Night Shift Brewing

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IPA - American
Ranked #109
Ranked #2,367
4.17 | pDev: 7.19%
Night Shift Brewing
Massachusetts, United States
Notes: Bronze Medal Winner in the 2016 World Beer Cup American IPA category, Santilli is a smooth-sipping IPA with massive hop profile. It is crisp, tropical and delicious. Named after our address on Santilli Highway in Everett.
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DavetotheB from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 16oz can 1/19/21 into a weizen glass.

Pours a translucent yellowish orange with about three fingers of white head. Amazing retention and great lacing. Just a little bit of yeasty fog appears toward the end of the pour

Smells of a mixture of pine, pineapple, apple and very faint citrus.

Taste is dominated by earthy, dank pine and resins. Bitterness on the back end of the sip.

Fairly sticky mouthfeel. Strong bitter aftertaste. low to medium carbonation.

For a 6% abv IPA, this beer packs a flavorful punch. Very nicely done.

Apr 01, 2021
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2beerdogs from California

3.84/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned 11/18/2020
Slightly cloudy, dull gold. Fluffy white cap, just shy of 2 inches has very good retention. Nice clumpy lacing.
She shines in the nose: initially piney notes followed immediately by a crisp lemon zest bite. Then grass, undertones of sweet grain, and an herbal zip.
Flavor follows through faithfully. Slightly dank pine resin, floral lemon, tangerine, wet grass, white pepper, sweet bready grain, and a drying bitterness.
Mouthfeel is just shy of medium, carbonation is active but not overly so. Smooth finish even though a hint of mineral grittiness comes through on the very end.
Overall, a great offering.

Jan 31, 2021
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KRug from Massachusetts

4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 12/8/20

How the hell is it that Night Shift is my most reviewed brewery (37 beers), yet I haven't reviewed one of their flagship offerings? It beats me, but I've had this beer many times before and now it's time to properly review it

Pours a cloudy orange gold with 2 fingers of rocky white head that slowly fades to a cap and leaves tons of lacing

The nose here is about as basic as it gets for the style, but the balance is executed incredibly. I pick up on notes of lemon peel, oily pine, red grapefruit, floral hops, crisp malt, and a hint of sweet cream

While the aroma would suggest a subtle bitterness, the taste takes a more assertive approach. On the front end of the sip I'm tasting tart lemon, orange peel, grapefruit, and a touch of mint. The swallow relies less on the tart fruitiness, bringing a rush of caramel malt along with notes of fresh cut pine, floral hops, lime, and crisp bread

A light medium body pairs with moderate carbonation which allows this to go down extremely easy. Finishes mostly dry with a classic west coast bitterness

This is a beer I've enjoyed for quite some time, and I had always assumed I already reviewed it. But it was nice to actually get my thoughts written out for it, and I think I actually appreciate quite a bit more now

Jan 19, 2021
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VoxRationis from New York

4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap in a conical pint glass at Growler's Beer Bistro in Tuckahoe, NY.
A: Pours a slightly hazy, dusky yellow, not quite approaching amber, with a one to finger, lemon chiffon color head, rim plus retention, and solid sticky rings of foamy lacing.
S: Aroma of lemon chiffon, light caramel, and a white pepper note.
T: Semidry. Lemon citrus, caramel, and white pepper. Bitterness moderate and subtle, leaving a very clean finish.
M: Light not quite medium bodied with solid persistent effervescence. Silky mouthfeel.
O: A truly delicious, light, dry, lemon chiffon flavor American IPA.

Jan 16, 2021
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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pint can was emptied into a clear glass liter mug to observe few things. The color is a semi-translucent amber with some head and glass lacing. It's a mild dose of IPA characteristics for the nose, certainly not enough to anticipate anything. The taste is one of a good clean and hearty hop feast. There is some body, so there's some malt in there somewhere, but the taste is several degrees of hops. Mainly dry and bitter, without a detriment to the finish, this is an excellent AIPA.

Dec 28, 2020
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harrypowers from Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours an almost clear pale orange color with a small white head that subsides to lacing.

Smells of grapefruit and piney hops. Tastes of slightly tart citrus and mildly bitter hops.

Light body and carbonation. Crisp clean mouthfeel.

This is a nice easy going west coast IPA.

