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400 Pound Monkey - Left Hand Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
81
good

1,731 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,731
Reviews: 512
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 15.36%
Wants: 45
Gots: 120 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: garcia2a on 09-03-2008)
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Bfarr

Washington

4.03/5  rDev +12.6%

Golden orange with medium tan foamy head wtih okay retention and lacing. Light dirty and earthy hops. Grassy, earthy hops seem to be balanced on their own with a hint of barley and a slightly biscuity finish. Moderate carbonation with somewhat thin feel.

If you like a different flavored IPA occasionally, this is a nice English IPA to try. Fairly one-dimensional it still an easy drinking interesting beer. If you're looking for a hoppy brew you won't find it here but if you want a different drinking experience from all the american IPA's, by all means give it a try.

09-12-2010 14:25:56 | More by Bfarr
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oberon

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

I think alot were expecting more of a hop forward IPA here,and came away dissapointed,I thought it was decent and fit the EIPA category pretty well.Poured a clear rich golden with a nice tight one finger white head that left broken lace as it settled slowly,good clarity and definition.Aromas were the biggest dissapointment for me for this beer,light caramel/biscuit,and geranium-like hop came thru but it was light.Toasty and lightly sweet caramel malt flavors up front with leafy,tea-like hop flavors coming into a good finish.The British malt profile is the main component of the beer for me,the hops just lend a hand.It was very fresh,(bottled on 2/3/10/)wich was nice,a good beer for the "style".

The more I drank I noticed a real buttery flavor from the yeast strain used,not to bad though.

02-14-2010 21:56:23 | More by oberon
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brownbeer

Missouri

2.73/5  rDev -23.7%

Pours a nice orange-gold color, very clear, with a white crown.

The aroma isn't very good. The somewhat doughy malts and grassy hops are the ok part. Then, I get something that smells almost vegetal, moldy, and of buttered popcorn. Really not very appetizing.

A grainy taste comes through and finishes with an astringent bitterness that I can live with. I can't get past the burnt popcorn aspect of the taste. It just seems like something's wrong to me. Or maybe it's just bad beer. I had little inspiration to finish the glass. Disappointing.

04-10-2010 00:13:48 | More by brownbeer
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wesbrownyeah

Florida

3.3/5  rDev -7.8%

Left Hand Brewing Company 400 Pound Monkey. 6.7% alcohol.

A- Pours a crystal clear golden orange fluid that produces a lazy lightly carbonated head that falls to a small froth leaving decent lacing.

S- Fresh lemon and grassy hops upfront with sweet malts in the backbone of the nose.

T-M- For a EIPA this is pretty damn good. Not overly powerful on the bitterness but has a tangy hop presence. Flavor upfront is fresh cut grass with undertones of sweet carmel malts followed by a twang that is the alcohol esters dancing on the tongue. Mouthfeel is smooth and slick with mild carbonation on the finish.

D- Drinkable due to the smoothness and malted wheat that is used to make it... Cheers!

07-29-2010 20:55:06 | More by wesbrownyeah
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +11.7%

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #39 (Apr 2010):

The head has no problem showing off three fingers of height and a spectacle of sticky lace on the glass, with a good pale-ish amber color and clarity. Herbal, minty and peppery hop strikes at the nostrils with a sharpness that is only dulled a little by a bready malt and faint mango fruitiness. Bready (almost shortbread) malt flavor has a lot of depth and seems to lean toward biscuity in the finish. Hint of alcohol in the middle, throws some warmth on the palate. Hops have a fresh sting of bitterness for the taste buds to deal with, balancing and cleansing as it takes on the malt. Herbal thickness grows toward the semi-dry finish with that bisucity malt remnant.

A straight-up, no-strings-attached, full-on modern English IPA, we dig it ... a bit too much alcohol to be considered sessionable, perhaps, but it wants to be.

01-11-2011 02:22:25 | More by BeerAdvocate
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Jimbo62

Georgia

4/5  rDev +11.7%

08-05-2013 22:57:43 | More by Jimbo62
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Beaver13

Colorado

3.15/5  rDev -12%

12 oz bottle, bottle on 2/3/10. Pours a clear light golden orange with a small creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass some.

The aroma is toasted biscuit malts with some fruity hops and a little slightly sour butterscotch.

The flavor is toasted malts with a touch of sweet fruit leading to a strong grassy bitterness that leaves a charred aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with slightly sharp carbonation.

