The 87
Night Shift Brewing

The 87The 87
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Style:
IPA - New England
Ranked #749
ABV:
8%
Score:
93
Ranked #2,138
Avg:
4.19 | pDev: 7.16%
Reviews:
128
Ratings:
706
From:
Night Shift Brewing
 
Massachusetts, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  51
Gots
  220
SCORE
93
Outstanding
The 87The 87
Notes: Lovingly named after our address in Everett, The 87 is a juicy, tropical New England DIPA. Pours hazy with a glowing shade of orange. A simple, clean malt bill allows the hops to shine. Aromas of sweet orange and guava lead into a stone fruit burst of candied peach and nectarine. Soft, pillowy mouthfeel. Very drinkable for 8% ABV.
Reviews: 128 | Ratings: 706 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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ScruffySouthpaw from New York

3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass from the can.

Appearance: Semi hazy dark tinted gold color with a white head which rose almost two fingers length off the body.

Smell: Light floral aroma with a hint of grapefruit skin.

Taste: Smooth light bitter brew. Malty smooth french baguette.

Mouth: Sticky body but not overly done.

Overall: Descent brew. Not bad for a starter or just a brew that is good enough not to disappoint. Salud!

Jul 08, 2021
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Night Shift Brewing "The 87"
on tap @ The Union Tavern, Philadelphia, PA on 26 June 2021

Notes: Very hazy amber beneath a short head of slightly yellowed off-white foam. Creamy head with very good head retention and lacing. Fruity aroma of apple and a melange of sweet tropical fruits and bready malt. The flavor follows with a surprisingly underlying bitterness, but also a spritz of cleansing alcohol. Mainly dry finish with some earthiness, spice, alcohol, and pine lingering. Full bodied and creamy smooth.

Jun 26, 2021
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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Day shift beer drinking, so let's try this one from Night Shift. The pour of a pint can into a clear Imperial pint glass reveals a brew the color and density of orange juice. There's some modest head, but it can't be considered very carbonated by appearance. There's not much to the aroma, barely some hops and starch. Things are better for the taste buds. There's a nice biting hoppiness from front to finish. It's sharp, sort of like the sharpness of a good aged Provolone. The malt body isn't pronounced, but it's sufficient in carrying the hops and alcohol smoothly. Yes, there is a noticeable presence of alcohol in the taste, but it's an asset to the overall sharpness rather than a detraction. No worries, there's plenty of carbonation to make it a treat. OK, there are beers with better glass lacing; so, what?! Day or night, a nice choice of ale.

Mar 19, 2021
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Specialmick from Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look...Real nice light brown and murky. No floaties and ample carbonation.
Smell..Okay its two months old. I mean i'm not a little bitch about two months old but not a crazy amount of smell. I think it would be a tad better if it was fresher but ....whata ya gonna do . I am gonna rate it. Hop zest lemon
Taste...Nice zesty citrus up front., Malt space into a bitter finish with balance.
Feel.... Best part of this beer full. Good Beer finish
Overall..Its better than ok. I will try again fresher maybe but a lot of options 'round here. worth a shot but not at 18 a 4 pak
Well made

Dec 17, 2020
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q33jeff from New Jersey

3.86/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

**
11/22/20

can to snifter.

LOOK: muted dark yellow, hazy, medium off white head. good retention.
AROMA: mango, pineapple then later some light floral notes.
TASTE: pineapple and orange up front, quickly supplanted later by stronger notes of pine, leaves and some grapefruit. Juicy, but also overly bitter and a touch sour.
FEEL: light carbonation, light to medium body,

I liked this more at first, but pretty quickly the pine builds to an unpalatable level. Tasty enough though.

**

Nov 22, 2020
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VoxRationis from New York

4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Decanted from a 16 oz (473 ml) can into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass; canned 09/11/20.
A: Pours a fairly hazy, golden-orange color with solid carbonation and clearing, leaving a two finger, white head, cap retention, and broad, foamy rings of lacing.
S: Yeasty breadiness on opening. Aromas of pineapple and mango > grapefruit and pine out front with more subtle elements of orange and papaya. Definitely a caramel apple core.
T: Semisweet. Caramel, pineapple, orange, and cane sugar all play a rôle in the flavor providing a fruity balance with what I would characterize as modest and highly balanced bitterness.
M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonate. Not boozy at all, but packs a punch. Smooth and satisfying (make you go, ahh).
O: Had heard about this and am glad I was able to get my hands on some. I hate to use the term "mild," as it may have a pejorative quality among beer aficionado/as, but this just has such balance with such solid flavor that I can see why it is a standout. I would recommend or serve to folks who know beer.

