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Whirlpool - Night Shift Brewing

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65 Reviews
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Reviews: 65
Hads: 624
Avg: 4.1
pDev: 25.85%
Wants: 53
Gots: 125 | 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: 624
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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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 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 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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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 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 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 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 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 Flounder57
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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