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RATINGS: 1008   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gutowski (3) - USA - MAY 5, 2010 does not count
I don’t have a lot of experience with English pale ales, so here goes. Color is dark clear gold with a white head that dissipates quickly. Taste is medium bitter on the front end, then a hint of pineapple?? toward the back of the tongue. Maybe pine. Body is light to medium; carbonation is has a nice bite; finish is bitter. I tend to like bitter beers more than sweet, so this one isn’t bad. Overall, I’d rate this beer pretty good, but I think I’d rather load up my fridge with other varieties. Also, cool label.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
brewski519 (644) - Morrisville, North Carolina, USA - MAY 5, 2010
Pours a clear copperish color with a medium white head. Aroma of caramel, bread, grapefruit, and flowers. Malty flavor with hints of caramel, pine, and bread with a medium finish. Not a bad brew but nothing outstanding.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
WabashMan (1024) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - MAY 4, 2010
While not the depth or variety of flavors necessary to be a truly exceptional IPA, this was a tasty and enjoyable offering from Left Hand. Of particular note was the appearance of the beer, which had a bright orange, less-coppery-than-usual color, complemented by a creamy, slightly off white head.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bludwig (31) - USA - MAY 2, 2010
Alright, what we have here is an English-style IPA. Interesting considering that nowadays IPA drinkers seem to be fixated on the huge hop American style. I hope this beer gets a fair shake and folks rate the ale on what it is supposed to be, not what it is not. Aroma: This ale has a light citrus bouquet with herbal/spicy undertones. After a few swirls and sniffs, a light bready/ biscuity malt aroma appears. Appearance: The head was not very big to begin with, but the lacing has remained and covers the whole top of the beer which is nice to see. This could be a sign of good carbonation. The color is a very nice golden amber hue which is a pleasant change from the deep ruby amber color associated so often with IPA’s. Taste/Palate: This beer starts with a bitter hop feel which prickles with the mild acidity and carbonation down the center of your palate. There is a very different feeling to this beer, an almost earthy feeling bitterness with just a hint of pine resin which drys out the still very light malt body. When exhaling after each sip I get a light caramel flavor accentuated on my palate which finally finishes dry and mildly citrusy. Overall: I would like to try this beer next to some other British IPA’s to get a solid comparison, but the very well balanced dry finishing ale feels like they hit the nail on the head. The emphasis on well balanced and crafted beers is what Left Hand is known for and this beer does not disappoint.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tmgiddings (41) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAY 2, 2010
12oz bottle - Pours yellow/orange with a thing speckled head. Aroma is citrus and caramel, and taste is black tea, citrus and bready malt with a bitter tea finish. Mouthfeel is dry. Not a typical IPA. It certainly won’t please the average hophead, but I enjoyed this beer. Very original.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bigbish (688) - California, USA - MAY 1, 2010
I like this beer. In the era of overhopped American IPAs, this is a little different. A great balance of hops and malts so you could actually drink it all day long. Good stuff.

   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 (8159) - 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.

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