Shed IPA - The Shed Brewery

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Shed IPAShed IPA

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BA SCORE
81
good

376 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 376
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 4
Gots: 83 | 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:
Beer added by: Jason on 05-07-2012

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.
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3.85/5  rDev +7.5%

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%
AVAILABILITY: Year-round

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

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.26/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with lots of sediment - it's not a very pretty look. The head is a finger high, and off-white in shade. Retention is quite good, as is the creamy thickness of its texture. Splotches of lacing are left on the glass. (3)

Smell: The English-ness of this brew comes out moderately well. I'm picking up plenty of biscuity malt (Maris Otter?) which is counter-balanced by notes of orange sherbet, apricot, peach, and earth. It needs some time to open up, but it does evolve into a solid aroma eventually. (3.5)

Taste: The initial flavor is fruity - this focuses more on apricot and orange marmalade instead of grapefruit and pine. Bitterness builds up on the finish, as well as notes of caramel, bread, and tobacco. It tastes like an American pale ale yeast instead of an English one, as the aforementioned finish is a bit neutral. Personally, this is my biggest quibble: some nice British ale esters (like cherry) could have really sent this one over the top, and I'm said its absence only renders the rest flavor profile slightly above-average. (3.25)

Mouthfeel: Quite clean (for an unfiltered IPA) and crisp finishing. It's a little sweet on the back end, but the lingering malt presence is pleasant rather than suffocating. Carbonation cuts through the medium-full body well. (3.5)

Overall: If this had some proper ale esters to it, it could have been a great English-style IPA - even without being fresh. It's still pretty decent (if unimpressive). I'll gladly try it again, but it'll need to be fresher. (3.25)

3.26/5: Nothing particularly special, though fans of English-style IPAs will get a kick out of it

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of Stobob1
2.74/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Nothing that stands out. Decent but not great

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.44/5  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!

Photo of jtierney89
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange glow with 1/2 finger white head which dies quickly. Very mild nose, a little soapy and piney. Some clean caramel malt comes through as well. Touch flowery.

Very clean and crisp english style IPA. Good bitterness but not overwhelming. Dry biscuit malt with a touch of caramel and butter on the mid-palate. Piney and floral bitterness on the back end kicks the brew up a little bit. A very bold but drinkable English IPA with decent balance, pretty good.

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy orange/brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops, a touch of citrus. Taste is well balanced hops and malts, a mild bitterness, very easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall I enjoyed this beer, but if you are looking for a hop bomb, this ain't it.

Photo of puboflyons
4.04/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on December 22, 2012.

This looks like a typical IPA with its medium amber pour and moderate off-white head. It is slightly cloudy and the head lingers.

On the nose the aroma is vibrant with floral hops to the point that I feel like I am standing over a Vermont flower garden in June. Pale malts are secondary.

The body is smooth and about medium.

The taste has a quick burst of pale malts but then the floral hoppy character takes command and leaves a moderate bitterness on the tail end. People who love their hops will find this to be a delight.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.09/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Murky oxidized orange is dense in clarity with a light tan crowning. Carbonation appears strong pacing up along the inner glass walls while visible signs of the unfilitered nature clearly stands out with a suspension of macro-solids. Retention is moderate slipping to a creamy covering while lacing is speckled and spacious.

S: Aroma was sweet and lemony at first upon the pour, however while in the glass it struggled to show any signs of hoppiness and was very weak aromatic wise making this hard to envision as an ipa. Small toasted bread sweetness rounds things out.

T: The flavor showed an increased awareness of hops thankfully, piney notes with some sweet toasted grains stood out turning to a semi-dry lemon finish. Grapefruit toasted bread, flowery hops, moderate in strength but does seem to linger and get a bit stronger towards the finish.

M: Decent crispness, frothy and creamy on the hold, dry with a rough flowery edgeiness.

O: Overall an slightly above average experience, the hop level is moderate, though the complexity lacks a bit. I did find this an bit uneventful upfront but warmed up to it by finish with some increased hop awareness coming through.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Bottle: Poured a light amber color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrus hops notes with some bitter notes easily noticeable. Taste is also dominated by some citrus hops notes with quite bit of bitterness with a non-descript malt backbone. Body is light with good carbonation. Standard IPA which lacks some floral hoppy aromas.

Photo of smakawhat
4.12/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Large solid forming off white three finger head when poured, with a big retention cap not going anywhere. Body is a bit cloudy and unfiltered with a nice orange amber to dirty brown color. Some minor floaties but not too chunky.

Great hop noes on this, of soft orange and wonderful herbal floral like aromatics. Creamy sensing caramel malts, and maybe some like pine action to match. Very nice, the first inhale is particularly memorable.

