El Gato Grande
2nd Shift Brewing

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IPA - American
Ranked #985
Ranked #8,573
4.03 | pDev: 9.18%
2nd Shift Brewing
Missouri, United States
Very Good
El Gato GrandeEl Gato Grande
Notes: EGG is another IPA that we came up with. All you need to know is over 3 lbs. per barrel of Columbus, Amarillo and Citra.

62 IBU
Reviews: 24 | Ratings: 98 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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maxpower from Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can pours a bright orange hazy color, nice thick head, clings to the glass. Aroma of citrus, tropical fruit and pine resin. Very balanced IPA , not as bitter as Art of Neurosis. Almost perfect in my book!

Nov 20, 2020
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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undated can into pint glass. Pours a gorgeous slightly hazy rich golden-amber, with a brief off-white head. Initial impression is fairly bitter pine needles, with notes of floral hops, citrus, pepper, and a slight earthiness. Mouthfeel is medium, as is carbonation. Finish is pine resin with underlying citrus, fading to a distinct bitterness on the back of the tongue. Interestingly, this profile changes as it warms, with honeyed malts nicely offsetting the initial pine and bitterness. I've tried a lot of IPAs, and this one is really difficult to get a read on. It's good, but not great, but I really like it.
I just noticed that this is my 900th beer, and El Gato Grande is a worthy holder of that honored position. I wish I had another one to try on a different occasion - I kind of hate to score this on a single tasting!

Apr 13, 2018
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a one pint can on January 25, 2018. Brewed with 3 lbs. per barrel of Columbus, Amarillo and Citra. Solid IPA that goes down smooth.

Jan 28, 2018
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

it kind of always seems like the 2nd shift folks dont ever take their stuff too seriously, they are the opposite of pretentious in how they present their beers, and i really groove with that, its cool and uncommon, especially since their beer is at the top of the heap! this ipa is awesome, just ever so slightly hazy from the tap into a tulip glass, with a light orange glow and a tall white lace head, really pretty beer. aroma is pine and sap and forest, really an earthy freshness to this, very northwestern, must be the colombus. i get the softer citra too, but less of it in the nose. some neat honey type malt at the core of this too, giving it a little natural sweetness for a moment and also a nice round medium body, a nice platform for the hops, and a necessary balancing agent later on, as the bitterness really ramps up on this beer as it moves along. citra more prevalent in the flavor than it is in the smell, and the pine is still strong. a peach juice fruitiness comes in for a second, grapefruit rind, and honey, quite a complex little beer! great carbonation, drying towards the end, and quite complete, a long flavor trajectory and the right mouthfeel for it, really carefully honed in beer, and deserving of high praise. always stoked to drink beer from these guys, they are one of the best of the entire midwest!

Aug 18, 2017
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden-amber with two fingers of foamy head on top. Good retention, but not much lacing left behind. Aroma is sugary, with citrus, and floral hop notes. Flavor profile is citrus, pine, spruce, and floral hops with earthy, biscuit malts underneath. Despite the sugary sweet aroma, this beer doesn't taste very sugary. Mouth feel is medium-thick, with a fizzy, grainy body that really gives it a nice, filling texture. Overall, despite a little mis-match between the aroma and flavor profile, this beer provides quality notes all around.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 16oz can.

May 10, 2017
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zeff80 from Missouri

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a clear, golden amber color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of orange peel and pine. Nice caramel sweetness good piney bitterness with a citrus kick.

Apr 29, 2017
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Suds from Missouri

3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a large bottle, this brew is a deep gold color with a soapy white head. The aroma is an engaging mix of malt and hops. Toasted malt is underneath the spicy hop aroma. There is some fruit underneath...Mellon and passion-fruit...along with a bit of pine. The taste is immediately bitter...some sweet malt is behind the hops, but this is a very bitter-forward beer. Full in body and lots of warmth. Nice.

Feb 06, 2016
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FlandersNed from Indiana

3.16/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

25.4oz bottle. Cloudy ltightbrown hue and a large head. Sugared grapefruit peel nose. Tasted a bit oxidized & very Bretty. Aged citrus & wooden notes. Mediu + body & carbonation.

Sep 16, 2015
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mdcrouser from Missouri

3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Even with a slow pour from the bomber, a huge head arose, leaving only about half the glass for liquid - the remainder was a frothy, foamy, soon-to-be leggy head. Just one shade gold of penny copper.

Apricots/peaches, citrus lead the big nose here. Really nice - sticking my face in it.

Bigger malt than the nose would hint, with strong orange peel, sitting heavy on the tongue. Some astringency.

Very low carbonation, which is a positive given the aforementioned astringency - greater carbonation would bring that to the fore.

