STYLE: English IPA
APPEARANCE: Light copper and clear
HEAD: Small, white, fairly persistent
NOSE: It’s an English IPA so don’t expect much in the way of a hop profile. The malt backbone is more bready/biscuity than sweet. The hops add a light floral scent and a nice dose of citrus fruits.
TASTE: Tastes like a primordial version of an American IPA. Everything is toned down from what I’m used to. The malt is chewy and toasted, but doesn’t have the big, sweet character I expect. The hops are present throughout the taste, but with very mild bitterness and just a hint of pine. The fruitiness is subtle and fades in and out throughout sip. A clean finish with little alcohol presence.
MOUTHFEEL: Average all around. Medium-bodied. Medium-carbonation. If it were a steak, it would be cooked medium.
DRINKABILITY: Fairly high. This beer suffers from Misnomer Syndrome. 400 Lb. Monkey? Hardly. This is a subtle, drinkable, IPA done in the English style. Less hops, less malt, and less interesting than many of its American-style cousins.
RATING: 2.5 Hops