Katy - 2nd Shift Brewing

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BA SCORE
88
very good

146 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 146
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 8
Gots: 17 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
2nd Shift Brewing visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Tone on 04-30-2012

Don't know what to call it besides a Brett Beer. This one gets aged for 3 months in oak barrels with Brettanomyces Lambicus, a cool yeast that gives this beer a wonderfully pretty aroma and flavor that everyone better like or else I'll look you up and teach you a lesson.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 146 | Reviews: 24
Reviews by JoEBoBpr:
Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.
Bottled: 9/2013

Pours a slightly hazy pale straw golden yellow color with a thin but dense clean white head. The head recedes pretty quickly and there is a nice white ring that stays around the glass till the end.

Aroma is yummy. Notes of white grape skin. Vinous sweetness with some slight tart notes. Some nice woody funk is very prevalent and waters the palette. Mild lemony tartness in the nose can be perceived as well. Pretty funky and dry with notes of hay and some barnyard notes.

Flavor starts off with dry vinous white grape notes. Slight fruit sweetness from the grapes followed up quick by more vinous dryness and mild tartness. Notes of Bretty funk with some grainy notes and some hay as well as some musty grape notes. The brew is dry throughout he middle and finishes dry with some mild fruit sugary sweetness that pops up along with the grape tartness. The woody notes are pretty great and as expected the brew finishes dry and mildly tart.

Overall. I curse myself for not giving this brew a chance sooner. It is well crafted. The Brett funk is wonderful for such a fresh bottle. Notes of grain, white wine and wood. Nice job.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Todd
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 01/20014. 750mL bottle with cap. Bright, pale yellow with a slight haze, thin white lace. Lemon zest aroma, yeast, slight funk, white pepper, and cidery edge. Thin, crackery, semi-tart, lemony, stone fruits, nectarine, peach skin, phenolic/medicinal, oaky, pepper, apples, vinous, dry, cidery and earthy finish.

Acidic, but not overwhelming. Barrel-aging really helped mellow and meld things. Lots of stone fruit character. Quite enjoyable.

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle a cloudy straw yellow with one finger to bubbly white head.

The aroma was tart lemon and white grapes with an earthy funk to it.

The tart lemon and white grape were present in the taste along with hints of floral and earthy brett notes through the finish.

Light-to-medium bodied, crisp and dry with a sharp carbonation.

A fairly straight forward and easy drinking Wild Ale but nothing out of the ordinary.

Photo of zookerman182
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is a clear fizzy yellow with a one finger white bubbly head.
Aroma is dry, lemon, light banana, yeast, slight damp bAsement.
Taste is citrus, mineral funk, dry crackery feel.
Mouthfeel is dry, thin, highly carbonated.
Overall it's a nice summer beer but its missing something.
Maybe a little too dry and one note b I'm glad I got to try it.
Not as much Brett as advertised.

Photo of Zomdust
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Aged 10 months, wow, nice and funky

Photo of LambicPentameter
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally getting around to reviewing this from my notes after trying it on tap at Beer Kitchen back on December 20th, 2013. Poured into a standard 16 oz tumbler glass.

Appearance - Body is a hazy mix of shades of yellow, with notes of lemon and spun gold throughout. A little darker up near the top, where the light is diffused by the haze and shaded by the head. Near the bottom of the glass, it appears a bit more translucent. The aforementioned head is a finger thick and stark white. Nice frothy suds with some slightly larger bubbles intermittently around the edge of the glass. Lacing is visible and leaves sparse rings around the side of the glass as I drink.

Smell - Very light in nature, with notes of citrus zest, lemon juice, pale wheat malt, as well as some grass and green herbal overtones. Subsequent inhaling reveals a bit of musty woodiness and funk from the Brett. Overall, it's a rather ethereal aroma and gives me the impression that it would be a good warm weather beer.

Taste - A little more subdued than I was hoping for. I love Brett beers that are all up in your face with that funky, dry fruit essence that is so common for the yeast. This one in many ways reminds me of a completely different style--Berliner Weissebier--at least the versions I've sampled from here in the U.S.. Rather than being aggressively funky, it imparts essence of biscuit alongside a lemony tartness that doesn't ever reach a feeling of full-on sour. Pleasant and unassuming flavors that would work well with a host of foods, as long as they weren't super rich.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied and moderate carbonation. Predominantly dry finish.

