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RATINGS: 1002   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BREWMUSKCLES (2471) - 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 (5851) - 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 (2301) - Richmond, Texas, USA - JUL 28, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2010 A little sweet, a little buttery, very bitter to the detriment of everything else

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Arnie (274) - Chicagoland, IL, Illinois, USA - JUL 27, 2010
Bottled. IPA nose, hoppy, but with some floral hints. Taste is hoppy, mild fruity/citrus flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Embrouille (2831) - SWITZERLAND - JUL 27, 2010
Bottled 355ml. Very pleasnat nose. Hop accented- of course. A very happy sleuthing... Good bitterness. Above my expectations.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mjmcend (209) - USA - JUL 24, 2010
Orange-golden with a fizzy white head and clear for an IPA. Aroma is of muted flowers, light fruit, and minimal hops. Taste is crisp, slightly flowery, and dry with a bit of bitter semi-sweet chocolate in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - JUL 22, 2010
Name doesn’t fit but this one isn’t bad as a more English style IPA. Bottle pours a hazy golden body with a small offwhite head that leaves attractive patchy lacing. Aroma is citrusy hops that are more apricot and lemon than grapefruit. Taste follows suit with the addition of grassy hop bitterness and a biscuity malt presence that has some caramel sweetness. Alcohol is well hidden. Very approachable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MesandSim (7118) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 19, 2010
A Mes rate. Draught at the White Horse.
I quite like this although I’m sure it’s not most peoples cup of tea. Clean mid gold colour with a thin but lasting white head. Incredibly cheesy aroma. It really is just full on cheese but I like it. Almost Stilton funk. Some feet in there too along with some poo and barnyard, the whole lot. I’ve never experienced such cheesy malt. Madness. The flavour is not quite so good. No cheese, just a fairly standard blonde with not much character. Faint earthy note in the finish is reallypleasant though. Pretty standard stuff to be honest, I just really like the cheese malt aroma.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
sloth (2717) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JUL 19, 2010
OK head and lace, retention too. Clear gold/light copper in color. Nose is grassy, lightly fruity and grainy. Thin bodied, pushy carbonation. Light grassy flavors, some cardboard, spicey, lightly floral. Fairly dry, light bitter finish. Intro IPA. Thanks Robert!

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