Big Cog
Wiens Brewing Company

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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #3,706
Ranked #33,525
3.69 | pDev: 15.99%
Wiens Brewing Company
California, United States
Very Good
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Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 33 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by Victor:
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4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of whatthehull
3.21/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a hybrid glass from a 16oz can

A - a really nice semi translucent golden copper, one finger off white head and some slight lacing

S - sweet, booze, bitter (grains/malts), cracker yeast, lots of pine, nice citrus, peach. Mango, lots of green brown earth and a strange apple note

T - lots of sugar, with a nice booze note, super bitter (lots of roasted/toasted malts/grains), lots of pine, floral, citrus rind, cracker yeast and more bitter sweetness

M - medium plus body, decent balance, nice complexity, medium plus acidity and medium carbonation

D - this beer is very nice, but a big change from most of the IPA’s out these days. More lean heavy on sugar or fruit and this one leans heavy on bitter/sweet/pine — very old school. Clean crisp and a punch in the face all in one. Pairs well with pork and pasta, with a couple of gummy worms for desert.

Final thoughts - $3 a can, a very nice 8% ABV and would love to try a nitro version of this

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Photo of Beaver13
2.54/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bottle. Pours clear yellow gold with a big creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet perfumey grainy caramel malt with resiny piney hops and a little fruit.

The flavor is sweet sugary grainy caramel malt with kind of harsh and slightly ashy resiny hops. The mouthfeel is a bit light bodied and watery.

Overall, I catch quite a few flaws but it's still drinkable.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of EMV
3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Nearly clear copper golden pour. Two fingers of foamy white head leave a solid ring of lacing.

S: Sweet citrus and bread. Grapefruit... evergreen and spice.

T/F: Bready with caramel malts and a bit of sweetness. Followed up with a grapefruit forward hop profile. Tangerine and tea leaves. A little peppery, big bitterness but somewhat overbalanced with candied citrus. Sticky and resinous. The finish is nicely bitter.

O: A big citrus forward DIPA. May be a bit overbalanced with the malts but still great flavor and easy to drink.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of mactrail
3.76/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Handsome dark orangey amber in the big goblet. Long fragrance of flowery hops and herbs. Decent foam with endless lacing in the glass.

Not too sweet, but possesses a nice mellow maltiness to start. Hops are spicy and fruity with ripe mango and a citra-like lime-peel taste. Some dark flavors with a warm woody taste. This even has some boozy barrel flavors for some reason.

This could be a little more spritzy but it's a pleasant big brew that's not overly bitter for a DIPA.On tap at the Public House in La Jolla.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

3rd Bottle Batch.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy lattice of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, herbal hop, and slight onion and garlic aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, floral, and slight herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice variety of different hop characteristics all around.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Nugganooch
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
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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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of alex11ibanez
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
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 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!

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Photo of the_trystero
4.41/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really surprised with this. This batch was bottled 7/15 so it's been sitting for awhile but it is really good. I wish I'd had a chance to try it fresh. 8.5% on the bottle.

Appearance: golden orange, small white head with minimal retention, fairly clear.

Smell: mango, some fresh cut grass, a little green onion.

Taste: mango, honeydew, a little garlic, herb, and pine.

Feel: dry and minerally, really refreshing for a DIPA.

Digging this, hopefully the next batch is as good or better.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Keananmichael5
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Big Cog from Wiens Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 33 ratings