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400 Pound Monkey - Left Hand Brewing Company

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1,779 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,779
Reviews: 515
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 15.36%
Wants: 48
Gots: 140 | 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 brstls4drmrs
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The pour is a pale orange color in a pint glass creating a thin white head. Smells of citrus, yeast and a hint of lemon zest. The taste has some nice hops with bitter fruits. The hops aren't overpowering at all. A very easy drinking IPA with a bitter finish. I could easily drink more than one of these.

brstls4drmrs, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of alli4051
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a SA perfect pint.

Pours a dark straw color wit a bronze tint to it with a white head. Head is average sized, foamy, and leaves some decent lacing. Taste is well balanced a subtle. Herbal hops with some tea leaf flavors and a grainy backbone. Lighter bodied and clean on the palate. Not my kind of IPA but definitely a nice change of pace, very easy to enjoy a few of these.

alli4051, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of JDew
4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle to an ale glass

A - A light pale orange with a small head, (almost no head) two or three lines of carbonation heading upwards, not much lacing to speak of

S - Powerful hops and citrus, very fresh and herbal, almost tart that mellows out at the end and smells full and malty

T - Hoppy and sweet citrus, (like grapefruit with sugar) Leaves a long, long aftertaste that is bitter and pleasant. Some sweet spices show through as well

M/D - Clean, refreshing and easy to drink. The aftertaste leaves me wanting more with the semi-dry finish - One of the more drinkable IPA's I've had in a while.

JDew, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of PicoPapa
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Pours a hazy yellowish orange with a thin head that dissipates quickly. Minimal lacing. Aromas of citrus hops, yeast, and orange peel. Taste has a nice hop bite to it upfront. Citrusy and bitter with some breadiness to it. Interesting beer. It's a different kind of English IPA and I'm digging it. Worth having again.

PicoPapa, Jan 24, 2011
Photo of HOPPYKC
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. No best by date but was bottled on Oct. 7th 2010.

A- Pours a nice a smooth golden hay color. Give a good inch and half of head that retains for about 3-4 minutes. Shows very little signs of carbonation and is slightly hazy to see through.

S- Smells of malt and hops, with a bright citrus note from either orange or grapefruit.

T- The taste is right up front with the hops. Tons of bitter hops that are toned down only slightly by the malt. I do get a tangy taste that sits on the tongue.

M&D- The mouthfeel is light and washes down quickly. It Isn't as drinkable as some of the other EIPA's i've had but is overall really nice.

HOPPYKC, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of miketyree24
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale amber color with large head and lots of lace.

Smells of hops and spices. Malt aroma is there but not as distinct.

taste is hoppy and you can really taste all the spices coming through. Easy to drink.

Not my favorite IPA but definitely good none the less.

miketyree24, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #39 (Apr 2010):

The head has no problem showing off three fingers of height and a spectacle of sticky lace on the glass, with a good pale-ish amber color and clarity. Herbal, minty and peppery hop strikes at the nostrils with a sharpness that is only dulled a little by a bready malt and faint mango fruitiness. Bready (almost shortbread) malt flavor has a lot of depth and seems to lean toward biscuity in the finish. Hint of alcohol in the middle, throws some warmth on the palate. Hops have a fresh sting of bitterness for the taste buds to deal with, balancing and cleansing as it takes on the malt. Herbal thickness grows toward the semi-dry finish with that bisucity malt remnant.

A straight-up, no-strings-attached, full-on modern English IPA, we dig it ... a bit too much alcohol to be considered sessionable, perhaps, but it wants to be.

BeerAdvocate, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of StJamesGate
3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Beer Temple, Amsterdam.

Pours cloudy pale gold with a white foam film that sheets. Caramel, candy corn and mild orange on the nose. Gloppy caramel apple malts with spice and some orange for hops. Disappearing finish. Thin, crisp, some chew.

Falls between US and UK IPA styles, and is not a good example of either.
Left Hand continues to disappoint.

StJamesGate, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of dogfishandi
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle pulled from fridge poured into an imperial pint glass. freshness date is unreadable.

pours out a clear golden orange color with a small 1/2 inch of head that eventually faded to a thin spotty layer. not the greatest retention and just some tiny spots of lace.

malts are definatly at the forefront in the aroma. mettallic, buttery diactyl, toasted biscuits, slightly herbal and floral. almost no hops detectable.

the taste is a bit more enjoyable than the aroma would suggest. some clean buttery diactyl, toasted biscuits, herbal tea, just a touch nutty and a bit mettallic. hops provide some fruitiness and light citrus in the finish, but a lot of bitterness.

an assertive, tingly carbonation accents the bitter finish nicely. medium bodied.

overall this is a good sessionable drinker. there are much better examples of the style out there, but its worth a try. i wouldnt buy this again, however.

dogfishandi, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of albertjr21
4.13/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 10.07.10 and consumed on 01.09.11.

