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400 Pound Monkey - Left Hand Brewing Company

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1,890 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,890
Reviews: 518
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 15.69%
Wants: 51
Gots: 182 | 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 Darkale
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have seen this beer on the shelf for several weeks now, and have finally decided to give it a shot.

Cloudy light copper in appearance, with a head that you have to coax but which then decides, what the hell, I'll stick around. Thin but attractive lacing.

Aroma is not very powerful, but then, it's in the English style, so it's not meant to mow down your nostril hairs.

The taste is pleasant, a bit salty or brackish, with some orange citrus and mild candy sugar. Good raspy hops burn on the front edge of my tongue.

The mouthfeel is my favorite part of this beer; I like how round and chewy it is, even though you still get a marked hops burn.

I don't drink enough English IPAs to be able to say that it is or is not within that style, though I suspect it may be a bit stronger or hoppier than the style would prefer. But, it's a solid IPA, and I will come back to it with pleasure.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Left Hand Brewing Company 400 Pound Monkey. 6.7% alcohol.

A- Pours a crystal clear golden orange fluid that produces a lazy lightly carbonated head that falls to a small froth leaving decent lacing.

S- Fresh lemon and grassy hops upfront with sweet malts in the backbone of the nose.

T-M- For a EIPA this is pretty damn good. Not overly powerful on the bitterness but has a tangy hop presence. Flavor upfront is fresh cut grass with undertones of sweet carmel malts followed by a twang that is the alcohol esters dancing on the tongue. Mouthfeel is smooth and slick with mild carbonation on the finish.

D- Drinkable due to the smoothness and malted wheat that is used to make it... Cheers!

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a Nonic) bottled on 05/17/10
A- This light copper body had big bubbles of carbonation popping at the surface with a lumpy, sticky antique white head that lasted for a bit.
S- The fragrant green herbal hop pellet aroma has some light toasted malt notes behind it.
T- The slightly sweet malt flavor is quickly overtaken by a big pungent bitterness that hits the back of the throat and stays there. As the beer opens and the bitterness mellows just a bit there is a flinty note to the malt and an iced tea flavor also.
M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with no alcohol heat and a dry finish.
D- This beer has a nice aroma but no depth to the flavor. The hop bitterness is present and accounted for but there isn't any hop flavor or depth. Just a kick in the throat.

Photo of Beejay
3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: A slightly darker straw color. Nice white head atop it. Some lacing

S: Very toasty and biscuity. Some piney scents. I think all this comes together it what I would describe as 'Clean Hampster Cage' Very woody.

T: Interesting guy, biscuit, some bitterness, with a bit of woody/fruit flavors. I feel like I am picking up a little watermelon. oddly enough.

M: Fairly dry and light. Carbonation seems fine.

D: Decent, glad I tried it. But nothing to write home about.

Photo of Spica66
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle during Left Hand tasting at Pat's Liquors in Porter, IN on 7/22/10. The brewery rep was pouring and telling us all about the beers as we went. Very informational and fun.

A: Medium yellow color. White head. Good carbonation.

S: A little caramel malt and virtually no hops smell. Definitely English IPA and not American IPA!

T: Medium strength malt taste with a slightly fruity (lemon[?]) finish.

M: Very smooth. Excellent carbonation level.

D: Mild tasting and very drinkable.

Photo of merlin48
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle pours a hazed golden body with a small offwhite head that leaves some attractive sticky lace. Aroma is mostly citrusy hops that though a bit muted have a nice grapefruit, apricot and lemon presence. A hint of toasted caramel underneath. Medium body and carbonation. Taste has some apricot sweetness that is joined by bitter grassy hops and a biscuity malt character. A bit of caramel pushes the taste to the sweet side of the spectrum. Alcohol is hidden well. Finish is clean and even. Just enough hop bitterness to avoid cloying. I enjoyed this one quite a bit but the name doesn't really fit.

Photo of david18
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Seeing that this is an English IPA explains a lot about this beer. I had a sixteen ounce pour of this at the Amsterdam Ales House on Manhattan's Upper West Side. As a less hoppy English IPA this beer is pretty close to the style. I am just not a huge fan of it.

Dark brown color with some cloudiness and a weak head. Good aroma and flavor. I'll probably have it again but not often.

Photo of Flightoficarus
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving type - 12 oz bottle

A - Pours a pale, golden color, with a white head, leaving decent lacing.

S - Faint caramel malt, grassy hops, and a slight kick of lemon.

T - A mild, lemon-like hop bite, with light balancing malt.

M - Pretty light-bodied for 6.7%. Moderate carbonation.

D - Pretty drinkable, bordering on sessionable.

Overall - Nothing too special IMO, but not bad. I wouldn't go out of my way to find this one again, but I'll have to try an actual English IPA sometime to see how it compares to this one.

