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400 Pound Monkey - Left Hand Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
81
good

1,666 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,666
Reviews: 507
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 15.08%
Wants: 44
Gots: 104 | 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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mactrail

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bitter ale with some unusual flavors.

Nice amber color and decent head. Mouthfeel is good with pleasant carbonation and slides down admirably. Fruity bitterness is the main note. Light body with a hint of malt. Piney and a hint of lemon. Apples and cooked cereal but dominated by hops.

Definitely a different style than the hop hammer IPA. Just as bitter in the aftertaste without the head-clearing aromatic hop blast of usual IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2010 02:38:32 | More by mactrail
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adrock7309

Minnesota

2.68/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Scored a 6 pack on the reccomendation of the liquor store shelf tag. Bade Idea...

Appearance - looked very nice, dark amber with decent light tan head with some lacing

Smell - metallic

Taste - Heavy on the astringent, esters, and bitter hops. Tasted like someone put a sack of old pennies in the brew kettle

Mouthfeel - cant complain too much here - disklike the taste so much

Wouldnt drink again - anyone want some - i have 5 left

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 20:55:31 | More by adrock7309
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mjurney

Texas

3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance:
Golden-orange color, clear. Lots of nice fine bubbles. Head looks very nice, lacing looks pretty good on the glass.

Aroma:
Herbal hops, some malts and a little fruity.

Taste & Mouthfeel:
Flavor is pretty mild. Maltiness up front, slight caramel. Herbal hops, just a touch of citrus. Body is light-medium.

Finish & Aftertaste:
Smooth finish with dry herbal aftertaste.

Overall Impressions:
Nothing really special about this IPA, it's just very dull.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 08:00:05 | More by mjurney
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
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).

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2010 11:24:52 | More by BuckeyeNation
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cpanossian

New York

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

Poured a hazy honey gold into a pint glass, with a generous 1-2 finger head of off-white head. As I sip it leaves generous lacing o nthe glass wall.

I get a an interesting citrus / floral / funky bouquet - like a little bit of lemon zest combined with some old world cheese (say from Westmalle' Cafe Trappisten or Chimay's Auberge de Poteaupre).

But the taste is more orange zest inspired with a light tangy hops bit.

I think this is delicious - a definite thirst quencher and great for a al fresco event in the sunshine. I also think 400 Pound Monkey achieves its goal of simulating an English-style IPA - I could definitely taste/place this in any of the many pubs I crawled in/out of throughout London this past April. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2010 22:45:39 | More by cpanossian
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DIM

Pennsylvania

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
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chinchill

South Carolina

2.98/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

served in Left Hand pint glass; unspecified cask conditioning.

A - clear & golden with 2 fingers of head. Head slowly fades, leaving nice lacing. Carbonation appears to be short-lived.

S - hops and malts

T - English bitter hops evident; floral; bitter, non-citrucy afterbite harms finish

Serving type: cask

10-17-2010 17:15:35 | More by chinchill
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GabrielM

New Mexico

4.28/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A - nice golden amber color but with less head than I expected/hoped for.

S - hops, some sweet malt, apple, allspice and some pine.

T - same as the nose, but with less hops and a bit more sweetness than expected, which is very pleasant. This beer/style would be a great segway into standard IPAs and DIPAs.

M - great carbonation, very well balanced and flavorful body.

D - definitely a beer I could have more than a few of. Rather enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2010 23:34:16 | More by GabrielM
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dfillius

Michigan

4.28/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass
A: Aggressive pour yields 1/2 finger of white head with good retention. Clear golden/bronze liquid. Good looking.

S: Modest crisp herbal citrus of noble hops. Small bit of maltiness. More aroma overall would be nice.

T: Clean malt center with bitter hoppiness around the edges, but without much hop flavor. Pretty god. Not bold. Some lemony citrus hop at the end.

M: Very bitter! Round, full.

D: Very drinkable. I'd order another and buy six. Balanced enough to be a session beer, Hooray!

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2010 20:26:45 | More by dfillius
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.08/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled July 2010; Sampled October 2010
A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a three finger thick, pale tan, off-white colored head that sits atop a bright gold colored beer. When held up to the light the body has a brilliantly clear, gold color with copper highlights. The aroma smells of lemon herbal soap for some reason (at least that was the first thing I thought of. The nose is quite clean and a bit more muted than I was expecting; the hop character is the most dominant note, but there is a touch of cracker like grain towards the finish. Aromas of lemon zest are tempered by fruitier notes of tangelo and lychee that lightly scent the dominant aromas.

