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400 Pound Monkey - Left Hand Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
81
good

1,808 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,808
Reviews: 516
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 15.41%
Wants: 50
Gots: 151 | 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 GarrisWH
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear, light copper color with a smaller, creamy white head. Nice retention and leaves some decent lacing behind.

S - Slightly sweet, bready malt with some earthy, citric hops.

T - Toasty pale malt flavors lend some sweetness and graininess. Mildly bitter hops that lend some earthy as well as some subtle citric and fruit flavors. Leaves a hint of herbal/pine flavors. Nice balance and refreshing.

M - Medium body with a lighter carbonation that lends smoothness.

D - A pretty drinkable offering overall. Not mindblowing, but I'd drink it again

GarrisWH, May 22, 2010
Photo of JK4Stout
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The road to hell is paved with good intentions...that is really all one can say when you try this brew. The color is nice for the IPA style, but a little on the light side. Makes one expect a weak hop. The smell is very good though. It is the taste that causes the first sentence to be as it is. The idea of combining an IPA and English Bitter style (which is what this is NOT an English IPA.) sounds great. However the result wasn't so hot. This is one of those experimental things brewers do, but shouldn't go as far sa to bottle it. Needless to say 1 was plenty.

Bought at R and R Stations in Marion

JK4Stout, May 22, 2010
Photo of cokes
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden bodied with scant bubbles and a low-flung head than sags quickly to a collar.
It noses of toasted whole grain bread, golden raisins, and wrought iron. It doesn't carry a whole lot of weight in the olfactory department.
It begins its tour through the mouth with a sturdy maltiness. Honey, dough, toast, apricots,and dates. The malt profile here rings true, it's nuanced, and even the trace of lightly buttered diacetyl seems authentic. The hops strive for larger things, but ultimately fall short. The grassy, floral bitterness is here. Then its mostly hollow metallics: rusted tin and greened copper, with a glint or two of pine and even fainter stabs at citrus.
Light-medium bodied, carbonation is low, but shows with swarming gas at times. It feels right, even when everything else isn't quite there.
I enjoy the layered maltiness, but the hops seem to hedge their bets between US and UK styles, not sure of what it want to be and, ultimately, it brings out the most mediocre of both worlds.

It's unreached potential makes it seem worse than it is.

cokes, May 20, 2010
Photo of stephens101
4.18/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour results in a brew that's orange in the middle with deeply penetrating reddish-orange edges. A fizzy, one-finger, smooth and resilient tan head drops into a diminutive lace that circles the glass.

Aromatically there is not much to speak of as it consists of some standoffish malts and a distant earthiness with some possible hints of citrus. Tastes grainy with a mix of citrusy hops with a certain spiciness at the end. A fruity middle exists with a very slight chalkiness underneath. Resides on the palate more mellow than subtle.

Has a medium weight with hardly a hint of alcohol. Goes down with a little edginess that accentuates the other qualities rather than detracts. As it warms it smooths out a bit and things get even better.

Subtle, but punchy in all the right places, Left Hand chose a somewhat over-looked style and ended up with a tasty but not over-the-top experience that's hard to find too much fault with.

stephens101, May 19, 2010
Photo of mynie
4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours that pretty EIPA shade of orange, where it's almost like there's a little bit of mustard mixed into it. Perfect, inch-high head sticks around forever.

Smells of thick nobel hops and pale malt that is very nicely fruity. Hay, apricots, and pinesol.

Tastes like a combination of the aforementioned aromas only more beery. Starts off with a rustic, thick barley that's similar Sam Adam's. The middle is very thick but still somehow light and fruity, and it finishes off on a blend of very dry european hops and a chewy, bready yeast note. Solid combination, all very nicely balanced.

mynie, May 19, 2010
Photo of udubdawg
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bright, light copper color pours into the glass, quickly topped by 3 fingers of rocky off-white foam. Head quickly subsided to an uneven cap but left better than decent lacing. Good looking beer.
I'm a little underwhelmed on aroma. More citrus than I expected, along with some flowery and vaguely spicy notes. I speak of the hops, of course, as that is all I could detect.

