Night Shift Brewing

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Strong Ale - Belgian Pale
Ranked #294
Ranked #35,954
3.73 | pDev: 11.26%
Night Shift Brewing
Massachusetts, United States
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LeRose from Massachusetts

3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a pretty clear amber color with a fizzy, white soap bubble head that lasts quite some time. Just a hint of cloudiness.

The aroma is pretty typical Belgian. Sweet that I take as bubblegum, fruitiness of apples and pears. Yhere is a grain underlaying the whole thing. Decent enough.

The taste follows along. There is just enough sweetness so it isnt cloying, but it seems a mix of bubble gum and vanilla which I can't say is appealing in particular. A decent level of spicy notes, coriander and what seems to be white pepper. Plenty of pear, some apple. Finshes cleanly with no lingering. Overall, ledium sweet, decent brew.

The feel is medium to heavy, and the peppery bite builds a little but not overly so.

Overall, this is a decent enough beer. Would not be my first choice in the style, but good enough to grab one once in a while.

Jul 19, 2017
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hopsputin from New Jersey

3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: slightly hazy amber color with a few hints of ruby red. Head is off-white

S: bubblegum, pears, spicy Belgian yeast, green apple skin

T: tons of pears, green apple skin, Belgian yeast, loadssss of bubble gum, and some sweet malt

M: solid medium mouthfeel with lower/mid carbonation.

O: nice beer. Bubble gum is strong in here and a real nice pear flavor. Just what I like in a Belgian

Feb 18, 2017
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fitzy84 from Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought a 4-pack at the Beer Shop in East Longmeadow. The beer pours with a murky amber appearance and thick lacing on the sides. Aromas include metallic, flowery vanilla smells mixed buttery hints. Taste follows the nose with a very sweet bready taste with vanilla and honey flavors. Decently creamy and medium carbonation. Overall, good appearance and flavor dynamic.

Nov 09, 2016
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.37/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber, with a large fizzy off-white head that settles to a persistent thin film and some rising edges.

Smells like a just blown out vanilla candle--a little smoke, char and vanilla. It seems the interaction with the Belgian phenols is creating this effect. I can't get over it, it is so distinct.

Taste is a little herbal, with that blown out vanilla candle smoke still coming through, which helps tone down the strong spicy Belgian yeast.

Feel is nicely soft, mix between fizzy and frothy, with a medium body.

Sep 11, 2016
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cbutova from Massachusetts

3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Semi hazy body from the tallboy to a goblet. The white head ascends to a few fingers with pretty good retention dropping spotty lace after each sip.

S- Belgian yeast creates most of the aroma with spicy notes, pale fruit esters like apple and pear and phenolics combining for a high power aroma. Pale grains and vanilla bean sweets in the backdrop of the assertive yeast strains.

T- Follows the nose with a blend of Belgian yeast bringing a whole portfolio of different flavors. Pale fruits like pear, grape and apple are strong and joined by lemon, pepper, coriander, straw, bread, cooking herbs, orange and clove; what a range. A medium candi sugar sweetness, slight vanilla bean, cereal grain and herb hops join the big yeast.

MF- Body between light and medium thickness with a foamy and creamy consistency. The bubbles fall at a moderate level and it ends with a spicy herbal bitterness.

No idea what to expect coming into this and it is clear this brew is more about the trifecta of yeast strains than the vanilla beans.

Sep 07, 2016
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Skeeter206 from Massachusetts

3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

L- Pours a burnt orange color with a one finger white head, minimal lacing.

S- strong yeast smell, some orange, maybe a bit of vanilla.

T- opens with a malt sweetness, followed by Belgian yeast, orange peel and closing with a moderate vanilla flavor that isn't too overwhelming. Not much of a lingering flavor.

F- moderate carbonation with a slightly heavy feel, but not at all thick.

O- Decent beer, no part of it really stuck out to me, not the greatest summer beer in my opinion but i could certainly enjoy a few around a fire during the fall.

Sep 03, 2016
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

thanks to my brother for sharing this bottle, enjoyed chilled in a glass.

The color is a hazy golden with white head and fine bead. The smell has a slight tropical smell with hop in the aroma and perhaps subtle pear-like yeast ester. The feel is mildly bitter with light malt sweetness and low alcohol with a semi-dry finish and moderately carbonated.

The taste is good with some malt in the flavor with light sweetness with slight oxidative quality and mild fruit from the yeast in the taste. There is a subtle spice in the taste, the vanilla is very mild and the alcohol is light. This is a decent pale, but perhaps freshness is the key as there was an apparent degradation with vanilla almost non-existant

Aug 08, 2016
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NolaHopHead from Louisiana

3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can. Bright orange amber color, two finger white head slowly fades leaving sticky lace. Bready aroma, Belgian yeast, vanilla. Tastes just like it smells, Belgian pale ale with vanilla notes. This is different, decent brew but not my favorite style. Thin to medium semi soft feel.

