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RATINGS: 114   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Named after one of the famous ífront fourí 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".

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - APR 6, 2007
Light hazy orange in color. Aroma is light citrus and pine, with some caramel malts in the background. Taste is a moderate amount of citrus, with a light malt backbone, moderately bitter citrus and pine/earthy finish. ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 20, 2007
Hand-bottle sampled on 8/26/06: Pours a clear golden bronze with a thin-lacing wispy off-white head. Earthy piny grapefruity hoppy aroma has a nice malty caramel balance. Body is thinner with little sweetness and a more bitter floral hoppy finish. Good aroma, but disappointing body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 12, 2006
Thanks to weeare138. Shiny metallic gold body with a loose sudsy white head. Musty, ripe citrus aroma. Flavor has Shed signatures with aspects of whole grapefruits and a lightly tart impression. Nice lacerative, lingering bitter finish. Has a light aspirin quality and some mild astringency, but pleasing overall. Looks like he dialed this one in over time.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Shag (2584) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - SEP 14, 2006
I loved the aroma on this! Some perfume, orange, and peaches. The flavor is rather subdue but slightly hoppy with some grapefruit, peaches, and oranges. This would be a great session IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 11, 2006
KPís Fest. Hand-bottle courtesy of Weare113. Thanks Mike. Pours a very light gold slight haze and a lasting white head. Aroma is very nice- lots of grapefruit, simcoe hops- citrus and light pine. Flavor was a bit weak which was surprising fromt he big hop aroma noticed upfront. Light pale malts, and some more citrus and grapefruit but not very intense. Nice claen crisp bitter finish. Pretty decent IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - SEP 10, 2006
Poured a clear dark golden color with a small white head. Big grapefruit and citrus hops dominate the aroma. Grapefruit flavor with light malt. The flavor is rather mild with not much going on. Light bodied.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SpringsLicker (3116) - Tennessee, USA - SEP 1, 2006
kpís Fest of 26. Pours with a small head of white over a light amber body. Malt and grass aroma. Overall, this was bitter flavored.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (8773) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 25, 2006
Sample provided by weeare138. Poured a medium amber color with a small sized white head. Aromas of pine, some citrus, and fruity. Tastes of pine, citrus with light caramel. Lighter bitterness with a medium sweet balance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
egajdzis (5253) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 24, 2006
Poured a hazy amber color with a small, white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of piney resin, grassy, and floral hops, with some citrus fruits as well. Taste of more grass, with some citrus fruits, toffee, pine, and a medium bitterness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 3, 2006
Much thanks to grassrootsvt for this... This is a tweaked and slightly reformulated house IPA...so if youíve had it before and werenít crazy about it, try it now and see what you think. Appears a transparent light gold with a small, two finger, fluffy white head that slowly fades out. Little spots of lacing are left around the glass. Smell is similar to Spawn only toned down a notch. Perhaps Spawn, Jr.? Lots of citrusy, piney, wood-like hops, along with a sugary orange and caramel backing that plays second fiddle to the lively, aromatic hops. Taste is of the same aromas. Plenty of hoppy goodness with orangy pine flavors standing out. Mouthfeel is orangy sweet up front with a decent balanced bitter attack. Perhaps just a tad of thinness in the swallow that ends up slightly dry and bitter with some hops coming back to the front of the tongue for a bitter linger. Overall, not a bad beer. This is a well done IPA that would make any brewer proud. Shaun has put together some really hoppy brews for the New England states...in fact most of them would be worthy of the California hop challenge anyday, where too much hops isnít a bad thing. Thatís the only thing thatís keeping this beer down...comparing it to his other brews that are hard to top. In essence, heís his own rival. Is that a bad thing? I think not. New Englandís finest plugging away one brew at a time.

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