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American Wild Ale
3.93 | pDev: 8.4%
Night Shift Brewing
Massachusetts, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Notes: Night Shift Barrel Society Release #3.

Four months passed as the wild yeast strain, Brettanomyces Trois, fermented this beer within the confines of fresh brandy barrels. Born was Paradiso, a zymurgic journey toward heavenly flavors. Look for hints of green apple, guava, vanilla, and nectarine as you sip. It’s bright, smooth, and tropical – an imaginative, ultimately divine experience.
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Photo of Treyliff
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottled 7/26/13, poured into a snifter

A- pours a clear bright golden color with a small foamy white head that reduces to a small film, leaving some lace behind

S-green apple, guava, floral notes, vinous, brandy, alcohol, funky Brett, wet hay, earthy notes

T- sweet honey malty base with some floral notes, light funk with some dried hay, boozy brandy on a dry finish

M- med-light body with some low carbonation, leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a dry finish

O- nice sweet boozy notes mixed with some funky Brett

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Photo of Jwale73
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jdiddy for the opportunity to try this. Pours a burnt orange hue with a slight haze to the clarity. Head is bright white and dissipates towards the shoulders into a creamy froth and a soapy slick. Nose reveals apricot and a medicinal quality most likely attributable to the brett. Taste follows nose with the addition of a slight lactic quality. Mouthfeel is light and lively with a mild acidity. Overall, not overly sour but an interesting American Wild nonetheless.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.32/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Golden orange with a bubbly white head. Quick to collar and leave a couple of foam lines stuck to mine chalice.

Smells like nectarine and guava 'cause the bottle suggested it - I rarely come up with guava on my own. Thick, barleywine-like malt, grape skin scent that's familiar but I can't place it. Oh, it's brandy. Bleh. It reeks of brandy barrel. Had I read past the guava the bottle would have told me that.

Odd spice flavor. This very informative bottle indicates Grains of Paradise but it doesn't have that lemony sawdust I'm used to. I had a mustard seed beer once that came a similar spice to what I'm tasting. More brandy. Mild green apple brettyness.

I loathe brandy beers. Bourbon yes, brandy no. I blame the lethargic brandy barrel for swallowing most of the bretty goodness.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.59/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A brownish amber body that flows around the glass with tiny bubbles. The smell is very inviting. Tropical fruits, apples, vanilla, and some fall spices all present on the nose. This beer was a stunner. The brandy barrel aging turned this almost into a cider. The flavor was effortlessly drinkable. A top notch beer from Night Shift. Some citrus quality in the taste but mostly brandy/cider flavors. Only limited lemony tartness that is fairly subdued. I'd seek this out.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

#3 in The Barrel Society
Bottled 7/2613
Teku glass

Gold color, small white head. A smidge of lace.

Apple aroma. Also some tropical fruit. Some funk. A little vanilla.

Granny Smith apple taste. Pear and guava. Funk. Still a little vanilla.

A sweet yet crisp beer. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 Night Shift Barrel Society. Checking up on this. Some Brett funk. Fairly oxidized. Some fruitiness. Some toffee or caramel. Decent carb. Thinner bodied. It's kind of growing on me. Shorter finish. Not great, not offensive.

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Photo of Auror
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into my Night Shift Barrel Society teku glass. Bottled 7/26/13, release #3 of the barrel society. Warning: As I undid the cage, the cork was most of the way out of the bottle and shot out. No gushing happened, though.

Appearance- Pours an opaque dark gold. I'm not sure I've seen a beer this color before. Moderate-sized head follows a strong pour. Some of that head sticks around for a bit; I'd call it above average retention. Decent amount of lacing lingers on the glass.

Smell- Moderate-strength aroma. Primary scents include green apples/apple juice, funk, brett, and kiwi. Brandy and alcohol make themselves apparent as it warms, but never take away from the rest of the aroma.

Taste- This won’t be for everyone. This has a very full flavor profile. First taste is a tart funk that immediately transitions to heavy brandy barrels. The kiwi/tropical fruits come next. I've never tasted grains of paradise before, but I’m guessing that’s what this flavor is. Some sweet malt is underlying throughout. The flavor overall is never too acidic, funky, or too sweet, so in that regard it is well balanced. It does, however, also taste a bit like apple juice cocktail at times.

Mouthfeel- Prickly, medium carbonation level. Medium, maybe medium-light body. Alcohol is well-integrated, even as it warms.

Overall- Well this certainly is an interesting beer. The finish is dry and promotes drinkability. I dig it, but I wouldn't be surprised if someone else didn't like it. I'm also interested to see how this ages and if the Brett will take it over. Currently, the brandy barrels have a pretty heavy presence, and I could see this beer either becoming a mess or awesome with some age.

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Paradiso from Night Shift Brewing
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 36 ratings