Overall, my first sampling from the regional 2nd Shift Brewery. And it was plenty tasty enough for me to now start seeking out their beers with some regularity. Hopefully this is the start of some really stellar beers. Would likely get this one again if I needed a local and easy-to-get Brett fix.

Photo of Tone
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, pale yellow color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of slight pale malt, hint of hop, hint of pine, spice, and a hint of floral aromas. Fits the style of a Saison / Farmhouse Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of slight liquor, slight hop, slight pale malt, hint of yeast, slight spice, hint of citrus (pear?), and a hint of grass. Overall, good aroma, blend, and body.

Photo of nmann08
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle, pours a clear pale light yellow color, very carbonated with bubbles.

The smell is white wine grape, a little oak, floral, white pepper, nectarine. The flavor is lemon zest, brett, light fruit, apples, and some biscuit. Some dry oak and citric acid. It has a buttery chardonnay mouthfeel to it.

Overall, this is good. it is clean, crisp and very refreshing. Not too tart, balanced. I liked it.

Photo of jrenihan
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer is a hazy yellow gold. Looks like a hefeweizen. Small white head on top.

Smell consists of brett, light fruits and yeast.

Taste is oak, brett and light fruit. The brett is noticeable but not strong. I would have liked it to be amped up a bit more. Flavour is a bit thin.

Light bodied, moderate to high carbonation. Too light.

Overall, average. Nothing bad here but it is too mild.

Photo of zeff80
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Bridge in St. Louis.

A - Poured a clear, golden yellow color with a small, white head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of spices and a touch of funkiness. Some caramel, too.

T - It tasted slightly funky with a spicy bite and sweet caramel.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is interesting. Didn't taste much like a saison.

Photo of homebrew311
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy yellow with small amount of head. Nose starts with candied lemon and moderate farmy funk. Light oak and chardonnay are present but serve as the supporting cast rather than dominating the nose. Taste has notes of citric acid which brings some tartness to the palate. Lemon, wheat, and oak come through the strongest with some sweetness to bring things into balance. Nice clean finish, light on the funk overall. Mouthfeel is relatively light with medium carbonation. Overall, this is a solid brew. This is my first from 2nd shift, certainly won't be my last.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.52/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a hazy light yellow with a foamy white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with malt, fruit, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody 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 some solid aromas and flavors but nothing really stands out to me.

Photo of hip2hops
4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A deceivingly delicious, two-sided wonder. Not complex, BUT...fresh and sour up front followed by chewy malty biscuits on the finish, begging for another mouthful.
Great work by Missouri's little tattoo brewey that could.

Photo of ChicagoNick
3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have a feeling this would have been far more interesting when fresh.

Photo of Stevedore
3.59/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Slightly hazy golden yellow body, two finger white head, fair retention, no lacing.

S- Mildly tart wheat, a bit of funk and lemon. Not much complexity, but it does smell good.

F- Tart wheat, a bit of lemon, funk, slight yogurt. Again, not particularly complex or forward, but it does grow on me after a while.

M- Medium-thin bodied, good carbonation, a bit on the soft side. Solid, not too bitter, quite drinkable.

O- Nothing too special, seems to be lacking some depth but it's certainly not bad in any particular way.

Photo of BedetheVenerable
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Katy comes in a 750ml brown Burgundy-style bottle, with a simple cap, and a simple, clean label that I can’t quite make up my mind about. Poured into my Leffe chalice, this brew shows a warm, straw gold with just a hint of haze and a nice bright white cap that shows nice retention before eventually fading away to almost nothing. The nose is wonderfully funky, with a nice mix of floral, earthy, and fruity Brett characteristics. There’s not much else going on here, but this is really nice; the aromas are forward, but a bit delicate at the same time. On the palate, this is light and almost spritzy, with a bit of sweet pale malt character, and a nice, earthy Brett presence. There’s a touch of floral/fruity funk as well, but earthy notes lead here. There’s a bit of bitterness and perhaps even a touch of tannin (this was 3 months in oak wine barrels) to balance things out. Overall, this is a delicate, Brett-forward beer that has enough going on to make it interesting, but remains easy drinking and quite refreshing. I usually prefer a fruitier and more floral Brett character than is present here, but this is still a nice little beer. At $7.99 for a 750ml, it’s not quite the phenomenal ‘wild’, non-sour brew that Goose Island’s late, great Fleur was, but it’s still a damn good offering, for a good price. It’d be interesting to see how this ages, but at 3 months of age (bottled 5/2013) it’s really nice.

