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400 Pound Monkey - Left Hand Brewing Company

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1,910 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,910
Reviews: 525
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 15.69%
Wants: 54
Gots: 215 | 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 Kiwano
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Amber - head does not stay very long

S: Fruit malt smell

T: First noticed a sweetness - not overly sweet but almost like wisps of cotton candy balanced with some hoppiness and bitterness. The sweetness stays through for a while until the malt and bitterness stays through the end. Reminded me of some beligian ale characteristics but much lighter?

M: Smooth - some carbonation but not fizzy or bubbly

D: OK - the sweetness would make it weird to follow with something that has a different type of taste.

[ serving type: Chilled bottle poured into a glass]

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

A: There is a thin layer of head over the surface of the beer, minor lacing, color is medium straw - 3.50, S: There are strong smells of sweet grain as well as a floral/fruity hop aroma, very mildly solventy or sulfurish, also a touch of chalk in the depths of the nose - 3.00, T: The hop bitterness is quite assertive, the hops also provide a strong grassiness and earthiness to the palate, some mildly sweet grains and also some citrus which seems a little out of place for an English IPA though I certainly enjoy them, notes of biscuity-malt - 3.50, M: Mildly astringent, smooth mouth feel - 3.00, D: More hops than I generally expect out of an English IPA and I still question the hop build for the style, but beyond all of this it is a very drinkable beer and one I would recommend trying - 4.00

Photo of claspada
3.82/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light tan with an offwhite head over a clear straw-copper liquid.

Aromas of fruity hops with some biscuity malts. Nothing too crazy here.

Tastes more fruity than hop bitterness or malt, but the hop flavor does not dominate, nice/enjoyable. Fairly well balanced; the hops are estery/fruity as well as earthy/woody. Malt is mild caramel and some toasty/bready notes.

This is enjoyable and a nice, although not truely authentic english style ale. This is one of my favorite styles, so I appreciate the similarities as well as the differences. Glad to see breweries continue to push the envelope of their portfolios.

Photo of callmeclemens
2.85/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this straight from the bottle the other night.Just really starting to get into the pale ales,this one seems sort of run of the mill. Slight carbonation and citrus taste, with a bitter finish that seemed to make me forget the initial flavour. Goes down smooth enough and seems to have improved taste when it warms to about 65 degrees. Probably worth a second shot.

Photo of nukem5
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice copper orange pour with 1/4 inch cap sadly did not last.

S: Clean crisp hops and floral.

T: Straight forward taste of hop and light citrus floral, a good IPA more American than English I feel as well.

M: Light to Medium with light lacing.

D: A very modest and drinkable monkey indeed.

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

Pale copper color with nice bubbling. The head after the pour is thin and leaves a little lacing on glass from a nice ring atop the ale.

A little peppery hop nose along with dry bread powder toasted malts. Not bad, but not a level above other America made EIPAs.

The hops bitterness starts white peppery and medium, then milds out a little more to an earthy finish. In the middle you get a little toasted mlats and a water cracker. Not balanced, but not overwhelming bitterness either.

I think this is a good beer, but it doesn't taste like an Emglish IPA to me. This is AIPA all the way taste wise. The bitterness is a bit too pronounced compared to others in the style.

Photo of ectomorph
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle shows that is was packaged on 3/29/10 so it's not super fresh, but at least we know where we are.

A - Hazy orange and light gold body. 1 finger white head is formed of dense bubbles with good retention.

S - Earthy, woody, with some citrus hops and a fresh baked cracker malt finish.

T - Assertive English hop bitterness meets a solid dark bread, and yeast finish. There is pine resin, and faint pineapple hops and raisin bread in the finish.

M - Medium body and moderate carbonation are standard here, with each sip clearing fairly well. Noticeable taste bud erosion.

D - Moderate to high considering the style and alcohol content.

Photo of cjgator3
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

A- Pours a clear golden amber color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is malt, caramel and some citrusy hops. 

T- The taste like the aroma is caramel malts with a solid dose of hops in the finish. As the label suggests this is an English Style IPA which is more balanced than American IPAs. 

M- The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, I enjoyed this offering from Left Hand and wouldn't mind drinking again. It is nothing out of the ordinary but a solid brew that is worth a try.

Photo of clayrock81
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light gold body with good head that left little lace and has a funky, sour citrus hop aroma to it w/ mild, bready like malts. Smooth and light to medium body with a bitter hop/citric hop taste that is subdued and balanced w/ a minor caramel and bread malt base. The flavors are balanced and subdued so nothing really pokes out but is very easy to drink beer and the ABV for such a pounder really surprises me. Def worth at least one try.

Photo of maleman
4.25/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Birthdate noted on bottle. Poured a nice clear amber with creamy two-finger head that had great retention. Thick, clingy lacing evident.

S - hoppy, as expected. Some caramel, some pepper peeking through.

T - very resiny right up front. The pepper is there in the afterbite.

M - medium-bodied, nice. The afterbite is just that...a bite. But, I don't have a problem with it because IMO it contributes to the great taste. Better than average carbonation.

D - was recommended by a co-worker and now I owe him one. English IPA's tend to be my fave and this one certainly doesn't disappoint.

Photo of chaz410
3.11/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this beer at the common market in Charlotte NC.
Pours a very yellow, light amber body with a small white head.
Smells of some slight pine and a little grassy hop notes and not much more.
Taste of corn, dried wheat, crisp piney hops and some nice orange-like hoppy undertones.
A nice, easy drinking english styled Ipa with some crisp finish and balanced mouthfeel with a fair amount of bitter finish.

Photo of slyke
3.46/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

400 Pound Monkey pours a golden color with a small white head that laces pretty well, but falls to a thin cap after a few minutes.

