Night Cat - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Ratings: 297
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 10
Gots: 40 | 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: 297 | Reviews: 46
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Photo of Billolick
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz can. "swirl before 03/29/14" printed on the bottom.

Pour is dark almond amber, darker and loose khaki head, stays nicely initially. The goes to a thicker film, nice low sheeting and respectable high ringed lace and lower strands.

Spicy hop nose. Fragrant, floral and citric are adjectives that come to mind.

Tasty dark n hoppy wheat ale. A style I'd love to see other brewers take a stab at. Notes here of more citric hops, some tropical fruityness and some dark wheaty malts. Moderate bite tot he hops in the finish and a nice smooth smooth finish with malts smoothing things out. Nicely done

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 rossracing
5/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

just absolutely love this beer

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Foam is just ok. Lacing is just good. The color is amazing. Solid nut brown when you pour, but it vacillates between murky orange and translucent red when held up to light. Incredibly unique. The foam and lacing are the only thing preventing me from giving it the rare perfect 5.

Smell: Resiny pine. Faint citrus in the background. Very festive.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Very subtle cedar flavors and quite a bit of yeast. Fairly malty, but a little too bland for my liking. Faint lemon and orange combined with some pepper in the background. Nice medium-bodied and yeasty mouthfeel.

Overall: Flavor is lacking, but I appreciate this hybrid hoppy-wheat beer.

Photo of WoodBrew
4.29/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The night kitty pours a dark rich amber with off-white head that is leaving a nice lace. The citra hop gives a nice blend of citrus and pine on the nose and in the taste. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall.....very nice!

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 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 tone77
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a dark brown color with a 1 inch head. Smell is very hoppy, surprising for the style. Taste is hops, citrus, mild wheat, some bitterness, easy drinking and refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and although a bit lacking in the wheat department, overall is a solid beer.

Photo of emerge077
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

BBD: 4/27/14

Chestnut auburn brown color, fluffy head of light tan foam that remains for awhile, leaving behind masses of clumpy forms before settling to a skim after the first few sips. Plenty of lace all around the glass.

Aroma is muted at first but a little roasty and piney.

Flavors follow suit, earthy piney hops lend a light bitterness, and a nice roasty malt character holds it all together. Not sure how old this is, but nothing really says Citra but the label. Easy to drink one or several the body is light and a touch watery, though it has some texture to it. Overall this is pretty good. They need some better graphics/identity though, the swirl thing just gets lost on the shelf.

Photo of Hammer35
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Nice clear, dark amber color with good carbonation. A thick, pale head with medium beading and decent retention, but little lacing.

Smell: HUGE hoppy aroma! Citrus notes and tropical fruit.

Taste: Very similar to the aroma. Citrusy and fruity with a slight maltiness at the finish from the wheat.

Mouthfeel: Great carbonation and a light body make this surprisingly refreshing despite the dark malts.

Overall: Very enjoyable seasonal! I was really pleasantly surprised with this. Great, sessionable dark wheat ale that's big on hops. The only reason I didn't rate it higher was that the aroma and flavor is a little one-dimensional but if you like the dimension it's a great beer.

Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear reddish amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving a large lacy patch of bubbles in the center, a collar around the edge and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of citrus and tropical fruit hops are present in the nose along with some hints of wheat.
T: The taste very much follows the smell; the Citra hops contribute light to moderate flavors of citrus and tropical fruits along with notes of wheat and hints of blackberries. Little, if any bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this beer to be quite enjoyable—you get lots of hop aromas of flavors as you would expect from an IPA or a hoppy pale ale, but there's no bitterness and it goes down extremely easily given the lighter body from the wheat base.

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 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 StoutHunter
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got a can of Two Brothers Brewing Company's Night Cat that Another6pack hooked me up with, Thanks a lot! A Dark Wheat beer brewed with Citra hops sounds pretty interesting and it's been a while since I've had a Dark Wheat Ale, so lets see how it goes. I couldn't decode the canning date. Poured from a 12oz can into a imperial pint glass.

A- The can looks looks nice, it's got a good design to it and it reminds me of some Tim Burton like designs. It poured a pretty clear mahogany/amber color that took on more of a crimson and ruby hue when held to the light with a finger and half worth of off white/light tan head quickly died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left a little bit of spotty lacing behind. This was a pretty good looking beer, but it could use just a little better head retention.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness that's followed by the hops being the first to show up and it's dominated by the Citra hops that impart a great citrus and tropical fruit like aroma with a slight piney and floral aroma in the background. Up next comes a light banana and slightly spicy aroma that I think may be from the yeast and it's followed by the malts that are on the lighter side and impart a light dark wheat aroma with some sweet malt aromas also coming through along with a light caramel aroma. This beer had a pretty good aroma, that Citra hops were really noticeable, but I wish more of that dark wheat base came through.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with the a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness followed by the hops being the first to show up with the Citra hops still sticking out the most imparting those same aspects that I got in the aroma, but this time the floral and piney aspects are hardly noticeable. Up next comes that same light banana and spicy aspect that I think is from the yeast, but it's even lighter than it was in the aroma and it's followed by the malts which impart a very light dark wheat and caramel flavor with the sweet malts sticking out a little more than the rest. On the finish there's a slightly lighter amount of medium carbonation with a light caramel, and sweet malt aftertaste with the citra hops showing up the most. This was a pretty nice tasting beer, the hop profile is really nice, but I still wish the malt base stuck out a little more.

