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Art Of Neurosis | 2nd Shift Brewing

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Art Of NeurosisArt Of Neurosis

Brewed by:
2nd Shift Brewing
Missouri, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
AON is an IPA that has everything you could want in one, if what you want is a hop sandwich. It's a 7.7% Simcoe and Columbus delight.

67 IBU

Added by Tone on 01-02-2011

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Reviews: 37 | Ratings: 181
Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

one of the first not wild beers i have had from these guys, and its very well done, a little hazy and quite gentle in terms of mouthfeel, sort of a regional hybrid between the east and west coast styles, which i suppose makes sense given they are in the center of the country. good head on this, whitewashed orange in color, and a pungent hop aroma that shows the CTZ hops pretty prominently, grapefruit zest and flesh, and a little something lighter in the citrus family, tangerine perhaps. the flavor is similar to the nose, there is a little yeast here still which i like, and a little of the swirling hop oils, very west coast there, but its also somewhat delicate for what it is, and drinks a little easier than many of its peers with only a moderate bitterness on the back end and some cool bright fruits that come on late, mango and pear are subtle but present for me, through the heavy grapefruit. very well rounded, seemingly sort of old school, i liked this one a lot. i like all the beers i have had from these guys, not sure how they are still flying under the radar...

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Photo of Buck89
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very hazy bright amber color. Fairly thin white foamy head that left some nice laces. Big orange and grassy aroma. The taste was orange at first, fading to an earthy, herbal, pleasant bitterness. Subtle malty background - bready and not sweet. Very nice.

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Photo of Suds
4.26/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 750 ml bottle, this is an effervescent brew, golden in color, and topped with a thick, long-lasting and dense head. The aroma is hoppy...spicy and grapefruit, and wet leaves. Earthy. Some malt. The taste is bitter, balanced (if not slightly tilted sweet). Long and hoppy finish. Great brew.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bomber dated 11/2015 into pint glass. Pours a cloudy pale gold with a substantial eggshell-white head of coarse bubbles. Initial impression is malt and hops in about equal measure. Tropical fruit, pine, earthiness, citrus, and spices are balanced by caramel and biscuit malts. Medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden. Finish is actually kind of dry. This is a fairly well-balanced IPA that doesn't step too far outside the boundaries. I'd probably have again.

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Photo of Meyers1023
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Pours an amber color with two fingers of head that laces the glass the whole way down. Very earthy smell with a citrus undertone. The bitterness from the hops is the first thing to hit you as the floral and citrus flavors come after. I do see why a few people have said it is an IPA trying to be Imperial. Overall a very good beer. One I would buy again and again.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Getting back to basics with the American IPA style, the 2nd Shift brewing team offers a sharp and earthy hop character of columbus and simcoe varieties, and with a caramelized balance and an underlying fruit character to pull the flavors together.

Like any good IPA would, Art of Neurosis pours with a hazy orange-copper color and a tightly woven, cotton-white froth. Its scent is dripping with pink grapefruit and branch-ripened orange and with the brightness of lemon leaf and sassafras. To taste, the rich caramel supports the hop character and give their fruity impresssions a plumper and riper character.

The middle brings a receeding sweet taste and a growing hop presence. Citrus and tropical fruits develop into a leafy, grassy and chive-like herbal taste as the acute flavors of grapefruit and orange peel intensify. Growing bitterness is pleasantly resinous and pine-like and is smoothened with the estery goodness of apricot and marmalade.

Medium-bodied and creamy from its expansive carbonation, the dryness is facilitated by the beer's popping bubbles while its aromatic charm continues to reward the senses in finish and aftertaste. With a follow-up of citrusy perfume and pinecone the beer is largely dry and crisp late for an effortless flavor spread for any hop lover.

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours an orangish-amber color with moderate haze. Huge, dense, cream colored head which vanishes very slowly. Sticky lacing around the whole glass, long lasting and thick.

Aroma is tropical hops with some citrus and floral as well. Mango, papaya, and pineapple. Caramel and biscuit malt. Orange around the edges.

Maltier than expected as that is the first thing I notice. Hops quickly assert themselves though. Caramel, toffee, and biscuit. Orange and mango. Lily, something a bit soapy, and pine around the edges.

Medium body with a creamy mouth feel. Medium+ carbonation. Despite its subtlety, the pine hops are what linger.

Really well balanced IPA. Maltier than expected. Not quite the same flavor profile, but brings to mind Dogfish Head 90 Minute.

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Photo of JLaw55
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This skirts the line between what I would consider an IPA and a DIPA. Very pleasant though, with the malt and hops extremely pleasant and taking on an almost layered effect in their delivery. Everything is in a pretty good balance, more so than any other IPA I can think of in recent memory.

