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Big Cog - Wiens Brewing Company

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20 Ratings
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Ratings: 20
Reviews: 4
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 17.24%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Wiens Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Nugganooch on 09-10-2013)
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big Cog is a rotating IPA from Wiens Brewing Co., meaning that each batch of the Big Cog IPA will be “brewed with different malts and hops, unfiltered and doubles dry hopped…” as says so the bottle. They also include more information on each batch at their website wiensbrewing.com. That said, this might me an interesting review since the brew I taste might be radically different from others. So we’ll see how that goes, I’m excited.

Nose: Sweet and danky with nuances of zesty piney aromas warning me that I’m about to step into a sticky pile of resin-y herbs… they are most likely floral, like I grabbed mint from moms backyard and rubbed it to pulp, ending it beautifully bright.

Looks: Call me crazy but this ale pours so damn gorgeous: golden amber and hazy, The best creamy head you’ll see, leaving a trail of lace, more than what my girlfriend did for me last night…

Feel: This beer is full and fat at the forefront with a tight dry finish. The end has an effervescent spritz to the back of the throat, as well as a warming end.

Taste: Dank from beginning to end, and yet rides on a toffee like malt taste, yet there is definitely mint and oregano. And on the finish I taste an orange zest, or oil, this is where I taste the typical bitterness, but I have such a wrecked palate the bitterness is deliciously better. There are definitely notes of tropical fruits, maybe along the lines of pineapples and oranges. Also, I can definitely feel the warmth of the alcohol from my throat to my belly,
mmmm. I won’t need a blanket tonight.

Overall: Pretty damn balanced and great. A earthy and yet zesty Double IPA from an up and coming company. Check them out! And get the Big Cog today!

alex11ibanez, Feb 12, 2014
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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Big Cog Double IPA
8% ABV 85 IBU

On Tap at the Brewery – Temecula, CA
Notes from 08/18/13 - 4oz taster

A: The Big Cog pours a light golden blonde body with some slight hop haze to it. Thin half finger of white foam head forms with moderate retention efforts. Nice webbed stick patterns the glass after each sip.

S: Smells of sweet candied grapefruit with caramel malts in tow and a dash of piney evergreens. There is some firm alcohol presence in the nose as well. Not incredibly pungent or aromatic but relatively nice.

T: Hits on the sweeter side with another heavy hand at the Crystal malts. Not cloyingly but more so than I appreciate. Sugary grapefruit peels with a touch of spice and a sappy pine finish. Not incredibly resinous. In fact, there is actually a relatively low amount of perceived bitterness and the alcohol does assert itself in the flavor. Not bad but falls a bit short for me to be worth revisiting.

M: Moderate weight in body with a smooth consistency and somewhat sticky feel. Light drying in the finish and there is some modest alcohol warmth noted.

D: Decent but forgettable. There is just a tad more sweetness than I prefer in my DIPA’s and the hops I found to be relatively low-key. Still nice flavors and overall balance of drinkability.
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Big Cog from Wiens Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.