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Whirlpool - Night Shift Brewing

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Reviews: 79
Hads: 686
Avg: 4.12
pDev: 24.51%
Wants: 54
Gots: 156 | 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: 79 | Hads: 686
Photo of emount91
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
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 +2.7%
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 +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Outstanding pale ale. 4.5% ABV with a profile this big? Shit yes. 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. Outstanding from start to finish.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.75/5  rDev -9%
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 +5.1%
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 +8.7%
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 -38.6%
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 +2.9%
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 -2.7%
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 -0.5%
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 -8.5%
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
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | 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 -3.4%
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 -4.1%
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 Slatetank
3.64/5  rDev -11.7%
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 fulcrumbs
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
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 MyThoughtsExactly
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
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 Jwale73
3.63/5  rDev -11.9%
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 tone77
3.74/5  rDev -9.2%
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 Hiwattowner
3.2/5  rDev -22.3%
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 mynie
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
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 donkeyrunner
3.65/5  rDev -11.4%
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 ScaryEd
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, bright yellow color with a small bubbly white head.

The aroma is piney with notes of citrus and sweet malt. Not an overpowering aroma in the slightest but it's pleasant nonetheless.

The taste is much like the nose. Slightly bitter with notes of orange, grapefruit and pine, with the cracker malt character holding everything together. The flavors are good, but nothing really stands out.

The mouth is medium-light bodied with good carbonation. Extremely dry with a lingering bitterness on the aftertaste.

Overall, a solid pale ale with nothing that really sets it apart from other pale ales out there.

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Photo of buzzy_mannion2
4.12/5  rDev 0%
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 hail_seitan
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
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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Whirlpool from Night Shift Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.