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400 Pound Monkey - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,761
Reviews: 514
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 15.36%
Wants: 47
Gots: 132 | 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 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
Photo of tjinohio
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: it is a clean light brown in color. Nice. The head is okay. Lacing is average.

Smell: Not the intense aromas I expect in an IPA. Yes, this is an English style with more subtlety, but I would have liked a little more. Some esters and floral.

Taste: This is where things pick up. Nice hoppy flavor with a greater balance of malts then in its American counterpart.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation. A bite of hops, but not an assault on the pallet.

Drink-ability: A good enjoyable alternative to the increasingly popular American IPA. Left Hand is to be commended for their exploration into the more subtle, balanced flavors of an English IPA.

tjinohio, Mar 14, 2010
Photo of goldbot
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy, orange-yellow in color with thin, white, bubbly head.

Fresh hoppy aroma of citrus mostly with some herbal notes. Not much malt other than a bit of caramel in there. Taste has more of the herbal hop notes with a subtle earthy character. A bit of fruitiness with bready malts. Low to moderate bitterness towards the end.

Mouthfeel is about right for the style, kind of middle of the road. Perhaps a bit overly carbonated. Light body.

A nice, refreshing IPA. It is a change of pace if one is used to hop forward, citrusy, or piney American versions. A more subtle hop profile I would say, hitting the herbal and earthy notes. I liked it better cold as it lost some of its fresh hoppiness and the malts came through a bit more when warmed.

goldbot, Mar 13, 2010
Photo of beer2day
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear, rich gold. 2 finger head, decent retention, and nice thick but sparse lacing.

More pine than citrus in the nose for me. A little on the bready side, something I'm not looking for in an IPA. Nose is a lot weaker than I would want, but what is there is not bad.

Hits a little creamy and slightly mild. Builds quickly with nice estery bitters. Ever so slightly oily with pine resin. Nice bitter burn at the end with a faint alcohol presence.

Very thick for an IPA.

Decent drinker. Easily sessionable for a near 7%'er.

beer2day, Mar 13, 2010
Photo of jlindros
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

With a giant 400 lb monkey on the label, how could you go wrong? <edit> oh, that's how...

A: Pours a light 1/2 finger head into my SA Perfect Pint glass with some bubbles rising from the etch in teh bottom, but not as many as I would expect. It's crystal clear straw golden yellow color.

N: What the heck!?!? Theres some weird creamy fruity thing going on in there. I don't even have a way to describe it. It does have a little chewy malt aroma, and some very U.K. style hops, some chewy hops, and U.K. real ale like hops. But there's just that weird aroma I can't get my head around.

T: Theres more of that aroma in the taste. Weird. It's almost like a root of some plant, but I can't tell. It's very strange. There are some light sweet malts, a little toastiness. A little bitter with some nice light spicy hops, more U.K. hops with that chewy hop flavor. There's also a strange creaminess in there, very light but it's there.

M: Medium to lighter body, lower carbonation than I expected, and a little watery at some points.

F: Finishes a little dry and the bitterness catches up to it. The spicy earthy hop flavors stick around, but not too long, but the bitterness lingers. That weird flavor is still there very faint on the finish. It seems to go away more as I drink more though as my taste buds seem to get used to it.

jlindros, Mar 12, 2010
Photo of thebeerdoctor
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard Libby ale glass, this has a deep golden color, and slightly malty nose.
In the tradition of British-style India Pale Ale, 400 Pound Money reminds the lupulin warriors out there that the original reason for extra hops for those long voyages to the subcontinent was to preserve the malts in the ale... not the other way around.
400 Pound Monkey is a decent recipe that uses malted wheat alongside the barley. A pleasant drinking ale, overpriced in Ohio, but worth the expense for the initial experience. I would be hesitant to purchase another six-pack. In this price range, there are plenty of exciting alternatives.

thebeerdoctor, Mar 12, 2010
Photo of russpowell
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Love the kooky label on this one! Bottled 1-08-10

Pours an effervescent bronze with 3 finger of rocky cream colored head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Piney hops, plus leafy hops & orchard fruit once warm

T: Breadyness, a touch of apricot, lemony & herbal hops up front. As this warms orchard fruit dominates, plus a touch of lemony & herbal hops, plus dryness. Finishes fruitty, dry & with leafy hops

MF: Medium bodied, low carbonation & fairly good balance

Drinks easy, I actually prefer the bottled version of this tracks closer to style for me...

russpowell, Mar 11, 2010
Photo of BretSikkink
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, copper color with some red highlights. Head is firm and long-lasting. The nose is lightly citric with some caramel or toffee sweetness.

