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RATINGS: 130   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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".

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PhatB420 (733) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 12, 2013
12oz into a glass. Pours a fluide dark orange, brozned in nature, hoppy in flavour. An earthym roasted hop flavor that omits a bountiful impression ot the Vermont mountains. Taste is organic, flavorfully hoppy, persistent in the malt support levels, and all around a good ride. An enjoyable 6.0%, this is stellar brew. Fresh, clean and inviting, the shed ipa is nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
devman171 (1221) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Nice and citrusy smelling IPA, a little bit too much bitterness and dry. Not bad but not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaBeer1972 (1469) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 6, 2013
Six pack from Julios. Pours out a light honey amber color. Inch thick head that sticks around a while. Good carbonation. Nice floral-spice aromatic aromas. Hop profile is grapefruit and spruce. Very satisfying but not overly thick or bitter or stricky. This could be my new "go-to" six pack.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
EithCubes (5247) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 3, 2013
Bottle. Rich floral hops with biting citrus, orange and peppery lemon, reminds of a Saison. Cloudy brown-golden with a foamy beige head. Taste is quite thoroughly bitter and bone dry with rough alcoholic edges and a touch of bready yeast at the back. Lightly spiced, hint of resin, malt not gobsmackingly crystalled, though still not a strong point. Quite crisp fullish body, laces and even has some hips...er, legs. For the subtle touch of astringency there’s a rather nice flavor of rind.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ben4321 (4826) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Location: 12 oz bottle from Buy Rite, 12/26/12

Aroma: The nose has mostly floral and citrus hops with caramel, and some buttery notes
Appearance: Pours an orange color, cloudy, with some sediment, a small head and some sticky lace
Flavor: The taste of this one is lightly sweet, with a medium-plus hop bitterness to it that actually works decently well despite the fact that it has a little too much of a buttery/diacetyl component
Palate: It is light-medium bodied, a hint thin for the style, soft carbonation, and a short, dryish finish
Overall Impression: I thought this was a pretty decent attempt at an IPA. It has some little flaws to it for sure, but those certainly don’t make the beer undrinkable or anything. Still though, due to the flaws and the lack of anything stand-out about it, it’s probably on the bottom side of the style.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
puboflyons (2594) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 22, 2012
From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. It pours a slightly cloudy medium amber that is more like orange or copper. Some head that lingers. The aroma is alive with floral hops. I feel like I am standing over a flower garden. The body is around medium. The taste has pale malts and a whole lot of hop bitterness going on. Hopheads should like this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocLock (8593) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2012
Bottle from Capone’s. Pours turbid dark straw with 1-finger off-white head. Nose is sweet and orange marmaladey. Tastes of tangerine, acidic hops, pineapple, and a fairly smooth and complex flavor. This one doesn’t suck.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AirForceHops (4680) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 8, 2012
12 oz. bottle. I got to say first off this was much better than I would have ever guessed. But this should really be marketed as An American Pale Ale or maybe EPA… saying this is an IPA is a stretch. My snifter showed a totally hazy gold that turns an orange color when held to the light. Nose has a very light floral hop note with lots of bread malts. Flavors of caramel malt, sweet citrus, tropical fruits with grapefruit bitterness in the finish. Ok, over this isn’t much better than average. However, I could easily drink several bottles of this. Easy and simple.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
boxofrane (2440) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2013 Re-rate. Bottle from Wegmans. Pours hazy orange with a medium sized off white head, decent retention, small lacing. The aroma is primarily citrus with a domination of mango and grapefruit. The taste is lightly bitter with a slight sweetness on the finish.. there is a mango-ish taste to it. Not great, not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thornecb (4868) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 28, 2012
Pours hazy gold into a shaker. Full soapy head top hats and recedes leaving craters. Sweet tropical fruit and resin aromas. Medium bodied with sweet bready caramel upfront turning to resin and grapefruit in the lasting toasty finish.

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