This American blonde ale from Big Rig Brewery in Ottawa, Ontario is a clear and bright golden colour. Its sizable, frothy white head has good retention and settles as a thin collar and cap while leaving small spots of lace behind. Big Rig Gold carries aromas of toasted wheat, minerals, earth, grasses and honey, with mild notes of white grape and perfume.
Big Rig Gold has a fairly mild taste that is somewhat sweet at first, with an earthy and dry body that has a freshly milled grain flavour and a hint of green apple. The ale has a medium body, an ample amount of fine carbonation and some yeasty life on the tongue. There is a very minor, but dirty astringency found in the finish, though the aftertaste is mainly crisp with subtle grain and yeast flavours.
The packaging of Big Rig Gold is mostly black, with a red diamond-shaped logo that looks as though it was painted on an old piece of barn wood. The bottle has a brief description of the beer and an ingredients list, while technical information such as OG and IBU is printed on the six pack sleeve along with a stamped date of production.
Big Rig Gold doesn’t push any boundaries; it’s a smooth-drinking ale that has the potential for mass appeal among casual beer drinkers. This beer is a very safe choice for the brewery’s first retail offering that should be a staple at many backyard barbecues and viewing parties hosted by Ottawa-area sports fans for years to come.
Big Rig Gold is available at about 25 LCBO stores in the National Capital Region and at the brewery, both on tap and from their retail store in bottles and growlers. I’ve enjoyed this beer with grilled beef and chicken, sandwiches, pizza, fries and roasted peanuts.
Type: American Blonde Ale
Region: Ontario, Ottawa
Brewery: Big Rig Brewery
Format Purchased: 6 x 355 mL
Alcohol Content: 5.0%