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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 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 (3086) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
smith4498 (3320) - Miami, Florida, USA - FEB 9, 2010
Growler from Redlight. Pours clear dark golden color with white head. Citrusy aroma. Lightly sweet citrus fruit flavor with moderate bitterness. Medium body with average carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
jujubeast6000 (854) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 7, 2010
Reviewed 1/1/2010 (Draft @ Flying Saucer, Houston, TX): Pours a clear, light golden brown color body. Big frothy off-white head. Very citrusy hoppy aroma, very green. Dry alcoholy taste. Very dry tasting. Green taste. Bitter, puckering. Letting it warm up a bit. Almost like a nutty hoppiness. Almost earthy. Still too dry and bitter, not so tasty, but better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dyetube (1373) - Hurst, Texas, USA - FEB 6, 2010
This beer pours a light amber with a large white head leaving good lacing down the sides. Aroma is grass and earth. Flavors are grass and citrus. Cheers!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aubrey (3501) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - FEB 5, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2010 Clear and golden. Easy drinking texture. Toasty and bready malts. Also grainy, nutty, rye-like and cracker-like. Mild, caramel-like sweetness. Hop flavors are nice -- flowery and herbal. Hop aromas seem a bit quelled, though they are pleasant. Moderate amount of spicy bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hophead21112 (218) - Louisville, Colorado, USA - FEB 4, 2010
Crystal clear light golden pour with a nice sized white head, average retention and attractive lacing. Looks clean. Definitely an English style IPA on the aroma with spicy hops and a sweet, earthy malt presence, a hint of what seems to be strawberry bubblegum. Not overly complex on the aroma. On the palate it starts off with tingling carbonation and hop bitterness which leads to a brief malt sweetness and finishes dry and resinous. A little watery on the finish... could have gone for more malt in the middle. A good session beer for the warmer days ahead.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dchmela (2886) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 3, 2010
Tap at Mugs Ale house. Hazy light amber pour with a thick white head. Big citrus hop aroma, very pungent. Taste is nice smooth malt and does not have a bitter hop bite, which you would expect with the big hop nose. Tasty brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Teege (375) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 1, 2010
Draft at redlight redlight. Pours a clear, fizzy, yellow. Floral, resinous hops on the nose. Pretty smooth and easy to drink. Sweeter than expected. Bit of bitterness in the finish. not half bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (8006) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2010
Draft sample at Cincy Beerfest. Pours a clear amber color with a centimeter-thick off-white head. Aroma of hops, citrus, caramel malts, grass, and earthy notes. Flavor follows suit, with wet hops, orange citrus, caramel malts, and a nice grassiness rounding it out. Medium-bodied, with average carbonation. Wet, grassy mouthfeel. Nice, straightforward IPA. I’m surprised at the 7% ABV, and would have guessed it was under 6%.

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