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RATINGS: 1009   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 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
Mora2000 (6155) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thirdeye11 (6071) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2010
(12oz bottle thanks to angrypirate06) Pours clear yellow with bubbles on top. Nose of very light hops, caramel, celery. Taste of bitter english-style hops, good matching malt, biscuit, and celery with an undercarbonated bitter grapefruit finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beaver (1664) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 21, 2010
12 oz bottle, bottle on 2/3/10. Pours a clear light golden orange with a small creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass some.

The aroma is toasted biscuit malts with some fruity hops and a little slightly sour butterscotch.

The flavor is toasted malts with a touch of sweet fruit leading to a strong grassy bitterness that leaves a charred aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with slightly sharp carbonation.

Overall, it has a surprising amount of bitterness, but I didn’t care for the toasted biscuit or the charred grassy bitterness.

   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 (2715) - 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 (4310) - 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 (7917) - 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 (6511) - 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.

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