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400 Pound Monkey - Left Hand Brewing Company

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1,963 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,963
Reviews: 538
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 15.69%
Wants: 57
Gots: 269 | 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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: garcia2a on 09-03-2008

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Ratings: 1,963 | Reviews: 538
Photo of BieresDesMoines
2.84/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden color with a very large very tight white head that leaves a bit of lace. Aroma is not particularly pungent, and certainly less so than is expected out of most IPAs. There is some caramel & biscuit toned malts are in there, some mango, some odd stinkiness, and some nice floral notes. This one is pretty damned bitter, which is a good thing but there isn't a lot of flavor backing up that bitterness. There is some resiny and fruity hop character but really you kind of have to strain for it. The malt is one of the most defined things in the aroma. I generally like my IPAs on the bitter and dry side with very little malt character, there is little doubt that these descriptors fit the bill with this one but I'm dying for a little bit more hop character beyond bitterness. It's got the grapefruit without the fruity character. With minor tweaking I think this might be wonderful, this is of course wishful thinking.

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

123rd review on BA
bottle to pint

App- A very hazy orange with some yellow highlights. No head was present at all

Smell- A small citrus hoppiness with a bit of spice in it. I caught a faint woft of some bready earthiness in it.

Taste- A bit flat on the taste. It has the right essence to it but the flavor combination just falls apart. It's not a bad EIPA, but could be better with a downplay of the bready flavors.

Mouth- It's a very thin and a bit watery. The carbonation is pretty high to give it a fairly nice feel.

Drink- It's an okay rep of the style. I think needs a bit of work.

Photo of dsa7783
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

1400th Review... 12 ounce bottle... Overall, a very good depiction of the style, but nonetheless, slightly cloying with respect to taste and mouthfeel... Oily with a bitter alcohol afterbite. Piney hops predominate the palate with a thick and viscous mouthfeel. Average drinkability at best; did not flow as smoothly but an accurate representation of the genre... Good stuff but I've had better from Left Hand...

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

12 oz bottle. Bottled on date clearly printed on front label. Label itself has some nice artwork.

Pours an ULTRA clear light golden-yellow. Fine and large carb bubbles, a white head patches to the glass. A nice & clean beer to look at. Smell borders on some adjuncts, but I get a nice & mild evergreen hops note, some spice, and a bit of biscuit. Tastes just the same, except the dry hopping makes it a bit more pronounced. The ABV is right for this one. Definitely finishes bitter, but not painfully so. Maybe could use an upkick in the malt department, but it's still an easy drinker, and a nice IPA.

Photo of jasonjlewis
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice 2 finger head that clings to the glass very well. Somewhat cloudy and orange in color.

Smell is of earthy and woody Smells somewhat of an oaky easter and some breadiness comes through.

Taste doesn't have a lot of dextrin body,seems as though the taste of marris otter comes throughout. Has a sort of bready/sweet maltiness with plenty of wood/oaky flavors underneath from the hops.

Mouthfeel doesn't have a lot of body, but it's enough to balance out the bitterness.

This is an enjoyable beer and probably underrated because of its english classification.

Photo of u2carew
3.76/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz longneck.
A) Pours with a finger thick, white, wispy head. Settles to a tight lacing on top and at the edge of the glass. Bronze in color with a nearly transparent body.
S) Mild citrus aroma with a subtle caramel scent in the mix.
T) Floral and malty up front. Finishes with grapefruit. Fairly bitter in the finish.
M) Creamy, then crisp. Medium body. Slight tannin feel.
D) A well crafted brew. I'd drink another.

Photo of tronester
3.82/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden amber with an almost non-existant head. Smell is of candied fruits and a touch of caramel. Taste is a burst of watermellon up front, followed by a toffee and bread crust middle, and a flowery, spicy hop finish. Resinous hops cling to your toungue relentlessly. Mouthfeel is nice and rich, nice low carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, but with the higher alcohol levels and the toungue clinging hops it's good for about one per drinking session. Other than those two negatives it's very good.

Photo of Ricky1964
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Golden Orange in color; quite clear, not much of a head.

Interesting nose of lemon zest, candied orange rind, pine, and mineral. Just a bit of maltiness peaks through as it warms up.

Very carbonated and crisp. Comes across light and lively on the palate.

Very drinkable. This goes down way fast. Would be a great summer IPA.

Photo of CanuckRover
3.87/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy yellow, not great looking. Thin head, no lacings.

Pretty deep fruit aroma, bitter citrus mostly.

Fruit right up front with a bit of biscuit. Hop bitternes kicks in pretty quickly. Takes a second to balance out with the subtle malt sweetness. Focus is bittering hops. Nice juicy finish.

