400 Pound Monkey | Left Hand Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
lefthandbrewing.com

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ranking:
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Reviews:
553
Ratings:
2,164
pDev:
15.36%
 
 
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Ratings: 2,164 |  Reviews: 553
Reviews by dbarny76:
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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Photo of StoutBrotha602
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

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

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Photo of nmann08
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of Beejay
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
3.33/5  rDev -7%
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.

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Photo of DavidST
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Nizzle913
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of Dwkasper
3.04/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of irishking1977
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of FernMaster
3.47/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of JK4Stout
3.24/5  rDev -9.5%
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

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of croixian1
4/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of megamick
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of u2carew
3.76/5  rDev +5%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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400 Pound Monkey from Left Hand Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 2,164 ratings