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400 Pound Monkey - Left Hand Brewing Company

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1,894 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,894
Reviews: 519
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 15.69%
Wants: 51
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 Brent
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Even for the dedicated hopsaholic, it is nice every once in a while to get back to the IPA roots and sample the style that started it all. Left Hand takes this beer straight down the middle with a quite authentic character. Nice, substantial malt with firm but not overdone hopping. The ABV is a bit higher than one would expect from the flavor. Overall, nicely done.

Photo of bobhits
2.2/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

clear off yellow orange. no carbonation, no movement, and not much head

sweet malty fruity aroma, finsihing hoppy. second smell, hopes finishing sweet.

Reminds me of stone APA. Bready, sweet, some english hops. An interesting hybrid that comes off as an american IPA but has english characteristics.

Very easy to drink a few beers in a night.

Very drinkable, but could use some work.

Photo of jsanford
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a New Belgium globe

A - Golden-orange with a creamy, 1-finger head. Moderate lacing and retention.

S - Pretty malt-forward with a spicy and earthy hop profile. fairly subdued, but pleasant.

T - Citrusy hops dominate the taste with a bit of pine resin thrown in for good measure. Not as malty as the nose would suggest, but there is definitely a noticeable breadiness in this. Spicy finish.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

D - Moderate drinkability, tasty enough but not particularly memorable.

Photo of emerge077
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single from Before You Go Liquors.

It pours a slightly hazed golden orange, slim and tight cap of foam on top. A ring of lacing sticks around the edges. Light visible carbonation. Looks good.

Smells pretty malty, with a floral and earthy scent from the hops. Not especially pungent, but in line with the milder English style of IPA.

Creamy feel, mild hop bitterness, earthy and floral character again. Somewhat buttery, not sure if that's really a hinderance or not. Seems to fade behind a dominant floral hop flavor, and biscuity malt. A little fruitiness would be a good compliment here, but there is none. Earthy aspirin briefly in the aftertaste, with more perfumy florals and mild bitterness. Overall it's good for what it is, but not one i'd seek out.

Photo of Bfarr
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden orange with medium tan foamy head wtih okay retention and lacing. Light dirty and earthy hops. Grassy, earthy hops seem to be balanced on their own with a hint of barley and a slightly biscuity finish. Moderate carbonation with somewhat thin feel.

If you like a different flavored IPA occasionally, this is a nice English IPA to try. Fairly one-dimensional it still an easy drinking interesting beer. If you're looking for a hoppy brew you won't find it here but if you want a different drinking experience from all the american IPA's, by all means give it a try.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So refreshing to see English hops done right. Earthy, perfumy, spicy, and nobly fragrant- this beer showcases them well.

A strong golden or light copper hue shows brilliant clarity, froathy creme of white foam, and good lacing. All that is ever needed from the appearance of an IPA.

Spicy and resiny, the hops give mild impressions of spruce, fresh-cut grasses, and an herbal aroma that rests just above a soft pillow of malty/grainy barley. The nose does the hops much better justice than it does the malts.

Hop flavor also dominates with a soft and floral taste, eventually leading to smooth and pleasant bitterness. Light caramel-flavored malts give just enough balance to keep the beer from tasting like hop tea. Mildly bready and malty the base is quite pleasant with a two-row variety most notable for American style IPA's rather than English. Esters (or aldehydes) of bruised apples and other fruits hark the notion of English style ales as well and help to add complexity to the fruit-forward IPA.

Medium creaminess early on, the beer takes a quick and fleeting transition to crispness and cleanliness in the finish. Great attenuation leaves the beer with little structure from mid palate on into the finish. Minty alcohols and hop bitterness makes for a refreshing and thirst quenching finish.

Likely the most delicious and most drinkable of Left Hand's hoppy beers. They have the tendency to go the English route on many of these, and this variety borrows just enough American IPA attributes to increase the drinkability without sacrificing the 'English' IPA soul.

Photo of tapman
4.33/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A modest 1/2 finger, off-white head after an aggressive pour, the light golden honey color is lighter than many IPAs I've seen lately. Yet I've been disapointed by many malty IPAs so this one may be on the right track.

Fruity, skunky, and a little musty. I read someone likened it to tangerines. I hate reading other people's reviews before I do mine for fear that I gt their idea stuck in my head, but damn if I don't get fresh, raw tangerine zest. Much more ineresting to me thanthe avrage English IPA.

Big, beefy hop flavor. A lot of raw, vegetal and grassy tones here so I assume loads of dry-hopping. Malt is light and a little sweet and really supports the earthy hops. I knew that you could load up an IPA with hops that weren't from the big 'C' family and this one proves it!

Carbonation bite with a slightly chwy texture Decently dextinous. Pretty cbonated for any English style ale.

I like this brew. Most of the English IPAs that I get(at least three from Arcadia) have been, to me, lacking in hop flavor. When I see IPA I don't think PALE. Are there any bright hops in this one r is it all noble or european subtle-like hops? American or imported. I like how this one is lighter in body and texture closer to the LAgunitas IPA. Low alcohol makes it a good sessioner. Very complex and refreshing.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle with a barely legible freshness stamp of 06.16.10. Pours a lightly hazed dark gold color with a nice cap of creamy, beige foam. Retention is good, as is the lacing. Bonus points to LH for a cool beer name and label.

