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RATINGS: 947   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!


3.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerViking (2689) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 3, 2010
Gold with a red tint and a lacy white head. Very little smell, little pine emerging as the chill passes. Dry piney hops with faint notes of mango. Astringent long-lasting bitter-orange finish. Very interesting but not so satisfying.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
patrick767 (3590) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JUL 1, 2010
bottle - Pours clear light copper with a two finger white head. The aroma is of earthy and floral hops and malt. It has a light bready malt flavor with moderately strong hops and a lingering bitter finish. Pretty good. They’ve got a 400 lb monkey. I’m waiting for the 800 lb gorilla.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hank1980 (945) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JUN 30, 2010
Bottle from ABC. Poured pale copper with a decent white head, little lace. Nose is earthy hops, sweet caramel malt. Taste is a little more like an english IPA, with a little of a earthy flavor. FInish is mildly bitter. Overall, a decent IPA.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ben4321 (4093) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 28, 2010
Location: 12 oz bottle from Buy Rite - Jersey City, 6/28/10

Aroma: Nose has some crystal malts, caramel, citrus, orange, and floral notes
Appearance: Slightly hazy golden colored beer with a lasting white head
Flavor: Taste is mildly sweet balanced by a light-medium bitterness to it
Palate: Light to medium in body with a clean, though slightly dull, feel to it
Overall Impression: This is a pretty solid beer. It appears to be well-made and it drinks nicely, I find little if any fault with it, but it just isn’t really that exciting to drink either. A well-made but ultimately hardly memorable beer.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 28, 2010
Draught at Sorbon, Bromma, Sweden. Pours out in a hazy orange colour with a small creamy white foam. Hoppy if a bit empty and sharp aroma of apple-skins, nectarines and grass. Medium-bodied with notes of apricots, Seville oranges, iron and grass. Medium-bitter finish of grass and orange-peels.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (10453) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 27, 2010
A golden amber ale with a thin creamy off white head. In aroma, a big malt bomb with some light floral hops. In mouth, a smooth caramel malt with nutty notes, grainy, British hops, medium bodied. Bottle at Mondiale 2010.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ExpendableHero (766) - Florida, USA - JUN 27, 2010
Interesting take on the style. Golden beer, minimal head. The aromas are weaker than the typical IPA, still grassy and floral. The taste is spicy, tiny bit citric, hoppy(but less than most IPAs), and there is even a tiny hint of banana in my opinion. I can see why some people gave it lower ratings for an IPA, but the fact that it is so unlike an IPA works out fine for me. An interesting beer, I would not mind having it again.

2.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Frank (3019) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 25, 2010
From the commercial description, it sounds like left hand was trying to make something a bit different w/ 400 Pound Monkey and they sure did. This stuff kind of smells like cheese. What the hell? It would not be a bad smell for cheese but it is not anything like what I look for in an IPA. The otherwise hoppy nose tends more towards grassy and earthy which really aren’t may favorites either. This is not actively foul just really strange Flavor is more towards a hop leaning pale ale and is actually quite reasonable and nice all things considered. There are pleasant citrus notes around the edge complimented by a nice sweetness. The texture is decent as well, pretty middle of the road w/ its medium to light body and moderate carbonation. But, seriously, this smells kind of like cheese. How good could it be?

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
mixmasterob (883) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 22, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2010 Bottle. Poured a clear light golden color. Head was minimal with some lace left on the glass. Aroma was of some muddled Amarillo hops. Quite subdued, nothing special. Taste was all over the place. Some hops mixed in with some bread like malts. Not the most balanced IPA I have tried. Needed some hop flavor, lacked the goodness. Ended up being a drain pour.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
keepersj12 (2758) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - JUN 21, 2010
Not my favorite IPA. It has a little bit of aroma, all bitter hops. Pours nice enough, clear amber with a decent head. The flavor is all hops. No balance. to it. Finish is nice and dry as expected. A real hop head might think differently.


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