Harborside
Night Shift Brewing

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Style:
Leipzig Gose
Ranked #113
ABV:
5%
Score:
90
Ranked #6,410
Avg:
4.02 | pDev: 10.95%
Reviews:
24
Ratings:
215
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Night Shift Brewing
 
Massachusetts, United States
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HarborsideHarborside
Notes: Gose-style sour ale brewed with coriander and oysters from Island Creek Oysters.

**We recommend that those with shellfish or oyster allergies don't sample Harborside**
Reviews: 24 | Ratings: 215
Photo of StoutElk_92
4.61/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle dated 6/27/2016

Pours foggy hazy pale yellow gold with a dissipating creamy frothy white foam head. Smells like sweet tangy wheat, tart lemon, green apple, oyster brine, coriander, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like sweet tangy wheat, sour acidic lemon, green apple, oyster brine, coriander, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy and smooth with moderate carbonation. Overall a really nice gose with coriander and Island Creek oysters.

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Photo of jlindros
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

no real head, crystal clear pale watery color

Nose mild spices, coriander, little tart lemony passion fruit, little yeasty raw bread dough, little seaweed like salty briny thing

Taste tart little sour lemony gose, hint of salt and briny seaweed, oyster like thing going on, hint of coriander spice, plenty of bread dough wheat creamy, little flemmy finish

Mouth is medto light bod, plenty of fluffy carb

Overall interesting.

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Photo of drinkbeernoth2o
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Drinking the 2015 variety in a NS snifter, clocking in at a whopping 4.1% ABV. Lovely nose with the salt - and oysters? - coming through. Tart throughout, but mostly on the finish. A little too sour, with it coming up into the back of my nose. However, very palatable and pleasant. I'm going to make sure to get a 2017 version and "cellar" it for a couple of years. Excellent gose.

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Photo of tallape
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drinking my first bottle of the 2017 release, following an 80 mile bike ride. Harborside has been one of my favorite beers over the last 3 or 4 years, and I always make a point to pick up a case or two. It's particularly nice after a workout or something like that. My review is biased a little by comparing with past releases, apologies for that.

L: hazy gold, with a pure white head that fades pretty quickly. Prior years generally had a bit of a reddish tint, doesn't seem to be present here.

S: very slight sour nose, but the salt and coriander are restrained or missing altogether.

T: very tasty, but on the sweet side for a gose (let alone one with oysters. The past editions of this beer have been heavily briny, this one tastes much more restrained. There's an interesting fruit note as well, almost peachy.

F: smooth drinker, well carbonated.

O: still tasty, but not as good as prior editions in my opinion. In the past, drinking Harborside was enough to make me feel like I was sitting in Wellfleet or Duxbury. That's not true this time around. It's still good, just not a multi case beer for me any more.

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Photo of mnj21655
3.59/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy very pale straw in color with a minimal white head. Aroma is sour with slightly funky briney notes. Taste is moderately sour and acidic. Lightly salty, refreshing. Light in body with prickly carbonation. Overall I found this to be an interesting beer, I enjoyed the sour and salty notes but the acidity limits the drinkability.

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Photo of meson13
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L- Pale and hazy. a little more solid than i was expecting.

S- welp, smells fucking weird. i doubt i would have identified oysters on my own, but yup there they are.

T- tart, lemon, coriander. briny oysters are pretty apparent acually. sea water. like a lactic, sea water oyster shooter. i guess?

F- its thin.

O- over all, what the fuck? i mean it is what it says. tart salt water oyster juice. idk if i like it but i keep taking sips. a hard one to rate.

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Photo of rmcquade626
2.87/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Never had a Gose style beer before and am not a huge fan of oysters. Sours in general are something I've just started to get into. A first sip I thought it was good however about halfway down the bottle I began to feel like I was just drinking salty bath water. Usually a huge fan of Night Shift just not this one.

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Photo of KYGunner
2.62/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I love a Gose and I love oysters so why not mix the two? Well that seems to be a bad idea as this presented a starchy, salty mollusks shell taste. The coriander seemed completely absent and it screamed for fruit. The group I was with did not like it either but a member added some kiwi and strawberry and it was drinkable.

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Photo of JakerLou
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dull yellow with a thin white head that dissipated quickly.

Smells of lemon, vinegar, salt, and some bready malts.

