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400 Pound Monkey - Left Hand Brewing Company

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1,756 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,756
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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Photo of CanuckRover
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%

Pours a cloudy yellow, not great looking. Thin head, no lacings.

Pretty deep fruit aroma, bitter citrus mostly.

Fruit right up front with a bit of biscuit. Hop bitternes kicks in pretty quickly. Takes a second to balance out with the subtle malt sweetness. Focus is bittering hops. Nice juicy finish.

Maybe a bit too carbonated for my liking. Nonetheless, drinks incredibly well for 7%.

CanuckRover, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of ronniebruner
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%

This is your typical IPA. It has a great taste, strong hoppy presence, a great label, which is what prompted me to buy it, and overall, a very good beer. This is my first brew from Left Hand, and it will probably not be my last. I was pleasantly surprised.

ronniebruner, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of Spider889
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%

On tap at Mad Mex.

This beer is always a pleasure to drink. Not the most unique beer out there, but certainly a quality brew through and through.

This beer is a bright golden color that just loves to sit in the light, soaking it in and then emanating back out at a higher intensity. Crystal clear with a nice ring of white fluff around the rim and spotted lace.

The smell is very mild, but notes of pine waft by when you work for it.

The flavor is built upon a nice neutral golden malt backbone. The hops are prickly on the tongue with a pleasantly strong bitter finish. Pine and peppery spices intermingle with the golden malt.

Well carbonated. This is one of those beers that will make you burp, but force it through your nose and it's sweet grapefruit; really quite pleasing despite what you might think at first.

Spider889, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Bottle randomly picked up at Julio's a few weeks back. Poured into a pint glass. Beer is amber to copper with a nice head, low carbonation, minimal lacing.

Beer is malty and hoppy in the aroma, mostly earthy hops.

Beer is medium in body and nice in the palate. The moderately sweet and moderately bitter, easy drinking and mild flavors. I'm not a huge EIPA fan, this one isn't too malty. I put it down quickly, I'd have it again. Not as heavy as some I've had.

drabmuh, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev +2%

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate copper color with a white head and a bit of lacing. The nose brings some light bready notes as well as some floral, earthy, and light citrus hops. The taste is mildly hoppy with a light caramel background. Feel is a bit bitter with a nice body. Not the best of the style that I've had, but pretty good.

Thorpe429, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of JayS2629
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%

Got this at the brewery in a sampler.

A- Light cloudy amber with eggshell head and good lacing.

S- Hops up front. Pine and lemon with a background of a sweet malt.

T- Sweet malt is what this built on, but it very hop forward and finishes bitter with a bite. Aspirin flavor. Metallic. Pine. Hint of lemon.

M- Medium bodied and smooth. Mellow for a beer that is supposed to be super hoppy. Crisp finish.

D- Mellow beer. If you are looking for something hoppy, this might be too mellow for you. Very easy to drink.

JayS2629, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of brewski09
3.15/5  rDev -12%

On tap into 22oz. glass.

A. The beer arrived in a large beer glass and was very, very clear. The head (usually not present with most beers at this bar) was about 1/2 inch thick and white in appearance.

S. Smelled mildly of hops, quite less than expected. There were some piny/fruity tones to the hop aroma. It smelled like there were no caramel/crystal malts used in this brew. Very clean and crisp.

T. The taste was lacking the hop character promised, though it isn't necessarily the beer's fault. I was promised a hop forward beer with "lots of hops" and was delivered a mildly hoppy IPA. This would have been better consumed on a hot summer day as a crisp and refreshing IPA than a fall evening.

M. The mouthfeel was average with decent body, but nothing to write home about. With that said, it was not thin or dry either.

D. As I said before, this was not as hoppy as I prefer my IPA's, but it was quite drinkable. Maybe it would have been better in a bottle as I have noticed some aggressively hoppy bottled beers are less hop forward on tap (like SNPA). Again, drink this one in the middle of summer all summer long and enjoy. A very palatable beer for beginners in the IPA world as well. Not a must drink for hopheads, but definitely a solid selection if faced with meager selection.

brewski09, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of Durge
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%

Enjoyed at The Grill Next Door in Haverhill, MA this brew shows a straw amber color with a nice off-white head and good lacing. I find the aroma to be a very vague, maybe a slightly wheat/grass deal? Pretty disappointing for an introduction. It proves to be a medium-light bodied beer and the mouth feel follows suit, smooth with a little tingle. The flavor features a pretty unattractive leafy bite, and yes, I get the vegetable thing like everyone else. Seems to be an appropriate analogy, though thankfully a tolerably mild presence. I find this to be a pretty mediocre ale at best. It's drinkable enough if you're okay with the somewhat odd flavor. Worth a try if you like things that are a bit unusual, and it's a quality brew if the taste finds favor with you.

Durge, Nov 09, 2010
Photo of evansrdbrew
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%

Drank on 3/16/10
Bottled on 2/3/10

A- creamy white 1/2" head of tiny bubbles on a golden translucent ale. Nice lace leftbehind on glass.

