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400 Pound Monkey - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Reviews: 539
Hads: 2,052
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.33%
Wants: 63
Gots: 358 | FT: 0
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Left Hand Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: garcia2a on 09-03-2008

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Photo of HURTemHIZZY
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very light golden copper color, with a 2 finger white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Leaves average amounts of lacing behind.

Smell is noticeably different from american ipas, with more malt and less hops. Caramel malts flow into a citrus hop character, with no noticeable floral cascade aroma that is so common in american ipas.

Taste follows suit pretty much exactly. The malted barley really shows in this brew, and accents the hops fairly well. Not as hoppy as I prefer, but a decent english ipa.

Nice level of carbonation at first, btu teh carbonation really dies out towards the end of the brew. (618 characters)

Photo of CaptainIPA
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P: Presented in a 12 oz., brown bottle with illegible freshness dating. Very cool label illustration. Poured into a Hennepin flute.

A: Brassy in color, with an off-white head that quickly fades to a rimming of foam.

S: Sweet aromas of caramel malts and grassy grains with a touch of subdued hops in background.

T: The Monkey exhibits an herbal earthiness that's markedly different from American-style IPAs. The initial maltiness yields to a variety of flavors including green tea, honey and hops. As the beer warms the balance swings back to malt. Nicely balanced and a good change of pace from the standard full-frontal hop assault.

M: Creamy mouthfeel with a grainy dryness in the finish.

D: Good drinkability coupled with an interesting complexity as the Monkey warms. (777 characters)

Photo of farrago
3.02/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Little below a finger's worth of bleached white foam, enough larger bubbles interspersed to create some dimpling and hamper retention, decently thick lacing though. Light orangish-yellow hue with some gauziness, only a few bubbles seem to move within the liquid. Lemon and orange citrus upfront in the nose, sourdough and black bread notes, peppery, green and herbaceous hops, in spite of this above average concentration in the apricot, nectarine fruit scents. Medium-bodied, dry and almost grainy in texture, pumpernickel and rye, hops have plenty of edge and nervosity, only offer traces of citrus, pine or florality. The malts hard to discern, perhaps cocoa powder evident. Carbonation tries to add some fluffiness and diminish the bite of the hops, this to middling success. Not sure what was supposed to go on here or if it was achieved. (843 characters)

Photo of Natural510
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a golden-copper color with flaccid look (minimal head and scant lacing).
Scent is surprisingly muted for an IPA. I'm getting a bit of sweet malt but not much else.
Breaded malt, sweet cherry-caramel flavors, acidic bite, pine hops make up the flavor. A bit of a mish-mash, but it comes together fairly well. ABV strength is apparent and adds a booziness to the drink.
Full in body...a bit too full for the British style.
A bit sweet, not quite as bitter as one would expect, and somewhat hot from the alcohol. Not a complete failure, but not something I'd drink again, either. (582 characters)

Photo of JamesS
2.95/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a very pale golden color (more "lager" than "pale ale") with a bit of decent initial head, and no lacing. Some slight bitterness in the noes with a little malt sweetness. Huge grapefruit flavor from the hops, with a decent bitter aftertaste; some nice malt body, but not well balanced between the hops and with the hops and malts. Goes down fairly smooth, but only an average IPA. (387 characters)

Photo of UA8
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a transparent golden color with a one finger tall off white head which settles in little puddles of foam.

S- hints of creamy banana, peaches, light lemon, and yeasty biscuits.

T- now I'm not claiming to be and english ipa expert but this seems a bit heavy on the grassy hops to be to style. Overall you have some somewhat heavy pine and herbal hop notes. There are some basic medium malt notes but they don't do a great job of balancing this beer.

M- medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

D- not a fan of this one just seems kinda boring overall more like a plain jane run of the mill american ipa to me than a real try at a english variant. I know it's belgian but I think flying dog's raging bitch was a much better example a of euro ipa that actually was significantly different from most of its American counterparts. (837 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle at Liberty St. Tavern. I guess this makes more sense at an English IPA, though it's strong in alcohol for the style. I get that they're going for an IPA with a relative balance of malt flavor, but their isn't enough of either - hops or barley - to make an amazing beer. I mean the hops have an oaky citrus character and the grains just gave off a dry biscuit taste. Not a bad beer. It was clean, but it didn't have much in common with great English IPA's. (468 characters)

Photo of Blakaeris
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear golden-amber with a thick creamy head.

Aroma is clean caramel malt, earthy and nutty, with a crisp citrus edge.

Taste is sweet bready malt and light herbal and earthy hop. An unusual minty-tobacco quality. Minerally with vague spice. Muted hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. A touch of diacetyl slickness.

