Night Shift Brewing

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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #83
Ranked #3,203
4.13 | pDev: 7.99%
Night Shift Brewing
Massachusetts, United States
Notes: Soft and citrusy, Whirlpool is a hazy New England pale ale. Pours hazy blonde with a nose of ripe peach and grapefruit. Sips juicy, fruity, and crisp, with minimal bitterness and big clementine notes. A bright, vibrant beer that’s wonderfully drinkable and remarkably refreshing.

Our first brew of Whirlpool was a 60 gallon batch brewed in 2014. When it sold out immediately, we knew we’d created something special. Its recipe today is essentially the same as that first batch – a malt bill of wheat, oats, and barley; generously hopped and dry-hopped with Mosaic and Ella hops. An all-time staff favorite.
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mjsullivan86 from Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Pale, yellow, straw color. Good head on the pour, but faded rather quickly. Lacing lingered throughout the drink.

I get mostly floral and citrus notes on smell. Slightly grassy with a hint pineapple.

Taste is tropical and citrus fruit. Only slightly bitter. Very clean and crisp; thin, easy drinking feel.

Overall, quite refreshing and flavorful for 4.5%. Certainly sessionable. Solid pale ale.

Jan 14, 2021
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q33jeff from New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5


Can to snifter.

LOOK: cloudy light yellow, above average foamy white head. good retention.
AROMA: soap and pineapple. hint of berry.
TASTE: more soap, celery, grass, touch of citrus.
FEEL: good carbonation, light body, easy drinking.

When "soap" is the most prominent tasting note, you know something is wrong. I see this gets quite a decent amount of 4+ rating, maybe I just got a bad batch. Some redeeming qualities in minor attributes at least. I wonder if I'll go blind in the future like Ralphie from Soap Poisoning.


Nov 22, 2020
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Rug from Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 3/9/20

Pours a cloudy pale straw color with 2 fingers of bubbly white head that reduces slowly to a cap, not much lacing

Tropical and citrus aromas greet the nose first followed by mild hops and malt

Again very tropical in taste, but both the hops and the malt come through more with a great balance, tons of citrus but in a soft way

Light but prickly carbonation, this drinks super easy, finishes mostly dry

Overall this was really solid. Nothing out of this world exceptional, but damn passable, I’m sure this would go great with food

Apr 15, 2020
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Rubicj from Massachusetts

2.95/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I almost feel like I must have got a bad batch. It looked great,smelled fine. It tasted bitter, but not in the way a pale ale should. A prominent sulferous taste. I bought a 4-pack of 500ml cans. Tried one, poured 2/3ds of it down the drain, gave the others away.

Sep 05, 2019
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osheamatth from New York

4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice pour into a pilsner glass (damn I need tulips), small head with little cling. Tropical notes meet some orangey citrus with hops taking a backseat. Similar flavor notes with the hops moving up a little but not to the forefront. Not a heavy hitter but damn good at 4.5 ABV.

Aug 14, 2019
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woodchipper from Connecticut

4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz can marked "canned on 06/03/19".
Pours out hazy light straw (strikingly similar to the light gold stripes on the can). Frothy white head that looks firm as hell. However that head does not last as long as I imagined, but laces the glass nicely past the last drop.
Nose is bright, lemon rind without a hint of malt.
Taste is also light without a hint of alcohol. Lemon rind, but the malt is there as it leaves your tongue.
Body is light with appropriate carbonation.
Overall a refreshing "session" NEIPA. Practically a lawn mower beer.

Aug 11, 2019
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a foggy straw with two fingers of foamy white head. Head retention is good and retains well. Transparency drops a touch when the final ounces are poured into the glass. Aroma is tangerine, grapefruit, papaya and mango with a squeeze of yeast spice. It smells tropical fruity. Flavor profile is grapefruit, papaya, tangerine, grassy, spicy hops and yeast at the finish. Yeast has a light dry, spice to it. Mouth feel is reminiscent of a fuzzy pillow, with a little stringy texture being supported by an airy, cushioned feel. Consistency is medium. Overall, tropical fruits up front with a little mingling spice and grass for a little novelty.

Served in a 15.5oz Spiegalau tulip from a 16oz can. Reviewed on Beers by Beeradvocate.

May 18, 2019
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lordofthewiens from New Mexico

4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy light gold color. A one-finger white head leaves a bit of lace.
The aroma just jumps right out at you. Citrus, tropical fruit, flowery.
Grapefruit, peach, biscuit, floral hops.
Crisp, refreshing.