Drinkable, not a preferred IPA option - will pair well with the book I'm reading, as it won't otherwise occupy my attention.

Aug 02, 2015
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cvm4 from Mississippi

3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No bottle date, but judging by when I bought it I'm assuming this bottle is 3-6 weeks old.

L - Pours an opaque copper/amber body with a frothy two finger eggshell colored head. Good retention and lacing.

S - The nose is packed full of juicy tropical fruits as well as orange peel. I just want to plant my nose over this glass.

T - The taste follows the nose to some extent. Good mix of citrus hops with a malty backbone. Lightly sweet and medium hoppy ending. The nose had more promise, but it's not a total letdown.

F - Medium body and carbonation. Easy to drink, no alcohol bite and a dry finish that leaves you wanting more.

O - Solid IPA from 2nd Shift. They're making things happen at this brewery.

Mar 15, 2015
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Florida9 from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Hazy orange-yellow in color. Forms a moderate sized bubbly white head. Good retention. Moderate lacing. Aroma is packed full of juicy citrus hops. Taste is even more so. Moderate, juicy citrus sweetness. Moderate bitterness. Good stuff.

Aug 16, 2014
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kemoarps from Washington

3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Deep and hazy orange, thick white head, good retention, great lacing. Man, this is a beautiful big DIPA.

The nose is a big juicy floral, fruity, citrus bouquet. Man this is a really good smelling IPA.

The taste starts off great: more of that citrus, with some dry pine carrying through to the second act, but then... it just kind of seemed to end its symphony about two thirds of the way through. It's like a strong offense that keeps kicking field goals in the red zone. Crisp and refreshing, but just kind of feels like it's missing the back end.
The post-game is all citrus and pith. This one's growing on me the more that I drink, although only being available in wine bottle sized bottles, there certainly is a lot of it to grow on me. You heard what I said. Looking forward to trying out some more of their IPAs next weekend when my sister is in town.

Oct 21, 2013
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FanofHefe from Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a pint glass at Bailey's Range in St. Louis. Medium to light yellow colored body, mostly hazy, with a small white head. A little lacing.

The aroma is light - slightly tropical hop notes, and some light pine. Some definite caramel malt in the mix, but not a powerful aroma overall.

I really like the flavor. The caramel malt is much more prominent than I expected. The hop flavors are a decent mix of tropical, citrus, and pine notes. A little sweet overall compared to many of the IPAs on the market today, but I enjoy the balance.

Medium texture and no alcohol noticed. A very solid IPA overall. As much as I like this and Brew Cocky, I'm definitely becoming a fan of 2nd Shift.

May 12, 2013
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EgadBananas from Louisiana

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks FTowne!

A: Hazed orange, beige head, epic lace.

A: Astringent, cat piss, fruits, citrus, tropical fruits, caramel, zesty flowers.

T: Orange, sweet citrus, caramel, nuts, light bitterness, hints of lemon, mango.

M/O: medium body, clean, slick, good carb level. Tasty, well flavored ipa, despite not being a bitter beast.

Apr 11, 2013
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Yes, 9 months old, but really fun citrus still highly carbonated creamy IPA. The hops still gave it taste and citrus bitterness, cleaning the palate.
Steve IP, another interesting one. Incredible creamy head though the c-p of the citra took over, like smelling cat p after many many days.
Yet very drinkable.

Jan 17, 2013
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hoppytobehere from District of Columbia

4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a tulip glass. Huge foamy head. Great color.

S: Hit with hops and fruit. A little boozey.

T: Reminds me of some Californian IPAs, which is definitely not a bad thing.

M: Great finish.

O: Qué bueno! One of the best IPAs I've had from Missouri. I'll have to find more next time I'm in the area.

Sep 04, 2012
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Chaney from District of Columbia

3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this one at a bar in a hotel next to my hotel on a recent trip to St. Louis.

A: Poured out about the color of Sierra Nevada "Celebration Ale." Somewhat clear, yet bubbly, and with a slight rose-color to it. The slight head was both pillowy and silky white.

S: Pow hops! Lots of pine and delectable fruit notes to boot!

T: Well, it was a bit too resiny for my taste. I'm all for whole leaf, fresh hops, but this was a bit one-sided and need a bit more malt backbone for my tastes. It also had this rather odd kerosene flair that I often get with "60 Minute" from a bottle.

M: While this had a really nice carbonation bill and lacing, I though the extreme bitterness killed the experience somewhat.

O: I thought this was nice, just a bit overdone.... but that's just me.

Aug 30, 2012
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TheSarge from Virginia

4.8/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured this brew into a Duvel tulip and the beer produces a strong four finger thick head, and the body is copper in color with a little haze.

The aroma is of pine, caramel, grapefruit, and maybe even lime.