A decent American version of an English pale ale. Hops have too broad of a presence; and the malt lacks some of the biscuit fruitiness that I would normally expect from a traditional English brew. That said, this is a relatively balanced session brew and certainly worth a try. (622 characters)

Photo of jsh420
3.36/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

bottled 03/10/10

pours bright clear gold with a 2 finger white head that left no lacing

smells of light floral hops and some biscuit malts but also has a metal notes:(

taste is just like the nose - this is not an overpowering beer in any way - fruity floral hops upfront then light biscuit malts with a good amount of bitterness on the end

mouthfeel is a light body with good carbonation

drinkability is so so - higher priced then their other brews and the flavor just isnt big enough

overall i doubt i ever buy this again - love the name and bottle label but i think next time i will save myself 2bucks and buy some NB Ranger if i am in the mood for a lighter IPA (670 characters)

Photo of Gmann
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear toasted grain color with a thin wispy white head that left some clingy lacing on the glass. Not much hop aroma but I do pick up some bready caramel malt, light butter. A light floral grassy hop mixes with a fairly substantial malt presence. It has tea like flavors with a slighty fruity notes. Some toasted malt characteristics as well; finishes with a hoppy bitterness. Moderate to well bodied but has fizzy carbonation which helps the drinkability in my book. Definitely an EIPA, Left Hand seems to nail the malt flavors. I would like to see a touch more hop flavor just to remind me that this is an IPA. It is an enjoyable brew, can't complain. (669 characters)

Photo of parris
4.33/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I need to start this with saying I've got a cold, so I bumped up the smell .5 to account for my lack of sense.

It was poured into a pint glass near a brightly lit background. The vibrant golden color is near perfect, but the over carbonation produced a little too much head, about 2 inches.

I wish I had a better sense of smell, I'm sure this IPA has a great hopped up aroma. I got a bit of that, but a metallic smell is what was most noticeable. After a few sips I'm starting to notice a bit of earthy hop aroma.

The taste is a bit mild, but it has a delicious big body taste without the mouthfeel and finishes with just a little hop bitterness creeping back up your tongue.

It has a light mouthfeel, and doesn't weigh down your stomach, so it's has high drinkability.

If I could change this beer, I'd make it bigger, but maybe it's just the day. (852 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.39/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle with an indescribably cool label. The beer is medium-dark copper color, clear with a thick spitty head that laces in clumps. Seeing as it's called an Enligh IPA I knew to expect muted hops and ramped up biscuit. Neither of these exactly present themselves in the beer. The hops are more present than usual for the style, citrus and uncharacteristically bitter. I didn't get any biscuit or toast either. The body is sorta viscous too, I don't know how to rate this at all. I like the beer, but it doesn't seem right for the style. (541 characters)

Photo of champ103
3.11/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a light copper/orange color. A two finger white head forms with good retention. Lots of spiderweb looking lace is left behind.
S: Floral and grassy hops. A light sweetness lingers. Pale malts and very light biscuit aromas.
T: Floral and grassy hops again. Thin grainy, biscuit, malt flavors. An off mineral flavor as well.
M/D: A light body and high carbonation. Not hard to drink, but one is enough in a sitting.

Kind of a let down. The malts are way to thin, and the mineral flavor really hurts. Not the worst thing ever, but this will probably be my only six pack. (577 characters)

Photo of jbphoto88
2.73/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear brew that is a dull pale orange. A white had rises and falls with minimal stickiness. It looks more like a lager or pale ale then an IPA... even a British one.

Nose is also on the light side. It's more malty then hoppy and has a slight twang to it. The problem is that there are barely any hops and the smell that is there isn't great. This is so far a great disappointment.

Taste is sub par like the nose. A weak showing of lightly roasted grains and no trace of hops other then an unbalanced bitterness.

The mouthfeel is rough at first and doesn't compliment the beer, but eventually I either get used to it or the alcohol numbs the rawness. Good news I get a residual hop flavor after each burp following this beer. Not a fan. (738 characters)

Photo of Domingo
3.96/5  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. (1,390 characters)

Photo of BeerGodz
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Look: Straw yellow color, clear, medium head with decent retention & lacing

Smell: Floral hops, some citrus, faint malt

Taste: Up front: Grapefruit. Finish: Sweet malt, tea

Mouthfeel: Medium body, low carbonation, with a dry finish

Drinkability: A little too much bitterness in the finish, but still ok

Overall Impression: It's a pretty good English IPA. It's more floral and less citrusy as compared to American IPA's. Certainly worth checking out. (454 characters)

Photo of silver0rlead
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a yellow-orangish color with a thin white head that dissipates fairly quickly. The smell has some biscuity malt notes, as well as some floral and tea like hops, a touch of caramel and a hint of alcohol. The flavor has some maltiness up front (biscuit and hay like) followed by some classic english hop character (floral, earthy and tea-like) as well as some alcohol. The mouthfeel is appropriately light and drinkability is good. Overall a solid but unspectacular EIPA. (475 characters)

Photo of tpd975
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at mellow mushroom.

