Art Of Neurosis - 2nd Shift Brewing

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Ratings: 140
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 8.15%
Wants: 13
Gots: 15 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
2nd Shift Brewing visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Tone on 01-02-2011

AON is an IPA that has everything you could want in one, if what you want is a hop sandwich. It's a 7.7% Simcoe and Columbus delight.

67 IBU
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Ratings: 140 | Reviews: 29
Reviews by mfavoino:
Photo of mfavoino
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle enjoyed in a pint glass on 8/15/13.

A: Pours a cloudy, deep orange with a finger and a half of head that dissipates. Spotty lacing along the sides of the glass.

S: Orange, citrus, sweet sugar, a bit of funk.

T: Slight citrus hop bitterness, sweet malt, grapefruit, orange peel, and finishes with a bitterness that has piney flavor as well.

M: Medium-bodied, some sticky feeling, a bit of alcohol.

O: Really impressive offering from 2nd Shift. Nice citrus / sweet IPA that I will have again.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Todd
3.57/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with an impressive, tight, creamy, thick head. Slightly bready and earthy in the nose with fruity esters. Crisp carbonation upfront. Malty base with toasty undertones. Lemony, citric bite. Fruity, minty, dank, gritty, with notes of tea and tobacco too. Oily towards the end. Finishes ashy, chalky, tannic, and dry.

An IPA that wants to be a DIPA. Could use a bit of cleaning up. There's a lot going on, and it's not all working together. Despite this, a good offering nonetheless.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy amber to light brown in color with a fingernail of off white foam on top. Impenetrable to light. Aroma of piney hops is pleasant. The taste is very pungent and bitter piney hops with a nice light malt backbone to follow it up with. The mouth is pleasant and crisply refreshing.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.38/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep orange body. Medium white head. Nice lacing. Good retention and a wispy surface.

Smell -Citrus and toasty malt. Doesn't smell sweet though.

Taste - Bright grapefruit. Toasty and bready malts. Very mild bitterness and a lightly floral finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Well carbonated.

Overall - I guess you'd call this balanced. I'd like a more dominant hop flavor, though.

Photo of emerge077
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The green 750 bottle had us all wary, but it turned out to be fine.

Poured into a slender tulip glass, it had a saturated orange gold color, transparent with a flurry of rising carbonation after the initial pour. Long lasting cap of white foam, plenty of spindly webbed lacing all around the glass.

Dank aroma of pineapple and candied orange peel, moving on to an unmistakeable cheesy funk of Columbus hops.

Flavors are heady and hop forward, more Columbus verging on parmesan but stopping just short. Plenty of tropical fruitiness and a drying bitter finish that builds and lingers for a good while. Light to medium bodied for a DIPA, not too bulky or sweet with caramel malt like so many others. This is light and drinkable, with a deft hop punch to it. Recommended.

Photo of EgadBananas
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a murky dark orange color, with a nearly white head,leaving decent sporadic lacing. Aroma has a nice soft citrus and tropical fruit vide, light fruity sweetness, and bits or sweet maltiness. Taste goes more tropical with some passonfruit, orange, mango and pineapple. The bitterness is low, body is medium, somewhat soapy, oily, and creamy. The low bitterness makes it quite drinkable, but still having loads of hop flavor. All in all, its great. Super drinkable, flavorful.

Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Has the color of tea with a big foamy white head
A: Citrus hops with a sweeter smell
T: Smooth ipa, not too bitter and not too dry.
F: A little watery, but the flavor seems to last.
O: It's a good ipa, but nothing to write home about.

Photo of sbrazell
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My favorite Missouri brewed ipa. Big Simcoe heavy ipa, very similar to Green Flash west coast. Lots of resiny hop notes in the aroma, with a lot of the same in the taste, along with the normal citrus/grapefruit Simcoe taste. Slightly sweet as well, but finishes really dry. Seek it out. Btw, this beer is not bottled, so no idea what the other review is about.

Photo of StlHopHead77
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml. bottle purchased at The Wine And Cheese Place.This is my first offering from 2nd Shift.

A-Pours out a slightly hazy but bright orange body with 2 1/2 inches of creamy,pillowy,ivory head that showed good retention and gobs of sticky lacing.

S-The presence of Simcoe hops is stamped all over this beer's nose.Peach Jolly Rancher,key lime,sweet orange,light caramel and cracker malts.

T-Tangy nectarine,grapefruit,pine,toffee,sourdough and a bitter aspirin finish.This is one more are where the use of Simcoe is undeniable.

M-Bitter,oily and juicy with godd use of supporting malts.

O-Not a bad way to be introduced to 2nd Shift.Really enjoyed this.

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle a slightly hazy warm orange with two fingers of frothy off-white head and left behind a sheet of sticky lacing.

