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400 Pound Monkey - Left Hand Brewing Company

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1,756 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,756
Reviews: 512
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 15.36%
Wants: 47
Gots: 132 | 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 StlHopHead77
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Slightly hazy,copper-orange color with one finger of thin,pale-white head that dissipates quickly leaving sparse lacing.

S-Because of the style,I wasn't surprised to find the nose a little flat on the hop side.There was some citric hop qualities but they were definitely muted.There was a slight hint of honey maltiness.

T-The hops once again took a back seat.The honey
and the malt were there but I found the overall flavor a little lacking and kind of tinny.

M-The mouthfeel was on the light to medium bodied side with decent carbonation.

D-I wouldn't say that this is one of my favorite beers (and definitely not my favorite Left Hand offering) but I think it has more to do with my feelings about this style than Left Hand's efforts.Fans of the style would find this beer
extremely drinkable.

StlHopHead77, Jul 17, 2010
Photo of climax
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

400 lb Monkey poured a murky yellow/gold with a good light tan head. The retention was excellent as well as the lace on the pint glass.

The nose had good complexity but wasn't extremely strong. Euro skunkiness was well apparent and accented by a citrus hop bill. Only a slight malt sweetness was detectable.

The flavor made up in intensity what the smell lacked. The same gritty skunkiness was there to add to the floral and citrus hop twang. The aftertaste was long and hoppy, nice.

The feel was sharp initially from generous carbonation. It was slick in the mouth and finished dry. The body wasn't lacking, yet it was very drinkable.

climax, Jul 17, 2010
Photo of PhillyStyle
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer appeared a nice, slightly dark, clear amber color, almost a mix between an English Bitter and an IPA. The beer had a nice thick white head to it and was retained well and ultimately into a thin cap. Some carbonation was noticeable.

The aroma was lighter than expected, but better than average, but not better enough to get to the next level. Nice hoppy aroma, floral with some hints of grain.

The taste was slightly better than average. Pretty well mirrors the nose with a nice dry, faint bitter aftertaste.

The beer felt a little light for the style; I expected it to be a little more thick for a medium bodied beer. The beer had better than average drinkability. Overall, not a bad beer, but not a great one. I would defiantly drink again.

PhillyStyle, Jul 16, 2010
Photo of irishking1977
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear copper hue with a less than average head that leaves some decent lacing along the sides of the glass. Not bad.

S: Faint hops. The aroma also brings to mind adjuncts that are used in BMC. Not great.

T: It's actually hard to describe the taste. Slightly burnt malt with a barely perceivable hops presence in the finish. Seems a bit watered down. Doesn't seem to be a typical IPA. That's not really a bad thing; the craft beer market is overrun with American IPA's, so this one is a decent departure from that. (I still love some of those AIPA's, though)

M: Good, solid carbonation, that lingers on the tongue. Middle of the road thickness; pretty easy to drink.

D: I'll say it again; pretty easy to drink. Nothing mind blowing, but a decent, albeit different interpretation of an IPA. Not really for hop heads because it isn't up to that level of hops bitterness.

irishking1977, Jul 16, 2010
Photo of KarlHungus
2.73/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a hazy yellow-orange color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into rocky lacking that lasts a while. The aroma some tangerine and floral notes, but is very faint for an English IPA. The taste is somewhat stronger, but not much. There are is some tangerine, grapefruit, and a hint of flower, but it slides across the tongue and disappears. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation that is a little too low, and a sticky texture that is very unappealing in an IPA. This beer is a real let down. It comes across as being very non-cohesive, and I think that is a extremely bad quality for a beer to have. I will not be drinking this again.

KarlHungus, Jul 15, 2010
Photo of bundy462
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Gold with some orange hues and a thick frothy off white head.

S: Spicy floral hops over cereal grains.

T: Hop bitterness right away and all the way. A lot of lingering bitter aftertaste. Hop heavy but not quite as crisp and prickly as I would prefer.

M: Thin bodied, slightly under carbonated.