A: Pours an amber shade with a nice off white head. Nice retention and some lace.

S: Aromas of mostly of hops. Mostly floral but there are notes of citrus as well.

T: Flavor is mildly boozy for the style. Nice citrus with hints of more sweet pine. The herbal hops are there along with light hints of sweet candy malts that attempt to provide balance.

M: Medium in body, harsh hops in the middle with a mild lingering bitterness.

D: Just okay. It was a nice attempt it just don't come together perfectly. (535 characters)

Photo of teovaldi
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to belgbeerdrinker for throwing this in as an extra in a trade.

Pours a clear straw yellow with a big white head leaving decent lacing.

Smell is nice and hoppy with decent malt in the back.

Taste follows the nose but with more grapefruity hops and a dry lingering bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is creamy, medium bodied and nicely carbonated.

Very drinkable and suprisngly bitter EIPA. I normally highly prefer AIPA's over EIPA'S but this is one I'd be willing to give another go, that is if I could get it regularly. Too bad I only got one ;) (554 characters)

Photo of albern
3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a decent EIPA, and certainly has an enticing nose, but the beer is a tad thin. It pours a clear golden hue with a slightly creamy and fizzy head that dissipates into a thin cloudy white with a bit of lace around the edges. The nose is very nice and estery floral hops, a touch of orange burst, a bit of pine. The nose is a big draw. The beer is moderately carbonated for the style.

The taste is just a bit thin. There is a slightly leafy hop presence, maybe some floral hop sweetness, but for the most part the hop is not really juicy and estery. The nose is not indicative of the taste. The underneath is a tad bit bready and doughy, but just overall too thin. There isn't the caramel malt, the touch of diacetyl, and pricklishiness that is often found with an EIPA. What we have here is a very thin American IPA, with not enough hop burst to make the grade there either. This beer is light and easy to drink, its tasty enough and completely inoffensive. I was hoping for more. (987 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper clear appearance bright white head, forms fine coated lacing between sips. Aroma has nice citric, earthy, and herbal hop going on. Light caramel malt sweetness with fresh baked bread accents. Flavors provide enough bitterness and hop flavor to make for a tasty experience. Really earthy and herbal hop flavors leaves a dry leafy tea like note on the palate. A definite English IPA with a bit more hops I like the different approach this brew takes. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with ample soft carbonation and dry bitterness left behind leaves the palate feeling like a desert. Drinkability overall is solid a brew I'm down with trying again and again. I will continue to try Left Hand offerings a great brewery that I tend to dig more and more with each new beer they produce. (782 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.1/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, medium carbonation, clear, golden in color

Smell: citrus hops and slight malt presence

Taste: citrus hops, small pine hops, some soapiness, and caramel malt

Mouthfeel: medium/light bodied, medium carbonation, slightly bitter with a very bitter lingering aftertaste

Drinkability: I like the body of this beer, but what kills it for me is a medicinal/bitter alcohol aftertaste that lingers in my mouth. This is very dry and the hops are not overboard. I do like the brewery but I am not likely to get this one again. (545 characters)

Photo of rajendra82
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When poured into a pint glass, the body looked a shade paler than the typical IPA amber, but the clarity and one finger thick head still made it quite nice to behold. The smell was very floral and timid, making it seem more like an APA than IPA. The taste was pleasing, but lacked that bitter punch I like. Instead I got more of a balanced approach with a bit of soapy bitterness. The body was medium thick and a little sticky, and the beer was very easy to drink. Maybe a n nit too easy. Could stand to be buffed a bit more. (525 characters)

Photo of TexIndy
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Cool label - like what they are doing with their new labeling. Bottled on date of 2/3/10 clearly marked on the label. Was a clear bronze color with very slight carbonation. It had a small to average sized fizzy head that quickly settled into a good collar and thin film.

The aroma was very light on this one. Floral and herbal hop leaf with biscuity malt backbone. Weak and middle of the road for the style. the taste was a little better with more of the floral hops coming thru and blended with the malt. Slight bitter finish. Not bad but just didn't grab me. Mouthfeel was medium with good carbonation. Slight bitter after-taste.

Overall, a good beer and good for the style. Recommend if you can easily get. Rotation - my buddy shipped me one from CO. I think we are going to get it here in TX soon. The beer is good but this isn't one of my go to styles so don't see this making the rotation. [Nsb] (948 characters)

Photo of drumrboy22
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a Left Hand imperial pint glass. Beer was a clear, golden straw color, with a two-finger, white head. Moderate carbonation and thick lacing around the glass.

Aroma was honey, herbal hops and grass. Very light in aroma.

Taste was light to moderate hops, caramel, bread and rice.

Not my favorite IPA, but very drinkable. I'd prefer a bit more hoppier, sweet and balanced. It's refreshing and will go well with the summer heat. (458 characters)

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