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Whirlpool - Night Shift Brewing

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Reviews: 81
Hads: 697
Avg: 4.13
pDev: 24.21%
Wants: 55
Gots: 160 | FT: 5
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Night Shift Brewing
Massachusetts, United States | website

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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Reviews: 81 | Hads: 697
Photo of guezarka
5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A magnificently hopped beer. Very different than a lot of the watered down session crap that other breweries are churning out there. Crushable, but actually something that you want to savor.

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Photo of galwayjoyce
5/5  rDev +21.1%
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.

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Photo of thatguy23
4.89/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a hazy straw color. Nice citrus taste with mild bitterness. An easy drinking session pale ale. Rates lower than it deserves and the reason that session ales probably need their own category. Would love to see Night Shift do an amped-up version of this beer to see how this translates as an IPA or DIPA.

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Photo of beantown_hopster
4.8/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

The first 5 I've ever given on looks... Multiple people I've made try this since discovering it a few weeks ago have commented how it looks like grapefruit juice, an IPA snob even turned his nose up at me by the looks. It can't possibly taste like good beer looking like THAT.

It does taste like good beer. One of the best Pale Ales I've ever had in fact. Get it fresh in a can, pour and enjoy. This is tops pale ale for me.

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Photo of Rollyspills
4.77/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A regular in my rotation. A ton of flavor packed into it's 4.5% ABV. Moderate bitterness balanced by tropical flavors. I love how consistent this beer tastes from batch to batch.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.75/5  rDev +15%
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.

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Photo of Nachojon
4.71/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Dear lord. This is one of the most surprising beers I have ever had. From the pineapple juice look and mild aroma of citrus and hops it's full mind blowing good. Juicy pineapple, crisp hops and a mouthfeel that is one of the most interesting experiences I have ever had with a beer. And as it warms... Wow.

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Photo of Betty1968
4.71/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorites. A tasty session pale ale full of juicy citrus goodness. Mango, peach and papaya dominate the nose and taste. Besides the taste, what I love about this beer is the consistency. I've had this north of 10 different times and it always tastes the same.

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Photo of Svenson89
4.68/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Grabbed a 4-pack of cans after going back for 2nds of the Morph IPA (which they were all out of after 2 days!) So i decided to give this one a shot.

Look: Crisp, white 2-finger head that dissipates rather quickly. Super hazy, one of the haziest Ive seen even compared to a witbier. The color is an opaque almost pineapple juice shade. very interesting!

Smell: Fruity with strong mango, peach and grapefruit notes right from the start. It smells delicious!

Taste: I get a little bit of the mango coming through with a nice hop bite. very well balanced and extremely drinkable. finishes a bit of an grapefruit/orange character to it.

Feel: very crisp and wet, with good carbonation.

Overall: I was extremely pleased with my 2nd offering from Night Shift. Definitely very session-able, the mango/peach up front with the grapefruit orange finish blends very well and is complex enough to keep every sip interesting. I just wish we had gotten more of them! Definitely one of (if not) the best APA's i've had the pleasure of trying.

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Photo of BigStein88
4.68/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Love this beer. Pours light and beautiful, smells great and tastes even better. Coming in at 4.5% makes it all the better. Grab a 4-pack and get to work!

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Photo of brewmeister1984
4.67/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Most refreshing pale I've ever had....amazing nose on this and lasts forever. Light, crisp and perfect. Cannot wait to pick up more of this one in the near future. A gem indeed out of MA.

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Photo of tdev1978
4.64/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Love this beer. A tropical, juicy treat with mild bitterness. Mango, peach and mild pine. Light body. Extremely drinkable. The type of beer I could crush all day.

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Photo of Chrcund
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden yellow color. Smell is straight up peaches and mango. Taste is straight up peaches and mango with a slight bitterness. One of the tastiest session pale ales I've had. If you're expecting a hop bomb, look elsewhere. If you want an easy drinking smooth pale ale, you can't beat it.

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Photo of Sanjaybh
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is the type of beer you give to your BMC friends or friends who don't like IPA's. That's not a knock on the beer, just a testament to the fact that it is a flavorful, easy drinking brew that almost anyone should enjoy.

