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Whirlpool - Night Shift Brewing

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

415 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 415
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 8.05%
Wants: 33
Gots: 61 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Night Shift Brewing visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Jslay013 on 03-06-2014

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Photo of Stevedore
3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2014 can into Lawson's snifter 8/26/2014.

A- Beautiful banana pear yellow body, one finger foamy white head, good retention time. Very nice shade of yellow. [4.25]

S- Citrus, oranges, peaches, nectarines. Slight amount of bread pale malt, a bit of grassy hops, but for the most part it smacks of tropical fruit. [4]

F- Grassy hop flavors, tangy orange pulp, nectarine skin. Overall, the fruit flavours aren't as vibrant on the palate as it is in the nose. [3.75]

M- Thinner bodied but not in a bad way. Easy to drink, not bitter at all, but does feel a bit bland on the finish, presumably from the less malt for the 4.3% ABV. [3.75]

O- Lighter bodied with a lot of fruity hops in the aroma, but a bit light on the flavour, even for a session pale ale. [3.75]

Final score 3.825

Appearance 5%
Aroma 20%
Taste 45%
Mouthfeel 10%
Overall 20%

Photo of angrybabboon
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Cheers to Goblinmunkey for hooking me up with some cans

Consumed 10/9/14

A: Lightly hazy honey gold with some tangerine hues - pours with a medium-sized, white head, fades to a wispy cap, leaves a few nice streaks of lacing

S: Decidedly light and mild - some nice citrus aromas - floral tangerine and some grapefruit - very peachy, although I would describe it more as an under-ripe, slightly tart peach or nectarine - some melon, cantaloupe, and other light hints of tropical flavors - light, bready malts, light crackers

T: Like peach slices on crackers, except much less weird and much more refreshing - light citrus, floral grapefruit and ripe tangerine flesh - prominent peach flavor - again, lightly under-ripe, almost tart - nice array of light, but interesting, tropical fruit flavors in the back including melon, mango, maybe some pineapple - very light malts, with some white bread and light crackers - some hints of yeast and mild bitterness, finishes very dry with minimal sweetness

M: Light body, nicely carbonated, smooth, extremely drinkable

O: You can actually drink this fast enough to create a whirlpool in your mouth

Night Shift has been increasing in prominence on my radar due to their consistently interesting sour and funky creations. But this is very different; it's a super-drinkable pale ale. Nailed it.

Photo of jlindros
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Yay craft cans! Canned 8/19/14.

Pours a pasty white fizzy 1 finger head that fades at a med pace, mild soapy lacing, super hazy straw pear juice lemony yellow like color.

Nose lots of fresh fruits, fresh hops out front, grassy and floral with plenty of fruits, lots of citrus, tangerine and orange, with a little rind, musty dank resinous notes, with a little passion fruit, and plenty of grapefruit pith, mild juicy peach and tangerine juice. Mild sweet malt base barely detectable underneath.

Taste brings more juicy fruits, but a little more tame, big grapefruit juice out front, and a mild pith, some melon rind, orange peel bitterness but not super bitter either. Then into more citrus, a little tangerine and juicy peach again, with a bit of tropical fruit note, generic tropical fruit mixed with juicy stone like fruit and citrus. It also has a mild dank musty note, but not much, little jack fruit even. Hops are mildly bitter and a touch of grassy floral hop note too. Mild grainy malt base, a touch toasty and creamy, mild grainy doughy note too. Finish is like seltzer a bit, grapefruit pith and mild citrus rind lingering, no sweetness and that dry bitter rind, with popping carbonation really gives that seltzer aftertaste.

Mouth is med to a bit lighter bod, nice fluffy carb that gets bright and tingly, little abrasive like feel like it has little fruit particles in it.

Overall interesting, nice fresh fruits, great hop presence and other fruits possibly added, it seems like they added orange rind and grapefruit pith to it and they're still there with the feel of abrasive pulp in it even. Mild malts that remind you they are there then disappear forever. Pretty enjoyable.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Hazyish dark straw gold. head is bright-white and creamy. Starts off with a solid head, but drops to a small wispy cap and slightly thicker creamy collar in short order. Some splotches and streaks of lacing. Moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Really soft malt base with a touch of powdery American yeast and a mildly sweet pale malt base. A bit of snappy cracker and some mildly bready elements, but it's all very mild. Hops hit big to juicy tropical fruit with a ton of peach, some mango, and a bit of melon and tangerine. Big dry-hop presence. Some minor pithy elements add a small backing bitterness but it's quickly covered over by the super juicy fruit aromas. Just delightful.

