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400 Pound Monkey - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,965
Reviews: 539
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 15.69%
Wants: 57
Gots: 270 | 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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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

400 Pound Monkey
12 oz brown bottle
Bottled on date is blank
Served in a 20 oz tulip glass

Pours a brass colored orange with a hazy tint. A nice white colored head forms on top leaving trails of sticky lacings.

The backbone of this beer has a biscuit malt and wheat bread flavor with a touch of caramel sweetness. The sip turns bitter with citrus flavors like tangerine or orange and floral notes.

There are some 'off' flavors here too, which makes me think this may not be the freshest sample. I can make this beer work, but there are so many better English style IPA's out there.

Photo of jmarsh123
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy light gold with a minimal head and no lacing.

Smells very malty with some bready tones and a slight earthy hop presence.

Pretty malty in the flavor too. Not a lot of up front taste but a pretty sweet caramel malt comes through and it finishes just a bit earthy and tangy.

Mouthfeel is on the light side, but not overly so. Carb levels good.

Ok. Nothing really off with it, but no flavors that wow me.

Photo of Rhynes2
4.09/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice honey/gold color with a thick head. Head retention was lacking but left some decent lacing down the sides. Taste was very hop centered but well balanced with the malts. Malt taste was great and gave hints of honey and caramel flavors. The more that I drink this one the more it grows on me. I like the overall balance of this brew.

Photo of jsprain1
3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a clear, light honey color. Head is one finger and doesn't last well. A couple wisps of lacing.
S- Smell is quite sweet, the malt is pretty dominant. Floral with a faint citrus aroma.
T- It has a tint of sugary character up front. Floral and earthy hop flavors try to balance, but don't quite balance it out. There is bandaid and like a green grape note in the finish.
M- The malt sugars really sit on the tongue. Light carbonation.
O- I like the idea of a more balanced IPA. This one just didn't do it for me. Probably wouldn't go for again.

Photo of ratty918
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

400 pound monkey english india pale ale was a slighty above average. The taste was mellow compared to what you expect from a india pale ale. Even though it did have as bitter of a taste the finish was still nice. Overall I would give this beer a B- grade.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: surprised by the murky golden color

S: lemon custard and wheat.

T: so I am basically getting a hefe or wheat that is sweet, but not overly so, and no real hop flavor. Earthy and herbal notes.

M: moderate carbonation and medium body

Overall: I am not very familiar with English IPAs though I have read they are supposed to be more watery than theAmerican version but this isn't watery, but basically lacking any hop bitterness or body that I expected.

Photo of ZenAgnostic
2.91/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Clear bronze body. Offwhite head.

Smell - Musky corn. Almost banana. Almost no hop presence. Some slight noticable alcohol.

Taste - Moderate-high Alcohol. Moderate hop. The alcohol seems to overpower the hop, or maybe the hop boosts the noticablility of the alcohol. Slight underlying light sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Frothy. Medium bodied. The alcohol and hops play the tongue like a violin, resonating the same 'note' long after the sip.

Overall Drinkability - Entirely unimpressive. Not bad. Just too one dimensional for my tastes. Considering I'm rating this beer by style, this fat monkey faces significant competition, and unfortunately ranks a bit low on the bell curve. Again, not a bad beer, just not very impressive or noteworthy, especially for the style.

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3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer review from 9/4/2011: pours orange amber in color with a creamy 2 finger beige head that faded slowly and left OK spotty lacing.

Smells of sweet malt, grains, biscuit, floral hops, citrus hops, light grapefruit, faint yeast, herbs, lemon zest, orange peel, and sweet fruit like grapes or pear; overall sweet nose with just a tad more malt than hops, spot on for an English IPA.

Tastes like it smells, with sweet malt, grains, biscuit, floral hops, flowers, tea leaf, citrus hops, grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, wheat or yeast, and spices like rye, pepper or coriander (maybe tobacco). The malt and spices work well together, and the hops are subtle and allow the malty biscuit to come through like a piece of buttered wheat bread.

Mouthfeel is creamy and oily slick with very light carbonation, a medium body and a slight bitter aftertaste. Very drinkable and very enjoyable, this could be a session beer for me.

Photo of MoreThanWine
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Only a 1/4" off-white head which faded fast. Slightly hazed raw sienna yellow color. Smells mildly of hops. Taste is medium hoppy with a little citrus. Look, although this is a decent IPA I'd enjoy anytime, and not overdone, I really don't see anything deserving the 400 pound monkey designation about it. Cool label though.

Photo of mastodonj
3.74/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a much lighter amber color than I'm used to for an IPA. The head is very thin and short-lived with very little lacing.

