Night Shift Brewing

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Night Shift Brewing
Massachusetts, United States
Strong Ale - Belgian Pale
3.7 | pDev: 11.35%
Nov 19, 2019
Apr 22, 2012
Notes: None
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4 by Iski100 from Massachusetts on Nov 19, 2019
3.75 by paulish from New York on Aug 18, 2019
3.93 by KMcGrath from Massachusetts on Nov 26, 2018
3.83 by Manfrombelmonty from Massachusetts on Nov 22, 2017
4.24 by ontic from Massachusetts on Jul 22, 2017
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3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by LeRose from Massachusetts

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
3.5 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Jun 12, 2017
3.91 by CharlesK from Pennsylvania on Mar 27, 2017
3.71 by mltobin from Connecticut on Mar 16, 2017
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3.89/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by hopsputin from New Jersey

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
2.68 by lakamoso from Massachusetts on Feb 04, 2017
3.44 by redsoxjim from Massachusetts on Dec 24, 2016
3.75 by whiterapid from Massachusetts on Dec 23, 2016
3.32 by ScaryEd from New Hampshire on Nov 12, 2016
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3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by fitzy84 from Massachusetts

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
3.88 by Nightmare1972 from Maryland on Nov 08, 2016
3.73 by festizio from California on Oct 12, 2016
3.03 by wroywel from Massachusetts on Oct 11, 2016
3.77 by thoglund from New York on Oct 10, 2016
3.81 by Gkruszewski from New York on Oct 07, 2016
3.5 by Gotti311 from Wisconsin on Sep 21, 2016
4.25 by CTaleMan from Connecticut on Sep 19, 2016
3.75 by cjohns73 from Delaware on Sep 12, 2016
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3.37/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Sabtos from Ohio

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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3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by cbutova from Massachusetts

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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3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by Skeeter206 from Massachusetts

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
3.29 by HopBroker from Washington on Aug 23, 2016
3.34 by N1Nkasi from Connecticut on Aug 15, 2016
3.71 by ScottP from New Hampshire on Aug 14, 2016
3.25 by waiting4lunch from Massachusetts on Aug 13, 2016
3.74 by Cooker_stp from New York on Aug 11, 2016
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3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Slatetank from Pennsylvania

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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3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by NolaHopHead from Louisiana

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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3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by SFC21 from Florida

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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3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by kalosjakar from Rhode Island

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
3.75 by egrace84 from Illinois on Aug 02, 2016
4 by Dirk_Chappelle from New Hampshire on Jul 30, 2016
4.34 by deereless from Colorado on Jul 29, 2016
3.5 by chivermac from New York on Jul 28, 2016
3.39 by Biggiekrock627 from Maryland on Jul 24, 2016
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