Nose is earthy malt and assertive floral hops, pretty well balanced. Light fruitiness of green grapes and berries.

A lot of bitterness on the flavor with a burnt biscuit, dark earthy malt presence. Hop flavor is herbal, but is not nearly as forward as many American style IPAs. Has a caramel sweetness to balance out the hoppy bitterness and provides plenty of flavor. Medium bodied and has ample carbonation. A pretty interesting take on the British IPA style, quite a bit going on here. Tasty, but all the flavors don't quite come together perfectly for me.

Photo of WinthrHOPHEAD89
4.22/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with a 5/17/10 "bottled on" date. So fairly fresh! Mmmmm....

A - Pretty clear light golden orange color. Appears to be a filtered IPA with no haziness or floaters. Pours a 1 finger half soap sud half pillow-like head that leaves very think lacing, although dissapates slightly. Moderate effervescence.

S - For an IPA there seems to be not much that aroma. Hops suprisingly don't overpower the aroma of this beer. Floral and citris notes seem to be the majority of the aroma, but this beer by no means smells bad or unpleasant.

T - Off the bat you get a tangerine/grapefruit-like character right up front, which dances on the middle and back end of your tongue along with the slight carbonation and hops. A little resiny, with some lingering hop flavor on the finish, but not too overpowering. A very good balance of resiny hop and tangerine/grapefruit citrus goodness.

M - Very soft and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation that last until the very end. No tepidness for this beer.

D - IPA fans should have no problems drinking this beer, but for the average joe this beer may be a bit to much. This beer is no where as resiny and heavy bodied as the Ithica: Flower Power (which I actually found a bit hard to drink), but not as light bodied as, lets say, the Magic Hat: Blind Faith.

Final Thoughts: All in all 2 thumbs up!!! Recommended!!

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

A: Amber - head does not stay very long

S: Fruit malt smell

T: First noticed a sweetness - not overly sweet but almost like wisps of cotton candy balanced with some hoppiness and bitterness. The sweetness stays through for a while until the malt and bitterness stays through the end. Reminded me of some beligian ale characteristics but much lighter?

M: Smooth - some carbonation but not fizzy or bubbly

D: OK - the sweetness would make it weird to follow with something that has a different type of taste.

[ serving type: Chilled bottle poured into a glass]

Photo of deereless
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: There is a thin layer of head over the surface of the beer, minor lacing, color is medium straw - 3.50, S: There are strong smells of sweet grain as well as a floral/fruity hop aroma, very mildly solventy or sulfurish, also a touch of chalk in the depths of the nose - 3.00, T: The hop bitterness is quite assertive, the hops also provide a strong grassiness and earthiness to the palate, some mildly sweet grains and also some citrus which seems a little out of place for an English IPA though I certainly enjoy them, notes of biscuity-malt - 3.50, M: Mildly astringent, smooth mouth feel - 3.00, D: More hops than I generally expect out of an English IPA and I still question the hop build for the style, but beyond all of this it is a very drinkable beer and one I would recommend trying - 4.00

Photo of claspada
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light tan with an offwhite head over a clear straw-copper liquid.

Aromas of fruity hops with some biscuity malts. Nothing too crazy here.

Tastes more fruity than hop bitterness or malt, but the hop flavor does not dominate, nice/enjoyable. Fairly well balanced; the hops are estery/fruity as well as earthy/woody. Malt is mild caramel and some toasty/bready notes.

This is enjoyable and a nice, although not truely authentic english style ale. This is one of my favorite styles, so I appreciate the similarities as well as the differences. Glad to see breweries continue to push the envelope of their portfolios.

Photo of callmeclemens
2.83/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this straight from the bottle the other night.Just really starting to get into the pale ales,this one seems sort of run of the mill. Slight carbonation and citrus taste, with a bitter finish that seemed to make me forget the initial flavour. Goes down smooth enough and seems to have improved taste when it warms to about 65 degrees. Probably worth a second shot.

Photo of nukem5
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice copper orange pour with 1/4 inch cap sadly did not last.

S: Clean crisp hops and floral.

T: Straight forward taste of hop and light citrus floral, a good IPA more American than English I feel as well.

M: Light to Medium with light lacing.

D: A very modest and drinkable monkey indeed.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pale copper color with nice bubbling. The head after the pour is thin and leaves a little lacing on glass from a nice ring atop the ale.

A little peppery hop nose along with dry bread powder toasted malts. Not bad, but not a level above other America made EIPAs.

The hops bitterness starts white peppery and medium, then milds out a little more to an earthy finish. In the middle you get a little toasted mlats and a water cracker. Not balanced, but not overwhelming bitterness either.

I think this is a good beer, but it doesn't taste like an Emglish IPA to me. This is AIPA all the way taste wise. The bitterness is a bit too pronounced compared to others in the style.

