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New Belgium "Shift"
New Belgium Brewing Company - Fort Collins, Colorado USA
Pale Lager (ABV 5%) (IBU 29)

[Suggested Glassware: Lager Glass]

Rating: 3.1/5.0

Aroma: 6/10
Appearance: 3/5
Taste: 6.5/10
Palate: 3/5
Overall: 13/20

The pour was a clear pale golden yellow with a small (less than 1 finger) white creamy head that diminished rapidly, leaving behind a thin film and small collar with very good sticky lacing.

The aroma was mild of a light grain malt, floral and grassy hops and a doughy yeast with a note of citrus (lemon and grapefruit) and a light fruity ester (apple and pears).

The taste was lightly bitter and rather grainy with a mild fruitiness from the start, becoming lightly hoppy with a nice grapefruit presence and a bitter lemon peel taste towards the finish. The flavor hung around for a good while following the swallow, with a bold citrus peel bitterness left behind.

Mouthfeel was light in body with a thin dry texture and a lively carbonation.

Overall this brew was a lot better than I expected out of a Pale Lager. It possessed a very nice bold bitterness along with a slight fruity sweetness, which working together created a well balanced and easy to drink brew...

Sampled: 3/2/2013
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