400 Pound Monkey - Left Hand Brewing Company

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400 Pound Monkey400 Pound Monkey

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BA SCORE
81
good

1,998 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,998
Reviews: 546
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 15.69%
Wants: 59
Gots: 304 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: garcia2a on 09-03-2008

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Ratings: 1,998 | Reviews: 546
Reviews by FernMaster:
Photo of FernMaster
3.47/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Tulip.

I love the artwork on this bottle. Those monkey's are crazy looking, they're like rejected character models for Abu.

400 Pound Monkey pours a nice hazy, sort-of copperish yellow. There's a little bit of carbonation and the occasional bubble of air going to the top; if it were a Sonic level you'd suffocate however. There was maybe a finger's worth of head that quickly resides. Also some mild lacing and a constant brim of bubbles. The smell is a neat blend of hops and malt. The malt seems to be winning the foot race to my nose as that's what I'm getting most of. The taste is a strange concoction of flavors. I don't mean that in a negative way, I don't like it too much but it's enjoyable. There's the obvious malt that accompanies the style and hops, but the balance seems strange to me. Not every sip I feel is the same, some I'm getting more malt some I'm getting more hops. It comes off as having a sort of "muted" flavor. There's some hint of caramel and citrus in there as well, but they'd be Ringo in this arrangement. Perhaps this lacking I'm getting from the beer comes from the mouthfeel, it seems way to weak, watery, to hold up the flavors built upon it. It's very easy to drink, so you could session it easily.
Overall, I enjoyed it. It's not a beer I'm going to boast about to my friends to try. Will I buy another six pack or order it at a bar? No. But I'm disappointed I tried it either.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Mas47
1/5  rDev -72%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

How could this swill gain rating of BA of 81 and Bro of 90???? This has the earmarks of the emperor's new clothes and is the worst beer that my palate ever had to endure

Look: someone pee in the bottle including floatees
Smell: aroma was from a gym where jock straps were allowed to marinate for a month
Taste: Brewed with the aforementioned jock Straps
Feel: absolutely no redeeming qualities.
Overall: horrible. This reminded me of the time where we reconstituting the fruits packets from 100s of MREs and making wine from that concoction while I was serving in the Middle East. At least the wine had much better flavor

My back ground was shape by serving 20 years in the US Air Force. This allowed me to travel to many parts of the US and overseas to sample many types of libations and to develop a discerning palate

Photo of StoutBrotha602
4.25/5  rDev +19%

great beer this beer and stones ipa helped me get into the realm of IPAs..

Photo of nmann08
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On draft, pours a very clear copper orange color. A very tho layer of head sits on the glass, lacing as the beer disappears.

The nose is spice, earthy hops, chives, not much malt. The flavor is earthy hops, with a malt backbone. A little cotton candy, spice, potato. This is old school ipa, but not a great interpretation. Unfortunately, my preferences have changed and this doesn't stand out like I am sure it did 10 years ago.

Photo of oberon
3.49/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of brownbeer
2.74/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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!

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Beaver13
3.11/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of merlin48
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Billolick
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of tigg924
3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of Hoops4life511
4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of Mora2000
3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of NilocRellim
3.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured cold from the bottle. It looked like a nice hefeweizen... which was odd for an IPA. A strong citrus nose to it, more grapefruit than orange, but a bit of lemon as well (again... odd for an IPA). It also had a sweet, honey nose to it. The flavour was lite and refreshing, with a hint of citrus. Thinking of a usual IPA, I expected bitterness and hoppiness to the mac, but found a very nice balance of citrus-hop flavour and a not-so-intense bitterness. A bit more carbonation than most beers, but not unusual for an IPA. Surprisingly and delicious.

Would I buy it again? Yes. Would be nice on a hot summer night.

Photo of jondeelee
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

400 Pound Monkey smells floral and citrusy, with prominent oranges, apricots and figs, and hints of rose hips. A yeasty, bread-like aroma balances, bringing hints of rye and fresh baguette.

On the tongue, the first noticeable flavor is a malty bitterness, reminiscent of chicory, tobacco, and anise. This is accompanied by the rye flavors from the nose to produce a notably bitter base, which is added to by hints of chocolate malt and peat. For an IPA, the hops are either relatively light or are simply disguised, as the grapefruit/pine hops notes have a difficult time competing with the malts. They do come through more strongly in the aftertaste, but in the throes of the mouthful, take second base. This is not necessarily a negative comment, as the flavors are unique and well-rounded, bringing a fresh perspective to the IPA style.

