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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: Rotating

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Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
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 Antg8989
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
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 peensteen
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazed lightly murk, light blonde colour, ring of white head and some lace. Smell is massively fruity, fuzzy peach and fresh peaches dominate the fruit profile, very hop forward with almost zero malt presence, lots citrus fruit that i lightly sweet at points. Taste is quite hoppy, bitterness is restrained but lots of peach and grapefruit flavours, very faint malt, dry into the finish with a big citrus aftertaste. Lightly carbonated, medium bodied, dry feel. A nice pale ale that is more in line with a session IPA than APA in my opinion.

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Photo of argock
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Delicious but just a shade too light in body and flavor. Aromas are delicious with lemon, lime, grapefruit, and orange with plenty of floral and herbal notes as well. Flavors follow the aroma but less. Feel is a bit watery and could use more malty support - see Mission Street Pale Ale for 4.5ish abv and stellar body. Still very enjoyable and honestly better straight from the can.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.42/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 4 pack at the Beer Shop in East Longmeadow. The beer pours with a murky lemonade-like appearance with patchy lacing in the sides. Aromas have a lemon-orange citrus balance with sharp hops. The taste is a little watery with some bitter lemon citrus. The mouthfeel is decently carbonated. Overall, not bad; definitely good aromas.

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Photo of Nightmare1972
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I would say this is Pale Ale is definitely in my top three for favorite style very light on the abv which makes it extremely drinkable, pours a light yellow color with perfect white head.

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Photo of Sabtos
2.94/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Very pale gold nearing seafoam green, but transparent, with a large bright white foamy head.

Slightly metallic astringent grassy corn and wheat, with a hint of citrus.

Taste is pretty pilsener-like. Grassy corn, bitter hops that are lightly piney, with a faint hint of banana candy in the finish.

Medium but fizzy body, semi dry.

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Photo of lbower860
4.01/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pretty cool beer. Grabbed a 4 pack of cans from the brewery this afternoon. It looks lighter in color than I expected. Pours a light yellow, straw color, sort of looks like lemonade. Smell isn't all that strong, I get some citrusy notes, lime comes out most. Taste is more light citrus, again I taste lime. Overall a very very nice beer. I love how light and balanced it is compared to some other low ABV pale ales. They dont overdo it with the dry hopping and it makes for a really nice, sessionable beer.

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Photo of spacecake9
3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a hazy yellow color with an inch of white foamy head. Lighter than expected.
S - Aroma is grapefruit but not very strong. Expected a more enticing aroma.
T - Flavor is very mild stone fruit and some cracker.
M - Medium mouth feel and carbonation.
O - Very nice Pale ale, very drinkable.

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pale golden, slight haze, big white head and spotty lacing. Soft hoppy but noticeable aromas. Notes of stone fruit, zesty citrus, underripe tropical fruits, light dank and cracker. Light, soft, smooth, clean semi dry finish. Crushable. A top tier session pale ale with big hop flavor.

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Photo of MamaHoney
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love most of the NS brews. This one had all the right elements and made for a drinkable, easy beer. It's not my favorite but mostly because it didn't punch my mouth on first sip :) Still a great sipping beer - light & refreshing

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Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

White head. Hazy pale yellow.

Fairly juicy and hoppy. Earthy. Grapefruit and oranges.

Very light bitterness and stickiness.

Easy drinking. Nice ipa.

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Photo of CTbrew32
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

appearance- Pale yellow color, cloudy, and pours a two finger head.

aroma- Fruity citrus, peach, and cracker malt.

taste- Same pattern as the nose with bright citrus hops upfront, very mild bitterness in the middle, and a creamy cracker malt in the finish.

feel- Light/medium bodied, medium/high carbonation, almost creamy at times, clean finish, and easy drinking.

overall- Very nice session pale ale. Solid hop flavors, bright and almost juicy, and a good malt presence that adds balance and flavor.