First sip brings a standard bitter mellow pine common hop blast, quickly sharp in the mid palate. Fruity and herbal finish with a light dryness. Solid mouthfeel with just enough coating, but not quite large and filling and quite low to moderate carbonation. Hop angle sensed from the nose seems to hint of a larger fuller and tastier beer than the palate seems to give.

Overall though for an IPA this one is a good one to know about.

Photo of angrybabboon
3.54/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes 5/15/13

Appearance: Lightly hazy, medium orange - bright, white head fades to a small cap, leaves some spots of lacing

Smell: Citrus and some lightly toasty malts - grapefruit pith and rind - some orange, too - pale, lightly toasted, and some caramel malts - a malty aroma that reminds me of pretzels for some reason

Taste: Bitter and pithy - oily, ripe grapefruit rind and some pith - some grapefruit flesh as well - some dry pine needles - earthy and herbal notes - lightly spicy with a prickly bitterness - pale and lightly toasted malts, with some caramel

Mouthfeel: Medium body, smooth, nicely carbonated, lightly oily

Overall: Worth drinking, perhaps in a shed

This is a solid, but not particularly remarkable IPA. I'm not convinced it's an English IPA. I didn't check BA while reviewing and I assumed it was an American IPA. I'm not sure how this biases my score. Regardless, more than anything else, I'm amused at how proud this beer is to be brewed in Vermont. It's like Vermont is becoming a brand. I guess that's kind of cool.

Photo of metter98
3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Pony Bar Hell's Kitchen, New York, NY

A: The beer is hazy yellowish amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that died down and left a patch of bubbles on the surface and a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of citrus hops in the nose-grapefruit really stands out in particular.
T: The taste is similar to the smell except that the hops are a little more subdued and there are also flavors of biscuit malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. No crispness is evident.
O: This beer definitely tastes like an English IPA and has subdued flavors of hops and is a little maltier compared to American IPAs. Any traces of alcohol are well hidden from the taste.

Photo of mountdew1
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a medium burnt orange color with numerous slow small streams of bubbles rising from the bottom. Nice full thick head that clung extremely well, but thinned out fairly fast. Aroma was a floral slightly sweet hoppy smell. Nothing over bearing or unpleasant. Flavor was a bit thin and watery. A piney hoppy finish, with a bit of kick, but not much. Felt good in the mouth, coated ok with a a tad of carbonation. Overall a solid IPA, but nothing spectacular.

Photo of plaid75
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a murky copper hue with a three finger frothy white head. There was very good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured a light piney hop with a grainy pale malt aroma.

The taste consisted of moderately toasted malts with herbal and piney hops.

The mouthfeel was round and full.

Overall a tasty and well balanced ale with a fresh hop bite.

Photo of BMFR1811
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

BMFR

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up some Shed in an Easter beer swap. Beer and Jesus go together like cocaine and waffles.

Dark gold, hazy with lots of floaties. Perhaps one of the floaty-est beers I've ever laid eyes on. Heady with lots and lots of rings.

Grapefruit and caramel with a "neutral" leafy, bag o' hops hoppiness. Smells "bright" according to common consensus.

Grapefruit over caramel soaked bready malt. Full and a little juicy.

A solid IPA. I could never see myself seeking it out but wouldn't kick it out of my cooler either.

Photo of cbutova
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Bottle poured into a pint glass with a hazy, golden-orange body. A white cap forms to about a finger in size and has frothy texture. Retention is lackluster and the head falls to a small ring and dusting atop the beer. Spotty lace around the glass.

S- On the lighter side with hints of citrus zest, grapefruit, caramel, floral yeast bread and even some nutty cracked grain notes. Not getting a ton to talk about.

T- More hop-centric here. Hops lend nice notes of lemon/orange zest, grapefruit, floral, herbal and pine hints. A balancing force is provided by caramel, yeast bread, spice and fruit hints, seems to be a decent yeast influence in the actual flavor. Exhibits a lot of citrus peel flavors.

MF- Light end body with a creamy overall feel. Carbonation is on the high end which is perfectly fine for a beer with this type of flavor. Fairly bitter in the finish.

More yeast and malt influence than a lot of IPAs today, which is maybe why it is considered an English take on IPA.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains Earthy hops, caramelized malts and some hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with a hearty malt character. Then some mildly sweet flavors of caramel and citrus come in. The hops presence is strong but not over-powering and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a solid EIPA to drink for a while.

Photo of JamesShoemaker
3.49/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz pour into a Pilsner glass at Otter Creek.

