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Night Cat - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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85
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288 Ratings
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Ratings: 288
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 9
Gots: 36 | FT: 0
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Two Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Dark Wheat Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: Kevin_Young on 10-17-2013

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Ratings: 288 | Reviews: 44
Photo of rossracing
5/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

just absolutely love this beer

Photo of Chiefy770
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 fl. oz can
"Swirl By" June 6th, 2015
Reviewed on March 15th, 2015
Served in a Tumbler Pint

Eyes
Poured a clean brown body with a nice mahogany glow. Towering, bubbly tan head. Rings of sticky tan lacing throughout.

Nose
Citric hops up front. Mild backbone of grains and sweet bread.

Mouth
Juicy hops hit the tongue first. Herbal hops broke out as the bitterness gained steam. Sweeter notes of biscuit, caramel, and grains cut through the bitter hops, finishing this brew out semi-dry. Medium-bodied. Moderate/light carbonation.

Overall
Clean, drinkable, and refreshing. My biggest complaint was the lack of wheat... I just wasn't able to pick it up. Regardless, tasty beer.

Photo of Joshuafzylatra
4.71/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

These guys always impress me.. Pots a dark amber color from can into a Weiss glass.. 2in head..nice lacing..great roasted malt flavour yeasty and a nice hop finish ..awesome beer I live these guys

Photo of JonAdams
3.51/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from tap (new keg) into standard pint glass here at Two Bros Scottsdale. 1/2" head, dissipates slowly, lace sticks high up on glass, just a hint of caramel color in the lace.
Color is a deep burnished copper, clear, no haze. Served perhaps a little too cold, hard to find a nose at first. Someone who handled the glass before it was served had a fragrant lotion or perfume, makes it a bit hard to figure out which is beer and which isn't. After a while, it seems there's a slight malt note up front, hop finish.
Typical carbonation, not unusual, remains even 10 minutes into the tasting.
A pleasant beer, would have this again. Good for those who are acquiring a taste for the hoppier side of the beer universe.

Photo of AngrySnuggles
2.99/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark amber in color with thick white head. Extremely dark for a wheat beer. Good Clarity.

Smell: Hoppy, citrus, light dank, light ammonia, tropical fruits.

Taste: Surprisingly light. Light malty sweetness, a little bit of chocolate. Similar hoppy characteristics as the smell.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, crisp, medium carbonation.

Overall: Unique take on the style. Decent hybrid, but I would have liked a little more pronounced wheat characteristics. Good enough to drink again, but I'm not sure I would seek it out.

Photo of Mdog
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Brown, ok head.

Smell: Citrusy, mild.

Taste: Moderate citrus bitterness with a little bit of roasted malt and toast flavor.

Overall: Comes in a 12oz can and I like to support dark wheat beers, so I gave this a try. It's pretty forgettable, mostly tastes like a pale ale with a little more roasted flavor to it. Not particularly wheaty.

Photo of MattyG85
4.16/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a tall pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brownish amber with a lot of rising bubbles. Big three finger off white head which settles into a patchy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell: A juicy and earthy hop forward aroma with hints of citrus, grass, biscuit, and wheat. Upfront scent of hops with juicy citrus hints of grapefruit, orange, lemon zest, and pineapple. Earthy and grassy hop hints. Wheat and toasted malt with hints of biscuit, caramel, grains, and yeast. A kind of odd but good smell.

Taste: Like it smells, a nicely juicy and earthy hop forward taste with notes of citrus, grass, and wheat malt. Juicy presence of citrus hops with notes of orange peel, grapefruit, lemon zest, and pineapple. Earthy notes of pine and grass. Wheat and toasty malt notes of caramel, biscuit, grains, and yeast. A pretty solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, slightly chewy, and smooth.

Overall: A pretty unique and solid twist on a wheat beer. Good juicy hops with a solid toasty malt backing.

Photo of smbslt
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

More alley than Aristocat. A marketable beer but so are thousands of others.

Photo of bwood06
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A - Clear deep red/amber color. Nice 2 finger head white in color that was retained for a decent length of time. 4/5

S - Very heavy on the grapefruit. Very hoppy which fit the given description of the beer. Slight hint of wheaty graininess. 4/5

T - Tasted like it smelled. Very heavy on grapefruit and tropical flavors. Indistinguishable from many Pale Ales that I have had before so I did not really get the wheat. 3.5/5

M - Wheat shows up here nicely. Very smooth. Nice wet finish. 4.25/5

O - Good offering. Really very simple in it's tasting profile but a nice execution of brewing. Not what I expected but would order again. 3.75/5

Photo of justintcoons
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can poured into a weizen glass.

Appearance
Mahogany brown with a 1/2 finger of head that dissipates quickly. Excellent clarity with moderate carbonation.

