Night Shift Brewing

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American IPA
Ranked #98
Ranked #2,151
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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Photo of Chag22
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.

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Photo of Charliethebrit
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.

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Photo of rbowser
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.

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Photo of pandaslap
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.

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Photo of Maxkelly9
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

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Photo of StonedTrippin
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?

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Photo of PicoPapa
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.

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Photo of Bshaw22
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

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Photo of CTHomer
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;

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Photo of Harrison8
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.

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Photo of usernamenotinuse
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.

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Photo of HipCzech
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.

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Photo of SSS
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.

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Photo of dainsleif
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.

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Photo of brewme
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.

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Photo of jakecattleco
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can dated 07/25/18 into a tulip glass.

L: Pours slightly hazy golden (could be mostly chill haze) with 1+ finger of variable density white frothy head with good retention and left ringed lacing.

S: Nice and enjoyable pineapple forward, with some earthiness and dankness hiding underneath.

T: Follows the nose well, but more balanced with some additional citrus. Finishes with moderate bitterness, some acidity, and dry.

F: Low-medium bodied with medium carbonation, lively on the tongue and slight burn from the acidity and the carbonation, slick on the swallow.

O: Very nice West Coast IPA, thoroughly enjoyed and would gladly have again.

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

Finger plus of off-white to yellowish foam, loose and airy, immediately starts forming peaks and valleys, even the lacing looks whipped up and delicate but can at times stick well. Hazy yellow rust water look to the liquid, more translucent than full-on cloudy, scattered larger bubbles pop up out of nowhere and rush to the surface. In the nose even the dank herbal matter smells fresh and flirty, toasted rolls, pine sap and juicy tangerine, tangelo citrus fruit scents, the apricot, mango, green melon to green grape element soft and avoids extreme sweetness and tartness. Medium-bodied and drier than expected, coats the tongue and quickly numbs. This plays up the scone, bread crust to pine cone/needle and minerally earth qualities. At times shows a touch of quinine to mineral water. More dry pith character to the navel orange, white grapefruit citrus, there was more pop in the nose citrus-wise. The peach, apricot, papaya, melon fruit appears mute, enunciates the loudest through the finish. Balanced and arguably too integrated in that each constitutive part has little opportunity to shine. But drinks smoothly and if the dryness doesn’t bother you it’s borderline sessionable.

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Photo of gearinches
3.05/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

L: nice semi hazy, well hydrated piss yellow
S: best attribute, by far. fruit and hops in nice balance
T: maybe it's just not what I'm appreciating right now, but it's bitterness seems to grow with each sip overpowering the fruit eventually. Not the kind of beer I can imagine having another of in the same day (or week). If it was one of several in a blind test I'm sure it would be just one of the pack, for me.
F: light/medium
O: there are a lot of nice beers out there, some more and some less expensive, tastier than Santilli, no point bothering with this one again.

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

Pours a semi turbid copper to peach color with a thin white head. Nose is bready with citrus and melon. Taste of pale malts and bread. Malty notes fade to hops. Citrus, mangoes and melon. Hoppy bitter kick towards the back end of this one. Hoppier as it warms. Light floral in there as well. Medium body with a hoppy slightly bitter kick to finish.

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Photo of Gavage
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: yellowish orange in color with a 1/2" head that slowly falls.

Smell: melon, pineapple, and some earthy tones are picked up by the nose.

Taste: caramel, bread, melon, pineapple, grapefruit. and a juicy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp throughout with some dryness late.

Overall: a very tasty brew focused on tropical fruits and hearty bitterness.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.01/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Canned 12/22/17. Hazy lemon drop color with a fluffy head of 2 fingers. Lots of nice lace left behind on the glass.

Wow, a very malt-forward nose with toasted biscuit, sourdough, and toast. Nice elements of lemon, grapefruit, and passion fruit behind that.

Flavor is of dry biscuit, then grapefruit peel, grapefruit pith, grapefruit juice, lemon peel, and slight hop resins. Very fresh tasting. Mild pine and herbal notes on the back half. Lots of grapefruit overall. And more grapefruit, too.

Feel is crisp, busy, and clean. Slight creaminess in the middle, ending on some crispness and slight resin.

Overall a very decent beer worth checking out. Night Shift really leans towards grapefruit flavors, so if that's your thing, Night Shift is where you want to look. Grapefruit.

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Photo of keith40
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz can dated 11/25/17 purchased at Moonshine Liquors in Hyannis. Light gold color and hoppy nose. Flavors are definitely grapefruit along with some orange and lemon. Relatively smooth and easy drinking. Not a blockbuster but a very good beer.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks goes out to colby600 for this brew.

16 oz. Can
Canned On: 10/25/17

My first from this brewery.

Poured into a Trillium glass a very nice hazy dark golden orangy color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger plus white head, which also leaves some very nice creamy sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, pretty nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple), pretty nice pine. The taste is pretty nice hoppy, malty, pretty nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple), pretty nice pineyness. Medium body, ABV hidden very well, with a very nice little dry/bitter finish. Overall, this is a pretty tasty brew. Glad to have gotten a chance to try this one. Thanks Bill!

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.36/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pint can . canned on 11/2/17. Popped on 12/25/17

Partially poured into a TreeHouse glass. Hazy, golden orange color, full-on sea foam, crystal white foam tower. Thick and bubbly.

Dense, green lupilin aromatics, extreme, pineapple, freshly cut grass, whole cone crushed, dense tropical fruits and dank but sweet cannabis. Maybe some banana and ripe cantalope.

The hop extravaganza is much more earthy, tinged with grapefruit, bitter, earthy, but freshly picked whole cone style lupilin love honey style flavor. Multiple layers of hop Yummy. Juicy tropicals, earthy, dry bitter and grapefruit that order. Peppery, dry earth tones and grapefruit bite hits the soul hard.

The mouthfeel and body is juicy, dry, earthy, bitter tinge with a peppery finish. Light to medium , dry ending. Overall, this hits home like a hazy, complex West coasty approach to an IPA, East coast style.....ish.

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Photo of MightyMoSaic
4.78/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a nice hazy old in a Belgian tulip glass. Foamy white head and fine lacing. Medium juiciness with a very nicely balanced bitterness on the finish. Smells and tastes of tropical fruit with nice floral undertones. At 6%, so very drinkable .... easy to savor a pint!

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Santilli from Night Shift Brewing
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 915 ratings