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400 Pound Monkey - Left Hand Brewing Company

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1,730 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,730
Reviews: 512
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 15.36%
Wants: 44
Gots: 120 | 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 mattgreger


3.1/5  rDev -13.4%

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.

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


2.98/5  rDev -16.8%

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.

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


3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

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


4.08/5  rDev +14%

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.

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


4/5  rDev +11.7%

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.

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


3.68/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

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


3.63/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

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


2.93/5  rDev -18.2%

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.

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


2.65/5  rDev -26%

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.

09-24-2010 02:20:24 | More by ColdPoncho
Photo of daliandragon

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +15.9%

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.

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


4/5  rDev +11.7%

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.

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


2.2/5  rDev -38.5%

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.

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


3.53/5  rDev -1.4%

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.

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


3.53/5  rDev -1.4%

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.

09-15-2010 00:17:38 | More by emerge077
Photo of Bfarr


4.03/5  rDev +12.6%

Golden orange with medium tan foamy head wtih okay retention and lacing. Light dirty and earthy hops. Grassy, earthy hops seem to be balanced on their own with a hint of barley and a slightly biscuity finish. Moderate carbonation with somewhat thin feel.

If you like a different flavored IPA occasionally, this is a nice English IPA to try. Fairly one-dimensional it still an easy drinking interesting beer. If you're looking for a hoppy brew you won't find it here but if you want a different drinking experience from all the american IPA's, by all means give it a try.

09-12-2010 14:25:56 | More by Bfarr
Photo of BEERchitect


3.98/5  rDev +11.2%

So refreshing to see English hops done right. Earthy, perfumy, spicy, and nobly fragrant- this beer showcases them well.

A strong golden or light copper hue shows brilliant clarity, froathy creme of white foam, and good lacing. All that is ever needed from the appearance of an IPA.

Spicy and resiny, the hops give mild impressions of spruce, fresh-cut grasses, and an herbal aroma that rests just above a soft pillow of malty/grainy barley. The nose does the hops much better justice than it does the malts.

Hop flavor also dominates with a soft and floral taste, eventually leading to smooth and pleasant bitterness. Light caramel-flavored malts give just enough balance to keep the beer from tasting like hop tea. Mildly bready and malty the base is quite pleasant with a two-row variety most notable for American style IPA's rather than English. Esters (or aldehydes) of bruised apples and other fruits hark the notion of English style ales as well and help to add complexity to the fruit-forward IPA.

Medium creaminess early on, the beer takes a quick and fleeting transition to crispness and cleanliness in the finish. Great attenuation leaves the beer with little structure from mid palate on into the finish. Minty alcohols and hop bitterness makes for a refreshing and thirst quenching finish.

Likely the most delicious and most drinkable of Left Hand's hoppy beers. They have the tendency to go the English route on many of these, and this variety borrows just enough American IPA attributes to increase the drinkability without sacrificing the 'English' IPA soul.

09-09-2010 03:05:13 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of tapman


4.33/5  rDev +20.9%

A modest 1/2 finger, off-white head after an aggressive pour, the light golden honey color is lighter than many IPAs I've seen lately. Yet I've been disapointed by many malty IPAs so this one may be on the right track.

Fruity, skunky, and a little musty. I read someone likened it to tangerines. I hate reading other people's reviews before I do mine for fear that I gt their idea stuck in my head, but damn if I don't get fresh, raw tangerine zest. Much more ineresting to me thanthe avrage English IPA.

Big, beefy hop flavor. A lot of raw, vegetal and grassy tones here so I assume loads of dry-hopping. Malt is light and a little sweet and really supports the earthy hops. I knew that you could load up an IPA with hops that weren't from the big 'C' family and this one proves it!

Carbonation bite with a slightly chwy texture Decently dextinous. Pretty cbonated for any English style ale.

I like this brew. Most of the English IPAs that I get(at least three from Arcadia) have been, to me, lacking in hop flavor. When I see IPA I don't think PALE. Are there any bright hops in this one r is it all noble or european subtle-like hops? American or imported. I like how this one is lighter in body and texture closer to the LAgunitas IPA. Low alcohol makes it a good sessioner. Very complex and refreshing.

09-08-2010 02:38:27 | More by tapman
Photo of twiggamortis420


3.43/5  rDev -4.2%

12 oz bottle with a barely legible freshness stamp of 06.16.10. Pours a lightly hazed dark gold color with a nice cap of creamy, beige foam. Retention is good, as is the lacing. Bonus points to LH for a cool beer name and label.

Nose is earthy malt and assertive floral hops, pretty well balanced. Light fruitiness of green grapes and berries.

A lot of bitterness on the flavor with a burnt biscuit, dark earthy malt presence. Hop flavor is herbal, but is not nearly as forward as many American style IPAs. Has a caramel sweetness to balance out the hoppy bitterness and provides plenty of flavor. Medium bodied and has ample carbonation. A pretty interesting take on the British IPA style, quite a bit going on here. Tasty, but all the flavors don't quite come together perfectly for me.

