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400 Pound Monkey - Left Hand Brewing Company

400 Pound Monkey400 Pound Monkey

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1,518 Ratings

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Ratings: 1518
Reviews: 503
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 15.36%

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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 1,518 | Reviews: 503 | Show All Ratings:
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 02:24:14 | More by Chad
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 04:17:40 | More by superspak
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 02:41:46 | More by Lemke10
Photo of tjsdomer2


3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very frothy beer. Light, light golden yellow with heavy lacing on the glass.

Smell: Weak malts and hops. A bit citrusy. Nothing too overwhelming or exceptional.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Doesn't taste like an IPA, even an English one. More of a malty pale ale. Cookie-like sweetness and pine hops. Thick beer that goes flat at the end.

Overall Drinkability: A nice beer that I don't love. This could definitely use a tweak here or there. I would especially love to see the flavors amped up and some more yeasty carbonation. Refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2012 00:46:29 | More by tjsdomer2
Photo of micromaniac129


3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber, honey amber. A tall head of foam intially but fades into somewhat of a collar ring. A cloudy complexion.
Aroma was of floral hops though understated and a rich malt base of sweet caramel.
Taste is malty with some floral hops
Feels a bit thin on the palette slightly bitter aftertaste.
It's an English IPa so I wasn't expecting a big hop presence and thats what i got. A densent maltier brew of the English tradition.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2012 11:09:03 | More by micromaniac129
Photo of duracell

Quebec (Canada)

2.85/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle in a tulip glass. 7% ABV.
I wonder why it is written to keep refrigerated...

A - Hazy amber color, medium head with a good retention and an excellent lacing. 4/5

S - Very citrusy, piney and herbal aroma. Backbone of malt reminding me some dry apricots. Very fresh and balanced smell. 4/5

T - Taste is disappointing, pretty straightforward with the hop dominant (herbal and floral). 2/5

M - Low-medium body. Alcohol is quite apparent and the bitterness is on the high side for the style. 3.5/5

O - Just on the average in my opinion. Not bad, yet nothing standing out. Have I waited too much before drinking it? I wonder... 3/5

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2012 00:25:33 | More by duracell
Photo of Hopswagger

South Carolina

3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. 

Serving type: bottle

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


3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2012 23:49:54 | More by jsawicki603
Photo of 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
Photo of TownDunkel


3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2012 02:17:03 | More by TownDunkel
Photo of Arithmeticus


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 soju6


3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a small head and bits of lacing.

S: Mild citrus aroma with some grain, malt sweetness and bit of spice.

T: Mild taste citrus with some malt sweetness and bit of spice. Muted bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Medium body, smooth with a nice balance.

O: Easy drinker, that is good for a few. A more laid back, English style IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2012 15:39:23 | More by soju6
Photo of BeerNutz324


3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into an oversized wine glass

Ap- pours slightly hazy with a light amber color. Has about a 1/4 inch of white head that has OK retention.

Ar- very bready with a little bit of hops. Thats really all I can make out.

T- biscuity malts reign supreme, the hop prescence is small and really only comes through at the end.

M- medium bodied and pretty well carbonated.

O- A decent EIPA, but nothing special. It is just lacking something in the way of the hop department IMO

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 12:33:57 | More by BeerNutz324
Photo of jeffreymstein


3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very sessionable and not-all-that-hoppy IPA.

It pours a nice gold, with no haze and little head.

The taste is a bit sweet before the bitter back end hits. Still, not all that bitter, and the sweetness doesn't have the sort of citrus found in a Dogfigh 60min.

Definitely recommended for a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 02:46:42 | More by jeffreymstein
Photo of Scott_McCool


3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. The "bottled on" part of the label has not date with it. Clear yellow-orange color without much head (one finger at most that disappeared quickly) or carbonation. Not a powerful aroma. Typical amount of bitterness up front without much after taste, light and somewhat refreshing finish.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2012 00:57:00 | More by Scott_McCool
Photo of Suds


3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a beautiful, clear deep golden color. The head is white and long lasting. Nice aroma...herbal, floral and hoppy. It's not a traditional goldings or fuggle smell, but it is clean and hoppy. There is a little malt sitting behind the hop smell as well. Biscuity and bready. The aroma, however, is a little restrained. Nice flavor...great balance. The foretaste is sweet, quickly balanced by a firm bitterness that lasts long into the finish. Medium in body. Nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2012 21:11:06 | More by Suds
Photo of Danny1217


3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark yellowish color. White head dissipates quickly. Smells of some hops and citrus fruits. The scent is rather tame though. The taste is of citrus, bread, caramel, and hops. Smooth feel in the mouth. Medium body and carbonation.

A gentle, easy-drinking, British style IPA. Sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2012 05:44:34 | More by Danny1217
Photo of jaasen64


3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from Left Hand's mixed 12-pack. Poured into snifter. Bought this past weekend, but bottled 4/18/12.

A- Pours a straw colored yellowish golden. Pretty much no head even though poured more aggressively then usual. Very little to almost no carbonation, fairly flat.

S- Not too aromatic, some malts, biscuity, floral notes, spices, and a tiny bit of hops.

T- Similar to the Stranger except much spicier. Very lightly sweet malts, biscuity, mixed spices, light slightly citrus hops, a little bit bitter on the finish. Lightly sweet aftertaste.

M- Medium bodied to maybe a little bit on the lighter side, fairly low carbonation, smooth, drinkable, decently well balanced.

