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RATINGS: 913   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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
glennmastrange (2226) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - MAR 24, 2010
Bottle. Light to moderate straw and roasted for the malt, moderate spruce for the hops, light sweat for the yeast and hints of pepper and paper. Head is small, frothy, white with an excellent thin coating of lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is clear amber. Flavor starts lightly sweet, acidic and bitter then finishes lightly acidic and moderately bitter. Palate is medium, oily, and has a soft carbonation. A good IPA with nice flavor, but a little thin on aroma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mohnjyers (19) - Florida, USA - MAR 23, 2010
Single bottle, Nice aroma and color. Taste is a letdown, doesn’t sit well on the tongue. Just an average Pale Ale. Would not buy again.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
carboloader (673) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 23, 2010
On tap at Hobbit Cafe (at least at the moment, as their "seasonal IPA"). Whatever. When it arrived I took one whiff and asked if this was the right brew. It certainly didn’t smell like an IPA. It was transparent yellow-orange with a small white head. It tasted like a plain old pale ale (of the English variety at that) with bready, yeasty flavors instead of the typical fruity, grassy hop pucker. If anything, it seemed watery. And this was my first brew that evening, so it’s not like it was contaminated by a Stone Ruination beforehand. What I did notice with 4 gulps was the alcohol kick and the apparent alcohol favor. But it was still decidedly average. I would call it a British Pale Ale if it were me. It is in no way in the same league as typical West Coast IPAs. Not even close. Embarrassing, actually. They said it was supposed to be different. I guess they succeeded at that.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Palidor19 (2930) - Brandon, Florida, USA - MAR 23, 2010
this is an average style of IPA but its the kind of average that makes one drinkable for many rounds. both the malts and hops are refreshing clear and crisp. bitterness is present but very mild in comparison

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ernest (6163) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 22, 2010
Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy/fizzy, white, mostly diminishing. Body is medium to dark yellow. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), moderately hoppy (flowers, apricot, grapefruit), lightly to moderately yeasty (dough), with a note of aspirin. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. A bit doughy and aspirin-like in the nose, but otherwise has a pleasant flowery and fruity hop aroma. A bit citric/sour for my tastes in the mouth, but reasonably well balanced. Pretty average overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sebletitje (6602) - Enghien, BELGIUM - MAR 21, 2010
pours clear golden, white head. Aroma of grassy hops, grainy nose with touch of wheat, hints of citrus. Flavors, spicy hops, citrus. light malt with a touch of grassy hops, nice underlying roasted malt directly followed by bitter hops, grapefruit and citrus. Light grainy palate. Left Hand’s IPA version of ESB?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
BroSpud (1673) - , Massachusetts, USA - MAR 21, 2010
12oz bottle. Pours a pale amber with a slight head. Although I love me an IPA this one came off somewhat sub-par. The taste somehow seemed a bit watered down. OK but certainly not great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
taphandle (1135) - Texas, USA - MAR 21, 2010
Dark yellow with a very frothy head. Aroma of honey and a bit of grass. Taste was surprisingly a bit harsh at first - and a smokey or spicy finish catches you off guard. The taste goes back to a resin or sap. As the beer went down, I got used to the different flavors running through it and "learned" to appreciate it. It’s one of those beers where you need to drink the full bottle or a six pack before I’d think you would begin to understand it. Unfortunately for this beer, I’m rating this one after only one bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MeadMe (1284) - Riverview, Florida, USA - MAR 21, 2010
On tap at mellow mushroom. A: Pours an amber shade with a nice off white head. Nice retention and some lace. S: Aromas of mostly of hops. Mostly floral but there are notes of citrus as well. T: Flavor is mildly boozy for the style. Nice citrus with hints of more sweet pine. The herbal hops are there along with light hints of sweet candy malts that attempt to provide balance. M: Medium in body, harsh hops in the middle with a mild lingering bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
puggy211 (711) - cordova, Tennessee, USA - MAR 20, 2010
Very clear golden amber body with a medium foamy white head. Sweet floral and cityrus hop aroma. Good citrus and floral hop flavor. Medium body with moderate carbonation.

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