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400 Pound Monkey - Left Hand Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
81
good

1,823 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,823
Reviews: 515
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 15.41%
Wants: 51
Gots: 159 | FT: 0
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 Sammy
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mondiale 2010. Bright yellow with a quarter inch of bubbly white head. Some lace. A little yeast in the aroma. Tad of above average mouthfeel. Decent drinking,some mild grapefruit, and a fair amount of malting. I like the style that the hopping is not intended to overwhelm the palate.
Had again on cask at Fallen Rock, and the same rating though a bit odd bitterness.

Sammy, Jun 04, 2010
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev +5%

spycow, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -2%

djrn2, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -2%

zestar, Jul 29, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Thorpe429, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -9%

acurtis, Dec 09, 2013
Photo of nmann08
3.36/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On draft, pours a very clear copper orange color. A very tho layer of head sits on the glass, lacing as the beer disappears.

The nose is spice, earthy hops, chives, not much malt. The flavor is earthy hops, with a malt backbone. A little cotton candy, spice, potato. This is old school ipa, but not a great interpretation. Unfortunately, my preferences have changed and this doesn't stand out like I am sure it did 10 years ago.

nmann08, Sep 19, 2014
Photo of metter98
3.56/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy yellow to golden yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that died down, leaving a thin layer and patches of bubbles on the surface, a collar around the edge of the glass, and some lacing down the sides.
S: Light aromas of tropical fruits are present in the nose along with some hints of floral hops.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste starts out with some hints of sweetness and hints of tropical fruits and is followed by a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with slight bits of crispness and a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is definitely a unique beer that seems like a hybrid between a tripel (with the maltiness and sweetness) and an English IPA (with the light amount of bitterness). The beer hides its alcohol well but I wouldn't call it sessionable because the mouthfeel seems to have a heavy dose of malts.

metter98, Jul 24, 2013
Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a pale amber color with a modest head that leaves a nice curtain of lace behind

Smell: Caramel malt with fruity and earthy tones

Taste: Opens with the caramel, but it doesn't take long for stone fruit flavors to take over; by mid-palate, the bitterness builds; the finish has a lingering herbal, hard water tone

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Glad I re-visited this with a fresher example; this is a pretty decent example of a British style IPA

brentk56, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +12%

kjkinsey, May 03, 2012
Photo of BEERchitect
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So refreshing to see English hops done right. Earthy, perfumy, spicy, and nobly fragrant- this beer showcases them well.

A strong golden or light copper hue shows brilliant clarity, froathy creme of white foam, and good lacing. All that is ever needed from the appearance of an IPA.

Spicy and resiny, the hops give mild impressions of spruce, fresh-cut grasses, and an herbal aroma that rests just above a soft pillow of malty/grainy barley. The nose does the hops much better justice than it does the malts.

Hop flavor also dominates with a soft and floral taste, eventually leading to smooth and pleasant bitterness. Light caramel-flavored malts give just enough balance to keep the beer from tasting like hop tea. Mildly bready and malty the base is quite pleasant with a two-row variety most notable for American style IPA's rather than English. Esters (or aldehydes) of bruised apples and other fruits hark the notion of English style ales as well and help to add complexity to the fruit-forward IPA.

Medium creaminess early on, the beer takes a quick and fleeting transition to crispness and cleanliness in the finish. Great attenuation leaves the beer with little structure from mid palate on into the finish. Minty alcohols and hop bitterness makes for a refreshing and thirst quenching finish.

Likely the most delicious and most drinkable of Left Hand's hoppy beers. They have the tendency to go the English route on many of these, and this variety borrows just enough American IPA attributes to increase the drinkability without sacrificing the 'English' IPA soul.

BEERchitect, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Never hold discussions with the monkey when the organ grinder is in the room."

--Winston Churchill

Lightly cloudy apricot with lemon peel borders and several fingers of putty colored foam. A lack of perfect clarity, a gentle rockiness during descent, and a fair amount of lace in sudsy squiggles are all positives.

The aroma lacks power and presence. An obscure hop bill is all well and good, but the brewers could have used more of them. Magnum, Boadicea and Sovereign (an English noble) contribute light floral-herbal notes... and that's about it. So far, this chimp is a relative lightweight.

