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RATINGS: 1009   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2/5   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - APR 24, 2010
Bottled on 020310. Poured orange with an off-white head that settle to a ring and left light lace. Aromas of subdue hops. The flavor found light hops, a caramel backing, and grass. Medium body and medium bitterness.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ajwilliams (132) - , Indiana, USA - APR 22, 2010
Pours and looks average. No aroma unless you try really hard. The flavor is ok, nothing really special, although the aftertaste is interesting if you think about it enough. This beer has nothing to make it stand out. The label is cool though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2010
Single bottle buy from Binny’s in Orland Park, IL: This poured a golden body with a foamy white head that provided plenty of lace. The aroma had grainy malt with lemon and herbs. The flavor added a touch of butterscotch, but the hoppy spices toned that down. The finish had an earthy bitterness. Not bad, but more like an EPA than an IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - APR 22, 2010
Pours a crisp golden color with a medium soapy white head which fades rather quickly leaving a few streaks of lacing. Aroma is pistachio, melon, and light citrus. Taste is light citrus up front, melon, and a odd pistachio nuttiness finish. Kinda weird.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beernovice39 (3270) - Idaho, USA - APR 21, 2010
Cloudy yellow pour with tiny white head. Scent of malt, citrus and hops. Taste isa nice balance bretween bread and bitter. Dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
imeshuggahi (31) - golden, Colorado, USA - APR 20, 2010
People complaining about the ineffective hop characteristics of this beer should read the %$!@ing label. It is an English IPA, and a damn good one at that. Herbal, earthy aromas penetrate your nostrils, and a nice balance of malt and bitterness cleanse your palate. I am not a big fan of English IPA’s, but this is a good one. I urge the public to learn a brewers intention before criticizing, and thus diminishing their credibility as a beer connoisseur

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
troyc (2869) - 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 (1586) - @ $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 (1705) - 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.

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