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Whirlpool - Night Shift Brewing

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Reviews: 52
Hads: 570
Avg: 4.1
pDev: 26.59%
Wants: 43
Gots: 114 | FT: 3
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: 52 | Hads: 570
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 Hiwattowner
3.2/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Very thin body. Hazy, murky yellow color bordering on soupy. Lemony, zesty taste. Poor tasting thin beer during cold months. Comes more alive as a refreshing beer during hot, sunny days.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to EnronCFO for the opportunity to try this one. 12oz. can served in a shaker pint. Pours a hazy, orange-gold with a loose, half-inch, bright white head that eventually settles into a consistent slick. Nose is subtle but pleasant - citrus notes and pale malts. Taste consistent with nose; however, it's a bit dull and the grain bill is a bit too forward. Mouthfeel is light in body with a lively carbonation that leaves a residual prickle across the roof of the mouth between quaffs. There's also a kiss of acidity to the mix. Overall, a decent APA but really not all that much happening here.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.64/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I enjoyed this can courtesy of tenderbranson69, poured chilled in a tumbler.

The color is golden with very thick hazed appearance and quick settling white head with fine bead and no lace. The smell is tangy with juicy smell of citrus fruit and grassy herbal odor with mild yeast ester and light spice. The feel is tangyand juicy with spicy hop texture and medium carbonation level with slight malt in middle and peppery finish with moderately low sweetness.

The taste is tangy with citrus quality of hops up front with an herbal and astringent almost vegetal hop taste in the peripheral with tropical yet slight celery accent and mild yeast flavor with peppery bitter and dry finish. Overall I would drink this again, good flavor with modest amount of hops and sessionable quality with decent drinkability for the style.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Niles

Pale opaque hay color with a thin white head. Night Shift owl looks like Shadowhawk on the silver and black can.

Smells a little musty, wheaty with with peach and citrus. High carbonation and tongue sticking citrus pith resin is my impression upon first sip. Grapefruit and lime initially but it's the peach that sticks on the tongue for a few seconds. Malt doesn't do much other than hold the hops but it works. With the citrus and high carbonation it's not unlike Fresca.

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Photo of tone77
3.74/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A big thanks to the founding father of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a whitish/golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of peaches, citrus, hops. Taste is grapefruit, peaches, hops, medium bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a tasty and smooth beer.

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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 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 Stevedore
3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2014 can into Lawson's snifter 8/26/2014.

A- Beautiful banana pear yellow body, one finger foamy white head, good retention time. Very nice shade of yellow. [4.25]

S- Citrus, oranges, peaches, nectarines. Slight amount of bread pale malt, a bit of grassy hops, but for the most part it smacks of tropical fruit. [4]

F- Grassy hop flavors, tangy orange pulp, nectarine skin. Overall, the fruit flavours aren't as vibrant on the palate as it is in the nose. [3.75]

M- Thinner bodied but not in a bad way. Easy to drink, not bitter at all, but does feel a bit bland on the finish, presumably from the less malt for the 4.3% ABV. [3.75]

O- Lighter bodied with a lot of fruity hops in the aroma, but a bit light on the flavour, even for a session pale ale. [3.75]

Final score 3.825

Appearance 5%
Aroma 20%
Taste 45%
Mouthfeel 10%
Overall 20%

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Photo of BarrytheBear
3.89/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Really enjoyed the hop profile but the body is so light and watery that there's no real depth. Fun beer that could be very good with a bulked up body.

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Photo of tigg924
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Taste is grapefruit, peach, lemon, tangerine, and rind. A super juicy and citrusy ale. I have others I prefer in the style, but this is a quality beer. I would pick this one up again.

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Photo of smcolw
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks like a pale wheat beer--whitish-straw color. Very cloudy. Relatively small head, but it leaves a moderate amount of spotty lace.

Fresh, floral hop smell. A bit of grapefruit--attractive.

A hop head's APA. The grassy, very pale malt shows up briefly. The hop is more bitter and biting than anything else. The body is a bit on the thin side. The carbonation is high.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Hazyish dark straw gold. head is bright-white and creamy. Starts off with a solid head, but drops to a small wispy cap and slightly thicker creamy collar in short order. Some splotches and streaks of lacing. Moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Really soft malt base with a touch of powdery American yeast and a mildly sweet pale malt base. A bit of snappy cracker and some mildly bready elements, but it's all very mild. Hops hit big to juicy tropical fruit with a ton of peach, some mango, and a bit of melon and tangerine. Big dry-hop presence. Some minor pithy elements add a small backing bitterness but it's quickly covered over by the super juicy fruit aromas. Just delightful.