Overall, the beer presents a surprising flavor profile, and is worth a try.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle pulled from fridge poured into an imperial pint glass. freshness date is unreadable.

pours out a clear golden orange color with a small 1/2 inch of head that eventually faded to a thin spotty layer. not the greatest retention and just some tiny spots of lace.

malts are definatly at the forefront in the aroma. mettallic, buttery diactyl, toasted biscuits, slightly herbal and floral. almost no hops detectable.

the taste is a bit more enjoyable than the aroma would suggest. some clean buttery diactyl, toasted biscuits, herbal tea, just a touch nutty and a bit mettallic. hops provide some fruitiness and light citrus in the finish, but a lot of bitterness.

an assertive, tingly carbonation accents the bitter finish nicely. medium bodied.

overall this is a good sessionable drinker. there are much better examples of the style out there, but its worth a try. i wouldnt buy this again, however.

Photo of mondegreen
2.93/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass. I love Left Hand, so I am always stoked to review a different beer from their lineup.

A: Clear gold with a few bubbles rising to the top. A thin head leaves little lacing on the glass.

S: I smell rubber. Almost like tires. Underneath, some earthy aromas bubble through.

T: Completely unremarkable. Almost like chewing on a rubberband. Not awful, but not something that begs for me to drink more, either.

M: Light bodied, easy drinking. Not a real pleasure, but not bothersome, either.

D: I don't want another. Hell, I don't want to finish this one. The more I sip, I get a salty aftertaste. This beer is completely mundane and not at all what I expect from Left Hand.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper clear appearance bright white head, forms fine coated lacing between sips. Aroma has nice citric, earthy, and herbal hop going on. Light caramel malt sweetness with fresh baked bread accents. Flavors provide enough bitterness and hop flavor to make for a tasty experience. Really earthy and herbal hop flavors leaves a dry leafy tea like note on the palate. A definite English IPA with a bit more hops I like the different approach this brew takes. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with ample soft carbonation and dry bitterness left behind leaves the palate feeling like a desert. Drinkability overall is solid a brew I'm down with trying again and again. I will continue to try Left Hand offerings a great brewery that I tend to dig more and more with each new beer they produce.

Photo of chinchill
3.02/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

served in a Left Hand pint glass; unspecified cask conditioning.

A - clear & golden with 2 fingers of head. Head slowly fades, leaving nice lacing. Carbonation appears to be short-lived.

S - hops and malts

T - English bitter hops evident; floral; bitter, non-citrucy afterbite harms finish

Photo of sevreng
3.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle purchased at Atlas Bottle Works in Pittsburgh, PA on 6/27/14. Poured into Fuller's globe glass.

A - Bright, golden hue. Decent head on pour, dissipating quickly to a thin residual layer of foam.

S - Smells much better than she looks: Rich vegetal hop aromas redolent of dried pineapple.

T - Pronounced vegetal hop flavor working together with a deep malt profile right off the bat. Definitely not an American IPA, but this is delicious.

M - Good pale ale balance of creaminess and carbonation. The hops dry out the palate sufficiently without going too far.

O - A nice beer, I'll keep an eye out for it on tap where I think an enhanced mouthfeel will accentuate the flavor of this ale.

Photo of daveytheformer
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden yellow with a white head that fades to some sticky lacing.

Smells like spice and citrus hops followed by a big bready maltiness.

Tastes very bready with a mild herbal hop flavor followed by a nice quick sharp bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium with decent carbonation.

Overall is a good beer. I could drink a few of these in a row for sure.

Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cask at the Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta.

Pours a fairly clear copper color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of grainy pale malts with hints of deeper caramel malts. Also present are slight amounts of leafy and mildly spicy hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though the hop flavors are more complex than the smell would intimate. Mildly dry pale and caramel malt flavors kick things off and leafy hop flavors join in shortly thereafter. Midway through the sip light amounts of citrus hop flavors work their way into things before fading out into more earthy hop flavors that carry through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass quickly and could have another.

Overall this was closer to an English IPA than I remember the last time I had this beer, although neither time have I been blown away. Still, a solid beer that I think benefits from the cask treatment and is worth a shot.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a Nonic) bottled on 05/17/10
A- This light copper body had big bubbles of carbonation popping at the surface with a lumpy, sticky antique white head that lasted for a bit.
S- The fragrant green herbal hop pellet aroma has some light toasted malt notes behind it.
T- The slightly sweet malt flavor is quickly overtaken by a big pungent bitterness that hits the back of the throat and stays there. As the beer opens and the bitterness mellows just a bit there is a flinty note to the malt and an iced tea flavor also.
M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with no alcohol heat and a dry finish.
D- This beer has a nice aroma but no depth to the flavor. The hop bitterness is present and accounted for but there isn't any hop flavor or depth. Just a kick in the throat.

Photo of chicagobill13
4.18/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

I have been wanting to try this beer for a very long time. Everytime I saw it. it was always out of code. This time it was in code. English style IPA, I love all IPA but sometimes the over hoped American ones is a too much. I love this smell and color of this beer. This beer like most IPA has no head or some. This is nice balance beer. I really happy I have try this beer. This is a very nice session beer and i would drink this doing my grilling or clean. Try it! Cheers!

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400 Pound Monkey from Left Hand Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 1,998 ratings.