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400 Pound Monkey - Left Hand Brewing Company

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1,777 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,777
Reviews: 514
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 15.36%
Wants: 48
Gots: 139 | 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 BryanCarey
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A golden IPA with a mostly clear body, this beer has a nose that is fruity and a little bit malty/grassy, but mild by most measurements. The foam level looks nice at first, but falls apart in a short time, leaving a smooth but thin layer that holds its own as you drink.

Tasting this beer reveals flavors that include lightly toasted malt, citrus, and some herbal notes. The flavor is milder than that of other IPA, and the malt backbone a little less noticeable than most. A slightly bitter finish concludes each sip with the palate slowly returning to normal in a short time.

I love a good IPA, but this version from Left Hand, while certainly not bad, is a little weaker than most. I like that the alcohol flavor isn’t as noticeable as I first expected, but I would like the beer better with a little more body and a stronger, more dominant hop presence.

In conclusion, it isn’t the greatest, but it isn’t bad either and it makes a good choice for those who are less receptive to the IPA style.

BryanCarey, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of TheStashRide
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

TheStashRide, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of thomasarose
4/5  rDev +11.7%

thomasarose, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of bluckbeyes
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

bluckbeyes, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of dclancy90
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

dclancy90, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of bassmantony330
4/5  rDev +11.7%

bassmantony330, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of BigTrubble
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

BigTrubble, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of Element1290
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Element1290, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of tenacioustomato
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

tenacioustomato, Oct 03, 2012
Photo of StoutIrish
3/5  rDev -16.2%

StoutIrish, Oct 02, 2012
Photo of VanDeWeghe
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

VanDeWeghe, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of beergoot
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice golden color with a thin yet creamy, lasting white head. Smell is of fresh cut grass; slightly citrus-like. Taste has slight malt presence, but is dominated by a nice hop bitterness. Rather fizzy carbonation on the tongue, otherwise medium-light body; sharp, clean, dry finish.

A decent traditional IPA. Perhaps a bit too much hop bitterness and not enough malt flavor overall, but I still like this beer. I definitely would sit down and gladly quaff another glass or two of this brew when in an IPA-frame of of mind...

beergoot, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of dtvanriper
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

dtvanriper, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of Chad
3.08/5  rDev -14%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Generally a good IPA , thick one finger head, slightly malty aroma. I probably wont buy this beer again, it has all of the flavors of a really good IPA but none of them are strong enough to make it stand out. This would be a good beer to give to my Busch light swilling friends as an introduction into the joys of beer snobbery.

Chad, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of bigpoppa67
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

bigpoppa67, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of Prestonlegal
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Prestonlegal, Sep 28, 2012
Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, bottled 5/3/2012. Pours lightly cloudy golden amber color with a small 1 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of caramel, herbal, pine, floral, biscuit, light citrus, and earthy spiciness. Pretty nice and pleasant aromas with good balance. Taste of caramel, biscuit, pine, herbal, floral, toast, light citrus, and earthy spiciness. Good amount of spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, biscuit, pine, herbal, floral, and earthy spiciness. Good bitterness/sweetness balance; with a fair amount of complexity of flavors. No cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and lightly crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with pretty much zero warming noticed after the finish. Extremely smooth and easy to drink. Overall this is a nice English IPA. Well balanced with a nice flavor profile; very easy to drink. Wouldn’t mind having it again; fresher next time too. Quite enjoyable.

superspak, Sep 26, 2012
Photo of Lemke10
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a semi-clear golden amber color with a fluffy white head. There are mild scents of hops and citrus hidden amongst the mix. The taste has a good hoppy taste but the bitterness is rather mild in comparison to an IPA. Texture is smooth and mellow as I pick up strains of yeast, citrus, and bready tones. Perhaps a little thin but delivers a nice, slightly crisp after taste. An easy drinking IPA with a very memorable name!

Lemke10, Sep 26, 2012
Photo of danjw
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

danjw, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of rderedin
3/5  rDev -16.2%

rderedin, Sep 22, 2012
Photo of chalkda01
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

chalkda01, Sep 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

MightiestBeard, Sep 21, 2012
Photo of Ford
2.65/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I've had this beer on tap twice. Both times I've felt this beer was really bad. I've had this style before and enjoyed it, I just don't feel like this beer is very good. Beyond bitter and it seemed like a burned rubber taste was present. Just nothing enjoyable about it to me. My friend also felt it was very bad.

Ford, Sep 21, 2012
Photo of mttdls
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

mttdls, Sep 19, 2012
Photo of Nelliott1
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Nelliott1, Sep 19, 2012
400 Pound Monkey from Left Hand Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 1,777 ratings.