O: Average, nothing fantastic.

bundy462, Jul 14, 2010
Photo of thain709
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a nice golden amber body with some carbonation bubbles...a two finger, creamy, rocky, white head formed and retained nicely...good lacing

S - A very grainy and earthy smell...some sweet, caramel malts and some faint citrus hops

T - The taste mirrors the nose...a lot of grainy presence comes through in this beer...I think it's from both the malts and the hops...some sweetness comes from the caramel malts...the citrus is subdued

M - Medium bodied...tries to be bitter...a bit metallic sometimes

D - This was just your average English IPA...a very grainy flavor where you would expect some sweetness

thain709, Jul 12, 2010
Photo of Spineypanda
4.38/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden amber color, with a short-lived head that laces nicely. Carbonation continues some time after pour.
Smells nice and bitter, like it should. Not full of citrus aromas, but more malty smells as well as the hops.
Tastes really nice, a bit of that malty smell comes through in the taste, but the hops are front forward and the aftertaste is nice and refreshing.

I really enjoy this beer.

Spineypanda, Jul 11, 2010
Photo of Chico1985
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours coppery orange, medium-sized white head retains well. Stays a little under a finger and leaves a bit of lacing.

Getting mostly pale malt in the scent. I get sort of a bready macro smell and grass.

Tastes very herbal and grassy, along with plenty of pale malt, a little bit of booze, some citrus and biscuit in the aftertaste mostly. Kind of a strange mess but tastes decent.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, the booze taste is unexpected but seems to appear less as the beer goes down. Body and carbonation are fine.

This beer is pretty much all over the place, balance is kooky but I enjoyed it overall.

Chico1985, Jul 08, 2010
Photo of Duhast500
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a tasting glass.

The color is yellow with a orange tint to it. There is a finger of foamy white head and some nice lacing.

The smell is pretty floral at first with a big piney flavor then into a grassy aroma with a little citrus mixed in.

The taste is bitter at first but has a nice balanced flavor after the initial grassy, floral flavor. Some nice smooth, bready flavor finishes this beer off.

The feel of this beer is smooth as it goes down well and has a light to medium body to it. It is more balanced than expected but does have nice bitter aftertastes that last just long enough.

Duhast500, Jul 07, 2010
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear, golden, slightly amber with a nice head. Good retention, seems a bit thin as it drinks.
Mild aroma of herbal hops and earth. The malt makes its pressence known with brown toast and sweet caramel highlights.
It seems fairly balanced in the taste, but the malt and hops don't really play off one another. The go-between seems labored. A filmy finish allows the malt to control the beer and the hops just sort of fade to the background with only a touch of bitterness. This isn't bad, but the lack of smooth transition hurts it, imho.

Mebuzzard, Jul 07, 2010
Photo of beergod1
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber color with a medium head. Excellent head retention and some lacing. A damn nice looking beer. Unfortunately the aroma is not so good. Very weak and faint with only subtle leafy hops. The taste is a resinous hop bomb with plenty of pine notes. Very faint notes of caramel and bread in the finish. Medium carbonated bodied with a good hop Zing. Don't know if i'll get it again for $10 but not a "Bad" beer

beergod1, Jul 07, 2010
Photo of WakeandBake
3.1/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A pale golden color pour with a two finger foamy whiye head , medium carbonation . Aroma is of earthy spicy hops and little else . Flavor is kind of a mess , same grassy and spicy hops as the aroma with kind of a netral malt backbone medium body, oily mouthfeel , short hoppy finish , light bitterness. Drinkable but just odd .

WakeandBake, Jul 05, 2010
Photo of midworken
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a decent sized head that dissipated rather quickly that left a good lacing on top and a clear yellow/gold body below.
Nose smelled of pine (somewhat hard to distinguish the smell of the beer from the atmosphere where I was at) and hoppiness. It tasted upfront of sweet maltiness and left with the bitterness of hops and some tangy/sour of citrus. Well balanced and every sip was interesting.
Mouthfeel was good, not too much carbonation and not too little. Wouldn't be able to drink more than two, had a very full flavor.

midworken, Jul 03, 2010
Photo of Bouleboubier
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Have to say I was a tad surprised. Don't expect your "typical" (powerfully-hopped, American/west coast) IPA. This is a well-done, straight-up, American version of an English IPA.

