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400 Pound Monkey - Left Hand Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
81
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1,876 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,876
Reviews: 518
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 15.69%
Wants: 54
Gots: 183 | 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 feylure
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 4/12/2011

Got this as part of a 12 beer mix-pack from Left Hand. Cheers to that!

Appearance is lovely. Clear, medium gold sheen with not a ton of carbonation, but just enough to keep some bubble around the rim.

Smells of light caramel and hoppy notes. A little bit of floral notes. Just a great smell.

Taste is a well balanced, hoppy and malty mix. It's mouthfeel is full the whole time, and it goes down quite easily and smoothly. Basically this drink goes down well.

Overall, it's a good beer, and I have no doubt that I'll be seeing it again!

feylure, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of uabjeff
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy, light amber color with a two finger white head that dissipates somewhat slowly and leaves a thin cap that lingers throughout. It also leaves some spotty lacing. It smells largely of hops, floral and herbal, but some bready sweetness there as well. Tastes nice, more malt than I would have expected, but still very much on the hoppy side. The malty, caramel flavor gives over quickly to the floral hops and finishes semi-dry with a nice lingering bitterness. It feels good on the tongue, on the thin side of medium-bodied. Overall, this one is a really nice beer, very drinkable. Well done, Left Hand!

uabjeff, May 27, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bright, orange tinted honey colored amber being presented in front of me. Very hazy, with the cloudiness no doubt due to the unfiltered nature of it. A nice white head of foam, perhaps two fingers high then came over the top and settled down gradually to just a thin film of lace.

There was a nice floral hoppiness, somewhat muted hints of orange and lemongrass with a touch of pine. Decent malt base was apparent as the aroma of bread came through nicely. The flavor followed much of the same, owing that nice light floral hoppiness, but never having enough of it to really push it all the way forward. Nice little bite of bitter on the back of the tongue, and a slightly fruit finish, with apples coming through very clearly, especially in the aftertaste. The Mouthfeel was a little thin, maybe a touch watery, but had more then decent carbonation. A bit of a slickness to it as well. Superbly session able though as this was a very easy drinker and I could have thrown this one down all night long to be honest.

mikesgroove, May 26, 2011
Photo of bdeck02
5/5  rDev +40.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

In my hand now on a warm evening on the patio at The Old Monk in east Dallas. Sun is setting and beating on my back. This one happens to be offered up as a cask conditioned special on the menu. I love Left Hand, so I couldn't pass this up. Definitely love to see something possibly different than your one in a million IPA in that this is strictly an English style IPA. Served in DFH tulip glass.

A - Hazy, sunset bronze. Translucent when help up to the setting sun. One large finger of dense vanilla milk shake looking head that may be disappearing at a turtle's pace.

S - Like I stuck my head in a fresh bag of the freshest semi-wet herbal hops and sweet yellow cake batter... in that order. LUSH! Anyone who's ever held fresh, whole cone hops to their face would appreciate this one.

T - Like no other IPA. It separates itself from the ubiquitous bunch. It's as though they carefully thought out and crafted every single IBU as though it were a brush stroke creating an artistic masterpiece in my mouth. The many colors of hop and malt brush strokes are thrilling! Even better as it warms closer to 50-55F. The 6.7% ABV is only noticed upon exhaling through the nostrils in a way that is subtle, exciting and whimsical. One the malt side of things, the Munich make their presence known and loved. Each malt can be detected in this one, which is not all that easy to do when crafting an IPA when the hops traditionally dominate. Base level sweetness is there from the Crystal and 2-row. The body is brought on by the wheat malt. Perfect malt profile.

M - LUSH! Slightly snappy dry at the finish, however.

