Whirlpool | Night Shift Brewing

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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 BoldRulerVT
3.52/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from CBC in Boston (warm)
Poured into a snifter. Pours a light blonde, slightly hazy with low head.
Aromas are very light and have light notes of lemon and hops.
Flavors are similar lightly hoppy, slightly lemon.
Mouthfeel was ok, thin.
Overall, honestly, this beer is forgettable. Not sure if because it sat warm for a while, but this was a disappointment.

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Pours a very pale, hazy, straw hue with a two finger white head. The beer is completely opaque. It laces the glass well.

Smell: Faint aroma on the nose. Mild notes of sugar cookies. Pineapple, coconut, mango and slightly bitter grapefruit rind and pine sap.

Taste: Tropical. Not overtly bitter or sweet. Very neutral tasting, but quite flavorful at the same time. Upfront I get peach, mango, pineapple and bittersweet grapefruit mingled with malted cereal grains and faint coconut. Finishes on a gentle kiss of bitter pine sap - just to balance it out.

Feel: The best part about this beer. Thirst quenching. Body is light with low carbonation. Goes down very easily. This would pair very nicely as a complement to almost any type of cuisine.

Overall: As much as I don't like to use this adjective - this is one of the "smoothest" Pale Ale's I've ever had. While it's easy to put down and rather crisp, it still offers authentic flavors of pineapple, mango, coconut and grapefruit without being too dry and bitter or overtly cloyingly sweet - as a pale ale should be. A very well balanced and tasty beer.

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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 JamFuel
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the brewery.

Pours a hazy light yellow.

Very crisp smell, with a lot of citrus and lemon peel.

The taste is so crisp and refreshing, with lemony mangoes ruling the roost.

Mouthfeel is nice and smooth, almost criminally easy to drink.

For the 4.5 ABV, this ha a lot of flavor, but is ridiculously crushable.

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Photo of agreenman19
4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L - straw yellow gold. Crystal clear until the last bit of the pour. Develops into a neon piss yellow. Described by my mother as "not morning pee, but afternoon pee". Lemonade. The end of the glass reveals a neon, cool off-white. Actually looks pretty nice in fluorescent light.

S - crisp and lemony. Light bready presence. Floral, like sunflowers and dandelions.

T - ultra grassy and yeasty bitterness. Light and tangy. Slightest of peach, but that's a stretch. Lemon and coriander. Crackers. Refreshing. Sessiony. Dry pineapple breadiness.

F - light and soft. Definitely low ABV. Smooth and flowing.

O - enjoyable for a session, but flat in flavor in some senses. Good way to end the night.

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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 tonybonvechio
3.46/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Canned 12/22/16.

L: Hazy straw yellow. 1 finger foam head, lots of lacing.
S: Citrusy, floral, not overpowering at all.
T: Mild and sweet, fits the session mold.
F: Watery.
O: Mild and easy to drink but nothing extraordinary.

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Photo of EMH73
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly cloudy straw yellow with a massive white head that left blotchy lacing all the way down the glass. Smells of citrus, floral hops, biscuit and a hint of grapefruit. Tastes of sweet ruby red grapefruit, orange, biscuit, sweet malts, some tropical fruits and a bit of spices. Light bodied, well carbonated, clean and crisp.

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Photo of JordonHoltzman
3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can is 3 months old. Had it over a month ago too, and is just as good.
Pours a pale cloudy yellow with a great foam head that sticks all over the glass.
Fantastic session beer. Has a great cracker malt backbone. Hopped well, balanced. I honestly could drink this all day.

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

Canned 12/23/16, it pours very hazy to cloudy piss yellow color with a solid 1 finger bright white foamy head that was packed with bubbles that dissipated very slowly and left really good spider web foamy lacing.

Smells very citrus-y up front with lemon zest, tangerine, orange peel, red grapefruit, cracked wheat, biscuit, grassy floral hops, peppery spices and earthy notes. Fresh, zesty and full of fruit, this is quite hoppy with just enough of the malt backbone to make it very well balanced.

Tastes very much like the nose with lemon zest, tangerine, red grapefruit, orange peel, coriander, peppery spices, dry floral hops, cracked wheat or dry toasted grains, biscuit, dry grassy, earthy notes and then it fades with wheat bread toast and topical fruit. There is no sign of the ABV and the hops remind me of a good German beer and seems like Citra or Chinook hops were used to bring out all that citrus. Maltier flavor than the aroma, but it's still pretty well balanced.

Mouthfeel is light, thin and almost watery, it's a definite session beer that would be great on a hot summer day. Finish is on the dry side and bitter with the lemon and grains trailing off sort of sweet. A nice easy drinking APA.

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Photo of c_tails
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured from 16oz can, canned in Jan

clean, crisp and bright. lots of hops of course but i'm not finding it to be "juicy" or citrusy like others seem to. very refreshing. low malt, low bitterness, low alcohol - lots of flavor but i wouldn't say its wallop of hops. really well balanced. great beer, wish i picked up more than one can

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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 Biggtriksta
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Very pale straw color. Some light coming through the glass, but it is hazy overall. Poured with a little bit of white head on top. Very pretty.

S: Smells great. It's got that classic New England style Pale Ale smell. Incredible amounts of hops on the nose. Juicy, dank, maybe a little bit of breadiness.

T: Delicious. Very juicy. Very hoppy. As stated above, it's a classic New England style Pale Ale. I've had others that were a little more intense and therefore this isn't my favorite, but it's light and delicious either way.

F: Really solid. Hops all the way through. It's a little lighter in body than I would have liked. Leaves a great aftertaste with some of that lingering breadiness.

O: Standard beer within the style. I have had better, but I will always choose a beer like this over any other style of Pale Ale or IPA. Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of larryi86
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can poured into a snifter

A- A slightly hazy golden straw with a two finger white head.

S- Peaches, hints of tropical fruits, citrus, piney.

T- Citrus, grapefruit, some peaches, some tropical fruits, pine, touch of malts.

M- Smooth, light body.

O- A tasty beer. Seems more like a session IPA compared to a pale ale since there isn't much maltiness to this. Still a great beer worth seeking out.

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Photo of Boccu
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Pours merky golden. Big white three finger head that fades slowly and hangs on the sides of the snifter. Great lacing. Aroma is grapefruit, pineapple, big citrus tones. Taste follows the nose with light pine, light earthy tone with a light orange peel finish. Extremely refreshing. Great summer beer. Look forward to more from night shift.

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Photo of Meyers1023
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy golden straw color with two fingers worth of very white foam. The nose has a ton of juice in it, citrus and pineapple. Sweet up front with a peach flavor before a citrus and pine bitterness evens things out. The feel is just a little under medium with good carbonation. This is a very well balanced pale ale with good juice and bitterness.

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

Canned yesterday, 1-5-2017.
I will have another in a few days to edit this review.
Moderate pour yields a 1/2 inch head that dissipates to a ring.
Exhibits very little lacing.
Nose of citrus, slight tropical fruit, and even slighter pine.
Taste of citrus and pine.
Feel is a tad thin.
Overall, I know this will improve after a couple days acclimating to it's new vessel.

Hey, I was thirsty!

First rating on 1-6-2017: 3.96 (3.75/4.0/4.0/3.75/4.0)
Revisited 1-16-2017

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Photo of BltByKrmn
3.51/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had this on tap and fresh out of a can, way too hyped of a beer. A solid session ale, but I can't get past the mediocre homebrew vibe that I'm getting when drinking it.

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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 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 peensteen
3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
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 -3.9%
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 -17.2%
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 +5.3%
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 -28.8%
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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