Taste wise it has a strong toffee malt quality, with a strong lemon and pine twist.

Feels mildly carbonated and oily slick with a little warmth in the end.

I figured this would have been a Belgian style IPA, but nope, it's American style for sure. Probably one of the best that I've had in a long time.

Jul 14, 2012
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StlHopHead77 from Illinois

3.76/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a transparent,reddish orange with 2 strong fingers of just slightly off white foam
that showed great retention and left chunky islands of lacing.

S-Soft,sweet citrus,apricot preserves,flowery hops and mild honey malts.

T-More soft citrus,peach candy,apricot,crisp cracker malts and a slight hint of pine.

M-Really smooth and unassuming.Mild bitterness with a sustained fresh fruitiness.

O-This just seemed to be lacking something.It leaned a little more toward a pale ale than a true IPA.Decent but not game changing.

May 21, 2012
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JoEBoBpr from Missouri

3.61/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

Pours a very nice slightly hazy copper color with some nice orange twang to it. A very gorgeous tall 1.5 inch frothy and dense head is formed with some nice sticky bubbles. Slightly off-white after further inspection. The head recedes slowly to a nice chunky matt with tons of sticky lacing.

Strong floral hop notes start things off. Nice citrus backbone in there as well. Grapefruit and orange with some slight tangerines. There is some nice herbal and earthy notes in there as well with some slight biscuit malt on the back end. A bit bready.

Flavor starts off with some slight sweet and bready malt that is very nice and gets things off to a good start. NIce and earthy grain. This is quickly followed by a blooming of more herbal hop notes. SOme nice sweet pine mixed in with nice sweet citrus fruit juice. Tangerines and some slight grapefruit. Very nice. Not too overwhelming. Good IPA in a large format bottle. Pretty straight forward but delicious.

Good IPA. Another great IPA offering from 2nd Shift. Nice and citrusy but also well balanced.

Mar 15, 2012
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gford217 from Georgia

3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle.

Pours a dark, clear amber with an impressive frothy head that does recede at all for a while before slowly shrinking to a cap.

Aroma is a combination of juicy citrus and light herbal notes. I definitely smell some pineapple and oranges. There is a dry biscuity malt aroma and a spritzy tingle in the nose.

Taste is light sweet citrus, not overly juicy but with a bit of sugary sweetness. There is some orange zest, lemon grass and a dry, crisp malt finish. Very little hop bitterness in the finish though the doughiness of the malts is very eviident.

Mouthfeel is light and almost spritzy, very crisp and clean.

I enjoyed this beer a bit but the citrus is not nearly as big as I was hoping for. The bready character is what I remember most after drinking this one.

Jan 22, 2012
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Monkeyknife from Missouri

3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap a clear reddish-coper color with a thin but bubbly off-white head. No lacing left behind.

Aroma of floral hops, tea and fruity notes.

Tastes of floral hops, caramel malts, tobacco and a touch of rye bread with a clean finish.

Medium bodied and sticky with a moderate carbonation.

Tasty balance of hoppy and malty. I'll definitely have more of these.

Sep 30, 2011
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Tone from Missouri

3.76/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, copper/amber color. 3/4 inch head of a white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of citrus hops, slight floral hops, hint of alcohol, yeast, and sweet malt. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus hops, slight floral hops, sweet malt, slight alcohol, slight yeast, and slight earthy malt. Overall, hop-centric, but lacking in complexity.

Sep 21, 2011
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DCon from Missouri

3.25/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on-tap @ Nick's Pub in St. Louis, MO for $5. Tapped from the Blue 2nd Shift Tap Handle with "EL GATO" written down the stem, into a 16oz Pint Glass.

Aroma- Has tons of hop, piney and floral but then has this bbq aroma that isn't my favorite in these new Missouri IPA's... I'm wondering if its Amarillo hops or possibly just the blend of the hops that make this attribute come alive for me.

Appearance- Received with almost no head at all! Has a reddish copper color body and has great clarity. No lacing is left on the glass afterwards, not even suds.

Flavor- Has a medium amount of hop flavor all the way through and then a light-medium bitterness. Once again, has a pretzel taste and then bbq follows this. Has a sweetness to it that isn't well-balanced but then finishes dry and you are left with a rold gold aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Light-Medium Carbonation, Sweeter than most IPAs and then leaves this pretzel/bbq flavor on the palate for a while! Almost like I'm eating a meal.

Overall Impression- Many other people seem to enjoy this brew and the Ale Mucho Hoppo, but I'm just not bought. I'll give this an above average rating because it is interesting and enjoyable but this pretzel/bbq aroma and taste is just so weird for me. Will be trying in bottle to see if this is normal.

Sep 17, 2011
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