Night Cat | Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: American Dark Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Fall

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Photo of AngrySnuggles
2.99/5  rDev -21.9%
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 TX-Badger
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
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 Sabtos
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
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 TMoney2591
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
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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Photo of beerthulhu
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
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 falloutsnow
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From: Piccadilly, Champaign, IL
Best by: 2014-03-29
Glass: Tulip

Two Brothers' Night Cat is a fairly one-dimensional hop-driven ale that features the current hop combination that US "craft" drinkers seem to be unable to get enough of. The beer isn't bad at all, hop-forward with grapefruit, assorted other citrus and fruit, and some pine, but it has a fairly generic US hop presentation (at this point in time, I assume everone has tasted this combination of hops) on top of a fairly mediocre malt base that the hops don't allow for the expression of anyway. A shame that this new ale tastes like so many old ones in terms of hops, and that the malt bill could be exchanged for basically anything, aside from coloring malts. One that I don't think I'd look towards again.

Pours a 3cm tall head of beige-colored foam, composed of small, medium, and large-sized bubbles for a sponge-like appearance. Retention is excellent, the foam lasting several minutes in a gradual decline to a thick ring around the perimeter of the glass and a thin film of foam resting atop the body of the beer for the duration of the drink. Lacing is good, with some thick clumps and clinging to the sides of the glass. The body is a moderately dark golden brown color, with light bringing out bright golden orange hues. Carbonation is visible through the transparent body, moderate in number and activity.

Aroma of pine and grapefruit that is a bit muddled together, with some woodsy and mossy elements, and hints of lightly sweet and cracker-like malt.

Flavor is mostly of pine, grapefruit, and musky citrus and woodsy hop flavor, moderate hop bitterness, and a very subtle background of caramel malt sweetness. Front of palate picks up grapefruit, orange, pine, with some woodsiness in the background; little to no malt contribution. Mid-palate is of continued grapefruit, orange, pine, woodsiness, slight caramel malt sweetness deep in the background. Back of palate experiences moderate hop bitterness with grapefruit, orange, and pine undertones, just a hint of caramel malt sweetness in the background. Aftertaste is of moderate hop bitterness with grapefruit and pine, no real malt character.

Beer is medium-light in body, with carbonation of medium-low intensity, resulting in a beer that is smoothly foamy (2/3) and slightly smooth (1/3). Closes dry, with light stickiness clinging to the palate and lips.

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Photo of Mdog
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
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 JonAdams
3.51/5  rDev -8.4%
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 homebrew311
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is deep gold, not quite as dark as the can would lead me to believe. Nose feature heavy grainy wheat notes. Ripe fleshy fruit comes through, notes of melon and citrus. Taste is mild in bitterness, big in hop flavor. Pine and melon are the dominate notes. Mouthfeel is light and highly carbonated. Overall, easy drinking brew.

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Photo of tone77
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a dark brown color with a 1 inch head. Smell is very hoppy, surprising for the style. Taste is hops, citrus, mild wheat, some bitterness, easy drinking and refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and although a bit lacking in the wheat department, overall is a solid beer.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
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 justintcoons
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
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 Suds
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful, clear, chestnut and amber in color with a huge, long lasting head. The lace is thick and clingy. The aroma is full of resin-like hops, with a little toasted bread and amber-malt scents. Appealing smell. There is some distant wheat twang, but that comes out more in the taste than the smell. The flavor is sweet, malty, and notably wheat-derived. There is a little astringency and woody flavors. Slightly smoky. The beer is smooth and quite nice.

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Photo of gatornation
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
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 larryarms847
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not nearly as dark as I was expecting, was expecting dark brown/black and instead found this to be a dark amber.

Toasted malts, sweet cereal grains, some pine and citrus.

Piney, citrusy, cereal like sweetness, toast.

Light-medium bodied, medium carbonation, interesting.

Overall, not quite what I was expecting but decent.

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Photo of emerge077
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

BBD: 4/27/14

Chestnut auburn brown color, fluffy head of light tan foam that remains for awhile, leaving behind masses of clumpy forms before settling to a skim after the first few sips. Plenty of lace all around the glass.

Aroma is muted at first but a little roasty and piney.

Flavors follow suit, earthy piney hops lend a light bitterness, and a nice roasty malt character holds it all together. Not sure how old this is, but nothing really says Citra but the label. Easy to drink one or several the body is light and a touch watery, though it has some texture to it. Overall this is pretty good. They need some better graphics/identity though, the swirl thing just gets lost on the shelf.

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Photo of Aleks_P
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
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 MikeWard
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
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 an 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 bwood06
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
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 BKBassist
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip.

A - A nice light brown fading to gold. Large bubbled head with nice lacing.

S - A huge tropical and citrus nose that I would put up with the best IPAs around.

