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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 StonedTrippin
3.73/5  rDev +3%
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 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 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 jlindros
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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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 TheManiacalOne
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
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 dbrauneis
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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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 woodychandler
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a decent average ipa with noticable citrus tones with a hint of earthiness and almost a soil kind of thing. It's smooth on the feel. Pretty easy to drink, but more of a mass appeal ipa instead of something bringing some punch. I can dig it though.

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

I saw this in bottles recently at my local, scratched my head for a second wondering how a now closed brewpub was releasing a bottled version of their IPA. A kind shop owner informed me that it was now being brewed at Otter Creek and it was more of an English style IPA.
Pours a slightly hazy medium golden color with a decent sized white head that quickly drops to a cap. Smells of citrus and earthy hops with some bread and caramel maltiness to provide balance. A hint of mineral water and a touch of orange and lemon round out the nose nicely. The flavor is a bit more focused on the malt than the aroma lead me to believe. Sweet bread, cracker, and caramel malts countered with earthy and citrus hops. Long lingering hop bite at the end of every sip. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a bitter slick mouthfeel. I'm pretty impressed with this bottled version, its been years since I enjoyed any of the beer I've had at the brewpub. This is actually a pretty good gateway IPA.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
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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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.8/5  rDev +5%
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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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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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 plaid75
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Otter Creek.

Dark amber body, not pale at all. Somewhat hazy. Nice cap of slowly settling white foam and lots of creamy lacing. Modest aromas of floral and citrus hops and lightly sweet malt.

Extremely balanced in flavor and not a hop bomb at all. Lots of caramel malt sweetness, some floral, citrus and herbal hop notes, restrained bitterness. Much less hoppy than most people will be looking for in a contemporary American IPA. The malt is a little heavy handed and doesn’t allow the hops to really shine much.

Very smooth and full mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Pleasant, but a little less crisp than I might have liked for the style. Not bad, not at all exceptional, felt more like an English IPA than an American one.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.04/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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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 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 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 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 Jwale73
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in my SA Perfect Pint. Pours a dull, tangerine hue with a slightly hazy clarity and a dense, creamy, three inch, cream-colored head - this beer looks great in the glass. Nose expresses citrus rind and an earthy character. Taste follows nose; however, there is a pleasant, toasted malt character. Citric acid is interspersed throughout the flavor profile and finishes with a slightly earthy bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium-light in body (but closer to light) with a lively, almost prickly carbonation. Acidity lightly stimulates the palate and sides of the cheeks. Overall, a pretty drinkable English IPA. Looking forward to trying more offerings from these guys. I'd love to see this on-cask.

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