Night Cat
Two Brothers Brewing Company

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American Dark Wheat Ale
Ranked #7
Ranked #23,931
3.81 | pDev: 10.76%
Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
Very Good
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Reviews: 49 | Ratings: 360 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of CTHomer
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: crystal clear; amber in color; 1 finger khaki head that receded to a wispy cap; nice, long lasting, lacing;

S: an interesting combination of citra and tobacco;

T: earthy and tobacco with citra very much in the background from start to finish; mild to moderate bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: interesting combination - I liked it a lot;

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.22/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Clear brown body with a soapy off-white head that leaves an archipelago of lace. Nose is very bready, including toasted and crust, with an overtone of caramel and must. The flavor is equally focused on the bread and burnt grapes, with a bitter, chalky finish. Body is medium-full, with a surprising, but for once out-of-place, smoothness.
Missed the mark. The malts didn't provide much sweetness nor appreciable flavor, and the hops contributed only the negative aspects of bitterness. I'm still searching for a tasty example of this style.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brilliant clear tiger-eye brown with a large cream-colored foamy head that clings.

Smell is light green pine, grass, corn, grape, toffee, and a touch of gasoline.

Taste is light and drinkable white corn, white grape, light wheat toast, and light pine with a hint of grapefruit.

Moderately sweet, watery and slick. Simply put: "Lite!"

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Photo of MikeWard
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured from a 12oz can into a tulip. Swirl by 4/3/16, so just under the wire here.

looks pretty nice, deep amber coloring with a small off white head which dissipates to a ring. held up to the light, there is small carbonation, no cloudiness.

aroma is mostly some sweetness from the malt.

taste is a little on the sour side, not getting a lot of hoppiness, just in the finish. not an unpleasant taste at all.

Mouth is a comfortable medium.

Overall, a decent tasting beer. my first with this particular style. will try and pick it up earlier in the season next time to see what a 1-2 month old beer tastes like.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a cloudy dark amber color with off-white/ivory colored head. Wheat, some citrus and pine, along with plenty of malty notes on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied and chewy. Finishes with biscuit and light citrus notes.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

- Hoppy wheat ale. can. poured into a spiegelau ipa glass. Swirl before 05.05.15. Consumed 06.01.15.

A: Beautiful ruby coloring, clean clarity with a quick paced effervesce. 3+ finger, sudsy-foam tan head, leaves a high coverage rate of heavy foam bands on the vessel.

S: Aroma had hints of rootbeer and wet grapefruit. Light cola and sweetly toasted malt, sweet upfront, sweet hopping, but quickly fades off the nose with a short duration. Good while it lasted.

T: Flavor was freshly toasted malt and wet citrus. Dry malty-scotch, some fresh pine and alcohol, gently warming leaves with a bit of sticky pine and grapefruit resins. Raisiny-tropical notes with some caramel apple.

M: Light sticky malt mouthful, with some hop resins, light medium body as well carbonation factor. Scotchy malt.

O: Reminds me of a hoppy scotch ale. Darker, sweeter, then usual, a wheat bock ipa? Heavy raisiny malt presence, sticky hops and malt, good ibus with a unique take and twist.

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Photo of gmossii
4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is an exceptional beer and I know my words will not do it justice so bear with me.

To keep it simple, it is basically a hippy porter but naming it that wouldn't give it justice. The balance of flavors is what makes this beer special. The smooth malted flavor and subtle sweetness from the wheat works perfectly with the hops. Finally, the beer finishes with citrus like tying a bow on the pint glass.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.29/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The night kitty pours a dark rich amber with off-white head that is leaving a nice lace. The citra hop gives a nice blend of citrus and pine on the nose and in the taste. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall.....very nice!

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Photo of Chiefy770
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 fl. oz can
"Swirl By" June 6th, 2015
Reviewed on March 15th, 2015
Served in a Tumbler Pint

Poured a clean brown body with a nice mahogany glow. Towering, bubbly tan head. Rings of sticky tan lacing throughout.

Citric hops up front. Mild backbone of grains and sweet bread.

Juicy hops hit the tongue first. Herbal hops broke out as the bitterness gained steam. Sweeter notes of biscuit, caramel, and grains cut through the bitter hops, finishing this brew out semi-dry. Medium-bodied. Moderate/light carbonation.

Clean, drinkable, and refreshing. My biggest complaint was the lack of wheat... I just wasn't able to pick it up. Regardless, tasty beer.

