Albino Pygmy Puma
2nd Shift Brewing

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American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #1,242
Ranked #25,924
3.8 | pDev: 12.89%
2nd Shift Brewing
Missouri, United States
Very Good
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Notes: Okay, here is my version of a Pale Ale that has a few hops in it like Columbus, Cascade, Summit & Centennial. Probably the best pale that has ever been made in the history of mankind.
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Photo of Mark-Leggett
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy and orange in color with a small head. Bright and citrus smells. Taste of juicy citrus with a malty base. Mouth feel is smooth and juicy. Very easy drinker

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It used to be that if you backed off those hoppy way, it only meant to consider a beer's bitterness. But nowadays you can back off of bitterness and that only be a small story of the hops in a pale ale. But the 2nd Shift brewers actually celebrate hops in a beer that looks to reimagine what American pale ale can be.

Bleached gold in its color but hazy with a translucent glow, Albino Pygmy Puma pours with a creamy eggshell froth and with an array of hop perfumes that range citrus, spruce, herb and spice. A gentle and creamy sweetness coats the tongue with shortcake, cereal and an overall cream of wheat character.

The malt and cereal sweetness continue to contribute a creamy substrate and a measure of lychee sweetness across the middle palate while the hops bring their force of grapefruit, orange peel and a pleasant verbena grassiness ahead of a medium measure of bitterness that includes spicy lemongrass, muddled pine needles and a fresh cut grassiness in balance.

Medium bodied through and through, this light pastry pale ale evades the traditional caramel and nuttiness of older versions in favor of a bolder hop taste and aroma. Its reduced bitterness is smooth and spicy late, taking on a green tea and gin-like botanical taste that extends into an even keel, medium length aftertaste.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
2/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Canned 1/31/19; drank 3/16/19 @ the Yarchives.

Opaque orange appearance.

A violent pour yielded a nice eggshell head; nice, frothy lace.

Bubblegum, peanut butter & faint peach notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Peanut butter flavors up front; sharp champagne bite & lager yeast notes on the finish.

To call this a "New England style pale ale" is at best ignorant & at worst a flat out lie. Avoid at all costs.

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Photo of Livyatan1996
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

reworked into a hazy brew recently, canned 16 days ago. pours a nice yellow/orange juice with a decent white head. no lacing and a few patches of suds are left behind now. nose is a whole lot of fruit, with some more citrus flavors taking charge. a bit of bitterness cuts in and some earthy and grassy notes balance it out. taste is fruity, just a mouthful of walmart fruit juice with a sweet malt base. drinks light and a little dry. stupid tasty, should've grabbed a few more of these

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Photo of JLaw55
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one recently after it was retooled into a New England Style Pale Ale. Can't comment on what it was like before the change, but can say that what it is now is fantastic. It's all the juiciness and fruit forward flavors that you love from the style, but at a reasonable 5.5% ABV. Super drinkable and damn near one of the most crushable pales I've ever had.

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

a tasty beer but not their best work, especially on the hoppy side of things. a basic american pale, but they have done a nice enough job with it, hoppy and bitter as they go, but easy drinking too, light weight, and flavorful, but a little less interesting than their stronger ipa types that i have had, and not quite as compelling overall. i only had this on tap, and i know they bottle it too, and in my experience with 2nd shift beers, the bottles have always been better, so i will revisit this one in that format when i get the chance next and compare. citrus and pine both, it seems to have the best of both ends of the hop spectrum, but the freshness isnt where it was in their others, and the grain seems a little one dimensional. carbonation is great, and this ends up being one of those pale ales you could just drink a whole bunch of and feel no need to over analyze it, and once in a while, thats a real nice feature about a beer. not my favorite beer they do, but not a bad one either, i dont think they do any bad ones at all, but i prefer their more adventurous hoppy offerings personally...

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Photo of AndyBeerGuy
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very nice APA. Good appearance. Clear light amber. Not much of a head. Lots of citrus in the nose which delivers in the taste too. Just a touch of pine with a bready caramel backbone.

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Photo of Florida9
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy golden-copper in color. Forms a large fluffy white head that slowly drops to a thinnish surface coating. However, it manages to leave a copious amount of lacing on the way down. Moderate strength aroma consists mostly of juicy citrus and generic tropical fruit notes (which I've got to admit is a bit odd, as the bottle lists Columbus and Cascade which aren't know for their citrus and tropical notes). Taste is similar, though it lacks depth. Starts off with a candy sweetness. Floral and citrus notes. Maybe a touch of papaya (though I'm really just getting a bit of fruity sweetness out of it). And a bit of alcoholic heat on the back end, which seems out of place for a 6% beer. Medium body. Lighter carbonation. Mild bitterness.
A nice brew. Not sure what I paid for it, though price would certainly be a factor if I were to come across it again.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy light amber brew with a fingernail of off white head. Completely impenetrable to light. Brussels lacing. Aroma of piney hops is pretty faint. I get a moderate piney hop and light biscuity malt backbone. The mouth is moderately carbonated and dry.

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Photo of cvm4
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a hazy orange with a two finger eggshell head. Lacing looks pretty good as well.

S - Orange rind, grapefruit and tropical fruit sweetness with light malts to back it up. Not in your face or an over-abundance of aromas here.

T - More of a sweeter tropical fruit profile up front along with bready malts to back it up and ends in a lightly bitter finish.

M - Medium bodied and medium carbonation that has a semi-dry finish.

O - I'd buy this as a go-to beer if I could get it locally. Thirst quenching and refreshing to drink.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle a bright, yet hazy orange color with one finger of creamy off-white head. Small amount of lacing behind.

Aroma of orange zest, grapefruit and tropical fruit together with a light maltiness.

Orange, grapefruit and tropical fruits up front followed by equal amounts of sweet bready malts. Finished with a fairly bitter bite.

Medium bodied and a bit dry with a lighter carbonation.

An enjoyable Pale Ale from 2nd Shift. Not great, but very solid.

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Photo of Tone
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy, orange color. 1/5 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of citrus hops, hint of pine, sweet malt, and alcohol. Fits the style a American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. There is a strong bitterness. Tastes of hops, hint of grass, sweet malt, alcohol, and slight pine. Overall, unusually cold for a cask sampling, but tasty and simple.

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

A new brewery, got to try their Pale Ale on tap at the new Flying Saucer in St. Louis

Pours hazy orange with a short, white head. The aroma has some mild hop bitterness, along with a touch of caramel malt. The flavor is a nice blend of toasted, bready malt and then some classic pale ale hoppiness, grapefruit and pine. Slightly oily, resin finish. Medium body, smooth, very easy to drink. Nice sessionable pale, not overly hoppy.
Wish I knew the story behind the name...

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Photo of zeff80
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Poured a clear, copper color with a one-finger, off-white head of foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled citrusy and sweet with a nice carmel nose.

T - It tasted or orange and tropical fruits. Good sweet caramel backbone with a touch of bitterness for balance.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is an interesting beer. Crazy name, too.

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