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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 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
keith0718 (434) - Kansas, USA - MAY 1, 2010
Where’s the "India" in this India pale ale? No significant hop character or aroma. Unremarkable even considered as a pale ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - MAY 1, 2010
12oz. bottle served in a shaker pint. Poured a clear gold with a finger of white head. Restrained hop aroma with some caramel malt. Definitely more on the malty side. Light to medium bodied. More caramel malt. Hops are pretty subtle but show up with some drying in the finish. The first bottle of the six I drank almost seemed infected, but the others were better. Didn’t seem that English to me. I expect more of a soft fruitiness from the yeast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ibrew2or3 (7777) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 29, 2010
Courtesy of jcwattsrugger. Pours clear gold with frothy off white head. The aroma is mild with a vitamin pill quality followed by spicy and pine hops. The taste is sweet with malts moving toward earthiness, spicy hops and then ending with sort of a water mouth feel.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
swenocha (81) - Franklin, Tennessee, USA - APR 29, 2010
Golden pour. Earthy and sweet aroma. Slight bitter, earthy hop flavor. Bready, biscuity, a little sweet. All right, but not among my favorite IPAs. Certainly drinkable, but the bready/sweet character isn’t working for me.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jtclockwork (12133) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 29, 2010
Pours gold. Aroma is week and slightly floral. Yeasty mouthfeel. Some herbs and resin with a tad bit of a bitter finish. Rated on 4/8/10

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badgerben (4722) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - APR 28, 2010
Gold color with a large head. Dusty hop aroma. Earthy and grainy flavor. Fairly dry and a little more than moderate bitterness. Simple, but solid.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - APR 28, 2010
gold pour with a decent white head. Aroma is slightly grainy/grassy. some biscuity malt. light herbal hop. flavour is earthy, slightly yeasty. Pretty good balance between hop/malt. Bready-biscuity malt and an herbal hop that leaves a bit of a vegetative bitterness in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
topherh (1917) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - APR 27, 2010
Bottle pours clear golden with a white head. Aroma is fruity, grassy hops, and sweet malt. Flavor is bready, spicy herbal hops, citrus, and earthy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
nearbeer (4473) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 27, 2010
12 oz. Crystal clear, orange-tinted gold with a lasting eighth-inch of creamy foam. Faint nose of fresh orange, sweet earth and resin. Tastes of earthy caramel, tea leaf, and orange on front. Nice finish of resiny pine, bitterish green herb, oak, and lightly peppery citrus zest. Light-medium body is smoothly carbonated (but a bit more than English style), barely watery so as to be a good session ale, and very well-balanced. Wow, the 7% is well hidden and this is a dangerously drinkable brew. This one is right on the mark for a great traditional IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerona97 (2397) - Washington, USA - APR 26, 2010
Clear orange, frothy white head. Aroma of floral hops, caramel and orange rind. Taste is mild bitterness and sweetness. Medium body, soft carbonation.

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