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Night Cat - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

208 Ratings
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Ratings: 208
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10%
Wants: 4
Gots: 17 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Kevin_Young on 10-17-2013)
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Photo of metter98
3.91/5  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.

metter98, Feb 05, 2014
Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +5.3%

kylehay2004, Jan 29, 2014
Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Knapp85, Feb 23, 2014
Photo of TMoney2591
3.34/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

TMoney2591, Jun 08, 2014
Photo of emerge077
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

emerge077, Jan 24, 2014
Photo of nickfl
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

nickfl, Feb 23, 2014
Photo of Kegatron
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Kegatron, Mar 17, 2014
Photo of Slatetank
3.98/5  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!

Slatetank, Aug 12, 2014
Photo of MarkyMOD
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

MarkyMOD, Nov 25, 2013
Photo of woodychandler
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

woodychandler, Jan 03, 2014
Photo of Billolick
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
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

Billolick, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of Gonzoillini
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Gonzoillini, Feb 13, 2014
Photo of brandoman63
4/5  rDev +5.3%

brandoman63, Nov 25, 2013
Photo of sendbeer
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

sendbeer, Mar 28, 2014
Photo of Axnjxn
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Axnjxn, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Hopheadjeffery, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

tone77, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of DrDemento456
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
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!

DrDemento456, Mar 24, 2014
Photo of Duff27
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Duff27, Nov 06, 2013
Photo of Lare453
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Lare453, Apr 05, 2014
Photo of barnzy78
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

barnzy78, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of cjgator3
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

cjgator3, Jun 30, 2014
Photo of enelson
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

enelson, Nov 13, 2013
Photo of pathman
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

pathman, Apr 12, 2014
Photo of smartassboiler
3/5  rDev -21.1%

smartassboiler, Jul 13, 2014
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Night Cat from Two Brothers Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 208 ratings.