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RATINGS: 1008   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ober (2813) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - SEP 6, 2010
A clear yellow/orange colored beer, with a thick white head. The aroma of fruits like citrus and orange. In the back some vanilla. The taste is hoppy bitter, there are sweets from fruits like orange. Some spices like coriander. The aftertaste is bitter with sweet.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
LoFi (1708) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 3, 2010
Draught. Pours a golden colour with a white head. Aroma and taste has a mild hoppiness, enjoyable, but nothing special.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
weitz15 (533) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 2, 2010
Same color pour as a pale lager. Light yellow. White head. Taste is mildly sweet with mild citrus and mild hops.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Block (2206) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - SEP 2, 2010
Golden orange pour. Sweet aroma. Somewhat fruity. Flavor is light. Pale malts, yeast and light fruit. Sweet finish.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Shag (2834) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - SEP 1, 2010
When you hear you are about to have a 7% ABV IPA you think oh here we go! Then you have it and go "ooooh ok?" Now if someone handed you this and said this is a 5.5% ABV APA you would go "Oh nice, good session beer" But with it being billed as an IPA I was let down a bit. This poured an orange color with a white head. The aroma is faint and contains citrus notes. The flavor is very smooth but not bitter. More malt than hops are present. Some oranges notes going on. There is a grassy undertone that is a little annoying. I’m not one for style ratings but as an IPA this gets lower points than it would if billed as an APA. This is no 400 lbs money but instead a 4 ounce money that sits on your dashboard. Overall this would be a good way to introduce someone to IPAs, but for the seasoned pro it is lacking.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jarow (237) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 30, 2010
Bottle. Pours a pale yellow amber with a white head. Nose is moderate citrus hops, light malts. Light body, some citrus hoppy bitterness, light malt. Refreshing.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ekstedt (6489) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 29, 2010
Draught at Ölrepubliken, Göteborg, Sweden. Shady golden, medium white head. Mild hoppy aroma with faint notes of grapefruit. Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Dry with medium bitterness. Not much to write home about.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kiwano (17) - USA - AUG 28, 2010
A: Amber - head does not stay very long S: Fruit malt smell T: First noticed a sweetness - not overly sweet but almost like wisps of cotton candy balanced with some hoppiness and bitterness. The sweetness stays through for a while until the malt and bitterness stays through the end. Reminded me of some beligian ale characteristics but much lighter? M: Smooth - some carbonation but not fizzy or bubbly D: OK - the sweetness would make it weird to follow with something that has a different type of taste. [ serving type: Chilled bottle poured into a glass]

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kinz (3737) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - AUG 28, 2010
Clear pale orange, slight head. Aroma is lightly of caramel, with a floral and slight citric character - rather English in nature. Big floral hop flavor up front, followed by slight caramel, a bit of a metallic note, and more floral finish. Sort of a big English IPA in character. Not bad, but not my personal favorite hop profile.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
doboy (424) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - AUG 27, 2010
This was an OK chimp. Poured a dark yellow with a lemony aroma. The head laced somewhat on the edge. The fruity taste of lemony hops was ok, and the mouth feel was just OK. I liked the bittering on the back end.


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