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RATINGS: 998   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hopper (827) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - MAR 3, 2010
A golden beer with a 1 finger head that was very low carbonated and virtually flat. If you smelled real hard you may be able to smell a light hop presence. The taste is very mild and malty & it is shocking that it is 7%ABV with little to no hop presence. This definitely is a British style IPA with less hops & more a balanced brew but this is a very boring beer. The little to no carbonation makes for a bad mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
VitaminR (540) - Colorado, USA - MAR 2, 2010
Intense caramel and fruit floral nose with hints of mint resin. Deep golden color with hints of orange, Thick long lasting spongey head with great lacing. Sweet caramels and malty, slow building and great balancing bitterness. Medium carbonation, medium to full body, soft malty finish with minty hops. This is an excellent beer. So nice to see a well-balanced and restrained IPA option in the market.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - FEB 28, 2010
What a label! An ode to Hanuman? This delightful out-of-the-norm beer is visually normal, with a frothy white head and moderate carbonation and an extremely clean appearance. Let me tell you, however, this is one unique beer. Thanks to Ana’s observation of it smelling like blue cheese, well, I can’t help but to agree. The flavor is a real head-scratchingly hoppy, but clean and fresh, yet... earthy and herbal with a mysteriousness that really holds on. Very complex. A nice, clean IPA finish with a lingering characteristic of henna. Very impressive!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mar (5064) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 27, 2010
bottle thanks to angrypirate06. poured yellow with no head. caramel, fruits and light hops. watery on the palate, some caramel but i couldn’t really find the hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - FEB 25, 2010
Bottle. Orange/copper, white carbonation. Balanced english ipa. Bitter, spicy, grassy, herbal hops and grainy, toasted bread malt. Subtle hints of diacetyl on the finish. Medium body, balanced, biting bitterness on the end. Okay, would like to try it on cask.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
doomfistinc (82) - New Mexico, USA - FEB 24, 2010
12oz bottle from Susan’s in Santa Fe, NM. First tried at a beer tasting about a week ago. Pours a surprisingly light golden color with a slightly off-white head. Smells of florally hops. Taste is an almost perfect balance of hops and malt. They instantly cancel the other out leaving you with a pleasant aftertaste that I can’t quite describe. VERY light for a 7%. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
legion242 (2343) - Richardson, Texas, USA - FEB 24, 2010
I am very suprised that this came in at 7%, because it tasted very session-able. Mild hops balanced wonderfully with a hidden malt bill.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - FEB 22, 2010
Bottle thanks to angrypirate06. Pours a crystal clear yellow with white fizzy head. Aroma has a crisp hoppy sharpness that was nice. Flavor of light malt and piny hops, nice bitter in the end. Mouth feel is light body with high carbonation. Overall, not bad at all!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
randy1301 (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 22, 2010
Hmmmm.Tried this beer on draft about 1 1/2 years ago and LOVED it.This bottle I am drinking is good but not great...strange cause it’s fresh bottled 35 days ago according to the label....hmmm?Not much on the nose and the palate is light as well.Taste is good with a little bitterness and grapefruit.Not alot going on but it’s not a BAD beer.I’ll call it a good session IPA.Still can’t get over how jammin’ this was on draft when I tried it a while back...hmmmm?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
Mora2000 (6101) - McKinney, Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2010
The beer pours a very clear orangish-yellow with a large white head. The aroma ia citrus hops, mainly orange with some floral hops as well. The flavor is not too great, with biscuit malt and some muddled hop flavors. The hop flavors are a combination of citrus, resin, grass and maybe some pine, but nothing shines or stands out. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Overall, a disappointing beer.

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