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Whirlpool - Night Shift Brewing

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Reviews: 52
Hads: 569
Avg: 4.1
pDev: 26.59%
Wants: 43
Gots: 114 | FT: 3
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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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Reviews: 52 | Hads: 569
Photo of guezarka
5/5  rDev +22%
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 +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.

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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.

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Photo of Svenson89
4.68/5  rDev +14.1%
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 fulcrumbs
4.55/5  rDev +11%
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 M_chav
4.54/5  rDev +10.7%
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 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.

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Photo of brewskis
4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
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 +8.8%
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 Damian
4.44/5  rDev +8.3%
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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Photo of Greggio
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of munsonptr
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

You'd be hard pressed to find many beers under 5% that are as tasty as Whirlpool. The mango/peach profile is one I haven't tasted in very many beers. If you like tropical flavors with low bitterness, this one is for you.

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Photo of Duhast500
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
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 +4.4%
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.

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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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a tallboy can into a shaker pint, the beer is a slightly cloudy, lemon yellow coloring, with a tall, frothy, clingy, white head. Aromas of tropical fruit, evergreen, cut grass, and subtle resinous hops notes. Flavors are fruity sweet forward, with notes of pineapple, melon, and apricot. Subtle pepper spice in the backbone, as well as grassy notes, cedar tassels, and a dank, vegetal hops character. The body is light, but full. The aftertaste is more of the tropical fruit sweetness, but with some lingering bitterness. Smooth, light finish with a subtle linger. Really good, extremely drinkable beer.

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Photo of rorykanderson
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Outstanding pale ale. Enjoyed two weeks after canning; poured a 16oz tall boy into a glass. Nice golden hue, moderate head. Slightly dank in the best way. Aroma of citrus and pine; taste of mango, orange, apricot and peach. Impressed by how long the aroma sticks around after the initial pour. Nice bready sweetness from the malt balances the taste without any lingering bitterness or stickiness that coats the palette. Clearly freshness has a lot to do with the impression but the big taste and small ABV is impressive. Pale ale that's bordering on an IPA in aroma and taste and is outstanding from start to finish.

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Photo of doremite
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of MA_hops
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Cloudy, bright yellow, thin foam like white head.
S: Fresh hops, citrus, pine, sticky like dankness.
T: Similar to the nose, dry grapefruit like notes stand out, hops provide some dank notes.
M: Dry, mild bitterness, medium carbonation. Hops are prickly to the tongue.
O: One of my favorite Night Shift brews. Very drinkable and can't detect any alcohol.

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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.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.18/5  rDev +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.

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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.

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Photo of buzzy_mannion2
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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

12oz can poured into a matching nightshift long stemmed glass. Thank you Kevin for the chance to try this. It appears a hazy pale yellow color with a white soapy topping.

The nose is muted initially but has some pleasant citrus overtop grass and catty quality. The taste is juicy with hops. Some tropics tasting of pineapple and peach/apricot overtop the usual suspects of grass and herbs.

This is light bodied, moderately carbonated and absolutely crushable. Donno why but this can hit me in all the feel good spots a pale ale should. Id kill for a case of this to pound while its hot out.

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Photo of mynie
4.1/5  rDev 0%
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.

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