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400 Pound Monkey - Left Hand Brewing Company

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1,779 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,779
Reviews: 515
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 15.36%
Wants: 48
Gots: 140 | 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:
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(Beer added by: garcia2a on 09-03-2008)
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Photo of parris
4.35/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I need to start this with saying I've got a cold, so I bumped up the smell .5 to account for my lack of sense.

It was poured into a pint glass near a brightly lit background. The vibrant golden color is near perfect, but the over carbonation produced a little too much head, about 2 inches.

I wish I had a better sense of smell, I'm sure this IPA has a great hopped up aroma. I got a bit of that, but a metallic smell is what was most noticeable. After a few sips I'm starting to notice a bit of earthy hop aroma.

The taste is a bit mild, but it has a delicious big body taste without the mouthfeel and finishes with just a little hop bitterness creeping back up your tongue.

It has a light mouthfeel, and doesn't weigh down your stomach, so it's has high drinkability.

If I could change this beer, I'd make it bigger, but maybe it's just the day.

parris, Mar 26, 2010
Photo of TurdFurgison
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle with an indescribably cool label. The beer is medium-dark copper color, clear with a thick spitty head that laces in clumps. Seeing as it's called an Enligh IPA I knew to expect muted hops and ramped up biscuit. Neither of these exactly present themselves in the beer. The hops are more present than usual for the style, citrus and uncharacteristically bitter. I didn't get any biscuit or toast either. The body is sorta viscous too, I don't know how to rate this at all. I like the beer, but it doesn't seem right for the style.

TurdFurgison, Mar 26, 2010
Photo of champ103
3.1/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a light copper/orange color. A two finger white head forms with good retention. Lots of spiderweb looking lace is left behind.
S: Floral and grassy hops. A light sweetness lingers. Pale malts and very light biscuit aromas.
T: Floral and grassy hops again. Thin grainy, biscuit, malt flavors. An off mineral flavor as well.
M/D: A light body and high carbonation. Not hard to drink, but one is enough in a sitting.

Kind of a let down. The malts are way to thin, and the mineral flavor really hurts. Not the worst thing ever, but this will probably be my only six pack.

champ103, Mar 25, 2010
Photo of jbphoto88
2.7/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear brew that is a dull pale orange. A white had rises and falls with minimal stickiness. It looks more like a lager or pale ale then an IPA... even a British one.

Nose is also on the light side. It's more malty then hoppy and has a slight twang to it. The problem is that there are barely any hops and the smell that is there isn't great. This is so far a great disappointment.

Taste is sub par like the nose. A weak showing of lightly roasted grains and no trace of hops other then an unbalanced bitterness.

The mouthfeel is rough at first and doesn't compliment the beer, but eventually I either get used to it or the alcohol numbs the rawness. Good news I get a residual hop flavor after each burp following this beer. Not a fan.

jbphoto88, Mar 24, 2010
Photo of Domingo
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I get the feeling this is going to be another one of those love/hate beers. It's definitely not a normal American IPA, and it's not really a typical UK one either.
Pours a pale golden color with a moderate head from a normal pour. The foam sticks around as a head for the life of the beer and does a fine job of lacing.
The nose is surprisingly sweet. Malty with touches of sugar cookies. Earthy bittering hops are there, but they're mild. Interesting so far.
The flavor would be what I'd call a perfect balance. It starts off sweet and toffee-like, but the finish is hoppy and lingering. The hop profile is pine-y and mildly citrus...but never biting or harsh. It reminds me a bit of the Ska Euphoria, but slightly more potent.
Texture is thin like a UK (bottled) beer, which I have no issue with.
I downed my bottle in about 5 minutes and wanted another right away. It's great because the balanced flavors invite one sip after another and never grow tiring or boring. A sessionable IPA? You probably couldn't/shouldn't drink more than 3, but that doesn't mean I wouldn't want to.

I really like this. It's unique, and I enjoy the balanced approach. It does remind me a bit of a UK pale that has been kicked up.

Recommended! It's not going to be the beer of choice for someone craving something like Blind Pig or Odell IPA, but more of someone looking for a punchier London Pride or ESB.

