Annie Oatley
Night Shift Brewing

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American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #150
Ranked #4,625
4.15 | pDev: 6.51%
Night Shift Brewing
Massachusetts, United States
Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 76
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.61/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Canned 11/10/17 Opened on 11/11/17 !! Freshhhh!
6.1 % abv. One pint.

As I pour it out of the can, I can already see it's smooth body texture from the addition of oats. The hop aroma is reaching me in a very intense way without having to hold the imperial pint glass up to my nose ! Very aromatic hop aroma, earthy, dry leaves, citrusy tang, very "fresh" hopped style. The malt aroma is light and sweet but the oats addition can be detected with a smooth, vanilla-ish tinge.

I'm always interested in a brew that contains oats, especially a Pale ale. I find the affect on the body and mouthfeel is excellent, making it ultra smooth and lush. This one seriously delivers the oats! The mouthfeel is awesome, health and smooth.

The appearance is also very healthy, major haze, if not, muddy golden color with a white-out effect. A robust white foam holds in tight and high, slow dissipation leaves a small but of lace and a very thin but constant foamy bubnly cover.

The texture is really enjoyable and the oats are supremely used, as the flavor has some seriously dense oats/wheat and grain thing happening in the malt. The hops are very complex, with big citrus and tropical fruits, and earthy tones galore! Excellent balance between the major aspects of oats and barley and the hops.

Soooo crispy and fresh in both feel and flavor! This is most likely the best Pale Ale with oats I've ever had, usually the oat addition is very subtle, this one is very bold and gives a certain uniqueness to the flavor concidering how intense and complex the hops are. This has only been in the can for about 24 hours. Fresh is best for styles like this. I'm nothing but seriously impressed.

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Photo of smcolw
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Good two-finger head to start. It settles in a rocky fashion, leaving some lumpy lace on the glass. The color is darker gold, borderline amber. Cloudy.

Weedy aroma of freshly crushed hops. A touch of hop-cone flowers along with recently mowed dandelion greens.

The flavor is like a full blown DIPA with a solid, nearly oily base of pale malt. The hop is strong but balances well with the initial sip, slowly overwhelming the semidry taste with a black pepper bitterness that lingers a long time after the swallow. The body is full with an ever-so-slightly elevated carbonation level. The entire combination works well.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed 7/18/17

A: Pale golden tangerine with some orange at the core - decidedly hazy, but not overly turbid - pours with small white head, fades to a few wisps and a small collar, leaves some streaks and spots of lacing

S: Citrus, peach, and a touch of oats - this was hopped with Simcoe, Citra, and Mosaic, and I find the latter two rather prominent - bright orange and tangerine flesh, touch of grapefruit zest - floral citrus - some pine and some pine spritzed with tropical fruit juice - lemon - lots of peach, touch of mango - lightly sweet, just a touch of oats at the base

T: Regretfully not as robust as the aroma, but nice - tangerine, orange, and grapefruit flesh - flowery citrus - some dry pine needles and a touch of earth - some peach, hint of mango - some leafy hops - the Mosaic really seems to dominate, lending some vaguely tropical yet almost woody character - low bitterness - touch of oats but the body is mostly neutral

M: Light body, medium carbonation, some silkiness from the oats, mostly dry

O: Bang bang! Feuer frei!

Annie Oatley feels more like a riff on Whirlpool than a unique new entry in the Night Shift lineup, but I do not really mean that as a criticism. Rather, my criticism involves the body of this beer. The oats help, but it really needs more of a base. The hop combination is great, but it's ultimately very hop soda-like.

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Photo of mafrick17
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 07/01/2017. Poured from a can into a Night Shift "can" glass.
Look - Looks like orange juice when you mix in a little whiskey. A finger of head that dissipates rather quickly and leaves behind no lacing.
Smell - Orange, mango, pineapple, tropical fruit
Taste - Wheat, citrus fruit, pine
Feel - A tad bitter for a pale, but the oat leaves behind a smooth finish.
Overall - A nice, creamy pale ale with lots of flavor.

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Photo of papposilenus
3.72/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a 16oz can, dated 07/01/17. Served in an imperial pint pub glass.

Pours a murky, opaque straw-gold with big-bubbled carbonation and a scant half-finger of soapy head. No retention to speak of, thin creamy collar, no lacing.

Smells of yeasty white bread, juicy fruits, grass and chives.

Taste is damp oats and peach marmalade, leafy green herbs, cantaloupe, lime, mango and bhang water. An unfortunate overripe sticky melon tackiness develops mid-palate and persists. Juicy, dank, moderate-to-low bitterness, finishes with that oniony compost-juice flavour that sticks to my tongue and won't come off.

