RATINGS: 1009   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
Okay, this one isnt for everybody yet. Over the years weve 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 couldnt 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 didnt 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 were back playing again with a few new test batches that were sampling here in Colorado and a few select markets around the country. Whats 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 youll see why we named the beer 400 Pound Monkey. Happy sleuthing!

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
swenocha (81) - Franklin, Tennessee, USA - APR 29, 2010
Golden pour. Earthy and sweet aroma. Slight bitter, earthy hop flavor. Bready, biscuity, a little sweet. All right, but not among my favorite IPAs. Certainly drinkable, but the bready/sweet character isnt working for me.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jtclockwork (15777) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 29, 2010
Pours gold. Aroma is week and slightly floral. Yeasty mouthfeel. Some herbs and resin with a tad bit of a bitter finish. Rated on 4/8/10

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badgerben (5029) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - APR 28, 2010
Gold color with a large head. Dusty hop aroma. Earthy and grainy flavor. Fairly dry and a little more than moderate bitterness. Simple, but solid.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - APR 28, 2010
gold pour with a decent white head. Aroma is slightly grainy/grassy. some biscuity malt. light herbal hop. flavour is earthy, slightly yeasty. Pretty good balance between hop/malt. Bready-biscuity malt and an herbal hop that leaves a bit of a vegetative bitterness in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
topherh (1927) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - APR 27, 2010
Bottle pours clear golden with a white head. Aroma is fruity, grassy hops, and sweet malt. Flavor is bready, spicy herbal hops, citrus, and earthy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
nearbeer (5186) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 27, 2010
12 oz. Crystal clear, orange-tinted gold with a lasting eighth-inch of creamy foam. Faint nose of fresh orange, sweet earth and resin. Tastes of earthy caramel, tea leaf, and orange on front. Nice finish of resiny pine, bitterish green herb, oak, and lightly peppery citrus zest. Light-medium body is smoothly carbonated (but a bit more than English style), barely watery so as to be a good session ale, and very well-balanced. Wow, the 7% is well hidden and this is a dangerously drinkable brew. This one is right on the mark for a great traditional IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerona97 (2398) - Washington, USA - APR 26, 2010
Clear orange, frothy white head. Aroma of floral hops, caramel and orange rind. Taste is mild bitterness and sweetness. Medium body, soft carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 25, 2010
Bottle: Pours a transparent golden bronze with a spotty-lacing coating of white head. Muted aroma of mild, grassy piny hops and a touch of lightly toasty pale malt. Starts with a light malty sweetness and some resiny hop bitterness with a light piny flavor before a drier, slightly oxidized finish. This may be a bit past its prime, but is still a drinkable IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
alexsdad06 (9829) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 25, 2010
12 oz. bottle from Belmont Party Supply. Pours a crystal clear dark golden color with a medium sized fluffy white head that left some lacing. The aroma was moderately sweet with some grapefruit citrus, earthy and pine hops. The flavor is more about the pale bready malts than any hops. What hops there are come across as earthy with some hints of grapefruit citrus. The finish is dry and somewhat bitter with no real standout character. This is not quite what I would expect with nothing to go on but the name.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
SanfordBrewer (1536) - Sanford, Florida, USA - APR 24, 2010
Very lucent copper, thin but dense and lasting head, medium-full body, medium co2.

aroma: barnyard funk, a little bit of earthy hops.

T1= very funky barnyard, pale malt.
T2= still barnyard, nutty malt, co2, earthy resinous hops.
T3= fairly clean, some bitter hop resin.

the barnyard character makes it unique as an ipa, but imo, not in a good way.

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