Slightly sweet, at least enough to support the hop character, this beer tastes of Meyer lemons, tangerine zest and a touch of juicy fruit bubble gum. The finish has a nice solid bitterness and a touch of pine-needles and menthol that balances the up front fruit and light sweetness. This is quite light bodied and drinkable; definitely dangerously so given the alcohol. The malt character plays a clear supporting role in this IPA in that it is barely noticed; there is just enough malt character to support the hop notes and to support a touch of sweetness and a hint of pale-malt cracker like grain character in the finish.

A touch restrained in the hop department, but the amount of hops matches the light malt and body that this beer has quite well; more hops would likely overwhelm the balance that this beer has. This is definitely an enjoyable and definitely hides its alcohol pretty well. Not my preferred type of IPA at all, but the balanced hop character that this beer achieves has me really enjoying it.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2010 00:58:11 | More by Gueuzedude
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Portertime

Florida

4.18/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I do not think I have had a bad beer from Left Hand Brewery maybe because I am left-handed it is subliminal. Pours a nice burnt orange color with a gentle white head. Smell of grainy malts and a mild sauvignon blanc like grassiness. Taste was divine. The hops held their own but did not overpower with off putting oily-ness. It was more of a fine biscuity quality with a hushed sweetness of the background malts. I just love this brew, not the typical hop slam most IPA's delivery which coat the tonuge in harsh bitterness. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2010 00:54:49 | More by Portertime
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mattgreger

Pennsylvania

3.1/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The brew pours a nice golden/copper color with a nice froathy off white foam, and good lacing.

Decent malt-flavored aroma upfront with a spicy and earthy hop profile to follow. The aroma is fairly subdued, and nothing really sticks with you. The only saving grace on the aroma on this brew, is it seems to finish with a malty/grainy barley.

The hoppy/floral flavor is what you tast up front. This brew has a nice pleasent taste. Light caramel-flavored malts give just enough balance to keep the beer from being overly hoppy. A very good English IPA.

This brew is almost creamy at the start, but the finish has the nice hoppy crispness that you expect. A good brew, expected a little bit more from this style IPA. Still a good to brew to enjoy.

As I have read through the reviews of this brew, I have to agree with many of them in the sense that this brew is a great English IPA, but it borrows enough of the characteristics of the American IPAs to help make it a bit more drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2010 17:54:29 | More by mattgreger
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jwinship83

Illinois

2.98/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle picked up as a single. the bottled on part of the label is left blank. thats no fun...

A- the beer pours out a glowing golden orange colored body with a minuscule off white head. the head quickly becomes no more than a crown but leaves behind a solid wall of lacing. pretty nice.

S- the first thing i notice are pale malts. after that comes a faint odor of earthy and grassy hops. pretty mild smelling beer.

T- the taste is also pretty subdued. the pale malts i could smell come to the front once again. the hops come through as grassy and earthy. maybe a little bit of pine.

M- medium bodied. highly carbonated. little to no flavor left behind after i swallow.

D- meh, this is a pretty forgettable IPA. probably wont seek this one out again. glad i didnt get the six pack.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2010 04:28:03 | More by jwinship83
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peabody

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a little unimpressive with a weak tea/urine appearance and a very slight head that dissapates quickly.
Smell is malty first then some floral hops. Actually the smell is pretty nice and crisp but a little on the weak side.
Taste is watery and has a slight bitterness in with the malt. Not a bad flavor but still a quaffable drink.
Mouthfeel is sticky for being a slightly bitter beer. This is a good thing though.
Drinkability is suprisingly high for a 6.7%er. Great disc golf course brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2010 06:27:51 | More by peabody
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beveragesampler

Indiana

4.08/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

i was told a story of the Left Hand Brewers talking to other brewers saying "any monkey with 400Lbs of Hops can make an IPA" and this was how the name came about...

pours light amber alomst copper in color. one finger head, quickly dissipates. smell is earthy light bitterness. moouthfeel is clean not leaving much behind. low IBU. well ballanced with hints of grapfruit and citrus. as to be expected with american hops. this is a great everyday IPA. 6.7%ABV drinks like a session beer though.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2010 22:32:49 | More by beveragesampler
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glid02

Georgia

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

Cask at the Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta.

