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400 Pound Monkey - Left Hand Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
81
good

1,720 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,720
Reviews: 512
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 15.36%
Wants: 44
Gots: 118 | 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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FroggieG

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

08-21-2012 15:47:32 | More by FroggieG
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GMan

Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

08-20-2012 00:39:21 | More by GMan
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rangr514

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -16.2%

08-19-2012 02:02:43 | More by rangr514
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Hopswagger

South Carolina

3.35/5  rDev -6.4%

P:  Clear golden orange body with minimal effervescence and topped with a thick 2 full fingers of thick frothy bone colored head. Retention is good and provided velvety lacing on the sides of the glass. 

S:  Sweet malts flood the nose followed by a bouquet of earthy citrus hops to counter balance  the sweetness.  Roasted caramel malts, cotton candy, lemon zest, grapefruit, orange peel, honey wheat bread, cardamom and sugary syrup.

T/M:  Starts of with a thick salty caramel malt background and starts to dry up with earthy/citrus bitterness.  Hops are more aggressive than the nose and super dry. Mouthfeel is rather light for the thick malt base and seems watered down.  Bitter banana peel and sweet dinner rolls linger in the dry cottony finish.  Once warmed bitter orange oil and alcohol become more prevalent. 

O:  The bitterness of this IPA is a touch too much. I love hops but the bitterness is a little less than desirable. There is a taste that I can't put my finger on but it almost ruins the beer. As a whole this is a good beer but not one that would be on my go to list. 

08-18-2012 16:47:27 | More by Hopswagger
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jsawicki603

Maryland

3.55/5  rDev -0.8%

It's a nice English IPA from Left Hand brewery.

Pours a medium amber color with a small white head. Goes quickly to lace and stays throughout.

Smells malty with light citrus hops, grapefruit and orange peel.

Taste of citrus and grapefruit rind. Slight malt for balance.

Good carbonation. A decent IPA.

08-15-2012 23:49:54 | More by jsawicki603
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Dave1999

North Carolina

4.48/5  rDev +25.1%

Poured a hazy amber with a small white head.

The smell was citrus hops, lemons, oranges and grapefruit with some sweet malts.

The taste was much like the smell citrus hops, bitter but with a fairly hefty malt back bone.

It was low to medium bodied, smooth with fairly low carbonation.

Overall an excellent beer definitely worth revisiting.

08-15-2012 13:06:23 | More by Dave1999
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TownDunkel

Texas

3.33/5  rDev -7%

400 pound monkey, the English IPA in Left Hand Brewing brand. I really enjoyed the Stranger so I gave this one a shot

Appearance - A medium to off yellow that looks intriguing but reminds me too much of a regular draft beer.

Smell - A brisk and refreshing smell that reminds me of the usual IPA's. Nothing too exciting or intriguing but good.

Taste - Crisp with bitter overtones and extra hops in the back of the first sip. I am not a big fan of IPA's but it works for it's style.

Mouthfeel - I do enjoy this aftertaste of this, good and bitter that makes me want another drink, a bit better than the Stranger offerings.

Overall - This is a good IPA, but I guess you would have to be more into this style. Personally I enjoy the Stranger in all categories minus the mouthfeel

08-15-2012 02:17:03 | More by TownDunkel
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Mlawrence

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

08-15-2012 01:16:55 | More by Mlawrence
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mick303

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

08-14-2012 21:25:46 | More by mick303
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Abe_Froman

Texas

3/5  rDev -16.2%

08-14-2012 02:52:32 | More by Abe_Froman
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GarbageMan


3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

08-13-2012 01:32:15 | More by GarbageMan
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Scott1970

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

08-13-2012 00:01:42 | More by Scott1970
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cbcrunch

Wyoming

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

08-11-2012 12:55:15 | More by cbcrunch
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Chuck_25

Kansas

4/5  rDev +11.7%

08-10-2012 03:19:03 | More by Chuck_25
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HopHeadInOhio

Ohio

2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

08-07-2012 21:15:53 | More by HopHeadInOhio
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vw72

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

08-05-2012 02:26:59 | More by vw72
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Rickstar

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

08-05-2012 01:09:14 | More by Rickstar
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dav2080

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -16.2%

08-04-2012 22:28:37 | More by dav2080
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elspaniard


3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

08-02-2012 03:34:38 | More by elspaniard
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Onemic

Texas

4/5  rDev +11.7%

08-01-2012 18:44:24 | More by Onemic
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UnkleFester

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

08-01-2012 03:53:44 | More by UnkleFester
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Arithmeticus

Maryland

3.98/5  rDev +11.2%

Poured chilled in shifts into a 4-oz. sampling glass.

A: smallish head; clear orange; small carb beads; not much lacing
S: freshly smelling hops--dry and bittering
T: earthy, dank hops; quite bitter and dominating the malt; spicy and bready; fellow drinker from the UK vouched that it is close to an English ideal.

It's all about the hops here baby.

08-01-2012 01:10:00 | More by Arithmeticus
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CTM70


2/5  rDev -44.1%

07-26-2012 17:01:36 | More by CTM70
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CalbeDacks

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +11.7%

07-25-2012 16:17:18 | More by CalbeDacks
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pajeff

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +11.7%

07-25-2012 01:37:06 | More by pajeff
400 Pound Monkey from Left Hand Brewing Company
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