Taste: Peach. Lots of peach...or as much as you can have in a relatively mellow beer. Some more pronounced backing bitterness that comes across as pithy. Mellow malt backbone throws some mild bread crust and a bit more cracker. Mild pale malt sweetness adds a nice balance to the hops, but it's still a hop-forward beer. Lingering pine needle bitterness with a big juicy hop element that drops away quickly. A bit of grapefruit and tangerine as well. It's tropical without pushing the sugary sweetness that can accompany juicy tropical hops.

Mouthfeel: Mediumish body with a moderate carbonation. Clean and a touch crisp on the finish.

Overall: I can't get Daisy Cutter, so this will do nicely.

If this actually hits cans (that's the plan last I heard), I'll keep it in my fridge for everyday drinking. A mellow, hoppy pale ale from NE? Yes, it exists and this is it.

Photo of galwayjoyce
5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am a buyer in the liquor industry. I do not know how I have gone until today not knowing about this beer.
Drank from can, and hit with overwhelming peach, grapefruit, and tangerine flavors.

The 4.3 ABV lends to the drinkability, without tasting watered down.

I poured about 1/4 into a small tasting glass--Almost dayglo yellow, with light head and lacing.
I have had the white whale of ale-dom, and this stands toe-to toe with Alchemist--this is not hyperbole--I signed up for BA to rate this beer.

Considering that Night Shift is only entering their 3rd year, I am expecting great things to accompany the likes of Whirlpool, Morph, Viva Habenera...

The Grapefruit Sculpin I tried just before, just got blown out of the water.

One of the best PA's I have ever tasted--get FRESH--mine was a week old.

Photo of Kreit215
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Loved this, smooth, very little bitter bite...juicy/

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%

Pours a milky yellow, almost like pineapple juice, with a thin white layer of foam. Mild lacing. The aroma is very impressive. It actually smells like fruit juice. It smells exactly like peach juice. Also it smells like pineapple juice (funny, because it looks like it, too). The aroma isn't too intense but it works well, I enjoy its softness (night Shift refers to it being soft). On the tongue, the flavor displays a bit more balance; I pick up some cereal flavors. The peach and pineapple hop flavor, brought on by Mosaic hops, is the leading flavor. This beer is very unique. The hops bring forth such a specific flavor but it is overall a very mild experience. It's extremely drinkable; even quenching. Lively carbonation enhances the body and feel. Mild bitterness. I am very happy with this brew and I wish I bought a whole four pack of cans.

Via can.

Photo of jcarroll10
4.68/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A great pale ale, in my opinion. Maybe Night Shift's best offering.

Photo of Flounder57
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter in their tap room.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pale golden yellow color with some haziness and vision of tiny bubbles coming up through the middle of the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Definitely sweet peach, grassy, citrus, stone fruit, pale, and pilsner malts.

Taste: Nice hop flavor balance out with a simple malt backbone and slight bitterness in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp, refreshing, medium carbonation, a little chewy, and slight bitterness.

Overall: Pretty nice APA. I'll revisit this one again in the future.

Photo of SunDevilBeer
2.8/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Looks good, but uneven w/ off flavors. Really all over the place and no focus in this beer, I don't understand the small amt of hype.

Photo of tigg924
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Taste is grapefruit, peach, lemon, tangerine, and rind. A super juicy and citrusy ale. I have others I prefer in the style, but this is a quality beer. I would pick this one up again.

Photo of gibgink
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is extremely crushable goodness.

Photo of SomethingClever
4.49/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

poured on tap

A: super hazy murky yellow with a pretty decent head

S: Mango tangerines some that like BO smell

T: vibrant and juicy lots of amazing juicy tangerine and melon tastes

M: medium to the lighter side maybe a hair watery

O: This is an excellent beer it's he hands down best session ale I've ever tasted it's something you could drink a ton of and still be smiling when you are done.

