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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Ernest (7696) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 22, 2010
Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy/fizzy, white, mostly diminishing. Body is medium to dark yellow. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), moderately hoppy (flowers, apricot, grapefruit), lightly to moderately yeasty (dough), with a note of aspirin. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. A bit doughy and aspirin-like in the nose, but otherwise has a pleasant flowery and fruity hop aroma. A bit citric/sour for my tastes in the mouth, but reasonably well balanced. Pretty average overall.

sebletitje (10080) - Enghien, BELGIUM - MAR 21, 2010
pours clear golden, white head. Aroma of grassy hops, grainy nose with touch of wheat, hints of citrus. Flavors, spicy hops, citrus. light malt with a touch of grassy hops, nice underlying roasted malt directly followed by bitter hops, grapefruit and citrus. Light grainy palate. Left Hand’s IPA version of ESB?

BroSpud (2189) - , Massachusetts, USA - MAR 21, 2010
12oz bottle. Pours a pale amber with a slight head. Although I love me an IPA this one came off somewhat sub-par. The taste somehow seemed a bit watered down. OK but certainly not great.

taphandle (1135) - Texas, USA - MAR 21, 2010
Dark yellow with a very frothy head. Aroma of honey and a bit of grass. Taste was surprisingly a bit harsh at first - and a smokey or spicy finish catches you off guard. The taste goes back to a resin or sap. As the beer went down, I got used to the different flavors running through it and "learned" to appreciate it. It’s one of those beers where you need to drink the full bottle or a six pack before I’d think you would begin to understand it. Unfortunately for this beer, I’m rating this one after only one bottle.

MeadMe (1661) - Fishhawk, Florida, USA - MAR 21, 2010
On tap at mellow mushroom. A: Pours an amber shade with a nice off white head. Nice retention and some lace. S: Aromas of mostly of hops. Mostly floral but there are notes of citrus as well. T: Flavor is mildly boozy for the style. Nice citrus with hints of more sweet pine. The herbal hops are there along with light hints of sweet candy malts that attempt to provide balance. M: Medium in body, harsh hops in the middle with a mild lingering bitterness.

puggy211 (712) - cordova, Tennessee, USA - MAR 20, 2010
Very clear golden amber body with a medium foamy white head. Sweet floral and cityrus hop aroma. Good citrus and floral hop flavor. Medium body with moderate carbonation.

WesKBob (563) - Bethany, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 19, 2010
Pours a clear golden orange. Thin off white head that dissipates quickly. Nice aroma of sweet orange and grapefruit hops. Flavor, though, is disappointing. Similar to aroma, but just seems watered down and messy. Nothing really stands out. Mouthfeel is watery and no aftertaste.

Arayaga2 (2198) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 18, 2010
Clear golden with a big foamy white head and small carbonation bubbles. Aroma is lemon-orange hops with herbaceous notes, but not that prominent. Taste has pithy grapefruit bitterness with high mid-palate bitterness and a bit of fruitiness mitigated by minerality. Mouthfeel is a bit thin and watery, but carbonation is adequate to give it some life. $2/12oz

SpringsLicker (3641) - Tennessee, USA - MAR 18, 2010
Pours a clear medium amber with a tall, lasting, frothy white head. Since the bottle states English Style IPA, I will give that some judgment. Light, slightly floral hop aroma. A bit of mint and a pinch of wet rotting wood as well. The flavor profile stays almost perfectly balanced until the very end when it wobbles to the sweet side. Light to medium body.

swanmann (773) - Nompton, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 18, 2010
From the bottle, this brew poured clear amber/ honey-colored capped by fluffy off-white foam, holding for a couple minutes. Light lacing. Aroma is heavy with pine, grass, toffee. The hop profile in the flavor is fairly complex, with semi-metallic bitter high notes and aspirin-like earthy bitter low notes, balanced with semi-sweet caramel and biscuit flavors. I would say it’s medium to full bodied with a medium finish. The booze is well hidden. A solid offering.

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