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Brew Cocky | 2nd Shift Brewing

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2nd Shift Brewing
Missouri, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brew Cocky is another IPA I came up with that is brewed with loads and loads of Falconers Flight hops that just explode in your face.

Added by Monkeyknife on 02-19-2012

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Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 130
Photo of FBarber
3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a orange hue with a nice thick white head that dissipates but not completely. Really released the aromas very nicely.

Smell is of citrus, grapefruit in particular and pine. Slightly sweet tinge to the aroma.

Taste follows the nose with notes of grapefruit and a touch of piney bitterness on the finish. There is a sweetness to the beer that is thankfully cut by the mild hop bitterness on the finish. Balancing the hops and citrus flavors is a nice malt undertone that is never overly noticeable, but provides a balance and depth to the beer.

Feel was mildly carbonated and very drinkable. However, I think this beer would benefit from a bit more carbonation as it lacks a crispness to it that would compliment the flavor profile.

Overall a very nice DIPA - my second 2nd Shift beer and a much better offering. We all had a laugh over the juvenile name on this one. Really?

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Photo of Meyers1023
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden orange color with ample amounts of chalk white head. The smell is floral with a bit of pine and citrus. The taste is sweet at first but then you get hit with a huge pine flavor but not overpowering, very easy to drink. The mouthfeel is medium with less carbonation than one might think looking at the beer. It works though. Overall this is a very enjoyable Imperial IPA.

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Photo of W_Des
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a burnt orange into a tulip. The nose has some sweet fruit, pineapple and pine resin. The body is sweet and slightly malt forward with a lingering bitterness in the finish. The body was hardly carbonated though and I would have liked more carbonation. It was a bit flat.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The locals really hyped this beer so I decided to try it.

It's okay.

If I was not from Vermont, I might have been more excited about the taste of this beer.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

everything i had from this brewery impressed me tremendously, but this one might have been my favorite. an enormous imperial ipa featuring falconers flight hops, which to me usually serve better for bittering than flavoring, but they are very dynamic in this brew. its beautiful to look at, with a slighlty hazy but positively glowing orange color and over an inch of thick fluffy lacy white head. it smells fantastic, intensely hopped thats for sure, with citrus notes and a honey floral element as well. the grain has a lot of flavor, and in fact a bit of sweetness to it, but its not distracting to the hops but rather a great launching pad for them. maybe a hint of residual sugar on this, but it fits the beer, is needed for balance, and fits nicely. powdered sugar like on the top of a lemon bar, thats a vibe i get in the flavor, along with a juicy orange flavor from the hops. its intense beer, and the alcohol shows itself just a bit, but its still somehow almost refreshing. so many big ipa types these days are starting to taste the same, kitchen sink kind of beers, you had one you had them all, but this shows not just great inventiveness and execution, but also the capacity to take the style someplace much less traveled. overall i was extremely impressed with this. it would sell well in colorado im sure, and the name is just hilarious.

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden-orange. Huge fluffy light tan head. Head lingers a long time with tons of lacing left behind.

Huge grapefruit and pine on the nose. Some other citrus underneath. Lemon, tangerine, and mild mango.

Flavor is bitter hops to start. Sour grapefruit, resiny pine, and a bit of mango. Some caramel sweetness for balance. Citrus notes come to the fore as the beer warms while the pine fades. Some earthiness.

Thick, almost syrupy body. Oily. Medium carbonation. Bitterness lingers.

Excellent DIPA. Maybe a little too bitter, especially on the aftertaste. Definitely drink this one at 50-60° as the citrus flavors really come through once the beer warms.

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Photo of cvm4
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a nice orange/amber hue with an off-white two finger head. Good lacing and retention.

S - Juicy citrus hops up front consisting of pineapple and grapefruit. There's some hop bitterness to it and a little sweetness on the edge.

T - A great mix of citrus hops and some pine along with a subtly sweet malty profile. The bitterness comes on halfway through and intensifies toward a medium bitter finish.

M - Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Easily drinkable and has a dry finish.

O - The Show Me State, well, showed me. They brew cocky.

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Photo of roger617
3.54/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pours into Spiegelau glass.

A: Dark copper with 2 fingers of off white head that reduces fairly slowly and leaves pretty decent lacing.
S: Aroma is fairly mild of pine, with lingering citrus. There isn't an explosive aroma, but it is certainly very well balanced and enjoyable.
T: This is a very well balanced flavor profile. While the aroma was subtle, the flavor bursts with piney sweetness, and leaves a lingering pine and citrus aftertaste.
M: Smooth, silky, carbed well.
O: This is the first falconers flight showcase I've had, and I enjoyed it quite a bit! I won't seek it out, but I'd recommend this one.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy coppery amber with 1/2 an inch of fluffy white/golden tinged head that fades with considerable lacing. The nose is dominated by citrusy hops, sweet grapefruit juice concentrate, and is kinda syrupy. The taste is relatively citrusy and sweet, has good balance, and is a tad cidery. It's typical-cask-IPA bodied, kinda thick and syrupy, beginning to finish hop penetration, slightly undercarbonated, and drinkable. There is a grapefruity rind bitterness that builds, but never becomes grossly bitter. It seems 2nd shift can throw together a pretty decent IPA and more will ensue.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served this American IPA on tap, in a pint glass. Poured a very nice copper color, produced a thick creamy off white head, Excellent retention and excellent lacing left on the glass. The aroma was exceptional, boasting hoppy pine and citric grapefruit. Full bodied, this AIPA consisted of a foundation of malted grain, plenty of alcohol 9% as well as ample proportions of pine and grapefruit. Finishes dry, the alcohol warms you up. Well balanced, this is one of the best locally brewed beers (Missouri) that I have sampled. I will be back for more.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to wethorseblanket for sharing this one at jmgrub’s tasting.

