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400 Pound Monkey - Left Hand Brewing Company

400 Pound Monkey400 Pound Monkey

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1,517 Ratings

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Ratings: 1517
Reviews: 503
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 15.36%

Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: garcia2a on 09-03-2008)
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Photo of Selbyg


4.73/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - Golden with a slight brown

Smell- Malty with a slight hop note

Taste- Strong malt at first giving way to hops. Very good example of an english IPA

Mouthfeel- Could be a bit smoother slight bite and a little thick

Overall- I love this IPA! Drank it out of a bottle for years but on tap is the way to go.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2014 16:39:20 | More by Selbyg
Photo of BradMacMullin


3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Had on tap at Sunset Cantina. Pours a very hazy golden color with no head. Little lacing and mildly carbonated. Not much of a smell. Has a malty lemon smell but nothing overwhelming. Tastes a bit sour to me, with little hops in the traditional style - a bit malty taste. Second and third tatses not really doing it for me with this one.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2013 17:07:59 | More by BradMacMullin
Photo of ruffdawg

West Virginia

3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Tried this beer at the Yard House in downtown Denver. The beer poured a nice color with a moderate head. It smelled good with a slight hoppy aroma, though not overpowering. The first drink was light and underwhelming. Typical English IPA. I did not realize it was an English IPA when I tried it so I was disappointed with the lack of anything approaching hoppiness in the first taste. As my mouth adjusted, it turned out to be a decent beer, but nothing to write home about.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2013 23:39:34 | More by ruffdawg
Photo of Smoke


3.59/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Had this one on tap at Yards in Denver. To be honest, it's tough for me to believe that they get through all those kegs (~100 on tap) in a timely fashion.

The beer had a nice head on it and had more malt aroma than I was expecting. A bit of earthy hop character was in there as well. It's an English style IPA (something not pointed out on the menu) so I adjusted my expectation of hop character. Even still, the balance seemed to be more towards the malt rather than the hop. In addition, the elements of the beer seemed "flatter" on flavor than I would have hoped (kind of like the beer had traveled all the way from England). In reality, it is a pretty good example of the style, just not what I was expecting.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2013 13:40:02 | More by Smoke
Photo of Darkmagus82


3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a hazy orange color with a one finger white head. The head fades relatively quickly leaving a moderate level of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The aroma is heaviest of an earthy and citrus hops along with a nice bready base. Along with these aromas are some lighter notes of tropical fruit as well as a little bit of apricot.

Taste – At the start of the taste a bready and grapefruit flavor greets the tongue along with some more grassy hop flavors. Some flavors of a light fruit flavor as well as a little bit of pineapple flavor soon come to the tongue. These sweeter flavors disappear soon however as flavors of grapefruit citrus hop grow stronger in nature with them being joined by some hop flavors of an earthy variety. When combined with the rest of the flavors, a bitter and dry, hoppy and bready flavor is left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The beer was slightly on the creamier and thicker side with a carbonation level that was average. The thicker body was nice for the bready flavors of the brew as well as gave a chance for all the hop flavors a chance to e fully sensed by the tongue.

Overall –A pretty nice English style IPA. It’s on the drier side with a good blend of citrus, earthy and herbal hop. Well worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2013 01:23:02 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of DoubleJ


3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Yardhouse. On to the beer:

Good looking. As with many IPA's the head forms an inch thick, retains well on top, and a good dose of lacing stick around the glass. Also good is the aroma of this IPA. It's not a complete hop bomb, but it does offers some pleasant accents of pineapple and canteloupe to complement the honey base.

Tasty too. It's modestly herbal, with citrus and pineapple notes. Still, at a few parts the beer doesn't totally come together to justify a higher score. Regardless, the beer is medium bodied with an enjoyable level of crispness, and goes out as an honest IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2012 04:29:50 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of Ford


2.65/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I've had this beer on tap twice. Both times I've felt this beer was really bad. I've had this style before and enjoyed it, I just don't feel like this beer is very good. Beyond bitter and it seemed like a burned rubber taste was present. Just nothing enjoyable about it to me. My friend also felt it was very bad.

