Dismiss Notice
Subscribe to BeerAdvocate magazine and get 12 issues / year of fresh beer content delivered to your door each month.

Already subscribe? to manage your subscription.

Night Cat - Two Brothers Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Night CatNight Cat

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
87
very good

43 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 43
Hads: 308
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 8.76%
Wants: 11
Gots: 42 | FT: 1
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:
Beer added by: Kevin_Young on 10-17-2013

No notes at this time.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
firstprev| 1-25 | 26-50  | next → last
Reviews: 43 | Hads: 308
Photo of StoutHunter
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (4,109 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
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. (307 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (950 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (695 characters)

Photo of Suds
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful, clear, chestnut and amber in color with a huge, long lasting head. The lace is thick and clingy. The aroma is full of resin-like hops, with a little toasted bread and amber-malt scents. Appealing smell. There is some distant wheat twang, but that comes out more in the taste than the smell. The flavor is sweet, malty, and notably wheat-derived. There is a little astringency and woody flavors. Slightly smoky. The beer is smooth and quite nice. (456 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
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 (602 characters)

Photo of BKBassist
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (509 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (409 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (2,518 characters)

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (665 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
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. (2,394 characters)

Photo of BierStein711
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (427 characters)

Photo of Redrover
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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! (479 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
3.57/5  rDev -8%
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. (336 characters)

Photo of Hammer35
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
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. (700 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (718 characters)

Photo of confer
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (338 characters)

Photo of Fcolle2
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
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. (545 characters)

firstprev| 1-25 | 26-50  | next → last
Night Cat from Two Brothers Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.