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 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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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.62/5  rDev 0%
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 -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 JerzDevl2000
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
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 -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 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 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 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 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 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 angrybabboon
3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes 5/15/13

Appearance: Lightly hazy, medium orange - bright, white head fades to a small cap, leaves some spots of lacing

Smell: Citrus and some lightly toasty malts - grapefruit pith and rind - some orange, too - pale, lightly toasted, and some caramel malts - a malty aroma that reminds me of pretzels for some reason

Taste: Bitter and pithy - oily, ripe grapefruit rind and some pith - some grapefruit flesh as well - some dry pine needles - earthy and herbal notes - lightly spicy with a prickly bitterness - pale and lightly toasted malts, with some caramel

Mouthfeel: Medium body, smooth, nicely carbonated, lightly oily

Overall: Worth drinking, perhaps in a shed

This is a solid, but not particularly remarkable IPA. I'm not convinced it's an English IPA. I didn't check BA while reviewing and I assumed it was an American IPA. I'm not sure how this biases my score. Regardless, more than anything else, I'm amused at how proud this beer is to be brewed in Vermont. It's like Vermont is becoming a brand. I guess that's kind of cool.

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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 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 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 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 SerialHiker
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden orange color…not overly transparent, I can see a bunch of sediment and a few bubbles floating about…just off white head formed and remains at about a pinky finger thick…stays fairly frothy throughout…(4/5)

Smell: Light, fresh hops, mouthwatering really…orange, lemon, grapefruit and some mild piney bite up front…though very hops heavy, it’s a light, crisp smell, dominated more by airy citrus aromas rather than earthy or woodsiness…malts are sweet and pale with a touch of caramel, very much in a supporting role…I have to say, the more I smell this thing (and as it warms), the more I get that piney resinous bite…very nice…(3.75/5)

Taste: Hmmm…very balanced flavor, not what I was expecting…toasted/caramel malts mixed with earthy/piney hops up front…there’s the noticeable piney bite, but there’s not an extreme citrus bitterness that I was expecting from the nose…I do get some orange, lemon and grapefruit, but they are definitely complimentary…the bitterness that does come is very dank pine and that doesn’t come until late…it’s a fairly straight forward flavor, finishes basically as it begins…as it warms, more and more piney bite hits the tongue…(3.75/5)

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium carbonation…it fluffs up bringing light flavors of caramel malt and piney/earthy bitterness to the palate…brew really comes in and out without leaving much trace on my tongue, though there is some piney bitterness lingering in the after taste…(3.5/5)

Overall: This is a solid brew…the flavor has a fantastic bite and is surprisingly balanced…super drinkable with light enough body, I could enjoy a couple in one sitting without feeling heavy…while it’s not mind blowing, Shed’s IPA is worth seeking out and scooping up…thanks to my boy Chaco Taco for hooking me up with this one…if it were sold around me, I’d buy it again…(3.75/5)

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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 donkeyrunner
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up some Shed in an Easter beer swap. Beer and Jesus go together like cocaine and waffles.

Dark gold, hazy with lots of floaties. Perhaps one of the floaty-est beers I've ever laid eyes on. Heady with lots and lots of rings.

Grapefruit and caramel with a "neutral" leafy, bag o' hops hoppiness. Smells "bright" according to common consensus.

Grapefruit over caramel soaked bready malt. Full and a little juicy.

A solid IPA. I could never see myself seeking it out but wouldn't kick it out of my cooler either.

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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 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 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 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 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 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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