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Shift Pale Lager - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
81
good

1,224 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 1,224
Reviews: 219
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 36
Gots: 91 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 03-14-2012)
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2.25/5  rDev -37.3%

chippo33, Mar 13, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -37.3%

justinlaz, Aug 25, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -37.3%

AMCimpi, Jul 22, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -37.3%

Lob, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of sommersb
2.35/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Tasted On: 04-06-2012
Freshness: Best by 09-09-12
Packaging: 16 oz. can
Glassware: New Belgium globe
Purchased: 4-pack from Midtown, Nashville

A: Clear, dark golden color, with a white head of 2 fingers. Very good lacing and good head retention.

S: Floral and grassy hop aromas, plus some sort of unpleasant vegetable odor.

T: Low bitterness, but the taste is marred by the same vegetable or skunked element as noted in the smell. Seems to be less evident as the beer warms up, thankfully.

M: Medium bodied with hi carbonation. The aftertastes are moderately bitter but also have the off-flavors present.

O: I was looking forward to trying this beer, but now I regret that I have 3 more in the fridge. I can't recommend this one.

sommersb, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of FLima
2.45/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Nice golden bright color with a thin head but keeps a constant plate.
Light aroma with notes of peaches, bread and butter (DMS), sulfur, melon and lemon sourness.
Flavor with lots of nectarines, spices, oranges, lager yeast, herbal hops, tobacco and peaches. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light body with proper carbonation.
Very fruit beer with a slight tartness, though something was out of balance here.

FLima, Sep 23, 2014
Photo of Philousa
2.48/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Great clarity in this light copper colored beer with a metallic sheet. Head is barely there, but some does stick to the glass. Pale malt, possibly 2 row, but I would guess there isn't much pils malt in this. Some sweetness to it, not much hops in the nose. Taste takes a while to get going. Watery without much flavor, then slightly sweet pale malt and lingering bitterness that isn't very abrasive. Super drinkable, but not watery at all. Has substance. Balanced finish.

This would be good after a long ride or run, but without much flavor, I would reach for something else most of the time.

Philousa, May 30, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

crwrunner, Aug 18, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

mwbrady12, Jul 29, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

BillyTWilliams, May 26, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

beerbtl, Jun 28, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

Hellpop65, Sep 23, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

MrD, Aug 02, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

edraz1224, Apr 13, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

Robloc303, Sep 14, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

Disease, Jul 16, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

Slay40, May 12, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

brpendergast85, Apr 12, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

Miami66, Jul 27, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

vitters03, Jun 22, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

McAndrew, Jun 30, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

Iowacraft, Apr 20, 2012
Photo of kojevergas
2.53/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

500 ml can served into N'Ice Chouffe stemware in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; I've historically been underwhelmed by this brewery but I tried La Folie last night and it blew me away.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 2.5 finger head of nice fluffy cream, decent thickness, beige colour, and standard retention for the mere 5% ABV. Colour is a transparent yellow. Standard fare for the style, but generally appealing.

Sm: Full pleasant barley and some fresh floral hops. An average quality moderate strength aroma. I'm looking forward to trying it.

T: Barley with fresh floral hops. Simple and somewhat bland, but fairly enjoyable. Not subtle or layered. Pretty boring. There's very little to say about it.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with some cream. Far too wet and thin. Weak. Doesn't quite support the flavour profile, minimal as it is.

Dr: A boring bland beer from New Belgium that I won't be getting again. Might make a decent beer pong beer; it's pretty drinkable if overcarbonated. Priced alright.

Low C-

kojevergas, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of blakelive784
2.63/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

16 fl oz can served in a generic pint glass, reviewed from notes:

A - Presents a pale transparent golden color with a thin rocky head of one finger. Retention is average at best. Standard and generic.

S - Clean mild barley and light malt character with fresh grassy hops. Simple, clean, mild and pretty inviting.

T - The hopping is much more aggressive than I though it would be based on the aroma. The clean mild barley body doesn't stand a chance. The hops are certainly fresh, but they're imbalanced and simple.

M - Thin, light bodied and over carbonated.

D - Light and easy drinking. I applaud the attempt at the style though I think it's poorly executed, simple and imbalanced.

blakelive784, Apr 24, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

lcdawg, May 29, 2014
Shift Pale Lager from New Belgium Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 1,224 ratings.