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Whirlpool - Night Shift Brewing

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65 Reviews
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Reviews: 65
Hads: 625
Avg: 4.1
pDev: 25.85%
Wants: 53
Gots: 127 | FT: 4
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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Reviews: 65 | Hads: 625
Photo of Chrcund
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
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 darktronica
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16oz can dated 9/30/15. Pours a hazy straw-yellow that gradually fades to gold deeper in the glass. This has some of the fluffiest clouds of head I've ever seen on a pale, and it lasts forever. The smell is primarily citrus-- grapefruit and pomelo with a bit of lemon. The taste adds some white peach, but also pine and lemongrass. Very flavorful for a sessionable 4.5%, and an invitingly creamy mouthfeel, aided by the everleasting foam.

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Photo of 2dogbrew
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy pale yellow. Wasn't expecting that but ok with me. Solid aroma, taste follows with some solid fruitiness. My first beer from Night Shift.

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Photo of irrevjim
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

look; opaque pale sunny cloudy golden, 1" head, not much retention but lacing stays a while
smell;grapefruit, peaches, yeast, fresh cut grass,kiwi, an olfactory bomb
taste; similar to but even fruitier than the nose, less grapefruit, more kiwi and a hint of black pepper/cilantro/other spice
feel; a little sharp, bubbly, maybe a little thin for all the flavor
overall; nice full flavored juice pop of a beer, lots going on at 4.5 abv

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap at brewery

Pours a golden yellow color. Smells like peaches and citric hops. The main flavor that sticks out here is natural peach, with minor citrus zing in the background. It feels very juicy with the right amount of dryness to have you quenching for more. Not overly-hopped or bitter. Fairly light body with moderate carbonation. This is a great, mildly bitter pale ale with fresh peachy, mango-like fruit notes.

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Photo of Gemmell
2.39/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

From a pint can to a snifter. Very underwhelming. More of a blonde than a pale ale. A very light straw/yellowish hue filled with little floaties. The nose is filled with fruits and not much else, very little hop presence in the smell. The flavor is very light. Some big tropical fruits that fade almost instantly. Again the flavor seems for reminiscent of a blonde than a pale ale, slightly hoppy but only slightly. Very watered down is the basic impression I got here. Probably wouldn't go out of my way to get it, but certainly wouldn't turn it down. Cheers!

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Photo of breadwinner
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Anytime anyone makes a legit attempt at a session brew (4.5% here), I have respect. None of this, "Come try our new 5.5% session IPA!" bull crap. Light, almost pastel, translucent yellow with a a healthy dollop of foam. Really interesting nose. I get cilantro/herbs, maybe a little of the so-mentioned peach from the can's description, a touch of citrus rind, maybe some finishing pine. It's nice, certainly unique. Palate is a touch more dischordant though still tasty. The body just hangs in there for a session brew, edging toward wateriness but never quite getting there. There's a distinctive grassy note on the palate, and it combines with the cilantro to form a really interesting flavor profile. Light tropical fruit and pine are thrown in for good measure. Again, really dig the novel flavor profile on this one. At times, it almost feels like it's going to veer a little too hollow, but then it somehow manages to pull it all together. Cool stuff!

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Photo of BigStein88
4.68/5  rDev +14.1%
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 rmcquade626
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
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 mnj21655
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can dated 9/30/15 poured into a tulip.

Pours a bright pale yellow/straw color with a finger of soapy white head. Nose starts strong buts fades away; predominantly hoppy with citrus, a touch of peach and some dank notes. Taste is mostly hoppy, peach and mango dominate, with dank and citrus notes in the background. A little bit of malt sweetness acts as a counterpoint to a low-medium bitterness. Good mouthfeel, light-medium body and moderate carbonation. Overall I found this to be above average but not too special, I don't find myself yearning for another. I don't think there are any major flaws here but this just doesn't quite suit my taste buds.

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Photo of brewmeister1984
4.67/5  rDev +13.9%
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 emount91
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a clear yellow color, lots of carbonation sticking to the sides of the glass. smell is fruity but light and semi-sweet. taste is surprisingly juicy but finishes dry. lots of citrus, grapefruit, with a little bit of lemon, but still pretty light tasting. pretty balanced at first, then the hops linger. very refreshing and easy to slam. love that they come in 16oz cans now.

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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 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. Bright golden-yellow 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; finishes 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 ONovoMexicano
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16 ounce can into a snifter. 9/2/15 canned date.

A- Whirlpool is one way of describing it. Wheat beer too. Cloudy grapefruit or mango juice. While sometimes I find these unfiltered beers quite appealing, in this case it's not particularly attractive. Pale white head, frothy and foamy is a plus. Shows good persistence and lace. 3.75

S- Notes of mango and melon and other juicy fruits. Problem is they're faint and feel watered down. They seduce my nose and fade just as quickly. This is a puff from a joint when I want some heroine in the vein. Nice but leaves me wanting. 3.75

T- Same impression I have from the nose. Some nice fruit profiles, pungent and sticky mango, pineapple and passionfruit, with touches of uncut grass and resin, but it's lacking oomph. It leaves me wanting a bit. 3.75

M- Light but in this case also a tad watery feeling. Light to moderate bitterness and a dry feel with some mineral qualities on the finish. 3.75

Not a bad light drinker, but almost too light since so much aroma and flavor seems lost.

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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 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 waughbrew
2.53/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Fresh from the brewery on 8/19/15. 4 pack of 16 oz. cans for $14.

Very cloudy pale yellow with a small white head, no lacing. Pretty cool and distinct aroma of bitter yellow grapefruit and not much else. Flavor follows suit, but with thin sizzly body, only a bit of honeyish malt presence, and an astringent finish, the cool hoppage from the aroma isn't balanced or complemented by anything. I know the alcohol is low, but I would still expect more body and malt presence from a 4.5% brew.

This is the second pack of this that I've tried, and I can't say I like it. One dimensional, thin, astringent, and very expensive.

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

16 oz can. Dull hazy light yellow color with white fizzy head. Mild fresh citrus peel aroma. Zesty, lemon and grapefruit peel with light cracker malt taste. Bitterness lasts awhile, maybe a bit long. Mouthfeel exceptionally soft for such a low ABV. Overall a light refreshing easy drinking pale ale with good hop zest. Would seek out again.

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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 hardysf
3.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dirty hazy pale yellow, maybe the color of lemon juice. Pours with a big head that dissipates extremely fast.

Smell is muted mango with some floral notes.

Taste is much stronger than the nose. Light and refreshing mango, lemon, and pineapple. Nearly could be confused with a light shandy.

Mouthfeel is nice. Crisp and refreshing. Good summer drinker here.

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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 mrz200
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a cloudy pale yellow, excellent nose and mouthfeel, but the taste just wasn't as full as I'd liked. Not waterey at all, definitely well crafted, I was just looking for more flavor.

Similar to MBC's Peeper but I think Peeper (and by a greater margin, Mo) outclass the Whirlpool. Still love these guys and can't wait to try more Night Shift!

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the brewery. Served in a snifter. Soft yellow body. Citrus aroma. Very tropical. Tastes very tropical as well. Light graininess. Light body and very drinkable. I’m digging this a lot.

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Whirlpool from Night Shift Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.