Sweet and caramelized malt sufficiently keep the hop flavors from dominating. Not really getting any biscuit, and it is slightly sweeter than I'd prefer. Again more citrus and less floral/earthy than I'd expect. Bitterness takes over somewhat in the finish but doesn't linger too long. Not really getting any alcohol.
Bready, biscuit, toast - all things I've come to expect from the style that aren't being delivered IMO.

Medium body with ample carbonation, little alcohol heat. Combined with the flavor it makes for a very drinkable beer. I'd have it again, but wish it was tweaked.

udubdawg, May 19, 2010
Photo of Bitterbill
2.8/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottled on 02/03/10(Feb 3rd)

It pours a bright and clear straw gold with a 2 finger head of foam. Lots and lots of bubbles.

The smell is light citrus and an earthy nose of malt. Could be an English style IPA going by the smell, which is good.

The taste is of grassy hops, some pine, uhh...very bitter for the most part. The malt is where? A light earthiness in the background is all I get and it just can't handle/balance the strongly bitter in not so good way hops. Not very EIPA style at all.

On the light side of medium bodied with a brisk carbonation level. Ok mouthfeel.

Drinkability? Another brew that I can't get into because of the lack of harmony with the flavours. 1 bottle and I'm done. For good.

Bitterbill, May 18, 2010
Photo of Errto
4.35/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a lovely pale orange color, perfectly clear with a good finger or two of head. Smell is not strong, but a pleasant mix of bready malt and citrusy hops. The citrus is more pronounced in the flavor, more lemon than grapefruit unlike some other IPAs. It's almost got a bit of twang to it in the finish. As it warms the bready malt flavor that I love in English ales comes through over the hops.

The balance seems perfect, and I could easily see this being a go-to beer for me if I didn't have to drive out of state to get it. Fortunately I have five bottles left.

Errto, May 17, 2010
Photo of KeefD
4.38/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright golden color with a 1/2 inch white head that fell relatively quickly, but there was some nice rings of lacing left down the Sam Adams perfect pint. Herbal, grassy, and orange hop aromas jump out first, followed by a semi-sweet cracker, toasty bread maltiness. Nice balance in the nose, and if this is any indication of the taste, I'll be pleasantly surprised. Yep, great balance here. I'm really digging the lightly toasted cracker, biscuit-like maltiness of this brew which is in perfect harmony with the lightly bitter, herbal hops, that have just a touch of citrus on the back end, namely some orange marmalade-like juiciness. Drys out on the finish, with a decent, bitter aftertaste. Body is crisp with the perfect amount of carbonation. This is a tasty beer, and I really do love the balance. I really wish I could find an English bitter or mild pale with this kind of flavor on a regular basis. If this thing weighed in at 5% ABV or less, it would be one of the best session brews around. But I'm really digging it the way it is. Not sure why the scores are so low on this one. I think it's a very well-made English IPA, and a much needed break from the often over-the-top AIPAs.

KeefD, May 16, 2010
Photo of alpinebryant
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow with some bright amber and a large white head with lacing.

Smell of mild English hops , malt and grassy wet hay.

Taste of wet malt, and grassy hops. They hay flavor is pretty pronounced, more so than any other beer I can recall at the moment. The hay seems to be the most powerful flavor as well, which caught me slightly off guard. There is a medium body and medium to light carbonation.

This is easy to drink but not my favorite style.

alpinebryant, May 15, 2010
Photo of Haybeerman
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Bright, clear straw-gold color. Poured a rocky 2 finger off-white head with excellent retention. Lazily decanted. Rings of sticky lace.

S: Biscuity malt, earthy hops and lemon rind. Sweet honey and hay aroma in the background.

T: Wet grains and sweet malt. Lemon zest and deeper bready malts in the middle. Finishes with spicy hops for a good balance.

M: Mediium to light body. Slighlty resiny feel with dry finish.

D: Very drinkable and very moderate abv make it a very good seeions beer.

