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RATINGS: 923   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!


3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
misterbeer (313) - greenwood, Indiana, USA - MAR 13, 2010
12 ounce bottle gold straw pour taste of pine,citrus, finishes with a brutal hop.This beer is ok not great

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
thegreenrooster (3215) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 13, 2010
Pour is an orange with a large whtie head. Aroma is enough pine hops to carry it. Flavor is kinda weak and a big suprise. I was expecting this to be above par like all left hand beers but this was not to be. Some mild malts and a very weak hop presence. This is no two hearted for sure.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - MAR 12, 2010
Has a fairly decent taste, hoppy, earthy, and piney. The aroma is also somewhat hoppy, but nothing too special.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SudsMcDuff (5825) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 12, 2010
click click bloody click.. Pours out a light copper, light foam.. . pretty light in the mouth to with a pretty aggressive bitterness .. goes down very smooth, can see what they were going for.. a big english style in bitterness, but fits the rest of style attributes. .. she said that we fed him dog food!!?!!

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Sammer (1042) - Plano, Texas, USA - MAR 12, 2010
Golden pour from bottle. Pepper and spices on the nose. Fairly weak hop taste. Average stuff from the otherwise solid Left Hand Brewing Company.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 12, 2010
The pour is a clear gold color with a white, average, pillowy head which is somewhat lasting and leaves sporadic lace. The nose is surprisingly malty with cookie, sweet biscuits, light grapefruit, light floral, and some spice. The flavor is still as malty as hoppy; sweet biscuits are prominent, some floral and spice, faint grass, and some grapefruit. The palate is light to medium, soft to lively, and smooth but watery texture. The finish is still sweet with cookie, sweet biscuit, grapefruit, and light spice. A very malty IPA which leads me to think it could be classified differently but nevertheless, a simple beer with a good bitterness and a drinkable nature. Nothing great about this one but still a drinkable beer with no unpleasant notes.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
blazingspiral (170) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - MAR 11, 2010
Obtained 6-pack from Whole Foods Albuquerque, bottled on 02.03.10, tasted on 03.11.10. If this had been marketed as simply an IPA, then I might be disappointed, but the key words "English style" told me what to expect. This is a well-balanced brew with delicious malted barley and wheat blending nicely with Old World hops flavors. Grassy and woodsy tones dominate, and a clean finish encourages me to drink at a steady pace. The 7% alcohol is barely noticed. Fans of assertive ESBs might enjoy this more than fans of American IPAs. Also the label has excellent artwork.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
nick76 (4221) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 9, 2010
The aroma is interesting with grassy hops, dry hay, phenols, esters, malt, doughy yeast, and fruit. The appearance is pale gold with a foamy head. The taste is bitter and malty but strange. The palate is average. Overall this is interesting but that’s all.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 9, 2010
Fresh bottle. Pours a crystal clear medium golden hue, with a small but lasting blanket of bubbly, cream colored froth. Thin, sticky bands of jagged lace cling hard to the glass, coating it well. The nose is straightforward and simple, but clean, showing a base of toasted bread and lightly sweet biscuit. Subdued hops are of the peppery, floral variety, with just a touch of grass. Flavors are masterfully balanced, again showing restraint in both the sweetness levels of the toasty, bready malt, and the bitterness levels of the grassy, peppery wildflower hops. It’s just even keeled, smooth, and crisp throughout. The palate shows substantial weight for a brew of this nature, with moderate carbonation and a lingering, bitter, resinous finish. I’m generally not a big fan of English style IPAs, but this one struck a chord with me. Dangerous at 7%, because it drinks like a session brew. Good stuff.

3.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
milewide (1514) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 8, 2010
Clearly an English IPA with modest hop bitterness, and some hop varieties that I can’t identify. Medium body, and light head.


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