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RATINGS: 422   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24   IBU: 29   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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. Weíre 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, youíve 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


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (1589) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 4, 2014
Can. A clear deep gold with a foamy white head. Somewhat hoppy nose with hay notes. The taste is grainy, a bit of biscuit with some light bitterness. An decent lager.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jbuskirk (404) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - DEC 27, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2014 What set shift apart from other beers in New Belgiumís lineup was the fact that it was exclusively available in a can. What sets this beer apart from other pale lagers is the fact that it embraces a strong and diversified hop lineup. In short, Shift has always stood out, and thatís a good thing, especially when weíre talking flavor. The hops neither overwhelm nor seem out of place. They make a confident, intentional presence without interfering with the malty presence. In the case of Shift, different is definitely good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ALLOVATE (2334) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 18, 2013
Picture perfect in the glass. Towering, fluffy white foam atop an ambr gold body with minute particles floating in suspension hazing it lightly. Pine needles, nettles and eucalypt dominate the very clean nose. A hint of toasted malt, hay bales and fresh mashed grist comes through as does a touch of white wine fruitiness. Oooh yeah, hoppy, clean, bitter and lasting. Palate is light with low carbonation giving it a supple creaminess. Vinous finish, raspy, herbal and dry for the length. Enough gritty malt to give it balance. Light sweetness to the front, fruity with underripe melon overtones. Overall a very refreshing, neat and polished lager. Delicious. (12fl.Oz can, BB 16/01/16, Cellarbrations Carlisle)

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Bartzilla (532) - La Mesa, California, USA - DEC 17, 2013
Pretty good session type beer. Wonít go into rotation, but works well on nights when I need to actually be productive in the morning. Tastes pretty good. Gentle hops. Not much on the nose. Doesnít make me feel retarded after a 6 pack. A beer designed for crushing, thatís for sure. Though, at the price, I can find suitable replacements for the marathon sessions.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
harrymel (1477) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2013
Best by: 19SEP12 Pours light amber, lots of white billowed foam. Earthy hops and reserved, amber malts. Nice nose for a session IMO. Some corn pops up front, some malts, and some hints of wood. Meh. Thin bodied and hi carb, as expected. Has a semi dry finish. I would say this is great for 80 degree weather honestly, not that bad, but not that great. Slightly sweet. Serving type: can 04-11-2012

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bubbleflubber (1744) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 9, 2013
Pours yellow-golden into the glass, with a soapy whipped head that leaves chunky lacing. The nose is of corn and hay. Flavors are of grains, light caramel malt, grassy bitters and finish with a similar grassiness. The mouthfeel is light and active, but this really lacks complexity on the palate. A nice "transition" beer for those whose tastes are still in the "macro" beer world to come to the dark side. So at least kudos for that, I guess.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Bov (9245) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - NOV 26, 2013
canned; from Mondial de la BiŤre Mulhouse 2013 - clear and bright blond beer with a white foam left and a nice lacework; oily grassy hoppiness; medium-bodied and gently sticky; earthy bitterness, almondy and grassy notes in the finish

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Frahmo (248) - Idaho, USA - NOV 8, 2013
12 oz can. Poured a pale golden color with a finger of white head. Very light beer with a tinge of hop flavor. Easy drinker, great beer if your going to drink more than one.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ClassyBeagle (319) - USA - NOV 3, 2013
FROM NOTES: July 20, í12 Poured from a 16-oz can into pint glass. A: Floral hops as well as some fruity hops, sweet grassy, malty grains. A: Pours a a crystal-clear gold with a two-fingers white foam head that leaves nice lacing. T: Sweet grainy taste with a well balanced bitterness. Strong hop notes in the after-taste. P: Medium body, medium/high carbonation. O: Itís better than macro lagers but not my style. Vegetal notes, too much biscuit malt with earthy notes.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ansermadide (1497) - Kyle, Texas, USA - OCT 28, 2013
Orange enough to be mistaken for a pale ale, this lager reminds me much of an ale fermented with lager yeast. Not only does it look like a pale ale, but it also smells like a moderately caramelized pale ale, clean and fortunately void of any intense nasty lager characteristics. A strange, soft yeasty character is there, but itís malty sweet and fruity. In the mouth... ick. Iím sorry, but this is just horrible. It leads with a lightly caramelized lager flavor, but then pummels mid-mouth and well into the finish with a can-flavored, metallic bitter nastiness. I know that can doesnít actually impart any flavor into its contained beer, but this is just awful. Itís astringent, and thereís nothing about this beer thatís even the slightest bit enjoyable. I would definitely not be looking forward to drinking this after my shift. Still, somehow my wife says it tastes good... I must be broken, and yet I donít feel like Iím missing much here. Something must have gone wrong with his beer, because I somehow doubt that this beerís flavor was intentional.


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