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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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Reviews: 65 | Ratings: 446
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 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 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 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 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 cbutova
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Bottle poured into a pint glass with a hazy, golden-orange body. A white cap forms to about a finger in size and has frothy texture. Retention is lackluster and the head falls to a small ring and dusting atop the beer. Spotty lace around the glass.

S- On the lighter side with hints of citrus zest, grapefruit, caramel, floral yeast bread and even some nutty cracked grain notes. Not getting a ton to talk about.

T- More hop-centric here. Hops lend nice notes of lemon/orange zest, grapefruit, floral, herbal and pine hints. A balancing force is provided by caramel, yeast bread, spice and fruit hints, seems to be a decent yeast influence in the actual flavor. Exhibits a lot of citrus peel flavors.

MF- Light end body with a creamy overall feel. Carbonation is on the high end which is perfectly fine for a beer with this type of flavor. Fairly bitter in the finish.

More yeast and malt influence than a lot of IPAs today, which is maybe why it is considered an English take on IPA.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap in a nonic pint glass at the Iron Frog in Simsbury, Conn.

A: Poured a bright, cloudy, golden yellow color with a tinge of orange beneath a frothy, two-finger head of white foam that left some decent lacing in its wake.

S: Citrusy and floral with flecks of spicy, orange-rind infused yeast aromas and soapy, fruity esters that waft around a somewhat toasted-bready scent.

T: Mellow, juicy malt flavor up front brings citrus and herbal flavors to the foreground. Slight biscuit taste melds with lemongrass, orange peel and watery tropical fruits. A slightly skunky yeast flavor creeps onto the palate, throwing some coppery acidity into the mix before washing back with a bitter, herbal resin.

M: Medium-full bodied IPA with lots of juicy malts, some yeasty bits and a clingy hop resin to keep the palate busy while still maintaining and even-bodied drinkability.

O: Not a bad American IPA and a nice little boost there at 6% ABV which goes relatively undetected. It was good for a couple, but the palate could get burned out on its mediocrity or yeasty, oxidized off-flavors before too long. I'd get again, but would eagerly accept a more intriguing tap offering.

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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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