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RATINGS: 889   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!


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (5869) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2010
Draft sample at Cincy Beerfest. Pours a clear amber color with a centimeter-thick off-white head. Aroma of hops, citrus, caramel malts, grass, and earthy notes. Flavor follows suit, with wet hops, orange citrus, caramel malts, and a nice grassiness rounding it out. Medium-bodied, with average carbonation. Wet, grassy mouthfeel. Nice, straightforward IPA. I’m surprised at the 7% ABV, and would have guessed it was under 6%.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DScanlon (70) - Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2010
Pours an orangey yellow with a typical IPA foamy head. Aroma of caramel malts, piney and some citrus hops. Suprisingly less hoppy than I would imagine, but this isn’t a bad thing. Overall a good IPA.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 22, 2010
Pours a rich clear copper with a tan head. Aroma is caramel, crystal malts, some herbal notes, and juicy citrus hops. Flavor is caramel, some toast, and a sour tart bitter spicy astringent finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jumpjet2k (314) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 12, 2010
On tap at the Draught House in Austin. Clear orange-tan in color with a small head and big lacing. Citrus hops and sweet malt on the aroma. Flavor has sweet bready malt and some citrus/piney hops. I’d originally guessed a barleywine as the style, not an IPA, so evidently the hops aren’t exactly strong enough for that 7%. Not a bad beer to drink a pint of, but it’s more like 250 lb, not 400.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
adrian910ss (2277) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2010
On draft at Rattle n Hum, Pours a cloudy amber with a medium off white head. Aroma of tangy hops. Taste is tangy with a bitter hop presence.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 8, 2010
(Sample Date: 8/12/2009 Source:Capital Ale House - Downtown) Mostly clear amber orange with frothy white head. Caramel with citrus orange spiciness. Citrus orange hop nose and flavor. Slightly grainy with floral notes also. Very dry bitter finish. Definitely pushing an Imperial.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JAN 4, 2010
Tap at Flying Saucer.
Pours a dense, rich cheddar orange with a thick, lingering white head. Aroma is peachy grapefruit and sour fruit bread. Flavor is dry, airy pilsner-soaked grapefruit and sour straw. Decent mouthfeel. Very sessionable.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Maddog (377) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2010
I am shocked at how bad this beer was. Draft at Chappy’s, normally, a very good beer bar south of Dayton, OH. The pour was clear gold with no head and hardly any aroma. The flavor was bland, lifeless and without hops at all. I tasted like old jolly ranchers candy. Honestly, it was the worst ipa I ever had. Worse than Shipyard IPA. Terrible.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
WisconsinBeer (700) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 1, 2010
Tap. Pours a very clear pale orangish yellow color. Huge hop aromas. Flavor is roasted biscuity caramel followed by candy sugars. Medium bodied and slightly fizzy. Slight chalky mineral notes with a hp wallop finish.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ericcassidy (38) - Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2009
dry, wheaty, a little alcoholic, malty. I thought it was ok, but probably won’t persue further.


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