400 Pound Monkey - Left Hand Brewing Company

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2,022 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,022
Reviews: 559
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 15.64%
Wants: 63
Gots: 325 | 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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Photo of hophead723
4.09/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I lived in Denver for 2 years where I first encountered this English style IPA from Left Hand Brewing. Now I love all of Left Hand's offerings but this is a go-to for me. Poured into a pint glass from a fresh 12 oz bottle.

Look: Pours a golden, copper, and orange hued color with a slightly off-white head of two fingers. It has even carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass, which indicates a medium body. The head left stacked rings of lacing until the bottom half of the glass where sticky arms of lacing drooped and hung like Christmas decorations.

Smell: The aroma contains hints of caramel, bread dough, honey, grassy hops, and a standout flare of mango from the Magnum, Boadicea and Sovereign hops.

Taste: The taste is complex and exhibits earthy and herbal hops, well-balanced by bready malt. Upfront is toasted cracker and honey malt with a bit of mango, tropical citrus fruits, and fruity ale yeast.

Feel: This is definitely a medium bodied beer that finishes moist yet crisp. It has enough carbonation to make it sessionable yet enough weight to justify the complexity.

Overall: This is so drinkable and unique that it is one to try again and again. I've always loved English-style IPAs and this one really embodies the style. The hops themselves are a treat as they are somewhat rare in widely available ales of today. I would highly recommend this beer and many other offerings from Left Hand Brewing.

Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
4.09/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A crisp and mild hop aroma. Very laid-back in the hop department, with a little bit of a sweet aftertaste. This would make a phenomenal beer to ease someone into IPAs, since it doesn't have that kick that you find in your average hopapalooza.

Photo of tillmac62
3.32/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

BBD 5/13/15. Pours a clear golden with a touch of amber. Normal head characteristics.

Nice, but a bit light, nose of herbal hops with a bit of peppery spice over biscuit.

Light medium body with a smooth texture. Slightly above normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the middle and a solid finish.

The flavor profile is unique, intense, a bit complex but not well balanced. It begins with an odd flavor - herbal hops, a mineral aspect and something that tastes old and metallic. A nice biscuit sweetness arrives in the middle under a mild hop bitterness with a bit of pepper spiciness. The finish has a bit of alcohol bite and is also metallic

Photo of jneiswender
4.7/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Great topaz body and white lacing head
Great fruity hop scent with some earth tones. Taste is quite hoppy with some marmalade flavors. Well carbonated .

I don't know why this is so low rated by tasters. I have to agree with the brothers on this one. It is an English ipa. There is some simplicity to be expected. I wish I could try this cask conditioned.

Photo of DaneBramage
2.71/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

L: amber, not unlike most American IPAs.
S: malty
T: malty but not flavorful.
F: strange aftertaste, not in a good way.
O: I just didn't care for it. Was not expecting a typical American IPA, but this had very little hops and way too much malt, plus the odd aftertaste.

Photo of Devman5000
1.22/5  rDev -65.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

If this is indicative of the English IPA style, then I do not like the style altogether. Smell is dirty socks. Huge malt backbone and an offensively metallic finish. Not enjoyable by any stretch. I expected better from Left Hand.

Photo of YippieitsRyan
4.51/5  rDev +26%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tastey beer to watch basketball and hang out.

Photo of Stubbie1
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Golden color with a white head, piney hints on the nose. Started off with the hops and malt balanced together but then I thought the tase got slightly watery and left me wanting a bit more of something. Smooth in the mouth. A good beer but could be better.

Photo of Dikfour
4.27/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Clear gold. Tint of Amber. Medium carbonation. Two finger head dissipated at a reasonable clip.

Smell: Earthy, like dry clay. Big malts.

Taste: Super earthy. Bready malts. Malts are certainly the backbone of this beer but it is exceptionally well balanced. Really clean finish.

Feel: It's super crisp. Fairly clean. Its a little thin but its pretty close to perfect body.

Overall: This is one of my all time favorite six packs. 400 Pound Monkey is pretty complex, balanced, has a good abv and is an affordable sixer. Love this beer.

Photo of Webbydag1
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep malts and cloudy complexion

Photo of Beric
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving: Bottle, from the bottle
Served: 29 May 2015

Appearance: Had this one from the bottle since I was away from home and it was offered. Pretty cool label and got a new cap out of it.