Photo of uustal
3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a pale yellow with a one finger white head. Good lacing and retention throughout. Minor sweet caramel aroma, a bit of citrus as well, very faint. Sweet bread and caramel malt to start. Earthy and strong pine hops hops kick in next which lead to a dry finish. Also faint alcohol notes. Decent flavor, but something is a little off. Mouthfeel is nice despite the dryness.

Photo of Jeffo
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a 1 ½ finger medium-thinner looking white head that quickly fades to a thin wisp and a ring. Tangerine orange in color, clear, with no carbonation evident. The wisp remains until the end but leaves no lacing.

SMELL: Mild nose of caramel malt, butterscotch, and floral hop notes. Touches of citrus as well.

TASTE: Sweet pale malt, caramel, some butterscotch, and a decent presence of floral hops near the finish. Aftertaste is pretty big and full of caramel sweetness and hop bitterness, lingering for quite a while.

PALATE: Medium body and carbonation. Could be a little creamier. Brew goes down smooth and finishes somewhat mouth-coating.

OVERALL: A tasty, pumped-up version of an English IPA. If you like the style as well as bolder beers, then you'll like this. Very drinkable beer and quite enjoyable, just remember it's and English style India and not an American.

Photo of StlHopHead77
3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Slightly hazy,copper-orange color with one finger of thin,pale-white head that dissipates quickly leaving sparse lacing.

S-Because of the style,I wasn't surprised to find the nose a little flat on the hop side.There was some citric hop qualities but they were definitely muted.There was a slight hint of honey maltiness.

T-The hops once again took a back seat.The honey
and the malt were there but I found the overall flavor a little lacking and kind of tinny.

M-The mouthfeel was on the light to medium bodied side with decent carbonation.

D-I wouldn't say that this is one of my favorite beers (and definitely not my favorite Left Hand offering) but I think it has more to do with my feelings about this style than Left Hand's efforts.Fans of the style would find this beer
extremely drinkable.

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

400 lb Monkey poured a murky yellow/gold with a good light tan head. The retention was excellent as well as the lace on the pint glass.

The nose had good complexity but wasn't extremely strong. Euro skunkiness was well apparent and accented by a citrus hop bill. Only a slight malt sweetness was detectable.

The flavor made up in intensity what the smell lacked. The same gritty skunkiness was there to add to the floral and citrus hop twang. The aftertaste was long and hoppy, nice.

The feel was sharp initially from generous carbonation. It was slick in the mouth and finished dry. The body wasn't lacking, yet it was very drinkable.

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

The beer appeared a nice, slightly dark, clear amber color, almost a mix between an English Bitter and an IPA. The beer had a nice thick white head to it and was retained well and ultimately into a thin cap. Some carbonation was noticeable.

The aroma was lighter than expected, but better than average, but not better enough to get to the next level. Nice hoppy aroma, floral with some hints of grain.

The taste was slightly better than average. Pretty well mirrors the nose with a nice dry, faint bitter aftertaste.

The beer felt a little light for the style; I expected it to be a little more thick for a medium bodied beer. The beer had better than average drinkability. Overall, not a bad beer, but not a great one. I would defiantly drink again.

Photo of irishking1977
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear copper hue with a less than average head that leaves some decent lacing along the sides of the glass. Not bad.

S: Faint hops. The aroma also brings to mind adjuncts that are used in BMC. Not great.

T: It's actually hard to describe the taste. Slightly burnt malt with a barely perceivable hops presence in the finish. Seems a bit watered down. Doesn't seem to be a typical IPA. That's not really a bad thing; the craft beer market is overrun with American IPA's, so this one is a decent departure from that. (I still love some of those AIPA's, though)

M: Good, solid carbonation, that lingers on the tongue. Middle of the road thickness; pretty easy to drink.

D: I'll say it again; pretty easy to drink. Nothing mind blowing, but a decent, albeit different interpretation of an IPA. Not really for hop heads because it isn't up to that level of hops bitterness.

Photo of KarlHungus
2.73/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a hazy yellow-orange color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into rocky lacking that lasts a while. The aroma some tangerine and floral notes, but is very faint for an English IPA. The taste is somewhat stronger, but not much. There are is some tangerine, grapefruit, and a hint of flower, but it slides across the tongue and disappears. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation that is a little too low, and a sticky texture that is very unappealing in an IPA. This beer is a real let down. It comes across as being very non-cohesive, and I think that is a extremely bad quality for a beer to have. I will not be drinking this again.

Photo of thain709
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a nice golden amber body with some carbonation bubbles...a two finger, creamy, rocky, white head formed and retained nicely...good lacing

S - A very grainy and earthy smell...some sweet, caramel malts and some faint citrus hops

T - The taste mirrors the nose...a lot of grainy presence comes through in this beer...I think it's from both the malts and the hops...some sweetness comes from the caramel malts...the citrus is subdued

M - Medium bodied...tries to be bitter...a bit metallic sometimes

D - This was just your average English IPA...a very grainy flavor where you would expect some sweetness

Photo of Spineypanda
4.38/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden amber color, with a short-lived head that laces nicely. Carbonation continues some time after pour.
Smells nice and bitter, like it should. Not full of citrus aromas, but more malty smells as well as the hops.
Tastes really nice, a bit of that malty smell comes through in the taste, but the hops are front forward and the aftertaste is nice and refreshing.

