400 Pound Monkey - Left Hand Brewing Company
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Reviews by SPThirtyThree:
2.61/5 rDev -27.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
Straw gold and crystal clear, 400 Pound Monkey looks a lot prettier than its name suggests. Monkeys are filthy, nasty animals. A finger of eggshell cream dissolves showing early signs of sticky lacing.
I can already smell the hops at the pour, even though I'm serving it a bit on the cold side (~40F). On closer inspection, the nose isn't as strong as I'd hoped, and unfortunately this bottle must have been somewhat lightstruck (even though it came in a cardboard box?), because it's slightly skunked.
The taste is not right. My bottle shows 2 months until the "best before," but it tastes like old hops and cardboard. There's not much malt behind the hops, though there is a good dose of carbonation and a slight alcoholic heat. The mouthfeel is very astringent and tangy, but I'm not really picking up many discernible flavors in the muddled taste.
The hops are very tart and slightly lemony, but the flavor is muffled by the harshness and an almost metallic flavor. A slight sweetness becomes more prominent as it warms.
There was also no lacing; I swirled the glass to try to bring out more flavors, and the beer reconsumed the lacing and it never reappeared.
When I first tried this beer, I didn't like it. I've had it since and thought that my first impression was wrong, but once again, I'm underwhelmed by 400#M. I think my bottle was a little skunky, which I'm not factoring into my score, but the beer also just doesn't have a good flavor or aroma, and I would only buy this again if I had to to choose between this and macro lagers.
Serving type: bottle
11-09-2013 02:46:27 | More by SPThirtyThree
More User Reviews:
4.16/5 rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
sweet smelling bread nuts and banana notes, smells awesome, fluffy white head, lots of air in there.
piney hops bite with a crisp sweet fruity finish. sticky mouth feel. taste pretty English actually. I really am enjoy this,
yeah a whole lots of hops bite , my kind of ipa.
Serving type: bottle
07-29-2014 04:59:11 | More by cervezango
400 Pound Monkey from Left Hand Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 1,670 ratings.