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400 Pound Monkey - Left Hand Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
81
good

1,637 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,637
Reviews: 507
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 15.08%
Wants: 47
Gots: 91 | 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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MemphisANiD

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

05-16-2013 22:10:17 | More by MemphisANiD
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ffshore545

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

07-06-2014 14:46:39 | More by ffshore545
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skitz92

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

02-12-2014 20:20:55 | More by skitz92
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GiantMidget

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

10-12-2012 00:05:13 | More by GiantMidget
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1p5v

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

12-18-2011 06:29:46 | More by 1p5v
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msarver16

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

02-09-2012 05:31:59 | More by msarver16
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dclancy90


4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

10-05-2012 19:24:50 | More by dclancy90
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bootsandbeer

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

09-19-2012 01:16:11 | More by bootsandbeer
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J-King

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

06-18-2013 22:34:07 | More by J-King
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homebruontap

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

04-04-2012 16:38:56 | More by homebruontap
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ssjkyle

Nebraska

4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

07-14-2012 03:51:34 | More by ssjkyle
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dtvanriper

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

09-29-2012 04:07:02 | More by dtvanriper
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mewallsjr

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

01-27-2014 03:23:25 | More by mewallsjr
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ThaJokerWild

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

06-28-2014 02:51:44 | More by ThaJokerWild
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MaddDogg84

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

04-03-2013 03:05:21 | More by MaddDogg84
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smashvilletom


4.49/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I ordered a sawtooth ale and the clueless waitress brought this out. I wasn't too disappointed since left hand brewery is one of my favorites.

very earthy and strong citrus flavor. powerful hop presence. bitter bready aftertaste. very bold mouthfeel. Top 3 personal IPA's.



ABV: 6.8% not 6.7%

another great beer from lefthand.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2013 03:51:05 | More by smashvilletom
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Dave1999

North Carolina

4.48/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Ohio

4.47/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a monkey that I don't mind having on my back at all! A nicely refreshing brew with a well rounded malt backbone an a subtle yet firm hops punch. Glad I was able to find this one and hope I'm able to get some more(bought the last two 6 packs!)
Looks very dingy but in a good way
Lots of stuff happening in the smell dept. lots of grains
taste is beautiful well balanced
Feel somewhat crisp on the tounge-Cool!
goes down super easy atruly nice beer!

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2010 00:32:54 | More by btorsdog
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Oakenator

Pennsylvania

4.41/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a golden color with a full head. A head film remains on top long after pour. Some lacing.

S: Nice hoppy aroma with some sweetness - maybe caramel.

T: Bready, hoppy, bitter, malty. Nicely balanced and really good flavor.

M: Could have a couple - not too heavy.

O: Well done English IPA. Must try again.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2013 00:11:29 | More by Oakenator
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KeefD

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright golden color with a 1/2 inch white head that fell relatively quickly, but there was some nice rings of lacing left down the Sam Adams perfect pint. Herbal, grassy, and orange hop aromas jump out first, followed by a semi-sweet cracker, toasty bread maltiness. Nice balance in the nose, and if this is any indication of the taste, I'll be pleasantly surprised. Yep, great balance here. I'm really digging the lightly toasted cracker, biscuit-like maltiness of this brew which is in perfect harmony with the lightly bitter, herbal hops, that have just a touch of citrus on the back end, namely some orange marmalade-like juiciness. Drys out on the finish, with a decent, bitter aftertaste. Body is crisp with the perfect amount of carbonation. This is a tasty beer, and I really do love the balance. I really wish I could find an English bitter or mild pale with this kind of flavor on a regular basis. If this thing weighed in at 5% ABV or less, it would be one of the best session brews around. But I'm really digging it the way it is. Not sure why the scores are so low on this one. I think it's a very well-made English IPA, and a much needed break from the often over-the-top AIPAs.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2010 21:08:04 | More by KeefD
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Spineypanda

Texas

4.38/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden amber color, with a short-lived head that laces nicely. Carbonation continues some time after pour.
Smells nice and bitter, like it should. Not full of citrus aromas, but more malty smells as well as the hops.
Tastes really nice, a bit of that malty smell comes through in the taste, but the hops are front forward and the aftertaste is nice and refreshing.

I really enjoy this beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2010 01:57:34 | More by Spineypanda
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

4.35/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy yellow/orange in color, big fluffy two finger head. Looks a bit more like a hefeweizen.

The smell is slightly crisp, with a solid, up-front malty aroma, with hints of citrus. Since this is an EIPA, I would imagine this to be a tad more malty than a typical IPA. Still very good.

The taste was shocking, much different than the smell. It's sort of zesty, with a lot of citrus, and a slight hop bitterness that shows up in the end and lingers for a few seconds. Very impressed, it was delicious.

The feel is pleasant and crisp. Light to medium bodied.

Definitely a good drinker, but I probably couldn't session it very well. I'll be revisiting this one often.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2010 00:10:25 | More by EgadBananas
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shand

Florida

4.35/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a nonic - on the very end of what I consider acceptable freshness for an IPA like this (bottled late October).

Pours a very clear golden colour with a tiny head that leaves some decent lacing. The smell is primarily refreshing citrus (lemon/grapefruit) and some smooth hops and malts. The taste is very good! It first goes down fruity and hoppy, then a bit of the citrus character come in followed by smooth malts. There's some nice bitterness and complexity to this one here that makes sipping (glugging) it a pleasure.

It has a lighter body that leaves the mouth finely coated, and the drinkability is also very good. A nice brew from Left Hand, a unique IPA that's definitely sixer-worthy if you're looking for something different and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 04:59:48 | More by shand
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Reaper16

Alabama

4.35/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle, dated 04/15/10, served into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Thanks for the extra, FernMaster.

Pours a, well, it is yellow. Around the color of a lighter maibock. The white head only gets to one finger at the most. Lacing is, thankfully, more then adequate.

Clean, floral hops flood the nose. A kiss of peach and an accent of lemongrass make for a more assertive nose than I would have figured from an English IPA. Cracker malt is substantial enough to provide a balanced foil to the hops.

The hops are less assertive on the palate than they were in the nose but that is OK - this is an English IPA after all. Grassy, floral, honeysuckle flavors emerge from these Kent Goldings. With warmth the hops take on more of a tea leaf taste. The malt flavors are creamy and bready. The finish is pleasantly bitter before fading to a lasting malt flavor.

This beer is perhaps not carbonated enough; it is a bit too slick for my tastes. The body itself is lightly creamy, which works with the malt flavors. As far as drinkability goes, this is an imminently drinkable session choice for a summer day spent outdoors.

I wasn't blown away by 400-Pound Monkey by any means, but I rate to style and I consider this one of the best English IPAs I've ever had. This is a wonderful choice for when you want the lightness and refreshment of a pilsner but would also prefer the malt flavors of an English ale.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2010 00:27:08 | More by Reaper16
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Errto

Connecticut

4.35/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a lovely pale orange color, perfectly clear with a good finger or two of head. Smell is not strong, but a pleasant mix of bready malt and citrusy hops. The citrus is more pronounced in the flavor, more lemon than grapefruit unlike some other IPAs. It's almost got a bit of twang to it in the finish. As it warms the bready malt flavor that I love in English ales comes through over the hops.

The balance seems perfect, and I could easily see this being a go-to beer for me if I didn't have to drive out of state to get it. Fortunately I have five bottles left.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2010 02:44:24 | More by Errto
400 Pound Monkey from Left Hand Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 1,637 ratings.