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Night Cat - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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43 Reviews
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Reviews: 43
Hads: 318
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 29.27%
Wants: 11
Gots: 44 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Photo of Stezz420
4.79/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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.

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Photo of Joshuafzylatra
4.71/5  rDev +22%
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

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.29/5  rDev +11.1%
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!

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Photo of Hammer35
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of gmossii
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is an exceptional beer and I know my words will not do it justice so bear with me.

To keep it simple, it is basically a hippy porter but naming it that wouldn't give it justice. The balance of flavors is what makes this beer special. The smooth malted flavor and subtle sweetness from the wheat works perfectly with the hops. Finally, the beer finishes with citrus like tying a bow on the pint glass.

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Photo of jawlessbody
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.17/5  rDev +8%
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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Photo of MattyG85
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown in color with a finger off white frothy head that has great retention.

Smell is good. Lots of wheat and some tropical fruit hops are forward along. a lightly roasted dark malt follows and add a nice toffee like complexity.

Taste follows the nose. Cracked wheat and and some good tropical hop flavors are forward followed by a warm roasted malt very light sweetness and mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good. A light amount of malty stickiness is followed by a moderate amount of carbonation that give is a light to medium body.

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Photo of Chiefy770
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
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

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

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

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.

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

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can into a FW tulip.

pours a dark red with a nice inch and a half thick head with terrific lacing. the smell is impressively hoppy for the style and holds true to the name. taste remains on point and is quite hoppy but still has that wheat flavor to it too. good fruity flavors and a slightly bitter finish. Medium bodied with mild carbonation.

overall just a very very solid beer. easy drinking, good.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of Redrover
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was one of the regional offerings at Pints in Elmhurst,. They always seem to have a 2 Brothers on tap.

Served in a standard shaker, the beer is brown with ruddy notes and a beige head.
It has an aroma of Citra hops and a bit of caramel malts.

The taste is hoppy with the citra hops shinning through. There is some wheat and a bit a dark fruit and malts. It is very easy to session.

The mouth is slightly thick with a bit of coating.

All-in-all, a very enjoyable beer!

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Photo of schoolboy
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of Billolick
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
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

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Photo of Slatetank
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
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!

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Photo of BierStein711
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can poured into Weihenstephaner Weizen, off-white, sudsy, soapy head with moderte carbonation.

Taste: Carmel, toasty, bready, and a small hop bite at the finish.

Appearance: Looks like a dunkelweizen, but it doesn't taste like one.

mouthfeel: Nice and thick.

Overall, this isn't bad at all. Yet, they need to bring back the Bonfire Dunkelweizen. This isn't for me though.

I am not remorseful for buying a six pack though.

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Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of BB1313
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of MusicaleMike
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.86/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
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!

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Photo of confer
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A very nice beer from Two Brothers.
Pours a lighter brown with a decent tan head.
The citras smell a bit on the piney side with a hint of grapefruit.
Only a small piney hoppiness in the taste to go along with a malty sweetness that must be from the wheat. They go very well together.
On the thinner side. Overall a very good,easy drinker.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - beige head tops a deeper brown colored ale; decent head retention and excellent lacing is left as the head fades
S - sweetn Citra hopped tropical nose with pineapple, mango, mandarin, passion fruit
T - oddly pleasant concoction of tropical notes of mango, mandarin, pineapple, passion fruit coupled with dark malt and wheat, while the yeast provided a nutty and spicy character. Nice complexity and the flavors keep me curiously coming back for more
M - thinner body, fairly refreshing, finishes dry, bitter, and spicy
O - definitely thinking outside the box here and by not limiting this beer to a particular style category it's like nothing I've ever had before. Glad I tried it but not so sure I'd get it again.

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Night Cat from Two Brothers Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.