Would Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: Yes

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Photo of wolverine0712
3.62/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Might have been a bad batch, but this tasted off. I was very disappointed; I got it from a liquor store by my house and wonder how much turnover they have. I'm going to give it another shot (from somewhere else) and hope for something better.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Has the color of tea with a big foamy white head
A: Citrus hops with a sweeter smell
T: Smooth ipa, not too bitter and not too dry.
F: A little watery, but the flavor seems to last.
O: It's a good ipa, but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.38/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep orange body. Medium white head. Nice lacing. Good retention and a wispy surface.

Smell -Citrus and toasty malt. Doesn't smell sweet though.

Taste - Bright grapefruit. Toasty and bready malts. Very mild bitterness and a lightly floral finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Well carbonated.

Overall - I guess you'd call this balanced. I'd like a more dominant hop flavor, though.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish orange clear with nearly no head out of tap. Citra bitter hops with a malty Carmel smell. Tastes much like it smells. The malt really pulls the citra hops together and allows the bitter to come through with a kind friend. Overall a great DIPA. Visiting St.Louis and got an impromptu professional itinerary from Eric at stl hops.com when I met him at Itap. Thanks Eric.

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Photo of GoBearsWalter
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish orange clear with nearly no head out of tap. Citra bitter hops with a malty Carmel smell. Tastes much like it smells. The malt really pulls he citra hops together and allows the bitter to come through with a kind friend. Overall a great DIPA. Visiting St. Louis and got an impromptu professional itinerary from Eric at Stlhops.com. Thanks Eric.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.56/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

We crack a 750mL, pouring into our shiny new St. Bernardus goblets. It shows a bright Jack-O-Lantern orange coloring, and holds a billowy one finger head of sandy bubbles. This retains well, splitting into creamy, soapy aggregates and asymmetric spider webbed lacing. A chill haze transiently obscures clarity, but no sediment is found. Carbonation appears to be moderate. The aroma gives intense hoppiness of pine sap, grapefruity oils, and cloying nectary tropical fruitiness. Notes include macerated cherry and mango fruitiness, white sugar, heavy caramel and toasty pale malts, sharp ethanol sting, plastic phenols, sticky honey, black pepper, cotton candy sugars, dusty and musty perfumed florals, gentle vanilla coolness, Graham cracker crumbles, and soft buttery diacetyls. The flavoring is much like you would expect following that nose. Malt and booze bomb with a topping of bitter and heavily sweetened hoppiness. Here, we find dense grain alcohol, corny adjuncts, heavy caramel malts, stale grassy and citric hoppiness, tortilla saltiness and breadiness, toffee and white sugars, chemical solvent cleaner bitters, perfumed floral sting, lemony tannins, sappy vinous and herbal hops, aluminum metallics, cornmeal and cornbready dusted yeastiness, and glass. An odd boozy sourness and gluey adhesive follows you for far too long, distinctly lingering past its due time. The body is full, and the carbonation is medium. Each sip affords nice slurp, smack, cream, and froth, but thins to a watery edge, at times. The mouth is otherwise cooled, and left lightly warmed, spiced, and slicked. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks somewhere between a big sipper and a ruddy IPA.

Overall, this was an interesting introduction to an up and coming Missourian brewery. This is their standard hoppy offering, so naturally it was our first selection. Nothing else at the store was glaringly recommended from them, across their six or so beers advertised, so being that we were in the hoppy mood, it made it an even easier choice. As we mentioned above, this is your typical malt bomb of an IPA. It showcased big sugary sweetness of honey and hops, but as it warmed, the booze seemed to seep out of every crack, leaving this off-putting chemical twang that lingers. It could be a slightly older bottle, but despite no “brewed on” labeling, we were assured that this was genuinely fresh. This is a nice beer for helping us transition into the cooler months of the year. It’s big body and upfront ethanol keep the drinker warmed and happier with each sip. Although this isn’t our new favorite IPA by any means, it will remain a fond memory from our first trip to St. Louis.

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Photo of jbwimer
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Extra from a trade. I've had one other IPA from these guys and could not certify its freshness. Hopefully this one isn't a malt bomb, too. Poured into a tulip glass from a 750 ml bottle.

A- Pour yields a healthy two fingers of white head. Color is a deep, burnished bronze. Some sticky lacing on the glass as it dissipates.

S- Peppery and citrusy hops with a firm malt backbone. Maybe some spiced peaches? Though faintly, if so. Certainly not a malt bomb, but there is plenty of malt influence on the nose.

T- Taste is also citrusy, though not as peppery. A lovely caramel sweetness hits mid-palate, then it's all bittering hops on the finish. Lovely.

M- A nice, medium mouthfeel with a little more than medium carbonation.

O- This was a nice, easy-drinking beer with strong citrus and malt. Well done.

