Marblehead - Night Shift Brewing

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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 12.61%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Night Shift Brewing visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: scotv on 02-02-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Created to emulate the flavors of salted caramel, this beer is an amber session ale brewed with marblehead salt and vanilla beans.
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Ratings: 55 | Reviews: 9
Reviews by jlindros:
Photo of jlindros
3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Well, not sure what to expect from this, Night Shift sours are phenomenal, but their non-sours are usually so-so or worse. This looks like it could be interesting, but not sure how an amber ale with vanilla would be. But also love tall boy cans of beer, and semi dated "Canned in Q1 2014"

Pours a nice off-white creamy slight fluffy 1 finger head that starts to fade at a med pace, little whisps of lacing, over a darker mahogany chestnut brown beer, somewhat clear on the thin parts of the glass and some light getting through nicely.

Nose is pretty meh, first thing I get is yeast, yeasty aroma with some herbal earthy hops, a quite herbal grassy chewy like hop presence with a little briny note, no vanilla.

Taste does bring a little vanilla at least, not much though, then the hops come through, again with that herbal earthy grassy chewy hop note, mild vegetal hop too, prob my least fav style of hops, with mild to fair bitterness. It turns a little briny with the spiciness of the hops and mild salty component, and a hint of a yeasty note. A touch of a toasty brown malt with touch of mild candy sweetness, with some caramel but not a lot, and a little smooth. Finish is drier with a fairly bitter bite but not much, more herbal vegetal hops with a little spicy component and more of that briny note, no vanilla left and no malts but a little sticky feel.

Mouth is med bod, fairly smooth, a little light on the carbonation.

Overall a big miss IMO, some mild yeast notes, my least fav style of hops that should be in an ESB and not an amber, very very little vanilla or salt, a bit briny tasting, low carbonation, it's hard to even find anything they did right in this one, maybe the nice head and appearance is the only good thing, oh and the can.

More User Reviews:
Photo of jwchestnut
3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

darkish amber/brown color with not a terrible amount of head. the smell is interesting - not the best part of the beer, but definitely caramel and vanilla and the smell of the sea a little in there. Dominant vanilla and toffee notes, i pick up on the salted caramel feel. as it warms the saltiness becomes more dominant especially at the back of the mouth. the beer is tightly carbonated with little tight bubbles. all in all, an unusual beer that i'm glad to have had but will not search out again.

Photo of angrybabboon
3.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for giving me a can of this

Consumed 2/24/14

Appearance: Pours a dark, yet clear, amber - some burnt gold and brown tones as well - pours with an average-sized, beige head that fades rather quickly - fades to a nonexistent head (I blame the salt), but manages to keep a slight collar that leaves some lacing

Smell: Amber malts and the distinct Night Shift yeast strain - lightly toasted amber malts, and some caramel - more salt than salted caramel - I didn't expect the salt to emit much of a aroma, but it does - like, toasted, salty biscuits - nice vanilla bean as well - some malty sweetness for balance - smells decidedly "Night Shift" with their vaguely musty yeast

Taste: While the salt makes this beer smell a bit odd, it works in the actual flavor - amber and caramel malts - toasted malts and grains finish with a light salty character that does not dominate the overall flavor - an undercurrent of some nice vanilla bean flavor - nicely balanced overall

Mouthfeel: About as light as medium can get, nice carbonation, smooth, finishes with salt

Overall: Pronounced "Mah-bul-head"

Since when does Night Shift can beers? Making a salted caramel beer is somewhat of an odd concept, and I'm not sure if they actually pulled it off. There are some nice caramel and salt flavors, but mostly this just tastes like an interesting twist on an amber ale. Bonus points for the tallboy. Bonus points for a can that kind of looks like a can of Heady Topper.

Photo of MikeB1984
4.74/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a dark amber. Nearly brown. Not too much of a head. The salt compliments the caramel taste very nicely. with a hint of vanilla. The after taste isn't too overpowering. I enjoyed it but it was not one of night shifts best.

Serving type: Can
Glass type: Pilsner Glass

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.59/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Almost perfectly clear dark copper/brick amber. Head is small and off-white. Moderate carbonation and ok head retention, but I wasn't expecting much given the salt. Maintains a small collar with some spots of lacing.

Smell: Slightly bready with some nice cooked and caramelized malts. A faint touch of yeast with some mild fruity esters. A touch of apple skin. Salt creeps through the back with some herbal and grassy hop elements. A touch musty with a nice toasted malt edge. Salt comes out a bit more as the beer warms. A slight malt sweetness. Very faint touch of vanilla. Leans a bit more to the salt with caramelized malts than salted caramel.

Taste: Mildly toasted malt with a nice roasted edge. Cooked and caramelized malts add a good level of sweetness pushing a touch of light caramel to the front. Carries some distinct musty and mildly earthy yeast tones. Salt rounds out the back and actually brightens everything up a little. Bread crust. Vanilla bean adds another small layer adding a bit more depth. Everything is balanced if a bit reserved. Finishes salty, but it's way in the back.

Mouthfeel: Mediumish body with a moderate and slightly crisp carbonation. Clean.

Overall: Mahbulls.

It's a riff on salted caramel. Goal achieved. Surprisingly refreshing.

Photo of jkeefe1800
3.67/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can poured into a tulip glass. Color of the beer is a clean amber color. The nose is pleasant a little bit of toasted notes and maybe a touch of discernible sweetness. The first taste is smooth, carbonation maybe a little more then expected but not unpleasant. There is definitely a nice toasted aspect of the beer and notes of caramel and maybe some toffee. The beer was made with salt and vanilla beans, but these ingredients seemed to be used to enhance the beer not take over it. The vanilla makes the caramel of little more noticeable then it normally would be, and the salt adds a slight savory aspect, but if no one told you those ingredients where there i would be hard pressed to pin point them on my own. This beer was a little bit of a departure from the ones from I've previously had with them and I was pretty impressed these guys just keep putting out good beer.

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a dark amber. Nearly brown. Not much head. It's a thin slice of light tan. It leaves long sheets of lace.

S-Smells a little off. I guess I can pick up some salt? It's quite toasty. Caramel maltiness too. Maybe it's the yeast that smells a bit odd.

T-The flavor is also a bit odd. The saltiness lingers in the background and on the aftertaste. The vanilla comes out more here than in the nose. The toastiness and caramel are prevalent again.

M-Light and sessionable. Prickly bubbles. The salt alters the feel in some essences.

O/D-Not a huge fan. I thought it was cool that they decided to put this out in a can but I didn't love the beer all too much.

Photo of PHBoiler
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Really interesting beer with a light amber body. The smell gives hints of vanilla and caramel. The taste is pretty much just that. It is just this side of sweet and really is more drinkable than I was thinking it would be. I don't get the salt notes but the vanilla caramel taste is right there. Pretty cool beer to try and like nothing else I've had.

Photo of hopley
2.26/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I hate to slam a beer from a good brewer but this one just didn't work for me. For me - it's just as billed - a sessionable amber. The salt, caramel and vanilla were there, I guess, but they were subdued considering the description on the can. I did like the appearance - poured a deep mahogany color with a 1/2 inch head that eventually settled and laced nicely.

Note - the above was written after drinking my first can - I had my second can about 4 weeks later and only then adjusted my numeric ratings, which are quite liberal. Either the second can was off, or the aging process is severe, as this second drinking was quite possibly one of the worst beers I've ever had.

Marblehead from Night Shift Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.