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!

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heemer77 (5355) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAR 27, 2010
Dark amber colored brew with a thin slightly off white head. A strong grapefruit nose with some notes of fresh cut wood. There is also a little bit of musty old fishing tackle box, that smell of gel based lures that have seen a lot of heat. The taste is fairly strong with the grapefruit, but it is not even slightly sweet. A strong note of black tea follows the grapefruit along with hints of walnuts. A decent brew that finishes fairly dry and leaves me wanting some more sweetness or a little more hops. Just falls short.

hamrech (134) - Carbondale, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2010
Not much to say about this. Unremarkable, but very drinkable. Not quite hoppy enough. It built up its stock a bit when I realized it’s 7%abv, the alcohol is very well masked. OK, not great.

Fratto (2845) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 25, 2010
Bottle from the Central Market in Fort Worth. Pours a light orange with a white head. Aroma is fruit, caramel, and a little pine hops. Taste is dry, bitter, slightly fruity, and a little sour.

kwerikson (178) - burlington, New Jersey, USA - MAR 24, 2010
pours a pale gold producing a finger thick eggshell head that was thick and fell at a slow rate. the body is a super clear nice gold with only a few bubbles rising in the center of the glass. the aromas are piney and and little citrusy and i also smell hay and grain. a little bit pf pale malts, and a really slight hue of ale yeast. it is light to medium bodied and has an almost creamy mouthfeel. it is amazingly balanced, has good lacing, and finishes really nice and leaves an awsome afertaste. its very refreshing, not "overpowingly" bitter like American style ipa, but has a really good malty backbone and smooths everything out. very good beer, would drink anytime and with any style of food.

Finhead (1742) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2010
A clear golden pour with white small, white head. It has a hop forward aroma with grapefruit. The taste is sort of bittersweet at first, but then turns to straight bitter with an extremely dry finish. Worth a try.

JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 24, 2010
12oz bottle from Hope Valley Bottle Shop. Bright pour, pale orange and fizzy like Orangina. Aroma has some toasted malts in there along with a hint of what comes over like fruit extract, but it’s dominated by dry and lightly musky hops. Crisp and lively palate, certainly brings out the dry demi-sec qualities of the beer but there’s not a whole lot of depth or complexity to the flavors. Appreciate that LH is trying for a deviation from IPA convention here, but it was just okay.

glennmastrange (2859) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - MAR 24, 2010
Bottle. Light to moderate straw and roasted for the malt, moderate spruce for the hops, light sweat for the yeast and hints of pepper and paper. Head is small, frothy, white with an excellent thin coating of lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is clear amber. Flavor starts lightly sweet, acidic and bitter then finishes lightly acidic and moderately bitter. Palate is medium, oily, and has a soft carbonation. A good IPA with nice flavor, but a little thin on aroma.

mohnjyers (19) - Florida, USA - MAR 23, 2010
Single bottle, Nice aroma and color. Taste is a letdown, doesn’t sit well on the tongue. Just an average Pale Ale. Would not buy again.

carboloader (674) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 23, 2010
On tap at Hobbit Cafe (at least at the moment, as their "seasonal IPA"). Whatever. When it arrived I took one whiff and asked if this was the right brew. It certainly didn’t smell like an IPA. It was transparent yellow-orange with a small white head. It tasted like a plain old pale ale (of the English variety at that) with bready, yeasty flavors instead of the typical fruity, grassy hop pucker. If anything, it seemed watery. And this was my first brew that evening, so it’s not like it was contaminated by a Stone Ruination beforehand. What I did notice with 4 gulps was the alcohol kick and the apparent alcohol favor. But it was still decidedly average. I would call it a British Pale Ale if it were me. It is in no way in the same league as typical West Coast IPAs. Not even close. Embarrassing, actually. They said it was supposed to be different. I guess they succeeded at that.

Palidor19 (3186) - Brandon, Florida, USA - MAR 23, 2010
this is an average style of IPA but its the kind of average that makes one drinkable for many rounds. both the malts and hops are refreshing clear and crisp. bitterness is present but very mild in comparison

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