Citranation | Night Shift Brewing

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Night Shift Brewing
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by donkeyrunner on 01-02-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Brettlovesbeer
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The appearance was an amber golden with wonderful clarity and carbonation.

The smell is full of citra hops. Just like opening a vacuum sealed bag and taking sicking your nose right in it.

The taste is just how it smells. Lots of hops finishing clean with a grapefruit flavor.

I was blown away by Nightshift on this one. They've done an amazing job for holding out on making an IPA. If they keep making this Belgian Double IPA the same way, I think Heady Topper has a contender.

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a darker, cloudy amber color. Big, fluffy off-white head. Good lacing too.

S-Strong Citra aroma with lots of Belgian yeast and candied notes. Citra hops give the aroma of green onion, moss, hemp, candied oranges and other tropical fruits.

T-The flavor is very unique. The herbal citra qualities play excellently with the Belgian aspects of the beer. The flavor is very dank, mossy, herbal but it also has some definite fruity flavors as well.

M-Juicy with soft carbonation and loads of bitterness. Alcohol hidden very well.

O/D-Awesome beer. Incredibly unique. One of the best Belgian IPAs I have tried. Citra hops are frigging delicious.

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Photo of Heady978
4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This was a total surprise for me as I've never had anything from Night Shift. Had a couple pints on cask at Redbones in Somerville, MA and it was spectacular. Citra hops are showcased to the fullest in this beer which makes for a sublime hops experience. Seriously unfiltered, smooth as can be, and bursting with flavor. Certainly the best cask conditioned beer I've had, with the exception of Speedway Stout. Availability is extremely limited but it is truly delicious. Proud to drink beer brewed in my home state!

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Photo of ironchefmiyagi13
4.51/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a recent trade with a follower on my Tumblr. Thanks to theprofdrinksbeer!

HUGE tropical nose thanks to the Citra hops. Mango, nectarine, tangerine, lemon / lime zest and grapefruit make up the breadth of the fruity capabilities of this beer. Malt gives a bready sweetness to the beer's body, but for the most part I can't discern that this is Belgian in style.

Ok, NOW I get the Belgian. It's definitely in the flavor, but not the aroma, effervescent notes of banana and zesty lemon show that this beer definitely uses Belgian yeast. Lovely lovely lovely!

I am a huge fan of what the boys at Night Shift are doing and will continue to support and be an advocate for their brews.


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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Actually a Belgian DIPA. ~90 IBU. Brewed on election day to help stimulate the independent Citra party.

Peachy orange color. Bubble island retention that's plenty sticky. Came in a nifty flip top growler.

Smells like citra, wondrous citra. Yeast contributes a rustic, farmy character.

Dank tangerine and pineapple up front with an intense palette wiping dry, farmy grapefruit in back. Dry, grapefruit bitter aftertaste that doesn't linger so much as it never leaves.

Goes good with pad thai and new year's day football. This is some high falutin' stuff.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.36/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Fresh Growler from the brewery. Poured it into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Liquid comes out a nice golden color almost amber. When held up to the light it glows quite nicely. Only the slightest of slight haze, it's pretty well filtered. Nice white cap with lots of different sized bubbles really good lacing to it. Good looking beer.

Smell is good, totally has all the classic Belgian malt/yeast profiles that one would expect, while at the same time has an American hop aroma, a nice blend/combination of the two. Sweet candy aromas and a nice grapefruit aroma as well. Sort of a candied grapefruit, quite nice!

Taste is actually a slight step up from the aroma. Really to sum it up it's like a candy coated natural gummy grapefruit, plain and simple. Again the classic Belgian flavors mesh perfectly with the citra hops, it's awesome.

Mouthfeel is really good. Carbonation level is perfect, it's slightly oily from the hops, but expected. Sweet start with a nice bitter and very clean, bitter finish, very clean. Overall super drinkable and no bite from the alcohol. The website lists it as 9.2, but this particular batch was 8.7 ABV according to the staff, not a huge difference and still very good. This is an awesome example of a Belgian IPA (or Double Belgian IPA according to Nightshift), and if more tasted like this, I would drink them more often.

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Photo of Dope
4.36/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First bottled batch. Batch #3 overall. 8.5% ABV. Bottled 7/2/13 (17 days old, nice).

A: Pours a hazy orange. Over the top enormous fizzy and fluffy tan head. Head fades very slowly despite being very fizzy at first. Walls of heavy lacing left behind. Top notch head retention as well.

S: Huge bright tropical fruits. Tangerine, mango, pineapple for sure. Maybe kiwi and apricot too? Hints of yeasty bread hiding behind it but it's mostly the hops here. It literally smells like fresh squeezed juices. Yum.

T: Again with the huge tropical fruits but there is an enormous belgian yeast influence here as well now. Tropical fruits include bananas this time (or is that the yeast?). Lots of spicy cloves and black pepper in the finish with a decent wave of bitterness. Lingering oily hop aftertaste with some dryness and spices too. Not super bitter despite hop levels and freshness, surprisingly.

M: Nice medium bodied, slick and oily as mentioned with a slightly drying finish.

O: One of the best noses on a beer that I've had. Literally a tropical fruit juice blend. Flavor can't quite stand up to the aroma but it's still quite good. Pretty complex for a single hop brew but citra tends to do that, plus belgian yeast adds a lot of character too. One of the best belgian IPAs I've ever had, but I can't help thinking that this would be better as a "normal" DIPA due to the huge belgian influence in the flavor. I'm probably biased, however. Great beer, regardless.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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