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Shift Pale Lager - New Belgium Brewing

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Shift Pale LagerShift Pale Lager

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BA SCORE
82
good

1,248 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 1,248
Reviews: 221
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 39
Gots: 101 | 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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2/5  rDev -44.3%

ezapiler, Oct 01, 2012
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1/5  rDev -72.1%

LeapintoBeer, Oct 01, 2012
Photo of Ryan011235
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an Allagash glass on 9/12/12

28 Oct 12 printed on the bottom of the can.

The beer is clear and a fairly dark golden color, it has a burnt amber sheen in certain light. The head is a mass of sticky bubbles, two and a half fingers tall. As the head recedes, raised trails of lace are left with intermittent smatterings of speckled foam.

The aroma has a hefty dose of grains as well as a doughy, biscuit-like yeast presence. The hops add interesting notes of lemon, prairie grass, pollen and hints of pine. Overall, the hops have a bit of an edge.

The taste finds more focus on citrus with a prominent orange flavor accented by notes of pine and grass. The pine offers a decent kick that becomes noticeable after a few sips. There are stray hints of herbal hops. The malt bill seems a bit clear, dropping the doughiness in favor of modest, but robust grains.

The feel has a fair shake at being medium body; it certainly isn't thin at all. Carbonation seems is too strong out of the gate, but after a while, it calms and matches the feel nicely. The finish is pretty clean with mild hop and grain residuals.

Overall, this is a good pale lager. New Belgium seldom disappoints. I can't wait for them to come to Ohio.

Ryan011235, Oct 01, 2012
Photo of abuss2
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

abuss2, Sep 29, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Falcone, Sep 28, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Prestonlegal, Sep 28, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

mikeradebaugh, Sep 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

tina, Sep 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

MacStinson, Sep 26, 2012
Photo of jimmah120
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pint can at Old Chicago

Look is golden orange with a two finger pillowy head. Smell is grains and wheat, with a medicinal hop tinge. Taste is much better: rolling wheat and grains, musty yeast with a bitter earthy hop finish. Mouthfeel is crisp and full, well carbonated.

Nice and easy drinking, with some decent light wheat and hop flavor. NB does it again.

jimmah120, Sep 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

NateMac13, Sep 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

jkchristy, Sep 24, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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

Hellpop65, Sep 23, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

retreminy, Sep 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Chokobo, Sep 23, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Gro, Sep 23, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

rwhitmore, Sep 22, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

ZBerkeleyan, Sep 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Zach136, Sep 22, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Keith_R, Sep 22, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Scotthuller, Sep 21, 2012
Photo of MIBeerRanger4
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

These beers have just arrived here in MI. I had Shift at a tasting event. Poured from can into glass.... much too cold but it showed well.
A= Very nice color, relatively little head. Looked very enticing in the glass.
S= Light hoppy aromas of citrus.. mango, orange.. quite a nice aroma that gave up nice nutty and citrus notes when worked around in the glass.
T= This beer tasted great! Very easy going brew. Sessionable and well balanced.
M= light/medium carbonation was nice on the mouth.

O= I enjoyed it. a nice addition to the already great beer selection we enjoy here in MI.

MIBeerRanger4, Sep 20, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

mttdls, Sep 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

Yjt2, Sep 18, 2012
Shift Pale Lager from New Belgium Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 1,248 ratings.