Pours a fairly clear copper color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of grainy pale malts with hints of deeper caramel malts. Also present are slight amounts of leafy and mildly spicy hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though the hop flavors are more complex than the smell would intimate. Mildly dry pale and caramel malt flavors kick things off and leafy hop flavors join in shortly thereafter. Midway through the sip light amounts of citrus hop flavors work their way into things before fading out into more earthy hop flavors that carry through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass quickly and could have another.

Overall this was closer to an English IPA than I remember the last time I had this beer, although neither time have I been blown away. Still, a solid beer that I think benefits from the cask treatment and is worth a shot.

Serving type: cask

09-30-2010 21:21:43 | More by glid02
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afinepilsner

Iowa

3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle

400 Pound Monkey was a hazy golden amber color. It had a short white head with good retention and lacing. The smell was a good balance of sweet malt and English hops. The taste was hop dominant with a nice bitterness and dry finish. It was medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability was good. This was a good beer and worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2010 01:31:47 | More by afinepilsner
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FreshHawk

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear apricot color with a large, rocky, foamy, sticky, white head. Good retention leaving a large, rocky, thick lace.

S - Sweet bready malt in the back with some herbal and leafy hop aroma. A bit of a citric hop aroma with orange and lemon aroma. Some oily aroma and lemon grass with just a bit of hopy spice.

T - Pale and biscuit malt are definitely present, although the hops play a more dominant role. Mostly an earthy, herbal, leafy hop flavor. Some citrus and lemon grass hop flavors as well.

M - Lighter side of medium body with about average carbonation. Crisp and refreshing feel.

D - Pretty drinkable with a good balance between the hops and malt, but it doesn't really make me want to have another.

Notes: Not a bad IPA, but it didn't really strike me as great. I wish some more of the biscuit malt would have come out. Decent English IPA that's worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2010 04:36:37 | More by FreshHawk
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BierFan

Michigan

2.93/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Thin off-white head on a slightly hazy amber body. Hop flavors are a little faded. Smooth and malty with good bitterness. Definitely some cooked vegetable qualities which are strongest and most off-putting in the aroma. The cooked vegetable aspect is getting stronger as the beer gets warmer.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2010 03:21:33 | More by BierFan
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ColdPoncho

Ohio

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
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daliandragon

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one that I definitely bought for the name and label but I do like an English IPA too so this should be a nice fit. Looks attractive, with a translucent golden body and firm cap showing moderate lacing from its original head. The nose is where the warning lights go off as it is dominated by apples and herbal grassiness. Have I missed something? Where are the hops, malts, and you know...beer?

There it goes. Beautiful recovery, monkey. Edgy bitterness in the English vein, with a lasting, satisfying oily bitterness. None of the pine or citrus of its juiced up American cousins; just dry, herbal, alchohol tinged tastiness. A bit more powerful than the native versions of the style but after a decade sampling its muscular Yank relatives, I have to say I prefer this approach to the EIPA too. mouthfeel is thick and luxuriant. i really like this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2010 02:28:45 | More by daliandragon
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Brent

Kentucky

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

Even for the dedicated hopsaholic, it is nice every once in a while to get back to the IPA roots and sample the style that started it all. Left Hand takes this beer straight down the middle with a quite authentic character. Nice, substantial malt with firm but not overdone hopping. The ABV is a bit higher than one would expect from the flavor. Overall, nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2010 13:30:18 | More by Brent
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bobhits

Kentucky

2.2/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

clear off yellow orange. no carbonation, no movement, and not much head

sweet malty fruity aroma, finsihing hoppy. second smell, hopes finishing sweet.

Reminds me of stone APA. Bready, sweet, some english hops. An interesting hybrid that comes off as an american IPA but has english characteristics.

Very easy to drink a few beers in a night.

Very drinkable, but could use some work.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2010 12:31:20 | More by bobhits
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jsanford

Georgia

3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a New Belgium globe

A - Golden-orange with a creamy, 1-finger head. Moderate lacing and retention.

S - Pretty malt-forward with a spicy and earthy hop profile. fairly subdued, but pleasant.

T - Citrusy hops dominate the taste with a bit of pine resin thrown in for good measure. Not as malty as the nose would suggest, but there is definitely a noticeable breadiness in this. Spicy finish.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

D - Moderate drinkability, tasty enough but not particularly memorable.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2010 21:16:31 | More by jsanford
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emerge077

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2010 00:17:38 | More by emerge077
400 Pound Monkey from Left Hand Brewing Company
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