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Sucks and DayTime: is it the yeast or hop profile I'm tasting?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by raffels, Feb 3, 2013.

  1. raffels

    raffels Savant (310) West Virginia Dec 12, 2009

    Ok, shame me if you will, but there is a predominate taste (for lack of a better word) that runs thru both of these beers. The best way I can describe it would be like cat wizz smell like taste that over powers any of the other flavors. I've also noticed the same thing with fresh 60 Minute. Any thoughts on what it is I'm picking up on?
  2. Hop profile for sure, although I get zero cat piss in either of those beers. Simcoes can somtimes give you that taste you are describing.
  3. gatornation

    gatornation Poobah (1,285) Minnesota Apr 18, 2007 Beer Trader

    cat pee >/= horse blanket
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  4. szmnnl99

    szmnnl99 Champion (775) Michigan Apr 3, 2006 Beer Trader

    Funny in that I didn't like Daytime but love Sucks. shrug
  5. FUNKPhD

    FUNKPhD Advocate (515) Texas Apr 13, 2010

    Sounds like the hops to me.
  6. Ok. I've had all those beers and the only common taste to me is: AWESOMENESS.

    And, by the way, how would you know what the smell of cat whizz tastes like?
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  7. Mebuzzard

    Mebuzzard Poobah (1,135) Colorado May 19, 2005

    A couple BAs in the mountain region have stated that Lagunitas' beers have a cat pee and/or onion/garlic characteristics to them. I don't really get the cat pee, but some simcoe hops allow me to perceive some onion/garlic. Maybe I just don't know what cat pee tastes like--do they eat onions? ;)
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  8. jman005

    jman005 Advocate (565) Kentucky Jan 21, 2013

    Think you are skunking your beer before you drink it man. Or possibly you don't like the taste of hops.
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  9. raffels

    raffels Savant (310) West Virginia Dec 12, 2009

    Ok, I should have known better than to use the "cat pee" tag. That was the best way I could describe it. (I tried).

    The Simcoe onion/garlic characteristics makes sense.
  10. fox227

    fox227 Advocate (610) California Nov 19, 2010

    The only IPA I ever got garlic/onion was Deviant Dales. But I thought that it was something other than simcoe doing that.
  11. bump8628

    bump8628 Advocate (530) Oklahoma Feb 21, 2008

    The onion/garlic character is very characteristic of Summit hops. I've heard the cat piss descriptor used for Simcoe many times.
  12. Never had Devil Dancer?
  13. I might get zero cat pee out of a beer, but my wife can by just smelling the beer I am drinking. We all have different aroma receptors. Had a Sucks tonight, and it was piney to me, a little cat piss and other stuff going on. My wife would not let it touch her lips, all she said was "cat piss".

    The onoin/garlic things is from hops like Summit, that have been kept on the bine for while to increase the AA.
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  14. fox227

    fox227 Advocate (610) California Nov 19, 2010

    Negative. What I haven't had could fill a warehouse several times over. ;)
  15. fmccormi

    fmccormi Champion (890) Florida Oct 24, 2010 Beer Trader

    Cheesing, obviously.
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  16. fmccormi

    fmccormi Champion (890) Florida Oct 24, 2010 Beer Trader

    For me, Double Jack was the first beer that I ever encountered that gave me a cat piss quality. Prior to that, whenever I heard people talking about cat piss I always said to myself "this is absurd, whoever says they get cat piss out of beer is either making shit up or reaaaaaally subject to the power of suggestion" (as if some people aren't) and then I had a glass of Double Jack one day. Took a whiff and thought, "Huh. Cat piss. I'll be damned."
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  17. KevinMc79

    KevinMc79 Savant (310) Illinois Oct 29, 2008 Beer Trader

    Devil Dancer is like being around that guy with the worst BO. First ever drain poor for me. I guess that's similar to onion/garlic.
  18. RashyGrillCook

    RashyGrillCook Savant (365) Florida Apr 30, 2011 Beer Trader

    Had Sucks for the first time tonight and the first thing I smelled out of it was cat piss. I own a cat(or rather the cat owns me) so I'm quite familiar with the smell. Highly disappointing. It should also be noted that I love IPAs and DIPAs and this is the first time I came across cat piss in a beer.
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  19. Some beers smell like cat piss to me, too - but in a good way... Knee Deep simtra is the best example I can think of.
  20. raynmoon

    raynmoon Advocate (630) Colorado Aug 13, 2011 Beer Trader

    Daytime was good, but I'm not paying 10$ again for a beer that feels like it should be better. I'll just buy Sumpin for the full body.
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  21. cjoc83

    cjoc83 Advocate (515) Pennsylvania Jul 31, 2010 Beer Trader

    SO there seems to be a consensus that Simcoe hops can cause a "cat piss" type smell/taste? I've never gotten anything close to something resembling that in any IPA. Weyerbacher's Double Simcoe DIPA is one of my favorite IPA's, and I certainly don't get any "cat piss" or "onion" flavors/smells from that either.
  22. All i can think of is the cop in Dumb and Dumber...
  23. flayedandskinned

    flayedandskinned Advocate (515) California Jan 1, 2011 Beer Trader

    That would be the Simcoe. Citra also has that scent, but not quite as prominent
  24. Isn't Simcoe the same hop that causes onion and garlic aromas and flavors?
  25. Summit is known for that, but other hops can also have that compound.
  26. raffels

    raffels Savant (310) West Virginia Dec 12, 2009

    Nugget and Chinook maybe? There's another thread running about the hop bill for Sucks, both of those (along with Summit and Simcoe) are used.