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Photo of edward_boumil
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Brilliant, bright yellow beer, lightly turbid. Pours a whit head, about 2 fingers and leaves a light lace.
S: Very mild tropical fruit nose. Very citrusy, with hints of cream, somewhat akin to an orange creamsicle. Some dank, green-tea like notes as well.
T: Very clean flavor, slightly drying and crisp but not at all bitter. Somewhat 1 note unfortunately, but still quite good.
F: Medium bodied, smooth, goes back easy.
O: Really love the nose. Only criticism would be it could use a touch of sweetness, would do wonders for the floral, citrusy nature of the hop aroma. Otherwise super solid and a great introduction to this local brewer.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look - This looks like legit lemonade in the glass. A glowing hazy yellow color. Awesome looking beer
Smell - Citrus, grassy, grapefruit, hints of passion/tropical fruits
Taste - Tons of citrusy grapefruit on the palate. Pine, pithy, herbaceous
Feel - light and crushable as a session should be

Overall - For a sessions beer, it doesn't get much better than this one.

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Photo of intransitive
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured on draft at Tempo in Waltham, MA.

look - hazy light orange/yellow. slight head that went away quickly. no lacing
smell - citrus up front: grapefruit, some lemon peel. my dining companion remarked that the smell was overwhelming for him, but I thought it suited the rest of the beer
taste - light, more citrus, some bitter lemon peel. it's not too complex, but that's fine for what it is. finished the first glass without thinking about it too much, then ordered another.
feel - somewhat creamy, but light and carbonated just enough to give it a little bite
overall - a fine, sessionable beer that went well with my dinner. the citrus character is thankfully not overpowering, but it complimented the heavy meat and risotto nicely.

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Photo of NoZeFace
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Got via a trade. A month old so not sure how it would be different if fresher. But it is a nice lil beer. Citrus is present from the start (not as crazy as the NE IPAs but still there). Has a bit of warmth/spice (not sure what exactly) when on the tongue. Lovely hazy white look. Certainly something to have during the summer.

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Photo of Skellbop
4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - hazy yellow, some white head
S - very nice lemon scent, with a bit of pineapple
T - balanced citrus, grass and bitterness
F - medium carbonation
O - probably my favorite from Nigtshift so far!

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can poured into a sam Adams glass

Hazy pale yellow, steady carbonation, frothy one finger white foam cap, good lacings

Lemon, citrus, grass aromas

Lemony taste, citrus hops

Light mouthfeel, smooth, sessionable

Good beer

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Photo of GregA135
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy yellow with a white head.
Smell - citrus, lemon and a littlt bit of oranges
Tasted the lemon for sure along with hints of citrus. Lemon aftertaste
Moderate bitterness with the lemon flavor not overbearing. Smooth going down.
Very good APA!

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Photo of CNoj012
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a very cloudy light yellow, almost gose like. The head is two fingers and bright white. The retention is very good with nice sheets of lacing throughout. The smell is citrus mostly. Lemon, orange, peach, and a nice little twang from the wheat. Taste is the same, very flavorful. Feel is super light and crushable. Overall very nice. If I could find a citrus pale ale this crushable in my distro it would be one of my warm weather go-to's.

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Photo of Gatch
4.54/5  rDev +10.2%
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 brewandbbq
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can dated 2/3/16.
Pours turbid yellow with an inch-plus head of white froth. Plenty of tattered sheets of lacing for the duration.

Tropical hops in the nose. Peach fuzz, pear, melons and light pineapple. Nice aromatics but not pungently hoppy.

Light bodied with a thinnish mouthfeel. A bit silky and creamy. Crisp.

Ripe fruit and leafy hops start the palate. Very dry with a mild bitterness and no malt to be had, only a biscuity undertone. Peach, melon, pear, and grapefruit follow though.

Finishes crisp, dry, and fruity.

Tasty beer and certainly crushable. Almost a Session IPA but the aromatics are bit muted for that moniker.

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Photo of Nachojon
4.71/5  rDev +14.3%
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 Hyptochrons
4.41/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this at five horses tavern in Somerville MA. pretty impressed with this one. its light, crisp, and refreshing... good citrus character. goes down very very easy, which is great because of how tasty it is. i love when sessionabe ales like this are able to provide both interesting flavor and superior drinkability. I would definitely recommend this beer!

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