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400 Pound Monkey - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,945
Reviews: 533
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 15.69%
Wants: 55
Gots: 245 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of dogfishandi
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle pulled from fridge poured into an imperial pint glass. freshness date is unreadable.

pours out a clear golden orange color with a small 1/2 inch of head that eventually faded to a thin spotty layer. not the greatest retention and just some tiny spots of lace.

malts are definatly at the forefront in the aroma. mettallic, buttery diactyl, toasted biscuits, slightly herbal and floral. almost no hops detectable.

the taste is a bit more enjoyable than the aroma would suggest. some clean buttery diactyl, toasted biscuits, herbal tea, just a touch nutty and a bit mettallic. hops provide some fruitiness and light citrus in the finish, but a lot of bitterness.

an assertive, tingly carbonation accents the bitter finish nicely. medium bodied.

overall this is a good sessionable drinker. there are much better examples of the style out there, but its worth a try. i wouldnt buy this again, however.

Photo of albertjr21
4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 10.07.10 and consumed on 01.09.11.

A: Poured into an oversize wine glass--a brilliant yellow golden color under a pillowy cream head that's sustained beautifully by a nice and constant carbon bubble display.

S: A moderate nose of lightly roasted malt and moderate fruit faded hop notes of maybe peach and pineapple.

M/T: A zesty and juicy bitter feel fills the palate with lemon and pine citrus noted acidity that is regulated very nicely by a malt feel that glides into a resinous but pleasant bitter finish.

D: An English IPA that ventures away from its roots toward the realm of its American cousin.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dirty John's tulip pint glass.

Thanks to Matt for this bottle!

That's one big, six-armed monkey! It pours a hazy gold topped by a finger of white froth. The nose comprises sweet caramel, light grapefruit, and honeydew. The taste holds notes of grapefruit, light caramel, and a light-ish pine near the finish. The body is a light medium, with a light carbonation and a dry-ish finish. Overall, a very nice EIPA, but not necessarily something I would actively seek out again.

Photo of woosterbill
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Clear, bright orange-amber body with an inch of soft white head; good retention and great lace. Very attractive pale ale.

S: Somewhat more hops than malt, with classic English floral elements really shining. While not my favorite hop profile, I respect it. The malt sweetness is little buttery and nutty, but doesn't go overboard with the diacetyl. Light vanilla and grapefruit are also present. Quite complex, if not the most appealing smell to my sensibilities.

T: Follows the nose pretty closely, but without as much finesse. The malt takes over early on, and the hops deliver more pure bitterness than flavor. Quite harsh on the finish, with a bit of booze creeping in. I'm loving some of its vanilla nuttiness, but the rough back end keeps it from being a really good example of the style.

M: Fairly full-bodied with moderate, smooth carbonation. Substantial and well done.

D: Not good at all for the style - too much booze and bitterness, not enough hop crispness.

Notes: Decent beer, but not one I'll be going out of my way to find in the future. I think I'll stick to Left Hand's superb Milk Stout, and leave the hoppy styles to others.


Photo of grover37
3.79/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I liked this one at the 2010 Shirlington Oktoberfest so I picked up a 12oz bottle from Vintage Estates for $1.79. Bottled on 10/4/10, so just under three months old.

Appearance: Pretty clear, golden or light amber color. Three-quarters of an inch of head reduces to a thin, white layer. Lacing mostly disappears but a minimal amount sticks around.

Aroma: Pretty toasty and a little ethanol on first whiff. Some bread or biscuit and a faint, spicyand hoppiness. The aroma is very pleasant and only improves as it warms up.

Taste: Much less flavorful than I recall on draft. Not much there on first sip; pretty watery. Upon second sip, more of the spiciness from the nose and the toasted, biscuity malts in the middle and finish. A tiny bit of sweet caramel in the middle, but not sweet otherwise. Not a whole lot of bitterness, except in the finish. The flavors are pretty subtle, so a poor choice to follow a big American IPA or DIPA.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation and very smooth.