S- malty & fruity aromas. Light malt notes followed by a nice sweetness, maybe a slight hint of yeast.

T- malty backbone comes through well with a nice hop zing that doesn't balance out. Malt notes are delicious and sustained.

MF- nice engaging mild bitterness from start to a dry finish. Nice tingling throughout with a very mild coating of the tongue.

D- good british style ipa with a heavier then normal malt profile, a mild hit of hops and a sustained med. Bitterness.

evansrdbrew, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of Buebie
1.65/5  rDev -53.9%

poured a hazy pale golden color. less then an inch of off white head. Settling pretty dark quick to leave a thin collar.
Aroma? What aroma? Aroma is mia, aside from a very very small amount of malt and sweetness. No hops at all in the nose. WTF is this shit?
Taste is also concerning. Metallic, mild corn like husky flavors. Finishing with metallic bitters and aspirin.
Mouthfeel is thin and crisp. I cant even describe how much I dislike this. Done...

I got 'the troops' version of the original english ipa style. Heavy on the watered down.

Buebie, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of NODAK
4.08/5  rDev +14%

Aroma here is of a bit of lemon, biscuity malts, and hops. Pretty nice and right for style.

Taste has some creamy, biscuity malts to begin with along with a taste that seems to be of a bit of tropical fruitiness. This leads to the finish, where the English hops assert themselves rather strongly through the finish into the aftertaste with rind bitterness.

Good for style and goes down easily. Balance is solid.

NODAK, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of ujsplace
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%

Pours a hazy burnt orange colored brew with a fluffy one finger thick white head into a nonic. Descent lacing remains on the sides of the glass.

Smells of yeast, biscuty malts and some light fruits.

Tastes of herbal earthy hops that are nicely balanced with bread-like malt sweetness as well as some bright fruits. Finish is dry...

Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation. Leaves a mild hop sting that clings for a bit.

This is a no-brainer - for me personally, I love hops and this left me a bit surprised - only based on the name (not quite as heavy-handed as I expected, but oh well - no biggie) because this is a highly sessionable - and would therefore be a big hit at gatherings. Worthy of a case...

ujsplace, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of nickfl
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a hazy, light copper colored body. The head dissipates quickly and leaves moderate lace.

S - Herbal, musty hops with a hint of grapefruit. Some bready malt in the background with a little bit of toffee.

T - Herbal hop flavor up front with some sweet, bready malt. More malt thickness comes out in the middle with notes of dry caramel and musty bitterness. The beer finishes with lightly toasted notes and a light grapefruit note of pithy bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Reasonably drinkable with a strong citrus hop character. The grapefruit bitterness is quite strong and is barely balanced by the sweet malt. Towards the finish, the malt intensifies with more toasted character and toffee. Not bad, but this really isn't dry enough for the style and while English hops are great in bitters, I prefer American hop character in my IPAs.

nickfl, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of philbertk
3.2/5  rDev -10.6%

Left Hand Brewing Company--400 Pound Monkey English-Style India Pale Ale 2010 12 oz. Bottle. 6.80% ABV. 45 IBU's? (3.25 / 5.0) Dense foamy lacy rich white head. Bottle Conditioned sediment, hazy soft amber gold color. Very mild not NW hop front. Creamy doughy bready mild sweet caramel BC fruit ester hint smooth malty body. Fruity English soft hop end. Sampled 10/31/2010 from 6-Pack purchased for $10.75 @ Seattle, PCC--Greenlake on 7/21/2010.

philbertk, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of DeanMoriarty
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%

Picked up a 12oz bottle of this at Liquor Mart in Boulder, CO. for $1.51 and pored it into a pint glass.

Bottled on: 9/13/2010

A: Light golden/straw color with a pretty weak head and not much lace, also has a small amount of effervescence.

S: Not much too it at all. A minor grassy hop smell that is dominated by a grainy malts.

T: More like and English style Pale than any sort of IPA. Some earthy hop at the front but dissipates quickly leaving a sweet malty flavor that lingers a bit, but the hop gets completely lost in the mix.

M: Average light bodied brew that is pretty thin.

D: Actually decent drinkability and if I weren't expecting this to be a hoppy IPA, i'd be happy drinking a few, but overall - just a let down.

DeanMoriarty, Oct 30, 2010
Photo of mactrail
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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.

mactrail, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of adrock7309
2.68/5  rDev -25.1%

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

adrock7309, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of mjurney
3.2/5  rDev -10.6%

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

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.

mjurney, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%

"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).

BuckeyeNation, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of cpanossian
4/5  rDev +11.7%

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.

cpanossian, Oct 19, 2010
Photo of DIM
3.83/5  rDev +7%

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.

DIM, Oct 19, 2010
Photo of chinchill
2.98/5  rDev -16.8%

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

chinchill, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of GabrielM
4.28/5  rDev +19.6%

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.

GabrielM, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of dfillius
4.28/5  rDev +19.6%

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!

dfillius, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.08/5  rDev +14%

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.

Gueuzedude, Oct 16, 2010
400 Pound Monkey from Left Hand Brewing Company
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