Whirlpool | Night Shift Brewing

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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

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Reviews:
118
Ratings:
932
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
8.25%
 
 
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Photo of Gemmell
2.39/5  rDev -42%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

From a pint can to a snifter. Very underwhelming. More of a blonde than a pale ale. A very light straw/yellowish hue filled with little floaties. The nose is filled with fruits and not much else, very little hop presence in the smell. The flavor is very light. Some big tropical fruits that fade almost instantly. Again the flavor seems for reminiscent of a blonde than a pale ale, slightly hoppy but only slightly. Very watered down is the basic impression I got here. Probably wouldn't go out of my way to get it, but certainly wouldn't turn it down. Cheers!

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Photo of waughbrew
2.53/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Fresh from the brewery on 8/19/15. 4 pack of 16 oz. cans for $14.

Very cloudy pale yellow with a small white head, no lacing. Pretty cool and distinct aroma of bitter yellow grapefruit and not much else. Flavor follows suit, but with thin sizzly body, only a bit of honeyish malt presence, and an astringent finish, the cool hoppage from the aroma isn't balanced or complemented by anything. I know the alcohol is low, but I would still expect more body and malt presence from a 4.5% brew.

This is the second pack of this that I've tried, and I can't say I like it. One dimensional, thin, astringent, and very expensive.

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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 Hiwattowner
3.2/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Very thin body. Hazy, murky yellow color bordering on soupy. Lemony, zesty taste. Poor tasting thin beer during cold months. Comes more alive as a refreshing beer during hot, sunny days.

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Photo of jbertsch
3.28/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

An attractive glowing yellow appearance with stark white head. The inviting aroma smells like all citra - strong lemon and grass characters. The flavor is decent up front, with a crisp hoppy snap but the flavor lacks any backbone as the crackery malt profile is almost non existent. I don't expect substantial malt bills with session beers but this malt character here is just too light. Mouthfeel is light, crisp, and fizzy.

Overall the aroma is its best attribute. But the body - even for a session strength brew - is lacking. After just 1 month, stored cold, this beer lost all its hop aroma and what's left is literally nothing better than a bud light. No flavor or character. Not a bad beer - can be refreshing, but for the very premium price it needs to give me a bit more character beyond simply being "refreshing" as I can be refreshed just as well with non-alcoholic beverages.

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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 tonybonvechio
3.46/5  rDev -16%
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 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 BltByKrmn
3.51/5  rDev -14.8%
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 Jwale73
3.63/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to EnronCFO for the opportunity to try this one. 12oz. can served in a shaker pint. Pours a hazy, orange-gold with a loose, half-inch, bright white head that eventually settles into a consistent slick. Nose is subtle but pleasant - citrus notes and pale malts. Taste consistent with nose; however, it's a bit dull and the grain bill is a bit too forward. Mouthfeel is light in body with a lively carbonation that leaves a residual prickle across the roof of the mouth between quaffs. There's also a kiss of acidity to the mix. Overall, a decent APA but really not all that much happening here.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.64/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I enjoyed this can courtesy of tenderbranson69, poured chilled in a tumbler.

The color is golden with very thick hazed appearance and quick settling white head with fine bead and no lace. The smell is tangy with juicy smell of citrus fruit and grassy herbal odor with mild yeast ester and light spice. The feel is tangyand juicy with spicy hop texture and medium carbonation level with slight malt in middle and peppery finish with moderately low sweetness.

The taste is tangy with citrus quality of hops up front with an herbal and astringent almost vegetal hop taste in the peripheral with tropical yet slight celery accent and mild yeast flavor with peppery bitter and dry finish. Overall I would drink this again, good flavor with modest amount of hops and sessionable quality with decent drinkability for the style.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.65/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Niles

Pale opaque hay color with a thin white head. Night Shift owl looks like Shadowhawk on the silver and black can.

Smells a little musty, wheaty with with peach and citrus. High carbonation and tongue sticking citrus pith resin is my impression upon first sip. Grapefruit and lime initially but it's the peach that sticks on the tongue for a few seconds. Malt doesn't do much other than hold the hops but it works. With the citrus and high carbonation it's not unlike Fresca.

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Photo of tone77
3.74/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A big thanks to the founding father of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a whitish/golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of peaches, citrus, hops. Taste is grapefruit, peaches, hops, medium bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a tasty and smooth beer.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16 ounce can into a snifter. 9/2/15 canned date.

A- Whirlpool is one way of describing it. Wheat beer too. Cloudy grapefruit or mango juice. While sometimes I find these unfiltered beers quite appealing, in this case it's not particularly attractive. Pale white head, frothy and foamy is a plus. Shows good persistence and lace. 3.75

S- Notes of mango and melon and other juicy fruits. Problem is they're faint and feel watered down. They seduce my nose and fade just as quickly. This is a puff from a joint when I want some heroine in the vein. Nice but leaves me wanting. 3.75

T- Same impression I have from the nose. Some nice fruit profiles, pungent and sticky mango, pineapple and passionfruit, with touches of uncut grass and resin, but it's lacking oomph. It leaves me wanting a bit. 3.75

M- Light but in this case also a tad watery feeling. Light to moderate bitterness and a dry feel with some mineral qualities on the finish. 3.75

Not a bad light drinker, but almost too light since so much aroma and flavor seems lost.