Maybe a bit too carbonated for my liking. Nonetheless, drinks incredibly well for 7%.

Photo of ronniebruner
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is your typical IPA. It has a great taste, strong hoppy presence, a great label, which is what prompted me to buy it, and overall, a very good beer. This is my first brew from Left Hand, and it will probably not be my last. I was pleasantly surprised.

Photo of Spider889
3.64/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Mad Mex.

This beer is always a pleasure to drink. Not the most unique beer out there, but certainly a quality brew through and through.

This beer is a bright golden color that just loves to sit in the light, soaking it in and then emanating back out at a higher intensity. Crystal clear with a nice ring of white fluff around the rim and spotted lace.

The smell is very mild, but notes of pine waft by when you work for it.

The flavor is built upon a nice neutral golden malt backbone. The hops are prickly on the tongue with a pleasantly strong bitter finish. Pine and peppery spices intermingle with the golden malt.

Well carbonated. This is one of those beers that will make you burp, but force it through your nose and it's sweet grapefruit; really quite pleasing despite what you might think at first.

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

Bottle randomly picked up at Julio's a few weeks back. Poured into a pint glass. Beer is amber to copper with a nice head, low carbonation, minimal lacing.

Beer is malty and hoppy in the aroma, mostly earthy hops.

Beer is medium in body and nice in the palate. The moderately sweet and moderately bitter, easy drinking and mild flavors. I'm not a huge EIPA fan, this one isn't too malty. I put it down quickly, I'd have it again. Not as heavy as some I've had.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate copper color with a white head and a bit of lacing. The nose brings some light bready notes as well as some floral, earthy, and light citrus hops. The taste is mildly hoppy with a light caramel background. Feel is a bit bitter with a nice body. Not the best of the style that I've had, but pretty good.

Photo of JayS2629
3.84/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this at the brewery in a sampler.

A- Light cloudy amber with eggshell head and good lacing.

S- Hops up front. Pine and lemon with a background of a sweet malt.

T- Sweet malt is what this built on, but it very hop forward and finishes bitter with a bite. Aspirin flavor. Metallic. Pine. Hint of lemon.

M- Medium bodied and smooth. Mellow for a beer that is supposed to be super hoppy. Crisp finish.

D- Mellow beer. If you are looking for something hoppy, this might be too mellow for you. Very easy to drink.

Photo of brewski09
3.16/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap into 22oz. glass.

A. The beer arrived in a large beer glass and was very, very clear. The head (usually not present with most beers at this bar) was about 1/2 inch thick and white in appearance.

S. Smelled mildly of hops, quite less than expected. There were some piny/fruity tones to the hop aroma. It smelled like there were no caramel/crystal malts used in this brew. Very clean and crisp.

T. The taste was lacking the hop character promised, though it isn't necessarily the beer's fault. I was promised a hop forward beer with "lots of hops" and was delivered a mildly hoppy IPA. This would have been better consumed on a hot summer day as a crisp and refreshing IPA than a fall evening.

M. The mouthfeel was average with decent body, but nothing to write home about. With that said, it was not thin or dry either.

D. As I said before, this was not as hoppy as I prefer my IPA's, but it was quite drinkable. Maybe it would have been better in a bottle as I have noticed some aggressively hoppy bottled beers are less hop forward on tap (like SNPA). Again, drink this one in the middle of summer all summer long and enjoy. A very palatable beer for beginners in the IPA world as well. Not a must drink for hopheads, but definitely a solid selection if faced with meager selection.

Photo of Durge
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at The Grill Next Door in Haverhill, MA this brew shows a straw amber color with a nice off-white head and good lacing. I find the aroma to be a very vague, maybe a slightly wheat/grass deal? Pretty disappointing for an introduction. It proves to be a medium-light bodied beer and the mouth feel follows suit, smooth with a little tingle. The flavor features a pretty unattractive leafy bite, and yes, I get the vegetable thing like everyone else. Seems to be an appropriate analogy, though thankfully a tolerably mild presence. I find this to be a pretty mediocre ale at best. It's drinkable enough if you're okay with the somewhat odd flavor. Worth a try if you like things that are a bit unusual, and it's a quality brew if the taste finds favor with you.

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

Drank on 3/16/10
Bottled on 2/3/10

A- creamy white 1/2" head of tiny bubbles on a golden translucent ale. Nice lace leftbehind on glass.

S- malty & fruity aromas. Light malt notes followed by a nice sweetness, maybe a slight hint of yeast.

T- malty backbone comes through well with a nice hop zing that doesn't balance out. Malt notes are delicious and sustained.

MF- nice engaging mild bitterness from start to a dry finish. Nice tingling throughout with a very mild coating of the tongue.

