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RATINGS: 947   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!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (8993) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 9, 2009
Served on draft at Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a clear amber color with a medium head. Excellent head retention and phenomenal lacing. A damn good looking beer. Unfortunately the aroma is not so good. Very weak and faint with only a hint of leafy hops. The taste is a resinous hop bomb with tons and tons of pine notes. Pretty much like drinking a spruce tree. Very faint notes of caramel and bread in the finish. Medium bodied with a good hop burn. Good beer. If not for the weak aroma it’d be great.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
unclemattie (4263) - Georgia, USA - AUG 2, 2009
20oz tap @ BSP. Clear golden color. White head. aroma of hops. flavor is a basic malt, sharp pine bitterness. kinda light and boring. where are the 400lb monkeys? 4,4,6,3,12. 23 Jul 09

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (9449) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 2, 2009
Unclemattie shared this with me at brickstore. Amber pour. Hops are light on the aroma, well lighter than I expected. Floral hops more than the strong citrus hops that I expected. Flavor is malty and hoppy and pretty smooth. I think this is a bit underrated, but not much.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jjuf1853 (1246) - Land O Lakes, Florida, USA - JUL 25, 2009
Tap at Ginger Man (NYC). Pours a clear copper amber color with a thin head. Some lacing along the glass. More maltiness in the aroma than I was initially expecting from an IPA. Minimal citrus/pine hops. The flavor was decent but I expected much more hop character from an IPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CheersMate (1312) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - JUL 21, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2009 I have been wondering how one would/could come across this beer, and then tonight it happened. I went to the Brick Store Pub and had this on tap. It was pretty good. I think a 73 percentile score is a bit too low. The beer had a nice head. Left great lacing. Coppery/orange beer. Nice hop aroma. Not so much sweet. Very distinct hop flavor as well. Fairly creamy. Again, there was this sharp hop flavor that cut through the malt and just hit my tastebuds like crazy. The beer overall is not very complex; just a nice bitter hop flavor that cuts through the malt and leaves you happy.My experience wasn’t a malty one. Again, tap at Brick Store Pub, Decatur, Georgia.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - JUL 17, 2009
On tap at the Flying Saucer in KC. Pours a mostly clear, deeper orange body with a dense and creamy, off-white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a good amount of lacing. Aroma is sweet with some fatter caramels and sweet, piney citrus. A light resin and some toasty toffee comes in as this warms. Flavor is much more of a deep caramel and toffee flavor with more of a heavy earth bitterness, but not much of it. Still maintains a light pine to it, but not nearly as sweet as the aroma led me to believe. Has a flat and doughy taste to the malts. Some citrus comes in at the end where it dries and leaves a dark toffee, citrus bitterness that lingers for a moderate length. Palate is medium bodied with a bit of chewiness. Overall, the taste doesn’t quite come together for me. The deeper bitterness seems a little brief and collides with the darker caramels and toffee flavors awkwardly. Its not terrible tasting, but disappointing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - JUL 6, 2009
Tap at Rattle n Hum: Pours a deep copper with an off white sporadic film. Very malty/husky/grainy aroma- bird feed like and starchy with some residual maltose. Grainy flavor- pale malt husk and caramel sweetness. Not enough hop character. Eh. Boring and under-hopped. (I’m thinking the bartender served me the wrong beer- I may have to re rate this one.)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (8575) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 4, 2009
Growler from New Beer. Pale amber beer with a thick white head. Aroma is quite hoppy. Rich grapefruit and a light spicy note as well. Lightly sweet biscuity malts. Flavour is very well-balanced. Nice soft hoppy character with lots of grapefruit and orange peel. Nothing crazy or over-the-top, but it is a very tasty, well-balanced hoppy IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (3896) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 15, 2009
On tap at flying saucer. Pours a copper amber with a medium frothy white head that leaves behind good sticky lacing along the glass. The aroma is a strong floral hop with pine. Medium mouthfeel with a very hoppy taste with caramel and a nice bitter finish. A very good ipa from left hand.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
after4ever (6265) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUN 15, 2009
Draft at Jake’s in Steilacoom. Pours a crystal clear medium amber with golden caramelly overtones. Modest rocky tan mousse up top with strings of webby lace. Somewhat subdued nose of peaches and a bit of apricot; definitely an IPA from the restrained side of the spectrum. A little bit of doughy malt showing through as well. Body’s creamy, medium sized, showing nice firm carb that’s not overdone. More doughy malt, peaches, and apricot on the mid-palate, with a light, dry finish. It’s a little thick, sweet, and mushy to pack much refreshment, and the palate needs some serious diversification if they’re aiming for slow sipping pleasures. Not sure if they were trying to walk the fence and ended up with the better qualities of neither side, or just what.

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