Bee Tea - Night Shift Brewing
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4.83/5 rDev +34.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Batch 9, 7-16-13, 8.5% ABV, was told at the brewery that they recently changed the tea they age it on.
Pour: Hazy copper with vigorous, but fading off-white head.
Aroma: Honey dominates the aroma with orange peel and a light hint of pepper. Sweet wheat malt and wildflower as well.
Taste: Nice creamy mouthfeel, sweet malt flavor, with a hint of hop bitterness. The tea flavor becomes apparent toward the end and int he aftertaste. Definitely some rooibos, lemongrass, and green tea in there with a hint of what could be maté. There’s a nice floral note from the tea, as well as undertones of chocolate. I like how the green tea bitterness balances with the hop bitterness. Has a nice finish, very refreshing.
Overall: Night Shift somehow found a way to combine two of my favorite things into one. I’ve had a few beers brewed with tea in the past, and tried homebrewing one myself, and all have disappointed. This one, however, doesn’t. This is the perfect union of tea and beer, and I wish I had more of it. Right now.
Serving type: bottle
08-20-2013 21:13:54 | More by asaharyev
4.21/5 rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
ABV: 8.5% Batch #: 9 Bottled on: 7/16/13 Dude at the brewery mentioned they used a new type of loose leaf tea.
A: Hazy and opaque, deep orange-brown with shades of copper. I like to think it's burnt sienna. Big, fluffy, pillowy, off-white head that settles into some good lace and a bit of retention.
S: Very herbal. Spicy, malty, rich, earthy, sweet, brown sugary, and definitely some loose leaf tea. But I also get some soy sauce and cured meats with a bit of smoke. Hmmmm...
T: Similar to the nose. Strong but balanced flavors that I really enjoy. Top notch for the style. Very little booze shows up. And you can discern the wheat. There's also a very slight hint of the orange peel and some honey. But maybe it's because I knew to look for them?
M: Rich, smooth, sweet, properly carbonated, and so easy to drink. I'd even call it refreshing. Can be a bit cloying after a while, though.
O: Perfect for drinking anytime but it really stands out to me as a fall brew. The flavors and the body call for a bit cooler weather. An outstanding beer by itself but even better for the style.
Serving type: bottle
08-24-2013 20:31:19 | More by Gatch
4.2/5 rDev +16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
The beer pours a pink-brown with orange highlights. The beer pours with a nice big head of medium sized, pebble-like, creamy yellow bubbles. The head leaves a lacing of small splotches along the side of my glass. In body, the beer is hazy and dark, sort of like a tea, which makes sense since tea was added to this beer… On the nose, the beer smells of sweet honey with a grassy, herbal flourish to the nose. Orange peel bitters and a touch of mint also come into the nose, buoyed by faint, caramelly malt with a touch of Belgian esters. On the tongue, the beer tastes sweet with bitter, tannic touch on the sides and a slight tart pucker from the citrus. In flavor, the beer begins bitter with hops, but then opens into creamy honey with accents of citrus that build into bitter orange peel in the finish. Tannic green tea slides across the middle palate and the finish is sweet with honey, citrus, and a light minty herbal flavor. Candied caramel malt sits below everything else as a nice base to the beer. There is a light booziness to the beer, which blends well with the other flavors. Aftertaste is light and herbal. In the mouth, the beer feels on the heavy side of medium in body, with a prickly carbonation that works to scrub away the heavier sweetness in the beer, while not harming the tongue at all. The mouth is left with a light scrim of stickiness, dry and begging for more drink. Overall, this is a terrifically complex beer that marries its ingredients nicely. A true summer delight.
Serving type: bottle
08-02-2013 23:22:49 | More by Maxwell
4.18/5 rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Growler from their brewery, a shining beacon in the middle of the 6th ring of gnarly warehouse hell!
Golden-orange amber pour with a finely laced just offwhite head, looks beautiful.
Nose of sweet floral honey and a hint of the tangy orange additions.
Taste is sweet honey front and center, with the tangy-sweet orange following it in short order, before finishing beautifully dry and astringent from the green tea. The tea lingers on the palate with the honey, in a bitter-sweet medley of awesome. Perfect malt backbone, lightly toasted.
Mouthfeel as silky smooth as can be throughout, the result of wheat certainly, and perhaps the honey. Sweet silkiness hides the 8% abv.
I'm loving this beer, and Night Shift's unique approach to melding classic styles. Their approach reminds me of Element Brewery of Millers Falls - both refuse to adhere to a single style, but combine disparate styles into something memorable. Night Shift has the unique ingredient niche cornered with this and their other brews - utilizing habaneros, green tea, lemongrass and ginger, just a grab bag of ingredients seen in their other styles.
Serving type: growler
08-30-2012 00:43:34 | More by thatbentleyguy
4.1/5 rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from the tap at the brewery on September 8th, 2012.
This beer was amber in colour with a hint of orange and an off-white head that settled quickly. The smell was very sweet and floral with a nice earthiness to it and hints of orange peel. The taste was pretty in-line with the smell... A slight sweet and citrus flavour initially, finishing with a jasmine tea earthiness. Very refreshing.
Would I buy it again? Absolutely.
Serving type: on-tap
12-01-2012 21:19:40 | More by NilocRellim
4.08/5 rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Drank on-tap at Flatbread Company, Somerville, MA
Served in a pint glass
Hazy, glowing, orangey-amber in appearance. The liquid was topped by a small, creamy, off-white head that quickly fell to a clingy ring.
The nose was unique and quite pleasant. Floral, slightly fruity, jasmine tea-like notes came through strong. Lots of honey. Some orange peel was detectible as well.
The flavor profile was also quite distinct. Jasmine tea was most noticeable. Citrus notes appeared in the center. Biscuity malts showed up on the back end. This beer looked and tasted more like an amber ale with flavor added than a wheat ale. Lots of sweet honey notes. The finish was dry and tannic and seemed to contain a green tea-like flavor. No hops were detectible. At 8% ABV, I was amazed by how remarkably well the alcohol was buried.
The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy with an ultra fine, medium effervescence.
This is the first Night Shift beer that I have sampled and I was quite impressed. I look forward to trying their other releases.
Serving type: on-tap
07-12-2012 05:26:49 | More by Damian
4.03/5 rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I found this bottle at Pemberton Farms - Cambridge MA.
750 ml w/ cork and cage. Handwritten! Batch #1, B.D. 3-8-12.
Solid carbonation/roaring cork. Immediately smells of wheat and banana yeast. Orange zest really comes through. Also hints of booze. Kind of crazy smelling.
Pours a murky darker orange color. (I was very conscious not to stir up the yeast.) Its very light colored yet completely opaque. Looks kind of like fresh squeezed apple cider, with a creamy cream colored head. Head does a decent job of lacing the glass.
Incredibly earthy flavors from tea, honey and yeast. Yeast lends a fruity banana/berry character. Citrus flavors from zest and hops most likely. I keep getting new flavors as I sip on and my palate adjusts.
Acidic from high carbonation, but smooth for the 8% ABV. Belgian yeast and wheat content really soften the blow of high alcohol. Very pleasant mouthfeel.
Truly scary looking, but highly drinkable. I'm all about trying "new" beer, and this is completely unique. I've never had a single beverage like it. And the three brewers from this company are great guys, and that doesn't hurt in my book. Best of luck fellas!
Serving type: bottle
03-26-2012 22:51:09 | More by mlazzaro
Bee Tea from Night Shift Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.