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400 Pound Monkey - Left Hand Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
81
good

1,891 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,891
Reviews: 519
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 15.69%
Wants: 51
Gots: 182 | 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 Lantern
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an orange-ish with minimal head. Fairly decent lacing. Smells like aging (or old) citrus fruit. Tastes a little fruity with a slightly bitter finish. More English than IPA in this brew. Pretty decent mouthffeel as I drink. Smooth, very lightly carbonated- mostly flat.

Overall a sessionable brew, but not something I'd buy again. I thought this beer would be better than this.

Photo of chicagobill13
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

I have been wanting to try this beer for a very long time. Everytime I saw it. it was always out of code. This time it was in code. English style IPA, I love all IPA but sometimes the over hoped American ones is a too much. I love this smell and color of this beer. This beer like most IPA has no head or some. This is nice balance beer. I really happy I have try this beer. This is a very nice session beer and i would drink this doing my grilling or clean. Try it! Cheers!

Photo of elNopalero
2.58/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to XicanoBeerRun for sharing.

The first IPA of the night. Expecting hoppy aroma but I’m not getting any. Not a good sign. Is the beer old? Skunked? I’ve had this before and draft and I don’t remember it being so lifeless, but that was a long time ago. From the bottle it fails to excite. The taste is off, and there’s an awful finish. Sticky, unbalanced, harsh. The bottle’s the last of a six pack purchased a little over a month ago, which could mean it’s a couple months old at this point (depending on how long it took to reach the shelves) but I’m told the first five tasted the same. A disappointment from a brewery that I have had nothing but praise for.

Photo of cjacobsen
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(A) Very slight haze to it. Golden in color with some orange hues throughout. Not much head. Appears flat.

(S) Light fruits. Some peach, pear, and orange. Has some decent sweetness to it.

(T) Some dankness from the hops and yeast. Some citrus and definitely an orange type of flavor. The end notes has a bit of an old, wet hop taste.

(M) Pretty light body. Crisp, oily and almost flat.

(O) More fruits than anything. Not too bad of a brew but nothing crazy. Doesn't taste like an IPA. Great initial taste but ends musty.

Photo of Monkey962
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear golden amber in color. A little bit of debris floating around. Pours with a bubbly, three finger white head. Leaves delicate lacing all the way down the glass.

Smell: More grassy bitter astringency than I'd expect for an English style. However, the sharpness hits off well with the slight sweet hint of the malts, which itself has a touch of honey.

Taste: Malty sweetness up front, then a bitter kick in the mouth. Malts stick around for the finish, with that lovely bready aftertaste.

Feel: Neither too watery, nor too thick, this is just about what an English IPA should feel like to me.

Overall: A decent middle of the road IPA. However, I think it's not balanced well enough to be considered an English IPA, and not hoppy enough to be an American one. I'm still looking for a good American interpretation of Jaipur. Gotta give props to the label designers, though. It's a really cool design that you can easily get lost in, whether or not you've had a couple.

Photo of mjvos
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very clear amber color with some floating sediment. There was a couple fingers of cream colored head with fairly good retention and lacing.

The smell is very light with more grassy, herb, and pine-like hops than anything else. Fairly distinct, if not pronounced.

It carries some of the hoppiness into the taste along with a good bit of maltiness added. Alcohol is present, but it finishes with the hops and some dryness. It has a lighter medium body to it.

Overall, a good beer that I really enjoyed even if it wasn't kicking me with hops and new flavors every few seconds.

Photo of jwhancher
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy like light gold with copper hues. Thin white head sits atop. Hop particles float throughout, presumably via some dry hopping.

Smells slightly citrus with some syrupy sweet malts. Lemon and slight pine, maybe some caramel notes.

Tastes a little sweet upfront with a middle bitterness kick, then a soapy malty texture. The citrus hops is there with a slight nutty, bready malt flavor. The taste is different. Based as an English IPA style, I feel this one takes on some notable American notes. A welcome change from traditional US IPAs. It sure seems to cross the boundaries between the English & American IPA styles.

Photo of wvsabbath
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark tan/brown, creamy 1 inch head, mild lacing.

Smell - Hops, sugars, malts, carmal, light fruits. Not a very strong smell.

Taste - Very malty, carmal flavor. Hops are present and add some sweetness. Alcohol is masked very well.

Mouthfeel - Its pretty light, Malts coat tounge and hops bitter it up some. Palette gets some hops and carmal. Aftertaste is gone rather quickly.

Overall - Pretty nice and balanced. Its a little light in the hops. A nice example of the style. Pretty easy to drink also. Worth a drink.

