Big Top Brewing Company

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BEER AVG
3.51/5
Based on:
20 Beers
121 Ratings
Place Score: 90
Ratings: 11
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: n/a
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Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar ]

6111 Porter Way
Sarasota, Florida, 34232-6224
United States
phone: (800) 590-2448

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @bigtopbrewco

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Ratings: 11 | Reviews: 5
Photo of ScottBodager
5/5  rDev +24.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Just a great local brewery with enormous potential! Even my wife loves it :)

Photo of Andrew_Rios122
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

Up and coming brewery. They have many great tasting beers on tap about 10 or so. I have tried about 4 of them my self and I have not found one yet that has disappointed yet. I would say the best one however is the ashley gang imperial IPA. If you're ever in the area check it out. You can even take a tour of the brewery itself on the weekends. I attend FSU in Tallahassee but when I return home for weekends or return home for break, my brother, father and i always stop by for a beer or 2.

Photo of worussell3
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Some nice beers and some misses typical of a young brewery.

Photo of Beerfartz
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Beers I've tried @ Big Top

Raspberry IPA: Rich in color w/ subtle hints of raspberries. 3/5
Old Bay Porter: Java and pepper on the nose, rich dark color, but salty. 2/5
Circus City IPA: The flagship. Cloudy copper color, Florida citrus nose, subtle hops. 4/5
Pumpkin Ale: A decent attempt at a difficult brew. A bit understated for my taste. 2.5/5
Imperial IPA: A classic IPA. Hops galore, nice fresh aroma, and surprisingly strong! 5/5
Key Lime Wheat: A nice boutique beer! Medium bodied, fresh key lime scented, and so refreshing that I had more than 1. 4.5/5
Trapeze Belgian Wit: As the name suggests, it is a bit reminiscent of Belgian Trap. Having said that, it smells and tastes slightly "homebrewed". Fairly nice try at a Belgian Trap though! 2.5/5
Coffee Infused Porter: Not sure of the exact name of this one, but it was very good! Dark chocolate appearance w/ freshly brewed coffee and coriander notes. Great with your favorite cigar! 4.5/5

Big Top Brewing are fairly new on the Sarasota scene, and they are doing a fine job thus far! Recommended.

Photo of PorterLambic
3.57/5  rDev -11.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25

Hiding at the back of a commercial/light industrial building at the vendor dead end road next to the interstate, Big Top is trying hard and not afraid to admit mistakes. 3 blocks from the Cock & Bull, it certainly hits the "close to home" button. Their first three brews had a good one, a very good one and one that needed, as has been, redone.
The current crop includes a raspberry IPA, an Imperial IPA and a chocolate - ancho
chili porter.
Service is friendly and prompt, well educated on the offerings and happy to suggest a brew.
You can still smell the fresh wood, the place is so new as of 7/23/14. Only been open a couple of months.
Too much country music for me to hang out too often but that's me.

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Big Top Brewing Company in Sarasota, FL
90 out of 100 based on 11 ratings.