Whirlpool | Night Shift Brewing

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Brewed by:
Night Shift Brewing
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Jslay013 on 03-06-2014

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Ratings: 1,007 |  Reviews: 138
Photo of SoCal_Matt
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look is hazy, light yellow with a bit of white head. Nice lacing as it goes down. The aroma is quite strong for a 4.5% pale with notes of citrus, peach, and melon. Nice blend of citrus and tropical flavors here as well as a touch of sweet peaches. Feel is soft and light. I have been wanted to try some beers from Night Shift, this one in particular, for some time and it does not disappoint at all. This beer packs a ton of flavor and refreshment into such a small ABV package, and the aroma is amazing for such a light beer. It is a bit of an odd ball though (in a good way) - it's somewhere on the spectrum of APA, IPA, and session IPA as it has some characteristics of three styles.

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Photo of Nugget40
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Toynk
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy yellow with a two finger foamy white head. Decent amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is grapefruit, orange, bready malts and resinous hops.

T - The taste follows the aroma. Grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, malts and dank hops.

M - Light body with medium carbonation. Soft mouthfeel with a crisp dry finish.

O - This is a light and tasty pale ale. Very crushable. Could definetly drink a few of these.

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

Photo of Mai11oux
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EnthusedAboutBeer
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Blackrobe
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of JNbeerded
3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Stofko1992
3.71/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of errantnight
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Well this has aroma for days, dank, hint of cat-piss, funky fruit notes. I love it. The flavor leaves something to be desire, this is pretty thin, but it's drying and clean, only faintly bitter and in fact it would be more refreshing if it had a touch more snap to the finish. Regardless, it's very drinkable and one could drink a lot of this.

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Photo of cd34
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BEER88
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

These guys have nice pale ales but I can't rank them too high. This wad light and thin but it was very refreshing and a nice hop character throughout!

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Photo of ntanner83
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gavage
4.41/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: golden yellow in color with a 1" head that slowly falls to a spotty surface covering.

Smell: grapefruit, orange, and some earthy tones are easy to detect.

Taste: grassy malt presence with some bread dough, grapefruit, orange, and an earthy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp throughout.

Overall: a refreshing and tasty APA that is easy to drink and has a nice flavor profile.

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Photo of schlimenhaumer
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Keg No. 229 in NYC. 16oz pour into a standard pint glass.

A: pours a very pale opaque light yellow reminiscent of lemonade with a one-finger creamy white head that dissipates after about a minute. Nice lacing and an appealing look, especially on a hot day.

S: primarily citric hop notes with some faint floral hop character. Overall intensity is low, appropriate to style

T: juicy tangerine hop notes up front with a clean finish that leaves just the right amount of bitterness on the palette. Quite refreshing

M: light to medium bodied and wet with moderate carbonation. Quenching

O: this is almost exactly what I look for in a pale ale, especially in the summer. I've had this beer a handful of times on tap and in cans, and it's been consistently good. Looking forward to trying other offerings from Night Shift.


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Photo of calebc10410
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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

Excellent low ABV, hop-forward beer that you can drink all day. Poured a slightly hazy (but not briny) yellow-gold with an effervescent look and a thin white head that held strong and laced well for what was there. Lots of citrus, pine sap, grass, and sourdough bread on the nose. Not really tropical, more lemon, grapefruit, and maybe a little green grape. Taste is crisp, clean, and muted (to be expected given the low ABV), with lemongrass, grapefruit rind, salty biscuit, and dry white wine standing out in the tongue. The flavors pass quickly with some citrus bitterness, a little earthy herbalness, and just a little bit of sour apple lingering on the backend. Feel is light and well carbonated, very clean. Not something I would turn to for a big dose of hop flavor, but great for day drinking on a warm day and still feeling like you're drinking a tasty American ale. Tough category for relative comparisons, as there are some borderline IIPAs being categorized as APAs, these days, and Whirlpool isn't that kind of beer.

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Photo of dertyd
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of redbarnbikes
4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rorjets
4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Treyliff
4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can poured into a teku
Canned 6/6/17

A- pours a hazy pale yellow color with a one-finger foamy white head that has pretty good retention

S- huge nose of citrus hops, peach and melon; tangerine, grapefruit, orange zest, ripe melon, juicy peach, slightly resinous

T- citrus isn't as pronounced as in the aroma, but there are notes of grapefruit and orange zest that pop up. Mid-palate gives some notes of peach skin and grass. The finish gives light resin, with a clean malty close, lingers of light citrus

M- medium-light body with moderate carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and finish

O- a solid suasion ale that's bursting with citrus hop aroma

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

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 02/15/17. This was poured into a becher pint glass. The appearance was a soft thick golden juicy non-filtered looking yellow color encased with a thick finger’s worth of white foamy head that dissipated fairly quickly. Mild foamy rings of fairly thick lace. The aroma splits the bitter to the sweet by melding notes of mango, pineapple, lemon, and peach to a super mellow malt base extremely smooth. The flavor blends the bittersweet tranquility of the hops to the malts just extremely nice, as if there isn’t any separation whatsoever. Just amazingly combined. Aftertaste leans towards the bitter side of the hops bringing in a slight rind-like contour to evenly flow on into the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a superb sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine and so did the ABV. IBU’s seem to be almost leaning towards an IPA, but somehow an ever so slightly smoothness like an APA seems to scale this one down to size for it’s suggested style. Overall, first time with this delicate beast of a flavored APA and it won’t be my last time with this handsome gem.

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Whirlpool from Night Shift Brewing
Beer rating: 91.6% out of 100 with 1,007 ratings
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