May 09, 2019
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

3.77/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Traded for this a long time ago, as the date on the bottom of the can read 12/21/16. Yes, I know this was old but it poured decently and only had a hint of sediment floating at the bottom of the liquid. Much of this turned into a malt bomb for me but even the flavors that I was able to discern weren't quite like the beer's stated profile. Thankfully, this was easygoing and easy to drink during a night where I was going through a lot of older stuff in my basement!

The pour and appearance were the best aspects of this beer as the cloudy, goldenrod hue, massive fluffy head, and thick, rocky sheets of lacing left behind were all quite pleasing and complementary to each other. Lots of lemon, spice, banana, and tangerine juice in the muted nose as the citrus came out more in the taste. A strong floral taste came through as this fully warmed up as this felt a bit Belgian in tone although there wasn't a ton of funk or farmhouse spice to be had. Slick like citrus juice, there was some mild dankness and stone fruit rind in the aftertaste that made this feel a bit heavier than I would have liked once I finished it off.

Beers don't get much easier to drink than this as this quite the session ale. A bit more of a hop presence and body would have made this a great American Pale Ale but as it was, it wasn't overwhelming or disappointing. Would be great to give this another go with a fresher can!

May 02, 2019
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1009 from Massachusetts

3.77/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is no where near the first time I’ve had this beer but, the first time I’ve come to write about. Ok, so this is my favorite things to have on a golf course if I’m not trying to play well. Super light but still holds a lot of flavor. It’s not gonna weigh you down out on the greens like an IPA would. You can still hold some focus due to the 4.5abv, but let me tell you it does catch up with you. Had a decent round going and then boom, cart girl came around, my buddy got two and I proceeded to put my next three shots in the woods. Any who, this pool side is treat. If you’ve read to this point (thank you) you’ve probably gathered I enjoy this beer during the warm weather months. It’s light. It has flavor. You should try it.

Mar 26, 2019
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mikeg67 from New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can. Pours hazy golden with tall, long-lasting, fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of citrusy hops, tropical fruit and bready malt. Body is medium and slightly crisp. Taste is of floral hops, tropical fruit and bready malt. Finish is long and dry. Very good brew.

Mar 25, 2019
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Hornebill from Massachusetts

3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very drinkable, light and great citrus highlights. Did get an after taste that kept me off a 4.5 taste. I would have preferred a....maybe, richer flavor. Big fan of Nightshift and will drink Whirlpool again.

Dec 17, 2018
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a very hazy pale yellow in color with moderate amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising quickly along the edges of the glass and moderate bright yellow + pale golden yellow + straw yellow colored highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense sudsy foamy (almost creamy) white head that slowly reduces to a medium to large patch of slightly mottled thin film covering a little more than 50% of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Slightly stronger than moderate aromas of juicy tropical/mango, citrus/grapefruit, stone fruit/peach, and citrus/orange hops with a light aroma of pine hops. Light aromas of biscuit + bready malts with a light amount of grainy sweetness.

T: Upfront there are slightly heavier than light flavors of biscuit + bready malts with a light amount of grainy sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of juicy tropical/mango, citrus/grapefruit, stone fruit/peach, and citrus/orange hops with a light flavor of pine hops which contribute a light amount of bitterness which fades away quickly leaving lingering citrus + tropical hop flavors.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery initially. Slightly soft, almost creamy mid-body.

O: Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol and a pleasantly soft mouthfeel. Enjoyable with a really nice hop profile. Definitely one that I will grab again.

Nov 27, 2018
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illpass78 from Maine

4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pint can poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Slightly cloudy yellow/orange with a finger-width white head that sticks around a bit. Lots of spotty lace. Nice look.

Aroma: Lemons, citrus, some fresh grass. Clean. Inviting.

Taste: Lemon, grapefruit lead. Slight herbal character. Hops. Very fresh. Slight grassy bite. Good stuff.

Mouthfeel: Super drinkable, and full of flavor. Way more flavor than a typical “session”-type ale.

Overall: What a find this was. Flavorful, refreshing, easy-drinking pale ale with a good mix of hop flavors. Very nice beer.

Nov 05, 2018
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4USAinMA from Massachusetts

4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Always consistently bright and aromatic. Lower ABV. Consistent clean finish with just the right hint of sour. A nice local brewery to visit with great food trucks.

