Night Shift Brewing

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Belgian IPA
4.03 | pDev: 6.95%
Night Shift Brewing
Massachusetts, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 33
Photo of portia99
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked & caged bottle (Batch #2, 9.1% ABV, bottled on 11/21/13) poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A - Pours a deep amber color with some orangey highlights. Decent clarity and a fluffy 2 fingers of tan foam with good staying power. Lots of webby lacing left on the glass as the head slowly fades away.

S - Thick resiny hop aroma. Spicy hops with some cool wintergreen, cloves, pine and tropical fruit aromas of mango and pineapple.. Sweet malty base, caramelly. Smells "heavy" overall - gives the impression of a thick and dense beer.

T - Spicy hop character up front with clovey Belgian yeast character, plenty of fruity esters and a firm hop bitterness that is crisp and sharp on the tongue. Strong notes of resiny pine hops and some slightly muted citrus flavors in the background.

M - Herbal, spicy/clovey, sharply bitter. Medium body with a foamy and lightly fizzy medium/high carbonation. Hop bitterness lingers far past each swallow. Spicy and estery Belgian yeast character throughout.

O - Nice Belgian DIPA. Alcohol is well hidden, even at over 9%. Really well defined Belgian yeast flavors and some pungent hop character that is thick with sticky and resiny pine. Perhaps the single hop variety limits the dimensional possibilities, but this is well done and a very good DIPA. I wouldn't put it at the very top of my list in this category, but a very solid entry for sure. Another winner from the guys at Night Shift.

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Photo of BastardFromABasket
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A vigorous pour resulted in a thick, off-white head about 1 inch high. Moderate lacing. Medium-light brown in color with some turbidy. Looks like hop bits floating around. Aroma from bottle had nice potent hoppiness. Tasted of biscuit with a nice, spicy hop bitterness up front followed a piney resin at the end. Very good.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark, cloudy amber with a big shower scum retention. Aroma and flavor worthy of an entire nation of Chinook. Piney grapefruit with some tobacco leafy spice is all over this beer. Dank, resiny mouthfeel. Perfect bitter offsets the sweet cracker-like malt.

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Photo of GJ40
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sampled from a 750ml bottle. Thanks surge1311.

A - Amber and hazy with a big white head that lasts forever.

S - Earthy and piney with black pepper and caramel.

T - Piney with a firm and lingering bitterness. Also bready, toasted malts that try to balance the hops but fall short. Enjoyable. No off flavors but I'm not sure chinook hops alone can make a great IPA.

M - Seems a bit thin but a moderately high carbonation of fine bubbles is the likely source.

O - A tasty beer and an interesting single hop experiment; especially bringing together the Belgian yeast and American hops.

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Photo of Guess2814
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Yesterday I payed a visits to The Night Shift Brewery. The first question I ask was, "have you been working on any IPA's lately". The answer I got was "yes, we have a Double IPA called chinooknation". I said may I try a 4oz glass. The smell was nice and Hoppy. If you like Double IPAs this is the one to try. The second I finished the 4oz glass. It was a must that I have a 11oz glass. Wow! This is a GREAT BEER! I left the brewery after the 11oz glass. Two hours later I came back with a friend and the wife and cousin.. I had to have another 11oz glass. I've had great beers like The a Heady Topper, Stone Enjoy By. This beer is certainly a top 100 beer for the Beer Advocate top 250 list. Try it for yourself if you don't believe me.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Loads of piney and grassy hops jump out of the glass on this one. There is almost no sight of the belgian yeast, as this fresh hop bomb just scorches the palate. Dank and resiny with some pine notes and spiciness as well as a little citrus. Really well done DIPA. You do get the booziness too on this one. It is right up front. Looking forward to trying more from this single hop line. It was finished at a bottle share over other worthy contestants.

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Photo of Dope
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled 11/4/2013. 13 days old.

A: Pours an opaque and cloudy orange. Very tall and frothy light tan head. Head fades out extremely slowly. Substantial head retention and lacing.

S: Resinous and piney. Sweetbread and notable cloves (belgian yeast I assume). Pretty malty overall, the resin character is strong but just doesn't have that bright bite that a lot of fruity hops have.

T: Yup, resinous for sure. HUGELY resinous up front. Might be the strongest chinook presence I have ever had in a beer. Light pine associated with it but it's pretty much pure resin. It is all-pervading. Coats the mouth with a (what else?) resinous layer. Long lasting resin into the finish and aftertaste. There is some breadiness in the middle somewhere, kind of a light, airy bread or even a cracker.

M: Medium bodied, smooth. Resinous (lulz). But seriously, it is.

O: Wow, an experiment worth trying. Resin bomb through and through. It feels like I'm drinking pine resin or something. Even has the resinous mouthfeel (or is that just my mind playing tricks on me?). Pretty delicious, having said all of that.

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Chinooknation from Night Shift Brewing
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 33 ratings