400 Pound Monkey - Left Hand Brewing Company
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3.3/5 rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
An interesting beer to come across these days. An English IPA done by a relatively west coast American brewery? Let's see what happens.
A: Pours out a crystal clear tawny golden honey/ambery orange. Head is loose and sticks around the circle of the class in thin wisps of lace.
S: Give it that old-traditional English IPA aroma, heavy on the malt bill with heavier touches of orange blossoms and light, minimally floral hops. More malt than anything, more of a watery aroma than I was anticipating really.
T/MF: Rich and chewy maltiness to open. Smooth on the tongue leaves absolutely no drying or sticky sensation on the tongue, really only a slight tingle on either side of the tongue. Slightly peaty but I feel like that might be a little bit left over from the previous beer in my glass, if not it still seems to complement the beer. This beer is a testament to understatements; there are touches of honey and orange blossom mixed within the strong malt bill, a slight smokiness to close things out that I enjoy even if it is unintentional.
D: Good on a hot day and feels much smaller than nearly seven percent. It nearly daces on the tongue and feels light enough to be sessionable even though it doesn't even come close. An interesting beer, but really not my style. Good on a hot day and after cooking a large meal, but other than that a little ho-hum.
Serving type: bottle
04-05-2010 03:47:46 | More by bluemoonswoon
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