400 Pound Monkey
Left Hand Brewing Company

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IPA - English
3.62 | pDev: 15.19%
Left Hand Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Reviews by burnerfinger:
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burnerfinger from Texas

4.57/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75


bought this off-the cuff at tom thumb:

poured from the 12 oz bottle into my goblet:

A BLonde is what comes to mind, a nice yellowish IPA
a FULL TWO fingers of head, settles to a nice sticky lacing
a bit more clarity than I'd expect from a IPA

S - a bit understated on the hopiness - but nice nonetheless

T - just a bit watery but a nice IPA (been a while since I've had beer at all and so I'm very happy to have this)

M - again just a BIT light when compared to the very best, but a nice contender


Jul 29, 2013
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StoutBrotha602 from Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

great beer this beer and stones ipa helped me get into the realm of IPAs..

Oct 01, 2014
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nmann08 from Virginia

3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On draft, pours a very clear copper orange color. A very tho layer of head sits on the glass, lacing as the beer disappears.

The nose is spice, earthy hops, chives, not much malt. The flavor is earthy hops, with a malt backbone. A little cotton candy, spice, potato. This is old school ipa, but not a great interpretation. Unfortunately, my preferences have changed and this doesn't stand out like I am sure it did 10 years ago.

Sep 19, 2014
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hopphead31415 from Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My brother had been begging me to try this beer for a long time and it was hard to find, but I finally got some and am looking forward to reviewing it. It is an English-Style IPA with 6.8% ABV and 65 IBUs.

Look-Pours a clear honey-yellow golden color with an egg-white foamy head that is at least 2 fingers thick and lingers most of the way down. The lacing is thick and delicate.

Smell-It smells of fruits and honey malts. The English aspects are really noticeable, specifically the strong yeast aroma.

Taste-It tastes like honey, mango, and maybe some citrus, but it has a lot of fruity yeast and clover. It is well-balanced by toasted cracker or bready malts. The alcohol content is perfect for the carbonation level.

Mouthfeel-It has a smooth mouthfeel with a nice fizziness from the carbonation and it finishes in a mild bite from the alcohol. It is medium-bodied and crisp.

Overall-I haven’t tried many English-Style IPAs, but I’ve had a few and I must say that it is a really pleasant type of beer and this one by Left Hand Brewing is particularly delicate, complex, and easy to drink.

Jul 25, 2015
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a somewhat cloudy, orange/amber color with a fizzy, thin, off-white head. It left minimal lacing.

S - It smelled of caramel, citrus and some grasses.

T - It was malty and sweet with very little hop character. A slight bitter hop bite emerged as the beer continued to warm up. Otherwise, it seemed like a mild APA.

M - It was soft and a little thin for an IPA. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - Not the best IPA. The bartender admitted that it tasted much better earlier when he tried it in Colorado.

May 17, 2009
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Beejay from Virginia

3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: A slightly darker straw color. Nice white head atop it. Some lacing

S: Very toasty and biscuity. Some piney scents. I think all this comes together it what I would describe as 'Clean Hampster Cage' Very woody.

T: Interesting guy, biscuit, some bitterness, with a bit of woody/fruit flavors. I feel like I am picking up a little watermelon. oddly enough.

M: Fairly dry and light. Carbonation seems fine.

D: Decent, glad I tried it. But nothing to write home about.

Jul 26, 2010
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DeanMoriarty from California

3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 12oz bottle of this at Liquor Mart in Boulder, CO. for $1.51 and pored it into a pint glass.

Bottled on: 9/13/2010

A: Light golden/straw color with a pretty weak head and not much lace, also has a small amount of effervescence.

S: Not much too it at all. A minor grassy hop smell that is dominated by a grainy malts.

T: More like and English style Pale than any sort of IPA. Some earthy hop at the front but dissipates quickly leaving a sweet malty flavor that lingers a bit, but the hop gets completely lost in the mix.

M: Average light bodied brew that is pretty thin.

D: Actually decent drinkability and if I weren't expecting this to be a hoppy IPA, i'd be happy drinking a few, but overall - just a let down.

Oct 31, 2010
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DavidST from Texas

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, blank best by date. This pours a light golden color, maybe yellow with a decent white head which leaves a lacing. The smell is of toffee and malts. The feel is medium to light. The taste is okay, a little bitterness with some sweet malts, low hop profile.