Serving type: on-tap

09-21-2012 04:03:23 | More by Ford
Photo of Kendo

New York

3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got it on tap at the Flying Pig in Malvern, PA.

A: Body is golden-honey with a small white head. Some splotchy lace.

S: Fairly faint in the nose - some biscuity malt and a touch of hops.

T: Sweet foundation - this definitely seems more English in style than American. I also get a wheat-like twang of sorts - I wrote "rye?" Finishes with a minerally hoppy bitterness.

M: Medium in heft, carbonation is good.

O: Good. A little too sweet for me, but it is an English IPA, after all.

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2012 20:36:47 | More by Kendo
Photo of Boppar

New Hampshire

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

On tap at the 5 Horses Tavern in Somerville.

A: Coppery with a foamy two fingers of head.

S: Sweet malts earthy hops.

T: The taste is fairly subdued. It opens with sweet malts before transitioning to mossy hops. The tasting notes on the menu mentioned floral notes, but these were not in evidence for me. Very well balanced, very drinkable.

M: Creamy, medium-bodied, moderately carbonated.

O: Very nice. This is an extremely well-balanced IPA and one that will appeal to hopheads and or Advocates alike.

Serving type: on-tap

12-12-2011 00:20:21 | More by Boppar
Photo of kylehay2004


3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: surprised by the murky golden color

S: lemon custard and wheat.

T: so I am basically getting a hefe or wheat that is sweet, but not overly so, and no real hop flavor. Earthy and herbal notes.

M: moderate carbonation and medium body

Overall: I am not very familiar with English IPAs though I have read they are supposed to be more watery than theAmerican version but this isn't watery, but basically lacking any hop bitterness or body that I expected.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2011 01:40:40 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of nitro0292

New York

3.03/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16 oz tap at Pony bar, maybe a finger's width of head.

Very little smell, but I am in a large room. Good lacing. Golden color. Tastes like water with sweet tarts mixed in. I understand this is an EIPA but I expect more hop character. This is a bit too little for me. Disappoihead.

Not bad, but I would not have again.

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2011 00:47:44 | More by nitro0292
Photo of bdeck02


5/5  rDev +39.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

In my hand now on a warm evening on the patio at The Old Monk in east Dallas. Sun is setting and beating on my back. This one happens to be offered up as a cask conditioned special on the menu. I love Left Hand, so I couldn't pass this up. Definitely love to see something possibly different than your one in a million IPA in that this is strictly an English style IPA. Served in DFH tulip glass.

A - Hazy, sunset bronze. Translucent when help up to the setting sun. One large finger of dense vanilla milk shake looking head that may be disappearing at a turtle's pace.

S - Like I stuck my head in a fresh bag of the freshest semi-wet herbal hops and sweet yellow cake batter... in that order. LUSH! Anyone who's ever held fresh, whole cone hops to their face would appreciate this one.

T - Like no other IPA. It separates itself from the ubiquitous bunch. It's as though they carefully thought out and crafted every single IBU as though it were a brush stroke creating an artistic masterpiece in my mouth. The many colors of hop and malt brush strokes are thrilling! Even better as it warms closer to 50-55F. The 6.7% ABV is only noticed upon exhaling through the nostrils in a way that is subtle, exciting and whimsical. One the malt side of things, the Munich make their presence known and loved. Each malt can be detected in this one, which is not all that easy to do when crafting an IPA when the hops traditionally dominate. Base level sweetness is there from the Crystal and 2-row. The body is brought on by the wheat malt. Perfect malt profile.

M - LUSH! Slightly snappy dry at the finish, however.

Overall - You had better go to your local craft beer store or pub and snag this up before I do. If they don't have it, perform unmentionable favors for your local beer store guy in order to get some. Not sure what's so particularly English about this one other than the use of the Boadicea Hops which are relatively unknown other than they are named for a Celtic/England warrior queen. Similar to Czech Saaz in profile from what I can discern. Anywho, rockin' brew, y'all!

