DalzAle (1999) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - MAY 12, 2009
2.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
On tap tonight at the Happy Gnome in St. Paul, MN. Clear yellow/orange pour with very little carbonation. Aroma was very good, sweet floral hops and some bitter citrus. Flavor was another story, started off a little sweet, barely hoppy, and then nothing but water. Major letdown of a beer for the high price tag.
drfabulous (4048) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAY 8, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Sycamore. Crisp. Some hops. By no means an intense, hoppy beer. Closer to the session variety.
That1Guy (1941) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - APR 26, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Crushed with Jakebra. Very thin. Some hops and some poop on the nose. Tastes kinda like a monkey pooped some hops into the back of my throat. Don’t want to try this one again.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 18, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2009
Name: 400lb Monkey
Date: October 31, 2008
Source: Taco Mac, Crabapple
Appearance: cloudy burnt orange, creamy beige head, sheets of patterned lace
Aroma: sweet caramel and crystal malt aroma with plenty of floral and citrus hops
Body: creamy body
Flavor: lots of blended hop flavor, nice citrus, touch of floral, good earthyness leading to just the right amount of balancing bitterness, sweet caramel backbone keeps it together, light peppery spicyness, lasting bitter finish
Overall: good solid IPA
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 15/20
Name: 400lb Monkey
Date: July 29, 2009
Source: Brick Store Pub
Appearance: clear copper, frothy beige head, sheets of lace
Aroma: light malt aroma, butterscotch appears as it warms
Flavor: sweet malt flavor, caramel sweetness, earthy hops, bready, touch of butterscotch, lots of astrengent bitterness, ends up as a buttery astrengent mess
Overall: this monkey has lost weight and gone psycho after dropping its BFF thinking it could do better as a new and improved slimmer primate, legalize monkeyside
Aroma: 4/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 4/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 7/20
chimplechamp (601) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 1, 2008
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
tap at the pub on passyunk east, philadelphia. pours golden copper, with a medium head. nose is deep resinous hoppy goodness. loads of pine, and some fruity bits as well. taste made me pucker a bit because it was so medically bitter tasting. if it was only slightly less hoppy it would be delicious.
riversideAK (5625) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - NOV 27, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Copper color with a thin creamy head and sticky lace. The aroma is pretty piney with some cookie dough malts. The flavor is earthy with lots of pine and toasty doughy malts. The hop bitterness is a tad astringent in the finish.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft, they said the name was 400 lb Gorilla, I assume it is the same beer. Pours amber with a thick head. Aroma of hops and caramel malt. I was really expecting a hop bomb or something out of this one with the 400 lb name, but the malt dominated the hops. It was still a good beer, smooth and a little sweet.
Theis (13507) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 21, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask at Left Hand Brewery. Clear amber - white head. High hoppy, wet grass, wet hay, freshness, fruity, caramel, sweetness, nice hoppy, piney, grass. OK.
jstraw (1926) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Amber with big, foamy tan head / Hoppy, caramel nose / Light to medium body, a little residual sweetness, chewy and hoppy, with good, dry finish / Flavors of caramel, dried hops, grapefruit, and bubblegum / An exceptional ipa, although more of an apa I’d say.
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - OCT 27, 2008
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Taco Mac. Poured a hazy copper orange with a thin off-white head. The aroma is bready with a nice balance of malt and American hops. The flavor is sublime - it starts prominently malty - biscuity with a good deal of caramel. There is also a soft citrus hop character. Towards the mid-palate, there is a muted woodiness to the flavor and the sweetness fades somewhat. The bitterness is firm but not overpowering and is delicious. This beer seemed more like a Double ESB than an IPA - restrained in late hop character, but still delightfully hoppy with a strong malt backbone. The mouthfeel is full in body and creamy and tingly. Overall, this was a great beer - I don’t think it was a great IPA, but it was a great non-IPA: drinkable and remarkably well-balanced.