Haybeerman, May 15, 2010
Photo of bbeane
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured into my DFH snifter... starts with a small head that disappates quickly but leaves behind a bit of lacing. Beer is a crisp amber color with medium activity

S- Has a bitter smell, but not the typical IPA aroma. Smells kind of skunky

T- Different... has a bitter hoppy taste paired with a caramel toffee type flavor in the finish

M- Light/medium body and carbonation

D- Pretty good. Not the typical IPA imo, but good and worth buying none the less

CHEERS!!

bbeane, May 13, 2010
Photo of btorsdog
4.47/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a monkey that I don't mind having on my back at all! A nicely refreshing brew with a well rounded malt backbone an a subtle yet firm hops punch. Glad I was able to find this one and hope I'm able to get some more(bought the last two 6 packs!)
Looks very dingy but in a good way
Lots of stuff happening in the smell dept. lots of grains
taste is beautiful well balanced
Feel somewhat crisp on the tounge-Cool!
goes down super easy atruly nice beer!

btorsdog, May 12, 2010
Photo of JordanEllwanger
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A very beautiful clear golden hue with a cream white head, very crisp a frothy. Smell is mildly hops with malts hinting towards toastedness. A malty IPA. A good balance between toasted malt and bitter hops. An earthy hop bite rounded by malt. Not bad.
Cheers.

JordanEllwanger, May 11, 2010
Photo of OlRasputin989
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass...

A: straw gold with great clarity and a billowy white head that fades very slowly. leaves sticky lacing

S: a great balance of honey-biscuity malt with zesty earthy and spicy hops that carry a hint of lemon zest

T: sweet and grainy malt upfront, with alot of spicy hop and biscuit flavors with a sharp lemon bite. finishes with grainy malt and bitter spicy and herbal hops. again, very good balanced

M: light-medium body with a lush entry that finishes dry and resiny

Overall, a really good beer that breaks away from the current trend of citrusy American IPAs. Great balance of malt and hop make this beer highly drinkable.

OlRasputin989, May 11, 2010
Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Light gold with a hint of haze, nice white head, and decent lacing.

S: A lot of hops here, citrus and floral, smells incredibly fresh, like sticking your nose in a handful of hops.

T: Very hoppy and bitter, and so enjoyable. Has a biscuity flavor in the background that rounds it out for a nice English IPA.

M: Medium body, good carbonation, pretty easy to put down.

D: Great to sip on, a nice offering from Left Hand. Not to mention a really cool label.

mostpoetsdo, May 10, 2010
Photo of ocelot2500
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with a touch of orange and a frothy white head that leaves plenty of lacing on the glass.

Smells of pale malts and herbal hops.

Tastes of malts cut by earthy hops. Malts are grainy and not over particularly sweet, but also have a good biscuity feel. Hops offer a good amount of bitterness with a spicy, herbal, and floral notes coming through.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

ocelot2500, May 09, 2010
Photo of flagmantho
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Label indicates this was bottled on 3/25/2010.

Appearance: light golden-orange hue with the tiniest touch of haze. Head is one finger of white foam which dissipates rapidly, but leaves a nice lace.

Smell: overall aroma is light in intensity and earthy/funky in character. Light hints of malt come through. I like the smell, but I feel like it could be turned up a little bit.

Taste: nice and earthy. There's a hint of toasty/biscuity malt, but not too much. The malt composition seems right on and the hops are present but laid-back. Plenty of earthiness.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a nice level of carbonation. It's a little frothy when swished around the mouth, but OK.

Drinkability: highly drinkable. Possibly a little too drinkable for its ABV, but overall quite a nice package.

flagmantho, May 08, 2010
Photo of jwc215
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden with a thin white head that leaves trailing lace.

The smell is citric with tropical fruits and a crackery backing.

The taste is bitter, slightly tart, with citric and tropical fruitiness. there is a soggy cracker backing. Finishes rather abruptly.

It has a firm, medium body.

Not crazy about the cracker-like character. It lands between "English" and "American. It does have a "hoppy" character to it. It's an interesting brew.

jwc215, May 07, 2010
Photo of tavernjef
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear body, dulled golden color. Slim capping of whitish foam. Drippy icicle lacing.