Pours a slightly murky dark orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots and streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of herbal hops, citrus zest, and citrus fruit. Taste is the same but the hop flavors are very earthy and there is a malt presence in the flavor as well. A medium amount of bitterness lingers on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a better smell than taste in my opinion.

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Photo of shand
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into an imperial pint. Thanks to BA redbird.

Lots and lots of wax on this bottle, took a little time to get open. This beer pours out a hazy amber color with a large head, great lacing, all that good stuff. The aroma is strong on piney hops and grapefruit, with some caramel malts in the back. The taste is aggressively bitter with strong piney and grapefruit hops at first at first, but tempered just a little bit by caramel malts that come in towards the end. There's some tropical aspects that peek in and out throughout the whole deal as well.

The mouthfeel is easily this beer's weak point, it feels like it could use quite a bit more carbonation to me, since it's got a fairly heavy mouthfeel. Overall, a solid double IPA (it's 9-9.5%, in what universe isn't that a double). Recommended if you like em' bitter.

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Photo of Tone
3.52/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, copper/amber color. 1/5 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of strong hops, slight citrus, slight sweet malt, hint of alcohol, and slight floral aromas. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong hops, citrus, slight sweet malt, and slight alcohol. Overall, good aroma, feel, and blend.

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Photo of abrand
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep orange almost copper color with a nice 2 finger bubbly head that leaves some lacing on the pint glass. Aromas are full of citrus fruits with a nice malt and hop backbone. Plenty of oranges and grapefruit. Taste is fairly alcoholic but has a nice bitter finish. Some floral notes as well. Mouthfeel is pretty thick for an IPA with good carbonation. Overall this is a an enjoyable IPA. Well done.

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Photo of FanofHefe
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a pint glass at Baileys' Range tonight. Had a couple of pints and enjoyed this brew. A deep amber colored body with a hint of red. Small tan head that leaves just a little lacing.

The aroma brings solid pine hop notes at first, with a bit of citrus and light tropical notes following. Clearly a solid hop-forward beer that has a light caramel aroma on the back end.

The flavor is very similar to the aroma and is hoppy to the max with pine, citrus and mango flavors. As I get further down the glass, I get a rye-like flavor that is a bit spicy and a decent caramel malt balance.

The mouthfeel is on the medium texture side with an oily hop feel. Very drinkable and enjoyable overall. I would gladly recommend it.

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Photo of DCon
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 1 Pt. 9.4 Fl. Oz. bottle of this from the Wine & Cheese Place in Ballwin, MO for $11.99 on the release day. Poured from the White Waxed capped & White labeled bottle w/ the “Big Bottle” Series & Brew Cocky labeled on the front into a 0,3l New Belgium Oversized Snifter Glass. No freshness date to be found but know its fresh because of picking up a bottle on the release day.

Aroma- Has TONS of mango, blended fruits, and citrus hops from the beginning. Strong American and piney hops come in towards the middle of the smell. Almost perfect for the aroma!

Appearance- Pours a 2 finger head that has great retention time. The body is a reddish copper color and semi-clear. Leaves tons of suds behind afterwards.

Flavor- The flavor is a big time citrus beginning with hints of mango all the way through. Huge hop taste and has a medium-high bitterness level at the finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium-Full Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Smooth, and citrus hops are level on the palate.

Overall Impression- While enjoying 4 of 2nd Shift's brews so far, this one is the best without a doubt! Funny marketing with the "Brew Cocky" theme & the white wax on-top but the beer makes up for this goofiness. Recommend getting a bottle of this if you have a chance!

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

Pours a very nice looking dark amber color with some nice cooper hints and orange edges. A nice soft ecru 1 inch head forms that is nice and dense and sticky. Very good looking brew. With some chunkier bubbles sprinkled around.

Aroma is amazing. This is definitely a citrus hop bomb. Very nice aroma of oranges and grapefruit with some nice sweet fruit juice notes. Awesome slightly piney notes as well. Very herbal, grassy and dank hop notes. There is some nice tangerine in there as well and there are some slight biscuit and slightly sweet malt notes in the background that struggle to shine through. Very excited to try this one.

Amazing explosion of citrus on this one. Tons of orange notes and some nice tangerine and grapefruit. Some nice fruit sweetness mixed in with the citrus-ness and bitterness. This is a special brew. Very intense hop notes that are well crafted. Little in the way of balance but thats ok for me. The malt bill seems to play it safe in the background with some bready grain notes and thats about it. Definitely a hop forward beer tat is still delicious. Mouthfeel is nice and crisp and clean with a sticky resinous finish and some nice dry bitter notes.

This is a great brew the 2nd SHift guys are doing a great job with these IPAs. This is top notch in my book.

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

review #600

pours a deep copper, fairly clear, with about an inch or so of thick creamy head. tons of lacing and nice retention.

nice citrus bomb, with a domination of orange and sweet grapefruit. lighter hints of tangerine and pine resin.

still heavy on the citrus with more of an emphasis on the tangerine and pine resin. pungent and bitter with a faint sweetness. nice malty body. ABV is hidden well.

very full and thick. a bit of a mild carbonation but with a hint of bite.

quite good, a great DIPA. love everything about it

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.46/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle a deep copper color with two fingers of thick off-white head. Plenty of sticky lacing followed.

Very hoppy aroma of grapefruit, pine and floral notes.

The taste was not quite the hop bomb of the aroma though there was a decent amount of grapefruit and pine. A nice amount of malts delivered a good balance. The 9% alcohol was well-hidden and added just a hint of warmth to the palate.

Medium bodied with a lighter carbonation.

This was a very nice NW-style IPA with the Falconer hops.

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Brew Cocky from 2nd Shift Brewing
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