The 87
Night Shift Brewing

The 87The 87
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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #327
Ranked #1,922
4.19 | pDev: 7.16%
Night Shift Brewing
Massachusetts, United States
The 87The 87
Notes: Our house double IPA, The 87, has a piece of NSB history in its moniker. Named for our home at 87 Santilli Highway in Everett, this luscious hop-bomb is wonderfully drinkable even with a little extra ABV. The 87's hop profile marries traditional American varietals with some exciting, newer hops. After a few iterations, we're pretty dang happy with the recipe.
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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

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KRug from Massachusetts, May 26, 2020
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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!

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harrypowers from Massachusetts, Apr 14, 2020
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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!).

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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.

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puboflyons from New Hampshire, Feb 22, 2020
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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 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.

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descobar from Florida, Jan 31, 2020
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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

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thebeerguy31 from Massachusetts, Aug 21, 2019
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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.

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ev4life from Illinois, Aug 06, 2019
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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.

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mntlover from Tennessee, Jul 18, 2019
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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.

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crackerjack57 from Pennsylvania, Jun 24, 2019
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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.

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Harrison8 from Missouri, May 16, 2019
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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.

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Act25 from New Jersey, Apr 04, 2019
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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.

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RockHop from Massachusetts, Feb 19, 2019
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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.

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LJO54 from New York, Jan 25, 2019
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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.

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GHow from Connecticut, Jan 19, 2019
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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.

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WickedBeer from Alabama, Dec 14, 2018
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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!

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beatonian from Massachusetts, Dec 03, 2018
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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.

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PicoPapa from Connecticut, Nov 24, 2018
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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

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4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased 4-pack in Falmouth, MA. Typical NE DIPA look, with a fluffy head that sticks around and leaves some lace. Nice tropical fruits in the aroma. Sticky sweet and juicy with no off-flavors. Overall a top shelf DIPA.

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FFreak from Vermont, Sep 13, 2018
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3.89/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Orange murky beer with a lot of particulate floating around. Big fluffy head that leaves wide bands of lacing. Smell is not super strong with some citrus and a little hoppiness. The taste is muted, lightly sweet and has mostly bitter citrus and pine. Not a super balanced beer to me but light and crisp. It would be hard to guess there is 8% in there.

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FriedSlug from North Carolina, Sep 03, 2018
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3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

i liked their whirlpool pale a whole lot more than this one, although i suspect i did not encounter this one at its peak of freshness. it has a lot of haze to it, a slightly more caramel or brassy color than i am used to in the style, a little more haze and malt structure, a lot less refined than the whirlpool too, although thats comparing apples to oranges i know. its real murky and it feels thick when i drink it, not under carbonated but just heavy, even for the style. i like that it has some hop bitterness to it, so few of these hazy ones do these days, but the hops i can taste arent all that fresh or unique to me, a spicy piney thing with a little bit of bitter grapefruity citrus, its not generic necessarily, just familiar, which isnt a bad thing, but its the diversity of hops that i like in these bigger styles, when they are dry hopped to high heaven to showcase the extremes of a certain varietal or a blend, and this one just sort of tastes like a million others. a little boozy too which i dont love in the style. i will catch it fresher next time and compare, but this one didnt impress me anywhere near as much as their pale. reading other ratings and searching for pics of this one, i must have had it old or bottom of the keg, until next time then...

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked-up a four-pack of cans at Long Ridge Wine and Spirits in Plymouth for about twelve dollars. Canned-on date
8/18. I have had this beer before. Probably my least favorite brew from these guys, something just a bit off with the taste.

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brewme from Massachusetts, Aug 27, 2018
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4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definitely a hop-bomb, you feel the hoppiness right away. A solid if not overpowering scent, unsurprisingly hoppy in nature. You can tell this is a double IPA but the alcohol is fairly well hidden. Quite crisp. Very enjoyable all around.

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dainsleif from New Hampshire, Jun 02, 2018
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4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is very hazy to near cloudy yellow in color. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface, a narrow collar around the edge, and a few specks clinging to the edges of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of citrus and pine are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of citrus and pine along with a moderate amount of bitterness. The pine is most noticeable in the finish but doesn't have a resinous taste to it.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this beer to be quite enjoyable, particularly its smell, taste, and crisp bite on the mouthfeel.

Serving type: can

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metter98 from New York, May 12, 2018
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4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 12/29/17. This beer has a very stunning hazy amber-orange appearance, with a creamy, fluffy 3 finger head.

Aroma is of both floral hops and bright citrus fruits.

The age of the hops are detectable for sure, so beyond the hop spoilage, I get bright citrus fruit - grapefruit, lemon, orange. Slight herbal/floral notes, very slight pine. Still gonna rate this a 4.

Feel is crisp and clean but with just the right amount of resin for a double IPA for me. Sensed, but not overpowering.

Overall, I'd love to try this fresh. Might be my favorite Night Shift beer so far.

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The-Adjunct-Hippie from South Dakota, Mar 23, 2018
The 87 from Night Shift Brewing
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