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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

1,116 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 1,116
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 31
Gots: 50 | 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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mike_dawson

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

02-12-2014 21:15:57 | More by mike_dawson
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psoriasaurus

Georgia

4/5  rDev +11.1%

02-03-2014 13:56:47 | More by psoriasaurus
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GratefulEdd

Alabama

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

01-31-2014 04:20:05 | More by GratefulEdd
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archyquaffer

Montana

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a shaker pint. A half-way aggressive pour produces about 1.5 inches of billowy, frothy head of a snow white color. The head remains billowy for awhile and sticks pretty well. The beer is a moderately pale straw color with a reddish tinge and ample carbonation.

Plenty of grassy hops on the nose along with sweet malt and maybe a hint of corn (?). Also, a distinct fruity aroma on both the nose and palate, rather like a peach or apricot. Lingering hop bitterness on the tongue, along with some residual sweetness. Decent mouth feel and full body for the style.

This is one of the better offerings from this brewery, at least that make it to my area. I can't do their "Flat Tire"- too sweet, too "Beech Nut" tobacco-y, and too biscuit-y, and could really use some hops. This provides one reason why most of my ratings are on the high side- I don't like to drink beer that I don't like! Cheers, fellow imbibers! :)

Serving type: can

01-30-2014 02:29:10 | More by archyquaffer
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AndersonGT

Maryland

3/5  rDev -16.7%

01-28-2014 01:52:44 | More by AndersonGT
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

01-26-2014 06:39:40 | More by BARFLYB
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Petey_the_Quiet

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

01-25-2014 15:13:31 | More by Petey_the_Quiet
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kvgomps

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

01-22-2014 02:09:23 | More by kvgomps
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Rmbr2

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

01-21-2014 15:29:33 | More by Rmbr2
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cgrz

Michigan

2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

01-20-2014 09:49:40 | More by cgrz
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StArnoldFan

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

01-18-2014 00:11:03 | More by StArnoldFan
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kaplunk02

Illinois

3.69/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Poured a very light amber with a substantial white head.

S: Smelled of citris hops, grass and grain. A bit malty as well.

T: Citrus hops, grass and grain much like the smell but also very grapefruity.

M: Nice balanced mouthfeel. Not watery or slick but very smooth with light carbonation.

O: Overall a really nice lager especially to be had at the end of a long day :)

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2014 07:43:08 | More by kaplunk02
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mattmarka1

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

01-15-2014 05:13:43 | More by mattmarka1
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mwade5

Indiana

4/5  rDev +11.1%

01-11-2014 04:59:16 | More by mwade5
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Skillz

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

01-08-2014 00:00:53 | More by Skillz
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Sound_Explorer

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

01-05-2014 19:47:21 | More by Sound_Explorer
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mojohawk21

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

01-04-2014 02:42:04 | More by mojohawk21
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dorionray

Louisiana

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

01-01-2014 23:31:46 | More by dorionray
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dwtyler

California

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

01-01-2014 04:52:54 | More by dwtyler
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beetstreet

California

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

12-28-2013 07:03:10 | More by beetstreet
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ToddGingerich

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

12-25-2013 16:53:35 | More by ToddGingerich
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tommy5

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

12-25-2013 03:27:32 | More by tommy5
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tpaetow

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

12-24-2013 20:13:53 | More by tpaetow
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instinct2

Indiana

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

12-22-2013 20:20:45 | More by instinct2
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FortKnox15

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -16.7%

12-21-2013 21:12:48 | More by FortKnox15
Shift Pale Lager from New Belgium Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 1,116 ratings.