Domingo, Mar 23, 2010
Photo of BeerGodz
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Look: Straw yellow color, clear, medium head with decent retention & lacing

Smell: Floral hops, some citrus, faint malt

Taste: Up front: Grapefruit. Finish: Sweet malt, tea

Mouthfeel: Medium body, low carbonation, with a dry finish

Drinkability: A little too much bitterness in the finish, but still ok

Overall Impression: It's a pretty good English IPA. It's more floral and less citrusy as compared to American IPA's. Certainly worth checking out.

BeerGodz, Mar 22, 2010
Photo of silver0rlead
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a yellow-orangish color with a thin white head that dissipates fairly quickly. The smell has some biscuity malt notes, as well as some floral and tea like hops, a touch of caramel and a hint of alcohol. The flavor has some maltiness up front (biscuit and hay like) followed by some classic english hop character (floral, earthy and tea-like) as well as some alcohol. The mouthfeel is appropriately light and drinkability is good. Overall a solid but unspectacular EIPA.

silver0rlead, Mar 22, 2010
Photo of tpd975
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at mellow mushroom.

A: Pours an amber shade with a nice off white head. Nice retention and some lace.

S: Aromas of mostly of hops. Mostly floral but there are notes of citrus as well.

T: Flavor is mildly boozy for the style. Nice citrus with hints of more sweet pine. The herbal hops are there along with light hints of sweet candy malts that attempt to provide balance.

M: Medium in body, harsh hops in the middle with a mild lingering bitterness.

D: Just okay. It was a nice attempt it just don't come together perfectly.

tpd975, Mar 21, 2010
Photo of teovaldi
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to belgbeerdrinker for throwing this in as an extra in a trade.

Pours a clear straw yellow with a big white head leaving decent lacing.

Smell is nice and hoppy with decent malt in the back.

Taste follows the nose but with more grapefruity hops and a dry lingering bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is creamy, medium bodied and nicely carbonated.

Very drinkable and suprisngly bitter EIPA. I normally highly prefer AIPA's over EIPA'S but this is one I'd be willing to give another go, that is if I could get it regularly. Too bad I only got one ;)

teovaldi, Mar 21, 2010
Photo of albern
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a decent EIPA, and certainly has an enticing nose, but the beer is a tad thin. It pours a clear golden hue with a slightly creamy and fizzy head that dissipates into a thin cloudy white with a bit of lace around the edges. The nose is very nice and estery floral hops, a touch of orange burst, a bit of pine. The nose is a big draw. The beer is moderately carbonated for the style.

The taste is just a bit thin. There is a slightly leafy hop presence, maybe some floral hop sweetness, but for the most part the hop is not really juicy and estery. The nose is not indicative of the taste. The underneath is a tad bit bready and doughy, but just overall too thin. There isn't the caramel malt, the touch of diacetyl, and pricklishiness that is often found with an EIPA. What we have here is a very thin American IPA, with not enough hop burst to make the grade there either. This beer is light and easy to drink, its tasty enough and completely inoffensive. I was hoping for more.

albern, Mar 20, 2010
Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper clear appearance bright white head, forms fine coated lacing between sips. Aroma has nice citric, earthy, and herbal hop going on. Light caramel malt sweetness with fresh baked bread accents. Flavors provide enough bitterness and hop flavor to make for a tasty experience. Really earthy and herbal hop flavors leaves a dry leafy tea like note on the palate. A definite English IPA with a bit more hops I like the different approach this brew takes. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with ample soft carbonation and dry bitterness left behind leaves the palate feeling like a desert. Drinkability overall is solid a brew I'm down with trying again and again. I will continue to try Left Hand offerings a great brewery that I tend to dig more and more with each new beer they produce.