Photo of ectomorph
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle shows that is was packaged on 3/29/10 so it's not super fresh, but at least we know where we are.

A - Hazy orange and light gold body. 1 finger white head is formed of dense bubbles with good retention.

S - Earthy, woody, with some citrus hops and a fresh baked cracker malt finish.

T - Assertive English hop bitterness meets a solid dark bread, and yeast finish. There is pine resin, and faint pineapple hops and raisin bread in the finish.

M - Medium body and moderate carbonation are standard here, with each sip clearing fairly well. Noticeable taste bud erosion.

D - Moderate to high considering the style and alcohol content.

Photo of cjgator3
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

A- Pours a clear golden amber color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is malt, caramel and some citrusy hops. 

T- The taste like the aroma is caramel malts with a solid dose of hops in the finish. As the label suggests this is an English Style IPA which is more balanced than American IPAs. 

M- The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, I enjoyed this offering from Left Hand and wouldn't mind drinking again. It is nothing out of the ordinary but a solid brew that is worth a try.

Photo of clayrock81
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light gold body with good head that left little lace and has a funky, sour citrus hop aroma to it w/ mild, bready like malts. Smooth and light to medium body with a bitter hop/citric hop taste that is subdued and balanced w/ a minor caramel and bread malt base. The flavors are balanced and subdued so nothing really pokes out but is very easy to drink beer and the ABV for such a pounder really surprises me. Def worth at least one try.

Photo of maleman
4.22/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Birthdate noted on bottle. Poured a nice clear amber with creamy two-finger head that had great retention. Thick, clingy lacing evident.

S - hoppy, as expected. Some caramel, some pepper peeking through.

T - very resiny right up front. The pepper is there in the afterbite.

M - medium-bodied, nice. The afterbite is just that...a bite. But, I don't have a problem with it because IMO it contributes to the great taste. Better than average carbonation.

D - was recommended by a co-worker and now I owe him one. English IPA's tend to be my fave and this one certainly doesn't disappoint.

Photo of chaz410
3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this beer at the common market in Charlotte NC.
Pours a very yellow, light amber body with a small white head.
Smells of some slight pine and a little grassy hop notes and not much more.
Taste of corn, dried wheat, crisp piney hops and some nice orange-like hoppy undertones.
A nice, easy drinking english styled Ipa with some crisp finish and balanced mouthfeel with a fair amount of bitter finish.

Photo of slyke
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

400 Pound Monkey pours a golden color with a small white head that laces pretty well, but falls to a thin cap after a few minutes.

The smell is a bit floral, but faint.

Taste is more hops than malt with floral and piney notes. There is a breadiness to the malt. There is more hoppiness than maltiness, more than I expect in an English Pale Ale.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied - about what I expect from the style.

Drinkability is pretty good. I could knock back a couple of these, but probably no more.

Photo of mntlover
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a a hazy yellow color with small off white head that falls to ring. Very nice lacing from a small head.

Aroma is toasted malts light biscuit notes, some fruity citrus and light floral hops.

Taste is nice citrus tangerine, orange peel like bitterness, some fresh cut grass even seems like hints of mint. All the hops riding on a toasted malt base some biscuit notes along with caramel hints or I am having trouble picking just one out. Hops are nice favorable but not over powering or overly bitter. Very nice English IPA more hops then you would expect but they don't slap you around either. Also nearing 7% the alcohol is very well hidden.

Mouthfeel is nice medium with lightly peppy carbonation.

Drinkability is very good nice change from my usual IPA's might have to pick this one up on occasion.

Photo of otersen73
4.22/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass. Thin creamy white head that bailed quickly. Nice Belgian lace throughout the critique.

Very light in color for an IPA...light copper in appearance.

Fruity esters come through in the aroma with some floral and nutty notes hidden underneath.

Very smooth for an IPA and alcohol is well hidden. Malt is rather subdued on the front and hops dominate through the middle. Finishes with a long, dry, hoppy, nutty, character...leaves you craving more.

Very well carbonated and soft on the palate.

Would drink six in a row that's for sure...only bought one so I'm screwed.

Photo of chickencoop
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I dont get the monkey thing, was expecting some big crazy beer with the clever label, but ended up with just a pretty simple, solid beer. Everything about the beer is a light malt smell to a light bready taste to light finish, but very very drinkable for an almost 7% beer. This is one of the better Left Hand beers i've had.

Photo of thecarster1
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- bottle poured into a pint, slight haze, golden amber color with one finger of head that fades slowly.

s- light nose, earthy, peaty hops, interesting, i can't exactly pull all the flavors here, herbal, some biscuit.

t- very light, interesting hops, floral, herbal, flowery, not sure i've had any hop thats tasted like this before, i wonder which they use, the finish is moderately dry.

m- light to medium body.

d- drinkability is good here, i'd have this beer again, this is my frist beer from left hand brewing compant, i think one day i'll just pick up the variety pack to try the regular lineup.

400 Pound Monkey from Left Hand Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 1,894 ratings.