel, light pine, citrus tones from the hops, mild hop spice, balanced.....taste is slightly sweet, with light floral tones, moderate toffee/caramel, becoming dry with mild pine, heavier citrus tones, moderate cinnamon, ginger notes, from the hops, finishing with moderate bitterness, balanced.......mouth feel, medium-light body, no alcohol, high carbonation. This is a clean, nicely balanced very easy drinking beer. The malts are a bit simple, but still make a pleasant beer. BJCP 8/3/15/5/7

jbruner (4796) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - NOV 2, 2016
Pours a clear golden brown from the bomber with fluffy off-white head that leaves moderate lace. Aroma of nice mild citrus and earth hop notes witn caramel and bready malt behind. Taste follows, a hop forward version of an esb, but still nice malt balance. Another good one from Deschutes.

Strykzone (7422) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - OCT 30, 2016
Bomber from hayduke that we had together via facebook chat. Caramel hued beer that is a little hazy. A white one finger of foam leaves dry droopy lacing. The aroma and flavor are citrus and caramel. Purists might be appalled at this being hopped so prominently but what else would you expect from Deschutes? On the last pour some sediment made the beer cloudier and more buttery, too. With much warmer temperatures I begin to taste melon zest and pineapple. A hint of brown sugar and coconut, too. This is so much better when it gets over 65F. The score increased by .2 from 10 degrees ago.

hayduke (5571) - Eureka, California, USA - OCT 30, 2016
Shared with Strykzone on Facebook Chat. Poured copper with and off-white head and good lacing. Nose of caramel malts and floral/citrus hops. Medium body. Smooth clean mouthfeel. Flavor is big on the malts with a lot of citrus plus the floral aspects. Finishes with some nice bitterness and pineapple appears as it warms. Not to style maybe but easy drinking and tasty. The acid test in a beer.

mjmoen (546) - - OCT 22, 2016
A-. Pours a clear burnt orange color with white head. Good flavor, just a touch on the bitter side

UXO (1896) - 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)

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