Aurora | Night Shift Brewing

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Night Shift Brewing
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Wild ale blended and dry-hopped with Nelson Sauvin.

Added by ThatsThatDude on 02-18-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 73 |  Reviews: 8
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a pretty beer. In my teku glass it was a clear burnished copper color with a small white head.

Aroma was funk, citrus, and sweet fruit. It was a bit on the tart side.

Taste of lemon, pineapple, and melon. Stayed funky.

A tart, crisp beer.

I wish I had bought more than my two bottle allotment.

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1.5/5  rDev -62.6%

Photo of AdamF625
4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- hazy amber/orange with a billowing white head
S- orange, yeast, funk, white grape, oak, lactic
T- pear, honeydew melon, lactic, funky, yeasty, grape juice, peach, wet hay
M- medium body and carbonation, slightly sour/acidic, juicy
O- a lovely funky sour beer with plenty of complex flavors/aromas. Very pleased with the first barrel society release!

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Photo of Griffith
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of t1to98
5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Spigs
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of emerge077
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Mark for sharing, and to Dan for hosting :thumbup:
Quick review from written notes.

Dark golden orange color, thin veil across the surface, spotty bits of lace forms irregular arcs around the edges of the glass.

Funky aroma of wet wood, barrel complexity is present. Oud Bruin impression.

Tart berries and funky woodiness, oak and tobacco in the aftertaste. Well rounded with lots of complexity to keep one interested. Full bodied with a smooth and creamy texture to it. Nearly at a loss for words, there was a lot going on here, and it was all enjoyable.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.67/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dpool
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of angrybabboon
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 (and his barrel society privileges) for sharing this

Appearance: Hazy copper, with some touches of brown, gold around the edges - pours with a medium-sized, white head, fades to a small cap, leaves some impressive lacing

Smell: Nicely tart and sour with some hoppy aromas and the typical Night Shift yeast strain - nice funk, with some lactic sour, some tart notes - some light fruits - some nice hoppy notes, but I wouldn't say it's exploding with Nelson Sauvin - some nice, juicy citrus and tropical hints intermingled with funky yeast and barrel - very Night Shift

Taste: Lightly sour, lightly tart, with some interesting citrus - more funk in the aroma than in the taste, but it works - Night Shift yeast and barrels - yeasty with some Brett-like funk - light, lactic sourness - some light fruits, like lemon, as well as some citrus from the hops - orange, tangerine, grapefruit flesh - a touch of pineapple - lightly bitter - definitely interesting, if not the most complex

Mouthfeel: Medium body, light carbonation, smooth, finishes kind of wet

Overall: Worth harassing somebody in the society

This is not the best thing from Night Shift, but that statement is definitely not an insult. It's tasty, with some nice funky notes, tart notes, and citrus. It's worth a try, if you can acquire it.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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1.16/5  rDev -71.1%

Photo of angelosk
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Starting to make my way through last years supply of barrel society beers. This is a great wild ale with a nice funky taste and a good intro to nontraditional beers. Looking forward to drinking through the other 2014 beers.

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Photo of SadMachine
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of Mersh
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Whatup14
3.41/5  rDev -15%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Thishops4u
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of DerekMorgan
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of Boston_Steve
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of PeterP-516
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Lot going g on in this one! Tart, funky, fruity and sour at the same time! Yet very easily drinkable. Happy to be a barrel society member!

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of kristougher
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Aurora from Night Shift Brewing
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 73 ratings
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