Photo of patpbr
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- orange in color with carbonation bubbling up, small quickly disappearing head

S- could not get a good read on the smell

T- easy to drink, not much bitter and a little malt

M- light, expected more looking at the abv

O- nice beer to sip on and would try it again. For the serious hoppy ipa taste look elsewhere.

Photo of KajII
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Shaker glass]

The pour was a hazy medium yellow with some dark orange highlights and had an average sized (1-2 fingers) creamy white head that lasted a nice while leaving behind enough residue to produce some really excellent lacing.

The aroma was very light of grassy hops, a light grain malt and a sweet horse blanket scented yeast with just a hint of citrus (grapefruit).

The taste started out with a mild sweet acidic malty flavor then turned a tad sour with the end having a nice medium bitter hoppy flavor with a touch of citrus. The flavor of the brew was very appealing but did not last nearly long enough.

Mouthfeel was light to medium in body and although it was dry in texture it has a very nice creaminess about it with a soft carbonation, just enough to let you know of its presence.

Overall a well balanced IPA that was not overpowered by hops and was very easy to drink.

Photo of mentaltraveller
3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a good brew. The appearance is impressive; this beer sports a nice fluffy head and orange/amber color. Hops/Herbal in the nose. The mouthfeel is about right: not too intense. The taste is perhaps a bit too herbal for my blood; I felt as though I were drinking carbonated herbal tea at points; which is not necessarily preferable. At any rate. it is still pretty decent.

Photo of ONUMello
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Light orange, hazy, lots of carbonation. Very thin but lingering head.
S: Muted but picking up mixed grains and a whiff of orange.
T: Initially a very malty beer, with whole grain and herbs. Only on the finish does it turn bitter.
M: Smooth, medium-bodied, fairly neutral.
O: Nothing wrong with it but nothing special.

Photo of BeerAmbassador
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I made the mistake of turning down my refrigerator a bit too much and as a result this beer was near frozen when I opened it. So it poured with no head at all. Although it appears as though it does under normal circumstances according to other reviews. Poured a slightly hazy golden yellow with just a bit of orange. Herbal, resinous hop nose, with a bit of estery fruit as well. The hops are up front and persist throughout but are in pretty good balance with the malt which makes sense since they are going for a more English style. This is not your typical west coast style IPA which is a nice change. (not to say I don't love West Coast IPA's, I do.) Another solid offering from a pretty underrated brewery.

Photo of jondeelee
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

400 Pound Monkey smells floral and citrusy, with prominent oranges, apricots and figs, and hints of rose hips. A yeasty, bread-like aroma balances, bringing hints of rye and fresh baguette.

On the tongue, the first noticeable flavor is a malty bitterness, reminiscent of chicory, tobacco, and anise. This is accompanied by the rye flavors from the nose to produce a notably bitter base, which is added to by hints of chocolate malt and peat. For an IPA, the hops are either relatively light or are simply disguised, as the grapefruit/pine hops notes have a difficult time competing with the malts. They do come through more strongly in the aftertaste, but in the throes of the mouthful, take second base. This is not necessarily a negative comment, as the flavors are unique and well-rounded, bringing a fresh perspective to the IPA style.

Overall, the beer presents a surprising flavor profile, and is worth a try.

Photo of nitro0292
3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16 oz tap at Pony bar, maybe a finger's width of head.

Very little smell, but I am in a large room. Good lacing. Golden color. Tastes like water with sweet tarts mixed in. I understand this is an EIPA but I expect more hop character. This is a bit too little for me. Disappoihead.

Not bad, but I would not have again.

Photo of danoeltico
3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 Oz bottle into a pint glass

Light golden color with little to no head, light carbonation and beautiful lacing

Slight floral aroma, very faint, kind of earthy

Taste is pretty average with hardly any bitterness and isn't very robust, just feels very laid back, not much in the hops department nor any maltiness

Mouthful is about the same

Overall, an OK IPA, I'm slightly disappointed after having their milk stout. Note: I'm not used to drinking many English IPA's so compared to an American it is very different.

Photo of Tballz420
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gold colored brew, just the slightest of haze. Small white head doesnt last long but still laces up the joint. Caramel malt scent with a fair amount of diacetyl followed by some bitter hops. Caramel malt front, biscuity, some buttery-ness, but not much. Floral and bitter hops, and some spiciness from the alcohol. Medium bodied, pretty sharp on the tongue. Its definitely an american take on an EIPA, and i think they put together a good one.

Photo of jpro
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer at Whole Foods. Bottle to imperial pint...

A: Crystal clear light copper, with a slightly off-white head; a few patches and strands of lace stick to the glass; a fair number of tiny bubbles make their way to the surface.

