400 Pound Monkey - Left Hand Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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537 Reviews
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Reviews: 537
Hads: 2,038
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 14.65%
Wants: 64
Gots: 345 | 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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Reviews: 537 | Hads: 2,038
Photo of Beaver13
3.11/5  rDev -12.4%
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. (560 characters)

Photo of alexgash
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Bottled on 02 03 10.

Nice label. Clear, clean, deep golden straw body. Small, gauzy, off-white head soon settles into a thin film. Nice candy and toffeish, biscuit malt base. Floral, herbal hops float above. Not too aromatic, however. A bit muted.

Toasted grains and minty hop bitterness up front. Toasted biscuit malt comes on with rising herbal and grassy hop bitterness. A flash of candyish toffee sweetness before orange marmalade and mineral water bitterness in the finish. Lingering toasted malt with citrus accents. Not bad. Medium-bodied with a slightly oily feel. Might be a bit nicer on cask. (620 characters)

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Left Hand 400 pound monkey purchased at Boo's in Columbus, Ga. Poured into a DFH shaped pint.
appearance - light golden. cream colored, slight head.
smell - citrus, floral.
taste - more of the same. Not particularly bitter or sweet.
Tasty, but nothing that jumps out at me. To be fair, I recently had a Hopslam and a Burton Baton so guess the bar's been raised. (363 characters)

Photo of Rayek
3.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Perfect Pint glass.

A: Pale amber, with great clarity and mild carbonation from moderately sized bubbles. A lemon rind tinted cap recedes to a thin film fairly quickly and leaves good lacing.

S: Lots of lemon, plus black tea, a touch of toasted biscuits and a hint of mustiness.

T: Bitterness rules here, but isn't overpowering. The lemon and tea from the nose come through strong. They're aided by a hint of grapefruit. Malts are there with a nice toasted sweetbread character. The beer gets slightly metallic toward the end as the bitterness lingers through finish.

M: The beer feels slight slick on the tongue. The carbonation was a bit too prickly for my tastes.

D: This is a nice English IPA overall. The metallic flavors near the finish and the overly fizz body were the only weak points. I'm glad I picked it up. (839 characters)

Photo of northaustin
3.61/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours a very clear yellow/amber with over two fingers of fairly quickly disappearing white head that leaves nice stringy lacing.

smell: pretty subtle european style malts with a hint of earthy hops.

taste: a british pub ale style hop bite in the beginning, mellowed out by classic pale ale malt sweetness. very good for the style.

mouthfeel: very dry and bitter, kinda inflated and foamy with the carbonation.

drinkability: refreshing and a very good example of a british style ipa. well masked alchohol, just a little too carbonated. (538 characters)

Photo of chicano4craft
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip. Golden with a snow white two finger head. Decent lacing.

Grass, slight citrus from the hops. Not much from the malt. Pretty subdued.

Somewhat disappointing taste. Some gragefruit and lemon. Dry and bitter finish. I was hoping for a more smooth finish from the malt. Good carbonation. Was hoping for better drinkability from a EIPA. ABV seems a little high.

Overall, just okay. I was hoping to find a sessionable IPA. If this is on cask at the brewery I will certainly give it a try. (506 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.49/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I think alot were expecting more of a hop forward IPA here,and came away dissapointed,I thought it was decent and fit the EIPA category pretty well.Poured a clear rich golden with a nice tight one finger white head that left broken lace as it settled slowly,good clarity and definition.Aromas were the biggest dissapointment for me for this beer,light caramel/biscuit,and geranium-like hop came thru but it was light.Toasty and lightly sweet caramel malt flavors up front with leafy,tea-like hop flavors coming into a good finish.The British malt profile is the main component of the beer for me,the hops just lend a hand.It was very fresh,(bottled on 2/3/10/)wich was nice,a good beer for the "style".

The more I drank I noticed a real buttery flavor from the yeast strain used,not to bad though. (798 characters)

Photo of ATGHomebrewer
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - crystal-clear with a dark-golden hue. about one and a half inches of off-white head.