Nov 22, 2020
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schoolboy from Ohio

3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Here I am in Massachusetts at my sister's place, and she bought me all kinds of singles. This is the best of the lot so far, and my first reviewed from Rhode Island.

It pour like a New England style without the clouds. Very nice fine head. The aroma is nicely finished with good. The taste is kind of New England like to. Nicely bitter and not very malty. The finish is clean.


Oct 21, 2020
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Mugman8 from New York

4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear gold on the pour, some head and soapy lace. Strong aroma of grapefruit, pine and floral hops. Taste follows the smell, and after a juicy grapefruit start, follows with pine, hops and a crisp, dry, but slightly bitter finish. Ending is a little too bitter for my tastes. Gets a little smoother as the beer warms. Canned 6/11/20. Good but not great....not up there with Jai Alai, Flower Power, Bell's Two Hearted etc.

Oct 07, 2020
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Bluecrow from New York

4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

-clear, golden can pour with a 1 cm foam cap.
The aroma is of grapefruit with a pit of pine noted.
The flavor is prominently grapefruit and grapefruit zest. Pine also contributes here. The finish is dry. Flavors persist, very good.

Aug 17, 2020
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Brad007 from Vermont

3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Canned 6/25/20. Pours a nice golden blonde hue with a frothy head. Crisp, floral aroma with hops leaning more toward pine. Crisp with bitter pine upfront that opens up thanks to a biscuit-like malt profile. Finishes dry at the back of the throat, which I find a little refreshing. Now that I know where to locate it (Sunoco in West Lebanon, NH), hopefully I can get it fresher next time. The profile says that there's citrus but a second sip (after aeration) confirms this.

Aug 01, 2020
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Chag22 from Canada (QC)

4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pour out a golden yellow near amber, not much foam.
Taste is dry, grapefruit, orange and a little piney at the end. I like the bitterness and the crisp finish. Nicely balanced.
Very good overall.

May 13, 2020
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Charliethebrit from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: faint haze, golden yellow, with almost no head, but some lacing
Smell: mostly floral , and some tropical fruit, grapefruit/orange, hint of pine
Taste: Light, dry tasting, some bitterness that lingers, floral grapefruit, piney, nice fresh hop flavors, I would say Mosaic hops are a big part of this one and the pale malt comes through well
Feel: Seems lighter than 6%, light bodied. smooth, carbonated,
Overall: Well balanced, refreshing, not the best offering from Night Shift, but a very good IPA indeed. Much better paired with food such as a strong English Cheddar cheese.

Apr 18, 2020
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rbowser from New Hampshire

4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can. Clear, a bit on the copper side of pale.

The flavor is a symphony of well-balanced hops, tropical, grapefruit, pineapple, with a substantial bitterness, more west coast IPA than New England.

Medium body, earthy, rounded mouthfeel, with a crisp finish.

This is a beer like say Fiddleheads IPA, or two-hearted, that is a classic well-balanced IPA that you could drink every day.

Mar 12, 2020
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pandaslap from New York

4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I absolutely love this beer!

Copper, malt, barley, grass, wildflower, yeast, citrus zest, and a light touch of buttercream.

This beer has a wonderfully light profile - it’s in the citrusy end flavor-wise for an ipa, but that’s a refreshing departure from the norm for me.

NB: I’ve found much better carbonation level in 12 packs and at the brewery compared to the 4-packs of pints.

Feb 16, 2020
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3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Slightly more hops than I think advertised but nonetheless a good beer to try. Was in Boston so wanted to try a local beer and ended up not minding it. Would drink again when in Boston

Dec 28, 2019
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.77/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

i find it a little funny that this is rated so highly, i mean, its well enough made sure, but its not that remarkable to me, tastes a little weird even with its hop profile, less modern and new school, even though it seems the dry hopping techniques remain. its like they used a mix of old european hops or something to me, like i get that limey grassy noble hop thing way before i get any of the tropical fruit, pine, or white wine notes that tend to dominate the style. i wish i knew what hops they used here, but its unconventional, real earthy, herbal, even botanical, kind of intense in the middle, and definitely a little bit over hopped with some bite at the end. its kind of on the fence of drinking like a hazy, a little lighter in body and with some more bitterness than many have, but it still seems mostly dry hopped, and like more than just barley is at play in the mash. the hops have some juniper and even culinary herbal properties, a little green to me, just kind of strange in the style. bitter for sure as it warms up, more conventional as it moves along. i like it being a little different, i could definitely pick it out from a crowd, but im not sure i love it objectively speaking. it drinks fine, checks most of the boxes, but it doesnt quite get my juices flowing. it seems everyone is all high on these guys, but i am still yet to get on the bandwagon. is it just me?

