Monday, February 2, 2015

Two Brothers Night Cat

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1273) - Albany, New York, USA - FEB 2, 2015
Is it just me, or are a lot of breweries making beer with wheat just for the hell of it? I have no problem with using wheat in any style, but if you’re using it for arbitrary purposes then what’s the point? That’s kind of how I approach Two Brothers Night Cat – an otherwise standard amber ale with some wheat thrown in. It works well as an alternative to a pale ale, but the wheat doesn’t do much for it. Tasty and enjoyable, but not all that unique.

I poured a 12oz can into a goblet. It had a “Swirl By” date of 4/16/15 and cost $2.95 ($0.25 per ounce).

Appearance: Dark amber/copper/burgundy color. Translucent. Pours to a small, off white, soapy head which mostly dissipates and leaves little lacing.

Smell: Citrusy hops for sure, though noticeable dark malt and wheat.

Taste: This has the classic amber ale base malt character and it’s immediately recognizable. What seems to be missing is a specialty malt character. I do detect very faint bready/toasty/caramel notes, which are nice, but just too reserved for my preference. The Citra hops are prominent and essentially the focal point of the palette. Though not quite an IPA at only 43 IBUs, Night Cat is still quite bitter with some astringency on the finish and in the aftertaste. The wheat creates for a distinct dry, cracker-like flavor and tang. Some more specialty malt characteristics of chocolate and coffee would be ideal. What’s here is still good, though.

Drinkability: This is a perfectly medium-bodied brew in all aspects. The mouthfeel is fairly crisp, but not thin. It has some weight, but it’s not cloying or chewy. At 5.8% ABV there’s quite a lot of flavor to Two Brothers Night Cat, though it drinks and feels like something a bit more overtly sessionable. 
Grade: 7/10

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