400 Pound Monkey has more bitterness than good hop flavor. That might be due to the specific hops that were chosen or it might have to do with when the hops were chucked into the kettle. So far I'll have to give the nod to Left Hand's American version of the style, Warrior IPA.

There can't be much crystal and Munich malt in there because the flavor that those guys usually add isn't prominent. Pale and malted wheat are present as well. As in the nose, hop flavor is less than abundant, especially in a style that should be hop flavor focused. Above average here is a gift.

The mouthfeel is more APA than IPA. It's on the thin side and the bubbles are slightly too sharp and stinging. Warming helps on both counts, just not enough for the next highest score to be considered.

My excitement, which was more like cautious optimism, that another IPA is now available to Iowans was short-lived. 400 Pound Monkey isn't bad beer, but bitterness isn't enough to bring this hophead back for another visit to the monkey house (Vonnegut reference).

BuckeyeNation, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of mikesgroove
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bright, orange tinted honey colored amber being presented in front of me. Very hazy, with the cloudiness no doubt due to the unfiltered nature of it. A nice white head of foam, perhaps two fingers high then came over the top and settled down gradually to just a thin film of lace.

There was a nice floral hoppiness, somewhat muted hints of orange and lemongrass with a touch of pine. Decent malt base was apparent as the aroma of bread came through nicely. The flavor followed much of the same, owing that nice light floral hoppiness, but never having enough of it to really push it all the way forward. Nice little bite of bitter on the back of the tongue, and a slightly fruit finish, with apples coming through very clearly, especially in the aftertaste. The Mouthfeel was a little thin, maybe a touch watery, but had more then decent carbonation. A bit of a slickness to it as well. Superbly session able though as this was a very easy drinker and I could have thrown this one down all night long to be honest.

mikesgroove, May 26, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

jaydoc, Aug 15, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

kylehay2004, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
2.23/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this beer a few times now and each time I just don't care for it. The look of the beer is nice. The color is a nice clear copper color with a thick foamy white head on top. The smell isn't really that pleasing to me, It's hoppy but it kinda smells weird to me. The taste is even worse, I don't know what they use in this brew but I really don't care for it. The mouthfeel was pretty good, and it's drinkable for sure. Overall if the taste was better this brew would be awesome but I'm just not sure of it.

Knapp85, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out a clear, light copper-hued body with a medium-small, but lasting, white head. Slight, slender lacing on the way down.

Smell: Initially, a whiff of vaguely sweet-scented malts greet the nose, followed by hop notes of pine needles and oil-soaked, fresh tangerine rinds and a pervasive earthy overtone.

Taste: Standard pale maltiness, lightly grainy and sweet, with just a teeny iota of sweet almond. The hop character is predominately earthy, but there's also tastes of white pine and tangerine oil. Moderate bitterness. The finish is reasonably dry with a lingering hint of raw barley in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Overall, a decent brew to drink; it's hop-forward, certainly, but not overbearing and could pair with a wide variety of foods. I opted for Taco Mac's Smothered Kettle Chips. I and other previous reviewers agree that the name is a bit misleading -- it's less a palate-ravaging 400lb Monkey as it is a Curious George. Ah, that lovable lil' scamp.

ChainGangGuy, Nov 12, 2009
Photo of oberon
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I think alot were expecting more of a hop forward IPA here,and came away dissapointed,I thought it was decent and fit the EIPA category pretty well.Poured a clear rich golden with a nice tight one finger white head that left broken lace as it settled slowly,good clarity and definition.Aromas were the biggest dissapointment for me for this beer,light caramel/biscuit,and geranium-like hop came thru but it was light.Toasty and lightly sweet caramel malt flavors up front with leafy,tea-like hop flavors coming into a good finish.The British malt profile is the main component of the beer for me,the hops just lend a hand.It was very fresh,(bottled on 2/3/10/)wich was nice,a good beer for the "style".

The more I drank I noticed a real buttery flavor from the yeast strain used,not to bad though.

oberon, Feb 14, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dirty John's tulip pint glass.

Thanks to Matt for this bottle!

That's one big, six-armed monkey! It pours a hazy gold topped by a finger of white froth. The nose comprises sweet caramel, light grapefruit, and honeydew. The taste holds notes of grapefruit, light caramel, and a light-ish pine near the finish. The body is a light medium, with a light carbonation and a dry-ish finish. Overall, a very nice EIPA, but not necessarily something I would actively seek out again.

