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Whirlpool - Night Shift Brewing

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Reviews: 56
Hads: 582
Avg: 4.1
pDev: 25.85%
Wants: 46
Gots: 115 | FT: 3
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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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Photo of buzzy_mannion2
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
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 +3.9%
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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Photo of M_chav
4.54/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is an underrated pale ale - very tropical and bursting with ripe fruit flavors. so crushable, probably the lower abv but dang this is really great, would love to have a sixer of this near a lake with nothing to do. Lots of sweet clementine/star fruit flavors. Get on board people, would put this up against the best Pale Ales out there in a blind taste test and I bet this would fit right in

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Photo of Svenson89
4.68/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Grabbed a 4-pack of cans after going back for 2nds of the Morph IPA (which they were all out of after 2 days!) So i decided to give this one a shot.

Look: Crisp, white 2-finger head that dissipates rather quickly. Super hazy, one of the haziest Ive seen even compared to a witbier. The color is an opaque almost pineapple juice shade. very interesting!

Smell: Fruity with strong mango, peach and grapefruit notes right from the start. It smells delicious!

Taste: I get a little bit of the mango coming through with a nice hop bite. very well balanced and extremely drinkable. finishes a bit of an grapefruit/orange character to it.

Feel: very crisp and wet, with good carbonation.

Overall: I was extremely pleased with my 2nd offering from Night Shift. Definitely very session-able, the mango/peach up front with the grapefruit orange finish blends very well and is complex enough to keep every sip interesting. I just wish we had gotten more of them! Definitely one of (if not) the best APA's i've had the pleasure of trying.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.49/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

poured on tap

A: super hazy murky yellow with a pretty decent head

S: Mango tangerines some that like BO smell

T: vibrant and juicy lots of amazing juicy tangerine and melon tastes

M: medium to the lighter side maybe a hair watery

O: This is an excellent beer it's he hands down best session ale I've ever tasted it's something you could drink a ton of and still be smiling when you are done.

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Photo of gonzo000
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really like this beer. It has a cloudy yellow color that you can see a bit of light through. There was a 2 finger head that settled into a think layer of foam floating on the top. The smell is of citrus hops, juicy as advertised. Sweet hoppy flavor rules the day. This would be an excellent summertime beer with the low abv. Smooth with a hoppy bite at the end. Great stuff.

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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 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 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 Duhast500
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz. can into a La Fin Du Monde tulip glass.

The color is hazy yellow with some orange highlights and two fingers of foamy white head that leaves a thick white film on the glass.

The smell is piney with the hops being the first thing that is detectable. There is a pithy aroma of citrus fruits in the nose as well with slight grapefruit and a touch of lime. There is a sweetness coming off the aroma that stays in the nose for a moment like an aftertaste. A nice bouquet of floral hops here in the nose.

The taste is hoppy but subtle and lets the fruity flavor takes the wheel as you are guided into a lemon flavor that pops at the first turn then leads into a earthy character that has some nice malt character letting things balance slightly as mellow hops flavor comes back into frame to meet you on the way out at the end. There even some berry flavors that come out as you sip this beer, light green grape flavor skirts the edges till you dig deeper into this beer and they appear.

The feel of this beer is medium to light with a really thirst quenching body that goes down easy. This is fantastic, a session ale with an ABV lower than 5% but still manages to give up the good with flavor and fantastic feel.


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Photo of guezarka
5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A magnificently hopped beer. Very different than a lot of the watered down session crap that other breweries are churning out there. Crushable, but actually something that you want to savor.

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Photo of Greggio
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I really like this one. Smells like Christmas tree/ juniper to me. The taste has a bit of it, but also has a nice grapefruit aftertaste without being overly bitter.
Not much of a head with moderate carbonation. A very good beer overall.

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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 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 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 galwayjoyce
5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am a buyer in the liquor industry. I do not know how I have gone until today not knowing about this beer.
Drank from can, and hit with overwhelming peach, grapefruit, and tangerine flavors.

The 4.3 ABV lends to the drinkability, without tasting watered down.

I poured about 1/4 into a small tasting glass--Almost dayglo yellow, with light head and lacing.
I have had the white whale of ale-dom, and this stands toe-to toe with Alchemist--this is not hyperbole--I signed up for BA to rate this beer.

Considering that Night Shift is only entering their 3rd year, I am expecting great things to accompany the likes of Whirlpool, Morph, Viva Habenera...

The Grapefruit Sculpin I tried just before, just got blown out of the water.

One of the best PA's I have ever tasted--get FRESH--mine was a week old.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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