Taste: Peach. Lots of peach...or as much as you can have in a relatively mellow beer. Some more pronounced backing bitterness that comes across as pithy. Mellow malt backbone throws some mild bread crust and a bit more cracker. Mild pale malt sweetness adds a nice balance to the hops, but it's still a hop-forward beer. Lingering pine needle bitterness with a big juicy hop element that drops away quickly. A bit of grapefruit and tangerine as well. It's tropical without pushing the sugary sweetness that can accompany juicy tropical hops.

Mouthfeel: Mediumish body with a moderate carbonation. Clean and a touch crisp on the finish.

Overall: I can't get Daisy Cutter, so this will do nicely.

If this actually hits cans (that's the plan last I heard), I'll keep it in my fridge for everyday drinking. A mellow, hoppy pale ale from NE? Yes, it exists and this is it.

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Photo of Florida9
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Slightly cloudy, very light pastel pale yellow in color. Forms a fairly large fluffy bright white head that falls quite quickly, leaving about a quarter inch or so of foam on the top. Lots and lots of lacing. Aroma is quite pleasant. Juicy tropical fruit, peach, orangey citrus, and a mild bit of bread. However, the taste falls off. Lightly sweet and somewhat watery blend of fruits. Peaches, orange, and unripe papaya. Lighter body, medium carbonation, low bitterness.

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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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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 HopDeezy
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Opaque yellow 1/4 inch white head

S - earthy citrus, apricot, peach. Strong nose for such a light pale

T - Peach, mango, citrus all the way with a little light pine

M - light, smooth, juicy, light to moderate carbonation with a slightly hoppy/chalky finish.

O - best 4.3% ABV beer I've ever had. Absolutely crushable. Reminds me a less hoppy, less complex version of Kane Head High IPA with the noticeable peach leading the way on aroma and taste. Wish it had a little more ABV though. 5.5-6% would be perfect.

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Photo of AirBob
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Notes from 8/27. Poured from a can.

A - 3 fingers of white, frothy head which quickly dissipates. Body is a hazy grapefruit-rind yellow with a touch of pink.

S - Peach and citrus (grapefruit) and maybe some pineapple.

T - Peach, pineapple-like sweetness with some tart lemon and grapefruit. Delicate but flavorful and well balanced

M - Light, thin body. Medium carb. Slightly sticky finish for such a low abv. brew.

O - Solid session APA. Tons of great flavors and smells for something so small. I'd drink this all summer, but for the price pt.

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

Cheers to Goblinmunkey for hooking me up with some cans

Consumed 10/9/14

A: Lightly hazy honey gold with some tangerine hues - pours with a medium-sized, white head, fades to a wispy cap, leaves a few nice streaks of lacing

S: Decidedly light and mild - some nice citrus aromas - floral tangerine and some grapefruit - very peachy, although I would describe it more as an under-ripe, slightly tart peach or nectarine - some melon, cantaloupe, and other light hints of tropical flavors - light, bready malts, light crackers

T: Like peach slices on crackers, except much less weird and much more refreshing - light citrus, floral grapefruit and ripe tangerine flesh - prominent peach flavor - again, lightly under-ripe, almost tart - nice array of light, but interesting, tropical fruit flavors in the back including melon, mango, maybe some pineapple - very light malts, with some white bread and light crackers - some hints of yeast and mild bitterness, finishes very dry with minimal sweetness

M: Light body, nicely carbonated, smooth, extremely drinkable

O: You can actually drink this fast enough to create a whirlpool in your mouth

Night Shift has been increasing in prominence on my radar due to their consistently interesting sour and funky creations. But this is very different; it's a super-drinkable pale ale. Nailed it.

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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 johnnnniee
4.02/5  rDev -2%
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!

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Photo of brentk56
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a goldenstraw color with a very impressive head that leaves patchy lace all over the pint glass

Smell: Floral, citrus, tropical fruit and a subtle hint of peach

Taste: Clean malt backbone to display the hops right off the bat, with citrus, tropical fruit and peach flavors; the bright hops continue to dominate from start to finish

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation; somewhat aqueous

Overall: Another very nice session ale, with the ABV dialed down just a little too low to prevent the aqueous character

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Photo of MyThoughtsExactly
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of ColdOneKev
4.06/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Whirlpool from Night Shift Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.