Night Shift Brewing

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IPA - New England
Ranked #2,031
Ranked #8,459
4.04 | pDev: 7.92%
Night Shift Brewing
Massachusetts, United States
Notes: IPA with Cascade, Citra, Simcoe, and Topaz; the latest recipe from brewer Craig Kennison.
Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 91 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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KRug from Massachusetts

3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Canned 3/10/20

It really does seem like there's a new Night Shift brew every time I go to the liquor store, so kudos to their team and distro

Pours a very cloudy orange gold with a finger of soapy white head that pretty quickly recedes to a ring, minimal lacing

The first thing I get in the nose is sweet melon, backed with soft orange juice, blueberry, and grapefruit. Light bready malts, very tropical all together

The hops come out way more here than I expected right off the bat. Big and juicy, the hops are tropical fruity and oily bitter. Mid palate sees a hint of peppery spice before finishing slightly bitter, subtle grapefruit

Pretty soft carbonation, on par for the style, but sadly finishes a little watery despite the bitterness in the finish

This one was kinda up and down, but at the very least, it's an easy drinking NEIPA. Would probably be better suited as a compliment to a meal

May 14, 2020
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1009 from Massachusetts

4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Well thank you Craig! You delivered a truly delicious and easy to drink New England IPA. It has a nice citrusy color with sweet aromas of summer style citrus fruits. Not too heavy like traditional IPAs, so you can enjoy a few at the baseball field comfortably! A nice after taste really tops off the smooth drinkability of this beer. Great work Craig!

May 13, 2020
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brewandbbq from New Hampshire

4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz can dated 3/12/20.

Pours hazy yellow with a short-lived head of white. Minimal retention with zero lacing. Hard peaches, grapefruit, and pear skins in the nose. Medium bodied with thinnish, limp mouthfeel. Grapefruit with pithy citrus on the palate. Zero malt with a fairly big bitterness. Finishes with a chaulky dryness, citrus skins, and lingering bitterness.

Apr 30, 2020
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Charliethebrit from Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured 4/9/20 into a tulip glass from a can dated 3/10/20, light straw gold, no head or lacing, 5.8% alc.
Delicate citrus, hint of fragrant herbs thanks to the Citra and Simcoe hops
Taste is citrus bitterness that lingers and fades. Slight grapefruit and general citrusy
Nice carbonation, light bodied, evident pilsner type malt, smooth, hint of soapiness, however
Not Night Shift's best examples, but an interesting change. Completely misnamed as an "-ator", this is definitely not a double bock. It is a good IPA, for Spring/Summer. I think something could be tweaked with the hops to improve the balance and really make this one great.

Apr 09, 2020
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hoptheology from South Dakota

4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can from connecticutpoet
canned 4/15/19
Rogue thin-walled IPA glass

Super hazy and juicy with a creamy head of 1/2 finger.

I'm getting arm pit and stone fruit on the nose in that order, with slight moldy grain. Acidic citrus.

Flavor brings delicious pine and juicy peach, with some nectarine, tangerine, and grapefruit. Everything here plays nicely.

Acidic on the palate with a nice juicy creaminess with a moderate carbonation and moderate warming alcohol.

Overall, a peach of a beer, and I mean that literally. Very nice stuff. Would have again.

Jul 16, 2019
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a completely opaque pale mustard yellow with a finger of white foam after an 8oz pour. Really nice head retention and suspension. Aroma is tangerine, guava, mango, orange, and yeast. There are very light notes of bready, biscuity malts beyond, but they're faint compared with the hops. Flavor profile is much more dull, hitting notes of tangerine, orange, and mango, with each and every note separated and suspended out in space, not cohesive and flowing. There are light notes of bready yeast at the back end that enhances the soft ending, twists the sugary tropical fruits into a mildly sweet bread. Mouth feel is soft and pillowy with a very fine level of silkiness to it. It has a medium thickness. Overall, smooth and tropical fruit in a very low-key performance, which would make it nice for pairing with a meal and not over powering.

Served in a 15.5oz Spiegalau tulip from a 16oz can. Review is for Craigerator. Canned 4/10/19, reviewed 4/24/19.

Apr 24, 2019
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Munka from Massachusetts

3.69/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

This is a good beer that is good for being outside on a hot sunny day. The look is a yellow haze that is completely opaque and the head is relatively small. This is very carbonated and had a strong bitter taste. This is what makes me think its better for hot weather, as the strength of taste and carbonation may not be suited for kicking back. Overall a fine beer, but I'd recommend buying them one at a time rather than all 4, as there are many better beers for 13.99, some from night shift themselves like their BUZZ beer.

Apr 24, 2019
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Super cloudy, cloudy making the liquid whitish with a gold tinge. Moderate head, leaving a few fine streaks.

Prickly and weedy.

This is an overly carbonated and straight up bitter beer -- lots of grapefruit. Thin bodied and highly carbonated. The aftertaste is pale malt and harsh, biting hop.

Apr 21, 2019
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brewme from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked-up a four-pack of cans at Kappy's in Norwell for about fourteen dollars. I have had several brews from these guys before. Nice beer, would buy again.

Apr 19, 2019
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soze47 from Massachusetts

4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I’m not usually one for melon-forward hop flavors, but this one presents it really well on the nose while complimenting it with some lemon and lime zest flavors on the taste. This is one I always look forward to when they rotate it back through. Easy to crush on a hot day at the owls nest on the esplanade.

Apr 16, 2019
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Docscape from Ohio

4.84/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Really good ne ipa from MA. Hazy yellow with a slight skunky smell and a fruity taste. I'll have another. 16 oz draft, 7$ @ The Fix in Worcester, MA.

