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
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