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Photo of lovindahops
4.56/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L- hazy light yellow with a frothy head of foam that lingers
S- incredible burst of tropical hops upon cracking the can. Apricot and mango scents burst through the glass. Impressive fruity profile
T- sweet mango and piney resin bundle and tingle
M- carbonated and coating flavor
O- very impressive apa with citra hops shining through

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Photo of fulcrumbs
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This APA is a must have to knock off "the list." There isn't a human beer- drinking- being on the planet who's eyes won't light up after pounding a 12- oz of this under 5% magic in a can. Have had it on tap, out of a growler, and a can... and get a consistent experience every time. Find it, buy it, and drink it... you'll be glad you did.

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Photo of Hopglow
4.54/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If you like hops, you will love this beer. I am not a session fan at all, however I would rank this up there with Lawson's Session #2, it's delicious and crushable. I keep smelling the can as I drink from can dated 12/23/15. At 4.5%, I could only surmise it is lighter on calories which, let's be honest is a good thing. It drinks very well considering the ABV. I will be stocking my fridge with this. The look of this in a tulip is worth a picture of it's own. Grab some of this and enjoy another fantastic New England brew. Night Shift keeps producing great beer, and they are consistent between batches. We New Englander's are so fortunate right now to be surrounded by so many good breweries. Grab this one and try for yourself.

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Photo of M_chav
4.54/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is an underrated pale ale - very tropical and bursting with ripe fruit flavors. so crushable, probably the lower abv but dang this is really great, would love to have a sixer of this near a lake with nothing to do. Lots of sweet clementine/star fruit flavors. Get on board people, would put this up against the best Pale Ales out there in a blind taste test and I bet this would fit right in

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Photo of bmurphy13
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Incredible beer given the low ABV. Looks like lemonade/orange juice. Nice floral/fruity aroma. Tastes fruity and juicy with some spicy notes as well. The fact that they packed this much hop flavor into such a low ABV beer is what makes this brew so great. Absolutely crushable.

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Photo of rmcquade626
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Easily one of my favorite beers. It's the perfect blend of citrus dankness and hops. Tulip glass, can, for breakfast or at night. So drinkable. As smooth as it gets with the perfect little hop bite at the end. 16oz cans now make it a must for an early round of golf on the weekend.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.49/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of brewskis
4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy straw yellow color with a finger of bright white head. Looks very refreshing.

Aroma is of juicy fruits. Pineapple and peach are at the forefront, with grapefruit, lemon, dankness, and passionfruit in the background. A light pale malt sweetness adds the sweetness to this juicy aroma.

Taste is highlighted once again by juicy peach and pineapple flavors. Grapefruit and dank are there too. There is a tiny lemon kick towards the finish. Get some grass and light resin bitterness as the beer dries out.

High light body. Crisp and somewhat creamy. Clean finish.

I really enjoyed this pale ale. It's juicy, fruity, and smoothly bitter. Very easy to drink as well. If I was near this brewery, I would drink this quite a bit.

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Photo of pkalix
4.46/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

lemony aroma, hazy lemon yellow pour.... nice fruity flavor, but hoping the high sediment value which poured in at the end doesn't give me the shitz.... very nice flavor. very nice brew. wish it were higher than the 4.3% listed on the can.....

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color with a thin white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains grassy hops, fruity citrus and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a strong piney hops bitterness that is quickly followed by sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. The malt character is thin but provides a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not filling at all, very mild kick, very good representation of style, this is a very good beer to pound down for a long time.

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Photo of Damian
4.44/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank on-tap at Miracle of Science, Cambridge, MA
Served in a pint glass

Super cloudy, straw yellow appearance. The liquid was topped by a tiny, soapy looking, bright white cap that quickly dissipated. Really unusual for an American pale ale. There was no lacing whatsoever.

The aroma was really impressive. Super hoppy and fruity. Peach and apricot notes came through strong. Some sweet orange was also apparent. Moderately wheaty and lemony. Slightly tart.

The flavor profile was very similar to the aroma. Fruity hops dominated. Here too, the peachy/apricot-like notes were in full effect. Good amount of orange peel. Touch of bready malts. There was a subtle wheaty, lemony presence in the center. Grapefruit notes carried the beer into the finish, lending just the right amount of bitterness.

On the palate, the beer was incredibly creamy and soft. The liquid contained a super fine and mild effervescence.

Every beer I have tried thus far by Night Shift Brewing has been a winner, and this one is no exception. Whirlpool, which seems to be a APA/witbier hybrid, is a perfect warm weather thirst quencher.

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Whirlpool from Night Shift Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.