Whirlpool | Night Shift Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Night Shift Brewing
Massachusetts, United States
nightshiftbrewing.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Jslay013 on 03-06-2014

BEER STATS
Reviews:
122
Ratings:
956
Avg:
4.13
pDev:
8.23%
 
 
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68
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Reviews: 122 | Ratings: 956
Photo of guezarka
5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A magnificently hopped beer. Very different than a lot of the watered down session crap that other breweries are churning out there. Crushable, but actually something that you want to savor.

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Photo of galwayjoyce
5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am a buyer in the liquor industry. I do not know how I have gone until today not knowing about this beer.
Drank from can, and hit with overwhelming peach, grapefruit, and tangerine flavors.

The 4.3 ABV lends to the drinkability, without tasting watered down.

I poured about 1/4 into a small tasting glass--Almost dayglo yellow, with light head and lacing.
I have had the white whale of ale-dom, and this stands toe-to toe with Alchemist--this is not hyperbole--I signed up for BA to rate this beer.

Considering that Night Shift is only entering their 3rd year, I am expecting great things to accompany the likes of Whirlpool, Morph, Viva Habenera...

The Grapefruit Sculpin I tried just before, just got blown out of the water.

One of the best PA's I have ever tasted--get FRESH--mine was a week old.

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Photo of thatguy23
4.89/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a hazy straw color. Nice citrus taste with mild bitterness. An easy drinking session pale ale. Rates lower than it deserves and the reason that session ales probably need their own category. Would love to see Night Shift do an amped-up version of this beer to see how this translates as an IPA or DIPA.

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Photo of Rollyspills
4.77/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A regular in my rotation. A ton of flavor packed into it's 4.5% ABV. Moderate bitterness balanced by tropical flavors. I love how consistent this beer tastes from batch to batch.

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Photo of JonnyJuicebox
4.77/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Just a perfect session beer. Looks like a pale lemony gold, if you stare at it long enough you may even start to pick out tiny bits of pink. Smell is bursting with peach aroma. Taste is peaches upfront with a nice soft bubblegum finish. In a land of 9%+ DIPA's, Nightshift Whirlpool is a nice reminder that small beer can pack a big flavor.

For increased enjoyment pair with lightly seasoned summer time.

ALthough it's been a while since it happened, Nightshift transitioning to tallboys and incresing distro has been a wonderful boon to the Boston beer scene.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

12oz can bought as part of a 4-pack from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA. Canned on 2/3/15.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" bright white head over the cloudy golden brew. Head tightens slowly, with viscous, slow-falling lace. Aroma is CITRUS.

Taste begins with pale sweetness, promptly focusing on juicy tangerine in the middle, which holds its own through the end, overpowering the coming-on bitterness at the close. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is great. Would buy again for sure.

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Photo of beantown_hopster
4.74/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

The first 5 I've ever given on looks... Multiple people I've made try this since discovering it a few weeks ago have commented how it looks like grapefruit juice, an IPA snob even turned his nose up at me by the looks. It can't possibly taste like good beer looking like THAT.

It does taste like good beer. One of the best Pale Ales I've ever had in fact. Get it fresh in a can, pour and enjoy. This is tops pale ale for me.

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Photo of Nachojon
4.71/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Dear lord. This is one of the most surprising beers I have ever had. From the pineapple juice look and mild aroma of citrus and hops it's full mind blowing good. Juicy pineapple, crisp hops and a mouthfeel that is one of the most interesting experiences I have ever had with a beer. And as it warms... Wow.

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Photo of Betty1968
4.71/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorites. A tasty session pale ale full of juicy citrus goodness. Mango, peach and papaya dominate the nose and taste. Besides the taste, what I love about this beer is the consistency. I've had this north of 10 different times and it always tastes the same.

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Photo of Svenson89
4.68/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Grabbed a 4-pack of cans after going back for 2nds of the Morph IPA (which they were all out of after 2 days!) So i decided to give this one a shot.

Look: Crisp, white 2-finger head that dissipates rather quickly. Super hazy, one of the haziest Ive seen even compared to a witbier. The color is an opaque almost pineapple juice shade. very interesting!

Smell: Fruity with strong mango, peach and grapefruit notes right from the start. It smells delicious!

Taste: I get a little bit of the mango coming through with a nice hop bite. very well balanced and extremely drinkable. finishes a bit of an grapefruit/orange character to it.

Feel: very crisp and wet, with good carbonation.

Overall: I was extremely pleased with my 2nd offering from Night Shift. Definitely very session-able, the mango/peach up front with the grapefruit orange finish blends very well and is complex enough to keep every sip interesting. I just wish we had gotten more of them! Definitely one of (if not) the best APA's i've had the pleasure of trying.

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Photo of BigStein88
4.68/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Love this beer. Pours light and beautiful, smells great and tastes even better. Coming in at 4.5% makes it all the better. Grab a 4-pack and get to work!

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Photo of brewmeister1984
4.67/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Most refreshing pale I've ever had....amazing nose on this and lasts forever. Light, crisp and perfect. Cannot wait to pick up more of this one in the near future. A gem indeed out of MA.

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Photo of tdev1978
4.64/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Love this beer. A tropical, juicy treat with mild bitterness. Mango, peach and mild pine. Light body. Extremely drinkable. The type of beer I could crush all day.

