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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11981) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 6, 2010
SAVOR, 12oz bottle. Small white head atop clear apple juice body. Aroma is moderately sweet, orange, some grapefruit. Taste is medium sweet, orange/grapefruit, light bread/caramel. Light-medium body, some resin.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
coolpop (1394) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JUN 5, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2011 Draft at Magic City Brewfest. Rerating from a bottle. Pours an orangey golden with a medium-sized, very dense and soapy, off white head. Aroma is bread and caramel and citrusy, grassy hops. Flavor follows aroma. Starts malty; nice sweet, biscuity middle; finish starts with grassy, citrus hops and ends with a lot of bitterness. More out and out bitterness and less hop flavor than a typical American IPA.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
Vir4030 (560) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 4, 2010
Medium brown with no head, bitter aroma and flavor. Strong cloves. I didn’t like this beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sammy (9350) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 4, 2010
Mondiale 2010. Bright yellow with a quarter inch of bubbly white head. Some lace. A little yeast in the aroma. Tad of above average mouthfeel. Decent drinking, I like the style that the hopping is not intended to overwhelm the palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUN 3, 2010
(bottle, sampled 2/19/10). Clear gold/light copper color. Medium off white head, which is mostly diminishing. Light grassy hop aroma. Moderate spicy/grassy hop flavor. Long duration. Moderate bitter finish. Slick texture. Moderate carbonation. Fair lacing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
CanIHave4Beers (3539) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JUN 2, 2010
Pours a clear golden color with a very large very tight white head that leaves a bit of lace. Aroma is not particularly pungent, and certainly less so than is expected out of most IPAs. There is some caramel & biscuit toned malts are in there, some mango, some odd stinkiness, and some nice floral notes. This one is pretty damned bitter, which is a good thing but there isn’t a lot of flavor backing up that bitterness. There is some resiny and fruity hop character but really you kind of have to strain for it. The malt is one of the most defined things in the aroma. I generally like my IPAs on the bitter and dry side with very little malt character, there is little doubt that these descriptors fit the bill with this one but I’m dying for a little bit more hop character beyond bitterness. It’s got the grapefruit without the fruity character. With minor tweaking I think this might be wonderful, this is of course wishful thinking.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUN 2, 2010
Tap @ Left Hand. Clear gold with a small white head. Aroma of herbal hops and caramel malt. Flavors are about the same, some sweet malt and a medium hop bitterness. Finishes clean and bitter. This is a solid beer, different than most of the other American IPA’s out there and it hides the alcohol well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mansquito (3998) - Nueva York, New York, USA - JUN 1, 2010
American Beer Distro ($11): 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
italianjohn (2449) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2010
Clear golden orange pour light white head ... aroma of bready malts and a floral hops .... taste of sweet and bready malts and dry bitter hops that extends into the finish .... a great english IPA good change of pace from the usual IPA’s out there

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgb9348 (5022) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAY 30, 2010
Slightly hazy golden coloured orange-tinted body with a light fast-dying white head. Aroma of alcohol, apricots, fresh hops, malt, sugar and a bit of yeast. Medium-bodied; Assertive fresh hops with apricots and malt tucked away and a large piney flavour. Aftertaste is bitter from the hops, but shows very well and a dry oaky flavour is all that remains. Overall, a nice beer - much desired compared to the typical imperial ipa offerings in large bottles! I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Total Wine in McLean, Virginia on 25-May-2010, sampled on the Eastern Shore of Virginia on 30-May-2010.

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