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Shift Pale Lager - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
81
good

1,183 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 1,183
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 33
Gots: 82 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

TheMarkE, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of jadedlilmonkey
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

jadedlilmonkey, Jan 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

TasteTester, Jan 08, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

CBlack85, Jan 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

sjanowiak, Jan 06, 2013
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4.55/5  rDev +26.7%

Poured from a 1 PINT can into a pint glass. BEST BY 10FEB13. I was really excited to try this when I first bought this about a week or so ago. I loved the Nelson Sauvin hop profile in Burley Oak Brewery's Bulletproof Tiger.

Appearance: Pours a rich, golden pale lager body. Beautiful. Decent head for the style with doughy pockets that exhibit plenty of staying power. Lacing is fantastic.

Smell: Floral bouquet of hops. I pick up the fruity mango of the Nelson Sauvin hops. Sweet green grapes. Plenty of rich bready maltiness. Slight sour lager yeast aroma.

Taste: Nelson Sauvin up front (mango, lychee, honeydew). Fades to a crisp, almost Saaz-like spiciness. Tasty bready pale malts. This lager has a lot of flavor on both the hop and malt sides of the equation and has managed to be an extremely balanced brew at the same time.

Mouthfeel: I love how full bodied this beer is despite the low alcohol and overall crispness. No aftertaste, unpleasant or otherwise. Near perfect for me.

Overall: I have been on a bit of an emotional rollercoaster with this beer since I bought a four pack and then a subsequent case (6 x 4 pack) about a week or two ago. The first sip of the first can was an explosion of Nelson Sauvin hops and I immediately declared this beer my new favorite. After a couple more cans over the next couple of days, I was fighting to detect that strong Nelson Sauvin hoppiness I so love and cherish (especially in a beer like Bulletproof Tiger). But since then, I have been literally pounding this beer on a near daily basis. It is just so damn drinkable, balanced, and great tasting (read: LOTS OF FLAVOR FOR A LOW ABV LAGER), if not delicious. Very satisfying from the can or in a glass. This could possibly be my session, daily drinker, beer for life when Sierra Nevada Summerfest is out of season. The only knock is the somewhat high price - I calculated that this works out to about a $40 standard case (as opposed to $30 for Summerfest in my area.) I would love to see more brewers doing more with Nelson Sauvin hops - my new favorite hop alongside Saaz (with Citra running a close third!)

JednoPivoProsim, Jan 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

sloelco, Jan 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

DoctorShakalu, Jan 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

craft_shannie, Jan 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

OregonGrown7, Jan 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Eddsdds, Jan 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Brian15, Dec 31, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Nizzle913, Dec 28, 2012
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4.83/5  rDev +34.5%

Beautiful golden copper color with excellent clarity and large visible bubbles. Big head on the pour and coats the glass in creamy lacing.

Fresh aroma of pine needles, spinach leaves, herbs and flowers.

Solid malt backbone of mild wheat and rye. Spice hop character follows the aroma. Exceptional balance.

Light to medium body and ample carbonation brings the flavors to life.

I love seeing breweries come out with a fresh, flavorful lager for a change. Lots of malt character in this one adds heart to the brew. Tasty, refreshing and highly sessionable.

bnes09, Dec 28, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev +8.6%

This is one of my go to beers

Pours light, with a great head and leave lace down the side of your glass.

The taste is exactly how it looks, light, crisp, and hoppy. Though it seems to be a bit sweeter than most hopped up beers. not as bitter of an aftertaste

The smell is hoppy

A clean taste in your mouth , doesnt leave a bitter aftertaste on the tongue

New Belgium does it again!

Comes in a pack of 4 cans

imthaschmidt, Dec 28, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

NickThePyro, Dec 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

JVoyager, Dec 23, 2012
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3.85/5  rDev +7.2%

Really enjoyed this one out of the 4 pack of cans. Can't review the appearance; drank it straight from the can. Like all NB beers, this one is just solid. Easy to drink with a surprisingly complex taste.

This was my first experience with a pale lager, and it's the first I've heard of one. This was a strong mix of the best of the hoppy bitterness of a pale ale and the smoothness of a lager. I was impressed.

My only complaint is that the cans looked a lot like Red Bull.

RedMosquito1, Dec 23, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Mattbrew_Nelson, Dec 22, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

mcaulifww, Dec 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

Jellopants356, Dec 20, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

grahamboudreaux, Dec 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

Picked up a 4-pack of tall cans from Sunshine Liquor in Ocean Beach...can't remember the price -drank it straight from the can (as one should).

A: Being that I did drink straight from the can - I'll average the score based on its other aspects.

S: Very traditional pale lager malt smell right off the bat - grainy, bready and slightly sweet. Faint hit of orange blossom and earthy hop in there too.

T: Taste is pretty much on point with the nose - the hop is cranked up a bit though, especially in comparison to many others within the same genre - hop goes for a while - very nice!

M: Light-bodied but on the verge of medium, crisp and well carbonated, goes down smooth and finishes clean. Hop oils linger a bit.

Overall a super tasty session ale that has enough hoppiness to please the hop snob (like myself) but approachable enough for those of you not buying into the hop craze.

DeanMoriarty, Dec 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

skm, Dec 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

wertschy, Dec 14, 2012
Shift Pale Lager from New Belgium Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 1,183 ratings.