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Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a can into a Cigar City snifter.

Thin 1/2 finger,frothy white head.Hazy golden/straw color,light comes through the glass,but is distorted.The appearance looks alot like pineapple juice.

On the nose I am getting lots of pineapple,grapefruit,and lots of citrus.Small hint of dankness.

The palate is alot of the same,pineapple,grapefruit,maybe some peach.A little dankness,fused with a mild bitter hopiness.

The body is medium,nice fizzle in your mouth from the carbonation.

I had my parents bring me a couple 4 packs of this,Santilli,and a few other Night Shift brews from Massachusetts...This is the first one I tried and it is a VERY good Pale Ale...Hopefully a sign of things to come...Can't wait to try the others!!!

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Photo of Chrcund
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden yellow color. Smell is straight up peaches and mango. Taste is straight up peaches and mango with a slight bitterness. One of the tastiest session pale ales I've had. If you're expecting a hop bomb, look elsewhere. If you want an easy drinking smooth pale ale, you can't beat it.

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Photo of Sanjaybh
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is the type of beer you give to your BMC friends or friends who don't like IPA's. That's not a knock on the beer, just a testament to the fact that it is a flavorful, easy drinking brew that almost anyone should enjoy.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.59/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz can into a speiglau IPA glass.

Look is a very hazy straw yellow with a two inch head.

Lots of lemon on the nose with an herbs stickiness at the end.

Taste is an absolutely killer pale ale. Perfect combination of light malt and high hops. If only all hoppy pales and session IPAs were like this.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.59/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a light sunny and hazy yellow color, with a small tight head, and a lot of lacing.

This smells like peach, pineapple, grapefruit, and crackery malt.

This is so refreshing, and so drinkable- it's crazy. It's got a super delicious peach and pineapple hop flavor, not too sweet, but perfectly zesty, with a a slight lingering bitterness on the finish. The malt character is unobtrusive, and slightly crackery, providing a nice backbone so this doesn't just become hop water.

This has a crisp and super clean mouthfeel, with a good level of carbonation.

This is a near perfect pale ale- all that you want in the style.

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Photo of lovindahops
4.56/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L- hazy light yellow with a frothy head of foam that lingers
S- incredible burst of tropical hops upon cracking the can. Apricot and mango scents burst through the glass. Impressive fruity profile
T- sweet mango and piney resin bundle and tingle
M- carbonated and coating flavor
O- very impressive apa with citra hops shining through

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Photo of Antg8989
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque straw with a 1-2 finger white head. A little bit of lacing. Aroma is very juicy and citrusy. Taste is similar with some earthiness sneaking in. Feel is medium-heavy and pleasantly dry. One of my favorite pale ales. Can't see how you wouldn't enjoy this.

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

This APA is a must have to knock off "the list." There isn't a human beer- drinking- being on the planet who's eyes won't light up after pounding a 12- oz of this under 5% magic in a can. Have had it on tap, out of a growler, and a can... and get a consistent experience every time. Find it, buy it, and drink it... you'll be glad you did.

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Photo of Hopglow
4.54/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If you like hops, you will love this beer. I am not a session fan at all, however I would rank this up there with Lawson's Session #2, it's delicious and crushable. I keep smelling the can as I drink from can dated 12/23/15. At 4.5%, I could only surmise it is lighter on calories which, let's be honest is a good thing. It drinks very well considering the ABV. I will be stocking my fridge with this. The look of this in a tulip is worth a picture of it's own. Grab some of this and enjoy another fantastic New England brew. Night Shift keeps producing great beer, and they are consistent between batches. We New Englander's are so fortunate right now to be surrounded by so many good breweries. Grab this one and try for yourself.

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Photo of emount91
4.54/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours an extremely hazy/murky yellow, lots of carbonation seen sticking to the sides of the glass. smell is very fruity but light and semi-sweet. taste is surprisingly juicy but finishes dry, peaches and mangoes with some dry citrus peel to finish it off, nice bready malt. still pretty light tasting. pretty balanced at first with the malt, then the hops linger. very refreshing and easy to slam. love that they come in 16oz cans now, boat beer for the summer for sure!!

(REVIEW EDITED 3/1/16, seems to be a different beer than it was a year ago)

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Photo of Gatch
4.54/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Canned 2/3/16 so about two weeks old. I'd love to drink this straight off the canning line, as it's incredibly fresh and tasty after two weeks in the can. A gorgeous bright but hazy yellow and a fluffy, bright white head. Nose is fresh tropical fruit and a bit of fresh grass. Flavor is even better, with more fruit and a hint of pine and resin. It's so damn smooth and drinkable with the right amount of carbonation in the finish that it almost reminds me of a hoppy Blonde. Regardless of how it's classified, it's a well-crafted beer that I would drink every day if I had the means/funds.

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Photo of M_chav
4.54/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is an underrated pale ale - very tropical and bursting with ripe fruit flavors. so crushable, probably the lower abv but dang this is really great, would love to have a sixer of this near a lake with nothing to do. Lots of sweet clementine/star fruit flavors. Get on board people, would put this up against the best Pale Ales out there in a blind taste test and I bet this would fit right in

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