Night Shift Brewing

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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #318
Ranked #2,383
4.28 | pDev: 5.84%
Night Shift Brewing
Massachusetts, United States
Notes: DIPA brewed with wildflower honey and lupulin powder
Reviews: 20 | Ratings: 83
Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can dated 3/20/19 from connecticutpoet. Poured into North Coast nonic pint.

A pale hazy color, very attractive, with a tall fluffy head of 3 fingers that has about 1 finger of retention. Wispy lacing on the sides.

Lovely orange juice and grapefruit juice notes in the nose, followed by starfruit, mango, and papaya.

Flavor is amazing. Lactose, honey, and rich sweet base grain start this out quickly followed by grass and fresh pine, with some tangerine peel and white & red grapefruit, and a wrap up of mild tropical fruits (papaya, starfruit, faint mango). Lingering rind-y bitterness remains from said tropical fruits.

Feel is acidic, juicy, and moderately carbonated with a wonderful honey slickness and milky creaminess.

Overall easily one of the best IPAs I've ever had. This was incredible. Blind taste test and I'll bet you wouldn't tell the difference between this and a top shelf Trillium IPA.

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Photo of ScaryEd
3.58/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 oz can into a tulip glass.

Pours an opaque yellow color with a half finger of bright white head. The head leaves in a hurry, leaving some cobweb lacing before settling into a thin ring.

The aroma brings notes of pineapple, lime zest, grapefruit, and honey. Has a decent malt backbone.

The flavor brings lots of pineapple, mango, and melon before a wave of honey and doughy malt. Finishes piney and earthy. Mildly grassy.

The feel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very smooth and very dry. Exceptionally creamy.

Overall, a pretty good, if unexceptional DIPA. The honey doesn't really add a whole lot and the flavors are somewhat bland. Still, it's a good beer worth giving a try.

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Photo of digboy
3.59/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright, cloudy gold color with a one finger off-white head that settles down to a film fairly quickly. This is a can dated 3/20, so a little over 5 weeks old.

Aroma has a pleasant floral citrus to it with enough sweetness to invoke something tropical - could be that honey is throwing me off from what that tropical fruit would be.

Yup, in the taste it becomes clear that the honey flavor is forward along with the floral citrus to create a flavor that is not typical in most NEIPA hop profiles. The warmth of the honey kicks in seconds after the first taste and evolves into an odd "flatness" in the flavor that becomes less enjoyable when the citrus ears away. This makes for a finish that is slightly tart because the honey imparts flavor more than sweetness. I do not like this finish at all - not sure why it is getting such high ratings, but hey, people have their own tastes I suppose.

Feel is lighter than expected with the word honey in it. Not sticky and moderately bitter, a bit soft.

Really not doing much for me here. The flavor is dominated by this bitterness that clouds the citrus and the honey for the most part. My can is not that old so I can't blame it on that. Will not be getting this again.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bright yellow-gold and translucent with haze under a foamy white cap... Bright and citrusy aromas and lightly-sweet flavors... Has enough bitter pith to keep it kinda taut; soft body aside, a rather clean, quenching brew... Reminds me a bit of a bitter lemon creamsicle... 3/19/19 canning with a 9% abv...

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a hazy yellow color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a nice cap that leaves good lacing

S: Some citrus and floral notes up front along with a light sweetness

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the citrus and floral hop notes and then picks up some light tropical fruitiness. Finishes with lingering floral notes

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A solid DIPA that is on the easier side to drink. Nothing really too special or different about it, but solid nonetheless

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Photo of smcolw
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy, darker gold color. Decent starting head which settles to rim bubbles and a thin film on the liquid. Thick streaks initially, minor spots thereafter.

Strong pineapple and mango nose. Black pepper like hop smell.

The flavor is similar to the smell with a lot of tropical fruit and pine like prickly-ness from the bittering hop. Rich bodied with a lighter carbonation level. The finish coats the tongue but the bitterness cuts into this. Long aftertaste.

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Photo of brureview
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Light honey color with a 4F head in a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Floral, pine, sweet aroma.

Distinctive citrus taste, lime, citrus. Tropical fruit.

Hoppy MF.

Another excellent beer from Night Shift.

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Photo of Munka
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is a great beer. Great can that catches the eye and the name suits it. This is a strong, sweet beer. The site says 8.5% but my can has a 9.0% rating and was canned in March. The beer has a golden lemonadish color to it with little head. The smell is sweet and you can catch the honey in it. The taste is hoppy, but the honey and lupilin cover it nicely giving a very smooth and refreshing feeling. Overall this is a great beer to chill out with and watch a movie

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Photo of soze47
3.96/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Honey gets dry when it is fermented and I can’t help but feel like that is went a little too far in this one. Lovely, full body and lovely to look at. Nose is even clovery and spring like. But the dryness on the linger is too strong against those flavors on the taste. Just ok

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Photo of ThrewRedButter
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L - Golden yellow color, murky body, two fingers of white head

S - Beeswax, honey, lemon, orange peel

T - More of the same from the aroma. Not very bitter thanks to lupulin powder, but has a bit at the end of each sip

F - Full and creamy. No alcohol.

O - A sweeter DIPA than most due to honey. Might be an acquired taste, but I like it.