Drinkability: You wouldn't know this one is nearly 7% except for a whiff of booziness in the nose. Very easy drinking and balanced. I could definitely drink a few of these and not know what hit me.

Photo of flexabull
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes.

Pours a bright orange color with a pretty nice white head.

Smells dusty, light citrus, and some caramel malts. Pleasant, but faint nose.

Taste is dry and semi sweet. Light crystal maltiness and general creamy sweet. Finish has a light orange citrus and dusty hop note.

Mouthfeel is nice. Full with crisp carbonation.

Drinkability is good. Kind of an odd beer, but I like the uniqueness of this one.

Photo of Mitchster
3.87/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

$1.99 for a 12oz bottle @ Merchants. Brewed with pale 2-row, crystal, munich, and malted wheat. Hopped with Magnum, Boadicea, and Sovereign...2 hops varities of which I've never heard.

6.80% ABV. OG=14P, 10 SRM, IBU's non-disclosed.

Pours out to a hazy medium golden, forming a creamy and tall white head with good retention and solid lacing. Mildly carbonated. The aroma is of freshly mown hay, biscuits, sweet crystal grain husk, pleasant fruity residual sugars....very nice, true to English Style. Reminds me of the Pacman yeast from Rogue. Mouthfeel is sharp, with that nice Burton on Trent mineral profile to the water, with a medium body and hoppy astringency. The taste opens with the honey and biscuity malts, followed by toast, nice residual sugars against a well-balanced malt body and pleasant medium herbal bitterness, more intense than a bitter, but not loudly proclaimed like an American IPA. Not oxidized or musty like some English Pale Ales can be. The bitterness lingers on the tongue for quite a while in the aftertaste.

The bitterness is a bit unbalanced to be sessionable, but the malt, yeast, and water characteristics are spot on for what I might look for in an English Pale Ale. I'd rather have less hops. Not inclined to buy it again, but it's a quality brew.

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

Pours a clear golden color with a very large very tight white head that leaves a bit of lace. Aroma is not particularly pungent, and certainly less so than is expected out of most IPAs. There is some caramel & biscuit toned malts are in there, some mango, some odd stinkiness, and some nice floral notes. This one is pretty damned bitter, which is a good thing but there isn't a lot of flavor backing up that bitterness. There is some resiny and fruity hop character but really you kind of have to strain for it. The malt is one of the most defined things in the aroma. I generally like my IPAs on the bitter and dry side with very little malt character, there is little doubt that these descriptors fit the bill with this one but I'm dying for a little bit more hop character beyond bitterness. It's got the grapefruit without the fruity character. With minor tweaking I think this might be wonderful, this is of course wishful thinking.

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

123rd review on BA
bottle to pint

App- A very hazy orange with some yellow highlights. No head was present at all

Smell- A small citrus hoppiness with a bit of spice in it. I caught a faint woft of some bready earthiness in it.

Taste- A bit flat on the taste. It has the right essence to it but the flavor combination just falls apart. It's not a bad EIPA, but could be better with a downplay of the bready flavors.

Mouth- It's a very thin and a bit watery. The carbonation is pretty high to give it a fairly nice feel.

Drink- It's an okay rep of the style. I think needs a bit of work.

Photo of dsa7783
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

1400th Review... 12 ounce bottle... Overall, a very good depiction of the style, but nonetheless, slightly cloying with respect to taste and mouthfeel... Oily with a bitter alcohol afterbite. Piney hops predominate the palate with a thick and viscous mouthfeel. Average drinkability at best; did not flow as smoothly but an accurate representation of the genre... Good stuff but I've had better from Left Hand...

Photo of sixerofelixir
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Bottled on date clearly printed on front label. Label itself has some nice artwork.