WVbeergeek, Mar 20, 2010
Photo of tigg924
3.08/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, medium carbonation, clear, golden in color

Smell: citrus hops and slight malt presence

Taste: citrus hops, small pine hops, some soapiness, and caramel malt

Mouthfeel: medium/light bodied, medium carbonation, slightly bitter with a very bitter lingering aftertaste

Drinkability: I like the body of this beer, but what kills it for me is a medicinal/bitter alcohol aftertaste that lingers in my mouth. This is very dry and the hops are not overboard. I do like the brewery but I am not likely to get this one again.

tigg924, Mar 18, 2010
Photo of rajendra82
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When poured into a pint glass, the body looked a shade paler than the typical IPA amber, but the clarity and one finger thick head still made it quite nice to behold. The smell was very floral and timid, making it seem more like an APA than IPA. The taste was pleasing, but lacked that bitter punch I like. Instead I got more of a balanced approach with a bit of soapy bitterness. The body was medium thick and a little sticky, and the beer was very easy to drink. Maybe a n nit too easy. Could stand to be buffed a bit more.

rajendra82, Mar 18, 2010
Photo of TexIndy
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Cool label - like what they are doing with their new labeling. Bottled on date of 2/3/10 clearly marked on the label. Was a clear bronze color with very slight carbonation. It had a small to average sized fizzy head that quickly settled into a good collar and thin film.

The aroma was very light on this one. Floral and herbal hop leaf with biscuity malt backbone. Weak and middle of the road for the style. the taste was a little better with more of the floral hops coming thru and blended with the malt. Slight bitter finish. Not bad but just didn't grab me. Mouthfeel was medium with good carbonation. Slight bitter after-taste.

Overall, a good beer and good for the style. Recommend if you can easily get. Rotation - my buddy shipped me one from CO. I think we are going to get it here in TX soon. The beer is good but this isn't one of my go to styles so don't see this making the rotation. [Nsb]

TexIndy, Mar 18, 2010
Photo of drumrboy22
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a Left Hand imperial pint glass. Beer was a clear, golden straw color, with a two-finger, white head. Moderate carbonation and thick lacing around the glass.

Aroma was honey, herbal hops and grass. Very light in aroma.

Taste was light to moderate hops, caramel, bread and rice.

Not my favorite IPA, but very drinkable. I'd prefer a bit more hoppier, sweet and balanced. It's refreshing and will go well with the summer heat.

drumrboy22, Mar 17, 2010
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Almost pale, golden color with great transparency and a sticky, foamy head that leaves impressive lacing

S- Light floral scents that lean toward the cooked veggie, woodsy spectrum of floral. I'm guessing Fuggles

T- Decent bitter pinch leads this beer into your mouth and is followed by almost nothing expect a biscuity malt flavor that I associate with Left Hand

M- Unique feeling created by an airy body and wispy carbonation. Somehow reminds me of a gust of wind across my tongue

D- I didn't see anything special about this after my first bottle, but as I pair it with my traditional fare (pizza and popcorn, etc.) I find it really does have a place in my drinking lineup as a competitor to New Belgium's Hoptober, which is only competition in the fall. Not really an English IPA IMO

EnojysAnyBeer, Mar 17, 2010
Photo of mikey711
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Amber color that is nice and clear. Mild amount of carbonation with a bit too much head when poured. Ok lace.

S: Mostly caramel with some herbal hops in the background

T: Again the caramel is the dominatent flavor with some fresh cut grass hops in the background. The hops themselves are not as clean tasting as I would have liked

M: Slightly rough around the edges, but no heat is present. The body is decent but a bit more creaminess would have been nice

D: Its alright. I could have more but am glad i just went with the single bottle

mikey711, Mar 16, 2010
Photo of Hoops4life511
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle dated 02-24-10 poured into pint glass

Appearance: Poured a crystal clear straw color, very small white head quickly fell to a thin cap, but retained at that level fairly well. Decent amount of lacing left. Very little carbonation to be seen coming up through the beer.

Smell: Pineapple jumps out at me as a major smell, other less noticeable smells are grainy bread-like smells. Not a ton going on here.

Taste: Very earthy, slightly bitter hoppiness with a kind of caramel finish. Hard to grasp all of the flavors but overall pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Dry with a deceptive amount of carbonation when compared to its appearance. Fairly light and thin.

Drinkability: Exceptional drinkability. Could easily put a few of these back without blinking an eye. Refreshing and light.

Overall, would go for it again at a bar or a picnic, but wouldn't go out of my way to find it in a store.

Hoops4life511, Mar 16, 2010
Photo of david131
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- An extremely clear yellow/ gold liquid with a white head that has decent retention.

