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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
80
good

1,231 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 1,231
Reviews: 219
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 37
Gots: 95 | 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%

invid, Jun 24, 2014
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Aubs723, Jun 18, 2014
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3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I don't have much to say about this one.. Mostly that the taste is a bit metallic ...or something. I don't know, but I'm not all that impressed by this New Belgium. That's not to say its a bad beer or that I would turn one down, but it wouldn't be my first choice for a pale ale.

PrimeLion, Jun 17, 2014
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

irishgreensoda, Jun 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

DonDonLongJohn, Jun 15, 2014
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KeyWestGator, Jun 15, 2014
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3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Starting to dig the concept of good beer in a can. Another one courtesy of newman. Only negative is I can't reuse the container for homebrew.

App - Beautiful golden color, fairly pale. Brilliantly clear - must be filtered. Poured a nice white head with some creaminess and retention.

Smell - bit of a DMS/corn aroma typical of lagers, maybe a bit of hop, but otherwise fairly clean after the initial venting.

Taste - Very fleeting initial malt sweetness, then a whole lot of hoppiness. Hops have more of a citrus, APA/IPA kind of vibe than a noble hop vibe. Some fruitiness that hopefully is hop related, and not esters. Assertively but not overpoweringly bitter in the finish.

Medium body and med-high carbonation. No astringency or warming - MF feels right for a spritzy lager.

Not the cleanest and most refined of lagers, but definitely a lot of flavor in a refreshing beer. Slightly disappointed I just have the one can of this one - would be curious to see how it strikes me on another day.

mpyle, Jun 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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bravefan44, Jun 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

dradair, Jun 05, 2014
Shift Pale Lager from New Belgium Brewing
80 out of 100 based on 1,231 ratings.