Overall - You had better go to your local craft beer store or pub and snag this up before I do. If they don't have it, perform unmentionable favors for your local beer store guy in order to get some. Not sure what's so particularly English about this one other than the use of the Boadicea Hops which are relatively unknown other than they are named for a Celtic/England warrior queen. Similar to Czech Saaz in profile from what I can discern. Anywho, rockin' brew, y'all!

bdeck02, May 26, 2011
Photo of claytong
3.13/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

the hops were a bit strange. i was also hoping for more of a malt character.
a not so nice earthy taste. generally i like earth tones so not sure why not this time. it was a bit medally as well so perhaps that was my problem with it. cool label though

claytong, May 26, 2011
Photo of FickleBeast
2.83/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottled 3/10/11.

Pours a hazy orange color with a thin ring of foam, even after a vigorous pour. Aroma is musty, earthy hops.

First sip is... too much of an unpleasant earthy hop flavor. There is just something about the hop flavor that I find very off-putting. It reminds me of mulch, or rotting leaves. And I think it overwhelms any malt flavor, although you can tell there is a lot of residual sweetness there to attempt to balance this brew. Mouthfeel is viscous, sweet.

Sorry, but this one is a complete miss for me. This is the 3rd one I've had out of the 6'er, and I've felt the same about each one.

FickleBeast, May 21, 2011
Photo of WesWes
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a tame malt scent that boasts of pale and biscuit malts along with a noble hop aroma. The taste is good. It has an easy drinking pale malt flavor that goes down easy with a moderate hop bitterness and a nice biscuit malt finish. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an above average beer, but nothing to get too excited about.

WesWes, May 21, 2011
Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I finally decided to give this beer a shot. Let's see what it has to offer:

Appearance: Pours a pretty clear golden color with a small 1/8" cap of fizzy white foam on top, but a little of it is starting to stick as the beer is swirled. There are quite a few bubbles rising, so the head stays about the same for a few solid minutes. After drinking, the beer leaves a pretty decent amount of lace on the glass and the head never seems to want to completely disappear.

Aroma: From the pour, I could already pick up the hops, but after the pour, they were more muted than I expected from the first smell. The hops are still the bigger player in the aroma, but the malt is contributing lots of toasty notes that seem like British malts...appropriately so. The hops are more grassy than floral, but they are well blended. A little unusual for a British style, but still the blend seems appropriate.

Taste: The flavor is much more British IPA than I thought it would be from the aroma. The hop profile seems different too in that it is coming across much more floral on the palate. The malts are there, but they are taking a back-seat until the very finish. The hops lead the balance, but there is enough malt to give it some substance in the end. You are left with hops to linger and a subtle light caramel flavor to linger.

Opinion: Overall this is a pretty good beer and it does justice to the style. As I mentioned, the hops are a little unusual, though they seem like the appropriate regional hops, they just don't normally appear in this style, so I don't think that it is the spawn of a clone-brew...at least not one I am familiar with. Either way, I have a 6-pack of this beer, and I will gladly drink it. Though I will spread these out as I doubt that I can do more than a couple in one sitting.

SkeeterHawk, May 12, 2011
Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

- Pours a bright clear golden-orange color with a finger of frothy white head atop. The head fades down to a thick ring around the glass leaving behind some nice lacing in the process.

S - Aroma is full of piney/grassy hops and slightly sweet bready malts. Some very light citrus/fruit aroma in the background.

T - Starts off with some piney hops and some bready malts. There is a bit of yeast and some citrus in the background. Through the middle, some bitterness comes though alongside some yeast and stronger bread flavors. The finish is a mix of some bready malt, some earthy hops, and a touch of bitterness that lingers.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and crisp, with just a bit of bitterness in the finish.

D - Very drinkable. The flavors blend nicely, but there could be a bit more of them. I like the bit of fruit flavor and the bready malts though.

ngeunit1, May 09, 2011
Photo of MichialTanner1
2.53/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A fan of Left Hand's Sawtooth ESB, I decided to pick up a 6 of this at Spec's in Austin.

It pours a clear, light, brownish-orange, a little darker than most American IPAs--a decent looking beer. A heavy pour only got me about 1/4 to 1/2" on the head.

