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RATINGS: 457   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25/5   IBU: 29   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (6142) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - APR 20, 2012
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Bottle: The aroma is lightly floral, cereal, and grassy. It pours a transparent gold with a one finger white head that fades to a thin film within thirty seconds or so. The flavor starts with a quick dose honey and a hint of apple. The finish has some nice light floral notes, grass, and pine. Itís light-medium bodied with soft carbonation. Overall, a damn good sessionable Pale Lager. It has to be one of the best Iíve had.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Fatehunter (1948) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - APR 20, 2012
Poured into a pint glass. Finger of head on a clear and golden body. Good lacing as the drink goes down. Its aroma is faint; metallic and grain smell. Tastes malty (for a lager) and then suddenly big splash of bitterness. One, two flavor profile. Smooth and crisp texture, low carbonation and light body. Tasty and drinkable for a long night or day.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mansquito (4647) - Nueva York, New York, USA - APR 19, 2012
Whole Foods, P st, DC 4-pack: Pours a golden color with a white head. Aroma is citrus hops for the most part. Taste is pretty much like an APA. If you were to give this to me blind, I would not be able to tell you it is a pale lager. That being said, it is pretty good. Light-bodied, hop-forward, and rather refreshing. However, on a hot summer day, I would prefer something less hop-forward.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CanIHave4Beers (3790) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - APR 19, 2012
Pours golden with a big fluffy semi loose head.

The aroma is certainly heavy on citrus and bread dough with a light pepperiness and floral character.

The flavor is clean, nicely bitter and hoppy all around. Some pepper and very light bread dough. A nice balance of crackery malt with the nice herbal, and fruity hoppiness. As it warms a little bit of that "fat tire" maltiness sneaks in to annoy. Luckily this is tasty enough that it usually doesnít get to that point for me though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - APR 18, 2012
Appearance: Pours a bright translucent amber gold with a thin white head.

Aroma: Perfumy yeast, light Euro hop and sweet grain.

Taste: Pale dry malt, spicy, slightly fruity , finishes with quick but sturdy crisp hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with average carbonation.

Overall: A gourmet pale lager. All notions of what a lager is/should be have been thrown out the window. A lot of the things you donít like about pale lagers are gone and replaced with fresh hop flavor and fragrant New Belgium house character.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ernest (7031) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 18, 2012
Can. Head is initially average sized, frothy, white, mostly lasting. Body is dark yellow. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), moderately hoppy (resin, grapefruit). Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately to heavily bitter. Medium body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. The aroma couldnít get much simpler, but at least thereís no apparent flaws. I donít like raw/green resinous hop odor, so itís not attractive to me but Iím not going to knock it for that. Decent head retention and mouthfeel are the best things here...the flavor balance is a bit harsh but thatís preferable to being syrupy sweet. While I can certainly get excited by a helles or pilsner, this very "green" rendition just isnít enticing for me. But itís better than most things coming out of this brewery these days so I guess I should be thankful for that.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bu11zeye (12400) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 18, 2012
(Can) Pours a clear golden body with a spare white head. Aroma of grain, nuts, and herbs. Flavor of grain, nuts, earth, and grass with a dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
poisoneddwarf (2085) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - APR 17, 2012
16 oz can bought at Fairway in CDA, ID. Aroma is citrusy/peachy hops (in a pale lager? whoíd of thought?), bread. Pours clear deep gold with a long-retaining white head; lace sheets the glass. Taste is lightly sweet and finishes slightly bitter; the bitterness lingers on the tongue. I know itís labeled as a pale lager, but this has much more in common with a classic pilsner. Unlike most pale lagers, the hops are very prominent here. Crisp and refreshing. Highly carbonated, medium bodied. New Belgium really outdid themselves here. BMC, take note: this is how your beers *should* taste like.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rangerred (989) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - APR 17, 2012
16oz can into a pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy light gold with a thick one finger head. Plenty of lacing clings to the sides of the glass. Smell has some cooked vegetables along with some biscuit and grassy hops. Some caramel and biscuit on the taste along with a little bit of yeast. Grassy hops contribute a nice flavor along with a light to moderate bitterness to balance out the malt. Mouthfeel has enough body to make it interesting but it is still quite refreshing. There isnít a ton going on with this brew but it would be great for sessioning. This could potentially be a good gateway beer from BMC.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nimrod979 (206) - Hagerstown, Maryland, USA - APR 17, 2012
16oz tall boy poured into a pint glass. Appearance - Perfectly clear straw yellow. Two finger white head fades to a small film. Hint of lacing where the head sat but nothing sticks as you drink it. Aroma is hay and grassy hops. Biscuity and Pilsener type malts. Taste - You get that same pilsener and biscuit malt flavor. Has that "signature" New Belgium malt profile I detect in many of their beers. Mild grassy hops. Clean and very drinkable. Moderate carbonation. Finishes quick with mild hop bitterness. A little on the lighter side of medium bodied. All in all, itís not all that bad. Very sessionable. And for itís style, itís something Iíd reach for on a hot day if it were lying around.

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