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RATINGS: 890   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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bblack99 (526) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - APR 10, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2010 #5 from the flight at the brewery. Not for everybody is true, since this one doesn’t feel quite like an IPA. They list it as an ’English’ IPA at 6.6. I can see that, since this one is more like an ESB than a fruity IPA. Pale pale orange with a foamy white cap. The aroma is woody and earthy, and flavors are similar. Caramel sweetness is subdued, but apparent with an interesting mix of hops. Smooth leading to creamy finish...not normal for the style, but grew on me as I wrote this on my phone.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - APR 8, 2010
Aroma somewhat light pine,caramel malt comes through eventually,also light, flavor is primarily hopping,bittering hopping,malt backing is merely balancing,light bitterness left on tongue at finish. Seems to bitter to be considered an English IPA, the hops are fine,making this an acceptable IPA, not distinctive enough that you should prefer this to your locally made IPA

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - APR 8, 2010
Floral, herbal Simcoe nose. (guessing) Bright gold, light lacing. Crackermeal malt, more Simcoe hops, and a touch of honeysuckle. Tasty but kind of simple.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Juelze (1135) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - APR 10, 2010
Pours a rich golden color. Aroma is biscuity with some vegetal toasted malt and light caramel and butterscotch. Taste is light fruity hops with a big rich caramel malt and a dose of toasted grain in the swallow. Not a big fan of english style IPAs but this was pretty good.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
scoth (465) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 9, 2010
Pours clear golden, with a medium off-white head, fine clinging lacing. Aromas of grapefruit, hay, biscuit, and vegetable. Medium light body, creamy, crisp, lightly dry. Minimal sweetness up-front, a hint of dough, medium bitterness mid-palate through the finish, mostly grapefruit, with more subtle notes of grass and pine. Very satisfying and drinkable. Closer to an ESB in style than the typical IPA.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 5, 2010
Bottle courtesy of jbye4334. Poured a clear, light golden color with a large, lasting, soapy white head. Very good looking beer. Toasted grain and floral hops drive the nose, light spice note is also present. Medium body with a crisp mouth feel and lively carbonation. Flavor is toasted biscuity malt with really earthy hops which provide note of pine, grass, herbs, and flowers. Light notes of caramel and bread are there as is a astringent aspirin like bitterness which I do not care for. Finishes with more of this aspirin or bile like bitterness. meh...

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dionysus (1449) - Arizona, USA - APR 4, 2010
First off, i’m truly shocked at the number of people who get tunnel vision when it comes to IPA’s for some reason. Apparently if it doesn’t decimate your tongue, or rip the enamel from your teeth, people don’t feel that it’s a "good" IPA. Being an American, i blame it on our aggressive lifestyle and inability to deviate from what’s trendy and popular. Well i’m gonna climb off my soapbox now and get down to the real deal. Bottle pours orange with a fair size off white head that leaves some lacing. Aroma shows biscuit, butterscotch, orange peel, tea leaves, wood, pine, and some nice florals. Flavor shows all the same, and more. I only had 1 bottle of this at the time and I would like to sit down with at least several more to fully appreciate what’s in there. Overall it starts lightly sweet, and finishes dry and light to moderately bitter. Bravo, it’s nice to see an IPA that isn’t just citrus, caramel, and pine.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dwaggs2 (1297) - Jefferson City, Missouri, USA - APR 10, 2010
Can I say average? Down the line, this beer is average. Would call this more a pale ale then IPA. Light yellow pour with a two finger white head that goes quick. Leaves some lacing on the side of the glass. Aroma was sweet caramel. Flavor was very well balcanced sweetness. Caramel on the tongue that turns into some bitter aftertaste. I would give this beer another chance as it was a single on a create your own 6 pack.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
markwise (4320) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 7, 2010
Am I the only one that thought this beer was ok? I am all for relatively sessionable IPAs, but I thought this one was so-so. Pours slight hazy gold with a white head. Nose is malt, biscuit, grass, and citrus hops. Flavor is similar with a fair amount of malt and some hops. Light to medium body and ok.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TheBeerGod (5053) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - APR 8, 2010
Bottle. Amber bodied with a short, white head. Aroma is herbal hops, floral hops, light toasted malt and citrus fruit. Taste is bigger citrus notes, milder herbal hops, light spicy hops, toasted malt, hint of honey, toffee and lemon juice. Body is soft and creamy with a light-medium overall feel. Slight prickliness from the carbonation. Ends with more spicy hops, light grass, herbal notes, toasted malt, toffee and citrus fruit.


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