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Shed IPA - The Shed Brewery

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Shed IPAShed IPA

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Ratings: 302
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.29%
Wants: 3
Gots: 33 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

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4.45/5  rDev +24.3%

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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4.1/5  rDev +14.5%

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.

smakawhat, Jun 08, 2013
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4.03/5  rDev +12.6%

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.

puboflyons, Dec 22, 2012
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Shed IPA from The Shed Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 302 ratings.