Sep 22, 2018
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Munka from Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great summer beer or drink to have with lunch. Full feel and taste, deep yellow color and good head. Taste is very full for a 4.5 ABV beer and has the fruity feel you would want. A great session beer to mindlessly sip on

Sep 17, 2018
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

i get that this is one of their more popular beers, but obviously its for a reason, this is one of the better low abv dry hoppy new school pales in the game right now, and so what if it is relatively widely available, its sensational. an illuminated yellow color to it, a nice lasting lathery white head from the tap, and just a soft gentle haze to it, not milky or thick at all, glowing in the glass. aroma of fresh cut citrus, i must have caught this one really fresh! lemons and sweet grapefruit and tangerines all come to mind, some citra hops in here i would think, among others, an amarillo or azacca profile i think i get too, a little leafy and green in the nose, but clean in the taste, very low bitterness very high juice factor in taste, mostly or entirely dry hopped i would think, or at least after flame out, hence the name. seems like a simple malt base, pale two row and a pils type, little if anything else, light and dry body, a little bit of crackery cereal character to it, no toast or sweet or crystal or heft at all, it drinks dry and fluffy and delicate, especially with all the carbonation they have incorporated into it. the hop profile makes my mouth water, limes and lemongrass and fresh pineapple, its amazingly fresh and really well dosed, not forced, no bite or oversaturation at all, and just really good. i liked this way better than the double ipa i had from them on the same trip. a rockstar of a pale ale and an absolute crusher!

Aug 29, 2018
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MrOH from Malta

3.55/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Hazy yellow, nice white head, good retention and lace
Smells like they used the cool guy hops
Light and hoppy, more of a session IPA than Pale Ale
Full-bodied but still watery, if that makes since
I'm over the whole NE-whatever trend

Aug 16, 2018
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hreb from Washington

3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pint can served in.... some weird starbucks glass. Hazy and yellow. Mild, green / fresh hop aroma. Cold, crisp, and extremely refreshing on this hot night of summer thunderstorms in Boston. Carbonation is relatively strong, but it works well here. Flavor is mild too, of course, but with a distinct citrus peel hop flavor and very restrained bitterness. Where does session IPA end and APA begin? For a pale ale this is all hops and no malt, but it's also all session and no bite.

Aug 09, 2018
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jykleo from New York

3.79/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned 5/22. Tried 16OZ Can to 18OZ IPA glass on 7/22.
Quite light colour, taste and hops. Have a some sourness.
Clean and crisp. Personally, prefer more hop front IPA (such as One Hop this time:Mosaic etc.)
Smooth, then good as lunch drink ??

Jul 22, 2018
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dainsleif from New Hampshire

3.77/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light citrus scent, pretty pleasant. I think the name fits. A little bit less flavorful than I was hoping for. Nevertheless, would make an excellent choice for the beach or a hot day. Crisp and refreshing and sessionable.

Jun 02, 2018
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pGaf from Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The name of this beer is appropriate as it looks and feels like the ingredients are still all freshly mixed together. Good mouthfeel, and great flavor while having a light level of alcohol.

May 28, 2018
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MFMB from Idaho

4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Well what can I say! I like the look of this beer! Pours a bright hazy lemon yellow with a soapy bright white head. Nose is bright cracker malts, citrus peel, lemon and pine. Taste is well balanced. Nice cracker/biscuit maltiness to it with orange peel and lemon zest layered in. Some sharp pine notes to through off the sweet malt and citrus notes. Medium to light bodied with a malty semi bitter finish. A really nice everyday drinker here.

Apr 30, 2018
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

From the one pint can which was canned 3/14/18. Sampled on April 6, 2018.

It pours a murky, cloudy looking pale yellow that is mostly opaque and a quick lasting foamy white head. Some lacing.

There are many hop characters in the aroma such as citrus, pine, grapefruit, and lemonzest and that all covers the white bread base.

The body was light and thinner than I had hoped. But I guess for an APA that is the way it should be.

Big spurting citrus and grapefruit taste with a mild sweetness and a moderate dry hopped finish. Excellent drinkability.

Apr 07, 2018
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Act25 from New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice session beer, analogous to Carton Boat, but not to stronger APAs like Dales.
Well made. Too much like a pear-grapefruit juice blend in looks, weight, feel, taste, for me.
a) hazy pear juice color with a single finger of fluff, that doesnt lace or last that long. Too light for my eye.
s) Aromas are pear, peach and tropical fruit and not much else. But approachable and abundant.
t) Flavors follow the aroma, juicy and fruity, more grapefruit, orange, on light toast, and with a bit of pine cleaning up the finish.
f) Too thin, active carbonation, clean finish.
o) All about fresh fruit. Well made for those liking light, fruity juice like beers.

Mar 29, 2018
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