Big juicy aroma of grapefruit and pineapple and just a whiff of maltiness.

The aroma translates to the taste with a big hoppy bite of grapefruit and a hint of bitterness and malts in the finish.

Medium bodied and sticky with a moderate carbonation.

This is a beautiful IPA. A true west coast-style IPA from 2nd Shift, right here in Missouri. A must try if you get the opportunity.

Photo of LambicPentameter
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing from notes as I catch up on old entries after drinking on February 1st, 2014. Enjoyed out of a 750 mL brown bottle with a stars and stripes crown. Bottling date is indicated by a sticker affixed to the bottom of the bottle: December 2013. Poured into a Speigelau IPA glass.

Appearance - Pours a dark amber-orange hue with just a touch of haziness that looks more like protein chill than any sediment. Bright tangelo highlights flash where the light peeks through the liquid. Atop the body sits a towering three-finger head of densely packed microbubbles, bone white in color. Retention is excellent, and after several minutes the foam has dissipated to snow drifts of uneven foam atop a permanent half-finger thickness, with thick cobwebs of lacing around the sides of the glass.

Smell - A pretty balanced lend of hops and malt here, with the hops being more dominant, in true IPA fashion. Notes of tropical fruit, with pineapple and orange with some hints of grapefruit zest thrown in for good measure. There is also a bit of funky, herbal sensation as well to add some depth of aroma. The malt is present, with some sweet grains and light sourdough characteristics to provide a foundation for the hops.

Taste - Many of the same components from the smell come forth, with grapefruit pith and citrus zest being the standard bearers. The sweeter tropical notes of pineapple and mango are less aggressive, blending well with the sweetness of the malt bill. There is also a bit of funkiness, like the aroma, that gives a slight impression of tasting the way cannabis smells.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied and moderate-to-high carbonation, which prevents the dense body from becoming overly-chewy, while still maintaining a good deal of effervescence due to the high carbonation. Slight bitterness lingers on the aftertaste.

Overall, a solid IPA from a local brewer that is fairly new to the KC market and has entered at a very reasonable price point. This is the second offering I've sampled from them and it certainly makes me curious to try more, especially at the price.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tan to orange with just a touch of haze, nice white head and very good lacing. Smell is nice and hoppy, although a bit funky IMO. Dry, earthy malts mix with tons of hoppy aromas, along with plenty of pine and grapefruit. Taste follows but without the funk that I detected in the smell. Body is medium and slightly oily with hops, with a sweet, pungent hoppy aftertaste. Bitterness is noticeable but nice. It's a very fine IPA, definitely worth a try. This one leads me to want to try more from 2nd shift.

Photo of Tone
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, orange color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of strong hops, citrus hops, and slight sweet malt. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus (grapefruit), strong hops, and slight sweet malt. Overall, not complex, but a drinkable IPA.

Photo of TheBrewo
3.56/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

We crack a 750mL, pouring into our shiny new St. Bernardus goblets. It shows a bright Jack-O-Lantern orange coloring, and holds a billowy one finger head of sandy bubbles. This retains well, splitting into creamy, soapy aggregates and asymmetric spider webbed lacing. A chill haze transiently obscures clarity, but no sediment is found. Carbonation appears to be moderate. The aroma gives intense hoppiness of pine sap, grapefruity oils, and cloying nectary tropical fruitiness. Notes include macerated cherry and mango fruitiness, white sugar, heavy caramel and toasty pale malts, sharp ethanol sting, plastic phenols, sticky honey, black pepper, cotton candy sugars, dusty and musty perfumed florals, gentle vanilla coolness, Graham cracker crumbles, and soft buttery diacetyls. The flavoring is much like you would expect following that nose. Malt and booze bomb with a topping of bitter and heavily sweetened hoppiness. Here, we find dense grain alcohol, corny adjuncts, heavy caramel malts, stale grassy and citric hoppiness, tortilla saltiness and breadiness, toffee and white sugars, chemical solvent cleaner bitters, perfumed floral sting, lemony tannins, sappy vinous and herbal hops, aluminum metallics, cornmeal and cornbready dusted yeastiness, and glass. An odd boozy sourness and gluey adhesive follows you for far too long, distinctly lingering past its due time. The body is full, and the carbonation is medium. Each sip affords nice slurp, smack, cream, and froth, but thins to a watery edge, at times. The mouth is otherwise cooled, and left lightly warmed, spiced, and slicked. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks somewhere between a big sipper and a ruddy IPA.