S - initial smell is a little light. hard to pick up on the characteristics. not dominated by hops as other ipas. after further review, while not dominated by hop flavors, it has hints of piney hops and also hints of flowers and citrus. Also, a bit of yeasty aroma as well.

T - soft hop flavor complimented by light flavor malt. a bit of a yeasty, muddy taste as well.

M - thin mouthfeel indicitative of the style. not quite as crisp as your typical ipa.

D - a little muddled and a little light on the hops for me, but drinkable. (622 characters)

Photo of Thur123
3.67/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This brew pours a lighter yellow orange with a slight amount of head that fades quickly leaving very little lacing. The carbonation seems moderate and the brew is very clear and filtered looking. The smell is... subtle hop bitterness with a sweetness I assume comes from the malt. This has a much lighter and herbal smelling hop, with a slight vegetable tinge to it. The malt smells a little bit one note, and that note is caramel to me.

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An earthy and bitter hoppyness hit first followed by a mixture of a light and toffee like malt. The hops also carry a kind of veggie taste. This completely separate hop profile feels layered on top of the malt in the way I taste it. That being said the flavor isn't horrible but the whole beer feels like a one off, maybe not carried all the way through. The mouth feel is too watery and the flavors are good, just in the wrong places, IMHO. (896 characters)

Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A steady pour down the center of my SA Perfect Pint glass reveals a stunning beer. Thirty minutes later, the white head and creamy lacing are still hanging around. Tiny bubbles are still streaming to the top of a translucent golden-amber body. As far as first impressions go, its hard to do better.

Toasty, crystally, bready malt aromas. More malty goodness on the palate. Some biscuit, some bread, a touch of caramel sweetness. Floral, herbaceous hops sneak in. Bitterness comes with a pop, then recedes to a mellow lingering afterthought.

Imminently sessionable, one of the most balanced IPAs you will experience. If you want a hop bomb, if you are an IBU masochist, then this beer is not for you.

I've got to say, I really like this beer. I appreciate that LH swallowed their pride and finally made an IPA, BUT found a way to offer an alternative to the cookie-cutter style IPA has become.

For many people, this will be a huge turnoff, in fact, I remain skeptical of this beer's prospects for commercial success. But if beer drinkers can open their minds a bit and appreciate that there is more than one way to do things, they just might find that 400LB Monkey is a hell of a beer and more than deserving of their attention. (1,233 characters)

Photo of Tolnik
2.92/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured this pale amber colored beer into a pint glass. The head that foamed from the pour was at about 3/4 of an inch. The smell is that of hops and citrus. The taste is that of a hops but at the tail end of the taste there is a bitter citrus flavor. Overall not one of Left Hands better brews. (294 characters)

Photo of jujubeast6000
2.98/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 1/1/2010 (Draft @ Flying Saucer, Houston, TX):

Pours a clear, light golden brown color body. Big frothy off-white head. Very citrusy hoppy aroma, very green. Dry alcoholy taste. Very dry tasting. Green taste. Bitter, puckering. Letting it warm up a bit. Almost like a nutty hoppiness. Almost earthy. Still too dry and bitter, not so tasty, but better. (361 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
3.31/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I drank this on tap into a tastig glass.

The beer is very clear straw color with a creamy white head that has great retention and lacing. I'm conflicted on this because I hate such a light colored beer but has a great head.

The aroma is way to light just a little bit of citrus and hops.

The taste is unbalanced just all pine and hops no citrus to help balance it out. At the end there is some skunk too.

The feel is light.

Overall, this is a boring watery ipa with not much flavor. (488 characters)

Photo of Vancer
2.91/5  rDev -18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this on tap at the ITap, glad to have the chance to try it out. They noted it on the board as a 6.8% brew.

Came out in a standard Left Hand shaker pint, clear amber with a thick and gooey ivory head. Plenty of nice Brussels lace on the way down, but unfortunately, things went downhill from there.

The aroma was OK with gentle pine, citrus and orange dancing about, but the taste in the quaffing was a letdown. This one turned from an American IPA to an English version with raspy resinous wood kicking into the fray. This was a mulch-pile in a glass, with pine needles resting on top.

