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RATINGS: 422   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24   IBU: 29   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
New Belgium employee-owners work in shifts to brew to life world-class beers. Those efforts are rewarded daily with a shared end-of-shift beer. We’re passing that welcomed occasion onto consumers in this lightly-hopped Shift Pale Lager. From work to play, from bottle to can, from bold and heavy to refreshing and sessionable; Shift salutes the shift in occasion, package and beer. So, go ahead and get your Shift beer, you’ve earned it!
ABV - 5.0; IBU - 29; Calories - 160 (per can); Hops - Target, Nelson Sauvin, Liberty, Cascade; Malts - Pale, Munich, C-80; OG - 14.3; TG - 2.3


2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
crossovert (6934) - Illinois, USA - MAY 21, 2012
473ml can. It is a pale gold, not too much on the smell, some light grain and american hops. The flavor is a bit too sweet for a lager of this gravity. Could be better.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerisgoodforu (992) - Nørresundby, DENMARK - MAY 21, 2012
Can. Pours a golden yellow color with a white head. Aroma is really floral, I some citrus and pine notes, along with sweet malt and subtle caramel. The flavor follows the nose with the floral notes, and the citrus and pine hoppy notes, some sugary notes, and sweet malt and subtle caramel. The body is light with a crisp mouth feel. Overall a pretty solid Lager.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
robgibbens (405) - Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA - MAY 20, 2012
Nice golden color with a tall white head. The aroma has some citrus and pine notes. Pleasant and not overpowering. Flavor is a little on the bland side but crisp and refreshing.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
JDBaker11058 (1205) - Maryland, USA - MAY 20, 2012
Appearance: deep, clear gold (almost honey-like), with a HUGE, fluffy white head like nothing I’ve ever seen in a lager before. Aroma: strong aroma of freshly cut grass, drying hay, lemon zest, and cracked black pepper, with a bit of toasty white bread underneath it all. Taste: hoppy, gently bitter notes of citrus and grassy hops, with a firm malt backbone tasting of slightly sweet buttered toast. Finish: a little dry, with lingering peppery, grassy hop notes. Notes: Very hoppy for a pale lager, almost pilsnery. That said, the appearance and palate were pitch perfect. This is clearly a pale lager brewed to exacting craft-focused specifications. Extremely nice. Would drink a BUNCH of these.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
cstuartj (949) - Washington, USA - MAY 19, 2012
Pours a very nice shade of gold with a thick white head. Mild malty nose. Crisp clean malt taste. Very drinkable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nickd717 (3460) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 18, 2012
16oz can from Whole Paycheck (seriously, you can blow your whole unemployment check there, and I did, mostly on the brewskis). I’ll be a monkey’s uncle if this ain’t one of the prettiest pale lagers I’ve seen in my many days of ticking. Clear bright golden color with some sticky lacy foam. The aroma has different hops than you’d expect. Citrusy and even a bit tropical. Some biscuit notes and sweet malt on the flavor with mild hop bitterness. Medium-light bodied with soft carbonation; not fizzy like many pale lagers. Solid stuff.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
AdamGott (386) - Idaho Falls, Idaho, USA - MAY 18, 2012
pours yellow with a slight gold - tight white head - slight aroma of sourdough - sweet in the mouth followed by light hop bitterness

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
jhamp9 (1012) - Corinth, Texas, USA - MAY 18, 2012
Pours clear amber with a nice white head. Aroma is grains, wet cardboard, and some lemon. Crisp and some nice bitterness. Wouldn’t drink it again.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cmonster (963) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 17, 2012
Honey orange with a good sized head. Cereal malt aroma and flavor with a solid hop bite. Couldn’t peg this as New Belgium, but nice effort

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 17, 2012
[Can] Pours a clear gold with a small, soapy white head. Aroma is grassy and lightly floral hops, but with a bit of juicy white fruit as well, lager yeast, and light, sweet malt. Almost pale ale-ish in it’s hoppiness and light metallic notes. The flavor is very light and clean, not much complexity through the front and mid-palate, just some crisp hops and light malt. The finish is dry and crisp, lightly bitter with some lingering hop flavor. Really pleasant stuff. I could drink the shit out of this.


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