TMoney2591, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of emerge077
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single from Before You Go Liquors.

It pours a slightly hazed golden orange, slim and tight cap of foam on top. A ring of lacing sticks around the edges. Light visible carbonation. Looks good.

Smells pretty malty, with a floral and earthy scent from the hops. Not especially pungent, but in line with the milder English style of IPA.

Creamy feel, mild hop bitterness, earthy and floral character again. Somewhat buttery, not sure if that's really a hinderance or not. Seems to fade behind a dominant floral hop flavor, and biscuity malt. A little fruitiness would be a good compliment here, but there is none. Earthy aspirin briefly in the aftertaste, with more perfumy florals and mild bitterness. Overall it's good for what it is, but not one i'd seek out.

emerge077, Sep 15, 2010
Photo of zeff80
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a somewhat cloudy, orange/amber color with a fizzy, thin, off-white head. It left minimal lacing.

S - It smelled of caramel, citrus and some grasses.

T - It was malty and sweet with very little hop character. A slight bitter hop bite emerged as the beer continued to warm up. Otherwise, it seemed like a mild APA.

M - It was soft and a little thin for an IPA. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - Not the best IPA. The bartender admitted that it tasted much better earlier when he tried it in Colorado.

zeff80, May 17, 2009
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Left Hand 400 Pound Monkey

Appearance: A clear deep-gold body with an orange cast beneath a short head of bright white foam. Head retention is excellent, and the lacing is above average, leaving some nice rings of thin lace about the glass.

Smell: Not as distinctively hoppy as one might expect, however it is surprisingly fruity: tangerine, apricot, perhaps papaya or mango. It's a little grassy as well. The tropical character is odd... maybe the name has something to do with it?

Taste: Fruitiness and grassy/raspy hops upfront. Somewhat sugary/biscuity malt rises as it warms. Solid bitterness. Finishes dry with some almost spruce-like hops left lingering.

Mouthfeel: Medium-Full. Moderate carbonation level.

Drinkability: There's an interesting yeasty fruitiness to it, and as an English style IPA it can get away with less hops in the nose and flavor, but it somehow seems off. I suspect it's fermented a bit high in temperature.

NeroFiddled, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

eh. pours a very clear light golden color with nice white lacing and a small white head. smells like an english malt attack and thats about it, deep though, layered. flavor is very malty, taste like the spent grains at a brewery smell, has a bitter finish. i wouldnt call this an ipa by even english standards, but whatever. feel is decent, heavier than it looks, sturdy abv, fine carbonation. overall im just not impressed here, pretty pedestrian brew for lefthand.

StonedTrippin, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of nickfl
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a hazy, light copper colored body. The head dissipates quickly and leaves moderate lace.

S - Herbal, musty hops with a hint of grapefruit. Some bready malt in the background with a little bit of toffee.

T - Herbal hop flavor up front with some sweet, bready malt. More malt thickness comes out in the middle with notes of dry caramel and musty bitterness. The beer finishes with lightly toasted notes and a light grapefruit note of pithy bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Reasonably drinkable with a strong citrus hop character. The grapefruit bitterness is quite strong and is barely balanced by the sweet malt. Towards the finish, the malt intensifies with more toasted character and toffee. Not bad, but this really isn't dry enough for the style and while English hops are great in bitters, I prefer American hop character in my IPAs.

nickfl, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper clear appearance bright white head, forms fine coated lacing between sips. Aroma has nice citric, earthy, and herbal hop going on. Light caramel malt sweetness with fresh baked bread accents. Flavors provide enough bitterness and hop flavor to make for a tasty experience. Really earthy and herbal hop flavors leaves a dry leafy tea like note on the palate. A definite English IPA with a bit more hops I like the different approach this brew takes. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with ample soft carbonation and dry bitterness left behind leaves the palate feeling like a desert. Drinkability overall is solid a brew I'm down with trying again and again. I will continue to try Left Hand offerings a great brewery that I tend to dig more and more with each new beer they produce.

WVbeergeek, Mar 20, 2010
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400 Pound Monkey from Left Hand Brewing Company
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