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Night Cat - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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very good

208 Ratings
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Ratings: 208
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10%
Wants: 4
Gots: 18 | 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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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Bpierso1, Dec 16, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.1%

schmidtmattsays, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of falloutsnow
3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From: Piccadilly, Champaign, IL
Best by: 2014-03-29
Glass: Tulip

Two Brothers' Night Cat is a fairly one-dimensional hop-driven ale that features the current hop combination that US "craft" drinkers seem to be unable to get enough of. The beer isn't bad at all, hop-forward with grapefruit, assorted other citrus and fruit, and some pine, but it has a fairly generic US hop presentation (at this point in time, I assume everone has tasted this combination of hops) on top of a fairly mediocre malt base that the hops don't allow for the expression of anyway. A shame that this new ale tastes like so many old ones in terms of hops, and that the malt bill could be exchanged for basically anything, aside from coloring malts. One that I don't think I'd look towards again.

Pours a 3cm tall head of beige-colored foam, composed of small, medium, and large-sized bubbles for a sponge-like appearance. Retention is excellent, the foam lasting several minutes in a gradual decline to a thick ring around the perimeter of the glass and a thin film of foam resting atop the body of the beer for the duration of the drink. Lacing is good, with some thick clumps and clinging to the sides of the glass. The body is a moderately dark golden brown color, with light bringing out bright golden orange hues. Carbonation is visible through the transparent body, moderate in number and activity.

Aroma of pine and grapefruit that is a bit muddled together, with some woodsy and mossy elements, and hints of lightly sweet and cracker-like malt.

Flavor is mostly of pine, grapefruit, and musky citrus and woodsy hop flavor, moderate hop bitterness, and a very subtle background of caramel malt sweetness. Front of palate picks up grapefruit, orange, pine, with some woodsiness in the background; little to no malt contribution. Mid-palate is of continued grapefruit, orange, pine, woodsiness, slight caramel malt sweetness deep in the background. Back of palate experiences moderate hop bitterness with grapefruit, orange, and pine undertones, just a hint of caramel malt sweetness in the background. Aftertaste is of moderate hop bitterness with grapefruit and pine, no real malt character.

Beer is medium-light in body, with carbonation of medium-low intensity, resulting in a beer that is smoothly foamy (2/3) and slightly smooth (1/3). Closes dry, with light stickiness clinging to the palate and lips.

falloutsnow, Dec 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

muddyh2oblues, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of BierStein711
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

BierStein711, Dec 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

BrewLip6, Dec 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

MidwestBA, Dec 09, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

bschinelli, Dec 08, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

jpjayp, Dec 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

hoppymcgee, Dec 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Capt_kirk, Dec 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

pmorris71, Dec 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Barnsley, Dec 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

PHBoiler, Dec 02, 2013
Photo of Redrover
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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!

Redrover, Dec 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

jsh420, Nov 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

krome, Nov 29, 2013
Photo of homebrew311
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is deep gold, not quite as dark as the can would lead me to believe. Nose feature heavy grainy wheat notes. Ripe fleshy fruit comes through, notes of melon and citrus. Taste is mild in bitterness, big in hop flavor. Pine and melon are the dominate notes. Mouthfeel is light and highly carbonated. Overall, easy drinking brew.

homebrew311, Nov 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Farnswurth, Nov 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

IOWA33, Nov 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

MarkyMOD, Nov 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

brandoman63, Nov 25, 2013
Photo of Hammer35
4.21/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Hammer35, Nov 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

jgunther71, Nov 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

ZombiesAteMyDog, Nov 22, 2013
Night Cat from Two Brothers Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 208 ratings.