S- Caramel, brown sugar, and some fruits. Aromatic and intriguing.

T- Caramel, brown sugar, a hint of cooked vegetables, and some hoppiness. The alcohol is not noticeable. There is maybe a hint of smoke in it.

M- The hops do a nice job of keeping it clean. The carbonation is right on.

D- A unique, American take on the style that is rather enjoyable and goes down nicely.

david131, Mar 16, 2010
Photo of Jwale73
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle served at 50 degrees in my SA Perfect Pint. Poured a translucent gold with a frothy, loose two-inch off-white head. Head eventually settles into a bubbly, fairly consistent cap with some spots and strands of lacing exposed during the tasting. Subdued nose - some bittering hops followed by a mild caramel/bready quality. Taste consistent with nose - starts off slightly bitter with a touch of acidity, followed by a peppery/spicy quality in the middle, a hint of caramel appears towards the finish, before culminating in a lightly lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel is light-medium with an assertive carbonation level that is slightly prickly across the middle of the tongue and at the back of the throat. Decent brew for the style; however, not my favorite offering from this brewer. Nonetheless well worth trying if you get the opportunity. I'd would like to give this one a try on draft though.

Jwale73, Mar 16, 2010
Photo of mcann2pu
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle date is smudged, but it looks like 02/24/10 maybe?

Appearance: pours an amber/golden color without much head, a little lighter than I had initially expected,

Smell: good earthy hops smell on the nose, some herbal odors, not much else detectable,

Taste: that earthy hops dominates the taste too, slight malt but not much.

Mouthfeel: appropriate amount of carbonation, what I would expect from the style

Drinkability: good drinkability overall.

mcann2pu, Mar 16, 2010
Photo of hosehead83
4.22/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass
Clear golden in color, with a modest head of white foam
Aroma-Subtle citrus and earthy hop notes
Taste-Citrus rind and earthy hop(Fuggle?), some mineral notes as well. Sweet malt, toffee, and orange peel emerge as it warms.
Overall, a fine offering, very much in the English style-Subdued, subtle flavors nicely balanced and full of character, nothing over-the-top, just a pleasant, drinkable brew.

hosehead83, Mar 15, 2010
Photo of OtherShoe2
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a caramel-orange with a decent foamy white head. Decent retention and lacing.

Floral hops and some toasted malt in the nose.

A softer IPA for sure. Good toasted malt with a touch of caramel sweetness. Hop bitterness shines thru, but not in the pine or grapefruit variety. Some herbal bitterness that finishes with some nice malty character.

Medium body, decent carbonation.

Overall, a very well made, smooth beer. All of the elements are there, without the extreme hop piece in there. Well balanced, smooth and drinkable. A refreshing change from those overdone IPA hop monsters we see now. Another winner from Left hand.

OtherShoe2, Mar 14, 2010
Photo of wolfinthemirror
4.13/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour revealed a transparent, medium colored jewel, a pale golden straw color with a bright white head, greatly effervescent.

Some hops up front in the nose, wet grass, typical IPA smell.

Very bright and crisp taste, feels nearly juicy in the mouth. Somewhat light in terms of hops, a fair amount of citrus notes, mostly oranges with a hint of creamy nuttiness. I really can sense a hard to describe flavor in this beer as some other reviewers mentioned, it's kinda nice, and keeps you guessing at what it is.

Very drinkable with a fairly light feel.
good beer.

wolfinthemirror, Mar 14, 2010
Photo of silentjay
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a very light orange-y copper. small head with great lacing, very small stream of bubbles

smells of bitter, herbal hops, some caramel in there too.

Taste is of bittering hops with some floral and herbal hops in there too. some bread-y malt overtakes the hops pretty quick, and it finishes clean and dry with a little caramel left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is good, bitter hops bite a bit, carbonation is present throughout even though i didnt think it would be from the appearance.

drinkability is ok. balance is pleasant between bitter, herbal hops and sweet, bread-y malt.

lots of people will not like this one, as it's not a "hop-bomb" IPA. But its a solid brew for what it is, providing a simple, drinkable, balanced IPA. reminds me a bit of Harpoon's IPA with a better, stronger malt backbone.

silentjay, Mar 14, 2010
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