RATINGS: 989   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!

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TrefwoordPunk (1320) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - AUG 24, 2010
Bottle 35,5 cl. Pours a clear golden with a small white head and an aroma of hops and orange peel. The taste is a bit sweet in the beginning, mainly malty with some toffee and brown sugar, and after that a more bitter taste of hops and citrus kicks in. Really drinkable.

Leftyshooter76 (2) - Indiana, USA - AUG 23, 2010 does not count
12oz. bottle. clear light copper color. off white head with good lacing. malty odor with a more balanced flavor. medium to light mouthfeel for an IPA.

mmmbeer (1433) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 22, 2010
Pint glass on draft at Alamo Lake Creek- served a semi transparent light copper color, very thin white head that did lace nicely. Faint aroma consisting of malt, caramel, and citrus. Hits the mouth with a low-medium body, malt is there but has alot of grass in it, middle is almost like water, finish is very lightly acidic- not very many hops. 400 pound monkey? Nyet.

radagast83 (8624) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - AUG 21, 2010
12 oz bottle. Aroma was okay - malty with a decent amount of hops. Flavor was, well, not exactly what I was expecting. Malty, a bit of caramel, somthing I can’t quite place, yeast, and hops. Eh, this was not exactly what I expected, even knowing it wasn’t a "west coast IPA."

Suttree (6537) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 21, 2010
Cloudy orange, nice sized white head. Caramel and citrus aroma - kinda reminds me of an English / American Hybrid, a least as far as the aroma goes. Smooth caramel and English hop flavor, then finishes of a citrusy note.

fonefan (52351) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 18, 2010

Bottle 12fl.oz. @ ChrisOs Pre-GBBF Shindig 2010.

[ Raise The Roof Tasting ]. Clear light to medium yellow color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, white to off-white head. Aroma is light moderate malty, grain, toasted, moderate hoppy, light citrus fruity. Flavor is moderate sweet and bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20100731]

oh6gdx (26485) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 17, 2010
[email protected] Chriso Rock The Roof Down pre-GBBF shindig. Golden colour, small white head. Aroma is caramel malts, some slight syrupy sweetness as well as a bunch of fruity and floral hops. Flavour is fruits, wood, caramel malts, some mild burnt sugary sweetness as well as some mild bread and earthyness.

RickKempen (19) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - AUG 17, 2010
Great example of American brewers being able to restrain themselves! A superb IPA without being ’ in your face’.

NoiZe (2394) - Zeist, NETHERLANDS - AUG 16, 2010
Tap @ Beer Temple, Amsterdam. Orange colored brew. Floral hops in the nose. Flavor has nice hops, mild, earthy.

Scopey (16225) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 15, 2010
On tap at The Rake, London. Colour; straw yellow, off-white head. Nose; hay, floral. Taste; grassy, some citrus, faint hops. To be honest I found it boring and dull, I wish I was drinking Brewdog Hardcore IPA or Dogfish head 90minute instead.

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