Nov 17, 2020
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Newbeergeek1 from Maine

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

First beer ever from this brewery. I had heard about it from a beer geek. So glad I tried this. Nice amber color, some lacing, grapefruit “ish”, lingers in my mouth, and soooo glad for three other beers in the four pack.

Aug 20, 2020
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KRug from Massachusetts

3.86/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned 4/21/20

You know, I picked this one up super fresh from the store (only 5 days old), and I forgot about it until now :( That's annoying, but I'm sure the extra few weeks won't make too much of a difference. I only remembered I had this in the fridge after last weekend's trip up to Night Shift

Pours very hazy dark orange, almost looks like butterscotch. A finger of soapy white head that fades to a cap moderately fast and leaves barely any lacing

The nose is citrus right off the bat. Orange and grapefruit dominate with oily, resiny hops, and what seems like a fair amount of wheat to keep it in check

Fruity immediately beginning the sip, but very rich and earthy thanks to the hops. Mostly apples and orange peel with milder notes of melon. The hops are bitter for sure, but in damn good balance with the rest of it. Finishes maltier than most, with a unique nuttiness and some of the stone fruit coming back for the aftertaste

Medium/full bodied with mild carbonation, this isn't overpowering or anything but is definitely a sipper, even at only 8%. Finishes somewhat sticky, but the malt dries it out enough to keep things interesting

This one was just ok, but I don't think freshness was an issue. It felt like it should have had a more crisp citrus flavor but ultimately got muddied by an awkward malt character. Not awful, but Night Shift is a brewery that I like to try everything from

May 26, 2020
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harrypowers from Massachusetts

4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light opaque orange color with a high quickly dissipating head.

Smells and tastes floral and fruity. Minor hop bitterness at the finish of a sip.

Light body and carbonation.

This is a very pleasant beer!

Apr 14, 2020
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RR_BeerMan from Massachusetts

4.63/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Typical cloudy unfiltered NEIPA look, smells a bit fruity. Taste is nice - a good balance of fruitiness (like bitter mango and pineapple) and that hoppiness of a traditional IPA. Overall very nice beer and worth tasting for sure if you like double IPA (I do!).

Feb 28, 2020
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the pint can dated 02/11/20. Sampled on Feb 22, 2020.

Not completely opaque in appearance but close with it's light amber pour below a modest, lacing leaving head.

There is a aroma that is dank and resin with a bit if fruit and barley grain.

Medium or better mouthfeel.

It begins sweet but the dank bitterness creeps up fast and cleanses the senses as it lingers at the finish.

Feb 22, 2020
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descobar from Florida

4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

from a 16 oz can into a Spiegelau glass. can is about two months old

Look: deep golden into pure yellow (that would be a fresh squeezed orange juice). thin white head (1/4") quickly dissipates to 1/8". the beer is totally hazy as advertised. lacing is minimal.
Smell: deep citrus and tropical (cantaloupe?) aromas overwhelm anything that might be coming from malt or yeast.in a good way.
Taste: follows closely the aromas. intense citrus and tropical fruit flavors abound at the start, then a wave of bold bitterness splashes into your palate, hard. lots of all mentioned.
Feel: Med to medium body. rich, almost sticky texture. assertive astringency on palate. moderate carbonation. Finish is long and bitter with a slight lingering boozyness.
Overall: a well executed NEDIPA on the stronger, bolder side of the spectrum, that satisfies and barely shows its DIPA credentials except at the finish.

Jan 31, 2020
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thebeerguy31 from Massachusetts

4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look (4.5): very nice yellow, orange amber hazy color with small foamy head
Smell (4.25): not overpowering, but a very nice hoppy scent, crisp citra. Grapefuity, maybe some papaya. Initial pine and boozieness that hits nose hard.
Taste (4.25): initial taste is the grapefruity citra. Next, feel the hoppy and malty kind of boozey. Extremely smooth for an 8%. Nicely balanced. Slightly maltier than my personal preference.
Feel (4.5): nice full body, creamy and smooth.
Overall - 4.5

Aug 21, 2019
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ev4life from Illinois

4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Not a big fan of cloudy beer as far as appearance goes, and this one is down right murky. Having said that, it's likely what gives this beer a nice feel. Aromatics are unusual with pine and spruce dominant. Not too heavy or gassy either. Overall a very nice package with an overall higher score due to its attributes not being captured in the standard items.

Aug 06, 2019
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mntlover from Tennessee

4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky hazy lightly burnt yellow, snark white bar pour head. Aroma is big juicy fruity mango, pineapple, passion fruit and peaches. Really fruity smelling not very bitter smelling. Taste is good not quite as fruity as the nose but close. All the fruits in the nose on a bready malt base with floral and earthy bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium with fairly mellow carbonation. Overall an enjoyable NEIPA.

