400 Pound Monkey - Left Hand Brewing Company
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3.43/5 rDev -4.2%
My first Left Hand brew purchased from Total Wine & More – Goodyear, AZ
Bottle date looks like 08/06/11 – ruh oh!
12oz with pint
A: The brew appears a real light straw pale color with a bit of haze to it. Carbonation looks on point. This is a chunky monkey with visible yeasties floating about. Good white cap and some light lacing on the glass.
S: Smells of grainy English pale malts. Toasted breads and soft caramels. Some light grassy hops and fruity yeast esters.
T: Flavors are forward with bready, biscuity, English pale malts. Tastes like spent grains actually. Has a grassy fresh hay component. Light-moderate bitterness overall. Soft caramel honey sweetness and some fruity yeast character. Not bad but nothing outstandish.
M: Real light in body with a somewhat sticky texture and a bit of drying in the finish.
D: I thought this was an okay brew. Definitely light and drinkable but sort of one note for me. Would likely pass on this if I ever come across it again but nice to have tried.
At least it wasn’t a 400lb monkey terd.
03-21-2012 23:36:37 | More by Nugganooch
3.43/5 rDev -4.2%
A - Pours out a golden orange color. The head is white and gone in just a few seconds. Not seeing any lacing.
S - Buttery, floral, and bitter/hoppy. Getting some caramel sweetness as well.
T - A tad bitter with some fruity sweetness. Apples and grapes come to mind. Still getting sweet caramel notes somewhere through the middle.
M - Oily with medium carbonation.
O - Slightly above average drinking. Nothing to write home about but pretty good drinking.
03-18-2012 15:05:56 | More by depechemode1983
3.68/5 rDev +2.8%
A golden and pale yellow color. It presents more like a Pale ale than your standard IPA. 3 fingers of off white suds with exceptional lacing and stick. Hops are present in the smell, but it is overtaken by a wonderful smell of freshly baked bread. This is a nicely balanced IPA that drinks very easy. It has nice hop components and a nice clean finish. I'd definitely get this again.... A solid craft brew.
03-14-2012 01:55:10 | More by andrewjraab
3.88/5 rDev +8.4%
Review from notes.
This is the IPA that really hipped me to the fact that english and american variations ARE different and I find the english style to be more palatable and easy drinkin'.
Pours a golden straw color into pint glass with a thin white lacy head that dissipates quickly.
Taste/mouthfeel, crisp and clean good taste of hops without being a total choker.
Really enjoyed this from the Left Hand mixer I bought and I was very hesitant to try as I thought it was going to be a typical IPA whole cone chewer to share with the drain. Cheers to Left Hand on another solid brew, in a fairly solid stable of beers.
03-10-2012 14:40:47 | More by Blueribbon666
1.35/5 rDev -62.3%
Yuck. This smells and tastes a little like very old hops mixed, but mainly bad fish. I could not locate the brewed on date, but I bought it at a reputable store that sells only beer; hopefully, they'll honor a return.
I can't actually say that I've ever been compelled to even try to return a beverage, but this beer was so bad I couldn't drink it. I'm pretty adventurous, but this was just plain off.
3/6 bottle all equally bad, maybe it was a bad batch. The brewery clearly has a good reputation and I think I've enjoyed this beer years ago, but I'm not 100% sure.
Sorry to have to report this is a bad brew, but that's pretty much all there is to say. Based on appearance and general carbonation and mouthfeel, it had potential, and if you read I'm not alone in this negative experience.... just AVOID this and drink any of the 100s of others.
03-06-2012 20:54:05 | More by snilsen13
400 Pound Monkey from Left Hand Brewing Company
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