Shed IPA - The Shed Brewery
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4.45/5 rDev +24%
The Shed Brewery India Pale Ale
12 oz. brown glass bottle, ink-jet coded "032714"... the rest is illegible.
$1.79 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ
Clearly an unfiltered IPA, the body is a cloudy golden-orange beneath a frothy head of rocky, off-white foam. Kudos must be given as the head drops slowly but remains completely intact, leaving walls of lace along the glass in the space it once occupied.
The aroma displays softly sweet and gently caramelish malt backed by delicately, piney, almost minty, citrusy, and floral hops. It's fresh, bright, and enticing.
In the mouth it's medium-bodied, and moderately carbonated, leaving it smooth and supple across the palate.
The flavor delivers a wide maltiness that's delicately sweet, bready/toasty/biscuity, and drizzled with golden caramel. The gently spicy/piney/minty, grassy, and citrusy hops are well integrated, and except for the first few sips where you can easily distinguish the nuances of the malts and the hops readily, it pulls together to become one solid wall of flavor very quickly. The bitterness of an IPA is present, but it's not overtly aggressive; despite the use of citrusy hops, this is more of an English IPA than an American, where the malt is really just as important, and with that said, so is the yeast - there's a remarkably pleasant fruitiness that in combination with the hops delivers notes of juicy apple, soft plum, papaya, mango, and subtle ripe and sweet red berries. The hops rally in the finish, however, combining their raspy flavors and bitterness to drive off any residual sweetness, leaving only dusty dryness behind.
Overall I'm quite impressed. Today's beer drinker (in general) seeks gusto, but I seek refinement. The depth of character found here; and the freshness that it displays are impeccable. The roundness of it running across wide swaths of malt, various hops, and a solid yeast character are rarely found anymore; and in combination with it's spot-on balance of sweet malt and raspy hop flavor and bitterness, it's an exceptionally drinkable English+American hybrid IPA. Brilliant!
08-12-2014 20:58:59 | More by NeroFiddled
3.7/5 rDev +3.1%
Picked up a single 12oz bottle while on a heady topper hunt in Stowe, VT.
Appearance- amber, great finger width head,
Smell- I get all citrus, American hops
Taste-citrus fruit, a pleasant lingering hop bitterness, tastes more like a clean American yeast strain that accentuates the hops, I don't taste esters or bread from an English strain
Mouthfeel- great body, crisp, perfect carbonation
Overall- a solid ipa, it's what I have come to expect from today's ipa, very tasty and I would drink one again but probably nothing I would seek out, not because it's not good, only because it doesn't stand out but I really did enjoy it.
08-11-2014 00:20:20 | More by BMFR1811
3.8/5 rDev +5.8%
12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.
Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a puffy layer. It is a hazy pale orange color with good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.
Smell: Citrus, floral, herbal tea, grassy, pungent, toasted, and pale malts.
Taste: Nice citrus and tea hop flavor, tingly bitterness, pale, and bready malts.
Mouthfeel: Crisp, refreshing, light to medium bodied, medium carbonation, and a little bitterness.
Overall: A nice take on an EIPA with an American twist. I'll definitely revisit this one again.
07-21-2014 06:36:21 | More by Flounder57
Shed IPA from The Shed Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 293 ratings.