Saturday, September 12, 2015

Night Shift Whirlpool


4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chad9976 (1451) - Albany, New York, USA - SEP 12, 2015
It’s probably unfair to compare beer and energy drinks, but I would say Night Shift Whirlpool drinks like the beer equivalent of one (NOS in particular). Huge tropical fruit character on the nose and palette along with significant grassy bitterness and flavor. It’s ridiculously drinkable, too; and the fact it comes in a can is the cherry on top. 


I poured a 16oz can into a mug. It was canned on 8/5/15. Thanks to my friend Jason T. for this can!

Appearance: Bright pale yellow hue with extremely hazy body (akin to a witbier). Pours to a two-finger, white, soapy head which retains and laces fairly well.

Smell: Huge tropical fruit aroma, especially passion fruit. Peach and grapefruit are also present with some grassy character lurking in the background. Very enticing.

Taste: Now that the Session IPA style has taken the world by storm, there are a lot of “extra pale ales” which are attempting to be the pale ale equivalent – lots of hops, but not ridiculously bitter. This beer is a great example of where and how to draw the line. Hops absolutely do dominate everything here, but they’re so tasty I don’t mind. Just like the aroma, the taste begins with a lush tropical fruit juice sensation. It transitions almost on a dime into a bit dank, grassy/herbal hops – a common characterisitic found in New England-style IPAs (I guess this is a New England-style pale ale). A gentle, but firm bitterness due mostly to the dry/spicy nature of the hops rather than raw alpha acids. Not much in the way of malt character, which I don’t mind because the hop flavors are so delectable. You could almost consider this a novelty brew, but I think it’s pretty amazing.

Drinkability: I drank this on a hot, humid summer’s night and I immediately wanted more. At only 4.5% ABV, Night Shift Whirlpool is absolutely sessionable. The body is fairly light, with a crisp mouthfeel. It’s refreshing on the tongue and finishes quite clean, too. This is a beer I’d want a case of to get me through the summer (maybe next year).

RATING: 10/10