Nose
Dank greens, root beer, chicory, and lemon / lime.

Taste
Light tasting. Some dank greens and papaya. Very light candy sugar backbone. Light notes of lemon / lime, chicory, and root beer.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, crisp, balanced, and refreshing.

Overall
Certainly has a unique flavor profile and goes down easy. Not too shabby.

Photo of gatornation
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

pours a slight hazed dark copper color with almost no lacing but does have a staying fresh cap
the nose is caramel malts with citrus hops wheat and grain
nice citrus hops uo front with an abundance of sweet malts its reminds me of a light imperial red ale
well carbonated with some hop bitterness drinkable with offsetting sweet malts
reminds me of a hoppy red ale very tasty very hoppy

Photo of Stezz420
5/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Highly under rated and i highly recommend everyone tries this beer at least once. Its amber hue may turn some wheat pale ale drinkers away, but dont let the color turn you off. This is the best beer from two brothers imho.

A - amber in color with a decent head.

S - very hoppy with lots of tropical fuirt esters. very enjoyable to the nose.

T - lots of citus and tropical fuirt flavors.

M - perfect amount of corbanation, goes down very easily.

O - best beer that two brothers brew, should be released year round. this is a great take on a seasonal with all the stouts and winter warmers being released this time of year.

Photo of saison90
4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

really hoppy on the nose, but sips really easy. the taste is very much like lipton ice tea.

Photo of WestHam973
4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

One of the few wheat beers worth drinking

Photo of Slatetank
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this on tap at Brass Rail Deli in Campbelltown, served in a standard pint.

The color is deep brown like tootsie roll, hazed with thin tan cap with fine bead and light lace. The smell is very fragrant with hops that have a slight pine aroma and mild grapefruit accents with a mild toast aroma from the dark wheat. The feel is great with hops the dominant with moderatlely bitter texture with a tangy fruity yeast and dry toasted texture of malt with semi-dry finish.

The taste is great with very tasty citrus in the hops and nice balance of light toast and clean yeast with slight hint of pine and mild peppery taste with the oily hops more on the earthy side which matches the slight sweetness with a spice taste following as it finishes. Overall I have not had many in this category if at all -the wheat juxtapozed with hops and the dark grain character all come through and work in harmony for a nice hoppy wheat- the malt is not kilned to the point that it is roasted in flavor or clashes with the hops at all -not an assault of bitterness either. A well blended dark wheat ale -kudos Two Brothers!

Photo of BMMillsy
3.66/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Can from World of Beer Tioga. Pours reddish brown with a good bit of light showing through and a small off white head. Aroma of bitter piney hops, biscuity malts, light toffee, grains. Flavor is somewhere between a malty IPA and a hoppy brown ale. I’ll go with the latter. Bready malts and some bitter pine, grainy flavors, a bit of toffee. Don’t get much from the wheat. Medium bodied at most with medium carbonation. Decent beer but unexciting.

Photo of Aleks_P
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: I have never seen a dark wheat beer before so I am rating a 4.5 for the interesting factor. Pours brown with an orange hue, half-inch tan foam head. Transparent, does not appear to be as carbonated and bubbly as a lot of wheat beers.

Smell: Again, unusual for a wheat beer. Hop bitterness is evident but also a bit of sweetness that I can't quite place, maybe some tart grapefruit notes.

Taste: Picking up the hops and bitterness and noticing the grapefruit tartness, definitely bitter like an IPA the mouthfeel balances the bitterness. Not much else going on.

Mouthfeel: Bit dry and very creamy as a result of the low carbonation. Creaminess is surprising, normally expect that in much darker beers. Leaves some bitterness in the aftertaste, very grapefruit.

Overall: I always pick up Two Brothers stuff because they try a lot of interesting things but the execution here leaves a bit to be desired. The flavors just aren't that strong or distinguished. Cool idea for a dark wheat beer but other than nothing particularly notable here.

Photo of schoolboy
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a pretty tough style to work in, and Two Brothers did a good job with this one, coming up with something unique.

It pours a translucent dark brown with little head or lace. The aroma is wrong, ot not wrong, just different - it smells like a hoppy IPA.

The taste is not like the smell. It tastes more like the style should plus something. It's malty with a clean dry hops finish. The aftertaste is also dry and not what you would expect - not much sweetness.

Overall it is an interesting brewing adventure worth trying.

Photo of rlee1390
3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-Deep amber/ruby in the glass, not much carbonation or head.

S-slight roasted malt, tad bit of coffee, wheat and earthy hops.

T-A tad too malty for my tastes, roasted malt, some coffee and well, slight earthy hops.

M-Medium bodied, tad creamy, not much carbonation.

O-It was a decent beer but it just wasn't well rounded enough to be very good.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a tumbler at Mundelein Brewfest 2014.