Oct 03, 2018
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beatonian from Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Yellow-orange brew with a foamy white head and a papaya scent. Fairly fizzy feel, light fruit flaves. Neither an intense taste experience nor a dull one, it’s right down the middle. An enjoyable, solid NEIPA, drinkable anytime, if perhaps not one to rush out and buy.

Sep 29, 2018
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned 8/14/18
Pours a nice foamy bubbly 1 finger head that fades at a slower pace, nice lacing, super murky pale orange color

Nose lots of citrus and a ton of pith, a little grapefruit, orange juice, mango notes, big papaya, hint of pineapple and generic tropical, a doughy wheat almost papery malt base

Taste lots of pith and papery pulpy wheat dough malt, floury bread, fair bitterness with lots of pith and some orange rind, orange zest oils, mango rind, little grapefruit pith, mild generic tropical and papaya, dry finish lingering pith and orange rind

Mouth is med bod, creamy, a bit soft but papery, decent carb

Overall meh, malts weird too iffy papery pulpy not great, hops didn't explode enough and were a bit too bitter up front, overall just a meh beer esp from someone like Night Shift

Sep 28, 2018
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brureview from Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy honey color in a Spiegelau glass. Excellent head retention.

Very floral, sweet, dank aroma.

Citrus taste.

Spicy bitter finish, not overdone.

Sep 15, 2018
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Ronl12 from Massachusetts

4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can into IPA glass. Dated 8/14/18.
Look is beautiful hazy golden yellow. Nose is sweet tropical fruit, pineapple. Taste follows nose, candied tropical fruit. Feel is medium and creamy. Overall another good IPA from them. Would buy again.

Sep 05, 2018
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bobv from Vermont

4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 oz. can dated 10/21/17.
Moderate to vigorous pour yields a 1/2 inch white head over a hazy, light golden body with some sticky lacing. Nose of tropical fruit, pine, and citrus. As it warms the nose gets even more tropical. Taste of grapefruit pith, orange pith, and a nice, gentle bitterness with a medium dry finish. Nice feel and overall, another fine offering from Everett, MA. Cheers to Craig!

Nov 12, 2017
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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. Can. Canned: 10/21/17 opened on 11/10/17

A hazy white and yellow golden color with an all white foam cap, pretty tight and slow to dissipate.

A classic NE style ipa aroma, earthy>citrus fruit>tangy herbs>tropical blend of hops that are very aromatic. A light but sweet honey and vanilla tinged malt way down deep.

A sour wheat and grains style malted barley flavor is surprising right off, quickly accented by rye, earthy and sour fruity hop attack. A sour, wheatvtaste from the malt and perhaps maximized by this particular hop variety combo. Sour apples, pepper and herbs, grass, with a big earthy, sour effect all over. This hop variety certainly delivers some strange but interesting hop hop vibes in the flavor. Starfruit, honey Dew mellon, herbal mixture and sour-citrus hoppy tones all over!

A crispy but juicy mouthfeel, sour and tangy pucker, never has a dry effect. Light, grainy and juicy overall.

Overall, a very strange hop flavor. Light and easy vibe, decent malty charecter but....them hops man.....strange.

Nov 10, 2017
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BranfordBound from Connecticut

4.39/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this two weeks ago, can art was a bit different than the picture (looked like a regular Night Shift brew with green and blue squares on the label), but I'm assuming this is the same one. This one packs a punch, good amount of stone fruit and grassy hops. It's body and taste bely the ABV on this. It drinks like an DIPA but you'd never guess it was a Pale Ale/IPA. Good stuff here, Night Shift still delivering.

Nov 07, 2017
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EMH73 from New York

4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy orange color with a one inch, well retained white head that left lots of lacing. Smells of tropical fruits, citrus fruits and pine. Tastes of sweet oranges, mango, pineapple, grapefruit, pine and a nice malt presence. Medium bodied and carbonated, finishes slightly dry.

Nov 01, 2017
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a cloudy golden orange with a two finger foamy white head. The head leaves tons of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is tangerine, mango, grapefruit and light piney hops.

T - The taste follows the aroma. Mango, tangerine, grapefruit, bready malts and piney hops.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Soft mouthfeel with a crisp dry finish.

O - Very nice and easy drinking IPA. I could drink a few of these on a warm summe day.

Aug 24, 2017
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Antg8989 from New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy straw. Some lacing. Nice juicy citrus aromas. Punchy and juicy flavor, although not as strong as the aroma. Feel is softer for an IPA with medium carbonation, but it works. Overall, not my favorite, but pretty good.

May 05, 2017
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

3.74/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap. Pours a slightly hazy, bright yellow color. Thick, fluffy head. Aroma is mild but comprised almost solely of juicy, tropical fruit hops. Citrusy and ,any other lush fruits. The flavor is not as pleasing but it's not much of a slouch. The malty, very pale malty flavors are present here. Malt is very sugary to me; like all of Night Shift's hoppy beers. Sugar cookies. Not exactly in love with how it plays with the hops. I find their malt and probably their yeast to be very memorable and noticeable. It's not my favorite but it's kind of a trademark of their hoppy beers. The hops also lose a bit of their potency on the tongue. It's still got a good amount of yummy citrus and fruits. Very light bodied. Higher carbonation. See drinkable. I gulped down my pint within a few minutes.

Feb 14, 2015
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

3.84/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pale yellow in color. Clear in appearance. A nice soft, juicy pale. Grapefruit and clean grain malt profile. Not as good as Whirlpool, but serviceable. Very crushable.

Jan 29, 2015
Craigerator from Night Shift Brewing
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 91 ratings