Smell: Piney, resinous, somewhat dank, somewhat herbal hoppiness to this one. It's hard to exactly pinpoint other than not citrusy and not noble hopped. Really interesting nose that's pretty complex.

Taste: Ahh the English IPA. Big malt flavors here without being a big beer- the hops are carried on a caramelly malt body with hints of molasses and dark bread. Hop flavors are much the same as the nose. Finishes nice and bitter, just like an English IPA should.

Mouthfeel: Full body, medium carbonation. Great.

Overall: A good example of an English IPA. Good malt presence, good hoppiness, and low ABV. I can see why this one drives most reviewers nuts, because they're conditioned on American IPAs and this is a whole different beast. A good brew for the style.

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A brilliant gold brew under a 1” white foam cap that grips the side of the glass. Spicy hop aromas with pepper and mint rise from the foam with the scent of fresh bread. The palate strikes a perfect balance between light biscuit malts and herbal minty hops. Medium light body and medium to medium low carbonation. Refreshing and very easy to drink.

Photo of Telcocoffeedad
4.32/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Grain and citrus on the nose. Balanced flavor with pepper and citrus notes. Nice peppery mouthfeel.

Photo of 50marathons
4.39/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was very good. I can't understand the huge disparity in the ratings. Great flavor. Well balanced. Overall great beer.

Photo of babbules
2.06/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance was great--copper with great clarity. It had a beautiful white fluffy head (about 1-1.5 fingers) and good lacing.

Smell was middle-of-the-road. Bread and fruit with a hint of metal.

Taste is where this beer failed for me. The front was malty with a touch of fruit and pine. This was quickly overwhelmed with metal and meatiness (?). It's just weird, plain and simple. I've had grassy, vegetal IPAs that were still good beers, but this one pushed the envelope into overly-savory and soupy.

Overall, I wasn't a fan. I'd give this beer one more shot, but not happily.

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.61/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Undated bottle at 45 degrees into shaker
Aroma of flowers
Head small (2 cm, aggressive pour), white, frothy, diminishing to 4 mm broken frothy layer
Lacing good – complete rings of mostly tiny to few medium bubbles
Body light yellow, hazy
Flavor slightly bitter, reduced hop flavor typical of English IPAs, somewhat earthy; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 3.5, Palate 3.75, Overall 3.75

Photo of tcdrover
4.56/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I've been coming to this site for years. This is the first review I've posted though.

I felt obligated to say something after seeing some of those horrible reviews below.

This is an excellent IPA. This is my 2nd favorite after the Smuttynose IPA.

It's nice & crisp. Too many IPAs just taste like grapefruit & pine nuts. This is very nicely balanced. It goes down very smooth. I don't feel the 6.8 ABV at all. I would seek this out again.

Photo of monkeybeerbelly
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice bready and malty notes with a perfect bitterness to balance. really hit the benchmark for an english IPA. a style that many brewers seem to pass on, left hand really proved themselves with this one

Photo of Runthetableandy
4.77/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One two three four five

Photo of Dogfished
4.55/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

English pub feel in my living room

Photo of dcscientist
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another solid offering from Left Hand, who is quickly moving up the ladder for me. This is an IPA, but it's a bit maltier and less bitter than traditional ones, so that's why I liked it more than anticipated. I'm not sure if others may have gotten a bad batch, because I really didn't get the sour or bitter taste or the foul aroma that some reviews have described. I've never had this issue with Left Hand, so I'm definitely surprised that some have reviewed this beer so harshly.

Photo of Flopnasty
1.09/5  rDev -69.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Terrible smelled like wet towels and my glasses are clean so I don't want to hear that shit

Photo of gcheg
4.14/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

If you don't like this beer, then you don't know good English beer. Its funky, but that's the point. Really smooth and dry, love it.

Photo of TopherBreski
2.3/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Looks good, smells good, tastes horrible. So sour and bitter.

Photo of HamdenHector
3.79/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: crystal clear; light copper colored; 2 finger ivory head that receded to a wispy cap; very nice lacing;

S: a nice combination of hop aromas - citrus, earthy, and pine - with malt barely detectable in the background;

T: herbal hop influences are predominant throughout; bready malt in the background at mid-palate; light to moderate bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: I would have like more complexity in the flavor;

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400 Pound Monkey from Left Hand Brewing Company
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