Jan 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Apr 21, 2012
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Nizzle913 from Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Dec 28, 2012
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Cooker_stp from New York

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Aug 21, 2013
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Dwkasper from New York

3.04/5  rDev -16%

Sep 01, 2014
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irishking1977 from New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear copper hue with a less than average head that leaves some decent lacing along the sides of the glass. Not bad.

S: Faint hops. The aroma also brings to mind adjuncts that are used in BMC. Not great.

T: It's actually hard to describe the taste. Slightly burnt malt with a barely perceivable hops presence in the finish. Seems a bit watered down. Doesn't seem to be a typical IPA. That's not really a bad thing; the craft beer market is overrun with American IPA's, so this one is a decent departure from that. (I still love some of those AIPA's, though)

M: Good, solid carbonation, that lingers on the tongue. Middle of the road thickness; pretty easy to drink.

D: I'll say it again; pretty easy to drink. Nothing mind blowing, but a decent, albeit different interpretation of an IPA. Not really for hop heads because it isn't up to that level of hops bitterness.

Jul 16, 2010
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FernMaster from Missouri

3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Tulip.

I love the artwork on this bottle. Those monkey's are crazy looking, they're like rejected character models for Abu.

400 Pound Monkey pours a nice hazy, sort-of copperish yellow. There's a little bit of carbonation and the occasional bubble of air going to the top; if it were a Sonic level you'd suffocate however. There was maybe a finger's worth of head that quickly resides. Also some mild lacing and a constant brim of bubbles. The smell is a neat blend of hops and malt. The malt seems to be winning the foot race to my nose as that's what I'm getting most of. The taste is a strange concoction of flavors. I don't mean that in a negative way, I don't like it too much but it's enjoyable. There's the obvious malt that accompanies the style and hops, but the balance seems strange to me. Not every sip I feel is the same, some I'm getting more malt some I'm getting more hops. It comes off as having a sort of "muted" flavor. There's some hint of caramel and citrus in there as well, but they'd be Ringo in this arrangement. Perhaps this lacking I'm getting from the beer comes from the mouthfeel, it seems way to weak, watery, to hold up the flavors built upon it. It's very easy to drink, so you could session it easily.
Overall, I enjoyed it. It's not a beer I'm going to boast about to my friends to try. Will I buy another six pack or order it at a bar? No. But I'm disappointed I tried it either.

Aug 01, 2010
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JK4Stout from Virginia

3.24/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The road to hell is paved with good intentions...that is really all one can say when you try this brew. The color is nice for the IPA style, but a little on the light side. Makes one expect a weak hop. The smell is very good though. It is the taste that causes the first sentence to be as it is. The idea of combining an IPA and English Bitter style (which is what this is NOT an English IPA.) sounds great. However the result wasn't so hot. This is one of those experimental things brewers do, but shouldn't go as far sa to bottle it. Needless to say 1 was plenty.

Bought at R and R Stations in Marion

May 22, 2010
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HumanParaquat from Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Mar 19, 2012
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croixian1 from Florida

4/5  rDev +10.5%

Apr 22, 2012
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StArnoldFan from Texas

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

May 26, 2014
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Rilesmiles from Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Jan 22, 2014
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megamick from Iowa

4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Aug 18, 2014
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ClockworkOrange from Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle picked up at Abe's in my mixed sixer. Bottled 3-10-10. Uncapped and poured into my shaker glass. The pour yields an ultra clear golden ale with about a finger or two of quickly fading off white foam. The head does leave a respectable lace in its wake. The aromas and flavors consist of toasted bread, bread, and more bread, caramel malts, citrus-y lemon, a bit of dank skunkiness. Medium bodied with ample carbonation. Pretty clean drinking. Not bad overall. Give it a shot if ya dig an English IPA.

Apr 15, 2010
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u2carew from Massachusetts

3.76/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz longneck.
A) Pours with a finger thick, white, wispy head. Settles to a tight lacing on top and at the edge of the glass. Bronze in color with a nearly transparent body.
S) Mild citrus aroma with a subtle caramel scent in the mix.
T) Floral and malty up front. Finishes with grapefruit. Fairly bitter in the finish.
M) Creamy, then crisp. Medium body. Slight tannin feel.
D) A well crafted brew. I'd drink another.

Dec 07, 2010
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1FatJ from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Nov 04, 2013
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blbarnett3 from Virginia

3/5  rDev -17.1%

Nov 23, 2013
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4Socialanxiety from Tennessee

4/5  rDev +10.5%

Apr 21, 2012
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