Overall, this was an interesting introduction to an up and coming Missourian brewery. This is their standard hoppy offering, so naturally it was our first selection. Nothing else at the store was glaringly recommended from them, across their six or so beers advertised, so being that we were in the hoppy mood, it made it an even easier choice. As we mentioned above, this is your typical malt bomb of an IPA. It showcased big sugary sweetness of honey and hops, but as it warmed, the booze seemed to seep out of every crack, leaving this off-putting chemical twang that lingers. It could be a slightly older bottle, but despite no “brewed on” labeling, we were assured that this was genuinely fresh. This is a nice beer for helping us transition into the cooler months of the year. It’s big body and upfront ethanol keep the drinker warmed and happier with each sip. Although this isn’t our new favorite IPA by any means, it will remain a fond memory from our first trip to St. Louis.

Photo of cvm4
3.52/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours an amber bodied ipa with a light khaki head. Has decent retention/lacing.

S - Light sugar, pine hops and a light sugar sweetness.

T - Pine hops, orange peel and a malt balance. Good amount of bitterness throughout.

M - Light bodied, medium carbonation. Has a smooth or oily finish.

O - Not an IPA i'm wild about. The flavors just don't work with my palette.

Photo of GoBearsWalter
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish orange clear with nearly no head out of tap. Citra bitter hops with a malty Carmel smell. Tastes much like it smells. The malt really pulls he citra hops together and allows the bitter to come through with a kind friend. Overall a great DIPA. Visiting St. Louis and got an impromptu professional itinerary from Eric at Thanks Eric.

Photo of TheLemmo
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Clean pour into the glass; nice deep golden color, mild and somewhat thin head but nice rings left in the glass. Nice balance of malt with the hops. While the hops lend to a bitter mid-section, the bite fades nicely for a smooth finish. This is one to have as fresh as possible. This taste is from a batch released a few weeks ago.

Photo of brentk56
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy amber with a full-on three fingered head; plenty of squiggly lacing patterns develop

Smell: Tropical fruit and pine tones supported by biscuity malt

Taste: The biscuity malt lays a platform but the hops take over from the outset, bringing some tropical fruit (pineapple, guava, lychee) along with some pine tones into the mix; somewhat bitter, after the swallow, but there is also quite a bit of residual sugar

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: While I would prefer a bit more hops in the hop to malt balance, this is a darn good IPA that pushes on the DIPA category

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.76/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and floral 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 citrus forward hop presence.

Photo of Tschneider152
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

one of my favorites. some say orange flavor but I like it all!

Photo of birchstick
4.39/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice amberish orange color with a decent head. Nose is pure, pungent, earthy hops. Nose translates really well to the tongue. Opens up with some caramel and cereal malts, but quickly take back seat to the hops. An onslaught of pungent, earthy, oniony hops. Really solid IPA profile. Mouth is medium bodied with a good carbonation. Really nice IPA coming out of St Louis.

Photo of Ratman197
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml green bottle from Wine and Cheese Place poured a clear golden amber with a lasting creamy ivory head. Aromas of biscuit, earthiness, skunk bud, pine and grapefruit. Mouthfeel was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of biscuit, earthiness, grapefruit and pine with a smooth dry bitter lingering earthy finish.

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 750ml bottle.

Pours a very nice strong copper color with a nice amber hue and some nice golden edges. There is a nice dense ecru head that is about 1 inch tall. The head is nice and creamy like cappuccino foam.

Delicious resinous hop notes. Nice pine and oily hops. There is also some nice citrus notes. Grapefruit rind and some slight tangerine and orange notes. The mix of citrus and pine is really nice and then there is some slight sweet malt caramel notes on the back end as well as some bready hints.

Starts off with some nice bready notes and some nice earthy and grain malt. This quickly turns into a rush of citrus notes with some nice grapefruit notes. There is definitely some awesome resinous notes of pine. This brew is definitely delicious. Very hoppy but balanced and refreshing. Good offering from 2nd Shift. The finish is nice and sticky with the piney hop oil. Very nice.

Nice brew. Im happy to have this brew readily available in the Lou.

Photo of mdcrouser
3.56/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Like a glass of dark tea, with significant head and lacing.

Piney on the nose and bit medicinal - like the rumor of Pine Sol, but without the benefit of clean floors.

Tobacco, pine, apricot and orange peel weigh heavy on the tongue. Malts provide a caramel and biscuit base. Aftertaste is that of piney mop bucket remnants - enjoyable only if you don't cycle air through your mouth afterwards to fully taste it.

Really very good carbonation and balance in the mouth.

Good at the beginning, but the close of floor cleaner is a drawback.

Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish orange clear with nearly no head out of tap. Citra bitter hops with a malty Carmel smell. Tastes much like it smells. The malt really pulls the citra hops together and allows the bitter to come through with a kind friend. Overall a great DIPA. Visiting St.Louis and got an impromptu professional itinerary from Eric at stl when I met him at Itap. Thanks Eric.

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Art Of Neurosis from 2nd Shift Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.