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RATINGS: 930   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Okay, this one isn’t for everybody – yet. Over the years we’ve been asked to brew a year-round IPA, but have balked at the idea because of the flood of American IPAs currently on the market. If we couldn’t make an IPA that was different what was available, that we personally liked to drink, and one that we could put our personal signature on and be proud of, we didn’t want to do it. So, last fall we brewed a single batch IPA on our new brewhouse and sent it out to 5 different markets around the country to test the response. Which turned out to be pretty positive. So, here we are in 2009, and we’re back playing again with a few new test batches that we’re sampling here in Colorado and a few select markets around the country. What’s in a name, you ask? Well, back in February of 2007, there was an article in there titled ‘Extremely Boring’. Go back and find that issue, and that specific article, and you’ll see why we named the beer 400 Pound Monkey. Happy sleuthing!


3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
EithCubes (5000) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 10, 2010
Bottle. Juicy tropical fruit nose with crackery crystal underneath. Clear golden body with a large creamy, lacing white head. Taste is very bitter with an aftertaste of English hops, out of balance with malt but not extreme. Medium-full body. Sharp and sort of unredeeming.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kidrobot (103) - Port Charlotte, New Jersey, USA - JUN 9, 2010
Pours a pale amber with a thick foamy white head that leaves moderate layer of lacing. Aroma of caramel notes and British hops... not all that powerful just from the nose. This IPA is more bitter and less hoppy than your run of the mill American IPA. It is a little bit like an amped up bitter I suppose.The hops have some straw flavor. There are some caramel malts. Leaves a minor aftertaste.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fred82 (2115) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 9, 2010
8oz or something at Mondial 2010. Thanks to bobsy for this one.
Appearance : Clear yellow, no head.
Aroma : Fruity, floral and grassy.
Taste : Malt, floral and grassy hops. Herbal too and fruity. Finish slightly spicy, grassy and bitter.
Overall : A bit too herbal aqnd grassy for my taste. Nice fruits. Very drinkable and rather refreshing.

1.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
screigh (462) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 8, 2010
Pours slightly darker than an American macro. Huge fluffy white head that sticks around with plenty of lacing. The aroma smells almost exactly like skunky Moosehead or Heineken. Almost tastes like a noble hopped pilsner rather than and English IPA. Off the mark on style in my opinion.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11562) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 6, 2010
SAVOR, 12oz bottle. Small white head atop clear apple juice body. Aroma is moderately sweet, orange, some grapefruit. Taste is medium sweet, orange/grapefruit, light bread/caramel. Light-medium body, some resin.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
coolpop (1395) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JUN 5, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2011 Draft at Magic City Brewfest. Rerating from a bottle. Pours an orangey golden with a medium-sized, very dense and soapy, off white head. Aroma is bread and caramel and citrusy, grassy hops. Flavor follows aroma. Starts malty; nice sweet, biscuity middle; finish starts with grassy, citrus hops and ends with a lot of bitterness. More out and out bitterness and less hop flavor than a typical American IPA.

1.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
Vir4030 (517) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 4, 2010
Medium brown with no head, bitter aroma and flavor. Strong cloves. I didn’t like this beer.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sammy (8719) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 4, 2010
Mondiale 2010. Bright yellow with a quarter inch of bubbly white head. Some lace. A little yeast in the aroma. Tad of above average mouthfeel. Decent drinking, I like the style that the hopping is not intended to overwhelm the palate.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUN 3, 2010
(bottle, sampled 2/19/10). Clear gold/light copper color. Medium off white head, which is mostly diminishing. Light grassy hop aroma. Moderate spicy/grassy hop flavor. Long duration. Moderate bitter finish. Slick texture. Moderate carbonation. Fair lacing.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
CanIHave4Beers (3321) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JUN 2, 2010
Pours a clear golden color with a very large very tight white head that leaves a bit of lace. Aroma is not particularly pungent, and certainly less so than is expected out of most IPAs. There is some caramel & biscuit toned malts are in there, some mango, some odd stinkiness, and some nice floral notes. This one is pretty damned bitter, which is a good thing but there isn’t a lot of flavor backing up that bitterness. There is some resiny and fruity hop character but really you kind of have to strain for it. The malt is one of the most defined things in the aroma. I generally like my IPAs on the bitter and dry side with very little malt character, there is little doubt that these descriptors fit the bill with this one but I’m dying for a little bit more hop character beyond bitterness. It’s got the grapefruit without the fruity character. With minor tweaking I think this might be wonderful, this is of course wishful thinking.


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