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400 Pound Monkey - Left Hand Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
81
good

1,754 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,754
Reviews: 512
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 15.36%
Wants: 47
Gots: 132 | 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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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

fDOTbear, Mar 20, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

HumanParaquat, Mar 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

schoon, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of depechemode1983
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.

depechemode1983, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of harryhood41
2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

harryhood41, Mar 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

hoops61176, Mar 17, 2012
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5/5  rDev +39.7%

jonathaniler, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of andrewjraab
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.

andrewjraab, Mar 14, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

MichaelBuck, Mar 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

Kornoms, Mar 12, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

UltimateLivewire, Mar 12, 2012
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1.25/5  rDev -65.1%

WeckBrew, Mar 11, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

mcorwin, Mar 11, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

BierAdvoNikk, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of Blueribbon666
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.

Blueribbon666, Mar 10, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

jmcgahran1, Mar 09, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

toyfull1, Mar 08, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

JGooden, Mar 08, 2012
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1.5/5  rDev -58.1%

denver10, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of snilsen13
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.

snilsen13, Mar 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

Mizorie, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of kemoarps
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%

Pours a straw colour, with a lot of sediment, but a minimal head. Still leaves decent lacing down the glass as I drink.

The nose has some resiny hops blended with a musty maltiness that somehow conjures memories of my old apartment (not really sure what that says -- about the beer, OR my old apartment...).

This brew has almost a barnyard must to it, a muted straw backbone girding the toasty malts and citrusy almost florid hops. There's even a hint of... honey? Something?

Aside from the mustiness noted, it almost tickles my throat. It's not that it's overcarbonated (I think it's an appropriate level of carbonation), but there's just something on the way down...

Overall this is a very drinkable beer. It's a little different than other IPAs I've been drinking (at least recently), almost as if it had pinch of Blonde thrown into it. It's well balanced and drinkable. Check it out, it's certainly worth trying.

kemoarps, Mar 06, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

LJWalker, Mar 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

MoDunc, Mar 05, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Redglimmer, Mar 04, 2012
400 Pound Monkey from Left Hand Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 1,754 ratings.