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400 Pound Monkey - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Reviews: 539
Hads: 2,066
Avg: 3.58
pDev: 30.45%
Wants: 63
Gots: 377 | 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

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Beer added by: garcia2a on 09-03-2008

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Best by: 11/17/15.

Pours a clear golden-orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, and earth aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, earth, caramel, and slight metallic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop and earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer with a nice set of aromas, but the metallic quality I am getting in the taste diminishes the drinkability for me.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.89/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a mixed pack with a freshness date on the outside of the box! Well done Left Hand, every brewer should be an advocate for fresh beer like you.

Pours a copper-gold hue under a white head. Smells of layered caramel-y malts with a nice "through and through" juicy and earthy hop presence. Certainly more on the English side of the outlandishly broad IPA spectrum. Most Americans (especially on this website) cant seem to appreciate the idea of a malty IPA, especially when it utilizes English style hops as a centerpiece. Magnum hops are prominent here.

The flavor include a decent bitterness, rich and layered malts throughout, and a restrained overall hop character. Warm bread crust, sweet grass and weeds after a rain, and a light dankness. In balance with a little edge from the bitterness makes this slightly off center, which I rather like (and I suspect the brewers intend).

Conclusion: A great iteration of the style. Worth buying a whole six pack, and a nice break from the rapidly becoming generic ultra-hoppy American Triple Imperial IPA idea that seems to be the goal for every IPA produced.

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Photo of BeerPredator
3.87/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours light orange with thin head. Smells herbal and earthy. Tastes of honey and hops up front, dry, definite bite from alcohol and hops. Moderate sticky body.

Overall, not bad for a English IPA. I think the hops are too out of balance with the carmely sweet malt, resulting in a earthy bite that overpowers the malt too much.

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My brother had been begging me to try this beer for a long time and it was hard to find, but I finally got some and am looking forward to reviewing it. It is an English-Style IPA with 6.8% ABV and 65 IBUs.

Look-Pours a clear honey-yellow golden color with an egg-white foamy head that is at least 2 fingers thick and lingers most of the way down. The lacing is thick and delicate.

Smell-It smells of fruits and honey malts. The English aspects are really noticeable, specifically the strong yeast aroma.

Taste-It tastes like honey, mango, and maybe some citrus, but it has a lot of fruity yeast and clover. It is well-balanced by toasted cracker or bready malts. The alcohol content is perfect for the carbonation level.

Mouthfeel-It has a smooth mouthfeel with a nice fizziness from the carbonation and it finishes in a mild bite from the alcohol. It is medium-bodied and crisp.

Overall-I haven’t tried many English-Style IPAs, but I’ve had a few and I must say that it is a really pleasant type of beer and this one by Left Hand Brewing is particularly delicate, complex, and easy to drink.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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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Photo of Mdg222
3.36/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This one's a little different. Has a caramel flavor with a smidge of toffee flavor, which I'm not a fan of. It has a little piney aftertaste that lingers longer than I'd like. It's not bad but I probably won't rush out for more.

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Photo of Chaz
3.69/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brilliant golden in color topped with a fluffy off-white head.
Good lacing.

Nose exhibits some pretty assertive hop character, with notes of pine and citrus. There's also a sweet, rich malt character, and a touch of yeast, but the hop profile straightaway seems closer to a by-now familiar American I.P.A.

Sweet, lightly-tangy and aromatic on the first sip, in the best possible way. Yeast character is a little bit more pronounced in this by comparison to an American I.P.A., and the malt is also a bit more pumped-up and juicy. There's a sweetness that isn't cloying, but more in line with a natural fruit juice (think: pineapple), and indeed notes of ripe pear, golden apple, and pineapple are good points of reference.

While there's a nice malt character and component sweetness, there's that assertive hop profile keeping everything in a good sense of balance. Lingering bitterness is worth noting, here, just as the initial burst of hop aroma set this beer off on a good start, so does that bitterness keep the sweetness in check.

Malt profile is pretty sturdy, so this one has a good, solid feel to it which is appropriate for the style. It's a bit bigger, too, so to my mind an excellent sipper.

A very good beer overall, and it much better than I had expected it to be.

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Photo of maedhros09
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Amber color with thin lingering surface bubbles. Sweet malt folowed by moderate fresh hops bitterness. Medium thick body, fairly smooth. A solid english style IPA.

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Photo of DuaneL
4.48/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I do not usually like IPA's that much. They are way too over-hopsy for my taste. However, now this one - for the APA-lover that I am - is the perfect IPA. Another fantastic beer from an outstanding brewery.

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Photo of minterro
3.61/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Haven't been drink or rating (full rating) as much as usually so I figured I should start back up again.

Bought on sale at Morgans Liquor in Denver, poured into an imperial pint glass.

A&S: Fizzy white colored head with large bubbles incorporated into a general foam. Pours about a finger and above average lacing upon first sip. Head dies very quickly, but retains at a thin layer. Transparent and lively light orange colored beer. The aroma is more citrus than the taste would make it seem like it would be, but definably contains a good amount of maltiness.

T&M: More malty than your run of the mill IPA on the market. Other tones include caramel and slight citrus and piney elements. Almost has a rye like bitterness to it. This beer seems more like a hoppy amber, but I suppose that is part of the English IPA style. Pretty bitter in the finish. Carbonation is on the high side of medium and body is medium.

Overall: I've had this beer before, but I guess I never rated it. Not a bad beer, I think part of the reason for the lower BA score is due to palate being use to American style IPAs, at least I found myself thrown off at first.

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400 Pound Monkey from Left Hand Brewing Company
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