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400 Pound Monkey - Left Hand Brewing Company

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1,677 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,677
Reviews: 510
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 15.36%
Wants: 43
Gots: 106 | FT: 0
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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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Rhode Island

3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance - Light amber copper color, nice white head, with a little lace.

smell - Sweet malt smell.

taste - Upfront malt, followed by hops, and then some bitterness at the end.

mouthfeel - Medium body.

drinkability - Little to hoppy for me, over all seems to be a good IPA

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2010 22:10:58 | More by auxiliary
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3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the bottle a nice medium golden color, with a good white head. Aromas of green apple, floral hops and earthy malt. On the palate I get some fruity pear, a little hay and the barest hint of malt. Medium bodied with a nice lingering bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2010 02:20:46 | More by emmasdad
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New Hampshire

3.1/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a two finger white head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Clear pale amber color. Nose is light grapefruit hops. Flavor is sweet grapefruit with a lingering hoppy aftertaste. $2.15 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2010 22:19:59 | More by jdhilt
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3.03/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A. This beer was bright and clear with slightly less than average carbonation.

S. Bready and sweet with a slight floral aroma. The hop aroma is less than expected.

T. Dry and a little astringent, this beer had an aftertaste I cannot quite place. Strong bitterness from the hops but only average in terms of aroma hops. The bready taste from the malt tries to balance the hops but its not quite sweet enough to balance them completly.

M. Decent mouthfeel; it is neither chewy or thin. Its both light and smooth.

D. This beer was a little dry for my taste, but other than that is was good, and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2010 20:08:01 | More by hopstradamus
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3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Left Hand Brewing 400 Pound Monkey is malty, metallic, and bready.

It poured light straw, the color of a lager, with a short white head. One slight thin rings of lace clung to the top of the glass. The flavor was extremely malty sweet, in the manner of an English Ale, with a long-lingering metallic after-taste. The feel was very thick, chewy, and bready, with a surprising amount of bitterness following the malty flavor.

400 Pound Monkey has the look and flavor of a Maibock followed by the the feel of an IPA. It's too bland and metallic to recommend, but has a pretty good mouthfeel that makes it an enjoyable, if not remarkable, experience.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2010 20:28:14 | More by MetalHopHead6
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4.18/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A great beer that I got the chance to taste this brew at Oliver Twist when it first got in to Sweden. Its a great beer with nice top, foam sits for a moment to the go down in about 10. I can warmly recommend this one to everyone that likes a good EIPA.

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2010 20:34:57 | More by erikwibaeus
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4.35/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle, dated 04/15/10, served into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Thanks for the extra, FernMaster.

Pours a, well, it is yellow. Around the color of a lighter maibock. The white head only gets to one finger at the most. Lacing is, thankfully, more then adequate.

Clean, floral hops flood the nose. A kiss of peach and an accent of lemongrass make for a more assertive nose than I would have figured from an English IPA. Cracker malt is substantial enough to provide a balanced foil to the hops.

The hops are less assertive on the palate than they were in the nose but that is OK - this is an English IPA after all. Grassy, floral, honeysuckle flavors emerge from these Kent Goldings. With warmth the hops take on more of a tea leaf taste. The malt flavors are creamy and bready. The finish is pleasantly bitter before fading to a lasting malt flavor.

This beer is perhaps not carbonated enough; it is a bit too slick for my tastes. The body itself is lightly creamy, which works with the malt flavors. As far as drinkability goes, this is an imminently drinkable session choice for a summer day spent outdoors.

I wasn't blown away by 400-Pound Monkey by any means, but I rate to style and I consider this one of the best English IPAs I've ever had. This is a wonderful choice for when you want the lightness and refreshment of a pilsner but would also prefer the malt flavors of an English ale.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2010 00:27:08 | More by Reaper16
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4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes on 4/6/10. A very nice extra in a trade.

A - clear, dark tangerine orange. Well formed white head. Laces nicely. 4.5

S - Earthy, piney, hint of lemon. But more earthiness than anything else. Floral and pungent. Hint of sulphur. 3.5

T - Estery, cereal grains, but relatively clean. Bitterness is pronounced but not overwhelming. Deep, earthy and a faint pine/grassiness. 4.5

M - Crisp, dry, clean, bubbly. I approve. 4.5

D - Wow this was excellent. Tastes and drinks very well. 4.0

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2010 15:03:11 | More by DmanGTR
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New York

