Shed IPA | The Shed Brewery

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Shed IPAShed IPA
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Brewed by:
The Shed Brewery
Vermont, United States | website

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

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.

Added by Jason on 05-07-2012

BEER STATS
Reviews:
64
Ratings:
439
Avg:
3.62
pDev:
32.32%
 
 
Wants:
6
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117
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Photo of argock
3.51/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a clear stemmed tulip. Bottled on 061716 on bottle neck.

A: Light amber hue with 1-2 fingers of off-white frothy head with good retention and streamers of lacing down the glass.

S: Very light herbal and tea-like hops with light-medium caramel malts in the aroma

T: Flavor is solid and good for English IPA with solid medium caramel malt sweetness, slightly sticky but pretty well-balanced, countered with tea-like, herbal, and light grapefruit and grassy notes with moderate bitterness. No alcohol presence.

M: Despite the caramel contributions this finishes with reasonably light body and dry. Carbonation is middle of the road.

O: Pretty good brew, solid English IPA, although not too distinctive.

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Photo of illpass78
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a becker.

Appearance: Unfilterd, hazy orange/straw with a big foamy white head. Some sediment or something floating around in there. Carbonated well. Lacing left behind in sheets.

Aroma: Citrus, grass, pine. Standard American IPA bouquet.

Taste: Earthy, leafy, slightly juicy IPA. Some grapefruit, some grassy taste, a little sap.

Mouthfeel: Pretty easy on the palate. Bitter, but not a face-shriveler.

Overall: Solid IPA. Refreshing and flavorful.

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Photo of Act25
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

As true to the EIPA style as any, and better than Brooklyn East India. Buy 6.

A: Pale golden, opaque and unfiltered haze, decent lacing and retention.

S: Citrus, herbal, leafy, evergreen, fresh tea, grassy, crumbly crackers and biscuits. A hike in wet woods. Earthy.

T: Dry path strewn with citrus zest, creamy, smooth, herbal, minty, cracker, spicy, grainy, hay, dry hoppy finish

F: As it should be, effervescent, moderate bodied, nice peppery finish.

O: Great example. Buy 6.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.94/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 090215 at 42 degrees into SA “Perfect Pint”
Aroma – citrus and some pine, fades away
Head large (Six cm, aggressive pour), off white, creamy with rocks, slowly diminishing to irregular six to eight mm ring with legs and a heaped partial layer
Lacing good – definite curtaining effect
Body light yellow, hazy with suspended particles
Flavor – lightly bitter with malt present, no bitter aftertaste; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, soft carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 3.75, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 4

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Photo of Hyptochrons
3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

nose is pretty nice, slight sweet citrus notes with a subtle piney bitterness. taste is crisp and refreshing. not the biggest or dankest ipa out there, but very well balanced. overall a pretty good ipa!

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Photo of DuaneL
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

DL Likes this, JK not so keen on. Tastes like Basement beer to her- complete w/ non-filtering, it is that strong pungent IPA flavor - DL Likes this, JK not so keen on.

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Photo of snilsen13
4.23/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a SURPRISINGLY good beer. It pours hazy and delivers just what you hope for in hazy beers: super good complexity. The smell is just clean, mild, which is totally reassuring. So far, by looks and smell alone this has SMALL BATCH GOODNESS written all over it. The taste is super solid balance of stiff maltiness, stiff/refreshing hoppiness, sweet malts that clear out quick for a good lingering bitter with mild warming of alcohol. That's gold coming from a 6%. The mouthfeel is thick, lucious for this beer. Very complimentary. Overall, I love it. I think I found a new go to brewery. A really good VT beer sold in MA.

I don't remember Shed being this good. They might have switched up their game. VT beers are just getting better.

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Photo of jmasher85
4.47/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Plenty of sediment in here but still pours a golden orange color with little haze and good lacing. So it looks okay, but that smell blew me away! It's all I want from an IPA - plenty of pine resin, a grapefruity citrus that's a hint sweet and a good toasted/ashy malt underbelly to support the whole thing. Taste is similar - medium sweetness, minimal bitterness, a bit bready, very smooth, compulsively drinkable. Less of a hop-bob than their Profanity, which was just bitter and one-dimensional. Not overly complex, but hits all the right notes right over the head and proves that there's more to delicious Vermont IPAs than Alchemist and Lawsons.

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Photo of dpgoblejr
4.29/5  rDev +18.5%
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 -29.3%
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 +8.6%
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 -14.9%
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 -2.5%
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 +9.9%
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 -9.9%
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

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Photo of buzzarooski
3.99/5  rDev +10.2%
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 +6.4%

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

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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 +22.7%
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%
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

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Photo of Flounder57
3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
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%
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 +5.5%
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 -6.4%
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 +4.4%
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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