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Shed IPA - The Shed Brewery

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Shed IPAShed IPA

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343 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 343
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 12.81%
Wants: 3
Gots: 52 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Shed Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Named after one of the famous ’front four’ trails on Mt. Mansfield, this I.P.A. is brewed in the English tradition of pale ales shipped from Britain, around Africa, to India. Those ales contained extra hops and a higher alcohol percentage, which both served as natural preservatives. This ale holds true to those original, defining characteristics. Formerly known as "National IPA" at The Shed Restaurant & Brewery.

(Beer added by: Jason on 05-07-2012)
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Reviews by Ego:
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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

whoa, frothy mofo, easy pour and this still explodes up to 3 fingers of fluff, the bubbles are large and soapy and tend to hang on like homeless in san francisco, besides the mammoth head the carbonation level on sight is pretty damn strong (vermont strong?), the hue is your typical orange with some burnt hues of sunset all with a little cloud nature as a testament to the unfiltered moniker on the label. a damn fine looking beer

musty and earthy hops with a nice citric tinge (but not over the top citrus bomb type stuff), the musty tone also feeds into the sweet malts, it has a nice natural honey note that really stands out and underneath that little blanket is some nice grain scent, these unfiltered IPAs sometimes remind me of keller type beers of germany and this would fit that bill

taste etc...
drinks a little milder than I like in the hop department, it has sort of a woodsy-ish freshness - not quite the hop bite in many american (or vermont) IPAs, there is good bitterness in the finish that lingers nicely, while carbonation seems vastly evident in the look it is somewhat absent feeling in the mouth, the major flavor I am getting here is "brown honey"... a nice subdued sweetness reminiscent of maple syrup but not quite as sweet (although real VT maple syrup is sort of not sweet.. I get it...). Unfortunately after downing most of this brew I find it a touch watered down tasting... not bad but not great.

an interesting brew but the Long Trail unfiltered is superior... if you like some hop (bitterness) burn in the back but more mild semi-funky malt flavor this may be for you... worth checking out just for diversity but not worth giving up your left nut for.

Ego, Nov 14, 2013
More User Reviews:
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3.85/5  rDev +7.2%

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #71 (December 2012):

The second installment of the resuscitated brand. Bold and very drinkable, a good quaff all around. Seek it out if you are looking at a good example of an English IPA which over the years has been overshadowed by the creation and growth of the American IPA.

STYLE: English IPA
ABV: 6.0%

LOOK: Pale golden, opaque, decent lacing

SMELL: Citrus, herbal, leafy, evergreen, fresh tea, grassy, doughy biscuits

TASTE: Dryish moderate bodied, citrus zest, creamy, smooth, herbal, spearmint, shortbread, spicy, grainy, fresh cut hay, mildly estery, exotic fruit, vegtal, semi-dry hoppy finish

BeerAdvocate, Oct 31, 2014
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

woodchipper, Jun 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

TTripp725, Jul 07, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

Doomcifer, Jul 29, 2014
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3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Orangey amber color with about 2 fingers of white head that lingered and heavy lacing on the glass.

Smell: Strong citrus and hops.

Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of bitter hops and pine with sweet citrus.

Overall: Good IPA, I would definitely have this one again.

Cavanaghty, Nov 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

ImFlyerThanYou, Sep 27, 2013
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justin0078, Mar 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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bbudnik, Sep 27, 2014
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KirkFrancis, Jul 28, 2014
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Ptzy13, Jul 13, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

JustinTauscher, Dec 20, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

acurtis, Aug 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Varkias41, Oct 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

DrewBest, Feb 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Griffith, Sep 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

brokentee, Jul 02, 2013
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4.45/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

NeroFiddled, Aug 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

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Shed IPA from The Shed Brewery
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