Fluffy | Night Shift Brewing

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4.07/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Night Shift Brewing
Massachusetts, United States
nightshiftbrewing.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
IPA brewed with Topaz, Vic Secret, and Hallertau Blanc hops.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,806
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
75
pDev:
10.07%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
17
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 75 |  Reviews: 14
Reviews by Mleblanc25:
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

More User Reviews:
Photo of tigg924
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had on tap. Pours hazy, orange-yellow in color with minimal head. Taste is pineapple, guava, grapefruit, and cracker. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, slightly bitter with lingering sweetness on the end. Makes for a really really good New England style IPA. Dry juice more in line with Trillium's feel than Tree House's. Will surely pick this one up if I can find it in cans.

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Photo of ccurrid
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ben1313
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of digboy
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

[Edit March 2017] - they finally did a full release and while they just ran out of cans while I was in line I had it on tap.... They screwed up the first run IMO. It was lacking the aromatic orange flavor of the first limited batch. Truly a travesty for those of us who had the original. I was so disappointed. I am dropping my score from perfect 5 as a result. They know they screwed it up. If the next batch is wrong then it will need to be adjusted way down. Ugh! This was my perfect beer. *Please fix it*

Had at the brewery in a pint glass poured from tap.

Pours a thickly opaque bright orange juice color with a one finger frothy head. Lacing is clumpy. The aroma has strong wafts of orange and grapefruit - enough that you can smell it a foot away.

The taste complements the smell with a smooth, creamy orange hop flavor balanced perfectly with the moderate to light hops. With such a low alcohol content it is difficult to say this falls under IPA but there is enough lingering bitterness to remind you that it is definitely not a pale. It almost tastes like there is orange juice added to the brewing process, but again, so well balanced this is an asset. Accordingly the mouth feel is smoothly creamy with a little tang. A light bitterness hangs on the tongue to the end after the juicy hop flavor begins to fade - another reason why I think it has over-achieved for the category.

This is the epitomal juice bomb in the NE style IPA tradition. Night shift has hit the nail squarely on the head here. I challenged the guy behind the bar about characterizing this as an "experiment" like it was a just a happy mistake. It seems improbable that they were not trying to go for a copy of Treehouse's Orange Julius (and they succeeded). This took skill and thoughtful craft. Given the raves this beer has received in such a short time I was told it will likely be in cans by Spring. God I hope that is true. I believe it could become their flagship beer rather quickly. As such and unapologetically, I have no knocks for this beer. Just awesome, assuming you like the style.

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Photo of BSW
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Shaymus
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Coltron23
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of trevorpost
3.18/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I taste mint toothpaste in almost every beer that has Vic Secret hops, and this does not buck the trend. I wonder if I'm alone in that regard? Would love to try this beer with a slightly different hop bill.

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Photo of TWStandley
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jaydoc
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ScaryEd
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Zaphog
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ScientificSquill
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Grackos
4.49/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent IPA and insanely awesome mouthfeel.

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Photo of Manfrombelmonty
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of cbutova
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks Kevin!

A- Can cascades into a tall chalice with a hazy yellow body and a thick white cap. The foam rises up to a few fingers high with good retention. Eventually a medium belt around the edges leaves sheets of lace that cover about half of the glass.

S- Juicy tropical fruits with mango and pineapple especially strong as the hops dominate the smell. A bit of citrus like grapefruit and tangerine join the show with hints of melon, mint and fresh orange juice all over a bed of pale cereal grains.

T- Follows up on the aroma but in stride with many other hop bombs I have had lately it contains a very resiny, oily citrusy bitterness that starts to overshadow the more delicate things the hops bring to the table. Zesty grapefruit bitterness leads to notes of melon, mango, tangerine and oranges with hints of cereal grains, bread, bubble gum, mint and dankness as well. A lot of the great character in the smell is eventually lost to generic grapefruit pith bitterness.

MF- Puffy and..... fluffy texture to the light-medium overall body. The carbonation is at a high level, about where it should be, but unfortunately it helps promote the aforementioned abrasive oily bitterness. Silky and smooth.

Starts off extremely promising with an inviting look and aroma as juicy fruits blast out of the glass with tropical and citrus fruits in harmony. The flavor brings an abrasive generic hoppy bitterness that seems to be trending upwards lately in the good IPAs that don't quite reach greatness.

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Photo of Sweffin
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gregf51
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of outoffocus
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Shy5
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Keananmichael5
2.87/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of littlestevie14
4.31/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of smcel371
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of amsage19
4.78/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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Fluffy from Night Shift Brewing
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 75 ratings