Santilli | Night Shift Brewing

132 Reviews

Brewed by:
Night Shift Brewing
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by jhartley on 02-07-2015

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Photo of scotorum
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25


Oops! This was bought in Maine but is an Eastern Massachusetts brew. So there will only be nine reviews of Maine beers (3 left to go) rather than the originally scheduled 10. However I just discovered that one of my local stores has acquired a lot of Maine brews we never saw before anywhere outside of Maine so I may be able to find a tenth soon.

Night Shift has a good rep and this will be my first. No visible canning date. Poured from the 16 oz. can into a Tree House stemmed tulip pint.

a: Moderately cloudy orange with a huge inch and a half thick white head requiring additional pours to fill the glass. Head receded to thick surface foam and dense patchy lacing.

s: Definite strong citrus/pine blend.

t: More pine resin than citrus, along with a strong hop bite which lingered on the dry finish. Some dankness.

m: Medium to full with very good body and heavy carbonation tingle.

o: A DIPA strength IPA (except in ABV, where it is on the high end of Sessionland) that holds your attention. Fully satisfying.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can from 7/11
Hazy deep yellow color with a huge bubbly white head that persists. Citrus and tropical notes with faint bready crackery maltiness. Pretty good IPA.

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Photo of Blackop555
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours light cloudy, yellow. Thick, medium, white head lasts a while.

Smells juicy, tropical, citrus, floral, light pine, dank.

Tastes tropical and pine, bready malt, fading to citrus. Finish is dry with pine and citrus peel linger. Medium body and smooth medium carbonation.

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Photo of gopens44
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Looks great, as the slightly cloudy yellow body hangs out under a very sticky lacing headed head beer thing. Nose pops the earthiness while the taste carries some earthy but rolls out a terrific half dank half pungent citrus wonderful time. A little dry with solid depth to bitter on exit. I can't help to think that if this kind of IPA were actually on tap regularly, life would be good.

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Photo of brentk56
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives with a slightly hazy honey color; the head is one finger, white and firm; streaks of lacing are left behind

Smell: Citrus and melon tones, with some tropical fruit elements and pine

Taste: A range of fruity flavors abound, at the outset, with pineapple and melon tones dominant; some citrus and pine elements add bitterness, through the middle, with the fruit wrapping up the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Very approachable with modest bitterness; enjoyable but not overly memorable

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Photo of colts9016
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A billowy foamy creamy head that has good retention. The head did leave behind some beautiful lacing on the glass. The pale yellow with some golden hues gives the beer a very nice color. The carbonation is very active in the glass. The clarity of beer is slightly hazy, giving the beer some cloudiness.
The typical IPA aromas with some tropical notes, toasted malt, crackers, yeast, grassy, and some fruity esters.
Big rich tropical notes, citrus, grassy, dew drops, fruity hop profile, pine, resin, grapefruit, herbal, crackers, bready lightly toasted malts, and some yeast notes.
Medium body, medium plus carbonation, medium astringency, and full finish.
A great fruit forward hop profile with great flavors. A great IPA, rich flavors, great balance. I sure wish I few more in the fridge.

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Photo of JamFuel
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery.

Pours a murky light orange.

The smell is tropical and dank, very nice, could smell this for hours.

The taste hits you with a sledgehammer of pine, lime and lemon, backed by a very solid maltbase. Then an awesome bitterness just rolls over you, before finishing dank and a bit grassy. Great stuff!

Mouthfeel starts a bit harsch, but mellows into a nice soft pillow.

Wow, this was outstanding. Very balanced even though it's quite bitter.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz can into a speiglau IPA glass.

Look is a slightly hazy golden yellow>

Aroma is a citrus herbal. Lots of rich earthy hops.

Taste matches aroma. Intensely bitter in a rich citrus herbal way.

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Photo of Mateo2699
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Golden, semi opaque pour with a frothy head that lasts for the whole session. Hints of mango, melon, and passion fruit with the aroma. Citrus takes over though. Same thing with the taste. Subtle tropical fruit, with a big kick of citrus. Lemon zest and orange peel. Overall, nothing to experimental or over the top. Still highly enjoyable.

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Photo of Stephenmheadley
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A golden IPA that goes down smooth for experience. A nice blend of a hoppy IPA that goes down well with a crisp finish. It does a well without the malt to provide a satisfactory experience.

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Photo of manfromanotherplace
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- a dark golden colour with white head that fades

S- not a huge amount going on here, edges toward the floral side

T- mixes delicately between tropical flavours into floral hop bitterness (not too bitter though) into light citrus flavours.light lingering bitterness

F- clean and crisp

O- a very nice example of the style, not a hop bomb or a juice bomb...a reserved version of an ipa.

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Photo of Mineo
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Limes and passion fruit. High carbonation. Tropical paradise in terms of taste -- yet great easy-drinking. Goes great with pizza. Highly recommended, for sure.

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Photo of digboy
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can dated 1/24/17
Pours a medium slightly hazy gold color, clear and bright with medium carbonation. smooth one finger head that levels out but remains. Nice lacing. . It does have swirl of carbonation on pour that settles down to nice tracers.

Aroma is earthy, grassy with a lemon zing and a little sweetness that could go down as tropical.

