2nd Shift Brewing

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American Wild Ale
Ranked #729
Ranked #6,868
4.1 | pDev: 5.61%
2nd Shift Brewing
Missouri, United States
Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 56 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Hoonia
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This was my first foray into American Wild Ales. It was also an exciting eye-opener. It pours a slightly foggy yellow with a pure white head. Crisp, clean and refreshing. Really pleasant tartness from the brett. Slight citrus and grape notes, with constant reminders of champagne. Stoked to drink it again.

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Photo of M_chav
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Gueze-gose combo? Really cool, digging this quite a bit and it caught me off guard. Dang, wish I had more, definitely an awesome yeast-brett strain combo that could really develop to get funky. Wish I had more of these to open and cellar for the future. Take your time, lots of good lanyard straw with some salinity to keep it refreshening.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

another amazing wild ale from these guys, still shocked they dont get more love in the greater market out there. this is a brett fermented wild ale aged in chardonnay barrels, and its absolutely delicious. bone dry, farmy and funky, smooth and rich feeling almost creamy, and just tangy enough with the acid from the white wine, refreshing and wonderfully put together. there is a lot more oak on this one than some of their others, for me, its as woody as it is winey, mild vanilla and soft tannins. pleasant and distinctive. the brett is summery in this one, a little hint of cantaloupe or something from it, but a lot of grass and hay too, barn loft on a hot day kind of thing. the chardonnay comes through pretty brightly too, the acid and the fruit both compliment the yeast in here very well, and the fluffy wheat malt base is the perfect support structure for all of it. feels very round and gentle, but also kind of large for what it is, and then crackling dry at the end. this is top notch, im sure it matures nicely in the bottle, but its also delicious fresh, they seem to do a lot of the ageing for us there at the brewery. worth seeking out this one...

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Photo of AndyBeerGuy
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a straw yellow color with a bubbly white head. Great smell...phenolic and yeasty. Nice funky flavor with bubblegum and sweet caramel. Just enough tartness, too.

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Photo of TH28
3.45/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle. 2 yrs in bottle. Apprarance: Pale yellow with a light haze and zero carbonation. Poured still. Quite disappointing. Aroma: Burst of lemon and citrus rind, lactic acid, with light grass and hay. Taste: Light crackery maltiness, quickly turning to tart, acidic, lemony citrus. Mouthfeel: Light body with no carbonation. Finish: Lingering lactic tartness, somewhat dry. Overall: The potential is here to be a really special brett beer here, but the complete lack of carbonation kills it. Nice fruit forward aroma with some funky brett notes, but the taste literally falls flat without the carbonation.

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Photo of frasergrove
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pour an almost identical appearance to champagne, however with a much smaller head. Very pale body, light yellow. Tart aroma, some Brett notes - mostly tropical Brett with some underlying earthy tones. Light taste, good acidity with some minor astringency, clean crisp finish. A good sour, try it if you come across it.

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Photo of Carb-Overlord
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I'm really a peasant when it comes to sours ... still trying to understand them. Thus far (in my limited experience) I really enjoyed this one. Super light gold pour with only a little fizz on top. I personally enjoyed because the flavor was a crisp tart bready grape flavor but not overpowering ... this beer felt extremely light to me ... (saw how some thought this was chewy etc .... didn't get that at all, just the opposite). I shared a bomber of this out with 2 other beer hounds. I personally could not have drunk an entire bottle of this, but had maybe 6oz pour in a wine glass. Was just right and then moved on with my tasting.

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Photo of Rimbimhoot
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy light gold with no head
S: White grape, white wine, earthy Brett, peach, oak, tart
T: Tart, white grape, earthy Brett, lemon, oak tannin, green and red apple, honey, acidic
M: Light body with good carbonation
O: Huge white grape and Apple character with a nice balanced acidity. These guys know their Brett beers

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Apparently each batch uses a different yeast / brett. This was from early 2014. Cracked open with little spritz and looked undercarbed and murky. Thankfully, the feel was sufficiently carbed. Great tropical aroma ... mango, herbal, lemon finish. Body was almost thick, creamy, chewy. Really great beer. Their brett beers continue to impress.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is listed as retired, but is back in two batches as of Mid-July 2015. Batch 2 with 750 bottles and Batch 3 with 850 bottles.

This is a bottle from Batch 2.

Poured from the bottle a cloudy lemon yellow with just a whisper of white head. No lacing whatsoever with this on.

Tart and musty aroma of green apple, white wine grapes, and brett.

The taste is tart with white wine grapes, green apple, brett, and straw.

Lighter bodied and very dry with a moderate carbonation.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straw to golden in color and plenty hazy. A fingernail of eggshell white sits on top. I smell tart Brett. The flavor is tart Brett with mild earthy hops. There's a sour apple note after the finish. The mouth is heavily carbonated and crisp.

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours straw yellow, quite bright but with moderate haze. Very small white head vanishes quickly. Continuous bubble column rises in the middle of the glass. No lacing.

Heavy brett on the nose, horse blanket and barnyard. Lemon, white wine, and musty straw. Some oak and green apple.

Brett leads the flavors. Funky and medicinal. Lemon, green apple, and sour melon. Oak and vanilla barrel notes. Light bready malt notes.

Moderate mouth feel with mild carbonation. Some mild tartness but more funky than sour. Lingering brett and fruit. Slightly acidic.

Easy drinking barrel aged brett wild ale. Good mix of flavors. Brett really comes to the fore more than most I've had.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a wine glass from a 750ml bottle.
Summer 2014

Pours a nice clear light golden color with some nice hay hues. There is a thin white head that forms and recedes to nothing.

Aroma is delicious. Starts off with notes of funky barrel notes. Old and barnyard wood notes are present with some hay notes that transition into a nice winey tartness. Vinous notes of white grape skin and acidic and salty Chardonnay notes.

Flavor is pretty similar to the nose. A soft rounded wood note starting things off. A nice Bret funk continues along the background of the brew as a slightly tart vinous note takes over near the middle of the brew. Nice notes of woody oak show up around the middle as well mixed in with the nice white wine notes. Dry and light finish. Excellent.

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Photo of zeff80
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle. Poured out a cloudy, straw-yellow color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled tart with lemon, green apple and some funky Brett. Subtle sweetness followed by tart lemon and a phenolic funk.

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Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 56 ratings