The 87 | Night Shift Brewing

73 Reviews
The 87The 87

Brewed by:
Night Shift Brewing
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by NightShiftBeer on 03-27-2015

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Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

P- Poured from a 16 oz can into a pint glass,at New World Tavern in Plymouth,MA.Canned on 03/20/17.

L- Thick frothy white colored head with good retention and sticky lacing.Hazy gold colored body with moderate clarity.Very low amount of carbonation.

S- On the nose I get lots of tropical and citrus fruit hops,mostly pineapple and mango.On the second wiff I get piney hops,balanced by trace notes of sweet malts.

T- The palate follows the nose with tropical and citrus fruits balanced by sweet malts up front.On the back end I get a string dose of bitter pine hops.

F- The mouth feel is medium / light with a very chalky texture.Low amount of oxidation on the tongue,with a dry finish.

O- Another great IPA by Night Shift Brewing.All the good hop feels,with a good balance of sweet malts.I would drink this all summer long.If you are a hop head,you try this.Great beer!!!

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Photo of colts9016
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A two-finger head, white that is creamy and foamy with ok retention. The head left a decent amount of lacing on the glass. The color of the beer is amber with some orange hues. The clarity is mostly clear with a touch of haziness. Some persistent carbonation dance around the glass.

A fruit forward, touch of citrus, floral, tropical, grassy, touch of crackers, yeast, sweetness, and pine.
Fruity hops, resin, dankness, tropical, oranges, bananas, phenols, and bready toasted malt.
A medium plus astringency, carbonated, medium body, and full finish.
The santilli was simply a delicious beer; however, the 87 for me was a huge let down. The beer was malt heavy, and the hops was not as potent. It was dank and subtly sweet, just ok for me.

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Photo of JamFuel
4.82/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at the brewery.

Pours a hazy orange.

Smell is YUGE! Weedy, sticky and tropical, this begs to be sniffed hard.

Wow... resiny pine and dank citrus, oily and full. Just so much flavor!

Mouthfeel is textbook Imperial IPA, sticky and oily, yet soft. Covers your mouth very well.

This is aa truly tremendous Imperial IPA. Huge in smell and flavor, and just the right mouthfeel. Awesome stuff!

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Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tall can...01/16/17

Hazed typical looking hazed (cloudy by the final pour) almond amber, lasting light khaki cap, low sheeting and fields of fine stick

Resiny, dank, hopped up nose.

Densly flavorful and aggressivly hopped up offering...more dank, tropical yes, complex and very enjoyable. High quality NE style juicey n dankalicious IPA...go get some

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Photo of IrishChocolate
4.82/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The look of 11 crushed cans with my lips all over the sniffer, man it smells so good. I just pounded 11 of these, wow is all I can say. I can barely stand. I just barfed a little in my mouth and even that tasted good the 2nd time down. A real keeper, feels good in my blood.

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

This was bought at the brewery about 7 weeks ago

L-golden, clear, thick 2 inch head......thick lacing that slides down the side of the glass

S-somewhat faint........tropical, pineapple, orange...very juicy

T-similar to the out front, followed by the mango and pineapple.......some grassy piney hops in the middle......some hoppy bitterness in the finish with just a touch lingering tropical hops

F-less than medium........mild carbonation......silky, creaminess

O-enjoyable, drinkable, delicious ...........the hops run the spectrum of tropical fruit to grassy/ dank / floral

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Photo of brewskis
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of a 16 oz. can. About two and a half weeks old.

Pours a hazy, rich golden orange color with over two fingers of a billowing dense head.

Aroma brings a complex hop bill. Get juicy orange flesh, ruby red grapefruit, lemon, mango, slight peach, grass, and pine. A sugary sweetness and very slight breadiness are there from the malt to balance everything out, but the hops are the show.

Taste follows the aroma well. Big amounts of juicy orange, red grapefruit, lemon, peach, and mango give way to a dry and bitter finish, bringing an onslaught of pine resin and grass. Nicely balanced with sugary sweetness and a touch of breadiness. Starts east coast, but finishes more west coast.

High medium body. Smooth, creamy, chewy. Great mouthfeel.

Another solid hoppy beer from these guys. Wonderfully juicy complex, and bitter.

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Photo of Gatch
4.67/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Canned 11/14/16. Finally found some cans at Julio's in Westborough.