3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Apparently, the story behind the name of this beer is along the lines of "any monkey can throw four hundred pounds of hops" into a kettle. That may be true but monkeys may have chosen the hops to use in this beer. The finish in this is overtly bitter, like the kind of bitter one might find in a cask ale, except that it doesn't seem to work very well here. It's a metallic, top note bitterness that kind of stabs at the palate. Soured grapefruit bitter.
Regarding the mouthfeel, one of the first words to pop into my head was "chalky". It's not necessarily offputting but anything that remotely triggers memories of milk of magnesia is not likely to be a terribly positive thing.
Scents are very characteristic, IPA scents and they are inviting. More of a lemon zest citrus profile. Earthy. Malt backbone is decent in this but Left Hand's site toots its own horn a bit too much in that vein.
For something that's supposed to be striving for balance I don't find a whole lot of balance here. The metallic hop quality throws everything else off. This needs some work.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2010 02:52:55 | More by ommegangpbr
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3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This poured a nearly clear light copper with some off-white head.
S: It smelled like caramel malt and bready yeast, with light copper and lemon hops.
T: It tasted like fresh barley malt and bready yeast, with copper hops and some caramel. It had a smooth bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was somewhat thick with a little carbonation.
D: For some reason I was expecting a powerful hoppy IPA, but this is much more true to the traditional English IPA (or even just an English Ale). It was really balanced and easy to drink, with more malt than hops. But I couldn't shake the thought that it tasted like a 2 year old American IPA (when in fact it was only 2 months old). Not bad, but I was disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2010 02:14:12 | More by Pencible
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3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured clear-ish light golden color with white 2 finger head.

Smell just doesnt do it for me - it smells exactly like a bag of spent hops after a brew day - not exactly what im looking for.

Taste is overwhelmingly the same - taste like spent hops - the malt flavors are pretty nice actually - its a lighter malted IPA - this is definitely not an American IPA though - the flavor profile is just different - cant really pinpoint what it is - it just is....and those hops - I guess im just not a big fan of Boudiccea hops - I have never even heard of this hop before - but if this is what it is supposed to taste like then I will pass in the future.

Moutfeel is right for an IPA - medium, leaning on the thinner side.

Overall this is an easy drinking IPA that would be easy to through back a few of....if only the hops profile was changed a bit.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2010 04:58:48 | More by webbcreative
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Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mondiale 2010. Bright yellow with a quarter inch of bubbly white head. Some lace. A little yeast in the aroma. Tad of above average mouthfeel. Decent drinking,some mild grapefruit, and a fair amount of malting. I like the style that the hopping is not intended to overwhelm the palate.
Had again on cask at Fallen Rock, and the same rating though a bit odd bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2010 22:49:16 | More by Sammy
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4.13/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a NB chalice,. this beer is a crystal clear medium-amber color with a thin head, though with nice lacing. The nose is pleasantly sweet and malty, though hop presence is very light. Spot-on flavorwise for a good English PA, with lots of goldings hop flavor. Bitterness is moderately high and blends well with malt. Very light fruity yeast character. Soft texture & mouthfeel.

Reminds me of the English beers that first drew me into beer drinking, though more hoppy. Good beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2010 21:16:53 | More by allengarvin
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3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Cool packaging and name, I like that it's called 400 pound monkey.

Aside from that, strikes me as a pretty average beer, maybe a little above average, very bitter, good hop presence, sort of like a brown IPA or pale ale, if you like bitter, you will like this. Aside from the bitterness, there is not a huge malt presence but you can taste it a little bit in there. It is a crisp and clean beer, definitely tastes pure to me. Not entirely drinkable for my taste but pretty good none the less. Alot of carbonation, pours with a nice amount of head.

Not something I'll be seeking out but I was not disappointed either.

I'd like to try other things from Left Hand because it seems like this was brewed nicely and tasted very fresh for what it was, just not my favorite style.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2010 17:59:02 | More by Pittsburgh
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3.15/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled on 5-29-10

Pours a nice golden amber color, with a long lasting white head and lots of bubbles rising to the surface.

Smell is lightly sweet and floral, with a hint of malt. Not a lot going on, just a hit a vegetable near the end.

Taste is sharp, almost sour, followed by a bitter kick. The bitterness combines with the vegetable flavor on the finish, and is not particularly enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is thin and strongly carbonated, magnifying the bitterness.

Drinkability is decent, but the flavors don't leave you wanting more.

Overall, not really even worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2010 20:35:41 | More by BMoney575
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3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours gold in color with a small off-white head.

A light, but pungent, aroma of grain and grass.

Good sweet flavor, with a sharp hop note that I would describe as metallic. Ends with a nice bitterness.

Creamy body.

Overall a fine IPA. I'm used to American-style IPAs, so this is a nice diversion.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2010 04:59:46 | More by Shaw
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4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It poured a nice dark orange a good sized (two finger head). The auroma has a strong hops presence with very strong malts as well. The malts were the thing that stood out the most in this beer, but the hops were soon to follow. I was pretty surprised by how forward the malts were in this ipa but it balanced very well. It has a pretty full body with a nice alcohol burn. This beer is very drinkable, infact I wish I had another to drink right now.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2010 00:07:58 | More by Espenoza
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North Carolina

2.38/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Lite Amber color with a small white head. Not much of a taste to talk about. Was disappointed after reading a lot of good things about Lefthand brewing. It was also my first go at an English style IPA and honestly it was like drinking a Bud Lite! I'll give the English style another shot, but I'm not getting my hopes up.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2010 21:47:41 | More by Ahoney67
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New York

3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours an orange-amber color with one finger of white fluffy head with light lacing and high carbonation.

s - Smells of citrus hops and bready malts. Also getting a little bit of a musty, earthy smell which isn't very enjoyable.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, smooth pale malts, bready malts, and caramel malts. Hints of bitterness.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Pretty smooth and easy to drink.

d - A decent beer. I thought there was a weird mustiness to the smell that kind of hurt it, but the taste was some solid, balanced hops and malts. Would try again.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2010 22:19:41 | More by mdfb79
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3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear, light copper color with a smaller, creamy white head. Nice retention and leaves some decent lacing behind.