Photo of tone77
3.74/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A big thanks to the founding father of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a whitish/golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of peaches, citrus, hops. Taste is grapefruit, peaches, hops, medium bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a tasty and smooth beer.

Photo of ColdOneKev
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A - Drank most straight from the can, but poured some into a taster glass. Hazy straw body. Small white head, fades quickly, leaves a slight film. Nice lacing.
S - Hoppy, citrus, grapefruit, peach. Nothing crazy.
T - This is where it shines. This is one of the juiciest pale ales I've ever had. The use of hops is amazing. Citrus, grapefruit, peach, mango. It's all there. Light, refreshing.
M - Low carb, medium body.
O - An amazing pale ale. Absolutely worth seeking out. I can hardly believe they got this much flavor out of a 4% beer. If you see some, buy it.

Photo of Word2BigBIrd
4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can't wait to drink this in summer

Photo of hail_seitan
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed from 12 oz. can

A - A very light creamy yellow body with some haze. The head is thin, but leaves ample lacing.

S - The aromas are bright and crisp - pear, dandelion, lemongrass, and nectarine.

T - The initial taste is a stone ground cracker dry and sweet taste. Then the flavorful lemony and floral hops take charge. The finish is bitter and dry.

M- Surprisingly creamy for the light body. Carbonation is lively.

O - An enjoyable light pale ale. Definitely aling the lines of a session IPA. The vibrant hops make it a winner.

Photo of MenardMa
4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The can is correct, this beer tastes like peaches. Really, REALLY good pale ale.

Photo of gonzo000
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really like this beer. It has a cloudy yellow color that you can see a bit of light through. There was a 2 finger head that settled into a think layer of foam floating on the top. The smell is of citrus hops, juicy as advertised. Sweet hoppy flavor rules the day. This would be an excellent summertime beer with the low abv. Smooth with a hoppy bite at the end. Great stuff.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Niles

Pale opaque hay color with a thin white head. Night Shift owl looks like Shadowhawk on the silver and black can.

Smells a little musty, wheaty with with peach and citrus. High carbonation and tongue sticking citrus pith resin is my impression upon first sip. Grapefruit and lime initially but it's the peach that sticks on the tongue for a few seconds. Malt doesn't do much other than hold the hops but it works. With the citrus and high carbonation it's not unlike Fresca.

Photo of ppoitras
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

12oz can bought as part of a 4-pack from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA. Canned on 2/3/15.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" bright white head over the cloudy golden brew. Head tightens slowly, with viscous, slow-falling lace. Aroma is CITRUS.

Taste begins with pale sweetness, promptly focusing on juicy tangerine in the middle, which holds its own through the end, overpowering the coming-on bitterness at the close. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is great. Would buy again for sure.

Photo of rickbb
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best session beer I've had (on draft).

Photo of HopDeezy
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Opaque yellow 1/4 inch white head

S - earthy citrus, apricot, peach. Strong nose for such a light pale

T - Peach, mango, citrus all the way with a little light pine

M - light, smooth, juicy, light to moderate carbonation with a slightly hoppy/chalky finish.

O - best 4.3% ABV beer I've ever had. Absolutely crushable. Reminds me a less hoppy, less complex version of Kane Head High IPA with the noticeable peach leading the way on aroma and taste. Wish it had a little more ABV though. 5.5-6% would be perfect.

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Color was a pale straw with cascading tiny bubbles. This smelled like pure pineapple juice. You definitely get the hops up front on this and then it mellows out into almost a wheat like malt flavor. Flavor is a slight let down after the smell. It's crisp, light and everything a pale ale should be but missing that 1 thing that would make it great. Probably one of the best non sour beers that Night Shift has put out. Could crush this all day.

Photo of smcolw
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks like a pale wheat beer--whitish-straw color. Very cloudy. Relatively small head, but it leaves a moderate amount of spotty lace.

Fresh, floral hop smell. A bit of grapefruit--attractive.

A hop head's APA. The grassy, very pale malt shows up briefly. The hop is more bitter and biting than anything else. The body is a bit on the thin side. The carbonation is high.

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Whirlpool from Night Shift Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 415 ratings.