Taste is similar to the aroma profile. Aftertaste is crisp and dry. Maybe the low-level sweet malt is fooling the taste buds into thinking tropical cause what I get is a blast of grassy hops that is actually quite pleasant. I can be convinced of some bitter grapefruit flavor in there too I suppose. Again, low malt making way for the overpowering hops. This is a little more bitter than their other hop-forward IPAs.

Mouth feel is crisp and light and buzzy with carbonation and bitter - something I think is a signature of their beers.

Overall I really enjoy it. You have to be ready for a strongly grassy hop forward beer. It is different from a standard IPA because it has such a weak malt back to it but that's what we expect in a hop-forward beer from Night Shift, so it works because it showcases their mastery of hop profiles.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Hazy golden colored beer with a pillowy white head. Aroma has pineapple and orange with a bunch of pine hops. The taste is sweet and fruity but quickly turns very bitter. The bitterness is good and the sweetness comes back to take the edge off. Really nice beer.

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Photo of Boccu
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap. Nice IPA nothing amazing. Nice head solid taste. If I see it out I'll pick it up. But I won't search for it. I've had a lot better from night shift.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Lighter, leaner, tighter, (and paler) and with a sharper bitterness and feel than Morph - with brighter citrus aspects and a pronounced grassy/herbal, floral character... Another superior brew...

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Photo of CHickman
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Lark in East Northport, NY, pours hazy gold color with a foamy bright white that was full of bubbles and faded slowly leaving good spotty lacing.

Smells of lemon zest, grapefruit, orange peel, citrus hops, light piney hops, biscuit, peppery spices and floral notes. Well balanced with an above average nose across the board.

Tastes like it smells with more tropical notes and also graham crackers added in with the grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, citrus hops, light piney hops, biscuit, coriander, pepper and floral notes. The hoppy flavors seem dialed down a bit from the aroma, but overall the flavor is still quiet enjoyable with a medium level of bitterness which covers up the ABV completely.

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Photo of Billolick
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tall can, 01/11/17

Pairs medium turbid, under an initially large and fluffy off white cap, leaves nice looking fields of sheeting.

Sweet tropical fruits on the nose, with pineapple coming to mind, pungent and pleasant,

Super tasty IPA, tropical goodness, with again pineapple, mongo, guava, all with a resiny hop the style and this one hits the note pretty darn well

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Photo of Rugg315
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First Night shift! Has a nice look to it cloudy and golden with a hint of sunshine. Like the nose mango guava with pine coming through. Good taste not great but a very drinkable beer. Feel is good round and soft with enough carbonation to liven it up.
Enjoyed this wouldn't say it separated Night shift from all the other New England possibilities but, always good to have another option.

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Photo of r_love
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

New England IPA. 6% ABV.

Hazy yellow. Tropical fruit, particular guava and pineapple, on the nose. In the mouth, pineapple, pine, guava. Medium-bodied and crisp with a refreshing, bitter hoppiness.

Overall this is an excellent New England IPA, juicy and addictive.

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Photo of wedge
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

@ State of Beer

Served up a hazy orange color with a fluffy, sticky white head that leaves some crazy lacing all over the glass. Hoppy aroma is fruity with a grassy edge and a little malt to balance...tangerine citrus and pine. Fresh, light, hoppy flavor brings grapefruit zest, peach, light grass, and an oily pine resin bitterness along with a bit of grain. Refreshing medium-light body, crisp, and easy to drink. A nice, lighter, citrusy IPA - well made.

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Photo of illpass78
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. in a sniftery thing at Hella Good in Portland.

Appearance: Hazy orange with a firm one-inch head. Looks good in glass. Snifter is a good choice of glassware.

Aroma: Nice fruity nose. Tropical fruit, grapefruit, maybe mango. Hops. Pineapple.

Taste: Follows nose. Pineapple and hops lead. More pineapple on palate than nose. Nice bitter bite on finish. Some malty backbone. Lot of flavor for a lowish ABV IPA (as modern USIPAs tend to go).

Mouthfeel: Perfectly drinkable. Made to pair with spicy food, IMHO. Great pairing with tacos. Doesn't wreck the palate but does have a big flavor punch.

Overall: Excellent IPA. Find it.

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Photo of Antg8989
3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy light gold. Aroma is a semi-creamy citrus. Taste out of the can isn't great honestly...more like a flavored seltzer. Poured it has citrus and grassy notes. Not bad, just not sure how it received scores of 93 and 94.

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Photo of beerbully
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a DFH IPA glass

L-Golden yellow, slight haze......big 1 1/2 inch head with great retention

S-Tropical fruits......pineapple, mango, honeydew

T-Similar to the nose......tropical hops with some grassy, bitterness, piney, dank hops that come through middle back

B-less than medium, some fizzy carbonation, slight tingle on roof of mouth

O-Nice IPA with some sweet tropical notes fighting it out with the piney resiny bitterness

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Photo of bobv
4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Moderate pour yields a 3/4 inch head that dissipates to a film and ring in a few minutes with ample lacing. Nose of tropical fruit; orange and pineapple mostly with some pine. Taste follows with the pine moving forward. Nice feel with a clean finish that is so refreshing. Great job on this guys!

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