RATINGS: 136   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19/5   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".

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ben4321 (6068) - 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 dont make the beer undrinkable or anything. Still though, due to the flaws and the lack of anything stand-out about it, its probably on the bottom side of the style.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
puboflyons (3269) - 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 (10293) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2012
Bottle from Capones. 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 doesnt suck.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AirForceHops (6690) - 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 isnt 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 (2553) - 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 (5730) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sloth (2858) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - NOV 20, 2012
A minor lil brew. Thin and wispy. Faint citrusy notes, light malty notes. No real bitterness to speak of.Thin bodied and lost. How can they still use the name?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
johnnnniee (4031) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 14, 2012
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. Im pretty impressed with this bottled version, its been years since I enjoyed any of the beer Ive had at the brewpub. This is actually a pretty good gateway IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BroSpud (2125) - , Massachusetts, USA - NOV 13, 2012
12oz bottle from Julios. Cloudy orange pour with very little head. Pretty average IPA true to the style. Much better than the other Shed beer I tasted recently.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
coldbrewky (1730) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - OCT 29, 2012
Sixer picked by the wife at Beer Universe, Saugerties. Consumed straight from the bottle while priming the walls of the upstairs landing. Whisper nose of compressed hop. Flat tangy body is low in intensity. Metallic and a bit lusty. Body is meh. Finish is lightly hoppy but lackluster. Moo!

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