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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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Reviews: 98 | Ratings: 858
Photo of kalosjakar
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Looks like lemonade in the glass.
Cloudy straw yellow with a light fluffy head.

Citrus, fruity hop smells coming thru.

I love this, a very light beer with a huge hop profile.

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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 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 StoutElk_92
4.39/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. can dated 12/9/15

Pours a foggy pale yellow with a white foam head. Smells like peaches, pineapple, mango, tropical citrus, with some grassy hop notes. Taste is tangy, with pineapple, mango, peach, and some citrus rind, with an herbal hop hit in the aftertaste. It feels juicy with the right amount of dryness to have you quenching for more. Light-medium body with moderate carbonation. Overall a great, not too bitter pale ale with fresh tropical fruit notes.

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

Pours a hazy golden straw. It looks quite creamy, despite a lack of head. Some pineapple and mango aroma. There is less of that tropical fruit and more melon in flavor. Some grassy was on the finish. Slightly harsh. Still very drinkable.

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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 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 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 darktronica
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16oz can dated 9/30/15. Pours a hazy straw-yellow that gradually fades to gold deeper in the glass. This has some of the fluffiest clouds of head I've ever seen on a pale, and it lasts forever. The smell is primarily citrus-- grapefruit and pomelo with a bit of lemon. The taste adds some white peach, but also pine and lemongrass. Very flavorful for a sessionable 4.5%, and an invitingly creamy mouthfeel, aided by the everleasting foam.

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Photo of 2dogbrew
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy pale yellow. Wasn't expecting that but ok with me. Solid aroma, taste follows with some solid fruitiness. My first beer from Night Shift.

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Photo of irrevjim
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

look; opaque pale sunny cloudy golden, 1" head, not much retention but lacing stays a while
smell;grapefruit, peaches, yeast, fresh cut grass,kiwi, an olfactory bomb
taste; similar to but even fruitier than the nose, less grapefruit, more kiwi and a hint of black pepper/cilantro/other spice
feel; a little sharp, bubbly, maybe a little thin for all the flavor
overall; nice full flavored juice pop of a beer, lots going on at 4.5 abv

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Photo of Gemmell
2.39/5  rDev -42.1%
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 breadwinner
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Anytime anyone makes a legit attempt at a session brew (4.5% here), I have respect. None of this, "Come try our new 5.5% session IPA!" bull crap. Light, almost pastel, translucent yellow with a a healthy dollop of foam. Really interesting nose. I get cilantro/herbs, maybe a little of the so-mentioned peach from the can's description, a touch of citrus rind, maybe some finishing pine. It's nice, certainly unique. Palate is a touch more dischordant though still tasty. The body just hangs in there for a session brew, edging toward wateriness but never quite getting there. There's a distinctive grassy note on the palate, and it combines with the cilantro to form a really interesting flavor profile. Light tropical fruit and pine are thrown in for good measure. Again, really dig the novel flavor profile on this one. At times, it almost feels like it's going to veer a little too hollow, but then it somehow manages to pull it all together. Cool stuff!

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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 rmcquade626
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Easily one of my favorite beers. It's the perfect blend of citrus dankness and hops. Tulip glass, can, for breakfast or at night. So drinkable. As smooth as it gets with the perfect little hop bite at the end. 16oz cans now make it a must for an early round of golf on the weekend.

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Photo of mnj21655
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can dated 9/30/15 poured into a tulip.

Pours a bright pale yellow/straw color with a finger of soapy white head. Nose starts strong buts fades away; predominantly hoppy with citrus, a touch of peach and some dank notes. Taste is mostly hoppy, peach and mango dominate, with dank and citrus notes in the background. A little bit of malt sweetness acts as a counterpoint to a low-medium bitterness. Good mouthfeel, light-medium body and moderate carbonation. Overall I found this to be above average but not too special, I don't find myself yearning for another. I don't think there are any major flaws here but this just doesn't quite suit my taste buds.

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

A: Cloudy, bright yellow, thin foam like white head.
S: Fresh hops, citrus, pine, sticky like dankness.
T: Similar to the nose, dry grapefruit like notes stand out, hops provide some dank notes.
M: Dry, mild bitterness, medium carbonation. Hops are prickly to the tongue.
O: One of my favorite Night Shift brews. Very drinkable and can't detect any alcohol.

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Photo of rorykanderson
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Outstanding pale ale. 4.5% ABV with a profile this big? Shit yes. Enjoyed two weeks after canning; poured a 16oz tall boy into a glass. Bright golden-yellow (almost neon depending on the light) hue, moderate head. Slightly dank in the best way. Aroma of citrus and pine; taste of mango, orange, apricot and peach. Lots of peach. Impressed by how long the aroma sticks around after the initial pour. Nice bready sweetness from the malt balances the taste; finishes without any lingering bitterness or stickiness that coats the palette. Clearly freshness has a lot to do with the impression but the big taste and small ABV is impressive. Outstanding from start to finish.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
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 munsonptr
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

You'd be hard pressed to find many beers under 5% that are as tasty as Whirlpool. The mango/peach profile is one I haven't tasted in very many beers. If you like tropical flavors with low bitterness, this one is for you.

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Photo of brewskis
4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy straw yellow color with a finger of bright white head. Looks very refreshing.

Aroma is of juicy fruits. Pineapple and peach are at the forefront, with grapefruit, lemon, dankness, and passionfruit in the background. A light pale malt sweetness adds the sweetness to this juicy aroma.

Taste is highlighted once again by juicy peach and pineapple flavors. Grapefruit and dank are there too. There is a tiny lemon kick towards the finish. Get some grass and light resin bitterness as the beer dries out.

High light body. Crisp and somewhat creamy. Clean finish.

I really enjoyed this pale ale. It's juicy, fruity, and smoothly bitter. Very easy to drink as well. If I was near this brewery, I would drink this quite a bit.

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Photo of waughbrew
2.53/5  rDev -38.7%
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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Whirlpool from Night Shift Brewing
4.13 out of 5 based on 858 ratings.
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