Night Shift Brewing

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American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #82
Ranked #2,586
4.14 | pDev: 7.97%
Night Shift Brewing
Massachusetts, United States
Notes: New England pale ale; citrus-forward and refreshing.
Reviews: 166 | Ratings: 1,159 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of KRug
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
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

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Photo of Rubicj
2.95/5  rDev -28.7%
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.

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Photo of osheamatth
4/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of woodchipper
4/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.77/5  rDev -8.9%
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!

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Photo of mikeg67
3.85/5  rDev -7%
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.

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Photo of Hornebill
3.91/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.14/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of illpass78
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of 4USAinMA
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of Munka
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
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

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
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!

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Photo of MrOH
3.55/5  rDev -14.3%
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

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Photo of hreb
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

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Photo of jykleo
3.79/5  rDev -8.5%
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 ??

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Photo of dainsleif
3.77/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of pGaf
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of MFMB
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of Act25
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Canned 12/6/17. A nice hazy lemon-pear color with a tall, fluffy head of white, 3 fingers. Lots of lace left behind on the glass.

Aromas are very sharp with sharp papaya, grapefruit rind, passion fruit, and tangerine.

Flavors are juicy and fruity, just how I like it. Light lemon flavored water meets grapefruit rind, squished orange, white bread, light toast, and slight pine and angel food on the finish.

Feel is kinda empty, but still has a nice buzzing carbonation, watery middle, with a slightly buzzing finish.

Overall, an enjoyable IPA with lots of great fresh fruit notes. Would definitely have/trade for again.

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz can dated 01/08/18. Pours a hazy pale burnt yellow color with over an inch of frothy head. Lots of lacing. Juicy aroma of tropical and citrus fruits. Pineapple, mango, guava and grapefruit. The taste is more of the citrus and tropical fruits but with a good amount of toasted malts. Some lemon as well as pine towards the end. Malty, citrusy finish. Pretty well balanced. Very little alcohol. Creamy with an oily mouthfeel. Very good Pale Ale.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to colby600 for this brew.

16 oz. Can
Canned On: 10/09/17

My first from this brewery.

Poured into a Trillium glass a very nice hazy pale yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger plus white head, which also leaves some very nice creamy sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, nice citrus complex (tangerine, lemon), very slight pine. The taste is pretty nice hoppy, malty, nice citrus complex (tangerine, lemon), slight pine. Medium body, ABV hidden very well, with a very nice little dry/bitter finish. Overall, this is a pretty tasty brew, a nice thirst quencher. Thanks Bill!

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Whirlpool from Night Shift Brewing
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 1159 ratings