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Photo of brentk56
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy amber with a full-on three fingered head; plenty of squiggly lacing patterns develop

Smell: Tropical fruit and pine tones supported by biscuity malt

Taste: The biscuity malt lays a platform but the hops take over from the outset, bringing some tropical fruit (pineapple, guava, lychee) along with some pine tones into the mix; somewhat bitter, after the swallow, but there is also quite a bit of residual sugar

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: While I would prefer a bit more hops in the hop to malt balance, this is a darn good IPA that pushes on the DIPA category

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy amber to light brown in color with a fingernail of off white foam on top. Impenetrable to light. Aroma of piney hops is pleasant. The taste is very pungent and bitter piney hops with a nice light malt backbone to follow it up with. The mouth is pleasant and crisply refreshing.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing from notes as I catch up on old entries after drinking on February 1st, 2014. Enjoyed out of a 750 mL brown bottle with a stars and stripes crown. Bottling date is indicated by a sticker affixed to the bottom of the bottle: December 2013. Poured into a Speigelau IPA glass.

Appearance - Pours a dark amber-orange hue with just a touch of haziness that looks more like protein chill than any sediment. Bright tangelo highlights flash where the light peeks through the liquid. Atop the body sits a towering three-finger head of densely packed microbubbles, bone white in color. Retention is excellent, and after several minutes the foam has dissipated to snow drifts of uneven foam atop a permanent half-finger thickness, with thick cobwebs of lacing around the sides of the glass.

Smell - A pretty balanced lend of hops and malt here, with the hops being more dominant, in true IPA fashion. Notes of tropical fruit, with pineapple and orange with some hints of grapefruit zest thrown in for good measure. There is also a bit of funky, herbal sensation as well to add some depth of aroma. The malt is present, with some sweet grains and light sourdough characteristics to provide a foundation for the hops.

Taste - Many of the same components from the smell come forth, with grapefruit pith and citrus zest being the standard bearers. The sweeter tropical notes of pineapple and mango are less aggressive, blending well with the sweetness of the malt bill. There is also a bit of funkiness, like the aroma, that gives a slight impression of tasting the way cannabis smells.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied and moderate-to-high carbonation, which prevents the dense body from becoming overly-chewy, while still maintaining a good deal of effervescence due to the high carbonation. Slight bitterness lingers on the aftertaste.

Overall, a solid IPA from a local brewer that is fairly new to the KC market and has entered at a very reasonable price point. This is the second offering I've sampled from them and it certainly makes me curious to try more, especially at the price.

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Photo of Todd
3.57/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with an impressive, tight, creamy, thick head. Slightly bready and earthy in the nose with fruity esters. Crisp carbonation upfront. Malty base with toasty undertones. Lemony, citric bite. Fruity, minty, dank, gritty, with notes of tea and tobacco too. Oily towards the end. Finishes ashy, chalky, tannic, and dry.

An IPA that wants to be a DIPA. Could use a bit of cleaning up. There's a lot going on, and it's not all working together. Despite this, a good offering nonetheless.

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Photo of mdcrouser
3.56/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Like a glass of dark tea, with significant head and lacing.

Piney on the nose and bit medicinal - like the rumor of Pine Sol, but without the benefit of clean floors.

Tobacco, pine, apricot and orange peel weigh heavy on the tongue. Malts provide a caramel and biscuit base. Aftertaste is that of piney mop bucket remnants - enjoyable only if you don't cycle air through your mouth afterwards to fully taste it.

Really very good carbonation and balance in the mouth.

Good at the beginning, but the close of floor cleaner is a drawback.

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Photo of AndrewBinder
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The art of neurosis by 2nd shift is quickly becoming my favorite local IPA. GREAT hop flavor and crisp bite makes me eager for another drink every time. What really sets it apart from my other favorite St. Louis IPAs is the balance of hops to malt. A wonderful nightcap at nearly 8%.

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Photo of cvm4
3.52/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours an amber bodied ipa with a light khaki head. Has decent retention/lacing.

S - Light sugar, pine hops and a light sugar sweetness.

T - Pine hops, orange peel and a malt balance. Good amount of bitterness throughout.

M - Light bodied, medium carbonation. Has a smooth or oily finish.

O - Not an IPA i'm wild about. The flavors just don't work with my palette.

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Photo of TheLemmo
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Clean pour into the glass; nice deep golden color, mild and somewhat thin head but nice rings left in the glass. Nice balance of malt with the hops. While the hops lend to a bitter mid-section, the bite fades nicely for a smooth finish. This is one to have as fresh as possible. This taste is from a batch released a few weeks ago.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.76/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and floral flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice citrus forward hop presence.

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Photo of mfavoino
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle enjoyed in a pint glass on 8/15/13.

A: Pours a cloudy, deep orange with a finger and a half of head that dissipates. Spotty lacing along the sides of the glass.

S: Orange, citrus, sweet sugar, a bit of funk.

T: Slight citrus hop bitterness, sweet malt, grapefruit, orange peel, and finishes with a bitterness that has piney flavor as well.

M: Medium-bodied, some sticky feeling, a bit of alcohol.

O: Really impressive offering from 2nd Shift. Nice citrus / sweet IPA that I will have again.

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Art Of Neurosis from 2nd Shift Brewing
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