Soft, clean aroma of caramel rolls, without the icing, spritzed with a light touch of earthy lemony citrus.

Taste has a nice simple balance and firm snappy little tone to it. A bit crisp and crunchy at the front with a moderate bite of hoppyness that squeezes in some dirty citrus of white grapefruit peels, melon husks, and mild lemon. Caramel and toasty edged grainyness adds some firmly grabbed English sytle bitterness to the overall hop tone.
Lingering pinch of bitterness and crisp grainyness lasts thru the finish ending with fainter sweetness floating way in the back.

Feel is crisp and firm within a solid medium body and has a favorable tone of carbonation. As noted in the taste, the finish has a nice twist of English styled bite and bittered toastyness and hops.

400 Pound Monkey isn't no ape, but its still got some weight to it and if it were anymore English IPA styled it would be made in England. Solid and drinkable... a monkey could have 400 of these?

tavernjef, May 07, 2010
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a golden yellow color with good carbonation and a small white head.

S: Light hops, caramel perhaps

T: Nothing really to distinguish this beer. Caramel malt, a little toasty at times. Very light dry, hop bitterness on finish

M: Seems to medium bodied, light booze feel, hops

D: Average

barleywinefiend, May 05, 2010
Photo of rapidsequence
2.78/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz single from Beer Run in Cville.

Appearance: A clear golden color with light effervescence. Small whitish head with slightly below average retention, and leaves spotty lacing.

Smell: Floral and slightly fruity and spicy hops. Some sweet malt presence too, but not a whole lot happening here.

Taste: A reasonable dose of sweet, crackery malt here. The hops flavor is not as good as the smell. Fairly pronounced bitterness that is slightly astringent and a little unpleasant. Finishes dry and unpleasantly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Nothing wrong with the mouthfeel actually. The feel and carbonation level would make for a good beer, if I liked the taste.

Drinkability: I could and would drink this if I had to, but I'm glad I only bought a single. I love a bitter IPA, but not bitterness without good hops flavor. This one needs some work.

rapidsequence, May 05, 2010
Photo of bashiba
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly hazy amber with a thick and creamy off white head, nice lacing, decent retention.

The smell was very English, with a heavy buttery nose with a bit of Diacetyl and some minor hints of juniper.

The flavor is very mild with a toasty malt body with a bit of buttery Diacetyl coming through here as well, has a slightly sharp bit of pine in the finish.

The mouthfeel is a bit light and oily.

Overall very accurate in English IPA style with the hops more subdued and very balanced for an IPA. A Good Drink.

bashiba, May 02, 2010
Photo of homebrewhawk
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in a shaker pint. Poured a clear gold with a finger of white head. Restrained hop aroma with some caramel malt. Definitely more on the malty side. Light to medium bodied. More caramel malt. Hops are pretty subtle but show up with some drying in the finish. The first bottle of the six I drank almost seemed infected, but the others were better. Didn't seem that English to me. I expect more of a soft fruitiness from the yeast.

homebrewhawk, May 01, 2010
Photo of jjanega08
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A= the pour produces a light amber color with a decent one finger head. The heads retention is pretty solid however and holds a little bit of a sticky lacing on the side of the glass.

S= A nice earthy hoppiness to it. Maybe a little too citrusy and grapefuity for an English IPA. There is a nice floral smell to it as well.

T= The taste is a mix of American hops and English hops in flavor. There is a definite earthy spicy hop flavor dominating the taste. There is also a little bit of a pine grapefruit taste to it you associate more with American IPAs. The finish is biscuty and doughy with a decent amount of bitterness.

M= Light carbonation and a little too lasting in the finish for the English style.

D= A decent IPA and when reviewing I wanted to keep in mind that this is the English style rather than the American. I however found this beer to be a mix of the two sort of. There was a lot of piney citrus hops as well as some of the earthy spicy hops you find in an English IPA. Decent but a little off style.

jjanega08, May 01, 2010
400 Pound Monkey from Left Hand Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 1,808 ratings.