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RATINGS: 891   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!


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChainGangGuy (4281) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - NOV 12, 2009
Appearance: Pours out a clear, light copper-hued body with a medium-small, but lasting, white head. Slight, slender lacing on the way down. Smell: Initially, a whiff of vaguely sweet-scented malts greet the nose, followed by hop notes of pine needles and oil-soaked, fresh tangerine rinds and a pervasive earthy overtone. Taste: Standard pale maltiness, lightly grainy and sweet, with just a teeny iota of sweet almond. The hop character is predominately earthy, but there’s also tastes of white pine and tangerine oil. Moderate bitterness. The finish is reasonably dry with a lingering hint of raw barley in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Drinkability: Overall, a decent brew to drink; it’s hop-forward, certainly, but not overbearing and could pair with a wide variety of foods. I opted for Taco Mac’s Smothered Kettle Chips. I and other previous reviewers agree that the name is a bit misleading -- it’s less a palate-ravaging 400lb Monkey as it is a Curious George. Ah, that lovable lil’ scamp.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (4546) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2009
Sampled on draft at Zeno’s in State College PA this beer poured a golden color with a large white head. The aroma was dryish and fruity with a touch of pine. The flavor was dry, tangy, fruity and had light undertones of pine and spice. Medium finish. Medium body. Ok.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 2, 2009
On tap at the brewery during GABF 2009. Pours a dark yellow color with thin white head. Aroma is sweet and floral with notes of honey, spice, floral hops, light grapefruit and pine. Flavor is generally about the same. Medium body with a floral hop finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 31, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2010 Pours bright golden with a mostly receding off-white head. Notes of mango, sour citrus, earthy hops and pale malt. Medium bodied with moderate resins and lively carbonation.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (9883) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 25, 2009
Petty delicious. Had some from the tap at Rattle n Hum. Pours a nice golden hue, modestly hazy. Nose of hops, pine and some light fruits. Flavor is a lovely variety of hoppiness. Well balanced between hops and some malts. Medium body. Nice, clean finish with some lip-smacking bitterness. Solid.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
notalush (4645) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 24, 2009
Tap at the brewery - pours a hazy straw color, with a fluffy, substantial head - fairly tropical in aroma and flavor, with pineapple and apricot being most dominant - potent, spicy, herbal hops - medium-bodied, with a bit of yeastiness, but the crispness of the hops still makes it kind of refreshing - dry, medium-bitter finish, with lingering citrus rind character - a tasty and balanced IPA.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
awiseman01 (469) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - OCT 15, 2009
On tap at Shallo’s. Pours clear golden orange. Nose is pretty weak with some floral/fruit notes, but not a whole lot of hops to be found. Taste is very light and similar to the nose...if this is an IPA, where are the hops? Very odd tasting, and really not that bad...a little refreshing in fact, but very dissapointing for being classified as an IPA.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - OCT 12, 2009
on tap 9/17/2009 at papago. not sure on what to call the color but slightly hazy maple stained-orange-coppery-amber-brownish should work. it has a clingy white head and very faint nose. there’s some pine in it mixed with mild caramel notes, apricots maybe, spiciness from hops, orange and grass. the carbonation is soft and the palate is a touch on the sweet side. this combination gives the medium body a syrupy texture. the flavor is the same as the aroma... fairly mild but really well balanced... which is bad for me from an ipa. this shit is definitely not bananas... 6/4/6/3/13/3.2

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - OCT 3, 2009
On tap @ 1702 - Poured a light golden color with a small white head. Light lacing. Aroma is light floral and pine hops. Flavor is light hops and toasted malt. Medium body. Decent, but not a lot going on for an IPA. Worth a try.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Svesse (5908) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - OCT 3, 2009
(Draught at Stockholm Beer Festival, 19 Sep 2009) Amber colour with frothy, off-white head. Hoppy, fruity nose with notes of grapefruit, pineapple and lots of fresh hops. Fruity, hoppy taste with grapefruit, pineapple, dried apricots, orange peel and fresh hops in the finish. Slightly above medium body, balanced sweetness. Generous citrussy bitterness. Well balanced and very nice IPA.


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