O- Like the Stranger, I thought this was a fairly average English IPA. A little bit less sweet, with more spices. Easily drinkable, but nothing that stands out. I would definitely like to try this beer a little bit fresher (I'd expect it to be a little bit hopier), but unfortunately due to it being brewed almost across the country and it being sold in a 12-pack it picked up a little bit of age on it's journey. Still nothing to write home about, but not bad for a beer in a variety 12-pack. I wouldn't buy a 6-pack of this, but would maybe consider the 12-pack again.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2012 02:33:00 | More by jaasen64
Photo of DavoleBomb


3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter.

3.0 A: Lightly hazed dark yellow color. About one finger of frothy white head than fell quickly and left a very short ring of lacing.

3.5 S: Lots of orange citrus followed by grapefruit, grass, and a bit of earth. Bready, doughy malts with a touch of caramel. Good, but doesn't stand out in any way.

3.5 T: Like the nose. Orange, grapefruit, grass, earth from the hops. Biscuity, bready malts with light caramel. Again, it's good enough.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Not a lot of creaminess, but enough. Decent here.

3.0 D: Good beer, but it doesn't stand out at all and that is just about a must given how many IPAs are out there.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2012 03:49:15 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a bottle at Ethos in Orlando, FL.

A: Pours a crystal clear copper to dark amber in color. The beer has a half finger tall tan head that reduces to a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Initially I detect some sweet malts but then I get the aromas of the hops - citrus/lemon is dominant but I can also smell light amounts of floral and pine hops as well.

T: Starts off with a sweet caramel malt flavor that leads into the hop bitterness. Flavor of citrus/lemon and pine hops are present. Moderate bitterness that lingers slightly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Creamy and smooth.

O: A little too strong in ABV to be a sessionable beer, it was still pretty easy to drink. I enjoyed this one and would probably order it again.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2012 03:32:04 | More by dbrauneis


3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle. ½ Pint glass. Enjoyed on may´12. Golden color, chill haze appearance. White froth, close crown. Brief retention. Remaining collar on top. Intense hoppy aromas, hints of piney & wood. Bitter upfront & gentle mildy maltiness. Light body, soft carbonation. Subtle fruitness in the middle. Oils & resins into the finish with a funny touch have made me feel green medlar astringency (curious!) Very easy drinkability. Refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2012 21:17:30 | More by GONZALOYANNA
Photo of HuskyinPDX


3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Grab this one randomly at 99 Bottles in Federal Way. Opened on 5.14.12.

A - Pours a slightly hazy, light orange, but dark towards the top. A one finger foamy head forms.

S - Malty and sweet carmel.

T - Dry barley, malt and sweetness.

D - Good carbonaion and a surprisingly light body.

O - Sweet and not citrus, glad the carmelness wasn't to strong.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 04:53:16 | More by HuskyinPDX
Photo of StoneTSR


3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

APPEARANCE: Orange-ish yellow and crystal clear. A big, fluffy, light looking, stark white head rested on top after an aggressive pour. The head had some staying power and did not move much in the first several minutes after it was poured. This is another lively one from Left Hand.

SMELL: There is a lot more of a citrusy aroma than I expected for an English-style IPA. Lemon is the predominant smell here, but pleasant grassy and piney notes creep in around the edges. Nice aroma.

TASTE: A creamy, sweet, malty flavor leads off, but the beer bitters and dries out a touch towards the end. Lemon and of citrus are the lead hops, but this is one of the least hoppy IPAs I have tasted. That said, the hops flavor does build as the beer warms and the glass empties.

MOUTHFEEL: Creamy and smooth. Despite the big fluffy head and the hundreds of bubbles sprinting up from the bottom of the glass, the 400 Pound Monkey does not have much sparkle.

OVERALL: Again, this is a decent example of the style from Left Hand, but a little underwhelming in my opinion. This is an outstanding IPA for people who don’t like IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2012 06:22:33 | More by StoneTSR
Photo of ChrisPratz


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

A: Nice golden amber color with two fingers worth of head. Dissipates to a nice thin veil of lace around the time.

S: Very aromatic from the get go. Nice floral hoppyness with a hint of caramel and some biscuity malt. Catching some very faint hints of dark fruits as well.

T: Floral hoppyness from the nose up front with some citrus notes in there as well. Then heads to the biscuity malt and sweetness of caramel and a hint of the alcohol from the higher ABV. Bitterness is minimal here and everything balances quite well. Very good brew here.

M: Minimal carbonation, your left with a creamyness in your mouth that leads way to a bit of a dryness from the high ABV.

O: Very nice balance with floral hops/citrus and malt. Everything works well, i'd def buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2012 03:26:00 | More by ChrisPratz
Photo of matjack85


4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this single 12oz brown bottle as part of a build-your-own 6 pack for $9.99 at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL. No freshness date.

The beer poured a hazed golden/apricot color and made a nice 2-finger white head that lasted awhile. Lacing was also decent.

Lots of fruity hop smell in this one - mostly oranges, pineapple, and mango. There is also some bready maltiness underneath the fruit.

Good balance between the citrusy hops and the bready malts. Milder bitterness than you would expect from an IPA, but tasty nonetheless. You can also pick up some alcohol in the finish.

Light to medium bodied with only moderate carbonation.

I can see myself going back for a full 6-pack of these monkeys.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2012 08:25:39 | More by matjack85
400 Pound Monkey from Left Hand Brewing Company
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