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400 Pound Monkey - Left Hand Brewing Company

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400 Pound Monkey400 Pound Monkey

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1,966 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,966
Reviews: 539
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 15.69%
Wants: 57
Gots: 270 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: garcia2a on 09-03-2008

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Ratings: 1,966 | Reviews: 539
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4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of WrathsU
3.87/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pale gold body with small white head on vigorous pour. No apparent lacing and what head was formed receded quickly.

S - Faint earthy hops with a touch of herbal to them. Not much there at all, and beyond the above nothing very noticeable.

T - Now the taste is quite different than the smell. Right away I get earthy hop tastes up front. Following that is a nice mixture of spicy and herbal hop flavors. The bitterness has a great firm grasp throughout, never overbearing but always lets you know it's there. The malt backbone is there and is a great compliment to the hop profile.

M - Medium bodied, slightly under carbonated, and a very slight alcohol burn to it.

O - Lacking in every area but taste, this beer proves that taste is and always will be the most important factor with other characteristics only supporting it. If this beer had better aromas and was carbonated better then it would make this good beer a great beer.

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3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of rangerred
4.21/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance is a clear medium gold with a half finger head. Leaves moderate lacing on the glass.

Smells is moderately bready with some light grassy hops. Some light caramel and husky grain is also detectable.

Taste, once warmed up to around 55 degrees, is quite bready and grainy with some light caramel. Some grassy hops can also be tasted before an assertive bitterness comes in and wipes it all away. This leads to a very dry finish with only a light coating left on the tongue.

At first I was quite turned off by this beer because straight out of the fridge, all you get is harsh bitterness with no malt flavor. Let it warm up some, however, and you will be rewarded with a delicious malty and hoppy treat unlike a lot of IPA's on the market.

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Photo of CFHMagnet
4.02/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 12/28/11

I poured this beer aggressively to get a finger of cream colored head. Body is a nice clear amber. No lacing noted.

The aroma is mainly malty. A lightly toasted English malt profile with raisins, a hint of vanilla and something sweet and sugary. Hops noted are light and grassy.

It opens up with the malt profile characteristic of and English beer, and then transitions quickly into bitter yet delicate hop flavor. The hops are gardeny but not piney, with only a hint of lemon to make an ever so light citrus profile.

Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied, easy going and refreshing. Just barely coats your tongue, mainly just sliding over to relieve it.

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic. Bottled on 12/06/11 printed on shoulder in yellow. No info.

A - This one pours lightly hazy from small floaties, golden yellow in color with a plump two-finger white head. Good retention eventually left sturdy clumps of patchy lace caked on the pint.

S - Simple and one-dimensional malt backing gives way to a more open and interesting lemony citrus hop character. The aroma has a lot of citrus hops that's unlike anything I've smelled recently. A bit of tannins and even a banana yeasty touch pokes through on the finish.

T - The flavor strays from the initial aroma leaving the lemony citrus hop character to be overtaken by a malty, lightly toasty dry flavor. Some grass in this one feels a bit distracting, but remains true to style with it's earthy tones.

M - Despite the name, 400 Pound Monkey is no heavy beer. Medium-light in body and smooth with a dry citrus tingle to the finish, it's got a nice refreshing characteristic to it

D - The creepy bug-eyes starting at me as I drink this bottle is a little odd, otherwise it's fair going down. 400 Pound Monkey is a good English IPA that I'm not overly turned on by but, certainly not turned off by either.

Photo of dandmc24
4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

Photo of magine
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy light gold. Lots of floaters suspended throughout the brew. Nice tight bubbles and real good carbonation. Wisp near white lace head and some clingy lace on the edges. Some lace along the edges cling. Average looks.

Brew smells of toasted malts; biscuit malts. Herbal, grassy hops almost a bit of peppermint. Pretty good nose.

Brew is spicy; herbal and peppery. Almost a bit of peppermint. Very crisp and easy drinking. Light finish, slightly bitter dry finish. Balanced by some biscuit malts. Pretty good brew.

This one was pretty good. It would be a really good easy drinker for the summer. But I feel the herbal peppery flavors aren't my favorites. I would rather go with an APA to session. Pretty good for the style though.

Photo of MCDuhamel
3.76/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. Fairly aggressive pour yields a rather limp head; ivory colored, reasonably dense, but about an inch and falling quickly to a thin foam. The beer is dark golden, with a very slight haze. The nose shows earth, green herbs and mint, and toasted white bread. That shows through on the tongue too,with a little malt sweetness and some breadiness leading to a cleansing dryness. A very drinkable brew that is a nice change from the alcoholic hop teas that pass for "IPAs" these days. I wish it were a little prettier in the glass, but I'll look for this again.

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4/5  rDev +12%

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400 Pound Monkey from Left Hand Brewing Company
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