The 87
Night Shift Brewing

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Style:
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #331
ABV:
8%
Score:
93
Ranked #1,979
Avg:
4.19 | pDev: 6.92%
Reviews:
122
Ratings:
689
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Night Shift Brewing
 
Massachusetts, United States
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SCORE
93
Outstanding
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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Mehinaman from Washington

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

Aug 05, 2016
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IrishChocolate from Texas

4.82/5  rDev +15%
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.

Jan 28, 2017
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Jason from Massachusetts

4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16oz tallboy can, sample purchased as brewery.

Lots of suds, sticky lacing all over the glass. Very hazed light amber hue. Fresh citrus nose, more rind and pith than zest ... some tea and floral alcohol in the nose as well. Nearly silky smooth within a firm medium body. Ample hop bitterness, wavering pungent flavors. Exotic fruit and rind. Grassy graininess, faint grapenut tone. Warming and approachable. A bit in your face IPA, hop character does not want to let go at all. Makes me want to take another sip.

Jan 19, 2016
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ah, '87. ...it's always reminded me of prom. But now the Night Shift beer makers have me thinking about something else. Citrus, orchard and tropical flavors come with a mental soothing strength for a more modern taste, texture and perfume than anything made in 1987, especially the aquanet and spandex.

But the imperial stout that is The 87 comes with waves of ripe, radiant and succulent hop aromatics. Its delectable perfume precedes even the golden amber hue that seems brightly of orange hues. Sweet on the early palate with toastiness, nuttiness and an overall graham cracker taste, hints of honey and caramel begin to soothe the sweet tooth.

Sweetness fades gradually on the middle palate until it recedes to a mere supporting role for hops. But its the hops that grow into fruity, floral and bitter lather. Orange, mango and cantaloup mingle with a rich juiciness that's bright and also rich. Red grapefruit, lemon leaf and juniper come in later with a sharp and crisp late palate. Moderately bitter, the taste of fresh grassiness and torn pine needles resonate with a peachy peppery bite.

Medium bodied but seemingly fuller early on, the beer's body eventually reduces to a malty dry finish with a long afterglow of citrus, pepper and pine that outlasts any grain sugars or more supple fruit impressions.

Mar 02, 2018
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a big bottle for 1 person, but I have a long night of work, so hopefully it'll get me through. Bottled 5/07/15

Pours a nice foamy creamy almost 2 finger head that fades semi slowly, nice sticky lacing, semi hazy honey orange color.

Nose def brings hops, plenty of hop aromas, fresh hop oils, mild resin and dankness, a little pith and orange zest notes with mild citrus, a mild grapefruit pith like mostly for the citrus, some grassy floral notes with a hint earthy, a little candied orange peel and some nice sweet malty malts but not syrupy. As it warms the hops and dank resin turns to some tropical notes, a touch of passion fruit and guava, maybe, I might be pushing it with that.

Taste brings sweet caramel malts, toasted grainy malts, with a big caramel flavor, tons of like caramel syrup, and raw maple, but not super sweet, just seems like it should be with the flavors. Then hops, nice orange flavor, it has an old fashioned like flavor to it. Bitter zest, some candied orange, a hint of grapefruit pith, and eventually a little ruby red grapefruit, hint of a resin and sticky hops, with some earthy spicy notes in the background. Generic fruity flavors in there, almost like a tropical citrus fruit punch, some generic tropical notes as well. Finish is somewhat dry surprisingly, with a hint of booze as it dries, fair bitter spicy hops really come through, a touch more tropical and citrus with resin, and more of an old fashioned cocktail flavor again.

Mouth is fuller bod, a little syrupy like, hint of booze on the dry finish although mostly on the sweeter side, nice carb.

Overall, it's OK, the nose was nice, but the flavor was way too sweet and malty, and somewhat syrupy, it really drowned out the hops which seemed like they had some potential. The overall product didn't meld too well, it's decent but not great. Seems like most Night Shift beers, they get almost to a great product then stop there and just let it go.

Jun 19, 2015
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WesMantooth from Ohio

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

A hazy vibrant orange-gold pour with a foamy egg shell colored head.

Smells very nice. Zesty fruits, like pineapple, grapefruit, mango, and melon and a sweet malt base with a smidge of alcohol.

The malts all but disappear in the flavor. This one is in your face. A blast of mouth puckering, fairly spicy hops. A bunch of fermented pineapple, sour, bitter grapefruit and lemon, and resinous green floral hops, and a touch of candied orange. Whew! Getting a workout here.

Body is fluffy and fairly full, but doesn't drink filling at all.

I think this one is excellent, but suspect that it may drink a little better in a few more weeks too. The ripe green flavors are just a little overwhelming. I can almost prove this theory because I am enjoying it moreand more as I make my way toward the end and my tongue feels like I have been licking envelopes for an hour

Mar 24, 2016
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cosmicevan from New York

4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottled 3/24 thanks steve! enjoyed from nightshift mini.

a - pours transparent yellow side of the ipa spectrum.

s - nose is spot on with tropical citric blast.

t/m/o - bam. there ur is, amazing citric blast ipa. super amazing beer. one of the better ipas I have tried in recent memory.

Apr 15, 2015
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WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

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

Sep 26, 2016
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StormAles from Canada

4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Feb 21, 2018
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GuidedByBill from Massachusetts

4.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

May 14, 2015
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twistjawa from New Hampshire

4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Feb 15, 2016
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Dmbphoenix from New York

4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jul 13, 2018
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bmeGT from Georgia

4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jun 28, 2016
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jschott75 from Illinois

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

Aug 23, 2016
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Skellbop from New York

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

L - hazy copper, thick white head, some lacing
S - lots of citrus, hint of mango
T - bit of grass, slight bitterness on the end, well balanced
F - nice mouthfeel, high carbonation
O - enjoyable

Feb 27, 2016
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emptyglassagain from Massachusetts

3.77/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Aug 13, 2015
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SebastianOwl from Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled dated 7/30/15; labeled as 8.0 % ABV; drank on 8/17/15 in a 16 oz tumbler glass
UPDATE: Night Shift has changed the recipe of The 87 for the 2/28/17 canning going forward; I have edited my rating to reflect the update

Aug 18, 2015
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GNRoofDawg from Massachusetts

4.63/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Mar 10, 2017
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Mattymystique from Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Jul 20, 2015
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Casterbridge from Connecticut

4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aug 30, 2019
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brewskis from Indiana

4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Dec 04, 2016
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SeekingBetterBeer from New York

4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Feb 14, 2016
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saymike32 from Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aug 24, 2019
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Resuin from Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Feb 15, 2016
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JeffC_NH from New Hampshire

4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really solid DIPA. Mosaic in the nose? Ella in the finish? Solid, non-resiny DIPA. Very drinkable and enjoyable, although not quite as aromatic as the huge VT DIPAs. Nice beer.

Dec 06, 2015
The 87 from Night Shift Brewing
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 689 ratings