S: Light herbal hop notes... pepper and onion; also some floral notes in there... light bready malt in the background; nothing too bold, but nice.

T: Spicy hop notes, with some hints of lemon rind and maybe an ever-so-light touch of pine towards the finish; some cracker and light biscuit malt make things pretty refreshing with this one; not too much indication of alcohol - I’d never have guessed this is 6.7% - tastes much lighter.

M: Medium bodied and a touch viscous; pretty good; carbonation is moderated.

O: A very refreshing English IPA - although there’s not as much hop or malt flavor as an American IPA, the abv is comparable; a nice, balanced beer.

Photo of MacQ32
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice deep golden color with about a half finger of head that dissipated too quickly, nice lacing

S - Very malt and sweet, a little.citrus. Nice floral hop presence.

T - Tastes amazing. Real earthy hops up front with a dry sweetness coming through at the end. Opposite to the norm. This stuffs good.

M - A little light for the malt profile and style but all the more drinkable. Appropriate carbonation.

O - Lightish bodied but packs a big punch on the flavor. As advertised, not the same old.

Photo of diamondc
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 04/07/11.

A: Hazy, amber bronze. Not much head on a aggressive pour. Decent lacing and a thin cap of foam lasts until the end.

S: Mild tangerine, grass clipping, old flowers aroma. Could be more bolder.

T: Citrus dominates here initially, mostly mandarin orange. Then the herbal-y hop notes play out on the aftertaste leaving a dirty, dry kick. I dig it. Way different from American IPAs.

M: Hides the alcohol well here, I'd figure it was 4-5% abv beer.

O: These English India Pale Ales pair well with spicy food. Good beer.

Photo of Jishguy
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Up until this point, I would have said that I wasn't a fan of English stye IPA's. Maybe this one deviates from the norms of the style, or I just haven't had many that catered to my personal taste.

A- Poured a golden brown body with a solid white head that diminishes quickly. No lacing whatsoever.

S- Caramel malts dominate the aroma, with hints of piney, earthy hops poking through.

T-Caramel malts up front. Soon fades into a bread or cracker-like malt character. Earthy hops in the aftertaste. A pleasant bitterness lingers. Nothing harsh.

M- A bit thin and under carbonated for my taste.

Photo of smakawhat
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Nottled on... (blank?) empty space on the bottle where it should be.

Out of the bottle a very pale amber orange is made for the body, clear, fast rising carbonation. Head is quite a good bright white, foamy but very small stays barely one finger. However, there is some concentric lacing while drinking this and some somewhat sheet action on the side of the glass.

Mild tea sense on the nose, a little sweet grain, herbal, fresh, seems like a standard English IPA. Quite alright.

Taste is a good bitter hop, but also a very strange finish. Stuck in the swallow malt and hop bitters, but a very good bodied mouthfeel. Missing some of that tea like finish I associate with English IPAs or even some bread which comes out mildly in the palate. Not particularly sweet either.

Overall this isn't that bad, it's certainly got a solid hop presence, but not a distinct character. I still say it's alright.

Photo of PhageLab
3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a nonic pint glass.

A - Clear coppery brew with a golden hue. Thin bit of head on this one. Some traces of lace left behind.

S - Biscuity, malty, sweet, with a strong floral hop aroma that seems out of place in an English style. Still, rather complex and pleasing.

T - Bready, and mildly bitter, but all that complexity in the nose is nowhere to be found here. Slightly watery.

M - Thin body with a clean feel. Finish was semi-dry.

D - Not bad, but it is strongly overshadowed by my recent tasting of Samuel Smith's. Not a bad take on the English India, though, and maybe I'll revisit sometime.

Photo of DrJay
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear gold with a short white cap. Lots of fine bubbles clung to the glass, decent head retention. The aroma was floral, a bit citrusy and grassy, toasted malts and honey. Moderate bitterness with a citrus rind edge, toasty and bready malts, grassy hops. Lingering bitterness with a hint of alcohol. Medium bodied with lowish carbonation, slight resin texture. Overall, I enjoyed it.

Photo of Dotcubed
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Last one. Beautiful marketing label.
Been sitting a while in the fridge. Bottled 11 08 10 purchased in the last month or so.

Pale yellow, crystal clear. A nice amount of fizz coming up.
Stunning foam. Thick, stable, sticky. Longer lasting than it looked.

Nice mellow hop smell. Floral.

Blunt bitter but not painful, smooth. Some light residual sugars.

Thin, watery, light. Maltless marvel. I like a little heavier gravity. This was made for thick spicy curry. Samosas.

This could make for an awesome session beer. Just needs to drop a percent or two.

400 Pound Monkey from Left Hand Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 1,891 ratings.