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400 Pound Monkey - Left Hand Brewing Company

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1,733 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,733
Reviews: 512
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 15.36%
Wants: 45
Gots: 120 | 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 jdense


3.7/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

06-23-2010 23:42:01 | More by jdense
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.95/5  rDev +10.3%

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

06-22-2010 01:06:01 | More by Billolick
Photo of mavbrew


3.45/5  rDev -3.6%

A: Burnt golden yellow in color, pours a white, one finger head that dissipates quickly.

S: A very floral scent coming from the beer. Definite hoppy characteristics and a hint of citrus.

T: Very earthy taste with a hint of hops, not as prominent as the smell, but still there. There is a bit of a fruity aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied with a bit of carbonation, fairly smooth.

D: Easy and smooth to drink, not as hoppy as I hoped or typically drink, but overall a good IPA.

06-21-2010 18:03:53 | More by mavbrew
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.2/5  rDev +17.3%

On-tap 6/19/10 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of citrus, grassy hops and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts with sweet flavors of citrus, honey and spices. The hops presence isn't as strong as it is in the smell but it's still fairly strong. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer that has enough flavor and substance to make it worth drinking for a long time.

06-21-2010 02:59:01 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of seh410


3.55/5  rDev -0.8%

I had this from a cask last night at the Left Hand/Lake Placid Dueling Beer Dinner at Cambridge Common Restaurant. Great event!

Appearance: 2 fingers of fluffy, bubbly, off-white head. Beer is clear and amber in color → head leaves lacing

Aroma: Sweet, malty, with a little citrus and yeast in the background

Taste: It's surprisingly sweet and mild for an IPA. I taste caramel undertones and a distinct earthiness. The hoppy bite only reveals itself at the end, and it isn't super bitter, which I personally appreciate.

Mouthfeel: Deliciously creamy - I had it on cask, so there was very little carbonation

Drinkability: Definitely drinkable. I thought I hated IPAs, and I enjoyed this beer.

06-17-2010 21:12:11 | More by seh410
Photo of htomsirveaux


3.35/5  rDev -6.4%

12 oz. bottle tried 8 Jun 2010. Bottled 04/15/10.

Served in the Twisted Pine shaker pint. Medium creamy white tight head. Medium carbonation. Clear golden color. Aroma is strongly of resin when the bottle is first opened but fades relatively quickly when poured, just a faint sweet yeasty bready aroma with a touch of resin. Starts somwehat resiny, touch of caramel sweetness. Not overly bitter, but becomes more astringent as it warms. Ethanol is warming in the finish. Aspirin is dominant in the aftertaste. Medium body.

Have encountered the aspirin astringency in IPAs relatively frequently as of late.

06-17-2010 02:52:39 | More by htomsirveaux
Photo of auxiliary

Rhode Island

3.73/5  rDev +4.2%

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

06-16-2010 22:10:58 | More by auxiliary
Photo of emmasdad


3.58/5  rDev 0%

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.

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

3.1/5  rDev -13.4%

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.

06-14-2010 22:19:59 | More by jdhilt
Photo of hopstradamus


3.03/5  rDev -15.4%

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.

06-14-2010 20:08:01 | More by hopstradamus
Photo of MetalHopHead6


3.33/5  rDev -7%

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.

06-13-2010 20:28:14 | More by MetalHopHead6
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4.18/5  rDev +16.8%

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.

06-12-2010 20:34:57 | More by erikwibaeus
Photo of Reaper16


4.35/5  rDev +21.5%

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.

06-10-2010 00:27:08 | More by Reaper16
Photo of DmanGTR


4.2/5  rDev +17.3%

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

06-09-2010 15:03:11 | More by DmanGTR
Photo of ommegangpbr

New York

3.28/5  rDev -8.4%

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.

06-09-2010 02:52:55 | More by ommegangpbr
Photo of Pencible


3.73/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

06-08-2010 02:14:12 | More by Pencible
Photo of webbcreative


3.58/5  rDev 0%

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.

06-05-2010 04:58:48 | More by webbcreative
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev +2%

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.

06-04-2010 22:49:16 | More by Sammy
Photo of allengarvin


4.13/5  rDev +15.4%

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.

05-30-2010 21:16:53 | More by allengarvin
Photo of Pittsburgh


3.48/5  rDev -2.8%

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.

05-30-2010 17:59:02 | More by Pittsburgh
Photo of BMoney575


3.15/5  rDev -12%

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.

05-29-2010 20:35:41 | More by BMoney575
Photo of Shaw


3.8/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

05-27-2010 04:59:46 | More by Shaw
Photo of Espenoza


4.05/5  rDev +13.1%

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.

05-26-2010 00:07:58 | More by Espenoza
Photo of Ahoney67

North Carolina

2.38/5  rDev -33.5%

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.

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

3.48/5  rDev -2.8%

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.

05-24-2010 22:19:41 | More by mdfb79
400 Pound Monkey from Left Hand Brewing Company
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