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Night Shift Brewing
Massachusetts, United States
Belgian Pale Strong Ale
3.7 | pDev: 11.35%
Nov 19, 2019
Apr 22, 2012
Notes: None
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Rated: 4 by Iski100 from Massachusetts

Nov 19, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by paulish from New York

Aug 18, 2019
Rated: 3.93 by KMcGrath from Massachusetts

Nov 26, 2018
Rated: 3.83 by Manfrombelmonty from Massachusetts

Nov 22, 2017
Rated: 4.24 by ontic from Massachusetts

Jul 22, 2017
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Reviewed by LeRose from Massachusetts

3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
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
Rated: 3.5 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Jun 12, 2017
Rated: 3.91 by CharlesK from Pennsylvania

Mar 27, 2017
Rated: 3.71 by mltobin from Connecticut

Mar 16, 2017
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Reviewed by hopsputin from New Jersey

3.89/5  rDev +5.1%
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
Rated: 2.68 by lakamoso from Massachusetts

Feb 04, 2017
Rated: 3.44 by redsoxjim from Massachusetts

Dec 24, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by whiterapid from Massachusetts

Dec 23, 2016
Rated: 3.32 by ScaryEd from New Hampshire

Nov 12, 2016
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Reviewed by fitzy84 from Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
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
Rated: 3.88 by Nightmare1972 from Maryland

Nov 08, 2016
Rated: 3.73 by festizio from California

Oct 12, 2016
Rated: 3.03 by wroywel from Massachusetts

Oct 11, 2016
Rated: 3.77 by thoglund from New York

Oct 10, 2016
Rated: 3.81 by Gkruszewski from New York

Oct 07, 2016
Rated: 3.5 by Gotti311 from Wisconsin

Sep 21, 2016
Rated: 4.25 by CTaleMan from Connecticut

Sep 19, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by cjohns73 from Delaware

Sep 12, 2016
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

3.37/5  rDev -8.9%
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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Reviewed by cbutova from Massachusetts

3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
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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Reviewed by Skeeter206 from Massachusetts

3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
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
Rated: 3.29 by HopBroker from Washington

Aug 23, 2016
Rated: 3.34 by N1Nkasi from Connecticut

Aug 15, 2016
Rated: 3.71 by ScottP from New Hampshire

Aug 14, 2016
Rated: 3.25 by waiting4lunch from Massachusetts

Aug 13, 2016
Rated: 3.74 by Cooker_stp from New York

Aug 11, 2016
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Reviewed by Slatetank from Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
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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Reviewed by NolaHopHead from Louisiana

3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
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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Reviewed by SFC21 from Florida

3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
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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Reviewed by kalosjakar from Rhode Island

3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
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
Rated: 3.75 by egrace84 from Illinois

Aug 02, 2016
Rated: 4 by Dirk_Chappelle from New Hampshire

Jul 30, 2016
Rated: 4.34 by deereless from Colorado

Jul 29, 2016
Rated: 3.5 by chivermac from New York

Jul 28, 2016
Rated: 3.39 by Biggiekrock627 from Maryland

Jul 24, 2016
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