Aug 08, 2016
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SFC21 from Florida

3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16oz can with no visible canning date. Pours golden hue with minimal head, body is nearly opaque.

Nose is very layered: bubble gum from the Belgian yeast, fresh baked bread, and the vanilla stands out nicely. For a pale ale (albeit a Belgian pale ale), it is quite surprising that the hops are drowned out, but that seems to be the case here.

The flavor has similar layers, though I don't think they meld quite as well as the nose. Belgian yeast sweetness leads the way, followed by some fruit (apricots, tangerine, hint of banana) and a strong vanilla note, and then finishing very dry with plenty of earthy hops.

Very interesting beer with layers of flavor. Could only drink one at a time but it is an interesting sipper.

Aug 06, 2016
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kalosjakar from Rhode Island

3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a burnt orange color.

Aroma: malts, no detectable hop aroma [im pretty bad at this], i do smell the vanilla, a bit of pepper/spicy quality to it as well.

Taste: vanilla, tame bitterness, slight grain, having a hard time picking out things.

Feel: almost fizzy like tickling on the tongue, light/medium mouthfeel but more towards light.

a bit too much carbonation for my tastes but still an overall solid beer.

Aug 06, 2016
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Decent start to the head--it eventually settles to a thin layer of tiny bubbles. The lace is a cross between blanket and lattice. Dark amber color with a significant amount of cloudiness.

Dirty and earthy smell initially. Mild toast to the malt base, like a light Amber. There may be some vanilla bean, but I can't be sure. I do not get any Belgian yeast, though.

Starts like the aforementioned Amber with a solid toasted pale malt, almost like a biscuit. The hop is modest but does provide some balance. The Belgian yeast really jumps out, especially considering the missing nose. The finish is silky with just a touch of sourness to bring complexity. Full bodied and lowly carbonated. I get a bit of iron in the aftertaste.

Jul 10, 2016
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DirtyDawg10 from Connecticut

3.27/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

This beer pours a slightly hazy amber color with a thin white head. The smell is spicy and banana aromas. The taste is also spicy and banana with a caramel and/or vanilla flavor mixed in. The mouthfeel is lacking a bit. Overall this is very similar to other Belgian ales but could use a bit more refining.

May 28, 2016
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MaryReagan from Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Pours a hazy light copper color. Slightly off-white head that dissipates fairly quickly with minor lacing.

S - So many aromas - immediately hit by sweet bready yeast, and then the fruit kicks in. Bananas, apricots, pear. Also a bit of pepper and clove, as well as vanilla.

T - Banana definitely comes through, and a bit of vanilla. You get the malt, yeast, and hops all coming through, but yeast seems to predominate.

M - medium body, moderate carbonation.

O - Enjoyable beer. 6.7% ABV - the alcohol comes through slightly, but still easy to drink.

May 25, 2016
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GimmeASchlitz from Massachusetts

3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the brewery into snifter.

Pours a golden honey color with white head.

Smells of yeast and slight spice. Taste has sweet, yeasty flavor. Notes of vanilla and cloves and finishes clean.

This would be great as a table beer if the abv was lower. It's a good ale but not worth hunting for.

May 04, 2016
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edward_boumil from New York

4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy, golden honey colored beer, orange highlights as well. Thin head
Has a very sweet bready, yeasty aroma. Taste has tons of spicy notes, most likely phenols, also just a touch of dry hops on the finish. Vanilla is noticeable but very light.
Has a medium heavy body, pretty high carbonation. Does drink heavy though its certainly refreshing and not at all overly dry.
Not a blow you out of the water beer, but actually really damn balanced and drinkable. Overall a great beer.

Apr 08, 2016
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brureview from Massachusetts

4.04/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brew date: 3/15- 3 weeks.

Poured a copper-amber color in a tulip glass with a 2F head which resolves quickly.

Aroma is a bit weak, but good: spice especially clove, vanilla with warming.

Moderate MF. This enhances the drinkability of the beer.

Taste: vanilla and spice- clove. Excellent-the best quality of the beer.

Medium spicy finish.

Overall: very enjoyable. The beer is at its best in a tulip and at 50°+
Another excellent, drinkable, original approach to the style from Nightshift.