Now, there is something to the smell and taste of this one that doesn't sit well for me. Whereas a good IPA tends to have that refreshing aroma of fresh-cut grass or juniper, this one reminds me of moist grass that has been left in the catcher for a couple of days. It has a funk to it like it is starting to turn sour and unfortunately, this carries over to the taste.

There are some interesting IPAesque qualities to the taste, but they are snuffed out by that "funky monkey" essence. Maybe this is typical for the English style or maybe I have an untrained taste for it--either way, I'm not crazy about this one.

I'll drink another one and try to taste and smell harder. But I'm guessing there will be 4 of these left for my nephews when they come to visit this summer, indiscriminately drinking any and all beer in the fridge.

MichialTanner1, May 07, 2011
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.05/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Coppery-tan and mostly clear, with a touch of haze. Head was minimal and lacing is small and patchy.

Smell is pretty malty, with a slight funk and a little bit of hops/grapefruit.

Taste is very malty, some caramel, some grassy hops, a little sweetness, and more funk, which doesn't seem to add much but seems kind of strange.

Feel is medium bodied without much carbonation, and moderately dry.

Overall I am not that fond of this one.

AlCaponeJunior, May 07, 2011
Photo of BlackBearForge
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on March 9, 2011

400 Pound Monkey is golden amber beer, more yellow than copper with a crisp white cap of foam that falls quickly leaving moderate lacing.

The aroma has nice bready malt with an earthy hop aroma, quite pleasant.

The flavor has bready somewhat biscuity malt, not too sweet balanced with the aforementioned earthy English style hopping. Some fruity esters are present that work nicely with the other flavor characteristics. Culminates in a lingering bitterness on the finish that really brings things together.

Mouthfeel is nicely medium, carbonation is moderate which seems appropriate.

A very nice English style IPA, laid back and mellow but full of flavor nonetheless. Makes a pleasant change from the American style IPAs I've been drinking (won't convert me however!). Definitely recomended.

BlackBearForge, May 06, 2011
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the beer is a brighter, crystal clear tan-gold coloring with a foamy, light bubbled, white head that starts at a healthy 2 inches and eventually settles into a film. Aromas of light hoppiness combined with a sweet caramel and citrus/tangerine character that is intriguing. Bitter and peppery hop forward flavor with the citrus providing a decent backseat balance. Good lacing on the glass, the beer has a slick, almost oily feel in mouth. Peppered hop aftertaste with a dry, bitter finish. Very true to the style...you could do a lot worse than this tasty brew!

GarthDanielson, Apr 28, 2011
Photo of haazer
3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass

A- Pours about 1/4 inch of white head on top of a slightly turbid yellow/orange brew. Lively carbonation as bubbles rise to the top. Head retains for some time, pour seemed to suggest it would fade quickly.

S- Smell is a decent combination of pale...carmel malts? It seems as though both were used. Hops are faint at this point. Checking the bottling date this was done on 4/22/10, almost a year from today. Some bready notes round out nose.

T- Suprisingly the hops are present in the taste. Flavor leads in with a crisp citrus bite, in between a bready caramel tastes. A hint of lemon. Then there is a half decent bittering finish. A little bit of an awkward aftertaste though...

M- Body is heavier than light but not quite medium. This is a fairly smooth english IPA, but the carbonation is felt on the tongue. Its balanced quite well.

O- I thought this was above average. Fairly drinkable, and abv not noticeable, at least after one.

haazer, Apr 26, 2011
Photo of VanHopper69
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured from the growler dark straw color. Head was about two fingers, but dissipated quickly to just a thin layer. Surprisingly heavy lacing left all the way down the pint glass.

S - The smell was kinda funky. Not at all what I was expecting from an IPA. No citrus or floral. This one was very herbal and grassy. Almost bordering on musty.

