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400 Pound Monkey - Left Hand Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
81
good

1,891 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,891
Reviews: 519
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 15.69%
Wants: 51
Gots: 182 | 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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3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Clear, gold in color. Head almost nonexistent.

S: Hops up front, primarily floral & pine. Not a whole lot of anything going on here.

T: Floral & citrusy (orange) hops up front. The malts stand up to the hope more than expected, with less less lingering hop bitterness than "IPA standard".

M: Slightly thinner than I would prefer. What carbonation is present is certainly on the low side.

O: It is possible the bottle wasn't up to snuff, although it wasn't old. I was concerned when there was almost no head at the pour. It was OK but not particularly good. However, I would give it another try with a different bottle or on tap.

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4/5  rDev +12%

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2.15/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a clean, clear light gold color with about a half-inch of white head that had low retention and OK lacing.

The aroma was fairly neutral, perhaps a bit too malt forward, and just a bit of light citrus hops showed through. The taste was equally as meh, and the expected balance of the style wasn't at all present the beer had an unpleasantly bitter finish, and perhaps through the power of suggestion, maybe a bit of a milk taste.

The body was way too thin for the style, I expect an English IPA to have a pleasantly full and smooth body. Drinkability was good enough, I suppose, but why have more than 1? Overall, not a good representation of the style. Try it to tick it, otherwise skip it.

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3/5  rDev -16%

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5/5  rDev +40.1%

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1/5  rDev -72%

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3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours clear golden copper color, nice big fluffy head. Slight aromatics, with aroma of some honey and a bit of citrus hops, but overall not particularly strong. Flavor is underwhelming with no hop bit whatsoever. Slight hay, bready, a little pale malt sweetness, some honey. Easy drinking, medium high carbonation. More of a golden ale than an IPA or pale ale. I see it is listed as an English IPA here, but I don't know if that was intended by the brewer or not. Just not very flavorful.

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4/5  rDev +12%

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4.25/5  rDev +19%

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3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this beer into a pint glass, it has a nice light orange color body with not a lot of head to it and not a lot of lace either. The smell has a nice hop aroma and a little bit of citrus. The taste has a nice up front hop taste and then a little bit of malt comes through on the finish. The mouth feel is good and overall this is a good ipa.

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4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up at Thirsty's, enjoyed chilled from a tulip.

A light golden with light copper haziness and 2 1/2 inches of creamy beige cap with ultra fine bead and lace sticks well. The smell has a light apple tinge with mostly herbal hops and subtle golden pear yeast fruitiness with a floral hop attribute. The feel is semi-dry with a moderately bitter and slightly creamy malt body with relatively low carbonation and subtle acidity with low astringency and medium body with a crisp dry finish.

The taste has a very fresh english hop flavor which is fruity and provides a slight hint of yeast fruitines to blend with light pine attributes and moderate bitterness on the palate with subtle sweet malt backing and the pear mentioned is gentle with it coming forward slightly as it warms. The alcohol is mild and has bite w/ mild citrus edge in the last sips w/ orange sweetness and tangy tinge with dry acidic finish.

Overall I enjoyed this IPA, very nice flavor with a solid American take on the english style, recommended.

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3/5  rDev -16%

400 Pound Monkey from Left Hand Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 1,891 ratings.