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RATINGS: 986   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2   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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RPKLove (105) - Astoria, New York, USA - JUN 17, 2010
Subtle citrus on the nose, definitely bread-like malts, not much in the way of hops. Amber in color, very transparent for an IPA, with a minimal white head. A little bitter at first, slightly metallic, not a whole lot of bite. More of a strong pale ale more than an IPA. Average IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 16, 2010
Clear dark golden with a fluffy white head. Hop aroma of citrus, marijuana, and subtle pine. Taste is big and bready with notes of barley and oats and a decent hops presence. Pretty good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nuffield (3771) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 16, 2010
The label is really awesome--I don’t think it is inconsequential when a brewer puts a little extra into their produce in that way. I prefer the softer IPA style; very much more like a British IPA. But like British bitters and IPAs there is a little that is grassy and uncomfortable about this. Some murkiness. Better with food.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
derekbrown (106) - Greenville, North Carolina, USA - JUN 15, 2010
I had a video review of this beer, along with the crazy label, but alas, Twiddeo didn’t capture my video correctly. Boo. You’ll have to take my word for it: it was good. Not overly hoppy like American-IPAs (it’s a traditional British IPA), slightly more bitter (a good thing), with some definitive straw and grass undertones (also a good thing). Would go great with anything spicy (Vindaloo, Szechuan). I don’t tend to gravitate towards IPAs, but if I do, I grab a traditional IPA…like this one. I also made some notes about it in the video review for Saison Dupont.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hatchattack (255) - Virginia, USA - JUN 15, 2010
Bottle. Poured a yellowish brown color. Aroma of citrus/grapefruit and hops. Taste: carbonated grapefruit juice at first, then a good bite of hops to finish. not as good as I was expecting it to be.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jimhilt (2456) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 14, 2010
Pours a two finger white head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Clear pale amber color. Nose is light grapefruit hops. Flavor is sweet grapefruit with a lingering hoppy aftertaste. $2.15 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
EithCubes (5205) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 10, 2010
Bottle. Juicy tropical fruit nose with crackery crystal underneath. Clear golden body with a large creamy, lacing white head. Taste is very bitter with an aftertaste of English hops, out of balance with malt but not extreme. Medium-full body. Sharp and sort of unredeeming.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kidrobot (103) - Port Charlotte, New Jersey, USA - JUN 9, 2010
Pours a pale amber with a thick foamy white head that leaves moderate layer of lacing. Aroma of caramel notes and British hops... not all that powerful just from the nose. This IPA is more bitter and less hoppy than your run of the mill American IPA. It is a little bit like an amped up bitter I suppose.The hops have some straw flavor. There are some caramel malts. Leaves a minor aftertaste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fred82 (2115) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 9, 2010
8oz or something at Mondial 2010. Thanks to bobsy for this one.
Appearance : Clear yellow, no head.
Aroma : Fruity, floral and grassy.
Taste : Malt, floral and grassy hops. Herbal too and fruity. Finish slightly spicy, grassy and bitter.
Overall : A bit too herbal aqnd grassy for my taste. Nice fruits. Very drinkable and rather refreshing.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
screigh (496) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 8, 2010
Pours slightly darker than an American macro. Huge fluffy white head that sticks around with plenty of lacing. The aroma smells almost exactly like skunky Moosehead or Heineken. Almost tastes like a noble hopped pilsner rather than and English IPA. Off the mark on style in my opinion.

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