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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ughsmash (7508) - 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 (3029) - 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 (10658) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
BOLTZ7555 (3014) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 14, 2010
This was terrible. Herbal, oddly sweet, grassy, missing the hoppy citrus and acidic notes. A bit of an abomination. Appearance might be it’s most redeeming quality and even that didn’t impress.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - APR 12, 2010
Bottle courtesy of jbye4334. Pours copper with an off white head. Smells of earth, some resiny hints. Tastes earthy with some tea, resin, spicy. Average.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerGuyTWMore (128) - Florida, USA - APR 10, 2010
Golden orange pour with off white bubbly head. All pine and malt nose. Taste is sweet toffee/caramel malt-alittle biscuity, with some pine and astringent finish. Def an English stylee pale ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dwaggs2 (1297) - Jefferson City, Missouri, USA - APR 10, 2010
Can I say average? Down the line, this beer is average. Would call this more a pale ale then IPA. Light yellow pour with a two finger white head that goes quick. Leaves some lacing on the side of the glass. Aroma was sweet caramel. Flavor was very well balcanced sweetness. Caramel on the tongue that turns into some bitter aftertaste. I would give this beer another chance as it was a single on a create your own 6 pack.

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