Left hand has never disappointed me before, this was a first and a surprise. (669 characters)

Photo of adamette
4.12/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken 45 minutes ago at Ballantine's in Willoughby. Poured from tap into 14 ounce Unibroue tulip glass for $4.50. Menu lists it at 7.5% ABV and mentions that it is an "Experimental IPA."

A 1 inch off white fluffy head over a translucent light amber, orange body. Lacing is very good. 3.5

S Nice "earthy" hops smell with a legitimate malt background. Good smell. 4.0

T Light malt predominates with hops that do nicely to compliment, not take over, the malt presence. To me this is reminiscent of Stone Levitation Ale in its nice balance, some sugary sweetness and boldness. Hops are "earthy" rather than acidic and linger for long into the aftertaste. The hops are never harsh as in some "hop bombs" but carry their role out very nicely in this beer. 4.5

M Fair to good feel. Feel increased by hops, malt balance but this translucent beer is only mildly interesting from a mouthfeel perspective. 3.5

D Good. I found the bottom of the tulip without any delay. 4.0

Notes: Good IPA to me. I found it to be much more drinkable than many others out there. (1,073 characters)

Photo of Pecorasc
3.51/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Trolley Stop in Dayton, Oh. Served in Shaker Pint.

A- Billowy white head. Yellow to orange with some chill haze. Highly carbonated. Good head retention and spotty lacing.

S- slight earthy and piney hop aroma long with carmel or sweet malt. some alcohol.

T- earthy and piney hops, oranges, some cardboard/paper, sweet malt/brown sugar. A very refreshing aftertaste followed by a slight alcohol burn.

M- pretty light in mouth. definitely too carbonated.

D- good drinkability alcohol wise, but too much carbonation. (527 characters)

Photo of jampics2
2.76/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

4oz Sample from the Beer Engine.

A golden orange appearance makes this beer look really appetizing. Too bad it's all downhill from here!

Not as much of a nose as I would like. Some malt, mild hops, and a weird smell of cheese.

Taste is absolutely the definition of average. This beer won't make anyone run away, but it won't gain any fans either. Mild malt, not a ton of caramel or sweetness, more of a stale slight toast. Hops must have left the building. As weird as this sounds, the aftertaste reminds me a bit of mac & cheese. What happened here?

Watery mouthfeel but decent carb.

Drinkability suffers (unless you're eating mac and cheese, in which case you've found your perfect beer)! (695 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pretty clear amber with a fine bubbled off-white head. Aroma is not strong but hoppy and inviting. Flavor is strongly hoppy and fairly but not overly bitter and has whispers of citrus and sweetness. Texture is rough, lively and sassy, leaving a tingly and hoppy finish. (277 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
2.61/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On-Tap at Union Jacks.

A- Bright gold, new penny look with a weak bright white cap that reached a quarter inch. Not much in the lacing department either.

S- The smell is interesting with a sweet almost candy like nose. 400 is malt driven with a plethora of sweet scents, a bit to much. Some trace amounts of hops with some light pine and citrus appeal, but nothing to make me open my eyes.

T- Maybe something was off here but this just did not cut it. American IPA's are supposed to be hop forward, but they just seem to pale behind the skyscraper of pale malts in 400. The malts give off some old stale bread while the hops give off something from your backyard, earthy, not so much citrusy and delicious. Some small pine and grapefruit but it's just so damn minimal. What went wrong here?

M&D- The feel is somewhere in the medium range with a stale sweetness going for it that's not enjoyable. Carb felt and taken away by a big malt blast. 400 is not bitter, but i made a face like it was so, but that's because of the nasty taste.

D- I finished up the last half of my glass quickly just to get it out of the way, I just did not care for this. I'm left handed and i've yet to be impressed by anything from left hand brewing. (1,231 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out a clear, light copper-hued body with a medium-small, but lasting, white head. Slight, slender lacing on the way down.

Smell: Initially, a whiff of vaguely sweet-scented malts greet the nose, followed by hop notes of pine needles and oil-soaked, fresh tangerine rinds and a pervasive earthy overtone.