Serving type: on-tap

05-26-2011 14:51:33 | More by bdeck02
Photo of blittle

South Carolina

1.25/5  rDev -65.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

A - dark amber to copper in color

S - I actually thought this beer was skunked. Rancid as if maybe it had gotten too warm at some point during storage/shipment

T - I sent the beer back. The skunky smell carried through to the mouth. A very metallic, sulfuric aftertaste. The kind waitress informed me that after being tasted by someone that knows better, this was actually how the beer was supposed to taste. Really?

M - Carbonation average for an ale. Strong biscuity dry afterfeel.

O - Never again. One of the worst beer tasting experiences ever.

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2011 22:55:50 | More by blittle
Photo of StJamesGate

New York

3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Beer Temple, Amsterdam.

Pours cloudy pale gold with a white foam film that sheets. Caramel, candy corn and mild orange on the nose. Gloppy caramel apple malts with spice and some orange for hops. Disappearing finish. Thin, crisp, some chew.

Falls between US and UK IPA styles, and is not a good example of either.
Left Hand continues to disappoint.

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2011 18:08:00 | More by StJamesGate
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Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy yellow, not great looking. Thin head, no lacings.

Pretty deep fruit aroma, bitter citrus mostly.

Fruit right up front with a bit of biscuit. Hop bitternes kicks in pretty quickly. Takes a second to balance out with the subtle malt sweetness. Focus is bittering hops. Nice juicy finish.

Maybe a bit too carbonated for my liking. Nonetheless, drinks incredibly well for 7%.

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2010 21:07:01 | More by CanuckRover
Photo of Spider889


3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Mad Mex.

This beer is always a pleasure to drink. Not the most unique beer out there, but certainly a quality brew through and through.

This beer is a bright golden color that just loves to sit in the light, soaking it in and then emanating back out at a higher intensity. Crystal clear with a nice ring of white fluff around the rim and spotted lace.

The smell is very mild, but notes of pine waft by when you work for it.

The flavor is built upon a nice neutral golden malt backbone. The hops are prickly on the tongue with a pleasantly strong bitter finish. Pine and peppery spices intermingle with the golden malt.

Well carbonated. This is one of those beers that will make you burp, but force it through your nose and it's sweet grapefruit; really quite pleasing despite what you might think at first.

Serving type: on-tap

11-24-2010 19:04:39 | More by Spider889
Photo of Thorpe429


3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate copper color with a white head and a bit of lacing. The nose brings some light bready notes as well as some floral, earthy, and light citrus hops. The taste is mildly hoppy with a light caramel background. Feel is a bit bitter with a nice body. Not the best of the style that I've had, but pretty good.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2010 03:22:10 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of JayS2629


3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this at the brewery in a sampler.

A- Light cloudy amber with eggshell head and good lacing.

S- Hops up front. Pine and lemon with a background of a sweet malt.

T- Sweet malt is what this built on, but it very hop forward and finishes bitter with a bite. Aspirin flavor. Metallic. Pine. Hint of lemon.

M- Medium bodied and smooth. Mellow for a beer that is supposed to be super hoppy. Crisp finish.

D- Mellow beer. If you are looking for something hoppy, this might be too mellow for you. Very easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2010 01:27:59 | More by JayS2629
Photo of brewski09


3.15/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap into 22oz. glass.

A. The beer arrived in a large beer glass and was very, very clear. The head (usually not present with most beers at this bar) was about 1/2 inch thick and white in appearance.

S. Smelled mildly of hops, quite less than expected. There were some piny/fruity tones to the hop aroma. It smelled like there were no caramel/crystal malts used in this brew. Very clean and crisp.

T. The taste was lacking the hop character promised, though it isn't necessarily the beer's fault. I was promised a hop forward beer with "lots of hops" and was delivered a mildly hoppy IPA. This would have been better consumed on a hot summer day as a crisp and refreshing IPA than a fall evening.