Feel is smooth and mouthcoating, medium bodied, ample fine carbonation. Soft and juicy, it feels heftier than its stated abv.

Overall, a mixed bag. On balance, a nice, juicy APA but the tacky aftertaste detracts from its enjoyment.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks Drew. This was poured into a becher pint glass. The appearance was a deep hazy burnt orange color with a finger’s worth of white foamy head that quickly dissipated. Moderate speckled lace. The aroma balances superbly between the sweet juicy orange/citrusy pulpiness to some sweet oats engraving some sweet pine and grassy notes, fantastic! The flavor takes the crisp sweet to bitter bite of citrus rind to sharpen against a smooth sweet citrus pulpiness, lively and structured and dripping with juicy content. Almost a practically perfect aftertaste for an APA with a quick semi-smooth and bitter finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a great sessionability about it. Good carbonation, and somewhat low. Bitterness perfects itself upon my tongue, still has a nice smooth feel rolling over it. Overall, everything what a superb APA should be. Of course, I would love to have again.

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Photo of jlindros
3.2/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Canned 5/10/17

Pours a big creamy frothy 1+ finger head that fades at a med pace, soapy lacing, hazy golden tan color.

Nose starts with mosaic pine sap and green onion, then tropical papaya, mango, into big orange cream, citrus, little creamy oats and malt.

Taste starts with pine sap resin and green onion again, they must have gotten the bad batch of mosaic, a little tropical papaya and mango like, some pith, orange cream, and candied tangerine, a little stone fruit. Fair bitterness, dry finish that gets more bitter.

Mouth is med ti lighter bod, a bit thin, good carb.

Overall eh, def not very good with that bad mosaic in the way of everything.

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Photo of ScaryEd
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy bright orange color with a finger of fluffy white head. The head doesn't stick around for long but leaves some random splotches of lace as it goes.

The aroma is very grassy and herbal, with slight notes of tangerine and grapefruit.

The taste brings more herbal notes, with a fair amout of grapefruit and orange rind. Finishes with a very subtle cracker malt character.

The feel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Fluffy and creamy with a crisp, dry finish.

Overall, a pretty good pale ale. Not a lot to say about this one other than the high drinkability. Would be a nice year-round offering.

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Photo of digboy
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a bright but hazy yellowish orange with a soapy head. Stone fruit aroma, maybe nectarine with other tropical notes. Taste is mild and moderately bitter. The oat flavor mutes the hops that follow the smell. Still pungent tasting though. Low carbonation. Thin malt. Feel is creamy and smooth by design, done well. Overall a real treat for the low alcohol content. Packed with delicious flavor.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy pale orange color with a creamy lacing ring and light carbonation.

S - Grassy citrus and herbal.

T - Herbal light citrus, lemon, juicy grapefruit, some floral character, and a lingering citrus dankness.

M - Very dry finish, coats the mouth with dry citrus.

O - This is an outstanding beer and packed full of flavor for such a low ABV.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can. Medium golden pour with finger white head that slowly recedes leaving coating bubbly lace. Mild herbal aroma, citrus notes. Dank, weedy, herbal hops dominate the taste, little to no malt balance. Finishes dry with grassy grapefruit peel bitterness that lingers a minute. Hop heads will like this one.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

16 oz. can dated 12/02/16

Pours foggy hazy cloudy gold with a creamy frothy white foam head. Smells like ruby red grapefruit, orange citrus, melon, oats, bready malt, mango, peach, pineapple, passionfruit, guava, with dank earthy herbal grass and floral resinous pine. Tastes like dank earthy herbal grass and floral resinous pine with red grapefruit, orange citrus, melon, oats, bready malt, mango, peach, pineapple, passionfruit, and guava. Feels medium bodied, smooth and creamy with moderate low carbonation. Overall a really nice oat pale ale.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.56/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely delicious and light pale ale. You get all of the citrus and tropical fruit from the big DIPAs out there. Sessionable and juicy. Just enough backbone.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden orange in color. Hazy in appearance. Lemon, lime and pine. Cracker malt background. Light bodied. Dry, bitter, lingering finish. Great amount of flavor for a sub 5% beer. Really pleasant to drink. Hopefully they make this again.

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Photo of mnj21655
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy light orange in color with a bit over a finger of rocky white head with good retention. Aroma is a bit muted but I get citrus and some earthy and lightly spicy notes. The flavors hit the same notes as the aromas but with more intensity and a solid bitterness. Good mouthfeel, medium body and carbonation with a bit of oat creaminess. Overall pretty solid.

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Annie Oatley from Night Shift Brewing
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 76 ratings