T - Not getting much of the wheat, more of a standard IPA profile with hints of grain. There is a bit of a sourness on the rather bitter orange zest finish as well.

M - Solid if a bit watery.

O - An easy drinking brew that reads more like an IPA than a wheat. Solid if not exceptional. Probably would be a nice summer beer.

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3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It is too bad that they do not have Photo Bylines on this site or The CANQuest (TM) could take a bow! I have had this CAN in the on-deck department for some time, awaiting the approval of said pic. One of the basic tenets of The CANQuest (TM) states that no CAN shall be Cracked! open until an approved picture is extant as spent CANs look cheap and tawdry.

From the CAN: "Hoppy Dark Wheat Beer"; "Drink. Crush. Recycle. Repeat."; "The short days and long nights bring this prowling cat out on the town, looking to scratch up some fun with a great beer. This Night Cat is dark in color, bold in hop but not heavy in body. It is full of tropical fruit notes from the Citra hops that combine with a nice dark wheat malt flavor."

Beer should always be accompanied by music, so I open with Ted Nugent's "Cat Scratch Fever", followed by The Cure's "Love Cats" and finish with a medley by Three Dog NIght. Why the last? Their name comes from time that they spent working on the Alaska Pipe Line and a really cold night would require that (at least) three dogs get in the tent with them for added warmth. It snowed last night and the wind is howling and the snow is blowing and it is as cold as a witch's teat in a brass bra, and no amount of Cat in a CAN is going to change that!

The Crack! unleashed another brimful craft CAN and the music was blasting, so I employed an inverted Glug to let the Cat out of the CAN since I am loathe to let the cat out of the bag. Let out, the Cat circled around in the glass before sitting down and wrapping its tail around itself in defense against the cold. Two fingers of light-tan head sat atop, slowly falling away, leaving sticky lacing in its wake. The Cat began licking itself to get rid of the mess and I watched on, bemused. When I leaned in for a sniff, the Cat took a swipe at me with its claws, but it was definitely Citra that the Cat had brought to the party! I love a tropical Cat and here we had mango, tangerine and papaya. Color was a deep, cola-like amber (SRM = > 22, < 27) with NE-quality clarity, allowing me to see all of the snow swirling around outside. Mouthfeel was soft, caressing, probably due to the wheat, and even the hops seemed softer than they have when I have had them utilized in AIPAs. This was a friendly Cat, tropical and dark, but low-key, out for a prowl at Night and finding itself stuck with me in the middle of the day. Finish was fruity, but not cloying or overpowering, call it semi-sweet and definitely worth yet another go-'round.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - beige head tops a deeper brown colored ale; decent head retention and excellent lacing is left as the head fades
S - sweetn Citra hopped tropical nose with pineapple, mango, mandarin, passion fruit
T - oddly pleasant concoction of tropical notes of mango, mandarin, pineapple, passion fruit coupled with dark malt and wheat, while the yeast provided a nutty and spicy character. Nice complexity and the flavors keep me curiously coming back for more
M - thinner body, fairly refreshing, finishes dry, bitter, and spicy
O - definitely thinking outside the box here and by not limiting this beer to a particular style category it's like nothing I've ever had before. Glad I tried it but not so sure I'd get it again.

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Photo of confer
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A very nice beer from Two Brothers.
Pours a lighter brown with a decent tan head.
The citras smell a bit on the piney side with a hint of grapefruit.
Only a small piney hoppiness in the taste to go along with a malty sweetness that must be from the wheat. They go very well together.
On the thinner side. Overall a very good,easy drinker.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Foam is just ok. Lacing is just good. The color is amazing. Solid nut brown when you pour, but it vacillates between murky orange and translucent red when held up to light. Incredibly unique. The foam and lacing are the only thing preventing me from giving it the rare perfect 5.

Smell: Resiny pine. Faint citrus in the background. Very festive.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Very subtle cedar flavors and quite a bit of yeast. Fairly malty, but a little too bland for my liking. Faint lemon and orange combined with some pepper in the background. Nice medium-bodied and yeasty mouthfeel.

Overall: Flavor is lacking, but I appreciate this hybrid hoppy-wheat beer.

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3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Paid $2.19 for the single can. Seeing this is a fall release makes this over 5 months old.

A - Old it may be its still very carbonated giving me a inch plus of opaque colored head. The beer itself is quite a slight clear brownish black color. Like some heavy darkwood.
S - Mostly citra hops and wheat from the can. In the glass about the same I wanted it to have more in depth smells of caramel or bread but its really not there.
T - Pretty much what I expected the hops are bright but timid Citra highlighting then you have some wheat which is balanced and strong and the finish is again bitter and lingering. Simple yet effective.
M - Light to medium kind of watery but to be excepted for the ABV.

Overall I am glad this held up from the Fall release it was a decent ale that I may have again. Try it!

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