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400 Pound Monkey - Left Hand Brewing Company

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400 Pound Monkey400 Pound Monkey

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546 Reviews

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Reviews: 546
Hads: 2,100
Avg: 3.58
pDev: 30.45%
Wants: 65
Gots: 393 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: garcia2a on 09-03-2008

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Reviews: 546 | Hads: 2,100
Photo of maltlikker
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden honey color with a rocky eggshell colored head that shows decent retention. Lacing is minimal.

Light grassy herbal aroma with a slight breadiness.

Piney citrus flavor with less malt backbone than I expected and a herbal/medicinal aftertaste.

Body seems slick, and was lighter than I was expecting. Not bad, but all told seemed a bit unbalanced.

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3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.

short head retention, and good lacing.

A= Looks a bit like a pale ale, clear with an amber hue.

S= Smells good. . .mmm. . . yeast.

T= Good taste, not overly strong, but doesn't last long on the plate.

M= A foamy mouthfeel, washes out quickly

D= A solid drinkable beer, drank it rather quickly.

Overall: Good beer, not quite like Stone's Cali-Belgique, but a rather enjoyable brew.

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Photo of meeekyh
4.14/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The first time I saw this beer I thought of Victory's Golden Monkey. I know it is the label but I must also admit a weakness for the GM. The beer pours from the 12 oz bottle into the footed pilsner provided by my host(ess) to reveal a heady elixir of the brown variety. It is a nice color but not of the normal hue. The head itself is bone-white and thick with much evidence of its existence after it departs.

Smell is a departure from the usual American IPA (likely because its not an American IPA). There seems a bit more nuance in the grain and a better balance. Not that American IPAs lack for depth of character when done right, but the latter qualification is fewer and farther between than you might imagine. I note hearty grains and hops and attention to detail.

There is a full palate of bitter flavors, the beer style not the actual flavor (as a full palate of an individual flavor is ridiculous) and a hefty dose of hops to boot. I like the homage to the conceptual birth of the style and feel it is well represented, though not archetypal.

Feel is full and round much like the taste, though without the sharpness. Carbonation is fuller than I would actually expect from the style but well within parameters.

Drinkability is good, maybe better, but the haze prevents a true estimation...

Overall I like the beer. It is full in more ways than most styles could hope for and has a hoppy depth to yearn and strive for. Go for the Old Country style and depth, go for a beer that makes you appreciate the art.


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Photo of aubuc1
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured in to a tulip pint glass.

Pours a very clear deep yellow with a steady stream of carbonation and steady white head.

Smell is a slightly sweet, grassy, pineapple and citrus with a little biscuit.

Taste is very biscuity with a snappy, dry, bitter finish. Not bad.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability is pretty good. I am not sure of the date of this, it could be better if fresh.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

An interesting beer to come across these days. An English IPA done by a relatively west coast American brewery? Let's see what happens.

A: Pours out a crystal clear tawny golden honey/ambery orange. Head is loose and sticks around the circle of the class in thin wisps of lace.

S: Give it that old-traditional English IPA aroma, heavy on the malt bill with heavier touches of orange blossoms and light, minimally floral hops. More malt than anything, more of a watery aroma than I was anticipating really.

T/MF: Rich and chewy maltiness to open. Smooth on the tongue leaves absolutely no drying or sticky sensation on the tongue, really only a slight tingle on either side of the tongue. Slightly peaty but I feel like that might be a little bit left over from the previous beer in my glass, if not it still seems to complement the beer. This beer is a testament to understatements; there are touches of honey and orange blossom mixed within the strong malt bill, a slight smokiness to close things out that I enjoy even if it is unintentional.

D: Good on a hot day and feels much smaller than nearly seven percent. It nearly daces on the tongue and feels light enough to be sessionable even though it doesn't even come close. An interesting beer, but really not my style. Good on a hot day and after cooking a large meal, but other than that a little ho-hum.

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Photo of jkrich
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle with freshness date: one of the most unique bottle labels I have seen. This IPA is equally unique. The pour is a clear, golden color with a fluffy, sustained white head that recedes slowly revealing plenty of intricate lacing. The aroma is sweet, herbal and earthy. The taste begins with a faintly sweet tea flavor with a hint of bitterness on the tongue. The ale is somewhat dry and refreshing. The hop flavors are different from what I am accustomed to experiencing either american or english. It all seems to come together for a rather light, refreshing ale. The carbonation is very subdued and the body is light, but not watery.
This is certainly a boldly different take on the IPA. The high ABV and sweet mouthfeel make this one good for only a couple.

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

Pours to a rocky white head of two fingers thick. Leaves some ring lace on the glass. The slightest of chill hazes to the otherwise light amber color.

The smell is a blend of pale ale malts and some grapefruit-aroma hop. This is a mild aroma compared to most IPA's--closer to a regular pale ale.

This is a well balanced IPA. It starts with a soft, dry, mildly grainy malt flavor. In the swallow and aftertaste, the hop takes over and dominates with a peppery spice. The body is similar to skim milk; the carbonation is below average giving it a thicker mouthfeel.

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Photo of HURTemHIZZY
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of CaptainIPA
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of farrago
3.02/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

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Photo of Natural510
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

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Photo of JamesS
2.95/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

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Photo of UA8
3.65/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of tempest
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of Blakaeris
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of jsh420
3.36/5  rDev -6.1%
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

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Photo of Gmann
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of parris
4.33/5  rDev +20.9%
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.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.39/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of champ103
3.11/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

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Photo of jbphoto88
2.73/5  rDev -23.7%
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.

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Photo of Domingo
3.96/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of BeerGodz
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of silver0rlead
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of tpd975
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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400 Pound Monkey from Left Hand Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 546 ratings.