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RATINGS: 930   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
DalzAle (1999) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - MAY 12, 2009
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drfabulous (4048) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAY 8, 2009
Draught at Sycamore. Crisp. Some hops. By no means an intense, hoppy beer. Closer to the session variety.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
That1Guy (1941) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - APR 26, 2009
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 18, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2009
Name: 400lb Monkey
Date: October 31, 2008
Mode: Draft
Source: Taco Mac, Crabapple
Vintage: 2008
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
Rating: 3.7/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **4

Name: 400lb Monkey
Date: July 29, 2009
Mode: Draft
Source: Brick Store Pub
Vintage: 2009
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
Rating: 2.2/5.0
Drinkability: 4/10
Score: *+/4

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chimplechamp (601) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 1, 2008
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
riversideAK (5625) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - NOV 27, 2008
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2008
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (13507) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 21, 2008
Cask at Left Hand Brewery. Clear amber - white head. High hoppy, wet grass, wet hay, freshness, fruity, caramel, sweetness, nice hoppy, piney, grass. OK.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jstraw (1926) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2008
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - OCT 27, 2008
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.

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