Apr 06, 2016
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superspak from Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got in a BIF from tasterschoice62. 16 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 2/16/2016. Pours hazy orange/amber color with a 1-2 finger dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of apricot, orange zest, pear, apple, white grape, banana, peppercorn, clove, light bubblegum, honey, wheat, toasted biscuit, light vanilla, herbal, floral, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, bready malt, earthy hops, and light vanilla notes; with good strength. Taste of big apricot, orange peel, pear, apple, white grape, banana, peppercorn, clove, light bubblegum, honey, wheat, toasted biscuit, light vanilla, herbal, floral, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Moderate herbal bitterness and yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of apricot, orange zest, pear, apple, white grape, banana, peppercorn, clove, honey, wheat, toasted biscuit, herbal, floral, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, bready malt, earthy hops, and light vanilla flavors; with a nice malt/bitter/spiciness balance and minimal astringent flavors after the finish. Moderate dryness from bitter/spiciness that increases through the glass, and gets slightly astringent. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth crisp, and moderately creamy/bready/sticky balance mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Belgian pale ale. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, bready malt, earthy hops, and light vanilla flavors; and very smooth, crisp, and easy to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Mar 27, 2016
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GregA135 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly hazy amber color with a thin white head
Smells of cream, vanilla, banana and Belgian yeasts
Taste of hints of vanilla (not overpowering, which is good), definitely the Belgian yeast, malt and a bit of bread, along with an orange creamsicle taste.
Medium body with a creamy aftertaste

Mar 22, 2016
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garyloveman from Massachusetts

4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden hue with quick dissipating head.
Smells like a vanilla bean, earthy, clean.
Taste is layers of flavor, bread, vanilla, and cloves. Really dry finish which I loved.
Medium bodied, lighter carbonation.
Great beer. Didn't know what to expect. Tons of flavors.

Mar 17, 2016
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sandsonik from Rhode Island

4.62/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A - similar to a Marzen. Deep, deep amber. Nice big fluffy off white had that fades to 1/4 inch. Lots of lacing.
S - oh, so nice. Banana, orange citrus, vanilla, maybe a little cinnamon? Very appealing, and orange leads. Exceptional, impossible to smell without wanting to drink.

T - more peppery than the nose suggested. I don't think anyone would call this a hop forward beer. I really hope the hophead can see past that to recognize how damn tasty it is. So well balanced. I am a NE Revolution ticketholder and i wish I could find this at Gillette alongside the Bud, Sam, and Goose Island IPA. I'd pick this every time. Exttemely drinkable. Definitely have to get more. I guess it could be a little hoppier, but overall it's still so good. I do have to say that there is the possibility the vanilla could become cloying as a session beers. I may be talking myself out of this beer the more I drink, lol. Tone down the vanilla and add the slightest touch more hops and it's a 5.
Disclaimer: I may or may not be drunk while reviewing this.

Feb 27, 2016
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. can dated 1/26/16

Pours a foggy dark amber with a creamy off-white head. Smells like banana, warm spice, vanilla, orange citrus, and light grass. Tastes juicy with sweet tangerine, clementine, orange citrus, vanilla, banana and clove, mild pine and grass, with a toasted grain note. Feels medium-full bodied, creamy with low carbonation. Overall a well balanced and hoppy Belgian pale ale.

Feb 21, 2016
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mnj21655 from Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy copper/Amber in color with a minimal white head that rapidly dissipates. Aroma is spicy Belgian yeast with hints of vanilla. Taste is more peppery Belgian yeast with banana, clove and vanilla; this is dry at first with a bit of vanilla sweetness lingering in the finish. Medium-light body moderate+ cabronation. Overall a decent beer but nothing too special; there is some added interest with the vanilla but I didn't find it a terribly welcome addition.

Feb 09, 2016
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stephenjmoore from Maryland

4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale Amber with a somewhat hazy body. Head is a foamy off-white. Aroma is big on Belgian yeast, with some fruity notes and toasty malt. Flavor has a lot of peppery Belgian yeast notes, hints of tree fruit, toasty malt and hints of sweet vanilla. Feel is medium-high on carbonation, creamy and medium bodied. Big Belgian yeast influence, malt and yeast forward with complimenting hop and vanilla flavors. Interesting and different.

Feb 05, 2016
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beantown_hopster from Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle, was bottled fresh in 2016. Poured a hazy orange you couldnt see through even to the light, not mind blowing but a good looking brew. The vanilla nose is strong off the top, the bottle was more a Belgian malt/yeasty smell but off the snifter you get hit hard with vanilla. I really enjoy the taste, another person I tasted with said she might just not be a Belgian person, and I'm not particularly either but I do enjoy this. The vanilla nose helps aid a sweet taste up front, finishes very malty and nice. Not sure what it is but leaves a bit of bite on the end. For how malty the beer is I could do for a bit less carbonation, but the mouth feel is decent.

I may be in the minority here (and in my own living room) but I think this is a pretty solid little brew. I also have put Breckenridge Vanilla Porter on our kegerator and covet Stone Porter w Vanilla Bean so I may just be a sucker for vanilla bean.

Jan 14, 2016
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.27/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewery. Served in a snifter. Orange body. Big white head. Smells a little hoppy with some Belgian yeast. Lots of vanilla. Tastes malty. Sharp Belgian yeast that’s almost overpowering, but vanilla takes over and overwhelms the finish. Medium body. Interesting variation. I think I couldn’t drink a lot of this, but in small doses it’s ok.

Jul 21, 2015
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