M. The mouthfeel was average with decent body, but nothing to write home about. With that said, it was not thin or dry either.

D. As I said before, this was not as hoppy as I prefer my IPA's, but it was quite drinkable. Maybe it would have been better in a bottle as I have noticed some aggressively hoppy bottled beers are less hop forward on tap (like SNPA). Again, drink this one in the middle of summer all summer long and enjoy. A very palatable beer for beginners in the IPA world as well. Not a must drink for hopheads, but definitely a solid selection if faced with meager selection.

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2010 13:10:33 | More by brewski09
Photo of Durge


3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at The Grill Next Door in Haverhill, MA this brew shows a straw amber color with a nice off-white head and good lacing. I find the aroma to be a very vague, maybe a slightly wheat/grass deal? Pretty disappointing for an introduction. It proves to be a medium-light bodied beer and the mouth feel follows suit, smooth with a little tingle. The flavor features a pretty unattractive leafy bite, and yes, I get the vegetable thing like everyone else. Seems to be an appropriate analogy, though thankfully a tolerably mild presence. I find this to be a pretty mediocre ale at best. It's drinkable enough if you're okay with the somewhat odd flavor. Worth a try if you like things that are a bit unusual, and it's a quality brew if the taste finds favor with you.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2010 04:34:35 | More by Durge
Photo of DIM


3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: This was a slightly chill-hazed golden color. It was served to me with no head.

s: Mild, floral hops with hints of citrus. Crackers, a mineral aroma, and lightly sweet pale malt.

m: Hoppier than the smell would suggest. I tasted citrus before the bitter, floral finish. The malts are kind grainy and mildy sweet. I think I tasted something mineral as well.

m: Light bodied with very gentle carbonation.

d: Well balanced and on the dry side, I like it.

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2010 15:46:18 | More by DIM
Photo of ColdPoncho


2.65/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I just had this at a Left Hand event on campus (University of Cincinnati) in a flight with Sawtooth, Oktoberfest, Twin Peaks, Milk Stout, and whatever the name of the double sawtooth is. This may have been my least favorite, which is tough for me, with my love for hops. But, I was just continuously overwhelmed by the sense of broccoli. I got it in the nose, and it dominated the taste. It's a decent looking beer, that feels good and goes down easy, but being unable to escape the smell and taste of broccoli, I really didn't enjoy this beer too much.

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2010 02:20:24 | More by ColdPoncho
Photo of david18

New York

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Seeing that this is an English IPA explains a lot about this beer. I had a sixteen ounce pour of this at the Amsterdam Ales House on Manhattan's Upper West Side. As a less hoppy English IPA this beer is pretty close to the style. I am just not a huge fan of it.

Dark brown color with some cloudiness and a weak head. Good aroma and flavor. I'll probably have it again but not often.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2010 19:46:10 | More by david18
Photo of Duhast500

Rhode Island

3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a tasting glass.

The color is yellow with a orange tint to it. There is a finger of foamy white head and some nice lacing.

The smell is pretty floral at first with a big piney flavor then into a grassy aroma with a little citrus mixed in.

The taste is bitter at first but has a nice balanced flavor after the initial grassy, floral flavor. Some nice smooth, bready flavor finishes this beer off.

The feel of this beer is smooth as it goes down well and has a light to medium body to it. It is more balanced than expected but does have nice bitter aftertastes that last just long enough.

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2010 17:16:24 | More by Duhast500
Photo of midworken


3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a decent sized head that dissipated rather quickly that left a good lacing on top and a clear yellow/gold body below.
Nose smelled of pine (somewhat hard to distinguish the smell of the beer from the atmosphere where I was at) and hoppiness. It tasted upfront of sweet maltiness and left with the bitterness of hops and some tangy/sour of citrus. Well balanced and every sip was interesting.
Mouthfeel was good, not too much carbonation and not too little. Wouldn't be able to drink more than two, had a very full flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

07-03-2010 18:07:30 | More by midworken
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400 Pound Monkey from Left Hand Brewing Company
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