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Photo of jlindros
4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Canned 1/29/18, good black and gold beer for the Bs game

Pours a large fluffy foamy 1+ finger head that fades at a slow pace, seems to stick around for a while, sitcky lacing, murky honey orange color

Nose nice citrus and fruit, flowery floral honey and a little sweet candy notes, creamy malt, clementine, a little apricot and creamy wheat

Taste brings a little honey and fermented honey with mild ester notes I think, but earthy floral notes, creamy toasty wheat and malt, some sweetness both malt and honey, floral honey, nice hops citrus, a little stone fruit apricot jam, clementine, mild tropical like note, lupilin spicy raw hop bitterness character, fair bitterness, drier finish with a hint of possibly alcohol but big bitter hop bite

Mouth is med bod, creamy soft, fluffy carb, a touch of alcohol

Overall pretty nice, honey is there in a nice character both raw honey and fermented honey, decent hops although lupulin starts OK then gets a little raw hop almost spicy like character

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Photo of brewme
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
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 twelve dollars. Big fan of Night Shift, have never heard of this brew before. A bit above my ABV comfort zone, but a very nice brew, would buy again.

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Photo of Brew_42
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours bright yellow and cloudy and a fluffy white head.

Smells citrusy and piney.

Taste is juicy and fruity. Bright citrus hoppy flavor. The tail end adds a sweet touch of honey that cuts through the bitternessin a good way. Not a huge IPA guy, so anything that cuts through the hoppiness is appreciated.

Mouthfeel- light and crisp

Overall, a great IPA for a person who doesn;t like IPAs. Night Shift continues to impress.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dank, passion fruit, fresh cut grass, grapefruit pith, melon and tangerine. Biscuit malt. Medium bodied. Creamy feel. Citrus bitter bite on the finish. Not too sweet, semi dry. Real good.

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Photo of Damian
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 1 pint can purchased at Craft Beer Cellar, Belmont, MA
Served in a teku

A two-finger tall, bright white, sea foam crown topped the cloudy straw yellow body. The head quickly fell to a thin collar. Streaky lacing cascaded down the glass.

The nose was hoppy and bright. Really crisp, zesty and lemony. Solid, but perhaps a bit simplistic initially. As the beer sat, the aroma became rounder and fruitier. Somewhat peachy. Bit of melon too. There was a subtle, candy-like sweetness, but I definitely did not pick up any wildflower honey. Touch of dank weediness.

The flavor profile was also very crisp and bright. Citrus notes dominated. Loads of juicy orange and tangerine. Bit of peach and melon. Lemony and somewhat tart in the center. More lemon and orange zest on the back end. The beer finished with notes of orange flesh and rind and just a touch of pithy bitterness.

Nice frothy, fluffy mouthfeel. Slightly thin for the style. The liquid contained a larger bubbled, somewhat spritzy effervescence that turned creamy and slick on the palate.

Buzz is a nicely done double IPA with bright hoppy flavors and very minimal bitterness. My only complaint is that I did not pick up any honey notes. That said, this beer probably would not benefit from more sweetness anyhow.

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Photo of GimmeASchlitz
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from can into tulip glass.

Pours a hazy yellow with a slight head that leaves great lacing.

Candied fruits, Mandarin oranges, and lemons are pronounced in aromas.

Off the bat you get sweet citrus flavors, some pine and resin sandwiched in the middle, and topped off with a bit of sweet malts. More down the glass there is more bitterness and depth of flavor. The hoppiness begins to hang out after you've told it to leave and gives you more bite. The candied fruits start to hang out with the citrus and get happier.

There is a decent bit of carbonation. The body is lighter than what you expect and is more on the watery side.

It's reminiscent of the Pfafenheck that they make with the honey sweetness but taken to another dimension since it's a double IPA. Another great beer from the owls in Everett.

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Photo of Blackrobe
3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dated 02/06/18. 6 days old.

Could immediately smell the honey after cracking the can. Opaque golden in the glass with 2.5 fingers of fluffy white head. Under-ripened citrus and very bitter yellow grapefruit up front mixed with a good amount of honey, strong dankness and yeastiness. Detectable chalkiness from the lupulin powder that's slightly off putting. Intense chemically bitterness w/ a pastry yeastiness on first taste, might have over done it on the lupulin in this batch. This is followed by a wonderful honey and strong dankness but the rest is drowned out by the chemical taste I get. Medium chalky body. Super conflicted on this one, is it just me?

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Photo of SebastianOwl
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 2/5/18; drank just 3 days later in a tulip; tasting very fresh, almost could chill in the fridge for a few more days to round out a bit more

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Photo of Ronl12
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dated 2/2/18 ABV 8.50 %
Beautiful cloudy golden color. Nice sweet citrus nose. Taste follows nose with nice bitterness at end. Another great beer from Night Shift.

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Photo of bobv
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Canned Monday, 1/29/17.
Moderate pour yields a 1/2 inch white head over a cloudy, light golden body with some lacing. Nose of wonderful tropical fruit, mostly; with some citrus and honey also. Taste mirrors nose almost exactly with a citrus pith bitterness on the back end and a dry finish. Feel is a bit lacking on the carb front but overall, an enjoyable experience from the boys of Everett, MA. Cheers to the Kennison brothers for the hook-up!

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Buzz from Night Shift Brewing
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 83 ratings