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Viva Habanera - Night Shift Brewing

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BA SCORE
85
very good

208 Ratings
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Ratings: 208
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.76%
Wants: 14
Gots: 26 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Night Shift Brewing visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Rye ale with agave nectar and habanero peppers

(Beer added by: Jason on 04-30-2012)
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Ratings: 208 | Reviews: 24 | Display Reviews Only:
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

03-24-2014 19:31:36 | More by djrn2
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

05-31-2014 23:46:09 | More by acurtis
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

05-28-2014 20:20:04 | More by Texasfan549
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.8%

10-27-2013 19:36:25 | More by Knapp85
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Big fluffy foamy head, hazy dark maroon slight orange color.

Nose nice pepper, light sweet malts, little fruity candy, light candy malt sugar, hint caramel, bit earthy.

Taste plenty of hot pepper, hot pepper, sweet candy malts, caramel, toasty reddish malts, light candy reddish malt, hint fruity yeast additions, light fruity hops. Lots of hot pepper that builds, sweet finish, lots of hot pepper finish.

Mouth is med bod, lighter carb.

Well the beer delivers the hot pepper, decent beer to go with it, but nothing too special or crazy.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2013 16:29:25 | More by jlindros
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

First had: on tap at Night Shift

Rusty brown pour with a thin off-white head. Aroma of caramel malts, mild peppery spice, light fruit notes. The taste was pretty mellow for a habanero beer, nice pale malt and honey/agave sweetness up front, toasty grains, green pepper, followed by some hot pepper prickle that was kept in check by the sweeter elements, making for a pretty smooth mouthfeel overall. Medium-bodied and quite enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

02-23-2013 23:01:55 | More by Rifugium
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SocalKicks

California

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

06-03-2014 07:33:39 | More by SocalKicks
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oline73

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -14%

03-28-2014 02:52:15 | More by oline73
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beernads

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

09-12-2013 20:09:32 | More by beernads
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

4/5  rDev +5.8%

03-24-2014 04:15:23 | More by oriolesfan4
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duceswild

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

03-26-2014 01:53:54 | More by duceswild
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rab53

Washington

2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

03-16-2013 02:04:44 | More by rab53
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Kelp

New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev -14%

04-29-2013 06:31:15 | More by Kelp
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +19%

06-03-2012 17:39:31 | More by PEIhop
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GraduatedCashew

California

2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

09-23-2013 16:37:25 | More by GraduatedCashew
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly murky deep reddish brown color with a huge off white head that persists forever leaving moderate lace on the way down. Smells of spicy rye and peppery yeast phenols with a sweet lightly bready and caramel malt base with a hint of dark fruit. I can't find any peppers in the nose, they must be subtle. The flavor is sweet and malty up front with spice and rye providing balance. I found the pepper and it comes in lightly in the middle and lingers long into the finish. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet spicy mouthfeel. Nice brew, I could have used a bit more pepper but I enjoyed it just the same.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2012 20:40:46 | More by johnnnniee
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Batch 11

Poured from a 750ml into a snifter, the beer is a dark, vibrant, ruby color with a frothy, light, off-white head that starts a robust two inches and rapidly settles into a sparse, filmy coating. Smells a bit like a big quad...Belgian-like yeast characteristics, both fruity and floral, with a touch of pepper at the end. Flavors of mild roasted grain, but only for a split second because that's how long it takes for the sizzling burn to set in on your tongue and mouth. Very subtle to start, but this fire builds. Very good, as it doesn't overpower or sacrifice the flavor for the heat. The more you drink you start to get more Belgian characteristics, with a bit of yeast funk again, as well as some farmhouse spicing. The rye definitely gives a nice roasty and even grain backbone, and that pepper just keeps on coming. By the end of the palate, the pepper adds flavor as well as heat. Spicy, hot aftertaste, with touches of the grain bill once again. Clean and light in mouth, which helps keep things sharp overall. Smooth, clean finish. Interesting brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2013 00:29:56 | More by GarthDanielson
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

01-28-2014 00:34:10 | More by HuskyinPDX
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -20.6%

10-11-2013 12:40:34 | More by ShanePB
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thagr81us

South Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to beeruser for sharing this one at a past Random Sunday Tasting! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured red-orange with a minimal off-white head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, earth, spice, pepper, chipotle, and relish. The flavor was of sweet malt, relish, earth, pickle, pepper, and salt. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. Oh great, another pepper spiced beer what could possibly go wrong based on my past experiences? Actually this one actually was quite good and well balanced. The pepper aspect was definitely there, but it did not destroy your palate and stomp it into the mud. There was quite a bit else going on that helped to cut the heat and actually balance out the flavors that were present. A huge surprise since I have always hated life after drinking brews like this in the past. Definitely worth your time trying this one if you are a fan of the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2013 11:59:56 | More by thagr81us
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rudzud

Massachusetts

3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Reviewed from notes.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a nice lightly hazy light brown with a two finger light tan head that fades to leave nice solid lacing.

S - Ehh...light rye, super super faint habanero. Pretty much that's it. This was MUCH more potent on tap at the brewery.

T - Taste is similar to the nose unfortunately. More light rye, some sweet honey and malts, finish is light habanero flesh. Again, it is not that hot at all. Fairly disappointing.

M - Mouthfeel is rather thin/watery with light carbonation.

O - Overall, this is just okay. It was so much better on tap at the brewery. On tap it was potent and delicious, this is just a weary version.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2013 19:41:36 | More by rudzud
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enelson

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.8%

03-10-2013 22:27:39 | More by enelson
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lordofthewiens

Maine

3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This was a pretty beer. In a snifter it was a clear cherry amber color with virtually no head.

A spicy/peppery aroma. Grain. Faint hops.

Mostly a peppery taste. Some rye. Late hops.

I thought this was nicely spiced. Tangy, but not overdone. I had this with a Mexican salad (beans, peppers, onions, etc) and thought it complimented the entrée well.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2013 22:25:37 | More by lordofthewiens
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BGsWo22

New York

4/5  rDev +5.8%

05-22-2014 12:12:27 | More by BGsWo22
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.54/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: moderate-high carbonation, 1/3 inch head, hazy, red-brown in color

Smell: caramel and light pepper

Taste: big caramel, rye, and lots of peppery heat at the end

Mouthfeel: sweet with a great deal of heat, medium-light body, moderate carbonation

Overall: The caramel and rye base of this beer is very tasty. However this is about as hot a beer that I have ever had. The taste is good but may be a bit much for some people and is fairly one note after the initial caramel. This is a quality beer to get every now and again, but I could not imagine myself drinking a full bomber by myself.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 17:51:24 | More by tigg924
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Viva Habanera from Night Shift Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 208 ratings.