One Hop This Time: Topaz
Night Shift Brewing

One Hop This Time: TopazOne Hop This Time: Topaz
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American IPA
4.1 | pDev: 5.61%
Night Shift Brewing
Massachusetts, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
One Hop This Time: TopazOne Hop This Time: Topaz
Notes: Single-hopped IPA with juicy orange and apricot aromas; pleasant bitter finish.
Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 44
Photo of pezhead_79
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great extra from MCCarrigan, this was my first NE IPA and I was very pleased. I creamy mouth feel with a nice citrus taste and aroma. I may be slowly coming around to liking and enjoying IPAs.

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Photo of cbutova
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks Kevin for the gifted can. Nice to see some Topaz single hop brews around instead of the usual hops.

A- The tall can drops a very cloudy, very pale yellow brew into my tulip. The head is white, rather thick and frothy rising up to just over an inch high with good retention. Eventually a massive pillow remains on the brew and lacing follows it down the glass in huge patches.

S- Musty (semi-cat pee; but not too much) dankness joins forces with bright and fresh citrus fruit hops which do not contact any malt aromas to give off that candied feel; shines. Tangerine, grapefruit, clementine, pineapple and floral hops create most of the moderately strong aroma.

T- The musty dank herbal feeling carries over from the aroma and is central to the entire flavor profile which once again is dominated by the Topaz excluding yeast and malts besides slight cereal grains and bread. Juicy melon, tangerine, ruby red grapefruit sharpness, orange, pineapple, floral and spicy hops. That melon grows and grows with time.

MF- Puffy and creamy consistency leads to some chewy feelings on the palate. Carbonation is rather high but the beer sips very smoothly and comes off as crisp. Finishes with a medium citrus pith bitterness.

Well, add Topaz to my hop schedule for my single hop homebrews. A profile driven by dankness with a boatload of citrus and then some sweet melon to balance it all out.

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Photo of Dirtyhands
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Exceptional display of a single hop. Very light golden straw color, opaque. Not the strongest aroma of hops, but the presence of clean west coast hops is undeniable in the aroma. Flavor is super clean with a persistent hop bitterness which seems to draw on dried lemon rind and peppery dank. All of these flavors intermingle to create a great balance of bitterness and hop character. Very smooth body as well.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. can. Hazy yellow body. Medium white head. Smells a little lemony and some white pepper. Light orange. Taste is more interesting. Orange and fruity. Grainy malt. Lightly grassy finish. Light body and well carbonated. Nice.

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Photo of Steve_Tkachuk
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks for the extra Ryan Sanborn!
7/5/16 can date poured into a large tulip.
A pale yellow, that is strongly hazy. Very nice.
One finger of nice bone white head. Left plenty of sticky lacing as I consumed.
Smelled a bit muted and hard to pickup in one single profile. But I got a bit of pinnapple and grapefruit and some dankness for sure.
Taste is close to the nose. Feels decent a touch thin, pretty smooth though. Medium body and medium carb.
Overall this was an enjoyable beer. It was my first OHTT, and certainly won't be my last. Definitely not nearly as complex and flavorful as others, but it's a winner in my book.

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Photo of MaineBeerDinner
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: light as can be with a deep haze like few other beers
S: hops for days, beautiful beautiful hops heavily on the virtual side.
T: Takes no prisoners, hits with the sweet hops and doesn't let go. Smooth as heyl, simple citrus brilliance
F: smooth bite of the hops the way IPAs should be. Yum

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Photo of SebastianOwl
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 7/5/16; drank on 7/14/16 in a tegu glass; I have never tried the Topaz hop before but I really like it; online descriptions describe a dank Galaxy; I personally taste apricots and pineapple; excellent beer, would love to see this again from Night Shift

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Photo of ManapuaMan
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Love this ongoing one-hop series - it's both enjoyable and enlightening when you get to isolate the primary characteristics of a single hop. Like all IPAs from Night Shift, this was expertly crafted. The score reflects this but also my own personal affinity for topaz. Hazy golden yellow pour, soft cloudy head with moderate carbonation. Nose of lemon, orange zest and a bit of pineapple. I got more acidic fruit than anything else. I can see how this was combined with citra, mosaic, simcoe to create outstanding batches of Morph. Finish was dry but slightly tart and mildly bitter. Not a big fan of topaz but that's almost not the point.

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Photo of GimmeASchlitz
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at brewery into snifter.

Pours a cloudy lemon yellow color with whitems foaming half inch head. Nice lacing on the glass.

Smells of citrus fruits, lemon, oranges. Can smell other fruity notes in the back.

Taste of citrus, mostly orange, with a bitter finish. The taste of the Topaz hops is not overpowering and is a great hop to use.

Little carbonation but lingers on the tongue. Medium body feel and drinks smoothly.

Great beer to drink when it's in rotation.

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One Hop This Time: Topaz from Night Shift Brewing
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 44 ratings