Pours an ULTRA clear light golden-yellow. Fine and large carb bubbles, a white head patches to the glass. A nice & clean beer to look at. Smell borders on some adjuncts, but I get a nice & mild evergreen hops note, some spice, and a bit of biscuit. Tastes just the same, except the dry hopping makes it a bit more pronounced. The ABV is right for this one. Definitely finishes bitter, but not painfully so. Maybe could use an upkick in the malt department, but it's still an easy drinker, and a nice IPA.

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

Pours a nice 2 finger head that clings to the glass very well. Somewhat cloudy and orange in color.

Smell is of earthy and woody Smells somewhat of an oaky easter and some breadiness comes through.

Taste doesn't have a lot of dextrin body,seems as though the taste of marris otter comes throughout. Has a sort of bready/sweet maltiness with plenty of wood/oaky flavors underneath from the hops.

Mouthfeel doesn't have a lot of body, but it's enough to balance out the bitterness.

This is an enjoyable beer and probably underrated because of its english classification.

Photo of u2carew
3.76/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz longneck.
A) Pours with a finger thick, white, wispy head. Settles to a tight lacing on top and at the edge of the glass. Bronze in color with a nearly transparent body.
S) Mild citrus aroma with a subtle caramel scent in the mix.
T) Floral and malty up front. Finishes with grapefruit. Fairly bitter in the finish.
M) Creamy, then crisp. Medium body. Slight tannin feel.
D) A well crafted brew. I'd drink another.

Photo of tronester
3.82/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden amber with an almost non-existant head. Smell is of candied fruits and a touch of caramel. Taste is a burst of watermellon up front, followed by a toffee and bread crust middle, and a flowery, spicy hop finish. Resinous hops cling to your toungue relentlessly. Mouthfeel is nice and rich, nice low carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, but with the higher alcohol levels and the toungue clinging hops it's good for about one per drinking session. Other than those two negatives it's very good.

Photo of Ricky1964
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Golden Orange in color; quite clear, not much of a head.

Interesting nose of lemon zest, candied orange rind, pine, and mineral. Just a bit of maltiness peaks through as it warms up.

Very carbonated and crisp. Comes across light and lively on the palate.

Very drinkable. This goes down way fast. Would be a great summer IPA.

Photo of CanuckRover
3.87/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy yellow, not great looking. Thin head, no lacings.

Pretty deep fruit aroma, bitter citrus mostly.

Fruit right up front with a bit of biscuit. Hop bitternes kicks in pretty quickly. Takes a second to balance out with the subtle malt sweetness. Focus is bittering hops. Nice juicy finish.

Maybe a bit too carbonated for my liking. Nonetheless, drinks incredibly well for 7%.

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

This is your typical IPA. It has a great taste, strong hoppy presence, a great label, which is what prompted me to buy it, and overall, a very good beer. This is my first brew from Left Hand, and it will probably not be my last. I was pleasantly surprised.

Photo of Spider889
3.64/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Mad Mex.

This beer is always a pleasure to drink. Not the most unique beer out there, but certainly a quality brew through and through.

This beer is a bright golden color that just loves to sit in the light, soaking it in and then emanating back out at a higher intensity. Crystal clear with a nice ring of white fluff around the rim and spotted lace.

The smell is very mild, but notes of pine waft by when you work for it.

The flavor is built upon a nice neutral golden malt backbone. The hops are prickly on the tongue with a pleasantly strong bitter finish. Pine and peppery spices intermingle with the golden malt.

Well carbonated. This is one of those beers that will make you burp, but force it through your nose and it's sweet grapefruit; really quite pleasing despite what you might think at first.

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

Bottle randomly picked up at Julio's a few weeks back. Poured into a pint glass. Beer is amber to copper with a nice head, low carbonation, minimal lacing.

Beer is malty and hoppy in the aroma, mostly earthy hops.

