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400 Pound Monkey - Left Hand Brewing Company

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1,675 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,675
Reviews: 509
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 15.08%
Wants: 43
Gots: 106 | 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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk


4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Semi-clear, amber-y/coppery color, nearing crimson...nice, lush, creamy off-whitish head.

Soft aromatics, light citrus esters, lemon/lime/orange...not too bitter, not too sweet.

Drinking it: a bigger flash of fruit boards the palate, a small flash of bitterness, but overall refreshing and juicy...very tasty.
Zap! The bitter hops bite for a second, then fall back, but hop flavor really hangs in for the long haul. Bitterness doesn't last, flavor does. Delicious, really. Very bright, and beautiful. An IPA I can heartily recommend to people who aren't into punishment.

Mouthfeel is good, for a regular, not Imperial/Double IPA...maybe even great, compared to an average IPA.

The fine folks at Left Hand made the mistake of giving this very nice IPA a name that suggests a bigger beer than this is.... it conjures up images of something big, and delivers instead something good and tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2009 06:29:30 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of sevreng


3.99/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle purchased at Atlas Bottle Works in Pittsburgh, PA on 6/27/14. Poured into Fuller's globe glass.

A - Bright, golden hue. Decent head on pour, dissipating quickly to a thin residual layer of foam.

S - Smells much better than she looks: Rich vegetal hop aromas redolent of dried pineapple.

T - Pronounced vegetal hop flavor working together with a deep malt profile right off the bat. Definitely not an American IPA, but this is delicious.

M - Good pale ale balance of creaminess and carbonation. The hops dry out the palate sufficiently without going too far.

O - A nice beer, I'll keep an eye out for it on tap where I think an enhanced mouthfeel will accentuate the flavor of this ale.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2014 23:35:20 | More by sevreng
Photo of Beertracker


3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Left Hand's 400Lb. Monkey pours up evenly with a moderate creamish-white head that tops the bright sunset orange-tawny amber body. Solid head retention! The grassy, slightly earthy aroma definitely shows some late kettle green hopage combined with some fruity esters (apple, pear, melon) & some sweet, grainy (rye bread), toasted caramel/toffee notes. The flavor starts off rather sharp with a toasted (biscuity/rye bread) character that quickly carries into a marked, slightly rough bitterness that delivers a dryish, spicy, warming finish. This medium-full bodied IPA grows on the palate, but lacks some continuity from mid-body to the finish. Overall, I found this session-style American IPA to be quite approachable & refreshing. This one may not impress the hopheads, but then again... "any monkey could throw 400 pounds of hops into the kettle and make an IPA."

CHEERS! Beertracker

*Taster's Note: On tap at the 2nd Annual McNellie's (Blue Dome) Microbrew Festival.

Serving type: on-tap

05-18-2009 15:02:47 | More by Beertracker
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South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bright, orange tinted honey colored amber being presented in front of me. Very hazy, with the cloudiness no doubt due to the unfiltered nature of it. A nice white head of foam, perhaps two fingers high then came over the top and settled down gradually to just a thin film of lace.

There was a nice floral hoppiness, somewhat muted hints of orange and lemongrass with a touch of pine. Decent malt base was apparent as the aroma of bread came through nicely. The flavor followed much of the same, owing that nice light floral hoppiness, but never having enough of it to really push it all the way forward. Nice little bite of bitter on the back of the tongue, and a slightly fruit finish, with apples coming through very clearly, especially in the aftertaste. The Mouthfeel was a little thin, maybe a touch watery, but had more then decent carbonation. A bit of a slickness to it as well. Superbly session able though as this was a very easy drinker and I could have thrown this one down all night long to be honest.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2011 15:33:30 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of PicoPapa


3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Pours a hazy yellowish orange with a thin head that dissipates quickly. Minimal lacing. Aromas of citrus hops, yeast, and orange peel. Taste has a nice hop bite to it upfront. Citrusy and bitter with some breadiness to it. Interesting beer. It's a different kind of English IPA and I'm digging it. Worth having again.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2011 05:51:09 | More by PicoPapa
Photo of BEERchitect


3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So refreshing to see English hops done right. Earthy, perfumy, spicy, and nobly fragrant- this beer showcases them well.

A strong golden or light copper hue shows brilliant clarity, froathy creme of white foam, and good lacing. All that is ever needed from the appearance of an IPA.

Spicy and resiny, the hops give mild impressions of spruce, fresh-cut grasses, and an herbal aroma that rests just above a soft pillow of malty/grainy barley. The nose does the hops much better justice than it does the malts.

Hop flavor also dominates with a soft and floral taste, eventually leading to smooth and pleasant bitterness. Light caramel-flavored malts give just enough balance to keep the beer from tasting like hop tea. Mildly bready and malty the base is quite pleasant with a two-row variety most notable for American style IPA's rather than English. Esters (or aldehydes) of bruised apples and other fruits hark the notion of English style ales as well and help to add complexity to the fruit-forward IPA.

Medium creaminess early on, the beer takes a quick and fleeting transition to crispness and cleanliness in the finish. Great attenuation leaves the beer with little structure from mid palate on into the finish. Minty alcohols and hop bitterness makes for a refreshing and thirst quenching finish.

