The 87
Night Shift Brewing

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Night Shift Brewing
Massachusetts, United States
IPA - New England
Ranked #1,094
Ranked #3,474
4.18 | pDev: 7.18%
Apr 21, 2022
Mar 27, 2015
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.
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4.11 by zahara15 from Vermont on Apr 21, 2022
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4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by tekstr1der from New Hampshire

Had this at restaurants twice recently, both times reasonably fresh cans were served. Super solid IPA. Pretty pour, juicy aromas, very nice balance of juicy and little bitter fresh hop flavors, clean dry finish. Very enjoyable!

Mar 30, 2022
4.1 by benjaminsa from Vermont on Feb 27, 2022
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4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Gary01453 from Massachusetts

Excellent offering by these guys. Packs a decent punch at 8 percent abv. Def not an all day beer like whirlpool but I enjoy having a few along with lower abv ones

Feb 13, 2022
4.32 by TonyStarks2231 from New York on Dec 27, 2021
2.75 by Shenk87 from Pennsylvania on Dec 06, 2021
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4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

On-tap 11/19/2021 at Jillian’s in Somerset, MA, served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a deep hazy color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains grassy hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of fruity citrus and caramel. Then a strong grassy hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style. This is a solid IPA to drink for a while.

Nov 20, 2021
4.16 by JMBoyer from Massachusetts on Oct 22, 2021
4.09 by shelby415 from Oregon on Jul 15, 2021
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3.94/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by ScruffySouthpaw from New York

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
5 by Dalkri from Massachusetts on Jul 01, 2021
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4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

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
4.59 by j37geogaddi from Massachusetts on May 08, 2021
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4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

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
4.16 by Mctr234 from Rhode Island on Feb 13, 2021
4 by cryptichead from Illinois on Jan 22, 2021
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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by Specialmick from Connecticut

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
4.17 by lochraneg from New Hampshire on Dec 12, 2020
4 by hockeypuck from Maine on Dec 11, 2020
4.21 by wmcgar01 from Pennsylvania on Dec 06, 2020
4.17 by IdrinkGas from Pennsylvania on Nov 28, 2020
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3.86/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by q33jeff from New Jersey


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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4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by VoxRationis from New York

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
3.08 by smutty33 from Connecticut on Oct 27, 2020
4.14 by Bwag from New York on Oct 18, 2020
4.44 by Ocalafox from Florida on Aug 24, 2020
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4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Newbeergeek1 from Maine

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
3.97 by fitzy84 from Massachusetts on Aug 15, 2020
4.27 by tpauer from New Hampshire on Aug 13, 2020
3.81 by Wainfu from New Hampshire on Jul 19, 2020
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4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25
by patricklovelace from Massachusetts

Great double IPA, very strong hoppy flavor. The new can design is more interesting and dynamic than old one.

Jul 11, 2020
4.24 by VTbrewfan from Massachusetts on May 27, 2020
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3.86/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Rug from Massachusetts

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
4.1 by M4CDO from Massachusetts on May 17, 2020
3.64 by Leftover1223 from New Hampshire on Apr 16, 2020
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4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by harrypowers from Massachusetts

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
3.37 by DomingoOrtiz from Massachusetts on Mar 26, 2020
4.45 by marcrech from Brazil on Feb 28, 2020
The 87 from Night Shift Brewing
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