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836. Night Shift Brewing Santilli

Night Shift SantilliI had high hopes for Santilli after enjoying Whirpool unfortunately it wasn’t quite as good as I had hoped.

Santilli is Night Shift’s single IPA and it comes in at a very reasonable 6% ABV. Appearance is a slightly hazy orange with a bright white head. Aroma is mostly earthy; grass, pine, maybe a bit of pineapple. Taste starts with a fairly aggressive bitterness that overwhelmed some of the other flavors. I got a little grapefruit, pine and a floral finish.

Overall a very good beer that I will try again in hopes that it either improves or that my palate was off that day. 
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Alcohol Content: 6.0% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewery Website: Night Shift Brewing
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Brewer’s Description: Smooth-sipping IPA with massive hop profile. It is crisp, tropical and delicious; named after our address on Santilli Highway in Everett

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829. Night Shift Brewing Whirlpool

Night Shift WhirlpoolNow that I am making regular trips to Mass you will see more reviews of Night Shift beer. Love their tap room and it’s a pretty easy stop on my way back from Trillium. If you have recommendations on beer I should try from Night Shift or beer you would like to see reviewed comment here and I will do my best. Whirlpool is regularly available in cans that can be purchased at the brewery and occasionally at select retail locations.

This beer pours a deep hazy yellow with solid white head that left plenty of lacing. Aroma is full of fruit with some peach, mango and pineapple coming through. Flavor leans heavily towards ripe peach with an extra bit of citrus. Finish is clean with almost no bitterness. Really flavorful for a 4.5% ABV beer and one that I could drink all day long.

Everyone that I have shared this beer loved it including many non-craft beer drinkers. Overall just an excellent brew that seems to fly under the radar but that is OK with me as I expect I will be drinking a lot of it in 2016.
Pros: Flavorful, low ABV
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 4.5% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Night Shift Brewing
Brewers Description: Soft pale ale bursting with notes of ripe peach and citrus.

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780. Night Shift Brewing Whirlpool

Night Shift WhirlpoolI stopped at Julio’s in Westborough looking for cans of Morph but ended up leaving with Whirlpool and Be Hoppy from Wormtown Brewery. I have yet to try Morph but I have to say that I was not disappointed with either beer and particularly impressed with Whirlpool.

A 4.5% ABV pale ale with loads and loads of flavor Whirlpool is a fantastic beer for any day or activity. Appearance is an unfiltered pale orange with a thick white head. Aroma is a bit on the light side but you would expect that from a low ABV pale ale, still plenty of fresh citrus fruits. Taste has all the same citrus fruits but also adds a very refreshing peach flavor which is uncommon. Almost no bitterness, great carbonation and the mouthfeel does not seem watered down which often happens with low ABV beers.

This beer really surprised me, I guess it should not have as almost everything I have tried from Night Shift has been excellent. Really need to make it down to the brewery and learn more about their operation soon.
Pros: Flavorful and low ABV
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 4.5% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Night Shift
Brewers Description: Soft, juicy pale ale bursting with notes of ripe peach & citrus. Available in cans, on draft, and in growlers at the Taproom; cans also sold at our retail partners!

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712. Night Shift Brewing Somer Weisse

Nigth Shift Somer WeisseA couple days after enjoying Night Shift’s Supernova I decided to open Somer Weisse. I was hoping for another great beer or at least something enjoyable and refreshing like their Ever Wiesse. What I got was an acidic mess that I couldn’t bring myself to finish.

The appearance and aroma were about what I expected, pale orange with minimal head and aroma dominated by lemongrass and ginger. Taste is where it falls apart; vinegar dominates with only a hint of lemon or ginger. I let it warm considerably hoping it would come around and it did not.

I hope this was an old bottle or something went wrong with the batch as I cannot see how anyone would drink this beer and enjoy it.
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Alcohol Content: 5.9% ABV
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Brewers Website: Night Shift Brewing
Brewers Description: Berliner Weisse style sour ale brewed with lemongrass and ginger

Its name honoring our Somerville homebrewing roots, Somer Weisse began as our answer to a hot July without air conditioning. A few twists on the classic Berliner Weisse style led us to this quencher of thirst. Refreshing and tart, it sprinkles the tongue with the zesty flavors of lemongrass, ginger, and, most importantly, summertime.

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711. Night Shift Brewing Supernova

Night Shift SupernovaA few weeks back I posted my wishlist and I received great response from readers of my blog. Night Shift was one of about a dozen breweries on that list that I wanted to try more beers from. Fortunately I was able to trade for a few bottles including Supernova.

The description on the bottle reads “100% brett-fermented double IPA aged in red wine barrels”. This is almost certainly the first time I have had this combination in a single beer. Supernova pours a vibrant orange with a thick white head that left lots of lacing on the glass. Aroma is a very interesting mix of funk, fruity hops and wine.

