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Shift Pale Lager - New Belgium Brewing

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Shift Pale LagerShift Pale Lager

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1,111 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,111
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 31
Gots: 48 | 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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North Carolina

2.25/5  rDev -37.5%

04-09-2012 12:57:34 | More by Lob
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2.35/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Tasted On: 04-06-2012
Freshness: Best by 09-09-12
Packaging: 16 oz. can
Glassware: New Belgium globe
Purchased: 4-pack from Midtown, Nashville

A: Clear, dark golden color, with a white head of 2 fingers. Very good lacing and good head retention.

S: Floral and grassy hop aromas, plus some sort of unpleasant vegetable odor.

T: Low bitterness, but the taste is marred by the same vegetable or skunked element as noted in the smell. Seems to be less evident as the beer warms up, thankfully.

M: Medium bodied with hi carbonation. The aftertastes are moderately bitter but also have the off-flavors present.

O: I was looking forward to trying this beer, but now I regret that I have 3 more in the fridge. I can't recommend this one.

Serving type: can

04-07-2012 03:56:05 | More by sommersb
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2.48/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Great clarity in this light copper colored beer with a metallic sheet. Head is barely there, but some does stick to the glass. Pale malt, possibly 2 row, but I would guess there isn't much pils malt in this. Some sweetness to it, not much hops in the nose. Taste takes a while to get going. Watery without much flavor, then slightly sweet pale malt and lingering bitterness that isn't very abrasive. Super drinkable, but not watery at all. Has substance. Balanced finish.

This would be good after a long ride or run, but without much flavor, I would reach for something else most of the time.

Serving type: can

05-30-2012 04:16:48 | More by Philousa
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2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

08-18-2012 12:03:36 | More by crwrunner
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North Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

07-28-2013 23:31:55 | More by mwbrady12
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2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

05-26-2012 13:33:29 | More by BillyTWilliams
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2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

06-28-2013 01:03:36 | More by beerbtl
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2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

09-23-2012 20:22:33 | More by Hellpop65
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2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

08-02-2012 04:31:43 | More by MrD
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2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

04-13-2012 20:17:54 | More by edraz1224
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2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

07-16-2012 22:34:14 | More by Disease
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2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

05-12-2013 02:30:33 | More by Slay40
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District of Columbia

2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

04-12-2014 20:28:55 | More by brpendergast85
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2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

06-22-2012 02:31:58 | More by vitters03
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North Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

06-30-2013 21:50:00 | More by McAndrew
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2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

04-20-2012 15:38:43 | More by Iowacraft
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2.53/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

500 ml can served into N'Ice Chouffe stemware in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; I've historically been underwhelmed by this brewery but I tried La Folie last night and it blew me away.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 2.5 finger head of nice fluffy cream, decent thickness, beige colour, and standard retention for the mere 5% ABV. Colour is a transparent yellow. Standard fare for the style, but generally appealing.

Sm: Full pleasant barley and some fresh floral hops. An average quality moderate strength aroma. I'm looking forward to trying it.

T: Barley with fresh floral hops. Simple and somewhat bland, but fairly enjoyable. Not subtle or layered. Pretty boring. There's very little to say about it.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with some cream. Far too wet and thin. Weak. Doesn't quite support the flavour profile, minimal as it is.

Dr: A boring bland beer from New Belgium that I won't be getting again. Might make a decent beer pong beer; it's pretty drinkable if overcarbonated. Priced alright.

Low C-

Serving type: can

04-22-2012 05:30:57 | More by kojevergas
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2.63/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

16 fl oz can served in a generic pint glass, reviewed from notes:

A - Presents a pale transparent golden color with a thin rocky head of one finger. Retention is average at best. Standard and generic.

S - Clean mild barley and light malt character with fresh grassy hops. Simple, clean, mild and pretty inviting.

T - The hopping is much more aggressive than I though it would be based on the aroma. The clean mild barley body doesn't stand a chance. The hops are certainly fresh, but they're imbalanced and simple.

M - Thin, light bodied and over carbonated.

D - Light and easy drinking. I applaud the attempt at the style though I think it's poorly executed, simple and imbalanced.

Serving type: can

04-24-2012 02:58:41 | More by blakelive784
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2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

05-29-2014 13:01:53 | More by lcdawg
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2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

01-20-2014 09:49:40 | More by cgrz
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2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

06-03-2012 01:01:48 | More by Drinking_Milkshakes
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2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

05-16-2013 02:22:07 | More by MinorThreat
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2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

05-27-2012 23:10:40 | More by DeirdreE
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2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

11-15-2013 03:26:08 | More by Flathead_Monster
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North Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

07-10-2013 02:03:50 | More by abernethyj
Shift Pale Lager from New Belgium Brewing
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