D- good british style ipa with a heavier then normal malt profile, a mild hit of hops and a sustained med. Bitterness.

Photo of Buebie
1.65/5  rDev -53.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

poured a hazy pale golden color. less then an inch of off white head. Settling pretty dark quick to leave a thin collar.
Aroma? What aroma? Aroma is mia, aside from a very very small amount of malt and sweetness. No hops at all in the nose. WTF is this shit?
Taste is also concerning. Metallic, mild corn like husky flavors. Finishing with metallic bitters and aspirin.
Mouthfeel is thin and crisp. I cant even describe how much I dislike this. Done...

I got 'the troops' version of the original english ipa style. Heavy on the watered down.

Photo of NODAK
4.07/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma here is of a bit of lemon, biscuity malts, and hops. Pretty nice and right for style.

Taste has some creamy, biscuity malts to begin with along with a taste that seems to be of a bit of tropical fruitiness. This leads to the finish, where the English hops assert themselves rather strongly through the finish into the aftertaste with rind bitterness.

Good for style and goes down easily. Balance is solid.

Photo of ujsplace
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy burnt orange colored brew with a fluffy one finger thick white head into a nonic. Descent lacing remains on the sides of the glass.

Smells of yeast, biscuty malts and some light fruits.

Tastes of herbal earthy hops that are nicely balanced with bread-like malt sweetness as well as some bright fruits. Finish is dry...

Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation. Leaves a mild hop sting that clings for a bit.

This is a no-brainer - for me personally, I love hops and this left me a bit surprised - only based on the name (not quite as heavy-handed as I expected, but oh well - no biggie) because this is a highly sessionable - and would therefore be a big hit at gatherings. Worthy of a case...

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

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a hazy, light copper colored body. The head dissipates quickly and leaves moderate lace.

S - Herbal, musty hops with a hint of grapefruit. Some bready malt in the background with a little bit of toffee.

T - Herbal hop flavor up front with some sweet, bready malt. More malt thickness comes out in the middle with notes of dry caramel and musty bitterness. The beer finishes with lightly toasted notes and a light grapefruit note of pithy bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Reasonably drinkable with a strong citrus hop character. The grapefruit bitterness is quite strong and is barely balanced by the sweet malt. Towards the finish, the malt intensifies with more toasted character and toffee. Not bad, but this really isn't dry enough for the style and while English hops are great in bitters, I prefer American hop character in my IPAs.

Photo of philbertk
3.22/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Left Hand Brewing Company--400 Pound Monkey English-Style India Pale Ale 2010 12 oz. Bottle. 6.80% ABV. 45 IBU's? (3.25 / 5.0) Dense foamy lacy rich white head. Bottle Conditioned sediment, hazy soft amber gold color. Very mild not NW hop front. Creamy doughy bready mild sweet caramel BC fruit ester hint smooth malty body. Fruity English soft hop end. Sampled 10/31/2010 from 6-Pack purchased for $10.75 @ Seattle, PCC--Greenlake on 7/21/2010.

Photo of DeanMoriarty
3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 12oz bottle of this at Liquor Mart in Boulder, CO. for $1.51 and pored it into a pint glass.

Bottled on: 9/13/2010

A: Light golden/straw color with a pretty weak head and not much lace, also has a small amount of effervescence.

S: Not much too it at all. A minor grassy hop smell that is dominated by a grainy malts.

T: More like and English style Pale than any sort of IPA. Some earthy hop at the front but dissipates quickly leaving a sweet malty flavor that lingers a bit, but the hop gets completely lost in the mix.

M: Average light bodied brew that is pretty thin.

D: Actually decent drinkability and if I weren't expecting this to be a hoppy IPA, i'd be happy drinking a few, but overall - just a let down.

Photo of mactrail
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bitter ale with some unusual flavors.

Nice amber color and decent head. Mouthfeel is good with pleasant carbonation and slides down admirably. Fruity bitterness is the main note. Light body with a hint of malt. Piney and a hint of lemon. Apples and cooked cereal but dominated by hops.

Definitely a different style than the hop hammer IPA. Just as bitter in the aftertaste without the head-clearing aromatic hop blast of usual IPAs.

Photo of adrock7309
2.71/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Scored a 6 pack on the reccomendation of the liquor store shelf tag. Bade Idea...

Appearance - looked very nice, dark amber with decent light tan head with some lacing

Smell - metallic

Taste - Heavy on the astringent, esters, and bitter hops. Tasted like someone put a sack of old pennies in the brew kettle

Mouthfeel - cant complain too much here - disklike the taste so much

Wouldnt drink again - anyone want some - i have 5 left

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