Jul 18, 2019
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crackerjack57 from Pennsylvania

4.69/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Simply fantastic. One of my favorite beers with a nice, fairly complex profile and a good bit of hoppiness. Great blend of maltiness, bitterness, and citrus flavors that pepper the palate and make each sip amazing.

Jun 24, 2019
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden straw color with a little particle suspension. Particle suspension turns to full-blown murky when the final couple ounces are emptied into the glass. It has a finger of white head. Aroma is grapefruit, pineapple, resiny, herbal hops that blend and mash sweet tropical fruits with sticky northwest hops. Yeast is light and frothy with a banana note. Flavor profile is grapefruit, papaya, resin, herbal and domestic orange for a gritty, pulpy, sticky experience. Yeast is lightly doughy and sweet, with bready malts adding a little additional sweetness and balance. Mouth feel is lightly fuzzy and pulpy with a thin strand of grain on the back. It has a medium thickness. Overall, sticky, but sweet. This one includes a tasty balance between sweet and sticky hops layered over balancing malts.

Served in a 15.5oz Spiegalau tulip from a 12oz can.

May 16, 2019
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Act25 from New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

After 1600 beers this one ranks near the top. Try 24. We bought 4 pack at Park Slope Coop. (Came back and loved it more)
a) Slashes continents of lace around a top head that lasts on top of a hazed apricot body.
s) Ripe oversized hop aromas. Its an orchestra.
t) Starts sweet on a honeyed maltiness back, then rises into a blaring, yet controlled, movement of fruity, floral and bitter hops. Juicy fruitbowl all tempered by earthy bitterness. Not dank, all bright.
f) Super creamy. Medium bodied finishing clean, bitter, complex, with pepper and wine like phenols. Play with it on your tongue like a pinot noir, there's that much fruit and flavor packed into the recipe.
o) I want to blind test this to every 4.2 or higher DIPA I love.

Apr 04, 2019
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RockHop from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice NEIPA. Hazy light orange. Minimal head and lacing but still a full, smooth, and creamy feel. Nose is a nice pineapple lemon. Flavor leans more toward grapefruit with a hint of pine, and lemon. Hops don’t overwhelm at all. Nice smooth bitterness.

Feb 19, 2019
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LJO54 from New York

4.63/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Real good looking, smells great. Love the the citrus/pine/resin taste. Very hoppy forward, not usually my thing but the citrus pulls through. Was sold at my local fruit joint, will be breaking this out on weeknights.

Jan 25, 2019
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GHow from Connecticut

4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great look. Darker than usual cloudy IPA and the aroma of malt mixed with hops is a change of pace. Taste is definable between the unique pull of citrus though the malt base. Very easy drinking feel and good change of pace for the for a DIPA. I'll revisit if I have the opportunity.

Jan 19, 2019
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WickedBeer from Alabama

4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

CANNED 10/23/18.

Pours a deep hazy gold, not completely unfiltered but with a nice haze to it. Some head rises up, full and sticky, leaving layers of lace around the glass.

A nice balanced combination of sweet citrus, malt, and piney, resinous hops. A great array of flavors, none overpowering the other. Tinges of tropical fruit cut through any residual bitterness and keep the aromas in check.

A much more hop-forward flavor profile, dripping with resinous, piney hops but with a citrusy backbone that softens the blow of the predominant hops. Again, great balance.

Crisp yet smooth. Juicy, with a lightly sticky finish and medium carb.

Dec 14, 2018
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beatonian from Massachusetts

4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh fruit and pine scents abound in this beer, which has a bold first sip and a light, fizzy aftertaste. It couldn’t look tastier in the glass and goes down very smooth given its ABV. Maybe my favorite from the very solid Night Shift lineup!

Dec 03, 2018
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PicoPapa from Connecticut

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

16oz can. Pours a hazy pale yellowish orange with an inch of head. Good amount of lacing. Aromas of grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine, peach and some herbal hop notes. The taste is a blend of herbal and floral hops at first followed up by the fruits. Pineapple, peach, guava, lime and grapefruit. Slightly sweet with a dank and herbal hop finish. Creamy with an oily mouthfeel. Noticeable alcohol heat.

Nov 24, 2018
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ONUMello from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz can dated 8/2/18 poured into a tulip
A: Hazy light orange with a one-finger head
S: Grapefruit, mango, a hint of pine; fresh/bold
T: More tropical fruit than the nose, citrus/pine/herbs on the midpalate
M: Medium-bodied, bitter
O: A very tasty, well-made DIPA

Oct 02, 2018
The 87 from Night Shift Brewing
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 706 ratings