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400 Pound Monkey - Left Hand Brewing Company

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1,910 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,910
Reviews: 525
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 15.69%
Wants: 54
Gots: 215 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: garcia2a on 09-03-2008

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Photo of jwhancher
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
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
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
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
3.61/5  rDev +1.1%
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
3.56/5  rDev -0.3%
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
3.34/5  rDev -6.4%
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
3.41/5  rDev -4.5%
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
3.82/5  rDev +7%
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
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
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
3.16/5  rDev -11.5%
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
4.18/5  rDev +17.1%
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
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
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
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
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
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
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
3.39/5  rDev -5%
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
3.72/5  rDev +4.2%
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
3.24/5  rDev -9.2%
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
3.59/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Photo of spitInTheOcean
4.3/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

crystal clear beer with a nice copper color. nice head retention. low effervescence. fair lacing.

smells hoppy. citrus/grassy hops, and that about all.

initially sweet. nice round body, big hoppy flavor, nice hoppy bitterness. and the finish is all hop bitterness that lingers.

medium body, and the warmth of the alcohol can be felt.

this is a good ass ipa. i could not see myself ever getting bored with this one.

the website does not give the IBUs, i would put them somewhere in the mid 60s. the website also lists wheat on the grain bill. brilliant. Why didn't i think of that?

Photo of chocosushi
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz ->

A ~ Pale caramel with no real (lasting) head to speak of.

S ~ OLD biscuits, dried apricots, english hops (Kent?)

T ~ Dry grass and more stale biscuit leading into caramel malt, hard toffee, and dead pine-needles... Black tea & toast on the finish

M ~ The feel f this one is actually pretty good considering the style. Nice & prickly with good hop oils going on that arren't outshining the sweet toasty malt flavors.

D ~ Acquired in a 2 for 2 trade with a friend. Not fantastic but a good effort from Left hand. Recommend trying but not seeking out.

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

Poured this English IPA from a bottle into a pint glass. It poured a nice pale amber color. Very good clarity. This IPA produced a nice white head and very good head retention. The aroma was a nice hoppy, herbal and pepper mix. There was some lacing left on the glass. The taste of the beer has a very malty bread like base that is full of fresh hop bitterness. This IPA is a very good classic rep of the style. This beer is medium in body, and has a dry finish.

Photo of sergeantstogie
2.13/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

I stopped into 99 Bottles in Federal Way in the mood for stouts on a rainy day and after having found the Left Hand Milk Stout I was looking for, when I saw the 400 Pound Monkey, I had to try one. I noticed right away that it was listed as an English IPA so I was anxious to try a more traditional take on all the Amazing and over the top American IPAs I have been marinating in since I arrived in the Pacific Northwest on vacation. To clarify, I did not drink this on my "stout night." I saved it for tonight; An IPA night. This was my first beer of the evening.

The Monkey poured a brilliantly clear and beautiful gold color and with the help of a vigorous end to my pour I got about 2/3 of an inch of clean white head. The head quickly dissipated.

The smell of the Monkey smelled like...a monkey. It smelled like a dirty old wash rag. I would have chocked it up to a dirty pint glass, but I used a clean pint glass, rinsed it and dried it myself right before the pour. It smelled like old keg beer. No strong hops aroma. No citrus, no pine, no dank, just old stale "beer smell."

Since I mentioned "old stale beer smell" the bottle date is hard to read. The is clearly _ _ 11 91 _ _. So I don't know how to guess at it's age which may be a huge factor.

The taste was just as bad as the smell. There was nothing that made me think it was infected or even truly old for that matter. It just tasted like week old beer from a frat party keg. The malt backbone was only slightly sweet and what hops I did find were earthy and so under done I was shocked the label said IPA at all.

I really wanted to like this beer. But I hated it. No fear, Left Hand did a solid enough job on the Milk Stout to have me coming back to them, just not for the Monkey.

Photo of DelMontiac
3.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottled on 04/12/11.

Golden in color and very clear. Two fingers worth of white foam is gone within a couple of minutes leaving very scant lace.

Aromas are floral hops, caramel malt, bisquit dough, and a bit of fresh cut grass. There is a buttery kind of character about this.

Enjoyable flavors of buttery bisquits, sweet malt, grassy/floral hop bitters, with a citrus zing. Good balance.

Carbonation and body make for a great mouthfeel and drinkability. Not excellent, but good.

Real good beer overall. No flash or wows, just a solid enjoyable brew. Could be a good icebreaker for a non-crafter.

Photo of dleemiller
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I found this beer somewhat unremarkable when I tried it from a bottle. Later, I visited the Left Hand taproom in Longmont, CO and found the cask version on tap. Wow! what a difference. It had acquired a delightfully silky mouthfeel and a soft head. At 6.7% and a fourty-five minute drive home, I had to drink far less than I would have liked.

400 Pound Monkey from Left Hand Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 1,910 ratings.