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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 23, 2010
Pour is slightly hazed bright golden orange with a thin off white head that stuck to the glass well...smell is lightly toasty with some light hints of resin and grapefruit...taste is nicely balanced between some toasted bread and light bitterness...sadly there is a hint of cardboard in there too...this could have been a really solid IPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Botnik (142) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 22, 2010
12oz bottle, medium amber with a moderate white head, Tasted a bit weak when cold. I accidentally left a full bottle open on the counter overnight. It tasted better at room temp.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 20, 2010
Hazy amber with a big foamy white head. Aroma is amazingly skunky, not what I’d expect initially from an IPA. Floral hops come out but it seems to be dominated mostly by skunked noble hops. There’s some bready malt behind but nothing that makes me want to dive right in. Taste pretty much falls in line with the aroma, but a bit of west coast style hops enter into the fray, but the noble hops just don’t do it for me here. Some caramel/bready sweetness, minor bitterness. The monkey is still firmly on their back, why not just make warrior the year round IPA?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mjs (5789) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 20, 2010
(Draught at Oliver Twist) Poured pale amber and clear. Head was medium sized and white. Aroma contained hops, grass and mildly malts. Palate was medium bodied and dry with medium carbonation. Flavours were hops, malts, grass, toffee, lightly fruitiness and bitterness. Aftertaste was bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MmmcKay (1052) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - MAY 17, 2010
Very good beer from Let Hand but not great. I agree with another rater in that the finishing hops need some work. I like British style IPAs. The restraint and delicacy isn’t often shown in American IPAs. Left Hands’ attempt is a touch Extremely Boring. With some tinkering though, I think it could be great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
22415brewery (379) - Washington, USA - MAY 15, 2010
A good english ipa, not necessarily true to form however a very quaffable ale overall. Neutral flavor profile with no distinguishingly unique characteristics. I do not see any reason to go out of my way to find this beer. Could use a little more body and more finishing hops, however smooth malt is a plus.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gpekar (484) - Florida, USA - MAY 15, 2010
Poured a lightly hazy golden amber waith a tall creamy white head. There was a good amount of carbonation bubbles rising in the glass. The initial aroma was floral, then a good bit of malt sweetness followed by what I thought to be apricots. The texture of the beer was slightly creamy and it had a good bit of carbonation. The initial taste had a nice mellow hops bite followed by a malt sweetness along the lines of toffee that balanced well with the hops. The bitterness remained for awhile and reminded me of the white part of a citrus rind. The hops and malt married well for a nice smooth finish that faded away slowly. The head left a nice bit of lacing. A very nice IPA true to the English style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dmac (5087) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAY 14, 2010
12 oz bottle from EZ. Pours a clear orange amber with a small frothy white head. Aroma of grass, nutts, citrus, fresh hops, English toffee and bread. Medium bodied with lively carbonation and a slightly creamy full mouthfeel. Flavor of grain, nutts, citrus rind, crust and fresh hops. Good stuff for a slightly different take on an IPA.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (13219) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 12, 2010
Bottle from Malt & Vine. Pours amber gold with a slight white head. Aroma suggests celery? Medium body with mild carbonation. Flavor is astringent and weird. It seems thinnish and herby. And malty. However, whatever this is comes together fairly well. It is tasty, but it’s difficult to sort out the flavors. Definitely a bitter finish. Goes pretty astringent. Almost puckering. Whatever it is, it’s good. But pretty different.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dirt55 (198) - Washington, USA - MAY 11, 2010
Bottled crystal clear yellow with foamy white head, balanced floral hops with sweet bready malt aroma, big hop flavor up front with toasted malt followed by nice presence of hop bitters, light/med body with medium carb and residual hops on palate

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