T - Despite my hesitation to try a taste of the beer after what I thought was an off smell, the beer was a nice balance between that somewhat subdued malts and the unusual hops.

M - Carbonation may have saved this beer from falling into the mediocre category for me. It added a lightness to the feel. Had this one been heavy, I don’t think I would have finished it.

O - I’m going to reserve my judgment for another day on this one. It was good enough to keep me interested, but not to the point that I’ll run right out to fill the growler again. Maybe next time I’ll try to find it in a bottle and see if that makes a difference.

VanHopper69, Apr 24, 2011
Photo of Brunite
4.22/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear golden honey color with an off-white head with good persistence

S - Nicely hoppy nose that is lightly citrus-y with some faint pine notes.

T - This is an extremely citrusy, juicy, beer. Lots of fruitiness with some mild biscuit notes. Good balance.

M - Nice balanced. Nice carbonation. Medium body.

O - A nicely balanced, fruity, juicy beer. Fine session beer.

Brunite, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of biegaman
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

400 Pound Monkey has one of the neatest names and label art I've come across in a while; the beer itself ain't so bad looking either. A polished, heated honey-golden tone, the beer looks like it'd make a hell of an amulet, like something Indiana Jones might go searching for. Its head isn't much but leaves a lacing that'd probably make sense to a hieroglyphicist.

The aroma is chalk full of pungent hoppiness. Notes of ganja, candied citrus, grass clippings and pine bark comprise a pretty full hop bouquet by any standards. Toasted biscuity maltiness provides the perfect background accompaniment. The beer may be an 'English'-style IPA but it borrows at least some of its character from the country of its birth.

The wafer-y, biscuity maltiness drinks like a liquid honeycomb toffee, albeit not quite so sweet, that is armored in a dry, splintering pine bark and tiny pellets of grapefruit. A trace of a certain illegal, herbal substance is tasted, but only so much so as to give off an earthy vibe and not dominate the taste, which is submerged ankle high in lemon juice acidity.

Both the sip and the finish are a mouthful; while hops don't dominate as they do in many American IPAs, they were nevertheless used liberally. The malts, likewise, are vividly toasty and chewy. Their sweetness, however, is cut short by a citric pithiness, a drying and weedy hop astringency that leaves an almost bubblegum-y aftertaste.

400 Pound Monkey is another solid IPA in a long lineup of solid American IPAs. While there may not be much to distinguish it from the pack, there is every reason in the world to buy it again: unrestrained hoppiness, balancing maltiness, solid flavor, gratifying and refreshing drinkability. In fact, the only problem with it is that after one you want at least two more!

biegaman, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this one at the bar a few times; so when I heard the Left Hand was pulling out of Iowa I grabbed a six-er because I've had good experiences with this brew. From the bottle it seems subdued, like more of a 320 lb monkey that's waking up from a nap.

It's a orange-brown color like a green tea. The white foam starts as a thin finger and turns to a ring in about 2 minutes. The aroma has some citrus over the hops with perhaps a hint of wood. The taste has lemon up front with a touch of pine. The hoppiness I give a 5.5 out of 10, it starts decent but fades quick. It goes down good and the aftertaste is just slightly tart.

Overall it seems like the bottled version is wimpy compared to the tap. But without a bar in the state to serve it, my taste buds will not soon be satisfied.

DesMoinesMike, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of richkrull
4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Buddy brought this one over to try.

Poured a hazy golden amber color with a good amount of white head on it. Smell was very good - nice hops, some bready and floral notes as well. Taste was great, solid bitter hop flavor throughout with some bready malt coming through. Light to medium mouthfeel, this beer went down nice and smooth. Would definitely go for it again sometime - I like this one quite a bit.

richkrull, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of techfed87
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a good-sized head. Color is amber. Smell is quite fruity, grapefruit and hops are strong in it.