Beer is medium in body and nice in the palate. The moderately sweet and moderately bitter, easy drinking and mild flavors. I'm not a huge EIPA fan, this one isn't too malty. I put it down quickly, I'd have it again. Not as heavy as some I've had.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate copper color with a white head and a bit of lacing. The nose brings some light bready notes as well as some floral, earthy, and light citrus hops. The taste is mildly hoppy with a light caramel background. Feel is a bit bitter with a nice body. Not the best of the style that I've had, but pretty good.

Photo of JayS2629
3.84/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this at the brewery in a sampler.

A- Light cloudy amber with eggshell head and good lacing.

S- Hops up front. Pine and lemon with a background of a sweet malt.

T- Sweet malt is what this built on, but it very hop forward and finishes bitter with a bite. Aspirin flavor. Metallic. Pine. Hint of lemon.

M- Medium bodied and smooth. Mellow for a beer that is supposed to be super hoppy. Crisp finish.

D- Mellow beer. If you are looking for something hoppy, this might be too mellow for you. Very easy to drink.

Photo of brewski09
3.16/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap into 22oz. glass.

A. The beer arrived in a large beer glass and was very, very clear. The head (usually not present with most beers at this bar) was about 1/2 inch thick and white in appearance.

S. Smelled mildly of hops, quite less than expected. There were some piny/fruity tones to the hop aroma. It smelled like there were no caramel/crystal malts used in this brew. Very clean and crisp.

T. The taste was lacking the hop character promised, though it isn't necessarily the beer's fault. I was promised a hop forward beer with "lots of hops" and was delivered a mildly hoppy IPA. This would have been better consumed on a hot summer day as a crisp and refreshing IPA than a fall evening.

M. The mouthfeel was average with decent body, but nothing to write home about. With that said, it was not thin or dry either.

D. As I said before, this was not as hoppy as I prefer my IPA's, but it was quite drinkable. Maybe it would have been better in a bottle as I have noticed some aggressively hoppy bottled beers are less hop forward on tap (like SNPA). Again, drink this one in the middle of summer all summer long and enjoy. A very palatable beer for beginners in the IPA world as well. Not a must drink for hopheads, but definitely a solid selection if faced with meager selection.

Photo of Durge
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at The Grill Next Door in Haverhill, MA this brew shows a straw amber color with a nice off-white head and good lacing. I find the aroma to be a very vague, maybe a slightly wheat/grass deal? Pretty disappointing for an introduction. It proves to be a medium-light bodied beer and the mouth feel follows suit, smooth with a little tingle. The flavor features a pretty unattractive leafy bite, and yes, I get the vegetable thing like everyone else. Seems to be an appropriate analogy, though thankfully a tolerably mild presence. I find this to be a pretty mediocre ale at best. It's drinkable enough if you're okay with the somewhat odd flavor. Worth a try if you like things that are a bit unusual, and it's a quality brew if the taste finds favor with you.

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

Drank on 3/16/10
Bottled on 2/3/10

A- creamy white 1/2" head of tiny bubbles on a golden translucent ale. Nice lace leftbehind on glass.

S- malty & fruity aromas. Light malt notes followed by a nice sweetness, maybe a slight hint of yeast.

T- malty backbone comes through well with a nice hop zing that doesn't balance out. Malt notes are delicious and sustained.

MF- nice engaging mild bitterness from start to a dry finish. Nice tingling throughout with a very mild coating of the tongue.

D- good british style ipa with a heavier then normal malt profile, a mild hit of hops and a sustained med. Bitterness.

Photo of Buebie
1.65/5  rDev -53.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

poured a hazy pale golden color. less then an inch of off white head. Settling pretty dark quick to leave a thin collar.
Aroma? What aroma? Aroma is mia, aside from a very very small amount of malt and sweetness. No hops at all in the nose. WTF is this shit?
Taste is also concerning. Metallic, mild corn like husky flavors. Finishing with metallic bitters and aspirin.
Mouthfeel is thin and crisp. I cant even describe how much I dislike this. Done...

I got 'the troops' version of the original english ipa style. Heavy on the watered down.

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