A: Poured into an oversize wine glass--a brilliant yellow golden color under a pillowy cream head that's sustained beautifully by a nice and constant carbon bubble display.

S: A moderate nose of lightly roasted malt and moderate fruit faded hop notes of maybe peach and pineapple.

M/T: A zesty and juicy bitter feel fills the palate with lemon and pine citrus noted acidity that is regulated very nicely by a malt feel that glides into a resinous but pleasant bitter finish.

D: An English IPA that ventures away from its roots toward the realm of its American cousin.

albertjr21, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dirty John's tulip pint glass.

Thanks to Matt for this bottle!

That's one big, six-armed monkey! It pours a hazy gold topped by a finger of white froth. The nose comprises sweet caramel, light grapefruit, and honeydew. The taste holds notes of grapefruit, light caramel, and a light-ish pine near the finish. The body is a light medium, with a light carbonation and a dry-ish finish. Overall, a very nice EIPA, but not necessarily something I would actively seek out again.

TMoney2591, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of woosterbill
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Clear, bright orange-amber body with an inch of soft white head; good retention and great lace. Very attractive pale ale.

S: Somewhat more hops than malt, with classic English floral elements really shining. While not my favorite hop profile, I respect it. The malt sweetness is little buttery and nutty, but doesn't go overboard with the diacetyl. Light vanilla and grapefruit are also present. Quite complex, if not the most appealing smell to my sensibilities.

T: Follows the nose pretty closely, but without as much finesse. The malt takes over early on, and the hops deliver more pure bitterness than flavor. Quite harsh on the finish, with a bit of booze creeping in. I'm loving some of its vanilla nuttiness, but the rough back end keeps it from being a really good example of the style.

M: Fairly full-bodied with moderate, smooth carbonation. Substantial and well done.

D: Not good at all for the style - too much booze and bitterness, not enough hop crispness.

Notes: Decent beer, but not one I'll be going out of my way to find in the future. I think I'll stick to Left Hand's superb Milk Stout, and leave the hoppy styles to others.


woosterbill, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of grover37
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I liked this one at the 2010 Shirlington Oktoberfest so I picked up a 12oz bottle from Vintage Estates for $1.79. Bottled on 10/4/10, so just under three months old.

Appearance: Pretty clear, golden or light amber color. Three-quarters of an inch of head reduces to a thin, white layer. Lacing mostly disappears but a minimal amount sticks around.

Aroma: Pretty toasty and a little ethanol on first whiff. Some bread or biscuit and a faint, spicyand hoppiness. The aroma is very pleasant and only improves as it warms up.

Taste: Much less flavorful than I recall on draft. Not much there on first sip; pretty watery. Upon second sip, more of the spiciness from the nose and the toasted, biscuity malts in the middle and finish. A tiny bit of sweet caramel in the middle, but not sweet otherwise. Not a whole lot of bitterness, except in the finish. The flavors are pretty subtle, so a poor choice to follow a big American IPA or DIPA.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation and very smooth.

Drinkability: You wouldn't know this one is nearly 7% except for a whiff of booziness in the nose. Very easy drinking and balanced. I could definitely drink a few of these and not know what hit me.

grover37, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of flexabull
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes.

Pours a bright orange color with a pretty nice white head.

Smells dusty, light citrus, and some caramel malts. Pleasant, but faint nose.

Taste is dry and semi sweet. Light crystal maltiness and general creamy sweet. Finish has a light orange citrus and dusty hop note.

Mouthfeel is nice. Full with crisp carbonation.

Drinkability is good. Kind of an odd beer, but I like the uniqueness of this one.

flexabull, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of Mitchster
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

$1.99 for a 12oz bottle @ Merchants. Brewed with pale 2-row, crystal, munich, and malted wheat. Hopped with Magnum, Boadicea, and Sovereign...2 hops varities of which I've never heard.

6.80% ABV. OG=14P, 10 SRM, IBU's non-disclosed.

Pours out to a hazy medium golden, forming a creamy and tall white head with good retention and solid lacing. Mildly carbonated. The aroma is of freshly mown hay, biscuits, sweet crystal grain husk, pleasant fruity residual sugars....very nice, true to English Style. Reminds me of the Pacman yeast from Rogue. Mouthfeel is sharp, with that nice Burton on Trent mineral profile to the water, with a medium body and hoppy astringency. The taste opens with the honey and biscuity malts, followed by toast, nice residual sugars against a well-balanced malt body and pleasant medium herbal bitterness, more intense than a bitter, but not loudly proclaimed like an American IPA. Not oxidized or musty like some English Pale Ales can be. The bitterness lingers on the tongue for quite a while in the aftertaste.

