Aurora - Night Shift Brewing

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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 14.46%
Wants: 3
Gots: 6 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Night Shift Brewing visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ThatsThatDude on 02-18-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Wild ale blended and dry-hopped with Nelson Sauvin.
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Ratings: 69 | Reviews: 8
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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a pretty beer. In my teku glass it was a clear burnished copper color with a small white head.

Aroma was funk, citrus, and sweet fruit. It was a bit on the tart side.

Taste of lemon, pineapple, and melon. Stayed funky.

A tart, crisp beer.

I wish I had bought more than my two bottle allotment.

Photo of AdamF625
4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- hazy amber/orange with a billowing white head
S- orange, yeast, funk, white grape, oak, lactic
T- pear, honeydew melon, lactic, funky, yeasty, grape juice, peach, wet hay
M- medium body and carbonation, slightly sour/acidic, juicy
O- a lovely funky sour beer with plenty of complex flavors/aromas. Very pleased with the first barrel society release!

Photo of emerge077
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Mark for sharing, and to Dan for hosting :thumbup:
Quick review from written notes.

Dark golden orange color, thin veil across the surface, spotty bits of lace forms irregular arcs around the edges of the glass.

Funky aroma of wet wood, barrel complexity is present. Oud Bruin impression.

Tart berries and funky woodiness, oak and tobacco in the aftertaste. Well rounded with lots of complexity to keep one interested. Full bodied with a smooth and creamy texture to it. Nearly at a loss for words, there was a lot going on here, and it was all enjoyable.

Photo of angrybabboon
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 (and his barrel society privileges) for sharing this

Appearance: Hazy copper, with some touches of brown, gold around the edges - pours with a medium-sized, white head, fades to a small cap, leaves some impressive lacing

Smell: Nicely tart and sour with some hoppy aromas and the typical Night Shift yeast strain - nice funk, with some lactic sour, some tart notes - some light fruits - some nice hoppy notes, but I wouldn't say it's exploding with Nelson Sauvin - some nice, juicy citrus and tropical hints intermingled with funky yeast and barrel - very Night Shift

Taste: Lightly sour, lightly tart, with some interesting citrus - more funk in the aroma than in the taste, but it works - Night Shift yeast and barrels - yeasty with some Brett-like funk - light, lactic sourness - some light fruits, like lemon, as well as some citrus from the hops - orange, tangerine, grapefruit flesh - a touch of pineapple - lightly bitter - definitely interesting, if not the most complex

Mouthfeel: Medium body, light carbonation, smooth, finishes kind of wet

Overall: Worth harassing somebody in the society

This is not the best thing from Night Shift, but that statement is definitely not an insult. It's tasty, with some nice funky notes, tart notes, and citrus. It's worth a try, if you can acquire it.

Photo of PeterP-516
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Lot going g on in this one! Tart, funky, fruity and sour at the same time! Yet very easily drinkable. Happy to be a barrel society member!

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Hazed dark copper orange. Head is dirty off-white, creamy, with a dense smooth bubble structure. Splotches and notches of lacing. Decent head retention leaves a small dense cap. A quick swirl reinvigorates the whole process.

Smell: Typical Night Shift funk. Wet and musty with a sharp lactic push through the back. Lemon zest and juice. Fruity, some peach and vaguely pseudomint (is that what eucalyptus smells like)? Wet wine barrel coupled with white grape and something akin to selzter. A touch of sweet spice, like real cinnamon sticks. A touch of oak and some deeper fruit like raspberry. Damp with some citric bite and a touch of leather. Light punch of tropical fruit from the hops. Vaguely nutty. Peachy.

Taste: Hazelnuts and damp yeasty funk. Some wet oak barrel and a touch of white wine. Some grape skin and peach flesh. Deeply fruity with a nice punch of Nelson Sauvin tropical fruitiness. Night Shift damp funk with an earthy edge to the whole thing. Slightly sweet with a mild bitterness over the top. Nutty in good measure with a ton of mealy peach. Some pear and a hint of almost cocoa. Near mint. Fruity and tart and slightly funky. Slightly caramelized malt base with some bready undertones.

Mouthfeel: Mediumish body with a moderate carbonation. Slightly dry on the finish with a wet initial sip.

Overall: As expected.

It's a Night Shift sour/wild. Damp and funky and fruity. The dry hop is an interesting touch. Age will hopefully develop the sour aspects.

Photo of Jwale73
3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Batch #1. Pours a hazy burnt-orange with a loose, off-white head. Nose expresses spice and muted Fireballs (the cinnamon candy). Taste consistent with nose with the addition of some lactose. Mouthfeel is light in body with a lively carbonation and a residual burn at the back of the throat between quaffs. Overall, an interesting beer; however, not really what I'd consider a true wild.

Photo of PHBoiler
3.27/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I've had quite a few NS beers. I can't quite figure this one out. It pours an off amber sort of color with very light bubbly head. It's an inviting and interesting look. The smell is quite tart on the nose with a little bit of bite to it. I'm not smelling hops or fruit. I get tart and booze on the nose. That carries into the taste. I get sweet booze notes from whatever barrels were utilized. It's not aggressively tart but there is some tang to it. I couldn't figure out what the tang was to highlight. I don't know where the hops played a role either. I'm still kind of confused as to what I drank.

Aurora from Night Shift Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.