I like the smell...it's got an earthy scent and a little spice as well.
Surprising since the head is so minimal?

The taste meets my expectations of a good, not great, IPA.
Typical bitterness but nothing extraordinary as far as notes of exotic hops/fruits/spices.

Nice mouthfeel; very drinkable.

Overall, it's something I would buy when none of my favorites
are available. But, no regrets when buying it, either. Plus I would
have no hesitation serving this to my hop-loving friends.

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3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean yellow to orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, grassy hos and a gingerbread malt. In the taste, gingerbread like malt and grassy hops. A small hop bite and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry gingerbread malt and a hint of hops in the aftertaste. Mellow and quite English, but nice and enjoyable.

Photo of bminor7
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz from...Hoosick? Bottled 11/08/10, damn.

Cloudy orangish amber, sticky lacing but not much head.

Odor is a bit weak, however I'm sure this is due to the extensive period of time between production and consumption. Sweet, citrusy hops, and some funky thing in there, maybe band-aid.

Taste is faded a bit but I can see that it would have been nice...good malty backbone with a nice hop profile.

Mouthfeel is actually quite nice, probably the best aspect of this beer as I review it...

A little heavy for a sessionable IPA but still a good effort.

Photo of baos
4.28/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into mug.

A: 2 fingers of white head atop orange-lemon yellow body. Head retention is pretty good. Head dwindles down to a nice sheen. Good lacing.

S: Honeycomb piney floral aroma. Nice hoppiness.

T: Magnum, Boadicea and Sovereign hops dominate. It reminds me a bit of a Stone brew with its honeycomb floral hoppiness. I like it that it isn't bitter. I like all the floral and sweet notes of the hops.

M: Kind of thin, but this lends to a nice refreshing finish on this warm fall day.

O: Good

Photo of roodie
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my Lagunitas pint jar

A: pours a amber gold, light white head, low retention, light lacing

S: hops and malt meld into a mild pleasant aroma

T: hop forward, light light malt, perfect blend

M: light malts linger, bitterness fades

O: a nice daily ale

Photo of sweemzander
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a taster glass.

(A)- Pours a hazy golden orange color. Some white froth and lace.

(S)- Piney yet has some tropical orange and peach fruits.

(T)- Same as the smell. Tropical and pine citrus. Bits of caramel and honey malt.

(M)- Good carbonation level and balance. Clean and refeshing; crisp.

(D)- A solid IPA. Fruity and good hop profile.

Photo of olimpia84
3.89/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured the 12oz bottle into a Pint glass. Props to Left Hand for the nice artwork on the bottle (in fact not only on this product but with others as well); it's very eye-catching.

A: golden color with hints of amber. Head was very small, less than a finger, and dissipated rather quickly. A storm of bubbles from carbonation rose up the body after being poured. OK lacing.

S: strong hoppy smell combined with sweetness of fruits and hints of some wood and herbal. Very nice.

T: starts with a sweet touch from fruits (peach, orange) then follows with a herbal taste and ends with a strong hoppy bitterness.

M: medium body, medium carbonation.

O: overall a very tasty IPA. I liked the combination and balance between the sweet and bitter feels in the palate; well done Left Hand.

Photo of Dave128
2.84/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Picked this one up because the bottle art was pretty darn interesting. And wtf? 400 pound monkey? Poured from 12oz bottle dated ___.. Yeah this is a spot for the date but no date.

A - Giving points for the bottle plus the beer. I love original bottle art. Pours without much head. A semi cloudy orange color. Definitely a pretty beer. Lacing is spotty at best.

S - Can't really smell much. Faint hop aroma. Pretty disappointing.

T - Pretty bland as well.The only flavor is a musty metallic taste on the end with a fairly potent bitterness that doesnt have much malt to back it up. Getting some fusel alcohol in the finish as well. Not the best. Every few tastes I can pick up sort of an old fruit flavor but its not common.

M - Medium with medium to low carbonation.

O - I'm definitely not impressed with this beer. It doesn't really have much to offer besides an entertaining albeit somewhat gaudy label. Not sure if this is old or a bad batch but it definitely was not good for me.

Photo of Lantern
2.99/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an orange-ish with minimal head. Fairly decent lacing. Smells like aging (or old) citrus fruit. Tastes a little fruity with a slightly bitter finish. More English than IPA in this brew. Pretty decent mouthffeel as I drink. Smooth, very lightly carbonated- mostly flat.

Overall a sessionable brew, but not something I'd buy again. I thought this beer would be better than this.

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400 Pound Monkey from Left Hand Brewing Company
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