Shift Pale Lager - New Belgium Brewing
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Reviews by beagle75:
3.9/5 rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
Poured from a 16 oz. can into a becker glass.
A: Clear, brassy golden color with over one finger of rocky white foam head that collapses to a lofty and persistent pad. Moderate stepwise lacing remains on the glass and diffuse bubbles rise in the column.
S: Hops are revealed most obviously by their herbaceous and citrus notes. A lesser malt presence of crisp cracker is also identifiable.
T: Begins dry, with dynamic hop aromatics that are green and herbaceous; astringent at times. Acidity is very restrained into the middle where mild astringent botanical qualities continue, joined by a touch of complimentary pale malt. Bitterness is mild and herbaceous during the brief and clean finish.
M: Thin viscosity, resinous on the palate, with moderate carbonation.
D/O: This remarkable beer outshines its modest labeling as a "pale lager" by challenging the palate and forcing the drinker to take notice. The look of it alone demands a recalibration of expectations, pouring a deep and healthy honey golden color, rather than the expected light yellow that is more characteristic of the style. Hop qualities are featured throughout, manifesting their extract-like plant attributes in a way that refuses to apologize or appease the masses. Comparisons to Sam Adams Noble Pils come easily, with this beer's flavor profile being not quite as interesting.
Serving type: can
05-08-2012 19:43:03 | More by beagle75
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3.31/5 rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Can > Mason Pint
A - Nice clear gold with one finger of soapy white head, very small dotty lacing.
S - Grainy, a little dark dirty earthy hops.
T - Biscuit dough malt, a little citrus, grain.
M - Medium, ok.
O - Bleh, one note kinda beer. Just is grainy and malty
Serving type: can
03-09-2014 18:56:41 | More by Omnium
4.08/5 rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Shift – Pale Lager (5%) – New Belgium Brewing Co. (Colorado)
App: Deep golden color with hints of copper in direct light. Rocky white head throws up one finger, settling to a half that retains well with a constant stream of bubbles feeding it from the bottom.
Smell: Aroma is light and bready and slightly metallic, with some subtle noble hops character.
Taste: Essentially follows nose. Foretaste is light and cereal with some hops bitterness coming through, especially on the aftertaste. A lot maltier and more in line with a Bohemian Pilsner in terms of flavor, but with significant hopping that balances it well. This beer is super easy to drink and probably one of my favorite lagers. Perfect for the lake or lawn. Actually prefer this out of the can rather than draft.
Mouth: Light and crisp. Flavors linger lightly, but do not coat the tongue. Carb is spot on.
Home tasting, 16oz can into Pilsner Glass. 2/28/14.
Serving type: can
03-01-2014 00:50:05 | More by ZoomanCru
3.91/5 rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Appears a clear, pale golden amber, thin cap of weakly foamy bubbly ecru head, which leaves bleedling striated lace around the glass.
It smells of lighllty bready pale malt, a faint caramel sweetness, middling citrus and drupe fruit, earthy yeast, and soft leafy, earrthy hops. The taste is fruity pale malt, fruit yeast esteres, and fruity hops - ok , some grain and caramel, white wine, and tame melon.
Bubbles are low, supportive, body adeqquate med weight, and generally smooth, mildly tacky. Finishes offdry, bready malt and floral, leafy hops.
Good amalgam of styles, very altbier-esque. Fruity, winy, and pretty enjoyable.
Serving type: on-tap
02-25-2014 00:55:59 | More by biboergosum
Shift Pale Lager from New Belgium Brewing
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