Gorgeous hazy orange with a big fluffy white head. Of course with this beer you have all the beautiful qualities of hops in the nose and taste but this one really highlights the fruitiness that hops can impart. This is a tropical fruit bomb! So smooth and delicious. Feel is excellent though the hops can overwhelm at times, making it a tad bitter and resinous. Not sure how much more you can ask from a DIPA. Another awesome New England hoppy beer representing so well. How did the east coast replace the west coast as the epicenter of craft brewing progress?!

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Photo of agreenman19
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

L - clear translucent faded gold. Head is the superstar here. Thick and creamy, great lacing.

S - extremely fresh. Sweet caramel and orange/lemon candy. Sugary with some piney hops coming in. Lemon meringue pie.

T - piney metallic hoppiness. Nectarine and clementine. Hint of creamsicle. Earthy waves of citrus flavor. Mellow and soothing.

F - big and soft. Like diving into Egyptian cotton sheets. The high thread count shit!

O - solid DIPA that blends easy and west coast flavors. Crisp, but juicy in all the right places.

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Photo of TheElectricOne
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16oz can into a tulip glass:

Appearance: bright, glowing orange color, with quite a bit of haze. Heavy, foamy head on top, with loads of retention, and leaves plenty of sticky lacing. Lovely looking beer.

Aroma: soft oranges, tangerines, and some mild peach. Smells really soft, tropical, and delicious.

Taste: again, soft, luscious flavors. This is an underrated DIPA for sure. Mango, tangerine, orange......lots of yummy, subtle fruit flavors, and a little touch of pine on the back. Finishes smooth and creamy.

Feel: Medium carbonation, only slightly bitter, and really smooth and creamy on the finish.

Overall: readily available with not much effort to get it, this is a super underrated and yummy DIPA.

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Photo of kalosjakar
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Golden with a slightly orange hue to it, small white head. Fairly clear as well.

Aroma: mostly citrus with some pine in the back. getting some passionfruit and mango as well.

Taste: moderate bitterness, citrus hop flavor, somewhat of a dry finish.

Feel: medium body and mouthfeel for a DIPA.

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Photo of Antg8989
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Great DIPA. Thought this tasted much better in a snifter actually. Aroma is super fresh earthy and citrusy. Taste is very similar. Might be the best Mass. DIPA I've tried thus far.

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Photo of barsonthetrak
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 10/3, poured into a Gulden Draak tulip glass. Hard to beat this when it's fresh. So tropical, dank, bitter, it's tough to put into words. Drinking less than a week from canning, the lacing is really intense; gorgeous spirals! I love the Morph and OHTT renditions but for me this is what makes NIght Shift what they are: a top 5 local Boston brewery.

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Photo of Rejis
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from can dated 09/12 into tulip glass. Hazy dark orange, almost copper with decent head that fell fast but left significant lacing. Aroma is citrusy sweet orange and tropical with some light piney-ness. Taste is similar with citrus and a light piney dank-ness. As I drink more, the resiny lacing coats the glass. Feel is initially light and crisp easy drinker but as it warms it gets creamier and boozier. Overall, very excited to stumble across this and try this Imperial IPA for the first time.

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Photo of larryi86
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you Doug537 for this
16 oz can, dated 7/11/16, poured into a teku

A- A slightly hazy orange with a two finger white head

S- Great fruitiness, grapefruit, pineapple, piney/resin, sweet caramel malts.

T- Citrus, oranges, some grapefruit, some caramel malts, big bitter piney/resiny.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- Tasty DIPA, but not a big stand out. Leans towards the sweet side.

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Photo of smcolw
3.65/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy amber color. Small head reduced to rim bubbles by the end of the tasting. Some streaks for lace.

Lots of grapefruit and fresh pine aroma.

The flavor is completely hop dominant. Whatever malt shows up (pale) is completely overwhelmed by the unrelenting straight up bitterness from the extreme hop bite. High carbonation with a moderate body.

I am reluctant to say the following, but the high ratings here are from numbed of taste buds looking for their next fix for a new and stronger flavor punch. Extreme beers are okay, but they don't represent a general expectation of "beer".

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep orange, hazy, big white head and tons of lacing. Huge aroma on this, first thought was pineapple. Complex DIPA, notes of citrus peels, pineapple, light mango, earthy resinous hop, pith, light sweet malt, and a bit of dank pine needle. Medium, crisp, coating, and drying leaving that big hope flavor to linger. You can't put this beer down. I was amazed by the complexity, drinkability and in your face hop profile.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

10 oz pour into tulip glass on tap.