First sip is, considering the big flavor portfolio, a bit light. Then again, being used to the American IPA standard, it shouldn't be a surprise that although less hoppy, this IPA still has certain qualities that aren't apparent in other. There's a balance with the malt and the hops that make this one of the most well-balanced IPA's that I tried.

Left Hand really does know what they're doing in the brews that they make. Try this one if you have the chance.

techfed87, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of shaunb81
4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'm a huge fan of IPA and APA and I was looking to try something a little different. So, here it goes....

Appearance - Poured an amber/gold color with a very little head. Head was bright yellowish and was barely 1/4". Very light lacing. Not impressed so far.

Smell - Can't quite put my "nose" on the hops. I smell floral, but also a sweetness. Very aromatic, but not powerful like most pale ales that I've had. Let's see what we have here...

Taste - The pale ale definitely comes through here. Obviously dry-hopped and bitter, not as bitter as an IPA, but just as enjoyable. Very balanced.

Mouthfeel - This beer sticks to every part of the inside of my mouth. That's a good thing. Carbonation is perfect and while I swig this beer, I enjoy it even more.

Overall - I like this beer. I would drink it as much as I would any of my favorite pale ales. It's a little different, because it seems a bit lighter than other IPA's. I suggest you go buy this and see for yourself. This beer is flavorful, somewhat light (NOT WATERED DOWN!!), but it still grabs your taste buds and squeezes them till you beg for more.

shaunb81, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of NordeastBrewer77
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a pale golden color with a small white head that ran quickly to lace. Retention was very... 'english'

The aroma was mildly bready with earthy hops dancing in the background. Clean grains and a touch of minerals in noticed as the brew warms.

The taste is where this beer gets ya.... A nice clean profile with a hint of light caramel malts and a touch of toasted bread. This is followed immediately by a grassy, garden fresh hop flavor that's a nice change from many American made IPAs. The finish is clean and dry with a nice lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel's a tad bubbly for and 'English style', but it works with this one.... Light and dry, very clean. Surprisingly cool and refreshing for a beer approaching 7%.

Overall, this ones a winner. I'll definitely buy this again!

NordeastBrewer77, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of rawfish
3.08/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy golden copper with a one and a half finger frothy white head, rather poor retention but all kinds of webbing and lacing on the glass.

Odd smell, not too familiar with the English IPA variety but I don't think any other beer smells quite like this. Earthy, grassy pungent hops that picks up a good amount of wet soil and garden weeds. Slight citrus and caramel malt, actually quite humid and musty. I also sense some calm shells and sea salt.

Taste has a citrus and grassy hop profile, citrus was quite unexpected yet still muted and earthy. This gives way to some caramel malts, for balance, not very bready, slightly sweet and adequate. Dries nicely with appreciable bitterness on the end of the drink.

Average carbonation and body. Dries nicely with lingering bitterness, but honestly all IPAs do that. Ho-hum.

All over the map with this one, takes a better palate than mine to sense the subtle nature of of this brew, I felt the taste was a bit airy at times with hop bitterness running the show. Tastes a bit different than it smells. Not bad but minor league as far as IPAs go.

rawfish, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of yemenmocha
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy off-golden color with medium sized head. mixed citrus and cakebread on the nose. Some of that cakebread quality is present on the palate too with a nicely balanced bitterness. A mineral component is there too . Easy drinking and a refreshing change from so many American IPA .

yemenmocha, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of tlazaroff
2.9/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: A hazy apricot color of orange with a slightly off-white colored head. Nice thin lacing sticks to the glass.

S: On the nose, I get citrus, floral, and a tiny tiny bit of toastyness - it's slightly sweet smelling.

T: Its bitter, but not overly-so. Defiantly an English style IPA. Nothing of note about the taste other than orange flavors and a small sweetness that is left after the swallow.

M: Watery, low carbonation, slick. Overall - not good.

D: Despite it's flaws, it is a highly drinkable beer.

tlazaroff, Apr 02, 2011
400 Pound Monkey from Left Hand Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 1,876 ratings.