Taste: Standard pale maltiness, lightly grainy and sweet, with just a teeny iota of sweet almond. The hop character is predominately earthy, but there's also tastes of white pine and tangerine oil. Moderate bitterness. The finish is reasonably dry with a lingering hint of raw barley in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Overall, a decent brew to drink; it's hop-forward, certainly, but not overbearing and could pair with a wide variety of foods. I opted for Taco Mac's Smothered Kettle Chips. I and other previous reviewers agree that the name is a bit misleading -- it's less a palate-ravaging 400lb Monkey as it is a Curious George. Ah, that lovable lil' scamp. (1,033 characters)

Photo of cyraxx
2.91/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Looks decent, a light amber color with a thin white head that doesn't stick around

S - Floral hops, that's about it.

T - Same as smell, very floral with a very subdued hop bitterness. Almost no malt flavors to speak of. Pretty bland

M - Decent carbonation but nothing special.

D - Pretty good. I describe this as a "Lite" IPA...not much flavor and very light bodied. (374 characters)

Photo of thrak
3.84/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tried on tap.

Head was weak and dissipated quickly.

Beautiful soft "green" aroma. More on the citrus side than the pine side.

Medium body. Lots of carbonation despite the weak head.

Soft flowery hop front with a strong, long hop finish.

Definitely would have this again. (280 characters)

Photo of callmemickey
3.36/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice orange-gold-amber body... smooth, creamy white cap... decent retention and sheets of lacing... looked great.

S: Soft, grainy/bready malt content.. muted grapefruit, pine and lemon hoops.. some off-ish spice notes

T: Ugh. This is an ipa that has been stripped down with varnish or something... you can barely get the grapefruit/pine hops over the grainy malt body... there is an off artificial-like spice note in the finish... can't figure out what it is for the life of me, but it kills the flavor

M: Somewhat overcarbonated, light-medium body... has an off-aftertaste that lingers... somewhat bitter

D: I opened up the gullet with each gulp and it seemed to make it down down a bit easier (701 characters)

Photo of CrellMoset
3.56/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Left Hand 400 lb Monkey, on tap at 12th Street Taphouse, Charlottesville, VA. Served in a 20 oz. imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Arrives a clear golden orange, more on the light side than anything, capped by one finger of nearly white spongy head. This one sports some great stick, ring-like, blobby, clingy as hell. The body itself is full of sparse and reasonably fast effervescence. Appears to be quite the hop bomb.

Aroma: Very grainy, and slightly skunky, methinks, so I'm certain that's just a sense I'm getting from what is otherwise a very minty, piney onslaught, like getting bashed in the face by a juniper. It's also actually fairly malty, though, way moreso than in the mouth.

Taste: Minty, sprucey, juniper berry-like, prickly, you pick the adjective, this one fits the bill. Lots of stray spice notes - cinnamon-esque in places - coupled with the spruce reminds me of Christmas. A few caramel malts notes and a dash of citrus in the form of the trinity (lemon, orange, grapefruit) really can't do much to prevent me from saying this one is way too green and leafy and spicy, an opinion which is not swayed by the moderate to high level of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Huge carbonation in medium body resulting in a big and fluffy body, both augmented the flavor aspects and making them slightly more annoying. It's a little smooth and a little crisp and isn't bad, but at the same time doesn't help the beer any.

Drinkability: If you're a masochist, this brew may be for you. But a particular brand of masochist, really. The kind that likes to chew on pine cones. Yes. That's what it's like. I didn't find it unpleasant at first, but after a while, it was just too intense, too green, too leafy, too prickly, and too spicy. I can see this being some people's bag - it just wasn't, however, mine. (1,809 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.2/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at the Brick Store Pub. Poured a dark golden with a decent head that left some scant lacing and faded to a thin cap. Smells quite piney and with some firm malt. Rich and balanced. The taste is similar. I won't say this is blow-you-away hoppy, even though with a name like 400 lb monkey you might expect it to be. What it is is very well balanced, with more firm malt in the backbone and lots of piney and citrusy hops. Deftly done. A bit full in the mouth, this is even a bit chewy and a fair pleasure to drink. (527 characters)

400 Pound Monkey from Left Hand Brewing Company
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