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Photo of Joshuafzylatra
4.71/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

These guys always impress me.. Pots a dark amber color from can into a Weiss glass.. 2in head..nice lacing..great roasted malt flavour yeasty and a nice hop finish ..awesome beer I live these guys

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Photo of JonAdams
3.51/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from tap (new keg) into standard pint glass here at Two Bros Scottsdale. 1/2" head, dissipates slowly, lace sticks high up on glass, just a hint of caramel color in the lace.
Color is a deep burnished copper, clear, no haze. Served perhaps a little too cold, hard to find a nose at first. Someone who handled the glass before it was served had a fragrant lotion or perfume, makes it a bit hard to figure out which is beer and which isn't. After a while, it seems there's a slight malt note up front, hop finish.
Typical carbonation, not unusual, remains even 10 minutes into the tasting.
A pleasant beer, would have this again. Good for those who are acquiring a taste for the hoppier side of the beer universe.

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Photo of AngrySnuggles
2.99/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark amber in color with thick white head. Extremely dark for a wheat beer. Good Clarity.

Smell: Hoppy, citrus, light dank, light ammonia, tropical fruits.

Taste: Surprisingly light. Light malty sweetness, a little bit of chocolate. Similar hoppy characteristics as the smell.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, crisp, medium carbonation.

Overall: Unique take on the style. Decent hybrid, but I would have liked a little more pronounced wheat characteristics. Good enough to drink again, but I'm not sure I would seek it out.

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Photo of Mdog
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Brown, ok head.

Smell: Citrusy, mild.

Taste: Moderate citrus bitterness with a little bit of roasted malt and toast flavor.

Overall: Comes in a 12oz can and I like to support dark wheat beers, so I gave this a try. It's pretty forgettable, mostly tastes like a pale ale with a little more roasted flavor to it. Not particularly wheaty.

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Photo of zeff80
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured out a light brown color with a small, tan head. It smelled of toasted caramel, wheat and yeast. Cracked wheat flavor with toastiness and a little spice. It was sharp and crisp.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.16/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a tall pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brownish amber with a lot of rising bubbles. Big three finger off white head which settles into a patchy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell: A juicy and earthy hop forward aroma with hints of citrus, grass, biscuit, and wheat. Upfront scent of hops with juicy citrus hints of grapefruit, orange, lemon zest, and pineapple. Earthy and grassy hop hints. Wheat and toasted malt with hints of biscuit, caramel, grains, and yeast. A kind of odd but good smell.

Taste: Like it smells, a nicely juicy and earthy hop forward taste with notes of citrus, grass, and wheat malt. Juicy presence of citrus hops with notes of orange peel, grapefruit, lemon zest, and pineapple. Earthy notes of pine and grass. Wheat and toasty malt notes of caramel, biscuit, grains, and yeast. A pretty solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, slightly chewy, and smooth.

Overall: A pretty unique and solid twist on a wheat beer. Good juicy hops with a solid toasty malt backing.

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Photo of bwood06
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A - Clear deep red/amber color. Nice 2 finger head white in color that was retained for a decent length of time. 4/5

S - Very heavy on the grapefruit. Very hoppy which fit the given description of the beer. Slight hint of wheaty graininess. 4/5

T - Tasted like it smelled. Very heavy on grapefruit and tropical flavors. Indistinguishable from many Pale Ales that I have had before so I did not really get the wheat. 3.5/5

M - Wheat shows up here nicely. Very smooth. Nice wet finish. 4.25/5

O - Good offering. Really very simple in it's tasting profile but a nice execution of brewing. Not what I expected but would order again. 3.75/5

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Photo of justintcoons
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can poured into a weizen glass.

Mahogany brown with a 1/2 finger of head that dissipates quickly. Excellent clarity with moderate carbonation.

Dank greens, root beer, chicory, and lemon / lime.

Light tasting. Some dank greens and papaya. Very light candy sugar backbone. Light notes of lemon / lime, chicory, and root beer.

Medium bodied, crisp, balanced, and refreshing.

Certainly has a unique flavor profile and goes down easy. Not too shabby.