As interesting as the aroma is the taste adds even more complexity. You start with some peach fruity flavor followed by a bit of warmth from the alcohol and finishes with the mild funk from the brett. Lots going on with this one and as it warms it continues to develop. I had no idea what to expect when I opened this beer but in the end I was very pleased.
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Wonderfully complex
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 10.2% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Night Shift Brewing
Brewers Description: 100% brett-fermented double IPA aged in red wine barrels.

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668. Night Shift Brewing Ever Weisse

Night Shift Ever WeisseNight Shift makes some excellent beer and I really need to make the trip down to Everett to visit their tap room. Checking their site today and they have 15 beers available for tasters; 9 beers available for growler fills and 5 different bottles available for purchase. Few breweries in the Northeast have the wide range of styles and this many beers available. The list includes everything from the sours, to a summer porter and even a resinous DIPA.

This bottle was brought back by Paul who took a trip to Mass to tour some breweries and he was nice enough to grab me a couple bottles. Appearance is a nice orange with a slightly pink hue, not as pink as JoJo. Almost no head which seems to happen with sours. Aroma has lots of fruit, not fruit from hops like you get in the IPAs but actual fruit. Also get some slight funk and floral notes.

Taste was my favorite part of this beer as it starts with a tart lemon with some strawberry and as it warmed I picked up more of the hibiscus. Funky and slight acidity make this a very complex beer. I will be making the trip to Night Shift soon and will post when I am headed that way, be sure to comment if you want to tag along. 
Pros:
Refreshingly tart and very complex
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 5.1% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Night Shift Brewing
Brewers Description: Berliner Weisse style sour ale aged on strawberries, kiwis, and dried hibiscus flowers.

Sold exclusively at our brewery in Everett, Ever Weisse is what most beers are not – hopped minimally, soured extensively, pink in color, aged on hand-chopped fruit, brewed in tiny batches, and available at at only one location. It sips fruity and tart, with a touch of tangy sweetness. It does not taste like other beers do, nor should it.

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664. Night Shift Brewing JoJo

Night Shift JoJoAs you know the American IPA/DIPA is my favorite style of beer. My favorites tend to be the unfiltered, citrus leaning IPAs and I usually do not enjoy black or white IPAs. Night Shift decided to take an entirely new approach to an American IPA and create a “pink IPA” using Hibiscus flowers. Fortunately a friend took a trip to Mass and brought back a bottle of JoJo and a bottle of Ever Weisse (see review #668) for me.

From the picture you can tell why they are calling this a pink IPA as it has a very nice color with a thick white head. Aroma was a nice mix of citrus and floral, which I assume is from the Hibiscus.

I have never eaten a Hibiscus flower but again I assume that is where the floral taste in this beer is coming from and not from some variety of hops. In addition to the floral flavor you get a nice hit of grapefruit hops which actually works quite well together. JoJo is well carbonated and makes for an easy to drink beer. Not sure this would go well with a meal but worked on its own.

Night Shift is another brewery I have yet to visit but need to soon as they are doing some interesting stuff down there in Everett.
Pros:
Unique color and flavor
Cons: 
Alcohol Content: 6.4% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Night Shift Brewing
Brewers Description:
 Maybe you’ve heard of black IPAs and white IPAs, but how about a pink IPA? Loaded with citrusy hops, dry-hopped with even more, and infused with hibiscus flowers, JoJo packs a tropical, refreshing punch. To those curious, its namesake is our former shared home & homebrewing origin on Josephine Ave in Somerville, or as we endearingly termed it, “JoJo.”

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465. Night Shift Brewing Oasis

Night Shift OasisI’ve been looking forward to trying Night Shift beer for some time and recently one of my followers was coming up to Allagash for a bottle release and was nice enough to grab a couple of bottles for me on his way up. Oasis is their Belgian style IPA which is not a style I typically enjoy. Somehow the mix of Belgian yeast and hops just do not mix well for me.

This one renewed my interest in Belgian IPAs as it was entirely unique and quite enjoyable. Appearance has a deep orange color with a thick white head. Aroma has plenty of Belgian yeast but also some very nice floral hops and spice. Taste is a nice mix of the Belgian spice/yeast and the floral hops you get in the nose. It was very easy to drink and something I would certainly try again. 
Pros:
Solid appearance, taste and aroma
Cons: 
Alcohol Content: 6.5% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Night Shift Brewing
Brewers Description: Belgian-style IPA brewed with cascade hops, coriander, and cardamom

Amidst our desert of mostly hop-barren beers, you’ve finally found Night Shift’s Oasis. Our first IPA to hit bottles, Oasis features citrusy Cascade hops that dance and mingle with the zesty, Arabian spices of coriander and cardamom. A fruity Belgian yeast strain unites the variety of flavors into a crisp, bright, truly satisfying ale.

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