Likely the most delicious and most drinkable of Left Hand's hoppy beers. They have the tendency to go the English route on many of these, and this variety borrows just enough American IPA attributes to increase the drinkability without sacrificing the 'English' IPA soul.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2010 03:05:13 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of Domingo


3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I get the feeling this is going to be another one of those love/hate beers. It's definitely not a normal American IPA, and it's not really a typical UK one either.
Pours a pale golden color with a moderate head from a normal pour. The foam sticks around as a head for the life of the beer and does a fine job of lacing.
The nose is surprisingly sweet. Malty with touches of sugar cookies. Earthy bittering hops are there, but they're mild. Interesting so far.
The flavor would be what I'd call a perfect balance. It starts off sweet and toffee-like, but the finish is hoppy and lingering. The hop profile is pine-y and mildly citrus...but never biting or harsh. It reminds me a bit of the Ska Euphoria, but slightly more potent.
Texture is thin like a UK (bottled) beer, which I have no issue with.
I downed my bottle in about 5 minutes and wanted another right away. It's great because the balanced flavors invite one sip after another and never grow tiring or boring. A sessionable IPA? You probably couldn't/shouldn't drink more than 3, but that doesn't mean I wouldn't want to.

I really like this. It's unique, and I enjoy the balanced approach. It does remind me a bit of a UK pale that has been kicked up.

Recommended! It's not going to be the beer of choice for someone craving something like Blind Pig or Odell IPA, but more of someone looking for a punchier London Pride or ESB.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2010 14:53:05 | More by Domingo
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3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pale gold body with small white head on vigorous pour. No apparent lacing and what head was formed receded quickly.

S - Faint earthy hops with a touch of herbal to them. Not much there at all, and beyond the above nothing very noticeable.

T - Now the taste is quite different than the smell. Right away I get earthy hop tastes up front. Following that is a nice mixture of spicy and herbal hop flavors. The bitterness has a great firm grasp throughout, never overbearing but always lets you know it's there. The malt backbone is there and is a great compliment to the hop profile.

M - Medium bodied, slightly under carbonated, and a very slight alcohol burn to it.

O - Lacking in every area but taste, this beer proves that taste is and always will be the most important factor with other characteristics only supporting it. If this beer had better aromas and was carbonated better then it would make this good beer a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 00:05:33 | More by WrathsU
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3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a traditional pint glass.

A: Pours a slighlty hazy golden color with a frothy white head that has great retention. Lacing is sticky and clings to the glass.

S: Grainy malt with some fruity aromas, and a slight nutty character, along with floral, grassy hop notes.

T: Balanced as I would imagine. Malt lends flavors of biscuit, caramel, toast, and some banana. This is balanced out with a slightly floral, grassy, and dry hop character.

Notes: This is a medium-bodied, full-flavored example of what Americans can do with a British style. The creamy mouthfeel screams English. The hop character brings out the US side. A solid brew, and may be one of my new favorite offerings from Left Hand. Even at it's strength, is a session brew by all means!

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2011 06:35:59 | More by WYVYRN527
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3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottled on 04/12/11.

Golden in color and very clear. Two fingers worth of white foam is gone within a couple of minutes leaving very scant lace.

Aromas are floral hops, caramel malt, bisquit dough, and a bit of fresh cut grass. There is a buttery kind of character about this.

Enjoyable flavors of buttery bisquits, sweet malt, grassy/floral hop bitters, with a citrus zing. Good balance.

Carbonation and body make for a great mouthfeel and drinkability. Not excellent, but good.

Real good beer overall. No flash or wows, just a solid enjoyable brew. Could be a good icebreaker for a non-crafter.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2011 03:19:52 | More by DelMontiac
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3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2012 01:10:00 | More by Arithmeticus
Photo of damndirtyape


3.96/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (best before 08/13/14) served in a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Starts off with a chill haze and then goes clear. Clear bright amber. Thin white head that dies back to a very thin skin. Small amounts of fine strand lacing.

Smell: Herbal, floral, fruity. Fruit notes have a hint of peach to them.

Taste: Nice contrast of hops & bitterness with bread-like malt sweetness. The hop flavors have orange and lemon notes, along with a hint of mint. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation, little bit sticky, little bit spicy.

Overall / Drinkability: Very drinkable - I wish I had another one as this one got finished quickly in a pairing with vegetable Tikka Masala. Overall, a full flavored English IPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2014 22:53:17 | More by damndirtyape
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3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle pours a hazed golden body with a small offwhite head that leaves some attractive sticky lace. Aroma is mostly citrusy hops that though a bit muted have a nice grapefruit, apricot and lemon presence. A hint of toasted caramel underneath. Medium body and carbonation. Taste has some apricot sweetness that is joined by bitter grassy hops and a biscuity malt character. A bit of caramel pushes the taste to the sweet side of the spectrum. Alcohol is hidden well. Finish is clean and even. Just enough hop bitterness to avoid cloying. I enjoyed this one quite a bit but the name doesn't really fit.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2010 14:12:31 | More by merlin48
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New York

3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, sixers available at DeCiccio's in Ardsley, NY. Bottled on dating (04 15 10) on the front label.
Pours clear on the golden side of amber. Near white head, leaving typical fine lace and better looking extensive strands after a solid swig. Nice mixed citric/light malt nose. Easy drinking and enjoyable EIPA. Ample but toned down citric hops, riding upon a solid and smooth malty base. Nice job here by Left Hand

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2010 01:06:01 | More by Billolick
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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!

