Harborside - Night Shift Brewing

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Ratings: 141
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 4
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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Night Shift Brewing visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Gose |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Beer added by: Jslay013 on 05-23-2014

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Ratings: 141 | Reviews: 11
Reviews by LittleDon:
Photo of LittleDon
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

13 oz pour in a goblet at Row 34 8/3/2014. Color somewhere between straw and golden, pours cloudy and opaque. Filmy head. The aroma is a bit muted with sour fruit and seaside tones. Slightly tart twang, the saltiness is barely perceptible. Finishes with a bit of funk. Light body and carbonation.

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Photo of cbutova
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to my cousin Sonny for inadvertently gifting this bottle to me.

Night Shift Harborside

A- Semi-murky pour from the 750ml to four pint glasses to share. A white cap rises up to half a finger with a foamy texture and decent retention. A thick ring deposits seldom spots of lace.

S- Lactic acid bacteria and coriander saturate the nasal passages. Lemony, tart and full of that floral coriander spiciness.

T- Really quite salty here, more so than the recent Gose I have had. Lactic sourness is quite high with a vinegar feel at the same time which is unique to this brew from other examples of the style I've tried. Something like green apples and tomatoes beyond the earthy lactic profile. Coriander comes out beyond all of this.

MF- Light-medium bodied for the style with a foamy, puffy medium-high carbonation. Finishes quite sour after you get through a few sips.

Seems like Night Shift has their lacto chops down but lacks in the quality control/consistency department of some of their other brews. Berliners and now Gose from Night Shift have all been good so far, lactic excellence. Only thing that turns me off is the build up of that vinegar feel towards the end of my glass.

Photo of angrybabboon
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Review from notes dated 8/2/14

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

A: Pours a hazy, solid, dark gold - virtually no head, but some off-white carbonation around the edges - the lack of carbonation seems fitting for the style (or at least for the salt)

S: Pale malts, pale grains, and straight-up salt - spicy, earthy, salt water - some sour aromas, tartness, and straight-up weirdness - something akin to chlorine - salty wheat crackers

T: Nicely salty - some serious coriander and salt without actually going over the top - actually refreshing, does not taste like drinking the ocean - nice level of sourness, funk, tart - a blend of lactic and acidic sour - tartness lingers along with the salt, asking you to take another sip

M: Medium body, super low carbonation, a puckering quality that lingers

O: Pronounced "hah-buh-side"

According to my notes, "This beer is tasty, give it a good score." This really is one of, it not the best, examples of a Gose I have ever had. It's nicely sour and tart, and it's not so salty that I felt sick afterward (thanks, stomach). This is worth seeking out.

Photo of rlee1390
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%

A-Semi clear, not much carbonation or head and what head there is doesn't last long.

S-Citrus, orange, lemon, salt, spice and I guess what you could call oysters but not much of it.

T-Starts with a citrus tartness, lemon and orange. Then the salt hits yous balancing the beer out. A tad bit of grassy spice sneaks in. The oysters are not really present but I don't care.

M-Lighter, dry and rather crisp.

O-Goses are wonderful that is all you need to know. This is another yummy one.

Photo of chet4
3/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Blahh It wasn't anything special

Photo of Ken_P
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%

Excited to see this one in bottles. Had heard great things about it just hadn't been able to make it out to the brewery. I've seen Gose recommended as the beer to pair with oysters. So this pairing is quite smart, lets see how it plays out.

750 mL bottle, quite fresh bottled on 9/9/14 poured hard into a weizen glass. 2 fingers of fine white bubbly head which dissipates quickly leaving a fine white ring at the the edge of the glass. Pale yellow - similar to a ripe banana in color.

Smell is consistent with the style. Wheat, salt, a hint of berry sweetness. I'm reluctant to say fishy or smells like oysters as that wouldn't be completely accurate. More a fleshy note like raw chicken - as gross as that sounds imagine if this was a good thing.

Right off the bat a smack of sweetness followed by salty and lemony acid. Taste is reminscent of apple cider vinegar. A lot more flavor than I'm used to with Gose; certainly more sour.

Although the carbonation can be seen in the glass it's masked by the salt in the mouth. General feel is light with a slight burn in the throat when swallowed.

Overall, I'm very impressed. Whether it was the oysters or simply their interpretation of the style, it packs more of a punch than your standard Gose. The oysters are present in the smell but not in the taste which is perfectly fine with me. One thing I can't seem to find is the corriander, not missing it though.

A-4 S-4.25 T- 4.25 MF- 3.75 O- 4.25 = 4.1

Photo of Kurmaraja
3.56/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The incredible lacto tartness and builds up of vinegar flavor is a negative. Any real oyster flavors or aromas are overwhelmed. Subtlety is not in night shift's repertoire.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy straw yellow with a tiny cap and collar. Mild carbonation on the pour. Head drops to a tiny cap in short order with almost no lacing.

Smell: The ocean. Deep salty with a rocky minerality. Lemon juice and lemon zest with a sharp citric bite. Deep briny shellfish. Loaded with lemon and something that reminds me of chlorine. Very mild pale malt sweetness. Some mild bread elements as well. Some serious lactic push through the back.

Taste: Briny. Salt. Lemon juice and zest. Pale malt sweetness with some mild bready elements. Finishes salty with a slid citric bite right up front. The middle of the sip has some slight lactic pushes as to be expected from Night Shift. Deep salty ocean water with rocks, shellfish, and a super clean finish. Some oyster liquor. Tons of lemon juice, zest, and flesh. It all balances. Finishes with a snap of dry salt on the back of everything.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body with a moderate carbonation. Clean finish. A bit astringent.

Overall: Better than a day at the beach.

It's a gose but not. Tons of lemon and a healthy dose of salt. Unique and well played.

Photo of Kreit215
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Decent, a lot of flavors going on, tart

Photo of PHBoiler
3.03/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

As soon as the bottle opened you could smell a harsh acidity and tartness. The beer followed that to a tee. There was a nice brininess to the body of the beer and it was carbed well. It was just above and beyond the level of sour that I expect from a gose. The sour level was challenging rather than quenching.

Photo of kylehay2004
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

What a complex brew. I haven't written a review in a while. I decided I rather had then stare at my phone while with friends trying beers. Felt compelled to write something to recall this one later. Aroma is very sweet but not overly so with notes of pineapple, orange, salt, wet towels and flavor following with salt, more wet towel, perfectly tart citrus, lemon pepper and coriander. Gotta try this one.

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Harborside from Night Shift Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.