Overall, it has a surprising amount of bitterness, but I didn't care for the toasted biscuit or the charred grassy bitterness.

02-21-2010 23:01:56 | More by Beaver13
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TTripp725

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

04-06-2014 18:14:12 | More by TTripp725
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jonphilipp


3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

07-08-2012 17:49:23 | More by jonphilipp
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mverity

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

05-12-2013 01:23:25 | More by mverity
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Twifiter

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

10-17-2012 12:33:25 | More by Twifiter
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VernonKell

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

11-15-2012 22:11:50 | More by VernonKell
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Doomcifer

Rhode Island

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

08-10-2014 18:45:39 | More by Doomcifer
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iemailjack

Florida

2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

01-08-2013 03:48:15 | More by iemailjack
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merlin48

Kentucky

3.95/5  rDev +10.3%

Bottle pours a hazed golden body with a small offwhite head that leaves some attractive sticky lace. Aroma is mostly citrusy hops that though a bit muted have a nice grapefruit, apricot and lemon presence. A hint of toasted caramel underneath. Medium body and carbonation. Taste has some apricot sweetness that is joined by bitter grassy hops and a biscuity malt character. A bit of caramel pushes the taste to the sweet side of the spectrum. Alcohol is hidden well. Finish is clean and even. Just enough hop bitterness to avoid cloying. I enjoyed this one quite a bit but the name doesn't really fit.

07-22-2010 14:12:31 | More by merlin48
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Billolick

New York

3.95/5  rDev +10.3%

12 ounce bottle, sixers available at DeCiccio's in Ardsley, NY. Bottled on dating (04 15 10) on the front label.
Pours clear on the golden side of amber. Near white head, leaving typical fine lace and better looking extensive strands after a solid swig. Nice mixed citric/light malt nose. Easy drinking and enjoyable EIPA. Ample but toned down citric hops, riding upon a solid and smooth malty base. Nice job here by Left Hand

06-22-2010 01:06:01 | More by Billolick
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mctizzz

California

2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

02-09-2012 15:36:51 | More by mctizzz
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.08/5  rDev -14%

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, medium carbonation, clear, golden in color

Smell: citrus hops and slight malt presence

Taste: citrus hops, small pine hops, some soapiness, and caramel malt

Mouthfeel: medium/light bodied, medium carbonation, slightly bitter with a very bitter lingering aftertaste

Drinkability: I like the body of this beer, but what kills it for me is a medicinal/bitter alcohol aftertaste that lingers in my mouth. This is very dry and the hops are not overboard. I do like the brewery but I am not likely to get this one again.

03-18-2010 14:43:19 | More by tigg924
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Hoops4life511

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +14.5%

12 oz. bottle dated 02-24-10 poured into pint glass

Appearance: Poured a crystal clear straw color, very small white head quickly fell to a thin cap, but retained at that level fairly well. Decent amount of lacing left. Very little carbonation to be seen coming up through the beer.

Smell: Pineapple jumps out at me as a major smell, other less noticeable smells are grainy bread-like smells. Not a ton going on here.

Taste: Very earthy, slightly bitter hoppiness with a kind of caramel finish. Hard to grasp all of the flavors but overall pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Dry with a deceptive amount of carbonation when compared to its appearance. Fairly light and thin.

Drinkability: Exceptional drinkability. Could easily put a few of these back without blinking an eye. Refreshing and light.

Overall, would go for it again at a bar or a picnic, but wouldn't go out of my way to find it in a store.

03-16-2010 22:09:30 | More by Hoops4life511
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Mora2000

Texas

3.3/5  rDev -7.8%

The beer pours a very clear orangish-yellow with a large white head. The aroma ia citrus hops, mainly orange with some floral hops as well. The flavor is not too great, with biscuit malt and some muddled hop flavors. The hop flavors are a combination of citrus, resin, grass and maybe some pine, but nothing shines or stands out. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Overall, a disappointing beer.

02-22-2010 04:53:04 | More by Mora2000
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Skye1024

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

12-27-2011 19:15:28 | More by Skye1024
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Meyers1023

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

08-09-2014 02:30:17 | More by Meyers1023
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alienlifeforcecube

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

03-16-2013 06:32:52 | More by alienlifeforcecube
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standardcherry

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -16.2%

05-25-2012 19:10:48 | More by standardcherry
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ImFlyerThanYou

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +11.7%

03-09-2014 05:13:55 | More by ImFlyerThanYou
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400 Pound Monkey from Left Hand Brewing Company
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