S - Slightly sweet, bready malt with some earthy, citric hops.

T - Toasty pale malt flavors lend some sweetness and graininess. Mildly bitter hops that lend some earthy as well as some subtle citric and fruit flavors. Leaves a hint of herbal/pine flavors. Nice balance and refreshing.

M - Medium body with a lighter carbonation that lends smoothness.

D - A pretty drinkable offering overall. Not mindblowing, but I'd drink it again

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2010 05:19:21 | More by GarrisWH
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3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The road to hell is paved with good intentions...that is really all one can say when you try this brew. The color is nice for the IPA style, but a little on the light side. Makes one expect a weak hop. The smell is very good though. It is the taste that causes the first sentence to be as it is. The idea of combining an IPA and English Bitter style (which is what this is NOT an English IPA.) sounds great. However the result wasn't so hot. This is one of those experimental things brewers do, but shouldn't go as far sa to bottle it. Needless to say 1 was plenty.

Bought at R and R Stations in Marion

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2010 23:05:56 | More by JK4Stout
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3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden bodied with scant bubbles and a low-flung head than sags quickly to a collar.
It noses of toasted whole grain bread, golden raisins, and wrought iron. It doesn't carry a whole lot of weight in the olfactory department.
It begins its tour through the mouth with a sturdy maltiness. Honey, dough, toast, apricots,and dates. The malt profile here rings true, it's nuanced, and even the trace of lightly buttered diacetyl seems authentic. The hops strive for larger things, but ultimately fall short. The grassy, floral bitterness is here. Then its mostly hollow metallics: rusted tin and greened copper, with a glint or two of pine and even fainter stabs at citrus.
Light-medium bodied, carbonation is low, but shows with swarming gas at times. It feels right, even when everything else isn't quite there.
I enjoy the layered maltiness, but the hops seem to hedge their bets between US and UK styles, not sure of what it want to be and, ultimately, it brings out the most mediocre of both worlds.

It's unreached potential makes it seem worse than it is.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2010 07:00:24 | More by cokes
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4.18/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour results in a brew that's orange in the middle with deeply penetrating reddish-orange edges. A fizzy, one-finger, smooth and resilient tan head drops into a diminutive lace that circles the glass.

Aromatically there is not much to speak of as it consists of some standoffish malts and a distant earthiness with some possible hints of citrus. Tastes grainy with a mix of citrusy hops with a certain spiciness at the end. A fruity middle exists with a very slight chalkiness underneath. Resides on the palate more mellow than subtle.

Has a medium weight with hardly a hint of alcohol. Goes down with a little edginess that accentuates the other qualities rather than detracts. As it warms it smooths out a bit and things get even better.

Subtle, but punchy in all the right places, Left Hand chose a somewhat over-looked style and ended up with a tasty but not over-the-top experience that's hard to find too much fault with.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2010 21:46:02 | More by stephens101
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4.08/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours that pretty EIPA shade of orange, where it's almost like there's a little bit of mustard mixed into it. Perfect, inch-high head sticks around forever.

Smells of thick nobel hops and pale malt that is very nicely fruity. Hay, apricots, and pinesol.

Tastes like a combination of the aforementioned aromas only more beery. Starts off with a rustic, thick barley that's similar Sam Adam's. The middle is very thick but still somehow light and fruity, and it finishes off on a blend of very dry european hops and a chewy, bready yeast note. Solid combination, all very nicely balanced.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2010 07:44:24 | More by mynie
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3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bright, light copper color pours into the glass, quickly topped by 3 fingers of rocky off-white foam. Head quickly subsided to an uneven cap but left better than decent lacing. Good looking beer.
I'm a little underwhelmed on aroma. More citrus than I expected, along with some flowery and vaguely spicy notes. I speak of the hops, of course, as that is all I could detect.

Sweet and caramelized malt sufficiently keep the hop flavors from dominating. Not really getting any biscuit, and it is slightly sweeter than I'd prefer. Again more citrus and less floral/earthy than I'd expect. Bitterness takes over somewhat in the finish but doesn't linger too long. Not really getting any alcohol.
Bready, biscuit, toast - all things I've come to expect from the style that aren't being delivered IMO.

Medium body with ample carbonation, little alcohol heat. Combined with the flavor it makes for a very drinkable beer. I'd have it again, but wish it was tweaked.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2010 00:17:32 | More by udubdawg
400 Pound Monkey from Left Hand Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 1,677 ratings.