Brewsters Rig Pig Pale Ale

Reviewed by on December 10, 2013 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Brewsters Brewing Company

  • Origin: Calgary, AB

  • Rated On: August 28, 2013

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 5.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: American Pale Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Rig Pig is an American-style pale ale, through the application of copious amounts of Cascade hops to an all-Alberta malt bill.  A somewhat obvious ode to the oilfield workers of Alberta, and particularly those on the northern fringes, this beer is one of Brewsters’ year-round offerings, as well as one that they provide in take-home bottles at many of their locations.

This 500ml bottle pours a clear, medium golden amber colour, with one hefty finger of puffy, loosely foamy, and effusively bubbly off-white head, which leaves some high-flying random cloud pattern lace around the glass as it duly sinks away.

It smells of rather sweet caramel malt, with red licorice and marzipan overtones, a bit of indistinct grocery store fruit – lemons and apple mush, mostly, a touch of black pepper, and earthy, leafy hops. The taste is a middling, but adequately sweet caramel malt, decently obfuscated lemon and orange fruit esters, and somewhat zesty, leafy, piney hops. The carbonation is noticeable, but not overly so, as it quickly fades to dark, the body medium-light in weight, and generally quite smooth, no lingering hops having their way here. It finishes off-dry, the fruity caramel malt having the most sway, as the hops lose any interest in things bitter, while still retaining a semblance of the inherent fruit.

This is usually my go-to when I drop by any of Brewsters’ outlets, for work, friend, or après-athletic engagements. It’s agreeable enough, if a tad too sweet for its style, the hops showing a bit too much fruitiness, in lieu of any bitterness that might further its session-worthy cause.  Still worthy as an old standby, if they’ve got nothing interesting available on their seasonal/rotational taps – a situation occurring less and less these days!

Brady White



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