Seaglass | Night Shift Brewing

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Night Shift Brewing
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Belgian pale with 3 types of salt and grains of paradise.

Added by Jason on 08-22-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 42
Photo of Bitterbill
4.12/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Caged and corked 750 ml bottle thanks to Yamar 18. Cheers, Kevin!

A loud pop when I removed the cork with no gushing...yeah, I LIKE that.

It pours a slightly hazy light gold with 2 fingers of foam. Lacing looks to be very good.

I get a very spicy smell. earthy notes..that could be what the label says about salt. There's a fruity kind of hoppiness going on that's citrus and more.

It's pretty darn tasty. Grainy, earthy, can definitely sense some salt, kind of hoppy with the fruitiness and that grain of Paradise thingy going on. Overall, the flavours seem to mesh very well and I am enjoying them.

Fairly light bodied with just a tad more carbonation than I'd like.

4.6% abv, bottled Sept 4, 2013, the foam hanging in there big time, this, imho, is a very nice brew.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle opened on 1.3.14
Batch #3
Bottled On: 9/23/13

A - Pours a hazy light orange with a huge foamy off-white head that fades very slowly.

S - Light, citrusy, lemon, crisp and light.

T - Subtle, lemon, wheat, saison-like yeast.

D - Light body with good carbonation.

O - Very light and crisp. Just what I wanted tonight. A nice, solid beer.

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Photo of portia99
3.89/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle (batch #2, bottled on 9/4/13, 4.6%) poured into an Idle Hands tulip.

A - Pours a pale, hazy golden straw color with a big two fingers of rocky head that lingers for a short time, slowing fizzing its way back to the surface.

S - Spicy on the nose with some cloves and a bit of phenolic band-aidy aroma. Big citrus component - lemons and a big orangey aspect that is really nice. Smells more saison'y to me than Belgian Pale Ale, but I suppose the style cross over a bit in some examples. At any rate, smells pretty good...a good start so far.

T - Firm hoppy bitterness that comes on early and lingers throughout and past the swallow - a bit medicinal in character. Phenols, yeasty esters, cloves give a spicy hit. Big citrus as in the aroma, mostly oranges again. Noticeably saltiness that catches on in the middle and lingers to the finish and gives a second taste on a lick of the lips. I didn't notice the salt so much on the first pour, but having the entire 750ml myself, the second pour into the glass brought it out much more (temp change, salt settling in the bottom of the bottle - didn't notice this in appearance, but wasn't looking for it either). Towards the end it becomes so prominent that it begins to detract from the beer.

M - Lightish body, firm medium/high carbonation with a good tingle to it. Big saltiness, a somewhat medicinal bitterness that lingers long, nice fruity aspects.

O - This smells really great, and the first half glass left a mostly positive impression. The further I got into the bottle the more the salt became noticeable and then eventually overpowering and a focal point of each sip. I'd kinda like to give this a try on tap to see if there was a salt settling issue in the bottle. Interesting beer...glad to try it.

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Photo of Ljudsignal
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle poured into my Night Shift tulip glass. Batch No. 2, bottled 9/4/13. 4.6% ABV.

Pours a slighty hazy golden-orange. Fantastic eggshell-white rocky head, initially a good three fingers high and never quite fading away--a persistent veil of suds hangs around for pretty much the entire duration of consumption. Splotchy lacing with excellent cling.

The nose is...woah, the nose is weird. Strong sea salt, rosehips, cracked black pepper, and a distinctly unappealing musky chemical note atop all else. Unique but not terribly appetizing, primarily due to the aforementioned muskiness.

The taste, however, is much better. Salty up front, with lemon zest and black pepper appearing on the middle of the palate. Cloves, a touch of coriander, and some minor herbal hop bitterness on the back of the palate, with touches of wheaty malt to be found as well. Finishes dry and with a resurgence of saltiness and pepper notes.

On the lighter end of medium-bodied. Spritzy and zesty, perhaps even a touch overcarbonated. Feels nice and refreshing, though, so I'm not complaining too much.

On the whole...definitely a unique beer. Not my favorite Night Shift offering, but tasty, refreshing, and as sessionable as advertised. Would've liked to see some more use of citrus notes, but when all's said and done it's essentially a beer highlighting my two favorite I really can't complain.

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Photo of alaimoa
2.86/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Batch number 2 from the first week of September poured into a glass
Nice appearance straw haziness with limited head
Smells initially like the beach, mix of salt and earthiness likely from the Belgian yeast
Taste is not terrible but not great, salty upfront with a spicy kick that combined with a medium thickness and intense salty dry finish is less than desirable.
Overall it's a salty Beer that lacks depth

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Photo of Dope
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dated 9/3/13. Batch #2, 4.6% ABV.

A: Pours a hazy sort of pale orange. Very large and frothy white head. Great head retention with a constant island hanging around. Thin and splotchy spiderweb-like lacing.

S: Very spicy, primarily a black pepper aroma. Some cloves to back it up. Kind of an herbal hop aspect to it too I think, like a traditional amber would have. Very mild citrus shows up once it warms. Unique.

T: Well, pretty much what you'd expect. Very salty up front, followed by a BIG black pepper burst to go with it. Minor cloves and some decent citrus in the middle. Light grainy malt follows in the finish with lingering mild salt and pepper in the aftertaste.

M: Decent medium body for a 4.6% brew. It's uh...salty. And spicy too. No heat, just black pepper spice.

O: A salt and pepper beer. Certainly a unique offering from a brewery that doesn't seem to know how to make "normal" beers. That's not a knock against them of course, it's just the honest truth and I'm sure they embrace it. Honestly a little tough to wrap my head around it but it's pretty good. Honestly it tastes a lot like a gruit more than anything.

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Seaglass from Night Shift Brewing
3.68 out of 5 based on 42 ratings.
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