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 spacecake9
3.77/5  rDev -8.7%
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 +0.2%
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 BEERMILER12
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 12/22/16. Consumed 1/3/17.

A: Pours a cloudy straw yellow color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a bubbly cap that leaves some good lacing

S: Citrus and stone fruit up front with a good malt backbone. Hops definitely highlight

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a good bit of citrus and stone fruit followed by some bitterness and very light maltiness. Finishes with very light lingering bitterness

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A very nice pale ale that has a definite focus on the hops, especially in the nose. Does start to verge on "hop water" at times, but remains flavorful and extremely easy to drink. Worth picking up if you can find it

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Photo of MamaHoney
4/5  rDev -3.1%
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 -3.1%
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 -2.4%
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 -2.4%
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 +6.3%
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 -15.3%
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 +0.5%
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 +5.6%
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%
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 +6.1%
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 +0.2%
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 +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 brewandbbq
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
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%
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 +6.8%
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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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 TheManiacalOne
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color with a thin white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains grassy hops, fruity citrus and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a strong piney hops bitterness that is quickly followed by sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. The malt character is thin but provides a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not filling at all, very mild kick, very good representation of style, this is a very good beer to pound down for a long time.

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Photo of Dopen993
3.86/5  rDev -6.5%
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 ryan1788a5
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz can poured into a pint glass.

A: Dull, pale straw color. Light haze. Large-bubbled and rocky white head retains very well. Ample stickage of clumpy lacing.

S: Lemony spritz, melon rind, floral, pithy, lightly peppery, tropical. Bone dry carjacker malt base.

T: Tart and juicy peach right up front, as if biting right into the fruit. Mango. Melon rind. Peppery and herbal. Ultra dry crackery malt base. Bitterness is tame. Pithy and juicy hops on the quick and dry finish.

M: Light bodied with a light creaminess. Aggressive scrubbing carbonation.

O: Tart, juicy, peachy, quaffable. It's a sexy thing to reach for when you want something sessionable. It's juicy and slightly tart nature in particular make it very attractive.

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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 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 bmurphy13
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Incredible beer given the low ABV. Looks like lemonade/orange juice. Nice floral/fruity aroma. Tastes fruity and juicy with some spicy notes as well. The fact that they packed this much hop flavor into such a low ABV beer is what makes this brew so great. Absolutely crushable.

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