Whirlpool
Night Shift Brewing

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From:
Night Shift Brewing
 
Massachusetts, United States
Style:
American Pale Ale
Ranked #120
ABV:
4.5%
Score:
92
Ranked #5,367
Avg:
4.12 | pDev: 8.01%
Reviews:
174
Ratings:
1,022
Status:
Active
Rated:
Oct 14, 2022
Added:
Mar 06, 2014
Wants:
  80
Gots:
  343
SCORE
92
Outstanding
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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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Reviewed by jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
on draft at a music venue, so plastic cup

pale yellow, opaque, white head. pretty fruity hop aroma. taste is a bit more mild, not much bitterness. softer feel, but a bit thin seeming.
Oct 14, 2022
 
Rated: 3.71 by XsoldoutX from Pennsylvania

Sep 18, 2022
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Reviewed by ANIMOUL from Vermont

4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a 16 oz can into a pint glass; born on 2/08/22. Pours opaquish straw yellow with approximately 2 fingers of head. Plenty of retention foam. Tastes of bitter citrus with good carbonation especially considering the birth date. Good.
Sep 16, 2022
 
Rated: 4.62 by Bergie_82

Sep 10, 2022
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Reviewed by izraelc from New York

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours a hazy light gold. Medium foam. Very light hop aroma. Light fruity hop body. A little malt sweetness mixed in. Not too heavy. Easy drinking. Better than expected.
Aug 13, 2022
 
Rated: 3.75 by LAM01833 from Massachusetts

Jul 31, 2022
 
Rated: 3.83 by Humanusfermentum from Virginia

Jul 24, 2022
 
Rated: 4.03 by Budlum from Maryland

Jul 15, 2022
 
Rated: 4.47 by ebanigan

Apr 02, 2022
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Reviewed by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.01/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Night Shift Brewing "Whirlpool"
12 fl. oz. can "CANNED 04/26/21"

Notes via stream of consciousness: This is a "NEW ENGLAND PALE ALE" from Massachusetts at 4.5% ABV. There's no other information on the label so let's see what's what. It's poured a hazy yellow-gold body beneath a two finger thick head of bright white foam. The aroma expresses notes of orange, grapefruit, and peach as well as some resins and pine. It's fairly bright for just being a pale ale and not an IPA. Sweetish and grainy malt supports the fruity hops and I'm eager to get into it. First off I've noted that it's light in body. Then I get what seems like a watered down version of an NEIPA. It's lemony, orange-like, lightly appleish, subtly berry-like, and mildly piney and resinous. The flavor is lighter than I thought it would be given the aroma but that's OK if you consider that it's just 4.5% abv. I'll call this right now as my next great summer beer. It's really nicely balanced by a moderate bitterness and it finishes dry and refreshing. It's light bodied and crisp. In many ways it reminds me of a Belgian witbier. So, yeah, this will be a great summer beer but that's not to say that I'm not enjoying it right now (March 20th, 2022 beneath a cloud covered grey sky at just 50˚F).
Review #7,821
Mar 20, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by Velivolus1 from Vermont

Mar 20, 2022
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Reviewed by s1ats_

3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
People say it's the Bud Light of NEIPAs, and i'd have to agree. But not in a meme way. This is an absolute crusher. The hops are just so faint that it makes you wanna take another.. and another.. and another sip. My fav new session beer and one that i'll use to turn friends onto the style. Thank you Night Shift :)
Mar 05, 2022
 
Rated: 4.22 by adamstef

Jan 21, 2022
 
Rated: 2.75 by Shenk87 from Pennsylvania

Dec 06, 2021
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Rated by lflotron from Florida

3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Hints of orange, slightly bitter, pours a yellow haze
Dec 04, 2021
 
Rated: 4.1 by infuturity from Massachusetts

Nov 28, 2021
 
Rated: 4.05 by dt_gbpackersfan from Missouri

Aug 11, 2021
 
Rated: 4.04 by socon67 from New York

Jul 26, 2021
 
Rated: 3.99 by Jjmj51 from Rhode Island

Jul 19, 2021
 
Rated: 4.09 by shelby415 from Oregon

Jul 15, 2021
 
Rated: 4.06 by Burt from Rhode Island

Jul 14, 2021
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Rated by Phoodcritic from Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Much closer to an IPA than a classic pale ale.
Jul 02, 2021
 
Rated: 3.12 by Dalkri from Massachusetts

Jun 21, 2021
 
Rated: 4.14 by lakewy17 from New Hampshire

Mar 18, 2021
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Rated by TheBigBoy from Pennsylvania

2.84/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
Did not like this one - metallic, thin...just not what I am looking for in an IPA. Maybe I got a bad one as most folks seem to like?
Feb 21, 2021
 
Rated: 3.84 by saymike32 from New Jersey

Feb 15, 2021
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Reviewed by mjsullivan86 from Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
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
 
Rated: 4.36 by TTripp725 from Pennsylvania

Dec 01, 2020
 
Rated: 5 by CornedAgain from Massachusetts

Nov 23, 2020
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Reviewed by q33jeff from New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5
**
11/22/20

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
 
Rated: 4.5 by JFitz1 from Massachusetts

Oct 31, 2020
 
Rated: 4.25 by Ben1313 from New Hampshire

Oct 09, 2020
 
Rated: 3.95 by Wainfu from New Hampshire

Sep 29, 2020
 
Rated: 3.94 by 322wingedfoot from Pennsylvania

Aug 19, 2020
 
Rated: 3.75 by njbusa from New Jersey

Aug 15, 2020
 
Rated: 4.13 by tpauer from New Hampshire

Jun 27, 2020
 
Rated: 3.06 by LXMRTN from New Hampshire

Jun 16, 2020
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Rated by wildman69 from New York

3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Nice light pale ale
May 10, 2020
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Reviewed by Rug from Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
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
 
Rated: 4.1 by SiepJones from Pennsylvania

Jan 01, 2020
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