Extremely clear yellow-gold. Starts with a medium-tight head. Random sticky drapes of lace. Wow, really clear.

Pungent, hearty hop aroma and a strong crusty bread presence in the smell.

Didn't know this was done in the English style (helps to read the label and all its fine print), but recognized it quick enough. Great interpretation. Spot on with the bready malt character. Naturally, this is a bit bolder all around - earthy, noble hops kicked up a couple notches, more concentrated thickness in the malt and body. Definitely drinks heavier than a true English version, but it doesn't strike me as 6.7% going down. That said, the level of alcohol build of the body compliment each other perfectly.

Had a couple of "eh" beers from Left Hand, so I didn't know what I was in for. Now that I've had this and the Sawtooth in the past week, I'd say LH can do English ales well and I'd drink this particular beer anytime.

Bouleboubier, Jul 03, 2010
Photo of mentor
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger light tan head over a clear straw-copper liquid. Smells fruity (marachino cherry and fruit loops cereal) and bubblegum from hops. Some biscuity malt goodness, which could actually be from a quality base grain, rather than a small amount of specialty grain.

Tastes more fruity than hop bitter or malt, but the hop flavor does not dominate. Fairly well balanced. Hop and ester fruity comes across as fruit loops cereal with some woody and tangerine. Malt is mild caramel and some toast. Hop bitter is flat, like tannic without the acrid bite. Mild drying acid from carbonation helps the hop bitter dry out the finish.

This is enjoyable and fairly well english style. Not my favorite style, but I'd be ok having another. Light body with some dextrin presence and modest carbonation.

mentor, Jul 03, 2010
Photo of zoso1967
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a bronze toned light amber color and has a nice frothy white head that sticks to the glass like crazy. The aroma is full of herbal and floral hops, as well as some lemon notes. It also carries a bit of grainy pale malt sweetness. The flavor is once again dominated by a mix of earthy herbal, floral and lemony hops that seem to be well blended. The malt character seems a bit off and is quite grainy. This beer may be a little bit too bitter for relatively small malt backbone I am detecting. In the finish there is a very interesting buttery, nutty sort of flavor that is quite nice. The body is on the lighter side of medium, and the mouthfeel is actually a little bit watery with a very dry finish. Quite drinkable and refreshing. Not too shabby.

zoso1967, Jun 30, 2010
Photo of LesStewart
2.7/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The monkey is one of those beers you're going to love or hate and it turns on it's present and full presentation of grassy citrus sharpness and how you dig that. It's color is nice with a quickly deminishing head, and it's aroma is pleasant with citrus. I'm not one for tartness or too much grassyness, so i didn't love the taste or the aftertaste that sticks with you for a few.

LesStewart, Jun 30, 2010
Photo of TheJollyHop
4.22/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear, deep orange amber, with scents of caramel, perfume, yellow roses, wet grass, bread, and tropical fruits.

Head exhibits a thick finger's worth of pillowy mousse like texture; clingy lace.

Flavor showcases orange, peach, bread, caramel, grassy notes, subtle nuttiness, with a sweet finish. There is a long lasting tingle of bitterness. This brew is very well balanced. A medium to high carbonation with a prominent fruity and floral flavor, and a faint lime flavor on the finish. Earthy hop flavor, reminiscent of sauteed spinach and kale.

Medium body, smooth on the tongue front to back, with some tongue drying. Crisp, green grapes mingle with wet grass.
Great example of an English IPA. Would make a stellar session brew if the ABV was slightly lower.

TheJollyHop, Jun 28, 2010
Photo of muttyd
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Amber/orange clear body. Thin white head.

S - Grapefruit & citrus mostly. Some diacetyl/butterscotch aromas.

T - The hop flavor follows the nose. Mostly grapefruit/citrus hops, but they take a backseat to the strong toffee malt forward base.

M - Chewy body with a dry hop finish. Moderate carbonation and alcohol well hidden.

