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RATINGS: 943   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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
WesKBob (563) - Bethany, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 19, 2010
Pours a clear golden orange. Thin off white head that dissipates quickly. Nice aroma of sweet orange and grapefruit hops. Flavor, though, is disappointing. Similar to aroma, but just seems watered down and messy. Nothing really stands out. Mouthfeel is watery and no aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Arayaga2 (1810) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 18, 2010
Clear golden with a big foamy white head and small carbonation bubbles. Aroma is lemon-orange hops with herbaceous notes, but not that prominent. Taste has pithy grapefruit bitterness with high mid-palate bitterness and a bit of fruitiness mitigated by minerality. Mouthfeel is a bit thin and watery, but carbonation is adequate to give it some life. $2/12oz

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SpringsLicker (3169) - Tennessee, USA - MAR 18, 2010
Pours a clear medium amber with a tall, lasting, frothy white head. Since the bottle states English Style IPA, I will give that some judgment. Light, slightly floral hop aroma. A bit of mint and a pinch of wet rotting wood as well. The flavor profile stays almost perfectly balanced until the very end when it wobbles to the sweet side. Light to medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
swanmann (627) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 18, 2010
From the bottle, this brew poured clear amber/ honey-colored capped by fluffy off-white foam, holding for a couple minutes. Light lacing. Aroma is heavy with pine, grass, toffee. The hop profile in the flavor is fairly complex, with semi-metallic bitter high notes and aspirin-like earthy bitter low notes, balanced with semi-sweet caramel and biscuit flavors. I would say it’s medium to full bodied with a medium finish. The booze is well hidden. A solid offering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 18, 2010
Bottled. Gold with small white head. Aroma is grapefruit, grass, and pine. Flavor is sweet hops and booze along with more grapefruit and some more grass. Ends bitter resin.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rajendra82 (959) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - MAR 17, 2010
When poured into a pint glass, the body looked a shade paler than the typical IPA amber, but the clarity and one finger thick head still made it quite nice to behold. The smell was very floral and timid, making it seem more like an APA than IPA. The taste was pleasing, but lacked that bitter punch I like. Instead I got more of a balanced approach with a bit of soapy bitterness. The body was medium thick and a little sticky, and the beer was very easy to drink. Maybe a n nit too easy. Could stand to be buffed a bit more.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Odde (308) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 16, 2010
transparent amber eggshell head. light floral, almost fruity nose with big hoppy bitterness that becomes a little taxing. medium carbonation, dry finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
zizzybalubba (1497) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - MAR 16, 2010
12 oz. bottle from Total Wine in Chesapeake, VA. Dark yellowish-orange pour with a thin white head. Aroma of grassy hops, dirt, and just a bit of skunkiness. The flavor is a little better but not by much. I can’t say that I taste anything skunky but I do taste what I could only describe as a dirt flavor. With all of the IPAs out there this is not one I would seek out. Not bad, but very disappointing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
emacgee (4137) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAR 16, 2010
Pours a translucent light amber with a one finger frothy white head. Nose is eathy and herbal, mildly spicy, some caramelly sweetness, nice English yeast character. Flavor has a harsh bitterness, herbal and hoppy, mild peanut shell character, some spice, astringent. Lasting bitterness on the palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
thornecb (4530) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 13, 2010
Pours bright gold into a shaker. Bright white head mottles and recedes leaving slight spiders. Slight sour toast aromas. Full upfront with hot pineapple turning astringent with sour dark caramel and resin.

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