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RATINGS: 1006   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
angrypirate06 (1388) - Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2010
Bottle. Clear orange pour with soapy white head. Aroma is butter and dirt. Flavor is buttery, dirt, and slightly bitter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ilovedarkbeer (2676) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 21, 2010
Bottle thanks to angrypirate06. Nose is faint butter with some very faded hops and a cheesy note. Taste is weak sugary grape water and biscuits.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 20, 2010
On tap at the 2010 AZ Strong Beer Festival. Pours clear gold. The nose is sweet citrus and malt. The taste is similar but a bit sweet for my liking. Medium bodied. OK IPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Cavie (4101) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 19, 2010
Bottle courtesy of angrypirate06. Clear yellow pour. Light white ring of bubbly head. Light hop aroma but lighter than expected. Taste has dry notes, with bitter hops and lots of grains. Kind of weak.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 19, 2010
Bottle thanks to angrypirate06. Pours with a white head and a golden body. Aroma of grass and pine. Taste is grassy, sweet, plastic and garbage. Light bubbles.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
blutt59 (6413) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 19, 2010
bottle, thanks to angrypirate06, golden yellow with slight foam, aroma of pineapple and slightly sweaty, flavors of malty pine, pineapple, thin finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rusty (1545) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - FEB 16, 2010
Pours a clear golden color with a moderate white head. Aroma is malt, biscuit, caramel, hops and a tinbe of citrus. Flavor is citrus, sugars, caramel, some hop bitterness, the strange sweetness hit a herbal hoppiness in a way that I just didn’t care for. Not a bad brew, but I didn’t like the balance of flavors.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
SSSteve (4006) - - FEB 16, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2010 12oz bottle. bottled 2/3/10. clear orange/gold under a large fluffy white head. aroma is bit like apple juice.....a lot like apple juice. this is weird. while straying from the the mega hopped american style ipa and using just handful of bittering hop, it lacks any kind of fat maltiness as well. i for one, prefer an english style ipa but this just lacks flavor altogether. bitter rye at times and i swear i get something smoked occasionally. somehow they hid 7% in there. smooth with low carbonation. kind of like a bitter water.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Barrios (1243) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 15, 2010
Pours a clear amber body with a lacing, off-white head. Aromas of grass, zest, yeast, and candi sugar. Flavor is candi sugar, caramel, malt, spicy and grassy hops. Finish is smooth, bitter, hint of dryness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drjay44 (3245) - Salida, Colorado, USA - FEB 11, 2010
12 oz bottle. Bottled 02/03/10. Pours a thin off white long lasting head, with some lacing, over a clear light amber (SRM 8) body......nose is light pine, citrus, and herbal tones, with a bit of caramel....taste is light cereal, caramel then mild lingering spicy hop bitterness...mouth feel is medium, carbonation makes for a creamy sensation. The bottle says this is an English style IPA. It is not quite as honey, floral spicy in aroma and flavors as I would have expected, but the malts are much more dominant than in a more typical "American" style IPA. I wonder what hops they used. BJCP 8/3/15/4/7

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