D - I like this beer, but not something I would go out of my way to pick up again.

muttyd, Jun 27, 2010
Photo of brewdoc75
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tuliped pint glass

A: Yellow with orange tint. A nice, 1 inch head dies down fast to a lace. Stronger carbonation than I'd expect for the style. Doesn't look like an English IPA. Maybe a really light American IPA, but still missing a little color.

S: Lots of grapefruit on the nose. Some floral and grassy component as well. Maybe a hint of lemon rind. The malts are nil with just a hint of honey sweetness in the nose.

T: Lots of citrus hops. A little one dimensional in that I really only get grapefruit. There is some lemon/grapefruit rind notes as well. What is really unfortunate is the lack of maltiness. An English IPA should have some malt character with maybe some breadiness and at least some malty backbone. This is as about as light as they come in the malt department. I really only get a tiny bit of honey/grainy sweetness behind the hop onslaught. Don't get me wrong, I know IPAs should be hop forward. At the same time they should have the malts to back it up a little. A little unbalanced, even for an IPA.

M: Light/medium. Crisp. Finishes a little sticky but definitely solid. Again, maybe a touch too much carbonation.

D: Really a solid beer. Not an English IPA based on the flavor profile. Could fit as a hybrid English/American IPA, but the lack of malt character throws me off on this one. I'd like to try this again on tap to see if my review changes. With the plethora of IPA choices out there, I think I'll pass on this if I see it again at the store.

brewdoc75, Jun 26, 2010
Photo of EgadBananas
4.35/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy yellow/orange in color, big fluffy two finger head. Looks a bit more like a hefeweizen.

The smell is slightly crisp, with a solid, up-front malty aroma, with hints of citrus. Since this is an EIPA, I would imagine this to be a tad more malty than a typical IPA. Still very good.

The taste was shocking, much different than the smell. It's sort of zesty, with a lot of citrus, and a slight hop bitterness that shows up in the end and lingers for a few seconds. Very impressed, it was delicious.

The feel is pleasant and crisp. Light to medium bodied.

Definitely a good drinker, but I probably couldn't session it very well. I'll be revisiting this one often.

EgadBananas, Jun 26, 2010
Photo of Mcculler
4.3/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden color with amber highlights - paler than most IPAs these days - with good 1 inch head that recedes to the rim leaving only minimal lacing.

Lemon, pine, earth, sulfur, mineral, and butter on the nose - interesting mix of American and British characteristics.

Similar taste x 10. Chamomile, heather, lemon balm, pine, earth, sulfur and mineral. Caramel sweetness more apparent as the beer warms. Grapefruit and herbal bitterness in the finish.

Slick, pretty mouthfeel - a little oily, nicely balanced by tight, moderate carbonation.

A beautiful, thoughtful beer - and also drinkable for ABV. Love it.

Mcculler, Jun 25, 2010
Photo of jdense
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle from By the Bottle, Vancouver, WA., poured into shaker pint glass 6.23.2010.

Clear deep gold body, a finger and a half of lingering white creamy head, surprisingly minimal lacing, multiple streams of carbonation rising from bottom of glass. Nose is nicely balanced, sweetish malts, along with grassy and resiny hops. Taste is malt forward but with a significant grassy hop middle leading to a sweetish bitter finish. Light-medium mouthfeel, not sticky, with good effervescence. Pretty drinkable though I was surprised how noticeable the alcohol was. Not as hop aggressive as PNW and SD style IPAs, but a nice interpretation, attempt to create 'officer quality' EIPA. Worth a try, though I think the hops have faded a bit in this three month old bottle.

jdense, Jun 23, 2010
Photo of Billolick
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, sixers available at DeCiccio's in Ardsley, NY. Bottled on dating (04 15 10) on the front label.
Pours clear on the golden side of amber. Near white head, leaving typical fine lace and better looking extensive strands after a solid swig. Nice mixed citric/light malt nose. Easy drinking and enjoyable EIPA. Ample but toned down citric hops, riding upon a solid and smooth malty base. Nice job here by Left Hand

Billolick, Jun 22, 2010
400 Pound Monkey from Left Hand Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 1,756 ratings.