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RATINGS: 917   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!


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6241) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2009
Draught @ Brouwer’s Café:   Amberish, a little dark and dull with a copper hue, moderate off-white head, foamy, nice lacing.   Subtle hop nose, slight toasted oates, smidgen of citrus.   Hoppy on the tongue but not biting.   This I like.   Malts are there to back it up.   Slight caramel sweetness.   This is pretty well balanced.   Full bodied, the mouthfeel is moderate.   Wet hops linger, as do the toasted malts.   Flavor is great, aroma is fairly good, well balanced, and more importantly it is not biting.   IPAs that don’t bite too hard are my favorite.   Good stuff.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 14, 2009
At Left Hand tasting at Petrol Station. Nice bright golden color. Good earthy, peaty hop aroma. Flavor of grapefruit, spices, and earth notes. More like a pale ale, but a very well built one with less malt flavors.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2009
On tap at Bar on Buena in Chicago a long time ago. Pours a cider light brown with a creamy off white head. Aroma of strong piney hops and a super sweet citric grapefruit and pineapple character. Awesome honey and sugar cane notes as well, very fresh. Flavor, hops dominate from start to finish, sweet honey and sugar overlayed malt to start along with a tangy fruitiness before a bitter hop resin finish. Medium to full sticky body and an active carbonation. Nice beer, could use a little less bittering and more flavoring hops

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cybercat (3276) - Georgia, USA - NOV 27, 2009
Pours a pretty clear amber with a fine bubbled off-white head. Aroma is not strong but hoppy and inviting. Flavor is strongly hoppy and fairly but not overly bitter and has whispers of citrus and sweetness. Texture is rough, lively and sassy, leaving a tingly and hoppy finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
TomDecapolis (4473) - Milton, Delaware, USA - NOV 27, 2009
Tap at CAH. Pours a lightly hazy golden amber with a medium creamy off white head. Aroma of sweet orange, some pine and caramel. Flavor of pine, floral hops, metallic notes, caramel and honey. Kind of easy drinking and a bit thin/disappointing for an IPA.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
msante79 (2210) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2009
On tap at Tapwerks in OKC. Pours dark orange with white head. Aroma is piney hops with some caramel malt, citrus and spices. Flavor is bitter hops, pine, citrus, some fruit and spices with caramel malt. Finishes bitter. Mouthfeel is medium. Decent carbonation. Main flavor components are pine and bitter hops. Not enough balance to be sessionable. Average IPA and nice find in OKC.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChainGangGuy (4362) - 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 (4909) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2014 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.


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