Shed IPA | The Shed Brewery

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Shed IPAShed IPA

Brewed by:
The Shed Brewery
Vermont, United States

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.

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Photo of whatsyourtwenty
2.5/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a golden amber. Very cloudy. The smell of hops is less than anticipated. The taske is hoppy with a underwhelming finish. There is something missing from making this beer decent. Was hoping for a stronger hoppy hit but it hits you and quickly goes with a sharp after taste.

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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 mpedara429
2.98/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours out a very hazy amber color. As the bottle states, it is clearly unfiltered. One finger of off-white head. No lacing or retention to speak of.

S: Mild smell of grapefruit, dank pine, and breadiness.

T: Similar to the smell with some floral tones in there as well.

M: Medium light body with medium carbonation.

O: Meh. A real typical, traditional IPA. The killer is the quick dissipating smell that was already weak to begin with. It almost felt like an overly bitter pale ale. I won't be going back for any more of these.

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Photo of micromaniac129
2.99/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I didn't much care for this beer at all.
First the batch I got was or had to be contaminated because there was an aweful lot of floaters which looks unappealling to see the lest.
The aroma was mostly biscuit malts and not very hoppy. Even though this is an English style I would still expect to smell something.
Taste was very sweet and malty.
No this thing needs some help.

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Photo of dougfur
3.01/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark garnet-y color, kind of a burnt-amber. Head was fine. Smell is of malt. Taste is of malt, with just a touch of hops. Mouthfeel was fine. I can't quite understand how this can be called an ipa. It's a dark-colored malty ale, with very little hop character. It's not "bad" per se, it's just not what you're looking for if you ask for an 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 beerthulhu
3.09/5  rDev -14.6%
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 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 Ego
3.29/5  rDev -9.1%
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 jtierney89
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Photo of Lonborgski
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle, undated, to a pint glass.
Slightly cloudy, deep amber color. Small head that fades but leaves nice lacing.
Smell of hops, slightly metallic, would like to be fruitier.
Taste of balanced IPA.
Overall a basic, bottled IPA.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: cloudy orange, trace khaki head, spotty lacing

S: lemon peel, lemon grass, orange marmalade, mild pine

T: lemon peel, grassy, earth biscuit malt, pine slow bitter finish

M: med body, smooth/hint of oily mouth

O: Wife surprised me with this today, solid English IPA.
Might grab this one again, love supporting regional craft breweries
and English IPA is not very common in USA.
Would try more of their beers and recommend


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Photo of ktblue22
3.39/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I'm not sure if I got a fluke 6 pack - but after I poured this beer there was a good amount of floaties all over!! Does this usually happen to unfiltered IPAs? I'm trying to get over it but for some reason its leaving me with a queasy feeling...

Other than that though, the color is beautiful - a autumn sunset orange an perfectly white frothy head.
Smell is also lovely, although it pales to the upfront spicy earthy hops when you take the first sip.

I've had this beer many times before, so I'm trying to take into account those times as well as this weird floaty experience. I think its a good all-around IPA, I would definitely recommend it. If anyone knows why I would get the floaties, please message me, I'd like to know why...

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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 jzeilinger
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours medium gold with the frothy head dying quite quickly, mild carbonation, and alot of "floaties" even after pouring carefully.

S -Toasted caramel malt, light lemon, grapefruit, and a little grainy.

T - The taste is dominated with toasted caramel, grainy malt, with pine, grapefruit, and zesty grass coming in slowly at the beginning and ending strong with a lingering and bitter bite. The beer is only 6% but for such low alcohol, it's coming through slightly.

M - Thick for a single IPA, would be more appropriate in a D-IPA but since I love D-IPA's I have no qualms about the thickness. Leaves a coating in the mouth of grass, pine, grapefruit, and bitter lemon peel.

O - A decent IPA that sits on the lower end of middle in the IPA pack. Pro's: personally enjoy the thicker texture and is generously hopped for an English Style IPA making it more American than English, no complaints here. Cons: grainy and low alcohol coming through. The aftertaste is what I would consider the most enjoyable part of this beer because the malts kill the hops during the experience but afterwards when the malt is gone, the hop residue gets to shine through a little more.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

LOOK: Awful looking beer with large chunks of sediment in a burnt orange body. The highlight is about two inches of soapy foam.

AROMA: Stewed hop aroma of citrus, pine and wood.

TASTE: Mild cascade like hoppy ness with some pine, citrus and floral notes. Just enough raw earthy hop flavor you would expect from an unfiltered beer. Bitterness wins out over the bready, toffee like malt character. Oily hop resins steal the show, and the flavor is good overall.

FEEL: Medium bodied, medium low carbonation, kind of chalky feel.

OVERALL: Tasty beer, suffered a bit from caked yeast in the bottle. Would love to try it on tap sometime, as this has some potential.

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Photo of metter98
3.42/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of horshack7
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy and hazy copper with brassy hues. On top is two fingers worth of a very frothy head that as it thins out it leaves behind thick lacing.

Aroma: Grapefruit, caramel malts with a light breadiness. Biscuity and floral hop dryness.

Taste: Citrus fruit in the front, grapefruit, lemon notes. Semi dry mouthfeel. Malts are bready with some caramel sweetness.

Notes: Very drinkable with a nice dry finish. Cheers.

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Photo of mountdew1
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Had this on 2013-03-13 in Columbia, PA

A - Hazy amber-orange with a 1.5-finger pillowy white head. Looked nice at first but there are some big-time floaties in this brew.

S - Toasted bread with orange marmelade and light floral. Pretty mild.

T - Citric hop forward, orange tea, mild toasted malt, grapefruit flesh and zest. Dries quickly and finishes with some tart orange and lingering bitterness. Tastes good.

M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation. Prickly, crisp, lightly resinous. I could feel a few floaties going past the back of my throat. Other than the particles, I liked the feel.

O - Well, if it weren't for the floaties and the mild aroma, this beer would certainly have scored higher since I liked the flavor. I'm going to try look for another bottle to try; hoping the particles and light aroma were the exception rather than the rule.

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Photo of KidDoc
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured 12 oz bottle into pint glass. Nice medium honey color with slight haze. One finger head which quickly dissipated but exhibited light lacing. Aroma nice, bready with some earthy hops. Flavor follows but initial thought was that it was a bit sweet. Balances better as I get farther down the glass. Decent for its style. Drinkable, not exceptional.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A-Pours a hazy orange with a moderate head. Some good lacing too.

S-Modest hoppiness. Semi-bitter citrus. Sweet undertones with light piney hops.

T-Candied citrus and pine. Flavors are biting. Also decently balanced. Sweet malty breads.

M-Medium bodied. Dry and sort of bitter.

O/D-Not a terrible IPA. Doesn't 'wow' you at all. Tasty enough.

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Photo of JamesShoemaker
3.49/5  rDev -3.6%
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 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 Utica_Brew_Review
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Unfiltered caramel color which looks great for an IPA. Floral and citrus aroma. The aroma continues into the taste. The floral and citrus notes from the aroma really shine with a more bitter hop centered taste. The classic IPA bitterness coupled with the grapefruit citrus sweetness makes for a really refreshing beer for the summer. Finishes on the bitter side.

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