The bitterness is a bit unbalanced to be sessionable, but the malt, yeast, and water characteristics are spot on for what I might look for in an English Pale Ale. I'd rather have less hops. Not inclined to buy it again, but it's a quality brew.

Mitchster, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of BieresDesMoines
2.83/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden color with a very large very tight white head that leaves a bit of lace. Aroma is not particularly pungent, and certainly less so than is expected out of most IPAs. There is some caramel & biscuit toned malts are in there, some mango, some odd stinkiness, and some nice floral notes. This one is pretty damned bitter, which is a good thing but there isn't a lot of flavor backing up that bitterness. There is some resiny and fruity hop character but really you kind of have to strain for it. The malt is one of the most defined things in the aroma. I generally like my IPAs on the bitter and dry side with very little malt character, there is little doubt that these descriptors fit the bill with this one but I'm dying for a little bit more hop character beyond bitterness. It's got the grapefruit without the fruity character. With minor tweaking I think this might be wonderful, this is of course wishful thinking.

BieresDesMoines, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of FosterJM
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

123rd review on BA
bottle to pint

App- A very hazy orange with some yellow highlights. No head was present at all

Smell- A small citrus hoppiness with a bit of spice in it. I caught a faint woft of some bready earthiness in it.

Taste- A bit flat on the taste. It has the right essence to it but the flavor combination just falls apart. It's not a bad EIPA, but could be better with a downplay of the bready flavors.

Mouth- It's a very thin and a bit watery. The carbonation is pretty high to give it a fairly nice feel.

Drink- It's an okay rep of the style. I think needs a bit of work.

FosterJM, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of dsa7783
3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

1400th Review... 12 ounce bottle... Overall, a very good depiction of the style, but nonetheless, slightly cloying with respect to taste and mouthfeel... Oily with a bitter alcohol afterbite. Piney hops predominate the palate with a thick and viscous mouthfeel. Average drinkability at best; did not flow as smoothly but an accurate representation of the genre... Good stuff but I've had better from Left Hand...

dsa7783, Dec 17, 2010
Photo of sixerofelixir
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Bottled on date clearly printed on front label. Label itself has some nice artwork.

Pours an ULTRA clear light golden-yellow. Fine and large carb bubbles, a white head patches to the glass. A nice & clean beer to look at. Smell borders on some adjuncts, but I get a nice & mild evergreen hops note, some spice, and a bit of biscuit. Tastes just the same, except the dry hopping makes it a bit more pronounced. The ABV is right for this one. Definitely finishes bitter, but not painfully so. Maybe could use an upkick in the malt department, but it's still an easy drinker, and a nice IPA.

sixerofelixir, Dec 13, 2010
Photo of jasonjlewis
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice 2 finger head that clings to the glass very well. Somewhat cloudy and orange in color.

Smell is of earthy and woody Smells somewhat of an oaky easter and some breadiness comes through.

Taste doesn't have a lot of dextrin body,seems as though the taste of marris otter comes throughout. Has a sort of bready/sweet maltiness with plenty of wood/oaky flavors underneath from the hops.

Mouthfeel doesn't have a lot of body, but it's enough to balance out the bitterness.

This is an enjoyable beer and probably underrated because of its english classification.

jasonjlewis, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of u2carew
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz longneck.
A) Pours with a finger thick, white, wispy head. Settles to a tight lacing on top and at the edge of the glass. Bronze in color with a nearly transparent body.
S) Mild citrus aroma with a subtle caramel scent in the mix.
T) Floral and malty up front. Finishes with grapefruit. Fairly bitter in the finish.
M) Creamy, then crisp. Medium body. Slight tannin feel.
D) A well crafted brew. I'd drink another.

u2carew, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of tronester
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden amber with an almost non-existant head. Smell is of candied fruits and a touch of caramel. Taste is a burst of watermellon up front, followed by a toffee and bread crust middle, and a flowery, spicy hop finish. Resinous hops cling to your toungue relentlessly. Mouthfeel is nice and rich, nice low carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, but with the higher alcohol levels and the toungue clinging hops it's good for about one per drinking session. Other than those two negatives it's very good.

tronester, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of Ricky1964
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Golden Orange in color; quite clear, not much of a head.

Interesting nose of lemon zest, candied orange rind, pine, and mineral. Just a bit of maltiness peaks through as it warms up.

Very carbonated and crisp. Comes across light and lively on the palate.

Very drinkable. This goes down way fast. Would be a great summer IPA.

Ricky1964, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of CanuckRover
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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
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