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RATINGS: 1008   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (7330) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 5, 2010
St Petersburg, Fl. - Rollin’ Oats Health Food Store - 12 oz bottle. Murky medium orange pour with a sticky white head that leaves a nice sticky coat of lacing. Aroma is initially that of toe-jam bit if mellows out after a while to something approximating orange marmalade. Nice subtle bitterness with some apricots, a bit of light citrus, hint of mint. Mouthfeel is nice and thick.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
larsniclas (6690) - Billdal, SWEDEN - AUG 5, 2010
Sampled at SBWF09 Golden with a small, bubbly head. Really hoppy, grassy aroma. Loads of dry, hoppy bitterness. Maybe a bit too bitter. Fresh and fruity flavour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 3, 2010
Hazy yellow-orange, whitish cover, spotty lacing. Aroma is fruity esters, pear, spicy hops, bready doughy malt. Taste is more spicy hops, spicy esters, some pale fruits, apple, pear.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gringo332 (610) - Richardson, Texas, USA - AUG 1, 2010
Very Fluffy head with a very impressive lacing, large clumps of fluff form rings around the glass as it goes down. Aroma is nonexistent. The flavor is creamy, mostly from the head, hoppy, smooth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cgarvieuk (21585) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 31, 2010
bottle at chris o pre GBBF tasting ... ight fruit hop ... light ruit hop ... dull soft hop ... ok ... light bitter

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 30, 2010
Pours a pale gold sporting a very small white head, quickly fading. Just a slight haze and some sediment in the bottle. Nose is of breads, toast, nutty malt, herbal hops and maybe just a little sourness. no fruity esters. Taste is again balanced with evident English malt and earthy hops. no citrus but sweet. bitterness is there but weak. Finishes with a lingering earthy hop profile and noticeable London yeast character. Seems like a good English example. not my favorite style but I like it better than others I’ve had.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BREWMUSKCLES (2558) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 28, 2010
nice and powerful malted barley beer gives an almost harsh component to the hops that are powerful enough to compete. yeasty wheat adds just a touch to the mouthfeel and a deep caramel British style ale component leaves this a satisfying brew indeed! tastes dark and really isn’t. nice ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - JUL 28, 2010
12 oz bottle. Pours a hazy orange. The aroma is spicy hops and raisins. The flavor is grassy and spicy hops with some caramel beneath it. Assertive bitterness in the finish. Decent for what it is.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Borresteijn (6359) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - JUL 28, 2010
355ml Bottle from De Bierkoning. Slightly hazy golden orange colour, white head. Aroma of slightly stale hops, a little fruity, light metallic, a bit of caramel. Flavour is light sweet, light fruity, light malty, piney bitterness underneath, caramel, hoppy and slightly metallic bitter finish. Light to medium bodied. Refreshing, easy drinking, but not outstanding.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rougeau13 (2595) - Richmond, Texas, USA - JUL 28, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2016 Bottle from a variety pack. A little sweet, a little buttery, annoyingly bitter. Weak.

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