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Shed IPA - The Shed Brewery

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Shed IPAShed IPA

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56 Reviews
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Reviews: 56
Hads: 394
Avg: 3.59
pDev: 33.7%
Wants: 4
Gots: 90 | 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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Photo of dpgoblejr
4.29/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice look, somewhat pleasant aroma of citrus and pine. Tastes better than it smells with a grapefruit/citrus flavor. Solid feel and a really good IPA that I enjoyed.

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Photo of predikit
2.56/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a clear pale copper, has plenty of unfiltered hop chunks suspended within floating around. Left a frothy white head that stuck around for a good long time. Left ring like globules of lacing around the glass.

Smell from the bottle was of sharp pine grapefruit hops, after the pour it was a bit piney leaning more towards tropical fruit, with a bit of a bubblegum-esque feel to the aroma. Actually smells very good at this point.

Oh, it was doing so well too. It's been a very long time since a flavor has made me visually grimace, and this beer did it in spades. I can't believe such an awful flavor was hiding beneath such a fragrant optimistic bouquet. I don't even have words for it. I can only hope it's a mistreated bottle, but I'm not in any motivation to bother trying this beer again.

Medium-light bodied, slightly oily, I'm too busy reeling on every sip to accurately gauge the feel.

I wouldn't drink this if offered if it was the same as this bottle. I'll keep the brew on my list of 'maybe buy and try again at some point' but I would need to be feeling very generous.

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Photo of 57md
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper color with some sediment. The nose is nicely hoppy. The flavor profile is well balanced between malt and hops. This is a solid example of an classic English IPA.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours a three finger off-white head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Hazy amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Light grapefruit hop nose, flavor is grapefruit hops and some caramel malt starts to balance. Not nearly as hoppy as their Profanity ale. Gift.

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Photo of cfalls
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Even before you see the beer, just the sound of the pour tells you that it's head is the result of carbonation rather than the texture of the beer, and sure enough, the head dissipates quickly.

It smells sort of the way all (decent) beers smelled many years ago, before IPAs started to smell like citrus and pine and what-not. You wouldn't guess it's an IPA from the smell.

It tastes a little better than you'd expect. Bitter hops and English-style malts.

It doesn't feel as overcarbonated as I was expecting. Light in texture, leaving your mouth coated in bitterness.

Not for me, but it does a good job tasting just like the better beers in a typical London pub.

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Photo of dtumminelliob
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is intended to be an English-style IPA, and I'm more of a west coast/floral/citrus IPA kind of person (at least at the moment), so I've tried to adjust accordingly.

Considering the genre of the beer, it is excellent in terms of engaging the American palate. It definitely has the sharp bitterness required of an English-style IPA, but it has just enough citrusy hops in the smell and flavor to make it a crossover of sorts. This also, however, puts it dangerously in no-man's land. If I want a citrusy IPA, I would not buy this; I would buy Rebel IPA, Jack's Abby's Hoponius Union, or something else in that domain. I guess if I was looking for something more on the English side I might be inclined to this as a compromise.

The bitter is very tasty, though it may coat the mouth, almost with an oily feel, a little too much. There is also a large amount of carbonation, though it is more notable in the appearance than the mouth-feel.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.26/5  rDev -9.2%
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

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Photo of buzzarooski
3.99/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

LOOK: Hazy Carmel Gold Color, Almost has an Apple Cider Look, Small Amounts of Sediment Floating about, !/2 inch White Foam Head that Dissipates Quickly, Moderate Amounts of Lacing Coat the Glass.

SMELL: Mild Citrus Hops and Malty Grains are Noted

TASTE: Creamy and Refreshing Medium Bodied IPA with Mild Hoppy Bitterness after the Swallow

FEEL: Very Smooth Sip Balanced Perfectly with Medium Carbonation, Pallet Remains Dry and Bitter for Several Seconds after the Swallow.