Shuffling over to Two Brothers for another black IPA (of sorts, anyway). This one pours a clear dark sienna topped by a finger of wan khaki foam. The nose comprises cocoa powder, pine resin, light candied orange peel, and a hint of treacle. The taste brings in more of the same, the hops breaking through the roast and treacle fog every now and again with a sharp citrus-y edge. Things don't quite mesh completely, but there isn't much full clashing going on, either. It's a strange place to be. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a mostly smooth feel. Overall, a nice enough little beer, though not something I see myself partaking in very much in the future.

Photo of jawlessbody
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a pint glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy dark amber topped off by a thick, slightly off white head that rose about three fingers tall.

Smell: The scent was reminiscent of carmel and toasted nuts, but with a hint of gain sweetness as well.

Taste: Quite impressive. There's a very good balance of the sharpness characteristic of wheat beers and a very acidic citrus flavor backing up the hops. Excellent contrast and complexity.

Mouthfeel: Thicker than what I was expecting from a wheat beer. It coats the mouth and tongue and lingers for a while. Amazing.

Overall: Very, very good. Thick mouthfeel, which I love, and a very citrusy, hoppy backbone offset with a luscious caramel sweetness. This is just a wonderful beer.

Photo of AwYeh
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Can best by June 2014.

A: Clear brown-amber color with two fingers of frothy white head.

S: Smells very much like an amber crossed with a brown ale, with a little bit of must added in. Baker's chocolate the most outstanding thing here; generally very pleasant.

T: A little chocolaty, with some considerably bitter citrus hops backing things up. Nice balance, and a nice mixture of sweet vs. bitter throughout the entire taste. I see this is a "fall" seasonal, and as someone from the midwest, I think it's pretty perfect for the fall season.

M: Medium-bodied, moderately carbonated.

O: Decent beer from Two Brothers, in a style that I'm not particularly familiar with, but that blends dark and hoppy beers together pretty well. I'm definitely interested in picking this one up again, and hoping to see this currently esoteric style expand a bit.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Paid $2.19 for the single can. Seeing this is a fall release makes this over 5 months old.

A - Old it may be its still very carbonated giving me a inch plus of opaque colored head. The beer itself is quite a slight clear brownish black color. Like some heavy darkwood.
S - Mostly citra hops and wheat from the can. In the glass about the same I wanted it to have more in depth smells of caramel or bread but its really not there.
T - Pretty much what I expected the hops are bright but timid Citra highlighting then you have some wheat which is balanced and strong and the finish is again bitter and lingering. Simple yet effective.
M - Light to medium kind of watery but to be excepted for the ABV.

Overall I am glad this held up from the Fall release it was a decent ale that I may have again. Try it!

Photo of MusicaleMike
3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can that suggests drinking by 4/27/14. Poured into a short wheat glass.

The tab popped with vigor, and I poured this mahogany-colored beer into a short wheat beer shaped glass. The head was very decent, and the body itself is a clear luxurious brown color that shows off ample carbonation. The head drops down to almost nothing, but does show incredible signs of lacing.

The aroma is most impressive, but it is as expected maybe, since Two Brothers calls this their "Hoppy Dark Wheat Ale". The hops shine bright here, with an orange citrus aroma and hint of sweetness. Light berry aroma possibly? When agitated, more of the wheat aroma comes out and offers a pleasant huskiness and more hops.

Night Cat starts with a wheat and citrus hop flavor up front, with maybe only a slight suggestion of darker malts and sourdough bread. There are shortbread flavors here as well, which play well against the sweet and pleasantly bitter Citra hops. Across the palate is a full-flavored beer with a light body and creamy texture; a combination of many things...aggressive hopping, malt base lightened up by wheat, and rich carbonation. It finishes very lightly sweet, with some aftertaste of tangerine and apricot.

This is maybe only the second beer from this style that I have consumed, and I know that this is a winner between those two. Very tasty beer, easy to drink, and would pair very well with harder cheeses like Parmesan and Gouda.

Photo of SportsandJorts
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: a deep dark brownish orange. Good wheaty haze but still a bright looking beer. A finger of an off white head that fades slowly and leaves a sticky lacing.

Smell: I am immediately greeted with citrus. A grassy smell but not musky like I usually find grassy smells. More of a pleasant grass. Not much else going on

Taste: opens up with a big maltiness. Wheat and some dark debittered malts. Just a touch chocolatey but not too much. Ends with a big smack of citrus. A very subtle tasting beer.

Mouthfeel: light and wheaty. Fairly refreshing for a darker beer. Low bitterness

Overall: a very pleasant and subtle beer. The only thing that is really lacking is the smell which I can understand due to the relaxed flavor profiles that make this beer good.

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Night Cat from Two Brothers Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 288 ratings.