89/100 B+

Photo of barczar
3.92/5  rDev 0%

Just enough brett funk, a touch of sour, and a nice malt backbone.

Photo of Florida9
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear, light yellow in color on the first pour. Becomes a bit more cloudy on subsequent pours. Forms a bright white, actively fizzy head that comes and goes leaving just the faintest hint of a ring around the edge. No lacing. Aroma is green apples and grapes along with a vinous quality and old basement brett. Taste is similar. Starts of clean, crisp, and bright with the flavors of apples and grapes. There is a light sweetness. The comes the brett on the back end. The brett flavor is prominent, but not overwhelming. Lighter bodied, thin, and somewhat watery. Medium-heavy carbonation. Little bitterness.
I admit that I am partial to brett beers and while the brett is noticeable on this one, it is not aggressive. An easy drinking brett beer.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

what a beautiful beer, maybe my favorite from these guys, although all of the beers i had from them were excellent. this is delicate in a cool way, saison sort of thing with a very developed brett profile that brings some more tartness to the mix than i am used to from brett alone, flattering to a fluffy bodied wheaty brew that is hazy golden in the glass. the funk is distinct from other brett strains in that it has some acidity happening, a little tannic thing going on maybe, tempered and broadened by the wood on this, but also quite bright and alive with a fresh cut flower aromatic and a blooming springtime radiance. not one of those in your face wilds, there is a mellowness to it thats really flattering, maybe from the oak, maybe from the expertise of the brewer, but its lovely. as delicious in taste as it is in the nose, and you almost wish this one was in 30 packs of cans, as its so sesisonable and light and refreshing. mildly tangy but dry in the finish and carbonated like champagne. overall a beer of stunning depth and quality, worth seeking out and very much underrated here in my opinion.

Photo of Tridement
4.68/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Brewery release quality, without all the hypey bullshit and inflated price. Where can I get a keg? Oh, it pours a soft hay color, finely bubbled head bald blah blah....delicious!

Get it if you can, love these wackos at 2nd Shift! Also, check out PARKAS ASAP.

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Specially released 1-year aged (pink wax), has approximately 1.5 years on it
The beer pours a syrupy looking golden yellow with very little white head that fades quickly without lacing. The nose is definitely a healthy amount of funk - a bit of bread, pear, honey, and white grape. The taste carries a modest funkiness, greatly attenuated sweetness compared to a fresh bottle, light fruitiness, and little bitterness. It's a light-medium bodied, drinkable, brett-forward, complex, fruity, semi-sweet beer with little residual aftertaste, aside from the funk. I definitely enjoy this beer more than I did the first time I tried it ("fresh"), it has dried out a bit more and retained a big fruity sweetness with age. I'd highly advocate for cellaring your fresh bottles

Photo of jbaker67
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy blonde with a small white head. Aroma brings out bretty upfront, with citrus fruits, some light tropical fruits and some light tartness. Flavor brings out lemony fruits, with some dusty citrus fruit skins, brett funk, a touch of banana, some peach creamsicle, and dry wheaty notes. Very highly drinkable, but there wasn't a lot of brett characteristics.

Photo of abrand
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into pint glass.

Pours a hazy yellow color with a 3 finger white head that leaves little lacing. Smells of soap, funk, and some fruits. Nice euro yeast smell as well. Taste is pretty light but refreshing. Plenty of dough and fruit and a nice sour finish. Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Overall very good. I like the funk.

Photo of jbwimer
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wow. This beer is certainly underrated. Crisp, clean, floral with a hint of funk. Some citrus and lemon zest to boot. Really impressed with this one.

Katy from 2nd Shift Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.