Taste is very similar to the smell, lemon, apple, vinegar, salt, some spice and a little bit of bready malt. The first few sips had an almost corn chip like flavor to them (I had an IPA before this). It faded after a few more sips. Nice tart after taste and a touch of salt in the finish.

Mouth feel is smooth maybe a little under carbonated.

Overall a really refreshing summer beer.

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Photo of tigg924
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy-gold, with minimal carbonation and 1/4 inch head. Taste is peach, apricot, lemon, and a really big dose of salt. Makes for a really good base wit like beer. I like my goses on the saltier side and this one qualifies. Overall I thought this was an amazing beer and right up there with my favorites from Night Shift.

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Photo of SABERG
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle dated 08/11/15 into an HFB goblet.
A - Murky straw color, carbonation on strike,but present, very little cap.
S - Spice from the coriander, chalky ash, light bread dough, touch of floral note.
T - Salinity is subtle, a wonderful ocean feel, the spice is hard to find in the flavors.
M - Medium bodied, that chalky element is prevalent, and enjoyable. Ashen finish may be
tough to take for some.
O - A Gose variant that I quite enjoyed, the Oyster/Coriander elements combine to
exceed the sum of their parts.
Cheers

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Photo of smanson56
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wasn't really sure what to expect but if you love a good Gose and love good oysters than why not try this beer. Nothing fishy about this Gose a nice tart clean taste with the great briny salty taste you get from a really fresh oyster. The spices are there but not real heavy. A much better beer for this style than I expected but well it's from Night Shift I should no better than expect nothing but the best.

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Photo of SebastianOwl
3.57/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dated 8/11/15; labeled as 4.1% ABV; drank on 8/23/15 in a pilsner glass; I absolutely love Night Shift but this beer does not meet my idea of the Gose style, way too lactic, loses the light salty brine flavor and aroma.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.69/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap. Pours a hazy, milky yellow. Aroma was of tart apples and lemons. I didn't pick up and salt. I wasn't aware that this was a Gose at the time. The flavor again had a tart apple element. Pretty sour for the style. Lactic and lemony. Finishes with a moderate saltiness. More intense than some Gose beers I have had.

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Photo of thed163
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The smell is like water after you boil corn on the cob in it... Maybe the oysters.
The taste is incredibly salty, in a great way. Sour a bit. Buttery on the end.
Look is light Golden straw yellow
Mouth feel is perfect carbonation with the tang of the sour that might pucker your tongue.

Overall this is my favorite gose out of many. Over west brook, six point, Kent (I think? Another world is the beer), lost nation and more.

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Photo of PHBoiler
3.03/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

As soon as the bottle opened you could smell a harsh acidity and tartness. The beer followed that to a tee. There was a nice brininess to the body of the beer and it was carbed well. It was just above and beyond the level of sour that I expect from a gose. The sour level was challenging rather than quenching.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
3.56/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The incredible lacto tartness and builds up of vinegar flavor is a negative. Any real oyster flavors or aromas are overwhelmed. Subtlety is not in night shift's repertoire.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy straw yellow with a tiny cap and collar. Mild carbonation on the pour. Head drops to a tiny cap in short order with almost no lacing.

Smell: The ocean. Deep salty with a rocky minerality. Lemon juice and lemon zest with a sharp citric bite. Deep briny shellfish. Loaded with lemon and something that reminds me of chlorine. Very mild pale malt sweetness. Some mild bread elements as well. Some serious lactic push through the back.

Taste: Briny. Salt. Lemon juice and zest. Pale malt sweetness with some mild bready elements. Finishes salty with a slid citric bite right up front. The middle of the sip has some slight lactic pushes as to be expected from Night Shift. Deep salty ocean water with rocks, shellfish, and a super clean finish. Some oyster liquor. Tons of lemon juice, zest, and flesh. It all balances. Finishes with a snap of dry salt on the back of everything.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body with a moderate carbonation. Clean finish. A bit astringent.

Overall: Better than a day at the beach.

It's a gose but not. Tons of lemon and a healthy dose of salt. Unique and well played.

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Photo of cbutova
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to my cousin Sonny for inadvertently gifting this bottle to me.

Night Shift Harborside

A- Semi-murky pour from the 750ml to four pint glasses to share. A white cap rises up to half a finger with a foamy texture and decent retention. A thick ring deposits seldom spots of lace.