I really enjoy this beer.

Photo of Chico1985
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours coppery orange, medium-sized white head retains well. Stays a little under a finger and leaves a bit of lacing.

Getting mostly pale malt in the scent. I get sort of a bready macro smell and grass.

Tastes very herbal and grassy, along with plenty of pale malt, a little bit of booze, some citrus and biscuit in the aftertaste mostly. Kind of a strange mess but tastes decent.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, the booze taste is unexpected but seems to appear less as the beer goes down. Body and carbonation are fine.

This beer is pretty much all over the place, balance is kooky but I enjoyed it overall.

Photo of Duhast500
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a tasting glass.

The color is yellow with a orange tint to it. There is a finger of foamy white head and some nice lacing.

The smell is pretty floral at first with a big piney flavor then into a grassy aroma with a little citrus mixed in.

The taste is bitter at first but has a nice balanced flavor after the initial grassy, floral flavor. Some nice smooth, bready flavor finishes this beer off.

The feel of this beer is smooth as it goes down well and has a light to medium body to it. It is more balanced than expected but does have nice bitter aftertastes that last just long enough.

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear, golden, slightly amber with a nice head. Good retention, seems a bit thin as it drinks.
Mild aroma of herbal hops and earth. The malt makes its pressence known with brown toast and sweet caramel highlights.
It seems fairly balanced in the taste, but the malt and hops don't really play off one another. The go-between seems labored. A filmy finish allows the malt to control the beer and the hops just sort of fade to the background with only a touch of bitterness. This isn't bad, but the lack of smooth transition hurts it, imho.

Photo of beergod1
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber color with a medium head. Excellent head retention and some lacing. A damn nice looking beer. Unfortunately the aroma is not so good. Very weak and faint with only subtle leafy hops. The taste is a resinous hop bomb with plenty of pine notes. Very faint notes of caramel and bread in the finish. Medium carbonated bodied with a good hop Zing. Don't know if i'll get it again for $10 but not a "Bad" beer

Photo of WakeandBake
3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A pale golden color pour with a two finger foamy whiye head , medium carbonation . Aroma is of earthy spicy hops and little else . Flavor is kind of a mess , same grassy and spicy hops as the aroma with kind of a netral malt backbone medium body, oily mouthfeel , short hoppy finish , light bitterness. Drinkable but just odd .

Photo of midworken
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a decent sized head that dissipated rather quickly that left a good lacing on top and a clear yellow/gold body below.
Nose smelled of pine (somewhat hard to distinguish the smell of the beer from the atmosphere where I was at) and hoppiness. It tasted upfront of sweet maltiness and left with the bitterness of hops and some tangy/sour of citrus. Well balanced and every sip was interesting.
Mouthfeel was good, not too much carbonation and not too little. Wouldn't be able to drink more than two, had a very full flavor.

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Have to say I was a tad surprised. Don't expect your "typical" (powerfully-hopped, American/west coast) IPA. This is a well-done, straight-up, American version of an English IPA.

Extremely clear yellow-gold. Starts with a medium-tight head. Random sticky drapes of lace. Wow, really clear.

Pungent, hearty hop aroma and a strong crusty bread presence in the smell.

Didn't know this was done in the English style (helps to read the label and all its fine print), but recognized it quick enough. Great interpretation. Spot on with the bready malt character. Naturally, this is a bit bolder all around - earthy, noble hops kicked up a couple notches, more concentrated thickness in the malt and body. Definitely drinks heavier than a true English version, but it doesn't strike me as 6.7% going down. That said, the level of alcohol build of the body compliment each other perfectly.

Had a couple of "eh" beers from Left Hand, so I didn't know what I was in for. Now that I've had this and the Sawtooth in the past week, I'd say LH can do English ales well and I'd drink this particular beer anytime.

Photo of mentor
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger light tan head over a clear straw-copper liquid. Smells fruity (marachino cherry and fruit loops cereal) and bubblegum from hops. Some biscuity malt goodness, which could actually be from a quality base grain, rather than a small amount of specialty grain.

Tastes more fruity than hop bitter or malt, but the hop flavor does not dominate. Fairly well balanced. Hop and ester fruity comes across as fruit loops cereal with some woody and tangerine. Malt is mild caramel and some toast. Hop bitter is flat, like tannic without the acrid bite. Mild drying acid from carbonation helps the hop bitter dry out the finish.

This is enjoyable and fairly well english style. Not my favorite style, but I'd be ok having another. Light body with some dextrin presence and modest carbonation.

400 Pound Monkey from Left Hand Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 1,890 ratings.