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400 Pound Monkey - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,966
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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Ratings: 1,966 | Reviews: 539
Photo of jar2574
3.32/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle. Thin head dissolves quickly. Orange-yellow colored beer. Smells of fruity hops. Orange citrus smell predominates. Taste is also orange flavored hops. A very mild bitter hop kick, but nothing like a hoppy IPA or Czech pilsner. Mouthfeel is average, average carbonation and density and smoothness. Drinkability is ok, about average. I'm not craving another but I wouldn't pass on having it again.

Photo of ken2cart1
2.82/5  rDev -21%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

served in a flute pint glass..

a- light amber, dark pale straw color, very smalll head that quickly dissipates

s- bready malt smell with some scent of grassy, grapefruit hops

t- very bready malt, not so much sweet...some grassy hops and a little fruity, not very complex...almost metallic and bitter tasting at the end

m- best part, very smooth and creamy

d- can drink a lot of it, but does not look to forward to next sip

Photo of Bung
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. A very pale golden pour, and very small amount of white bubbles. Still looks like it sticks to the glass ok.

Aroma is very herbal. Hints of malt and citrus as well.

Taste is very balanced, caramel, malt with citrus and a bunch of spiciness, pepper. Finishes with some of the toffee, herbal and bitter hops.

Could use more carbonation to get the flavors to pop a bit more. Lighter bodied almost watery. Sessionable feeling, but abv kind of prevents that. All right for the English style.

Photo of mcwilson04
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good beer. Made a curry, and served this with it. The beer stands up to spicy food. I am not sure that this is my favorite IPA, but I would not turn one down.

Clear in glass, good head. Carbonation correct. Nice flavors and mouth feel. Not as hoppy as I would expect.

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

400th review and a fitting one due to the title.

12oz bottled Feb 2, 2011. Quite fresh.

Pours clear golden amber with a two finger white head that leaves some rings of lacing and holds a faint cap.

Aroma is some citrus of oranges and lemon, some tropical fruit and melon, a bit grassy and floral, some caramel and bread. Moderate to good strength.

Flavor is grassy and floral hops, hints of orange/tangerine and citrus, fair caramel and biscuit malt backbone, good bitterness, mild sweetness, some mild vegetal notes on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, oily, medium carbonation.

Definitely different than your typical American IPA, quite good, glad I got a chance to try it.

Photo of WYVYRN527
3.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a traditional pint glass.

A: Pours a slighlty hazy golden color with a frothy white head that has great retention. Lacing is sticky and clings to the glass.

S: Grainy malt with some fruity aromas, and a slight nutty character, along with floral, grassy hop notes.

T: Balanced as I would imagine. Malt lends flavors of biscuit, caramel, toast, and some banana. This is balanced out with a slightly floral, grassy, and dry hop character.

Notes: This is a medium-bodied, full-flavored example of what Americans can do with a British style. The creamy mouthfeel screams English. The hop character brings out the US side. A solid brew, and may be one of my new favorite offerings from Left Hand. Even at it's strength, is a session brew by all means!

Photo of secondtooth
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque yellow, with large white head and good lacing.
Aroma is citrus grapefruit. I can already tell this is going to be a bitter English-style IPA.
Taste is right in line -- bitter citrus, a little pine.
Overall, not a bad IPA, but not a favorite of mine.

Photo of RickS95
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an apricot/tangerine color. Not much head and what's there is white and has little retention.

A unique smell. A combination of straw, citrus fruits and even bubble gum. Smells like I just cut the grass.

Like most IPAs, there's vinous, earthy notes that dominate.

Standard fare for the style. It starts off bitter and ends slightly more bitter. However, it's got a cleansing feel to it and the bitter is never overwhelming.

Despite being mild for the type, it's still bitter and that ABV is pretty manly. One of these is plenty.

Photo of shand
4.32/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a nonic - on the very end of what I consider acceptable freshness for an IPA like this (bottled late October).

Pours a very clear golden colour with a tiny head that leaves some decent lacing. The smell is primarily refreshing citrus (lemon/grapefruit) and some smooth hops and malts. The taste is very good! It first goes down fruity and hoppy, then a bit of the citrus character come in followed by smooth malts. There's some nice bitterness and complexity to this one here that makes sipping (glugging) it a pleasure.

It has a lighter body that leaves the mouth finely coated, and the drinkability is also very good. A nice brew from Left Hand, a unique IPA that's definitely sixer-worthy if you're looking for something different and drinkable.

Photo of midwestbrewers
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a golden color with a thin head that leaves some decent spotted lacing.

S: Strangely there is quite a bit of malty smell to this brew. My nose first catches some grapefruit but immediately drifts to bready and sweet smells. The malt is very prominent.

T: This is a delightful beer. It's got that bitter bite that an IPA should have, but it's toned down. Nice hop presence backed by a firm malt backbone making this a easy tempered version of an IPA.

This beer definitely has the ABV of an IPA making it less sessionable no matter how much the flavor want's it to be. Being a bit toned down this beer would be a nice choice for someone wanting to try an IPA but not wanting something too wild as to ruin their experience. Great Beer Left Hand Brewing Co.!!