Aug 28, 2019
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PicoPapa from Connecticut

4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Jealous Monk. Pours a clear bright golden yellow with an inch of head. Lots if lacing. Tropical and herbal hops in the nose. The taste is citrus peel, herbal hops and grapefruit pith. Herbal and citrus finish. Medium body with a dry mouthfeel and moderate alcohol warmth.

Jul 06, 2019
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Bshaw22 from Wisconsin

3.94/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cleanish orange. Big whit head. Head dissipates but sticks around. Well crafted
Smells a little lonely and citrusy. Tastes similar. Dry finish. I could drink a few of these. Kind of a hybrid between modern ipa and west coast. Pretty good

May 04, 2019
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.54/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: slight haze; deep gold in color; 1 finger white head that receded to a wispy cap; nice lacing;

S: ripe pineapple with a little orange in the background;

T: not a lot of flavor; moderate bitterness from the middle through the finish; what flavor there is follows the nose;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: this was bitterness without much flavor; even though I love bitter IPAs, I want flavor to temper the bitterness;

May 01, 2019
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very lightly foggy straw color with a finger of white foam even after an 8oz pour straight into the glass. Head swells up quickly when swirling the glass and retains a long while. Aroma is tangerine, grapefruit, lemongrass, herbal, grassy and resiny hops with a little yeast and bready malts behind. It swells up with a lightly grassy aroma with sweet hints of tropical fruits. Flavor profile is tropical fruits such as grapefruit, tangerine, and orange with lightly grassy and lemongrass notes as a hoppy balance. Bready, nutty malts form a very light backdrop, focusing the palate on the hops. Mouth feel is pillowy with soft with a very fine effervescence. Once swallowed, there is a little silty residue lingering on the tongue that holds hop notes against the palate until saliva washes them away. It has a medium, middle of the road thickness. Overall, tropical fruit with a very light and airy presence, making it extremely easy to drink.

Served in a 15.5oz Spiegalau tulip from a 16oz can.

Apr 23, 2019
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usernamenotinuse from Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up 16 oz can at brewery-tap room. poured into pint glass.
Yellow, mildly cloudy, white head, lingering lace.
Smells of dank grapefruit and pineapple, candy.
Tastes of dank grapefruit, pine resin, sugary pineapple, some biscuit malt sweetness. Finishes slightly on the bitter/dry side.
Feel is light-medium body, bright, sparkly.
Overall, yep, this is a popular style right now - a dank, tropical fruit, hop tea. I am still waiting for someone to wed the pineapple hop flavor with a more present caramel malt flavor. This one approaches that a little.

Mar 29, 2019
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HipCzech from Texas

4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving: On tap at Bar 10 in the Westin Copley (Boston, MA), served in an unbranded “perfect pint” glass.

Appearance: Clear, pale, golden yellow, with a short head of white foam and nearly no lace.

Smell: Pine resin, citrus zest (lemon, grapefruit), and some tropical fruit and dank notes.

Taste: Lean, pale malt body supports a piney, lemony whallop of hops with some herbal and tropical notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation.

Overall: A very drinkable IPA with nicely piney hops.

Dec 27, 2018
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SSS from Canada (QC)

4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Clear golden yellow with white head that quickly dissipated
S-Dank side with spicy herbal notes
M-Pillowy yet dry and crisp at the same time due to the level of bitterness
T-Bitter to start and bitter to finish.
O-Good beer with a nice aroma. The bitterness is somewhat overpowering and sensorily overstimulating.

Nov 30, 2018
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dainsleif from New Hampshire

4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a can. Nice IPA, pours well. Definitely more on the hoppy/bitter side than the juicy side, which makes for a nice change. Feels like a good balance on the palate. I can understand why this is their flagship brew and has attained local popularity.

Nov 27, 2018
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brewme from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had a couple of cans at East Bay Grill in Plymouth, for whatever outrageous price the outdoor bar was charging. I have had this a few times before, but did not realize that I hadn't rated it. Ver solid brew, with a nice bite. Have not had a bad beer from these guys.

Aug 26, 2018
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Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 950 ratings