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Photo of gatornation
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

pours a slight hazed dark copper color with almost no lacing but does have a staying fresh cap
the nose is caramel malts with citrus hops wheat and grain
nice citrus hops uo front with an abundance of sweet malts its reminds me of a light imperial red ale
well carbonated with some hop bitterness drinkable with offsetting sweet malts
reminds me of a hoppy red ale very tasty very hoppy

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Photo of Stezz420
4.79/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Highly under rated and i highly recommend everyone tries this beer at least once. Its amber hue may turn some wheat pale ale drinkers away, but dont let the color turn you off. This is the best beer from two brothers imho.

A - amber in color with a decent head.

S - very hoppy with lots of tropical fuirt esters. very enjoyable to the nose.

T - lots of citus and tropical fuirt flavors.

M - perfect amount of corbanation, goes down very easily.

O - best beer that two brothers brew, should be released year round. this is a great take on a seasonal with all the stouts and winter warmers being released this time of year.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this on tap at Brass Rail Deli in Campbelltown, served in a standard pint.

The color is deep brown like tootsie roll, hazed with thin tan cap with fine bead and light lace. The smell is very fragrant with hops that have a slight pine aroma and mild grapefruit accents with a mild toast aroma from the dark wheat. The feel is great with hops the dominant with moderatlely bitter texture with a tangy fruity yeast and dry toasted texture of malt with semi-dry finish.

The taste is great with very tasty citrus in the hops and nice balance of light toast and clean yeast with slight hint of pine and mild peppery taste with the oily hops more on the earthy side which matches the slight sweetness with a spice taste following as it finishes. Overall I have not had many in this category if at all -the wheat juxtapozed with hops and the dark grain character all come through and work in harmony for a nice hoppy wheat- the malt is not kilned to the point that it is roasted in flavor or clashes with the hops at all -not an assault of bitterness either. A well blended dark wheat ale -kudos Two Brothers!

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Can from World of Beer Tioga. Pours reddish brown with a good bit of light showing through and a small off white head. Aroma of bitter piney hops, biscuity malts, light toffee, grains. Flavor is somewhere between a malty IPA and a hoppy brown ale. I’ll go with the latter. Bready malts and some bitter pine, grainy flavors, a bit of toffee. Don’t get much from the wheat. Medium bodied at most with medium carbonation. Decent beer but unexciting.

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Photo of Aleks_P
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: I have never seen a dark wheat beer before so I am rating a 4.5 for the interesting factor. Pours brown with an orange hue, half-inch tan foam head. Transparent, does not appear to be as carbonated and bubbly as a lot of wheat beers.

Smell: Again, unusual for a wheat beer. Hop bitterness is evident but also a bit of sweetness that I can't quite place, maybe some tart grapefruit notes.

Taste: Picking up the hops and bitterness and noticing the grapefruit tartness, definitely bitter like an IPA the mouthfeel balances the bitterness. Not much else going on.

Mouthfeel: Bit dry and very creamy as a result of the low carbonation. Creaminess is surprising, normally expect that in much darker beers. Leaves some bitterness in the aftertaste, very grapefruit.

Overall: I always pick up Two Brothers stuff because they try a lot of interesting things but the execution here leaves a bit to be desired. The flavors just aren't that strong or distinguished. Cool idea for a dark wheat beer but other than nothing particularly notable here.

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

This is a pretty tough style to work in, and Two Brothers did a good job with this one, coming up with something unique.

It pours a translucent dark brown with little head or lace. The aroma is wrong, ot not wrong, just different - it smells like a hoppy IPA.

The taste is not like the smell. It tastes more like the style should plus something. It's malty with a clean dry hops finish. The aftertaste is also dry and not what you would expect - not much sweetness.

Overall it is an interesting brewing adventure worth trying.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-Deep amber/ruby in the glass, not much carbonation or head.

S-slight roasted malt, tad bit of coffee, wheat and earthy hops.

T-A tad too malty for my tastes, roasted malt, some coffee and well, slight earthy hops.

M-Medium bodied, tad creamy, not much carbonation.

O-It was a decent beer but it just wasn't well rounded enough to be very good.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a tumbler at Mundelein Brewfest 2014.

Shuffling over to Two Brothers for another black IPA (of sorts, anyway). This one pours a clear dark sienna topped by a finger of wan khaki foam. The nose comprises cocoa powder, pine resin, light candied orange peel, and a hint of treacle. The taste brings in more of the same, the hops breaking through the roast and treacle fog every now and again with a sharp citrus-y edge. Things don't quite mesh completely, but there isn't much full clashing going on, either. It's a strange place to be. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a mostly smooth feel. Overall, a nice enough little beer, though not something I see myself partaking in very much in the future.

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