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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 NilocRellim


3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured cold from the bottle. It looked like a nice hefeweizen... which was odd for an IPA. A strong citrus nose to it, more grapefruit than orange, but a bit of lemon as well (again... odd for an IPA). It also had a sweet, honey nose to it. The flavour was lite and refreshing, with a hint of citrus. Thinking of a usual IPA, I expected bitterness and hoppiness to the mac, but found a very nice balance of citrus-hop flavour and a not-so-intense bitterness. A bit more carbonation than most beers, but not unusual for an IPA. Surprisingly and delicious.

Would I buy it again? Yes. Would be nice on a hot summer night.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2012 06:29:16 | More by NilocRellim
Photo of SouljaSaia17


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

A: Pours a light, but cloudy orange with a 1/2 inch creamy, bright white head that leaves some lacing.

S: I get some pine up front, followed by some citrus, more citrus than grapefruit in this one. Back end gives hints of honey and apricots.

T: Nice orange citrus in the initial taste, followed by a slight hop bite. Pine and apricots follow through the body of this beer. Just a sweet aftertaste, nothing dry or bready here.

M: Sweet and smooth for an IPA, lots of carbonation. Quite drinkable with out a lot of hoppyness.

O: This is an American Style IPA, so there is not going to be a punch of anything really. This beer is evenly blended with hops and citrus that may be intended for someone experimenting or beginning in the style. Nothing really wows me about this beer, but it is pretty tasty.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2012 03:15:57 | More by SouljaSaia17
Photo of SolipsismalCat


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

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside Summit IPA.

A: Slightly hazy golden yellow with two-finger, white, fizzy head that lasted more than a few minutes. Pretty good lacing.

S: Grass and citrus hops. Sweet malt.

T: Light sweetness and moderate bitterness. Toasty and citrusy.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Smooth.

O: Overall, I liked this better than Summit IPA. This was toastier, and had a better aroma.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2012 02:09:39 | More by SolipsismalCat
Photo of ipaemily


1.1/5  rDev -69.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This beer is rank. It tastes like the result of overly roasting rotten grains that were grown on a field of foot fungus. Just terrible.

Apparently this needs to be 250 characters long, so I will try to autopsy this beer. It is supposedly an IPA but any hop flavor has been murdered and left for dead by a terrible roasted nutty flavor (imagine a strange mix of garlic, the scent of a wet ashtray and candied macadamia). I understand diversity in style, perhaps if someone really likes nuts and chocolate/burned flavors and has a genetic defect in their taste buds, this is for them. But, it is not an IPA, and it tastes terrible.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2012 01:19:02 | More by ipaemily
Photo of BierStein711


4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into pint glass

Two finger head, moderate carbonation

Straw amber colored

Smell: hoppy, apricot, hemp, and herbal smells

Taste: grapefruit, hop, hemp, grassy, and medicinal herb

Mouthfeel: perfect

Overall, this is a brilliant and excellent example of an English-style India Pale Ale.

I'd get a six pack sometime down the road.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 17:14:20 | More by BierStein711
Photo of Minkybut


2.78/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this average beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was an amber color as I guess it should have been. The head was decent at first but went away pretty fast. The beer had decent to good lacing. Smell was hoppy which was strange for an amber. Taste was hoppy with bitter finish. Did not like the beer and will not buy again.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2012 22:51:03 | More by Minkybut
Photo of TwelveOunces


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

Poured into a regular pint glass

Pours hazy orange with a one finger off white head. The beer is more malty then hoppy, keeping to the tradition of the english style IPA. The hops are still there however, some fresh citrus notes and a slight pine. Caramel and toffee compliment the hops well. Traditional English style malts make this a unique IPA. This is a good IPA and a definite change of pace from the american style that Im used to.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 20:18:23 | More by TwelveOunces
Photo of DoubleJ


3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Yardhouse. On to the beer:

Good looking. As with many IPA's the head forms an inch thick, retains well on top, and a good dose of lacing stick around the glass. Also good is the aroma of this IPA. It's not a complete hop bomb, but it does offers some pleasant accents of pineapple and canteloupe to complement the honey base.

Tasty too. It's modestly herbal, with citrus and pineapple notes. Still, at a few parts the beer doesn't totally come together to justify a higher score. Regardless, the beer is medium bodied with an enjoyable level of crispness, and goes out as an honest IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2012 04:29:50 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of BryanCarey


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

A golden IPA with a mostly clear body, this beer has a nose that is fruity and a little bit malty/grassy, but mild by most measurements. The foam level looks nice at first, but falls apart in a short time, leaving a smooth but thin layer that holds its own as you drink.

Tasting this beer reveals flavors that include lightly toasted malt, citrus, and some herbal notes. The flavor is milder than that of other IPA, and the malt backbone a little less noticeable than most. A slightly bitter finish concludes each sip with the palate slowly returning to normal in a short time.

I love a good IPA, but this version from Left Hand, while certainly not bad, is a little weaker than most. I like that the alcohol flavor isn’t as noticeable as I first expected, but I would like the beer better with a little more body and a stronger, more dominant hop presence.

In conclusion, it isn’t the greatest, but it isn’t bad either and it makes a good choice for those who are less receptive to the IPA style.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2012 03:03:46 | More by BryanCarey
Photo of beergoot


3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice golden color with a thin yet creamy, lasting white head. Smell is of fresh cut grass; slightly citrus-like. Taste has slight malt presence, but is dominated by a nice hop bitterness. Rather fizzy carbonation on the tongue, otherwise medium-light body; sharp, clean, dry finish.

A decent traditional IPA. Perhaps a bit too much hop bitterness and not enough malt flavor overall, but I still like this beer. I definitely would sit down and gladly quaff another glass or two of this brew when in an IPA-frame of of mind...

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 23:51:28 | More by beergoot
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 Ford


2.65/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I've had this beer on tap twice. Both times I've felt this beer was really bad. I've had this style before and enjoyed it, I just don't feel like this beer is very good. Beyond bitter and it seemed like a burned rubber taste was present. Just nothing enjoyable about it to me. My friend also felt it was very bad.

Serving type: on-tap

09-21-2012 04:03:23 | More by Ford
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
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