A: Amber body with pretty good clarity not much of a head to speak of. What head there was, was white and departed quickly.

S: Lots of pine up front and light hints of herbal and fruit pineapple maybe.

T: Starts off herbal and floral with apricot and peaches then goes to a huge pine and resiny finish.

M: Medium to slightly more full.

O: Dynamite beer if you are looking for a more complex DIPA this is your drink. It has so many different flavors from the hops running the entire gammot of hops flavors from fruity, to piney, to floral. Do yourself a favor buy this beer.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

16oz can poured into a tulip glass
Canned 6/9/16

A- pours a clear and bright golden color with a two-finger creamy white head that retains long after the pour, leaving some lacing behind

S- dominant citrus-foward hops on the nose with notes of orange zest, grapefruit peel, orange pith, along with some resinous notes. Very clean underlying malt

T- flavor opens up with orange pith, grapefruit peel & citrus zest, definitely a citrus bomb. Mid-palate continues with strong citrus, along with some resinous notes and undertones of pine and grass. The finish brings clean toasted malt, with a linger of orange peel and grassy hops

M- medium body with moderate-low carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into a foamy crisp finish, abv hidden well

O- an enjoyable DIPA for the fans of citrus-forward IPA's, it goes down easy for the ABV as well

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at York River Landing.
In a snifter the beer was a hazy apricot color. There was a small white head with some lace.
Aroma of citrus and piney hops. Some melon, some sweet malt.
Grapefruit and orange taste. Melon. Pine. Caramel in the background.
Very pleasant. Smooth.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottom of can says 05/19/16.

A- Pours a slightly hazy medium amber color with a full inch of off-white head that retains well.

S- Piney aroma with a pronounced malt sweetness. Also some orangey citrus and melon.

T- Resinous hop flavor and bitterness that borders on astringency. Pretty balanced though as I wouldn't guess this was 8%. Has a lot of that stone fruit character with a solid malt backing.

M- Soft, especially for a DIPA, with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- Good stuff, but it's pretty mild for a DIPA. I look for more intensity in the style and this approach is nice, but not something I would seek out regularly.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.48/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. can. Golden body with a moderate white head. Smells of grapefruit hops, some sweet caramel malt. Tastes sweet up front. Sweet caramel malt. Grapefruit hops. Bitter and a little grassy. Heavy and sweet. Nothing wrong with it, but it's too sweet for me.

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Photo of brureview
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

5/19 bottle date.

Poured a 3F head in a Spiegelau IPA glass with a cloudy golden color.

Pine wafting from the glass before I got the nose,sweet, nutty.

Very spicy and hoppy.

Big citrus and pine taste.

The aroma, taste, and MF lose intensity with warming unlike other DIPAs.
Possibly start colder to get the full intensity of the beer.

An excellent DIPA from Nightshift.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can. Pours a hazy orange with a yellow outer glow. Mild head. Smells fruity and dank. It doesn't have as much of that obnoxious super-sweetness that I often get from Night Shift's hoppy beers. Flavor is hoppy and sweet. Tropical fruits, candy malt and candy hop. Light dankness. No booze. Pretty good.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 5/10/16

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for the hook up

A: Bright golden orange with some honey around the edges - hazy - pours with a medium size, dense white head, fades to a wispy cap, maintains a small collar and leaves streaks and spots of lacing

S: Dank and resinous with some fruit - citrus with some juicy orange and oily grapefruit - the dank, resinous, herbal character is quite potent - floral, leafy hops, touch of grass - fleshy peaches - fresh green onions - grapes - some spice - pale malts at the base with just a touch of bready sweetness

T: Dank, resinous, and oily, yet also tastes fairly bright - citrus, mostly orange and grapefruit oil, zest, and a touch of pith - straight-up grapefruit rind - damp, dank, resinous herbs, leafy hops, and grass - floral hops - green onions - above average, lightly oily bitterness - lightly earthy - pale malts with a touch of caramel and a hint of booze

M: On the heavy side of medium, medium carbonation, smooth, lingering oil

O: Wouldn't it be funny if this had a BA score of 87?

The 87 is a pleasantly aggressive DIPA. Overall, it's a touch too oily and bitter, but it's still solid for what it is. With some tweaking I feel like this could be awesome.

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The 87 from Night Shift Brewing
4.23 out of 5 based on 457 ratings.
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