A - good looking. Possibly unfiltered, very dark orange with very little head. Foam recedes quickly. leaving a mostly opaque brew that's thinly yellow and thickly red.

S - a little hard to tell in the unusual glassware, but I get a very basic hop smell here. I'm not trained enough to pick out individual types, but it's not overwhelming in any way.

T - unfortunately, there's a big chemical profile, which I assume is attributable to the type of hop used. Artificial bitterness and sweetness on the front of the taste, leading into a bitter maltiness at the back.

M - decent enough, but still totally underwhelming. 6% doesn't really do anything in the mouth, and the IBUs (70ish) get lost in the taste, which unfortunately lingers for a little longer than it should.

O - this IPA is not one that I would get again.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy golden amber in color with very light amounts of visible carbonation and apricot + golden yellow + orange highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy light beige head that reduces to a large patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of biscuit malts with some lighter amounts of citrus/grapefruit rind hops.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of biscuit malts with a very light to light amount of citrus/grapefruit rind and herbal hops. The hop flavors are lighter than the aromas but it still leaves a touch of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly chewy.

O: Easy to drink if you like English IPAs, with the well hidden alcohol, subdued hops, and slightly maltier flavors.

Photo of jlindros
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up on my last trip up to northern VT.

Pours a nice fluffy looking 1.5 finger head, that fades semi slowly with nice soapy lacing, over super hazy sediment laden bright orange honey colored beer.

Nose has lighter hops, little grassy and floral, hint of citrus, a touch candy orange peel as well, light bready reddish malts underneath and hint of yeast.

Taste starts with a light bready malt base, some toasty reddish, with a little sweetness and hint of a yeasty flavor as the bottle conditioning seems to have take off. Sweetness leads into a light candy flavor, candied orange peel hops, which also transitions to more hops, a mild bitterness, hint of citrus hops, somewhat floral and candy almost earthy hops. Finish ramps bitterness as it dries and loses the malt balance, light lingering reddish malt flavor but mostly hops, grassy slight earthy and little citrus hops lingering for a while.

Mouth is med bodied, little fluffy and airy with plenty of carbonation.

Overall pretty good. Nothing crazy, and more of a pale ale than IPA, but decent profile. Decent malt base that balances but stays out of the way of the hops. The bottle conditioning seems to have taken off and added it's own mild profile, but gives the beer a nice robustness. Drinkable and doesn't offend on any account.

Photo of woodychandler
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

I am continuing to empty my refrigerator of bottles from various sources. It is my intent to get back to The CANQuest (TM) soonest.

From the bottle: "A deep Stowe, Vermont heritage, this small batch classic now makes its home in Middlebury, Vermont."; "Brimming with citrus hop aroma, this IPA inherits its complex flavor from ample hop additions throughout the entire brew."; "Born in Stowe, Vermont, at the legendary Shed Restaurant & Brewery. Moved to Middlebury to raise up a family of Vermont ales."; "Brewed since 1995 Established in Stowe, Vermont"; "a hoppy good ale".

The label also read "Unfiltered" so I went with a medium-handed pour, not aggro but not gentle, either. This resulted in at least two fingers of dense, tawny head with great retention. Color was a deep amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose was redolent with grapefruit-citrus hops and my mouth was watering as a result. Mouthfeel was very soft, allowing the citrus hops to really shine. Finish was definitely dry, but not so dry as to leave me gasping for air. I did an agitation for my second pour and released the lees as a result. I guess that it depends on what you like. Personally, I do not mind the lees and like them as a separate/final pour. No problem there. One final thought - I am unsure that this is an EIPA. It tastes more like and AIPA.

Photo of smcolw
3.91/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy, golden yellow color. Decent start to the head, good lasting time. Leaves some spotty/ring lace.

Plenty of floral hop and alcohol warmth to the nose. Decent malt presence.

There's an apricot like element to the flavor. The hop is like black pepper on the tongue and is strongest in the swallow. Good body with an elevated carbonation. For the style, short aftertaste.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a bright, slightly hazed, goldenrod coloring with little to no head. Aromas of grapefruit, light toffee, and floral hops. Very smooth and well balanced nose. Flavors of roast toffee initially, immediately followed up by floral and bitter hops that completely take over the palate. Cedar, cut grass, and sap all blend to represent the hopping in this brew, and the citrus tones shine through at the end of the palate to add some tartness to the bitter aftertaste. The malt profile literally disappears by the aftertaste. Light, crisp mouthfeel, with a bitter, slightly drying finish. Solid brew, with flavors stronger than the looks and ABV would lead you to believe.

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Shed IPA from The Shed Brewery
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