Photo of boudreaux
3.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a golden brown, a bit lighter and clearer than expected; head is medium, 1 finger, and egg shell color

S: not too strong; slight lemon-citrus, along with a touch of malt and oily hoppiness

T: hops are big, but not overpowering; tons of malt/grain flavors; a touch of lemon-citrus at first; bitter finish

M: medium body; some astringent notes

D: really, really good

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

From random notes: Aroma: Lots of floral and herbal hops, with a hint of citrus. Appearance: Sparkling gold with a thick white head. Taste: Medium sweetness tempered with a medium bitterness and a light sourness. Not unpleasant, and quite drinkable. Palate: Light-medium body, slick texture, lively carbonation, and a long finish. Overall: Left Hand clearly doesn't go for the "the hoppier the better" IPA route, which makes this beer stand out. The hops are there, and quite flavorful, but not so overpowering that the drinker is forced to pucker.

Photo of JMad
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a 12 oz bottle into a tall pub glass...

It was a pale, golden, yellow with a thin filmy white head.

Smells like tropical fruit, mostly guava, and it was a little musty.

When I took a sip there was bitterness all over, it smooths out with some fruity flavors, there was some orange and sweet malt.

It has a light-medium body with low carbonation, It's smooth but still has a bite to it.

I enjoyed this beer, it was an interesting take on an IPA.

Photo of brstls4drmrs
3.82/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The pour is a pale orange color in a pint glass creating a thin white head. Smells of citrus, yeast and a hint of lemon zest. The taste has some nice hops with bitter fruits. The hops aren't overpowering at all. A very easy drinking IPA with a bitter finish. I could easily drink more than one of these.

Photo of alli4051
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a SA perfect pint.

Pours a dark straw color wit a bronze tint to it with a white head. Head is average sized, foamy, and leaves some decent lacing. Taste is well balanced a subtle. Herbal hops with some tea leaf flavors and a grainy backbone. Lighter bodied and clean on the palate. Not my kind of IPA but definitely a nice change of pace, very easy to enjoy a few of these.

Photo of JDew
4.04/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle to an ale glass

A - A light pale orange with a small head, (almost no head) two or three lines of carbonation heading upwards, not much lacing to speak of

S - Powerful hops and citrus, very fresh and herbal, almost tart that mellows out at the end and smells full and malty

T - Hoppy and sweet citrus, (like grapefruit with sugar) Leaves a long, long aftertaste that is bitter and pleasant. Some sweet spices show through as well

M/D - Clean, refreshing and easy to drink. The aftertaste leaves me wanting more with the semi-dry finish - One of the more drinkable IPA's I've had in a while.

Photo of PicoPapa
3.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Pours a hazy yellowish orange with a thin head that dissipates quickly. Minimal lacing. Aromas of citrus hops, yeast, and orange peel. Taste has a nice hop bite to it upfront. Citrusy and bitter with some breadiness to it. Interesting beer. It's a different kind of English IPA and I'm digging it. Worth having again.

Photo of HOPPYKC
3.84/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. No best by date but was bottled on Oct. 7th 2010.

A- Pours a nice a smooth golden hay color. Give a good inch and half of head that retains for about 3-4 minutes. Shows very little signs of carbonation and is slightly hazy to see through.

S- Smells of malt and hops, with a bright citrus note from either orange or grapefruit.

T- The taste is right up front with the hops. Tons of bitter hops that are toned down only slightly by the malt. I do get a tangy taste that sits on the tongue.

M&D- The mouthfeel is light and washes down quickly. It Isn't as drinkable as some of the other EIPA's i've had but is overall really nice.

Photo of miketyree24
3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale amber color with large head and lots of lace.

Smells of hops and spices. Malt aroma is there but not as distinct.

taste is hoppy and you can really taste all the spices coming through. Easy to drink.

Not my favorite IPA but definitely good none the less.

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

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #39 (Apr 2010):

The head has no problem showing off three fingers of height and a spectacle of sticky lace on the glass, with a good pale-ish amber color and clarity. Herbal, minty and peppery hop strikes at the nostrils with a sharpness that is only dulled a little by a bready malt and faint mango fruitiness. Bready (almost shortbread) malt flavor has a lot of depth and seems to lean toward biscuity in the finish. Hint of alcohol in the middle, throws some warmth on the palate. Hops have a fresh sting of bitterness for the taste buds to deal with, balancing and cleansing as it takes on the malt. Herbal thickness grows toward the semi-dry finish with that bisucity malt remnant.

A straight-up, no-strings-attached, full-on modern English IPA, we dig it ... a bit too much alcohol to be considered sessionable, perhaps, but it wants to be.

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

On tap at the Beer Temple, Amsterdam.

Pours cloudy pale gold with a white foam film that sheets. Caramel, candy corn and mild orange on the nose. Gloppy caramel apple malts with spice and some orange for hops. Disappearing finish. Thin, crisp, some chew.

Falls between US and UK IPA styles, and is not a good example of either.
Left Hand continues to disappoint.

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.


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