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RATINGS: 453   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25   IBU: 29   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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. Were 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, youve 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


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
onceblind (5490) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 16, 2012
@ Oskar Blues Burning Can Fest 2012. Clear caramel colored with a thin frothy head. Nose of earthy toffee and musty caramel with some earthy herbal hop tones. Nice flavor of clean light toast, some light hop bitterness, and a cheeky little floral citric hoppiness. Not shabby!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Capa (2307) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - JUN 15, 2012
Clear golden with a large, rocky head. Light citrus aroma, zesty, a bit of rustic hops, light bread. Crisp finish and lightly toasted malt finish. Pretty solid.

3.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
unclemattie (4357) - Georgia, USA - JUN 15, 2012
16oz can, 4pk. Silver & blue label. Pours clear 24K gold color. White foam. Tastes crisp and refreshing. Flavors of honey, Munich malts, malted barley, light fruit, distant white grape essence with a hint of dry lychee sugar. Aroma of cold biscuits, pale malts. The best beer of summer! (3366)

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pjdunn (1) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 11, 2012 does not count
4-pack of cans purchased on business trip to NC. Smooth, straw-pale, crisp lager with very slight aroma and barely-discernible bitterness. This is definitely a (very) refreshing beer, and itd be excellent on a scorching hot day. That said, it never really peaks on the tongue. The sensation (or lack thereof) is almost surprising. The flavor simply never builds. Not a bad beer by any stretch, but If it were up to me - Id increase the Nelson Sauvin hops in the aroma, and bump up the Targets in the bitterness. Doing so would take this from pedestrian to above average.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sledutah (6042) - Utah, USA - JUN 10, 2012
16oz can from The Grapevine
Appearance: Clear golden with a medium sized white head that dissipates to a ring leaving good lacing
Aroma: Fruity and grassy
Taste: Fruity, grassy, bitter with a herbal finish
Ok, but wont have another

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ESBob (379) - Indiana, USA - JUN 10, 2012
Can. Pours a clear crisp golden with ample frothy white head. Aroma is some malt sweetness and grass, a light floral note is detected. Taste is an interesting combo of malt sweetness and hop bitterness. Very refreshing crisp, clean and sessionable. Worth mowing the lawn and using one or two of these as your reward!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bif (1697) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 9, 2012
Can- Pours a clean pale golden color with a good head that fades to nice lacing. Aroma of fresh grain and mild citrus with some malt sweetness and herbs. Starts with a nice bitterness and mild malt sweetness. Continues with a pleasant bitterness and a clean finish. Fairly light body and smooth. Easy drinker, quite enjoyable. Can put away a few of these with no problem

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jethro6191 (494) - Indiana, USA - JUN 8, 2012
Pours a clear gold with a substantial white, frothy head. Subtle malt and floral aromas. The flavor is crisp and clean with malt, resin, and floral notes. Medium body with a high level of carbonation. Very nice session beer that is well balanced an refreshing.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChainGangGuy (4531) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 8, 2012
12 ounce can - $2.29 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. There is what appears to be an expiration date of 16 SEP 12 on the bottom of the can.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, deep yellow body with a lofty, foaming, whitish head. Copious amounts of coating lacing on the way down.

Smell: An aromatic base of pale malts with a small hint of toast and grainy-scented barley, then fragrant notes of spice and white grapefruit and, just lightly, some resins.

Taste: Pale maltiness, a bit of grain, a bit of lightly toasted bread. Citrusy, floral hops with a scant hint of savory spiciness and resin drip. Reasonably bitter. Just a bit more of the sweet maltiness (just a bit), then, the spicy, citrusy finish with a low hint of lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: A fairly fine, tasty lager.

3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
johnbuck100 (251) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 3, 2012
4-pack of pint cans from Whole Foods Market Foggy Bottom. I thought Shift was a dopey name for a beer until I had one and understood the connotation. Shift, as in have a coupla two-tree after yours. Wow, an excellent lager, no not especially hoppy, but its a lager, what do you expect? Very full-bodied and refreshing, with substance and complexity. An excellent lager, extremely drinkable. I would love to see this sold at professional sports arenas around the country as a replacement for the crap we are offered.


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