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RATINGS: 129   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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 "National IPA".


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
czar (5569) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 23, 2011
on tap at brewpub. clear medium dark golden, decent off-white head, some retention/lacing. decent malts, citra-like, honey, light grapefruit finish. average to soft carbonation, silkyness, sticky.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
alobar (3059) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 28, 2011
Pours a clear orange yellow color with a white head. Aroma of hops, pine, citrus and caramel. Falvor has some depth with pine, caramel, grapefruit, and a good hop ending. Good beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LilBeerDoctor (3516) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 2, 2011
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a clear orange with a thick white head. Aroma of caramel malt, sweet citrus, tropical fruits, jam. Flavor is also very fruity with earthy fruits and jam (strawberry) plus sweet caramel malt. This IPA is more fruity than the other 2 IPAs I tried at Shed (Juggernaut and Sanity) and it also was my favorite. A very good IPA. 8/4/8/4/14 [3.8/5]

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcox90 (1678) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 21, 2010
Sampled at 2010 Vermont Brewers Fest. Pours a hazy amber body with a small off white head. Scents of citrus hops, light caramel, and touch of herbal/ floral hops. All weak. A bit light in body for an IPA with moderate carbonation. Taste is predominately grapefruit hop. Bitter finish.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (13849) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 2, 2009
Good, strong IPA. Had some on draft at Ri Ra in Burlington. Lovely orange color, sweet hop aroma, nice bitter, hoppy taste with notes of grapefruit and other citrus, dry, lip-smacking finish. Tasty.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (12038) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 17, 2009
(draft) Hazy amber body with off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, floral/orange, some pine, spice, light bread. Taste is medium sweet, spice, floral/orange, earthy. Light-medium body. Not going to be mistaken for a West Coast IPA, but solid beer nonetheless.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JoeMcPhee (8962) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 4, 2009
Tap at Vermont Brewer’s Fest 2009. Hazy amber pour. White head. The nose is loaded with UK/woody hops but without the sort of lighter spicy notes that I like. A fairly decent amount of dry-hopping. Light esters. It’s sort of a light UK-esque IPA. Improves a bit as it warms up.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrDavid (957) - Johnson, Vermont, USA - FEB 5, 2009
Draft at brewpub. Mild citrus aroma. Orange body with an off-white head. Flavor is well-balanced, predominantly grapefruit. Lovely bitter finish. The best of the offerings I sampled at The Shed.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Alldaydrinker (559) - Norwood, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 20, 2008
Draught. Pours a light golden color with a small white head. Nose of resin, earthy hops, lights malts. Intial mouthfeel is very light bodied and watery which is instant disappointment. The hop character is present for the IPA but there is little balance the 1 dimensional brew doesn’t do too much to satisfy the palate for IPA expectations. Average head retention. Palate duration is average.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerdedone (2933) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 4, 2008
Sampled at brewpub. Pours a hazy orange with a small white head. Aroma is faint citrus with notes of hay and straw. Flavor is pale malts, citrus, and has a touch of pine with a bitter finish


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