M- Smooth, clean, crisp, a little refreshing, on the slightly lighter side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty good and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a pretty good beer, but I can't say it was the best example a Dark Wheat Ale simply because the malt base wasn't too noticeable and the Citra hops seemed to dominate the taste and aroma, but style aside I still thought this was a pretty enjoyable beer regardless of what style it's classified as. This beer had good drinkability, it was smooth, clean, crisp, a little refreshing, not too filling and the taste did a nice job at holding my attention and I would drink another one if I had it and I wouldn't mind being able to drink a few of these, I think it would make for a nice spring time beer. What I liked the most about this beer was the hop profile, there's no doubt that Citra was used in this beer, it's right up front in both the taste and aroma and it was just as fruity and juicy as I want Citra to be. What like the least about this beer was that the malt base didn't come through more, I would love to see more Dark wheat flavors and aromas to provide some balance to the citrus hops. I would buy this beer if I ever saw it and I would recommend it to anyone who likes beers brewed with Citra hops. All in all I was pretty happy with this beer, it wasn't completely perfect, but I still found it to be pretty enjoyable and I'm glad Another6pack gave me a chance to try it. This beer made for a good first impression for Two Brothers and I will for sure be on the look out for more of their beers. Good job guys, this was a very nice beer, keep up the good work.

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 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 BB1313
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours a dark ruby/crimson with an off-white head with a tan tinge. Nice color and leaves nice lacing and retention. The aromas have a strong hop presence. Lots of orange zest and grapefruit. Some caramel malts along with some subtle wheat notes. Raisins and dark fruit. Some banana. The flavors are pretty sweet, but finishes with a solid bitterness. Lots of citrus. The hops really shine. Lots of orange. Some lime is in the mix as well. The wheat really takes a backseat, but it's there. It's a pretty clean and refreshing beer. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium-bodied. It's creamy and fluffy. Very smooth.

This is a pretty unique beer. I like it. It's worth checking out if given the opportunity. Solid use of citra hops.

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 BKBassist
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip.

A - A nice light brown fading to gold. Large bubbled head with nice lacing.

S - A huge tropical and citrus nose that I would put up with the best IPAs around.

T - Not getting much of the wheat, more of a standard IPA profile with hints of grain. There is a bit of a sourness on the rather bitter orange zest finish as well.

M - Solid if a bit watery.

O - An easy drinking brew that reads more like an IPA than a wheat. Solid if not exceptional. Probably would be a nice summer beer.

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.

Photo of woodychandler
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It is too bad that they do not have Photo Bylines on this site or The CANQuest (TM) could take a bow! I have had this CAN in the on-deck department for some time, awaiting the approval of said pic. One of the basic tenets of The CANQuest (TM) states that no CAN shall be Cracked! open until an approved picture is extant as spent CANs look cheap and tawdry.

From the CAN: "Hoppy Dark Wheat Beer"; "Drink. Crush. Recycle. Repeat."; "The short days and long nights bring this prowling cat out on the town, looking to scratch up some fun with a great beer. This Night Cat is dark in color, bold in hop but not heavy in body. It is full of tropical fruit notes from the Citra hops that combine with a nice dark wheat malt flavor."

Beer should always be accompanied by music, so I open with Ted Nugent's "Cat Scratch Fever", followed by The Cure's "Love Cats" and finish with a medley by Three Dog NIght. Why the last? Their name comes from time that they spent working on the Alaska Pipe Line and a really cold night would require that (at least) three dogs get in the tent with them for added warmth. It snowed last night and the wind is howling and the snow is blowing and it is as cold as a witch's teat in a brass bra, and no amount of Cat in a CAN is going to change that!

The Crack! unleashed another brimful craft CAN and the music was blasting, so I employed an inverted Glug to let the Cat out of the CAN since I am loathe to let the cat out of the bag. Let out, the Cat circled around in the glass before sitting down and wrapping its tail around itself in defense against the cold. Two fingers of light-tan head sat atop, slowly falling away, leaving sticky lacing in its wake. The Cat began licking itself to get rid of the mess and I watched on, bemused. When I leaned in for a sniff, the Cat took a swipe at me with its claws, but it was definitely Citra that the Cat had brought to the party! I love a tropical Cat and here we had mango, tangerine and papaya. Color was a deep, cola-like amber (SRM = > 22, < 27) with NE-quality clarity, allowing me to see all of the snow swirling around outside. Mouthfeel was soft, caressing, probably due to the wheat, and even the hops seemed softer than they have when I have had them utilized in AIPAs. This was a friendly Cat, tropical and dark, but low-key, out for a prowl at Night and finding itself stuck with me in the middle of the day. Finish was fruity, but not cloying or overpowering, call it semi-sweet and definitely worth yet another go-'round.

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 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 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 WestHam973
4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

One of the few wheat beers worth drinking

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Night Cat from Two Brothers Brewing Company
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