S- Lactic acid bacteria and coriander saturate the nasal passages. Lemony, tart and full of that floral coriander spiciness.

T- Really quite salty here, more so than the recent Gose I have had. Lactic sourness is quite high with a vinegar feel at the same time which is unique to this brew from other examples of the style I've tried. Something like green apples and tomatoes beyond the earthy lactic profile. Coriander comes out beyond all of this.

MF- Light-medium bodied for the style with a foamy, puffy medium-high carbonation. Finishes quite sour after you get through a few sips.

Seems like Night Shift has their lacto chops down but lacks in the quality control/consistency department of some of their other brews. Berliners and now Gose from Night Shift have all been good so far, lactic excellence. Only thing that turns me off is the build up of that vinegar feel towards the end of my glass.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%

A-Semi clear, not much carbonation or head and what head there is doesn't last long.

S-Citrus, orange, lemon, salt, spice and I guess what you could call oysters but not much of it.

T-Starts with a citrus tartness, lemon and orange. Then the salt hits yous balancing the beer out. A tad bit of grassy spice sneaks in. The oysters are not really present but I don't care.

M-Lighter, dry and rather crisp.

O-Goses are wonderful that is all you need to know. This is another yummy one.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Review from notes dated 8/2/14

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

A: Pours a hazy, solid, dark gold - virtually no head, but some off-white carbonation around the edges - the lack of carbonation seems fitting for the style (or at least for the salt)

S: Pale malts, pale grains, and straight-up salt - spicy, earthy, salt water - some sour aromas, tartness, and straight-up weirdness - something akin to chlorine - salty wheat crackers

T: Nicely salty - some serious coriander and salt without actually going over the top - actually refreshing, does not taste like drinking the ocean - nice level of sourness, funk, tart - a blend of lactic and acidic sour - tartness lingers along with the salt, asking you to take another sip

M: Medium body, super low carbonation, a puckering quality that lingers

O: Pronounced "hah-buh-side"

According to my notes, "This beer is tasty, give it a good score." This really is one of, it not the best, examples of a Gose I have ever had. It's nicely sour and tart, and it's not so salty that I felt sick afterward (thanks, stomach). This is worth seeking out.

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Photo of Ken_P
4.1/5  rDev +2%

Excited to see this one in bottles. Had heard great things about it just hadn't been able to make it out to the brewery. I've seen Gose recommended as the beer to pair with oysters. So this pairing is quite smart, lets see how it plays out.

750 mL bottle, quite fresh bottled on 9/9/14 poured hard into a weizen glass. 2 fingers of fine white bubbly head which dissipates quickly leaving a fine white ring at the the edge of the glass. Pale yellow - similar to a ripe banana in color.

Smell is consistent with the style. Wheat, salt, a hint of berry sweetness. I'm reluctant to say fishy or smells like oysters as that wouldn't be completely accurate. More a fleshy note like raw chicken - as gross as that sounds imagine if this was a good thing.

Right off the bat a smack of sweetness followed by salty and lemony acid. Taste is reminscent of apple cider vinegar. A lot more flavor than I'm used to with Gose; certainly more sour.

Although the carbonation can be seen in the glass it's masked by the salt in the mouth. General feel is light with a slight burn in the throat when swallowed.

Overall, I'm very impressed. Whether it was the oysters or simply their interpretation of the style, it packs more of a punch than your standard Gose. The oysters are present in the smell but not in the taste which is perfectly fine with me. One thing I can't seem to find is the corriander, not missing it though.

A-4 S-4.25 T- 4.25 MF- 3.75 O- 4.25 = 4.1

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

What a complex brew. I haven't written a review in a while. I decided I rather had then stare at my phone while with friends trying beers. Felt compelled to write something to recall this one later. Aroma is very sweet but not overly so with notes of pineapple, orange, salt, wet towels and flavor following with salt, more wet towel, perfectly tart citrus, lemon pepper and coriander. Gotta try this one.

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Photo of LittleDon
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

13 oz pour in a goblet at Row 34 8/3/2014. Color somewhere between straw and golden, pours cloudy and opaque. Filmy head. The aroma is a bit muted with sour fruit and seaside tones. Slightly tart twang, the saltiness is barely perceptible. Finishes with a bit of funk. Light body and carbonation.

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Harborside from Night Shift Brewing
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 215 ratings