Flavor is middle of the road, with some fruit and some bitterness but nothing out of the way in either direction. Bright, citric hopping; low bitterness is reflected in the heftier body of 400 Pound Monkey.

Strange name. Very balanced, easy-going beer.

BretSikkink, Mar 11, 2010
Photo of bump8628
3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, golden body with a loose, white head that recedes to a thin cap and leaves streaks of lacing.

Aroma is a bit thin with a mild citric/herbal hoppiness and not much in the way of malt.

Similar to the aroma, malt is nearly absent in taste, but hops are stepped up a bit. Hops are citric like salty lime rind with some herbal and spicy qualities. Bitterness hangs at the back of the palate, the only indication that this is actually an IPA.

I always like trying new hops, and the Boadicea hops used in this beer definitely have some unique and tasty qualities. However, they leave something to be desired when used alone. I think they could really be a gem if used in a blend.

bump8628, Mar 08, 2010
Photo of Bartrob6
2.42/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

bottled on 2-3-10, very clearly printed on the bottle, why can't other breweries do this?

looks like a normal ipa. good clarity, and nice head sitting on top. definitely leaves some lacing.

smell, not much hops at all. some malt sweetness. there is something in the aroma that i don't like at all, can't put my finger on what it is.

has a weird after taste. the only thing i like in this beer is the amount of bitterness. the hop flavor and aroma is hardly there at all.

mouthfeel is alright. a little overcarbed for my tastes. to me this isn't a very drinkable beer. just makes me start thinking about what else i have in the fridge.

Bartrob6, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of mondegreen
2.93/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass. I love Left Hand, so I am always stoked to review a different beer from their lineup.

A: Clear gold with a few bubbles rising to the top. A thin head leaves little lacing on the glass.

S: I smell rubber. Almost like tires. Underneath, some earthy aromas bubble through.

T: Completely unremarkable. Almost like chewing on a rubberband. Not awful, but not something that begs for me to drink more, either.

M: Light bodied, easy drinking. Not a real pleasure, but not bothersome, either.

D: I don't want another. Hell, I don't want to finish this one. The more I sip, I get a salty aftertaste. This beer is completely mundane and not at all what I expect from Left Hand.

mondegreen, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of 2late2brew
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sparkling with delicate trinkle of small carbonated bubbles upward. pillowy blanket of off white head which hangs in balance awhile. Very bright, clean appetizing appeal.

Smell is underwhelming, need to check in with Firestone chemists for more floral presence. Smell of lavender/grape with some bread like toasted grape nuts. pleasent but not outstanding.

Somewhat like Glove honey on toast, bigger hop bite in front than expected that lingers thru finish. No shortcuts here with bittering or flavor additions. Balanced with big bready malt seems like a single base malt very light in color so maybe a English 2-row variety. Then some light crystal sweetness to balance.

Mouthfeel nice smooth like velvet. slightly chewy but medium mouthfeel with distinctive alcohol presence suggesting its deceptively strong as should be for style.

Exceptionally find addition to Left Hand portfolio, these guys make some great brew. Would highly recommend this beer to anyone in search of a modern day English IPA with above average qualities, eminently drinkable & grows on you sip after sip.

2late2brew, Mar 06, 2010
Photo of hoplover82
4.28/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear deep golden color with a large off white head that has very good retention and very sticky lacing. What a looker. Not to mention the bottle lable... it's very cool to look at when drinking this beer.