09-06-2010 22:38:47 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of WinthrHOPHEAD89


4.22/5  rDev +17.9%

12 oz bottle with a 5/17/10 "bottled on" date. So fairly fresh! Mmmmm....

A - Pretty clear light golden orange color. Appears to be a filtered IPA with no haziness or floaters. Pours a 1 finger half soap sud half pillow-like head that leaves very think lacing, although dissapates slightly. Moderate effervescence.

S - For an IPA there seems to be not much that aroma. Hops suprisingly don't overpower the aroma of this beer. Floral and citris notes seem to be the majority of the aroma, but this beer by no means smells bad or unpleasant.

T - Off the bat you get a tangerine/grapefruit-like character right up front, which dances on the middle and back end of your tongue along with the slight carbonation and hops. A little resiny, with some lingering hop flavor on the finish, but not too overpowering. A very good balance of resiny hop and tangerine/grapefruit citrus goodness.

M - Very soft and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation that last until the very end. No tepidness for this beer.

D - IPA fans should have no problems drinking this beer, but for the average joe this beer may be a bit to much. This beer is no where as resiny and heavy bodied as the Ithica: Flower Power (which I actually found a bit hard to drink), but not as light bodied as, lets say, the Magic Hat: Blind Faith.

Final Thoughts: All in all 2 thumbs up!!! Recommended!!

09-06-2010 18:15:21 | More by WinthrHOPHEAD89
Photo of Kiwano

New York

3/5  rDev -16.2%

A: Amber - head does not stay very long

S: Fruit malt smell

T: First noticed a sweetness - not overly sweet but almost like wisps of cotton candy balanced with some hoppiness and bitterness. The sweetness stays through for a while until the malt and bitterness stays through the end. Reminded me of some beligian ale characteristics but much lighter?

M: Smooth - some carbonation but not fizzy or bubbly

D: OK - the sweetness would make it weird to follow with something that has a different type of taste.

[ serving type: Chilled bottle poured into a glass]

08-29-2010 04:38:24 | More by Kiwano
Photo of deereless


3.45/5  rDev -3.6%

A: There is a thin layer of head over the surface of the beer, minor lacing, color is medium straw - 3.50, S: There are strong smells of sweet grain as well as a floral/fruity hop aroma, very mildly solventy or sulfurish, also a touch of chalk in the depths of the nose - 3.00, T: The hop bitterness is quite assertive, the hops also provide a strong grassiness and earthiness to the palate, some mildly sweet grains and also some citrus which seems a little out of place for an English IPA though I certainly enjoy them, notes of biscuity-malt - 3.50, M: Mildly astringent, smooth mouth feel - 3.00, D: More hops than I generally expect out of an English IPA and I still question the hop build for the style, but beyond all of this it is a very drinkable beer and one I would recommend trying - 4.00

08-28-2010 00:36:47 | More by deereless
Photo of claspada

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +7.5%

Pours a light tan with an offwhite head over a clear straw-copper liquid.

Aromas of fruity hops with some biscuity malts. Nothing too crazy here.

Tastes more fruity than hop bitterness or malt, but the hop flavor does not dominate, nice/enjoyable. Fairly well balanced; the hops are estery/fruity as well as earthy/woody. Malt is mild caramel and some toasty/bready notes.

This is enjoyable and a nice, although not truely authentic english style ale. This is one of my favorite styles, so I appreciate the similarities as well as the differences. Glad to see breweries continue to push the envelope of their portfolios.

08-26-2010 17:58:32 | More by claspada
Photo of callmeclemens

New Jersey

2.83/5  rDev -20.9%

Had this straight from the bottle the other night.Just really starting to get into the pale ales,this one seems sort of run of the mill. Slight carbonation and citrus taste, with a bitter finish that seemed to make me forget the initial flavour. Goes down smooth enough and seems to have improved taste when it warms to about 65 degrees. Probably worth a second shot.

08-26-2010 12:18:44 | More by callmeclemens
Photo of nukem5


3.63/5  rDev +1.4%

A: Nice copper orange pour with 1/4 inch cap sadly did not last.

S: Clean crisp hops and floral.

T: Straight forward taste of hop and light citrus floral, a good IPA more American than English I feel as well.

M: Light to Medium with light lacing.

D: A very modest and drinkable monkey indeed.

08-25-2010 01:15:16 | More by nukem5
Photo of scruffwhor


3.23/5  rDev -9.8%

Pale copper color with nice bubbling. The head after the pour is thin and leaves a little lacing on glass from a nice ring atop the ale.

A little peppery hop nose along with dry bread powder toasted malts. Not bad, but not a level above other America made EIPAs.

The hops bitterness starts white peppery and medium, then milds out a little more to an earthy finish. In the middle you get a little toasted mlats and a water cracker. Not balanced, but not overwhelming bitterness either.

I think this is a good beer, but it doesn't taste like an Emglish IPA to me. This is AIPA all the way taste wise. The bitterness is a bit too pronounced compared to others in the style.

08-19-2010 00:11:54 | More by scruffwhor
400 Pound Monkey from Left Hand Brewing Company
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