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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 hardysf
3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dirty hazy pale yellow, maybe the color of lemon juice. Pours with a big head that dissipates extremely fast.

Smell is muted mango with some floral notes.

Taste is much stronger than the nose. Light and refreshing mango, lemon, and pineapple. Nearly could be confused with a light shandy.

Mouthfeel is nice. Crisp and refreshing. Good summer drinker here.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.84/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2014 can into Lawson's snifter 8/26/2014.

A- Beautiful banana pear yellow body, one finger foamy white head, good retention time. Very nice shade of yellow. [4.25]

S- Citrus, oranges, peaches, nectarines. Slight amount of bread pale malt, a bit of grassy hops, but for the most part it smacks of tropical fruit. [4]

F- Grassy hop flavors, tangy orange pulp, nectarine skin. Overall, the fruit flavours aren't as vibrant on the palate as it is in the nose. [3.75]

M- Thinner bodied but not in a bad way. Easy to drink, not bitter at all, but does feel a bit bland on the finish, presumably from the less malt for the 4.3% ABV. [3.75]

O- Lighter bodied with a lot of fruity hops in the aroma, but a bit light on the flavour, even for a session pale ale. [3.75]

Final score 3.825

Appearance 5%
Aroma 20%
Taste 45%
Mouthfeel 10%
Overall 20%

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Photo of Dopen993
3.86/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can into tulip. 11/25/15.

L. Straw with a hint of orange. Light haze with 1 finger head.
S. Lemon and citrus with hints of tropical. Floral and a bit of spice too.
T. Lots of lemon, very dry with a light hop finish.
F. Nice carbonation a light mouthfeel. Very easy on the checks.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
3.89/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Really enjoyed the hop profile but the body is so light and watery that there's no real depth. Fun beer that could be very good with a bulked up body.

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Photo of tigg924
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Taste is grapefruit, peach, lemon, tangerine, and rind. A super juicy and citrusy ale. I have others I prefer in the style, but this is a quality beer. I would pick this one up again.

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Photo of smcolw
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks like a pale wheat beer--whitish-straw color. Very cloudy. Relatively small head, but it leaves a moderate amount of spotty lace.

Fresh, floral hop smell. A bit of grapefruit--attractive.

A hop head's APA. The grassy, very pale malt shows up briefly. The hop is more bitter and biting than anything else. The body is a bit on the thin side. The carbonation is high.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Hazyish dark straw gold. head is bright-white and creamy. Starts off with a solid head, but drops to a small wispy cap and slightly thicker creamy collar in short order. Some splotches and streaks of lacing. Moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Really soft malt base with a touch of powdery American yeast and a mildly sweet pale malt base. A bit of snappy cracker and some mildly bready elements, but it's all very mild. Hops hit big to juicy tropical fruit with a ton of peach, some mango, and a bit of melon and tangerine. Big dry-hop presence. Some minor pithy elements add a small backing bitterness but it's quickly covered over by the super juicy fruit aromas. Just delightful.

Taste: Peach. Lots of peach...or as much as you can have in a relatively mellow beer. Some more pronounced backing bitterness that comes across as pithy. Mellow malt backbone throws some mild bread crust and a bit more cracker. Mild pale malt sweetness adds a nice balance to the hops, but it's still a hop-forward beer. Lingering pine needle bitterness with a big juicy hop element that drops away quickly. A bit of grapefruit and tangerine as well. It's tropical without pushing the sugary sweetness that can accompany juicy tropical hops.

Mouthfeel: Mediumish body with a moderate carbonation. Clean and a touch crisp on the finish.

Overall: I can't get Daisy Cutter, so this will do nicely.

If this actually hits cans (that's the plan last I heard), I'll keep it in my fridge for everyday drinking. A mellow, hoppy pale ale from NE? Yes, it exists and this is it.

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Photo of Florida9
3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Slightly cloudy, very light pastel pale yellow in color. Forms a fairly large fluffy bright white head that falls quite quickly, leaving about a quarter inch or so of foam on the top. Lots and lots of lacing. Aroma is quite pleasant. Juicy tropical fruit, peach, orangey citrus, and a mild bit of bread. However, the taste falls off. Lightly sweet and somewhat watery blend of fruits. Peaches, orange, and unripe papaya. Lighter body, medium carbonation, low bitterness.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the brewery. Served in a snifter. Soft yellow body. Citrus aroma. Very tropical. Tastes very tropical as well. Light graininess. Light body and very drinkable. I’m digging this a lot.

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Photo of JordonHoltzman
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
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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