The smells of sweet bread doughy malts play with some spicy/earthy hops in the backdrop. (I want to mention that when the beer is almost finished, and it's warm, the hops turn to this sweet lime citrus that I've never had before. It was very very good when the beer really warmed up. Same with the flavor)

I also taste the same sweet bready doughiness mixed well with the spicy/earthy hops that turned citrusy as it warmed. But with an added noticable and clean hoppy bitterness. Very nice and balanced. The more I have of this beer, the more I love it.

Has a big medium body. Very smooth and balanced carbonation. Has a soft bittersweet finish.

This beer is very very drinkable. I highly suggest this to any beer lover.

hoplover82, Mar 05, 2010
Photo of Tone
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, gold/copper color. One inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, yeast, hops, and citrus (pineapple). Fits the style of an English IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, hops, citrus, yeast, slight grain, and slight herbs. Overall, a good blend, refreshing, and a slight taste reminiscent of soda syrup.

Tone, Mar 03, 2010
Photo of WickedSluggy
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on date is clear. I like that. This one is pretty fresh. bottled three weeks ago.

Pale orange color with a half-inch of foam, and steady stream of large bubbles rising in the glass for the first minute, getting smaller thereafter. The foam produces some sparse lacing.

Aroma fairly subtle, hop beauquet is and light grassy.

The flavor is fairly dry with a grainy mellow maltiness exceeded by hops flavor, bitter with a slightly astringement tail that lingers for quite a while. I get none of the citrus that others reviewers note. Hops flavor stands out primarily in bitterness but also some grassy flavors that dovetail with the graininess that I mentioned. Mouthfeel is light but powdery.

A refreshing sessionable beer that gives no clue to the drinker of its moderate alcahol content. Fool your friends!

WickedSluggy, Feb 27, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a very clear orangish-yellow with a large white head. The aroma ia citrus hops, mainly orange with some floral hops as well. The flavor is not too great, with biscuit malt and some muddled hop flavors. The hop flavors are a combination of citrus, resin, grass and maybe some pine, but nothing shines or stands out. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Overall, a disappointing beer.

Mora2000, Feb 22, 2010
Photo of BeanBone
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A crystal-clear golden-amber body capped by one and a half fingers of fluffy whitish head that features good retention and lacing.

Aroma: Citrusy and floral hops over a sweet caramel malt body. Quite mild.

Flavor: Up front, the Boadicea hops are brassy, floral, mildly citrusy, mildly resiny, and mildly bitter. The malt backbone is biscuity and balances the hops nicely. Something a little metallic throughout. In the finish, there's biscuity malt and hops that have turned leafy.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and a little creamy with medium carbonation and a drying finish.

Drinkability: Easily quaffable, as you'd expect from an English IPA.

Verdict: Easily drinkable and mild throughout, 400 Pound Monkey is friendly-enough, though rather forgettable. I get the whole 'sessionable English-style IPA instead of another faceless hoppy IPA' theme they were going for, but they may have gone a little too mild here.

BeanBone, Feb 22, 2010
Photo of moz9
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I usually prefer American style IPAs, but this is a very good English IPA.

On draft poured into a large tumbler. Medium orange, with a thin, one finger head.

Pleasant, although not very hoppy aroma. You can taste the hops for sure, but there is a certain smooth finish that neutralizes the bitterness. In other words, it has a very smooth and full mouthful and that's where it differs from an American IPA--less bite and bitter.

Still, a very drinkable beer and may even be better paired with some foods than an American IPA.

moz9, Feb 22, 2010
Photo of Beaver13
3.15/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, bottle on 2/3/10. Pours a clear light golden orange with a small creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass some.

The aroma is toasted biscuit malts with some fruity hops and a little slightly sour butterscotch.

The flavor is toasted malts with a touch of sweet fruit leading to a strong grassy bitterness that leaves a charred aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with slightly sharp carbonation.

Overall, it has a surprising amount of bitterness, but I didn't care for the toasted biscuit or the charred grassy bitterness.

Beaver13, Feb 21, 2010
400 Pound Monkey from Left Hand Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 1,761 ratings.