Ratsalad | 2nd Shift Brewing

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61 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Just love making IPAs, so here's another one that uses a new hop blend called Zythos that is just delicious and should be enjoyed with a blow-up doll or something similar.

Added by zeff80 on 07-02-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
61
Reviews:
7
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
8.86%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
8
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 61 |  Reviews: 7
Photo of kylehay2004
3.59/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BEERchitect
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When many a makers of IPA turn their focus on tantalizing perfumes, juicy fruit flavors and a smooth finish, its nice to see an imperial IPA that hasn't forgot about the focus on hop bitterness.

2nd Shfit's Ratsalad does just this. However, its hasn't forgone the current trends of a bright citrus, tropical and melon fragrance. Hints of herb and grasses peak through stone fruit scents while the ale pours a deep peachy amber color and quickly crowns with a sturdy eggshell meringue. Caramel, granola and sweet nuttiness greets the early palate with a rich malt taste to buffer the tastebuds from the hop onslaught to come.

While the bulk of sweetness holds tight through the middle palate, the waves of hops come strong an swiftly. Bright orange, mango, apricot and nectarine flavors bring that stone fruit influence ahead of the more bright and tropical flavors of pineapple, passionfruit, kiwi and papaya. A follow of cantaloup, chive and fresh grassiness decorate the finish while its bitterness steadily grows into a peppery, sprucy and juniper-like spice.

Full bodied and structurally malty even late in taste, the beer seems balanced with lingers of toasted sweetness, honey and pecan, then countering with fruit, herb and spruce. But the bitterness that simply won't stop. Trending more IPA-like than imperial, the gripping bitterness in finish and a long spicy gin aftertaste saves the day.

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Photo of Stephen_Woods
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BrewskiBrandon
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of FBarber
3.44/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orangey copper color with a thin white head that dissipates into a nice white film on the beer.

Smell is of pine, citrus, grass, some malty undertones and a hint of skunk. The skunk is a bit off-putting.

Taste follows the nose with a piney flavor coming through initial followed by a grassy bitterness. Not much of the citrus comes through and there is a bit of a skunked grass flavor to the finish.

Mouthfeel was nice and dry with medium carbonation. This would have been more drinkable, but that grassy bitterness made it difficult.

Overall this beer wasn't bad, but it also wasn't anything special. Not a great introduction to a brewery that had been talked up quite a bit.

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Photo of stephensinner
4.54/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BeerBuzzGuy
3.72/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Meyers1023
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass. It is a copper color with a good amount of white head. Leaves a lacing down the glass. Smell is very piney and a taste to match. Very good showing from a beer that has a not so appealing name. I am becoming a huge fan of 2nd Shift.

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Photo of Elicoleman
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of XmnwildX12
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kjkinsey
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Texasfan549
3.64/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NellysBandaid
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BrewSTL
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Theogre83
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mafa02
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of RJB66
4.91/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Really tasty no after taste great drinking beer. I recommend.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of jordanimal
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of jaydoc
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3/5  rDev -24.1%

Photo of Justinbshelton
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of 30helens
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of IpeeA
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Dolfan907
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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Ratsalad from 2nd Shift Brewing
3.95 out of 5 based on 61 ratings.
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