One Hop This Time: Rakau
Night Shift Brewing

One Hop This Time: RakauOne Hop This Time: Rakau
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American IPA
Ranked #1,803
Ranked #13,100
4 | pDev: 8.75%
Night Shift Brewing
Massachusetts, United States
Very Good
One Hop This Time: RakauOne Hop This Time: Rakau
Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 36
Photo of smcolw
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very cloudy making the beer look white/yellow in color. Small head but good ring lace.

There's a mild mustiness in the smell but this may be from the beer line. The hop is attractive and floral.

The base malt is light but full bodied. The hop dominates with a white pepper bitterness. The carbonation is subdued making the brew seem rich than it is. The aftertaste is moderate with a peppery tongue.

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Photo of digboy
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can dated 4/26/17 - last can in fridge after beer run to brewery a month ago or so.

Pours a very cloudy straw gold color with a one finger silky bright white head - very attractive look.

Aroma has sweet tropical notes like pineapple and mango atop come citrus notes in the background. The scent is a bit weak but it could be because I'm opening this so far from the canning date.

The taste is more on the citrus/grapefruit side I think due to a bitterness up front - which lingers to the end. It is odd the tropicals fade out. Low malt that is slightly sweet. It is a pleasant taste much in keeping with Night Shift's style.

Feel is clean and crisp and a soft. Feels like a Pale, though I can see it is on the low ABV range for IPAs at 6%.

I really like this version of OHTT. The hop flavor makes it go down easy - very summery feeling beer. I wish the tropical in the nose came out more though.

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Photo of rudzud
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up a can at Julio's. Canned on 4/26.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a hazy straw hue with a two finger white head that faded slowly to leave light lacing and a creamy blanket.

S - Aromas of creamy lemons, light orange/citrus tartness and juice. Little bit of crackery malts.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. Light lemons and some good orange zest. Some nice light bitterness, nice grapefruit peel flavour. Little bit of grassy hops, some doughy crackery malts. Very clean.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, good body, little creamy.

O - Overall this was a solid IPA from Night Shift. Not sure how much the almost 2 months affected this one based on reviews but still this was quite enjoyable albeit lightly flavoured.

Serving Type: Can

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Photo of EMH73
3.82/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy yellow with a one inch white head that was fairly well retained and left blotchy lacing. Smells like incredible fresh fruit with a hint of pine and flowers. Taste is rather bland, all of the lush aromas are just not present in the taste, mild to moderate bitterness. Light bodied, watery mouth feel, well carbonated. There is just something missing from this beer.

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Photo of Jaypeajus
3.89/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Straw yellow pour. Med foam white head. Med haze. Smell is bit o lemon/honey. Not familiar with this hop profile. Taste is as smell plus a bit o dry grass to add a nice feel. Mod bitter but a good balance. Overall my first night shift an I'm not disappointed an looking forward to the others.

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Photo of jlindros
4.11/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Canned 4/26

Pours a decent creamy bubbly 1/2 finger head that fades at a med pace, touch of lacing, very hazy murky pale grapefruit color.

Nose brings tart grapefruit and lemon, citrus, very fruity, a little citrus fruity pebbles, floral hops, lemonade, a little creamy toasty cereal malt.

Taste tart citrus, lemony, a little grapefruit, no rind though all flesh and juice, fruity citrus, a little lime and underripe clementine, a bit of creamy wheat and doughy malt, a bit of pith later, quite creamy late as well, a little grassy earthy hop, cracker dough, sticky drier finish, lingering grapefruit and lemonade, a little pith and bitter rind lingering.

Mouth is med bod, pretty creamy, decent carb.

Overall not bad, fairly light overall but enjoyable.

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Photo of tigg924
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy, pale straw yellow in color with 1/3 inch head. Taste is lemon, dank hops, and grape skin. Slightly bitter, light bodied and very tasty. Could drink this IPA all day. Another really good beer in the One Hop This Time series.

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Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
4.41/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

P- Poured from a 16 oz can,into a Cigar City spiegelau IPA glass.Canned on 04/26/17.

L- Soapy white head that stands 1 finger width tall,with good retention and lacing.Hazy straw colored body with moderate clarity,and distorted light showing through.Light amount of carbonation.

S- On the nose I get fruit,pine and lemon.Not a very big nose on this one,I hard a hard time getting anything out of it.

T- The palate hold a nice clean pine flavor,followed by a nice punch of lemon zest.The after taste is fruity,but I cannot ascertain the variety.Very good tasting IPA.

F- The mouth feel is medium heavy with a chalky texture.Prickly oxidation on the tongue with a slightly dry finish.Still pretty smooth and drinkable though.

O- This IPA is a little bit different,but not in a bad way whatsoever.It's actually very good.I will drink this again,and recommend others give it a try.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale gold body full of haze and a bright white cap that trailed some lace lines behind... Aromas of dried fruit, clean pine, and lemon rind... Ample bitterness; has earthy, grassy, and herbal notes to accompany the citrus, as well as light cracker and biscuit grain impressions and a hint of tartness on the the tongue... Almost like a saison-pilsener hybrid... Light and crisp, moderate carbonation, clean finish... A top-tier brew - could easily drink through a few of these... 4/26/17 canning...

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16oz can into a speiglau IPA glass.

Love ok is a bright hazy yellow with a bubbly head.

Aroma is slightly funky saison yeast but cleaner if that makes sense. Herbal and lemon come in right at the end.

Taste is clean and earthy with a light lemon to clean it out at the end.

Interesting hop.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.62/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Lucky enough to get my hands on this!! 1 pt can. 6.0 % abv. Hop type is printed on the bottom of the can! Along with a Canned on date. 4/27/17. Only Two days ago!! Reviewed on 4/29/17. Now thats fresh!!!

Loving the single hop brews, very interesting to be able to understand exactly what each hop delivers. Rakau is a new hop for me, perhaps had it once or twice before.

A white, cloudy haze over a straw white golden color. A towering, fluffy, sparkling pure white foamy crow hold it's head up high. Big, intricate, sticky lacing all around from the receding foam line. The color looks much more like a classic Hefeweizen. A white hazy straw gold. Pretty unique for an IPA. Odd, yes, but also very healthy appearance.

A very earthy aroma, much like a field after a hot July rain. Funky earth, herbs and spices mix, like an old spice rack. Golden wheat scented malt, mild citrus and tangy, sour fruits. A very unique and distinct nose.

The first gulp has a very funky earthy bite, sourish golden wheat malt, excellent crisp bite from it's freshness.big, bold, clean mouthfeel!! Very full feeling and obviously unfiltered by it's thick, hazy appearance and lushious mouthfeel. The Rakau hop variety is very unique and a breath of fresh air compared to all of the "citrus and pine" dominated hop flavor's. This hop is seriously earthy, herbal and tangy! A very refreshing and crisp hop bite, only mildly bitter but much more like earthy and hearty. Excellent depth, many layers of similar flavor's roll on. The malt is very light, much like a pilsner or crystal....very crisp but light, which alliws the hop to really shine.

The Rakau hop is an instant favorite with dry grassy tones, deeply earthy, old world hrrbs and spice hop with some fine American high alpha traits. A very unique hop expereince!! Awesome quality and crazy freshness is very impressive. I give big bonus points for specific styles that are unique in most aspects but still hold true to style. This one is full of unique aspects. Complex, refreshing and unique IPA. An instant classic according to my tadtebuds.

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One Hop This Time: Rakau from Night Shift Brewing
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 36 ratings