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El Gato Grande - 2nd Shift Brewing

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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.47%
Wants: 6
Gots: 3 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
2nd Shift Brewing visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: DCon on 09-17-2011

EGG is another IPA that we came up with. All you need to know is over 3 lbs. per barrel of Columbus, Amarillo and Citra.

62 IBU
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Ratings: 58 | Reviews: 15
Reviews by TheSarge:
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4.8/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured this brew into a Duvel tulip and the beer produces a strong four finger thick head, and the body is copper in color with a little haze.

The aroma is of pine, caramel, grapefruit, and maybe even lime.

Taste wise it has a strong toffee malt quality, with a strong lemon and pine twist.

Feels mildly carbonated and oily slick with a little warmth in the end.

I figured this would have been a Belgian style IPA, but nope, it's American style for sure. Probably one of the best that I've had in a long time.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Sammy
3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Yes, 9 months old, but really fun citrus still highly carbonated creamy IPA. The hops still gave it taste and citrus bitterness, cleaning the palate.
Steve IP, another interesting one. Incredible creamy head though the c-p of the citra took over, like smelling cat p after many many days.
Yet very drinkable.

Photo of Beezee
5/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of hooliganlife
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EgadBananas
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks FTowne!

A: Hazed orange, beige head, epic lace.

A: Astringent, cat piss, fruits, citrus, tropical fruits, caramel, zesty flowers.

T: Orange, sweet citrus, caramel, nuts, light bitterness, hints of lemon, mango.

M/O: medium body, clean, slick, good carb level. Tasty, well flavored ipa, despite not being a bitter beast.

Photo of Faroveryonder
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of CraigTravor
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerMeInStl
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of derekfilcoff
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of Dieck
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of csmalley
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of BeerGreg
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of StlHopHead77
3.76/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a transparent,reddish orange with 2 strong fingers of just slightly off white foam
that showed great retention and left chunky islands of lacing.

S-Soft,sweet citrus,apricot preserves,flowery hops and mild honey malts.

T-More soft citrus,peach candy,apricot,crisp cracker malts and a slight hint of pine.

M-Really smooth and unassuming.Mild bitterness with a sustained fresh fruitiness.

O-This just seemed to be lacking something.It leaned a little more toward a pale ale than a true IPA.Decent but not game changing.

Photo of c-rum
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap a clear reddish-coper color with a thin but bubbly off-white head. No lacing left behind.

Aroma of floral hops, tea and fruity notes.

Tastes of floral hops, caramel malts, tobacco and a touch of rye bread with a clean finish.

Medium bodied and sticky with a moderate carbonation.

Tasty balance of hoppy and malty. I'll definitely have more of these.

Photo of JSchock7
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of Tone
3.3/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, copper/amber color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of citrus hops, slight floral hops, and sweet malt. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus hops, slight floral hops, sweet malt, and slight earthy malt. Overall, hop-centric, but lacking in complexity.

Photo of SteveDoeschot
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of Duffmanohyeah02
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of RyanBeer13
3/5  rDev -27.2%

Photo of dt_gbpackersfan
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of DCon
3.25/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on-tap @ Nick's Pub in St. Louis, MO for $5. Tapped from the Blue 2nd Shift Tap Handle with "EL GATO" written down the stem, into a 16oz Pint Glass.

Aroma- Has tons of hop, piney and floral but then has this bbq aroma that isn't my favorite in these new Missouri IPA's... I'm wondering if its Amarillo hops or possibly just the blend of the hops that make this attribute come alive for me.

Appearance- Received with almost no head at all! Has a reddish copper color body and has great clarity. No lacing is left on the glass afterwards, not even suds.

Flavor- Has a medium amount of hop flavor all the way through and then a light-medium bitterness. Once again, has a pretzel taste and then bbq follows this. Has a sweetness to it that isn't well-balanced but then finishes dry and you are left with a rold gold aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Light-Medium Carbonation, Sweeter than most IPAs and then leaves this pretzel/bbq flavor on the palate for a while! Almost like I'm eating a meal.

Overall Impression- Many other people seem to enjoy this brew and the Ale Mucho Hoppo, but I'm just not bought. I'll give this an above average rating because it is interesting and enjoyable but this pretzel/bbq aroma and taste is just so weird for me. Will be trying in bottle to see if this is normal.

Photo of dav
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of cvm4
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No bottle date, but judging by when I bought it I'm assuming this bottle is 3-6 weeks old.

L - Pours an opaque copper/amber body with a frothy two finger eggshell colored head. Good retention and lacing.

S - The nose is packed full of juicy tropical fruits as well as orange peel. I just want to plant my nose over this glass.

T - The taste follows the nose to some extent. Good mix of citrus hops with a malty backbone. Lightly sweet and medium hoppy ending. The nose had more promise, but it's not a total letdown.

F - Medium body and carbonation. Easy to drink, no alcohol bite and a dry finish that leaves you wanting more.

O - Solid IPA from 2nd Shift. They're making things happen at this brewery.

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El Gato Grande from 2nd Shift Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.