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2010 19:13:29 | More by WickedSluggy
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3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a pale golden color with a small white head that ran quickly to lace. Retention was very... 'english'

The aroma was mildly bready with earthy hops dancing in the background. Clean grains and a touch of minerals in noticed as the brew warms.

The taste is where this beer gets ya.... A nice clean profile with a hint of light caramel malts and a touch of toasted bread. This is followed immediately by a grassy, garden fresh hop flavor that's a nice change from many American made IPAs. The finish is clean and dry with a nice lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel's a tad bubbly for and 'English style', but it works with this one.... Light and dry, very clean. Surprisingly cool and refreshing for a beer approaching 7%.

Overall, this ones a winner. I'll definitely buy this again!

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2011 23:07:20 | More by NordeastBrewer77
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Rhode Island

3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a tasting glass.

The color is yellow with a orange tint to it. There is a finger of foamy white head and some nice lacing.

The smell is pretty floral at first with a big piney flavor then into a grassy aroma with a little citrus mixed in.

The taste is bitter at first but has a nice balanced flavor after the initial grassy, floral flavor. Some nice smooth, bready flavor finishes this beer off.

The feel of this beer is smooth as it goes down well and has a light to medium body to it. It is more balanced than expected but does have nice bitter aftertastes that last just long enough.

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2010 17:16:24 | More by Duhast500
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3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap the other day at the DR in SpringHouse. Kinda of an unusual beer, but yummy!

The beer poured a rich amber color, pretty clear with a half inch cream colored head that was retained for most of the session.

The bouquet has earthy hops, with hints of orange peel, pine, and grapefruit with a fleeting hint of malt. Now this lead me to believe that I was going to have a full bodied, hop lush beer. Not what I got. The taste has light hints of hops, but lots of full mouth caramel and english toffee. The beer does have a pleasing aftertaste.

The beer is actually medium bodied and had good mothfeel, but it does cloy, so my advice would be to have two in a sitting.

For IPA/PA purists, this is not your beer, but a tasty one ta' boot. Lets hope that the monkey's 500 pound hairy sister has more hops.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2008 01:29:28 | More by garcia2a
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3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
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...

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 00:18:25 | More by ujsplace
Photo of CHickman

New York

3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer review from 9/4/2011: pours orange amber in color with a creamy 2 finger beige head that faded slowly and left OK spotty lacing.

Smells of sweet malt, grains, biscuit, floral hops, citrus hops, light grapefruit, faint yeast, herbs, lemon zest, orange peel, and sweet fruit like grapes or pear; overall sweet nose with just a tad more malt than hops, spot on for an English IPA.

Tastes like it smells, with sweet malt, grains, biscuit, floral hops, flowers, tea leaf, citrus hops, grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, wheat or yeast, and spices like rye, pepper or coriander (maybe tobacco). The malt and spices work well together, and the hops are subtle and allow the malty biscuit to come through like a piece of buttered wheat bread.

Mouthfeel is creamy and oily slick with very light carbonation, a medium body and a slight bitter aftertaste. Very drinkable and very enjoyable, this could be a session beer for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 04:52:42 | More by CHickman
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3.93/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 20:03:44 | More by ronniebruner
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New York

3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz from...Hoosick? Bottled 11/08/10, damn.

Cloudy orangish amber, sticky lacing but not much head.

Odor is a bit weak, however I'm sure this is due to the extensive period of time between production and consumption. Sweet, citrusy hops, and some funky thing in there, maybe band-aid.

Taste is faded a bit but I can see that it would have been nice...good malty backbone with a nice hop profile.

Mouthfeel is actually quite nice, probably the best aspect of this beer as I review it...

A little heavy for a sessionable IPA but still a good effort.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2011 00:31:39 | More by bminor7
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Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
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%.

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2010 21:07:01 | More by CanuckRover
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3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a 12 oz bottle into a tall pub glass...

It was a pale, golden, yellow with a thin filmy white head.

Smells like tropical fruit, mostly guava, and it was a little musty.

When I took a sip there was bitterness all over, it smooths out with some fruity flavors, there was some orange and sweet malt.

It has a light-medium body with low carbonation, It's smooth but still has a bite to it.

I enjoyed this beer, it was an interesting take on an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2011 03:33:35 | More by JMad
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3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

A murky burnt orange body holds an off white head that recedes to thick film. Good webby lacing remains. I smell very faint caramel before diving into a really pure viny, almost grassy hop aroma. The beer starts off slightly sweet on the palate then the citric, bitter hops come on and perform well. There's a very bright, bitter finish. Overall, this has some balance but ultimately the bitter hops really take off.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 16:26:25 | More by JuicesFlowing
400 Pound Monkey from Left Hand Brewing Company
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