El Gato Grande | 2nd Shift Brewing

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92 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
2nd Shift Brewing
Missouri, United States
2ndshiftbrewing.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by DCon on 09-17-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
92
Reviews:
21
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
9.92%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
7
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 92 |  Reviews: 21
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
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!

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Photo of jgunther71
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of krome
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tim725
3.57/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bryanlindsey12345
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Harrison8
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of BrewskiBrandon
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bpkrippner
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Suds
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of cd34
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jcarriglio
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kplooki
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brewduder
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of FlandersNed
3.16/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

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Photo of Cobratrooper
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BPMeyer27
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mbmiche
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mdcrouser
3.85/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of vermilcj
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Tertullian007
3.57/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Elicoleman
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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El Gato Grande from 2nd Shift Brewing
3.93 out of 5 based on 92 ratings.
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