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RATINGS: 993   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
troyc (2870) - Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2010
[Tap] Pours orange in color with some fleeting white head. Aroma of hops, sweet caramel and some floral character. Taste is of controlled bitterness, sweet malts, syrupy citrus and pine. Average mouthfeel and body. Not terribly complex, but there is absolutely nothing wrong with this beer. It’s certainly better than some of the reviews would lead you to believe.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
DietPepsican (1546) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - APR 20, 2010
yellow pour with a small white head. Aroma lead me to believe this was going to suck, flavor proved me right. Astringent hop profile, terrible malt backbone, and a brutally bitter finish without any real hop flavor to back it up. Yack. 4/15/2010 bottle date.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
degbert (1443) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 17, 2010
Poured from bottle. Light nose of citrus and floral notes; not the huge pine/grapefruit bomb you get from most APAs. (Which, given this is described as a English-style IPA, makes sense.) Color is a lambent gold-yello with a marshmallowy head and prominent lace. The flavor is oddly savory and has subdued hops bitterness -- too subdued, in my opinion, though it does come out more as I drink it. It’s OK, I suppose, but it ain’t Meantime.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 17, 2010
on tap at Taco Mac, Windward Pkwy... arrived to the table a deep golden color with a nice 1/4" white head which lasted throughout... 400 lb Monkey is an English style IPA with less bitterness than the typical American IPA... the nose is full of malted barley with some biscuit and light spice notes... medium body with some light fruit notes and low bitter levels... a touch of caramel and spice... an average finish with light English hops and some lemon... overall a good representation of an English IPA, but I prefer the hoppy Americans.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ughsmash (7408) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 16, 2010
Bottled. Poured crystal-clear bright golden with an easily-resuscitated off-white head. The aroma picked up dank floral notes and an orange/pineapple blend over a bit of bready malt.. not bad, bit it didn’t do too much for me. The flavor found the same, sans a little of the dank.. black pepper, citrus and lesser floral bitterness over pale and a touch of bready maltage.. spicy and hot on the finish. Medium-bodied with a bit of an empty feel on the middle.. higher bitterness.. hot and only decently balanced.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Tripplebrew (778) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - APR 16, 2010
Pours a clear lemon yellow with frothy head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is very earthy with very floral notes - lavender flavor is floral. Mild lemon. Body is light with light carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gustav1996 (333) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - APR 16, 2010
Poured a clear gold with a small white head. Aroma & taste: hops, some malt, mild citrus & pine. Finish was short with a mild bitterness. Overall: good... but more on the average side.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jeremytoni (3018) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - APR 15, 2010
From a bottle poured a clear straw color with a small amount of head. Nice light hoppy flavor with a quick finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwatson44 (7) - longmont, Colorado, USA - APR 15, 2010 does not count
Interesting and tasty interpretation of an english style ipa. Not overly malty and very balanced with a grassy hop character. Great addition to their lineup of beers!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
hopscotch (10210) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 15, 2010
Bottle… Crystal clear amber ale with a mid-sized, fluffy white head that sticks around pretty much forever. The nose is biscuity and mashy with a delicate, spicy, European hop component. Medium-bodied with a dry mouthfeel and lively carbonation. The flavor leans just a touch on the bitter side of balance. Mostly bland, but there is a nice, interesting, little pinch of salt in there. Crisp, fairly clean, very dry finish. Flawless, but sort of nondeScript. There’s just not a whole lot to it. I guess this is why I’m not a big fan of English IPAs. Certainly an easy drinker.

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