tmoreau (4424) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - AUG 18, 2017
On tap at the Beer Cellar in Glen Ellyn, IL. during a 2nd Shift distributor promotion, dispensed to a snifter showing a hazed, orangey/gold color, with a presentable layer of soft white froth, and spiraling strands of lacey foam. The nose was slightly dank, then an expressive combo of citrus, pit fruit, and a little pine. Medium bodied, with decent carbonation, the taste was similar, and included a moderate amount of citrusy, rind-like, and resinous bitterness. A solid IPA. andrewje41 (3999) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - MAR 25, 2017
Draft pour pint at Brouwers, Seattle during their 12th anniversary party. All day celebration! Clean, and shiny golden pour with a sticky head and lacing. Tropical heavy hop.aroma. Flavor is thick, juicy hop quality a heavy malt. Clearly a big IPA, that surprises me that it isn’t a clear imperial. Overall a nice IPA. It’s like the guy that absolutely mashes at the AAA level, but never makes it to the big leagues for some reason. BelgianBeerGal (4085) - Panama City, Florida, USA - OCT 26, 2016
Draft at Hair of the Dog STL; 2nd when I swore I would only have 1. Oops. Reminds me of lightly sweetened black tea with a little lemon plus some mild bitterness. Enjoyable. Travlr (25216) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAY 1, 2016
Sample at Parkville fest. Hazy golden amver color, white head. Aroma of peaches and summer fruit. Taste is bittersweet stone fruit. Tasty. MetalNHopHead (2014) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - APR 5, 2016
Art of Neurosis is an apt name for 2nd Shift’s brew. Its balance and nuances are indicative of how a well-brewed IPA can be approachable and lovely. For lack of a less pretentious term, an art form. At the same time, it’s made with Simcoe and Columbus - 2 aggressive American hops. IPA is an art you have to be perhaps a bit crazy to appreciate. Aroma is bright and citrusy and a bit tropical. Pineapple, peach, tangerine, grapefruit, orange, and pine aromatics. Tropical fruit continuity in the taste also with some caramel malt in the background. Feel is creamy and crisp. Art of Neurosis is for the hopheads, the craziest bastards out there.
HuskerTan (2211) - Ravenna, Nebraska, USA - APR 1, 2016
(Thanks, Peter! "phaleslu")
A- Apricot, peach, mango, bread, grass.
A- Orange color, hazy liquid, beige head.
T- Stale biscuits, grass, pine, bitter, malty, caramel, stone fruits.
P- Medium body, average texture, average carbonation, slightly bitter finish.
O- Unique ipa. Not much bitterness other than on the finish. The malts aren’t really caramel forward. Almost more of a stale biscuit with some fruit preserve kind of thing. Not bad. bytemesis (8541) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 31, 2016
Bottle thanks to Peter! Pours clear orange, medium creamy beige head, good lacing. Aroma is grass, oranges, caramel, black tea, perfume. Flavor is medium sweet and medium bitter, orange and tea notes. Medium body. coachd (858) - Missouri, USA - MAR 23, 2016
On tap at baileys range. Good if not inventive IPA. It does everything adequately with good hop profile, carbonated mouthfeel and good aftertaste. Refreshing, I wish it came in 6 packs.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone seymour (2057) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - FEB 29, 2016
Tasted on tap at the 2016 Centennial Fest in a mini snifter glass. It poured a clear golden colour with weak white foam, which quickly subsided, leaving no lace. Basic maltbill, a little crystal sweetness in the taste but finished with a pleasant hoppy dryness. Obviously dominated by hops throughout: grapefruity, dank weed, pine resin, black pepper. Light-medium body, strong carbonation to splash it all around. Elevated alcohol, but not too hot. Reputed to be one of the best big A-IPAs around, and it IS pretty good, don’t get me wrong, but nothing really unique or outstanding except for the lack of glaring flaws, I suppose. Sorry, I’m just not as blown-away by everything 2nd Shift does, the way many of my friends are. Good not great. JulienHuxley (5843) - Sherbrooke, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 22, 2016
Sample on tap at the bridge. Clear gold pour with lacy white head. Aroma is super hoppy, very grassy, grapefruit, pine. Taste is bitter, juicy, super hoppy. Palate is med bodied with med carbonation. Tasty.