El Gato Grande
2nd Shift Brewing

El Gato GrandeEl Gato Grande
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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #979
ABV:
7.6%
Score:
89
Ranked #8,654
Avg:
4.03 | pDev: 9.18%
Reviews:
24
Ratings:
98
From:
2nd Shift Brewing
 
Missouri, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  6
Gots
  7
SCORE
89
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
Reviews by hoppytobehere:
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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
More User Reviews:
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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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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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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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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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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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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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thewimperoo from Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.7%

Jul 31, 2012
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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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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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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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hooliganlife from Missouri

4/5  rDev -0.7%

Nov 14, 2011
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KAF from Iowa

3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

May 12, 2015
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dav from Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Jun 24, 2012
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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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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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redbird from Missouri

4/5  rDev -0.7%

Dec 18, 2011
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stephensinner from Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Feb 25, 2014
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atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mar 24, 2015
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GRG1313 from California

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Oct 04, 2015
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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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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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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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krome from Illinois

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

Aug 18, 2017
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vermilcj from Ohio

3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Jul 12, 2015
El Gato Grande from 2nd Shift Brewing
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 98 ratings