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Shift Pale Lager - New Belgium Brewing

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Shift Pale LagerShift Pale Lager

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1,200 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,200
Reviews: 217
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 36
Gots: 84 | 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 +4.2%

mttdls, Sep 19, 2012
Photo of MouthfulOfchris
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice golden color with with a creamy thick head that hangs around and leaves good lacing on the glass.

S: A nice combination of grain and a light grassy/pine aroma.

T: The slight taste of caramel comes though from the grains with a slight pine hop bitterness. Really well balanced with a dry finish.

M: A pleasantly medium body mouth feel with moderate carbonation tingle on the tongue.

O: Nothing really stands out about this beer but that is not a bad thing. It is a really solid session beer when sitting out on a hot summer day. *edit* moved the taste and overall ratings up. The more I drink this, the more I appreciate the subtle balanced flavors.

MouthfulOfchris, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of TenHornsProud
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

TenHornsProud, May 22, 2012
Photo of Robloc303
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

Robloc303, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of Morockm
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Morockm, Oct 06, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

rolandboy, Nov 13, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

GratefulEdd, Jan 31, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Doyle, Aug 05, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

jdhasse, May 20, 2012
Photo of BeerDocT
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I have to give them points up front for putting the brew in a full pint can. Nice!

Appearance 3.5: Nice, fizzy CO2 head. Color is a medium gold. Definitely above average appearance.

Smell 3.75: I really enjoy the bouquet of this beer. Light hops and grains, but a certain depth of scent, which probably comes from the Cascade hops.

-Taste 3.5: Front is gone, nothing there but cool liquid. Middle is very slightly sweet and then it fades into a lightly hopped finish. Aftertaste brings out more of the combination of hops and I really enjoy the light touch of the Cascade hops.

-Mouthfeel 3.25: Slightly better than your average macro brew. There is a depth of flavor present in this beer.

-Overall 3.5: Good, basic beer. I guess the "shift" thing is New Belgium's attempt to appeal to the "common man" with this beer. While I find that condescending and a bit insulting, nonetheless, the brew itself is pretty good. Certainly not a prize-winner, but that is true of most beer coming from the self-important and (I suppose this goes hand in hand) "wind powered" brewery.

BeerDocT, Apr 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

kguyty, Jun 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

mcaulifww, Dec 20, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

dradair, Jun 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

jaredtp, Sep 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Dieck, Aug 29, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

DonDonLongJohn, Jun 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

Shatter, Oct 31, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

McAndrew, Jun 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

jag21, May 03, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Rohkey, Mar 19, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

RCLOHR267, Feb 18, 2014
Photo of Vixie
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear yellow with a large white head. Looks to be a decent amount of carbonation

Smell is malty, a bit bread like and a hint of biscuit as well.

Starts out a touch sweet and bread like. The hops quickly assert themselves, they tend to dominate the back end, although not completely overpowering things. There is a bit of a lingering hop bitterness in the finish.

Decent feel to it, the carbonation does make the tongue tingle on the way down.

I have not been a big fan of New Belgium, but a friend suggested I try this one. I am glad I did, it is one of their better efforts, at least to me. It is drinkable, the taste is pleasant, and is a nice beer for a hot day.

Vixie, Jun 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

GMB, Sep 14, 2012
Photo of lnashsig
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

#BOTG 58!

I don't know how I have never had this one, but I haven't. So, here we go! I have been jonesing for sessionable beers this summer, with the wicked heat so far.

Poured from can into Karbach pint glass. Pours a nice golden pale color, nice head on the top of the beer. Looks like a lager. Smell- grassy hops, bread. Not much more there to describe, but the hoppiness of this is apparent. Taste- Nice grassy assertive hops, not much backbone behind it. Lacking a bit in balance. Really tight carbonation, borderline stingy. This is a nice, refreshing lager, full of hops flavor, and I could easily pound this beer. I'll be coming back to this one for sure again this summer.

lnashsig, Jun 09, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

rocklibster, Aug 12, 2012
Shift Pale Lager from New Belgium Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 1,200 ratings.