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Whirlpool - Night Shift Brewing

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Reviews: 81
Hads: 702
Avg: 4.13
pDev: 24.21%
Wants: 55
Gots: 159 | 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: 702
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 Hyptochrons
4.41/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this at five horses tavern in Somerville MA. pretty impressed with this one. its light, crisp, and refreshing... good citrus character. goes down very very easy, which is great because of how tasty it is. i love when sessionabe ales like this are able to provide both interesting flavor and superior drinkability. I would definitely recommend this beer!

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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 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 Dopen993
3.86/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can into tulip. 11/25/15.

L. Straw with a hint of orange. Light haze with 1 finger head.
S. Lemon and citrus with hints of tropical. Floral and a bit of spice too.
T. Lots of lemon, very dry with a light hop finish.
F. Nice carbonation a light mouthfeel. Very easy on the checks.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz can poured into a pint glass.

A: Dull, pale straw color. Light haze. Large-bubbled and rocky white head retains very well. Ample stickage of clumpy lacing.

S: Lemony spritz, melon rind, floral, pithy, lightly peppery, tropical. Bone dry carjacker malt base.

T: Tart and juicy peach right up front, as if biting right into the fruit. Mango. Melon rind. Peppery and herbal. Ultra dry crackery malt base. Bitterness is tame. Pithy and juicy hops on the quick and dry finish.

M: Light bodied with a light creaminess. Aggressive scrubbing carbonation.

O: Tart, juicy, peachy, quaffable. It's a sexy thing to reach for when you want something sessionable. It's juicy and slightly tart nature in particular make it very attractive.

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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 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 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 kalosjakar
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Looks like lemonade in the glass.
Cloudy straw yellow with a light fluffy head.

Citrus, fruity hop smells coming thru.

I love this, a very light beer with a huge hop profile.

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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 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 StoutElk_92
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. can dated 12/9/15

Pours a foggy pale yellow with a white foam head. Smells like peaches, pineapple, mango, tropical citrus, with some grassy hop notes. Taste is tangy, with pineapple, mango, peach, and some citrus zing, with an herbal hop hit in the aftertaste. It feels juicy with the right amount of dryness to have you quenching for more. Light-medium body with moderate carbonation. Overall a great, not too bitter pale ale with fresh tropical fruit notes.

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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 Sheppard
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy golden straw. It looks quite creamy, despite a lack of head. Some pineapple and mango aroma. There is less of that tropical fruit and more melon in flavor. Some grassy was on the finish. Slightly harsh. Still very drinkable.

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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 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 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 darktronica
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
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 +1.9%
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 +2.9%
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 Gemmell
2.39/5  rDev -42.1%
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 -0.7%
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 +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 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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Whirlpool from Night Shift Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.