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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
81
good

1,221 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 1,221
Reviews: 219
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 36
Gots: 90 | 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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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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

DonDonLongJohn, Jun 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

KeyWestGator, Jun 15, 2014
Photo of mpyle
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%

TP_43, Jun 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

wieshefe17, Jun 11, 2014
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

bravefan44, Jun 10, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

wilsonmatt, Jun 10, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Sspeer1, Jun 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

Kyrojack, Jun 08, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

TX-Badger, Jun 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Dustin_A_Stoutdrinker, Jun 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Ristaccia, Jun 07, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

KevMo84, Jun 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

dradair, Jun 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

RobinLee, Jun 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

vancean2, Jun 03, 2014
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

DbbC, May 31, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

mikerieder, May 30, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

lcdawg, May 29, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Westuh, May 29, 2014
Photo of mathmalicious
4.43/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into clean New Belgium stemmed globe. 3/4" head quickly diminished into a 1/4" head with some staying power.

Nose: Very clean, inoffensive— honey, a bit of yeast and citrus

Taste: Nascent "hoppyness" turns to a more familiar, sweeter fresh grapefruit, finishes the slightest bit smokey with the alcohol presence quite evident.

Mouth: Mild carbonation, "chewy" for a pale lager.

Overall, this offering almost transcends the category for me. It would be a great beverage for a plethora of meals.

mathmalicious, May 28, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

mpenske, May 28, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

gabrielsyme, May 26, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Punisher, May 25, 2014
Shift Pale Lager from New Belgium Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 1,221 ratings.