The smell is a bit floral, but faint.

Taste is more hops than malt with floral and piney notes. There is a breadiness to the malt. There is more hoppiness than maltiness, more than I expect in an English Pale Ale.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied - about what I expect from the style.

Drinkability is pretty good. I could knock back a couple of these, but probably no more.

Photo of mntlover
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a a hazy yellow color with small off white head that falls to ring. Very nice lacing from a small head.

Aroma is toasted malts light biscuit notes, some fruity citrus and light floral hops.

Taste is nice citrus tangerine, orange peel like bitterness, some fresh cut grass even seems like hints of mint. All the hops riding on a toasted malt base some biscuit notes along with caramel hints or I am having trouble picking just one out. Hops are nice favorable but not over powering or overly bitter. Very nice English IPA more hops then you would expect but they don't slap you around either. Also nearing 7% the alcohol is very well hidden.

Mouthfeel is nice medium with lightly peppy carbonation.

Drinkability is very good nice change from my usual IPA's might have to pick this one up on occasion.

Photo of otersen73
4.19/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass. Thin creamy white head that bailed quickly. Nice Belgian lace throughout the critique.

Very light in color for an IPA...light copper in appearance.

Fruity esters come through in the aroma with some floral and nutty notes hidden underneath.

Very smooth for an IPA and alcohol is well hidden. Malt is rather subdued on the front and hops dominate through the middle. Finishes with a long, dry, hoppy, nutty, character...leaves you craving more.

Very well carbonated and soft on the palate.

Would drink six in a row that's for sure...only bought one so I'm screwed.

Photo of chickencoop
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I dont get the monkey thing, was expecting some big crazy beer with the clever label, but ended up with just a pretty simple, solid beer. Everything about the beer is a light malt smell to a light bready taste to light finish, but very very drinkable for an almost 7% beer. This is one of the better Left Hand beers i've had.

Photo of thecarster1
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- bottle poured into a pint, slight haze, golden amber color with one finger of head that fades slowly.

s- light nose, earthy, peaty hops, interesting, i can't exactly pull all the flavors here, herbal, some biscuit.

t- very light, interesting hops, floral, herbal, flowery, not sure i've had any hop thats tasted like this before, i wonder which they use, the finish is moderately dry.

m- light to medium body.

d- drinkability is good here, i'd have this beer again, this is my frist beer from left hand brewing compant, i think one day i'll just pick up the variety pack to try the regular lineup.

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

A-Pours a dark gold with a one finger off white head that faded quickly and left a hint of lacing.

S-Slightly sweet Bready malt notes, with subtle notes of pine and citrus hops.

T-Slightly sweet malt up front, a slight citrus and floral hop bite at the middle and back.

M-Light body, crisp carb bite, dry finish.

D-It goes down easily enough, but there is not a lot here that makes me want to have another.

Photo of PorterLambic
3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear yellow with a small head. Drops to islands that stick around. Really good lace.
Smell is hops, citrus and light malt.
Taste is hops (though not harsh), alcohol, really light malt. Decent balance.
Medium body, medium effervescence, warming on the palate. Pretty good but no stand out.

Photo of MKEHophead
2.76/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased from a store that refridgerated the bottle. Poured from bottle into snifter.

Appearance: Light golden brown color with a small amount of head that fades quite rapidly.

Smell: I was rather disappointed and surprised by the smell. It was skunky/stale smelling. Not very fresh at all. It had a very earthy smell not the fresh fruity/piney smell I get when I sample some of the other well crafted IPAs. Maybe I had an older beer. Didn't check the beer fresh date.

Taste: Lot's of caramel and butterscotch here. The beer had a heavy bitterness on the finish. Nothing that lingered too long that I found as memorable.

Mouthfeel: Heavy bitterness and light carbonation. No smoothness to this English style IPA.

Drinkability: I did not particularly enjoy this IPA. The aromas really disappointed me mainly due to the smell of this beer. Not a very enjoyable experience that would make me want to buy a 6-pack.

Before sampling this IPA I tasted a Stone 14th Anniv. Emperial IPA and the freshness and smell were head and shoulders above the 400 Pound Monkey. It was a huge let down after sampling the Stone Emperial. Maybe it's not a fair comparison, but I was very disappointed in the taste of this IPA.

Photo of FernMaster
3.47/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Tulip.

I love the artwork on this bottle. Those monkey's are crazy looking, they're like rejected character models for Abu.

400 Pound Monkey pours a nice hazy, sort-of copperish yellow. There's a little bit of carbonation and the occasional bubble of air going to the top; if it were a Sonic level you'd suffocate however. There was maybe a finger's worth of head that quickly resides. Also some mild lacing and a constant brim of bubbles. The smell is a neat blend of hops and malt. The malt seems to be winning the foot race to my nose as that's what I'm getting most of. The taste is a strange concoction of flavors. I don't mean that in a negative way, I don't like it too much but it's enjoyable. There's the obvious malt that accompanies the style and hops, but the balance seems strange to me. Not every sip I feel is the same, some I'm getting more malt some I'm getting more hops. It comes off as having a sort of "muted" flavor. There's some hint of caramel and citrus in there as well, but they'd be Ringo in this arrangement. Perhaps this lacking I'm getting from the beer comes from the mouthfeel, it seems way to weak, watery, to hold up the flavors built upon it. It's very easy to drink, so you could session it easily.
Overall, I enjoyed it. It's not a beer I'm going to boast about to my friends to try. Will I buy another six pack or order it at a bar? No. But I'm disappointed I tried it either.

Photo of Darkale
3.81/5  rDev +6.7%
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
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
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
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
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
3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

400 Pound Monkey from Left Hand Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 1,910 ratings.