Whirlpool - Night Shift Brewing

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Reviews: 43
Hads: 495
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 8.47%
Wants: 33
Gots: 95 | FT: 5
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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 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. (190 characters)

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. (806 characters)

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. (512 characters)

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. (1,036 characters)

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. (339 characters)

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 (398 characters)

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. (398 characters)

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..... (243 characters)

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. (1,115 characters)

Photo of Greggio
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I really like this one. Smells like Christmas tree/ juniper to me. The taste has a bit of it, but also has a nice grapefruit aftertaste without being overly bitter.
Not much of a head with moderate carbonation. A very good beer overall. (238 characters)

Photo of Duhast500
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz. can into a La Fin Du Monde tulip glass.

The color is hazy yellow with some orange highlights and two fingers of foamy white head that leaves a thick white film on the glass.

The smell is piney with the hops being the first thing that is detectable. There is a pithy aroma of citrus fruits in the nose as well with slight grapefruit and a touch of lime. There is a sweetness coming off the aroma that stays in the nose for a moment like an aftertaste. A nice bouquet of floral hops here in the nose.

The taste is hoppy but subtle and lets the fruity flavor takes the wheel as you are guided into a lemon flavor that pops at the first turn then leads into a earthy character that has some nice malt character letting things balance slightly as mellow hops flavor comes back into frame to meet you on the way out at the end. There even some berry flavors that come out as you sip this beer, light green grape flavor skirts the edges till you dig deeper into this beer and they appear.

The feel of this beer is medium to light with a really thirst quenching body that goes down easy. This is fantastic, a session ale with an ABV lower than 5% but still manages to give up the good with flavor and fantastic feel.

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Photo of huddyball
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a stemmed Night Shift glass from a growler I picked up at my first trip to the brewery yesterday.

A) Hazy light, almost creamy, yellow color. Pours an average size, soft head that dissipates rather fast. Not leaving much lacing so far on the first pour.

S) Light hops and grapefruit along with a faint peach. Not a huge nose, but very nice non the less.

T) Love it. Tons of grapefruit and that peach again. Not bitter at all. This is a super smooth brew.

M) Very nice, but mother overwhelming.

O) I found this quite enjoyable. Nice light drinking beer that I can definitely see myself grabbing again. (619 characters)

Photo of hail_seitan
4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (538 characters)

Photo of doremite
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy yellow. Really nice looking beer and really easy on the pallet. One of the softer MA brews I have come across. Light fruity and citrusy hop sweetness. Tad sweet but not overly. Criminally easy to drink. Great refreshing sessionable pale. On tap at Picco and my favorite Nightshift to date. (302 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (1,700 characters)

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a relatively clear straw yellow with a loose white head. The nose is mainly 1-dimensional grapefruit and some sweetness from the malt. The taste pumps up the hop presence with a larger spectrum of citrus, similar subdued grain and minimal yeast. It's easy drinking, well carbonated, and slightly watery, but great for a session APA. This beer definitely has it's niche and makes a great session beer. (415 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%

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. (860 characters)

Photo of buzzy_mannion2
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice light ale with strong citrus and fruity notes. Mouth feel reminds me of Mountain Dew but in a good way. Very well balanced bitter notes with sweet citrus flavors on top. (176 characters)

Photo of mynie
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A session APA that pours like a witbier. Very pale, very hazy, with a bone white head.

Smells of assertive, dry hops and a little bit of a pepper and citrus. You sure this isn't a wheat?

Does not taste like a wheat. Nor does it quite taste like an APA I've ever had. Pepper up front, moving quickly into a middle of aggressive, tropical fruit hops: mango, pear, melon. This slides gradually into a more traditional finish of spicy yeast and bitter hops.

Nice and unique, but I'm not convinced all the weirdness is intentional. It's an ugly looking beer, and the carbonation is a bit much, but I'll try it again if I ever see it on tap. (645 characters)

Photo of gonzo000
4.09/5  rDev -1%
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. (382 characters)

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (444 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (644 characters)

Photo of ColdOneKev
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (567 characters)

Photo of MyThoughtsExactly
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great aroma of pineapple and citrus. Taste is clean citrus with only slight bitterness. This one has more carbonation than I like but a very sessionable pale ale either way. (173 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can from Redstone
Slightly hazy lemon straw color with a decent sized long lasting bone white head. Huge pine and citrus on the nose with just a touch of stone fruit. If there's malt in the nose my smell is too distracted. The flavor does hold some crackery bready maltiness and a lot more of the pine and citrus hop flavor. Very smooth bitterness. Medium to light body with a moderate level of carbonation. Very nice light flavorful brew! (439 characters)

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