OVERALL: Very Good Tasting IPA, Made with Quality Ingredients. I will Recommend and Purchase this Ale Again!

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
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

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.44/5  rDev +23.7%
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!

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Photo of BMFR1811
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
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.


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Photo of Flounder57
3.81/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.91/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of DrJay
3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thick beige cap, really sticky and thick with great head retention. The beer was mostly clear, orange in colour. Aromas of oranges and grapefruits, mild malt and sweetness, a bit of sharp citrus rind. Hoppy backbone with mild malt sweetness, solid bitterness, citrus (grapefruit and orange again). Grassy/spicy character with lingering bitterness. Medium to light bodied with moderate carbonation, faint warmth, drying on the palate. A straight ahead and nicely balanced IPA.

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Photo of dgilks
3.39/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Hazy strong orange colour with a smooth, creamy, white head. Good head retention.

Lemony with some passionfruit notes. More floral than piney or fruity. Soft malt aroma.

Nice tropical fruit combined with a slightly resinous hop character. Light malt. Not bad.

Medium body with moderately-high carbonation.

A decent if unexceptional beer. Mildly flavoured and relatively unexciting.

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Photo of Omnium
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Cloudy orange color with two fingers of a light tan head, medium lacing.
S - Big rich toffee malt, some floral hops, pine, a big of sweet orange marmalade.
T - Toffee and biscuit malts are the base here, some dry bitter grapefruit and floral hop bite.
M - Just bitter enough, not overly dry.
O - Good English IPA, leads a little more American, but very drinkable. It was best when it was right out of the fridge.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of Ego
3.29/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Like the other Shed beer that I had recently, I picked this up in Totowa last week having never tried this before. As others have alluded to on here, Vermont brews some great IPA's but this fell just a bit short. The appearance was great but there wasn't a lot of aroma here and the taste felt just a bit too artificial to be considered great. What this turned out to be was a beer that was just filling and hoppy enough to be satisfying without having any memorable qualities to it.

No doubt that the appearance was the best aspect to it, as the fluffy heat, wonderful lacing, and sediment that moved up and down like a lava lamp all combined for a pleasing aspect to the appearance of this beer. The hue was a dull apricot and quite opaque, with just a bit of light seeping in around the edges. What did I get out of the aroma? Hardly anything, to my surprise! Just a medicinal and herbal undertone that didn't stand out much and I struggled to find the hops underneath it once I gave this a sip. There were some earthy and citrus notes but no burning or bitterness was easily discernible and this went down relatively easily for a beer that looked so pleasing when I poured it out. There was lots of carbonation but without anything to cleanse or scrub, it actually detracted from the flavor profile of this beer.

To be fair, it wasn't weak and there was enough alcohol in here to be felt well before I finished this off. A slight mint aftertaste kept things clean and neat but this needed to be a bit more edgy and groundbreaking to stand out. What resulted was an IPA that was easily drinkable and easily forgotten, which is not how I remember my beers from the Green Mountain State, Magic Hat notwithstanding. Only worth a go if you're a hophead that needs a fix and wants a relatively light take on this style.

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Photo of JamesShoemaker
3.49/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.09/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

first brew from shed, a decent American English hybrid, with some of the best features of both. the nose is heavy citrus hops, but its balanced well by a sturdy dose of sweeter caramel colored English malt that's a bit sweet. the beer drinks on the heavy side, which is unfortunate this summer season. the malt just gives a lot of body, while the hops don't get to be fully bitter as a result. this is a heartier ipa, a mans beer in some sense. I do get some bitter in the finish, centennial or cascade style, with that oil component. Vermont makes some of the best india pale ales on the planet, but this isn't one of them, it is suited better for fall though, like most English styles I think, but maybe that's just me. I am still looking forward to trying the mountain ale, as the craftsmanship of this beer is solid, and perhaps another beer might be a better platform for it to work. a good widely available and affordable sixer though, and im sure ill be drinking this again while I am back east.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

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Shed IPA from The Shed Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.