Big Cog | Wiens Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Wiens Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Nugganooch on 09-10-2013

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Ratings: 32 |  Reviews: 10
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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Photo of Beaver13
2.54/5  rDev -30%
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 -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of the_trystero
4.41/5  rDev +21.5%
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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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of alex11ibanez
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
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 Nugganooch
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
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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3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of mactrail
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
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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4.19/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of GeoChase90
4.34/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had it on draft at the brewery. I was really surprised at how great of an IPA these guys can put together. This one was super solid, lots of grapefruit and piny flavors. Not to sweet for a double.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
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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4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of R_i_P
4.19/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This DIPA went through several experimental iterations. Fortunately, Weins seems to have finally settled on its preferred brewing method for this DIPA. I picked up a bomber at Albertson's on 02/10/2017. Bottled on 05/09/2016. Despite this old bottled date, this DIPA still tastes very good. I shudder to think how killer this DIPA would taste fresh. Perhaps Weins is working to improve its distribution. Lastly, while the new label for this DIPA is slick and distinctive, it's not as colorful if I had my druthers.

Big Cog pours a clear amber with moderate carbonation. 1 finger of white foam. Nice lacing. The smell is grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, tropical fruits, pine, and some grass. The taste starts with a strong note of citrus and flowery hops, followed by grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, et al. This taste is perfectly complimented by the mild malt backbone, which never infringes on the hop forwardness of this DIPA.

This is actually a surprisingly good DIPA which I'll occasionally add to my weekly rotation of daily DIPAs. My biggest caveat is whether Weins Brewing allows for fresher availability of this beer.

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1/5  rDev -72.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle at Hotel in San Diego.

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