Night Shift Brewing, Bennington Oatmeal Stout, Everett, MA
7% abv. Canned 1/27/17 so this is 7 days old. Pours jet black with a tan head that dissipates quickly. Wonderful coffee and tiramisu aroma. Great full-bodied mouthfeel. Rich chocolate covered espresso bean flavor upfront with just a touch of bourbon vanilla. Oatmeal, cocoa, and very faint maple notes give it a kind of chocolate chip pancakes flavor! Nice hop bite at finish helps to balance it. Some astringency at finish from big malt billing, but it is smooth and drinkable. Wonderful aromas jump out with every sip, this really is a great smelling beer. This is a limited seasonal offering, so if you see it, grab it.
Night Shift Brewing, One Hop This Time IPA (Topaz hops, 7/5/16), Everett, MA
Canned 7/5/16, 6% abv. Brewed with only Topaz hops. This beer pours a gorgeous milky yellow color with a big white head. You can smell it as you pour. Solid Belgian lace.First sip is slick and incredibly thirst quenching. All hops but it isn’t astringent or overly bitter. Grapefruit, lemon zest, and floral notes all combine to create a series of hop explosions in the mouth. Bursts of ripe clementines, apricot, and mango as well.Bitterness lingers on the gums, sides of the tongue and back of the throat in the best of ways. I’ve had this on draft at the taproom and in the 7/5/16 canning and it was delicious and a joy to drink on both occasions.
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Night Shift Brewing, Morph 5/2/16, Everett, MA
An IPA series with rotating recipes that feature a wide variety of hops. 5/2/16 Just 4 days old! This one comes in at 5.7% abv. and it is loaded with Ella and Azaaca hops. Amazing ripe tropical fruit aroma including notes of papaya, mango, and pineapple. Wonderful Belgian lace. First sip is a delicious burst of hop goodness. Packs a remarkable punch of flavor given the relatively low abv. Some buttery cracker sweetness combined with a crisp rye spiciness makes a nice combination. Super smooth and goes down ridiculously quickly. This is the beer I want to drink at every BBQ this spring and summer!
Nightshift Brewing Company, Whirlpool, American Pale Ale, Everett, MA
4.5% abv. Pours a murky yellow gold color with a nice white head. Good lace. Very pleasant citrus and floral hop aromas. First sip has a crisp hop bite that is quickly balanced by a sweet cracker malt flavor. Just the lightest touch of caramel malt. Some grapefruit, mango, and peach. Ridiculously smooth. This may be the ideal summer BBQ beer, of course I am reviewing it in February! Hop flavors linger on the back of the throat and gums. This is an excellent beer. Find it, buy it, drink it…rinse, repeat.
6% abv. Pours a gorgeous unfiltered gold with a thick and creamy white head. Grapefruit, pineapple, lemon, fresh cut grass, and pine resin on the nose. This is a great smelling beer. First sip reveals an oily slickness with medium body. Hop bite lingers for a while on the sides of the tongue and gums. Tropical fruit, orange zest and floral flavors dominate. Really nice carbonation. This one packs a lot of flavor for a relatively low abv IPA. Fantastic Belgian lace as I get halfway through the glass. Some dry cracker malt flavors help balance it a little, but it really is a delicious hop bomb. Herbal notes become more prominent toward the end of the glass. This is an excellent IPA. If you see this beer, buy it. (just in case you don’t get the obscure title of this post https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4b-by5e4saI)