400 Pound Monkey - Left Hand Brewing Company
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3.28/5 rDev -8.4%
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.
Serving type: bottle
08-01-2011 17:32:53 | More by jondeelee
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