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RATINGS: 956   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
kwerikson (178) - burlington, New Jersey, USA - MAR 24, 2010
pours a pale gold producing a finger thick eggshell head that was thick and fell at a slow rate. the body is a super clear nice gold with only a few bubbles rising in the center of the glass. the aromas are piney and and little citrusy and i also smell hay and grain. a little bit pf pale malts, and a really slight hue of ale yeast. it is light to medium bodied and has an almost creamy mouthfeel. it is amazingly balanced, has good lacing, and finishes really nice and leaves an awsome afertaste. its very refreshing, not "overpowingly" bitter like American style ipa, but has a really good malty backbone and smooths everything out. very good beer, would drink anytime and with any style of food.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Finhead (1246) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2010
A clear golden pour with white small, white head. It has a hop forward aroma with grapefruit. The taste is sort of bittersweet at first, but then turns to straight bitter with an extremely dry finish. Worth a try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 24, 2010
12oz bottle from Hope Valley Bottle Shop. Bright pour, pale orange and fizzy like Orangina. Aroma has some toasted malts in there along with a hint of what comes over like fruit extract, but it’s dominated by dry and lightly musky hops. Crisp and lively palate, certainly brings out the dry demi-sec qualities of the beer but there’s not a whole lot of depth or complexity to the flavors. Appreciate that LH is trying for a deviation from IPA convention here, but it was just okay.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
glennmastrange (2343) - 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 (674) - 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 (3008) - 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 (6427) - 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 (6969) - 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 (1755) - , 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.

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