Deschutes Brewery Big Rig – Premium Bitter / ESB at 6% ABV | 46 IBU

Deschutes Brewery Big Rig Premium Bitter / ESB at 6% ABV | 46 IBU (C$7.49 at Quarry Park Calgary Co-Op, 650 ml, no bottle date or best before, acquired 13-Oct-2016, reviewed 16-Oct-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 bitter 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)

8/10 #ryansbooze