400 Pound Monkey | Left Hand Brewing Company

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2,161 Ratings
400 Pound Monkey400 Pound Monkey
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by garcia2a on 09-03-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,161
Reviews:
553
Avg:
3.59
pDev:
15.32%
 
 
Wants:
75
Gots:
443
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mondiale 2010. Bright yellow with a quarter inch of bubbly white head. Some lace. A little yeast in the aroma. Tad of above average mouthfeel. Decent drinking,some mild grapefruit, and a fair amount of malting. I like the style that the hopping is not intended to overwhelm the palate.
Had again on cask at Fallen Rock, and the same rating though a bit odd bitterness.

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Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: surprised by the murky golden color

S: lemon custard and wheat.

T: so I am basically getting a hefe or wheat that is sweet, but not overly so, and no real hop flavor. Earthy and herbal notes.

M: moderate carbonation and medium body

Overall: I am not very familiar with English IPAs though I have read they are supposed to be more watery than theAmerican version but this isn't watery, but basically lacking any hop bitterness or body that I expected.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.42/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Best by: 11/17/15.

Pours a clear golden-orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, and earth aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, earth, caramel, and slight metallic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop and earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer with a nice set of aromas, but the metallic quality I am getting in the taste diminishes the drinkability for me.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

eh. pours a very clear light golden color with nice white lacing and a small white head. smells like an english malt attack and thats about it, deep though, layered. flavor is very malty, taste like the spent grains at a brewery smell, has a bitter finish. i wouldnt call this an ipa by even english standards, but whatever. feel is decent, heavier than it looks, sturdy abv, fine carbonation. overall im just not impressed here, pretty pedestrian brew for lefthand.

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Knapp85
2.29/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this beer a few times now and each time I just don't care for it. The look of the beer is nice. The color is a nice clear copper color with a thick foamy white head on top. The smell isn't really that pleasing to me, It's hoppy but it kinda smells weird to me. The taste is even worse, I don't know what they use in this brew but I really don't care for it. The mouthfeel was pretty good, and it's drinkable for sure. Overall if the taste was better this brew would be awesome but I'm just not sure of it.

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Photo of nmann08
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
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 oriolesfan4
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of metter98
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy yellow to golden yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that died down, leaving a thin layer and patches of bubbles on the surface, a collar around the edge of the glass, and some lacing down the sides.
S: Light aromas of tropical fruits are present in the nose along with some hints of floral hops.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste starts out with some hints of sweetness and hints of tropical fruits and is followed by a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with slight bits of crispness and a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is definitely a unique beer that seems like a hybrid between a tripel (with the maltiness and sweetness) and an English IPA (with the light amount of bitterness). The beer hides its alcohol well but I wouldn't call it sessionable because the mouthfeel seems to have a heavy dose of malts.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So refreshing to see English hops done right. Earthy, perfumy, spicy, and nobly fragrant- this beer showcases them well.

A strong golden or light copper hue shows brilliant clarity, froathy creme of white foam, and good lacing. All that is ever needed from the appearance of an IPA.

Spicy and resiny, the hops give mild impressions of spruce, fresh-cut grasses, and an herbal aroma that rests just above a soft pillow of malty/grainy barley. The nose does the hops much better justice than it does the malts.

Hop flavor also dominates with a soft and floral taste, eventually leading to smooth and pleasant bitterness. Light caramel-flavored malts give just enough balance to keep the beer from tasting like hop tea. Mildly bready and malty the base is quite pleasant with a two-row variety most notable for American style IPA's rather than English. Esters (or aldehydes) of bruised apples and other fruits hark the notion of English style ales as well and help to add complexity to the fruit-forward IPA.

Medium creaminess early on, the beer takes a quick and fleeting transition to crispness and cleanliness in the finish. Great attenuation leaves the beer with little structure from mid palate on into the finish. Minty alcohols and hop bitterness makes for a refreshing and thirst quenching finish.

Likely the most delicious and most drinkable of Left Hand's hoppy beers. They have the tendency to go the English route on many of these, and this variety borrows just enough American IPA attributes to increase the drinkability without sacrificing the 'English' IPA soul.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.17/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with fun appealing label art and white/red branded pry-off pressure cap acquired as a single at Whole Foods' HQ and served into an Avery stem-snifter in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average given the brewery. Reviewed as an English Style IPA because the label identifies it as such. 6.8% ABV according to the label. Best by: 01/14/14.

Served cold - straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a half finger wide head of white colour. Disappointingly thin. Poor (~30 second) retention. No lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a clear translucent textbook copper of above average vibrance. No yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it's predictably within style conventions and I'm looking forward to trying it, though it's not unique or special. There are no obvious flaws.

Sm: More grainy than anticipated. Touches of floral and herbal hop character. Bready malts. Pale malts. A touch of grapefruit. Little in the way of citrusy, nectary, or oily hops; the focus here is definitely floral/herbal, and there's not much hop bitterness as a result. I'm a big fan of the graininess, which is full and interesting without delving into blandness or adjunct territory. It's a bit sprucey. The rocky mountain water is showcased well here; it does have that überclean crisp spring water vibe. The leavening malted wheat is a nice touch; I'd guess flaked wheat was used. If we're guessing hop varietals (which I'm terrible at), I'd go with noble/saaz - strange choices for an IPA if I'm right.

No alcohol or yeast character is detectable.

A clean, crisp, appealing aroma of mild strength. It's not your run-of-the-mill standard fare IPA aroma, and I think the bready malt is what really sets it apart. I'm not quite convinced the hop choices are ideal.

T: The graininess is lovely, and features an unexpected hint of brief spice. Pale malts, caramalt, and flaked wheat fill out the body nicely. Hopwise, the beer features floral and herbal character, but unfortunately little else. No grapefruit or citrus here, but I do get mellow orchard apple and maybe some pear there on the back end. Bready malts lend a touch of sweetness. The beer is well balanced in terms of bitterness and sweetness, and the general balance is pretty good, though there isn't much complexity or subtlety. It's well put together and has a good cohesion, but I wouldn't say it's a gestalt build. It does leave a lot to be desired in terms of hop character, but I like what they did with the malty end. Average depth and duration of flavour. Decent amplitude. Below average intensity of flavour for the style. Quite clean and approachable.

No yeast character or alcohol comes through. There are no off-notes.

The orchard apple coupled with the graininess is a stand-out aspect of the beer for me.

Mf: Delightfully clean and crisp. Smooth and wet, with a very light bite. A bit overcarbonated. Has a good lightly aggressive presence on the palate, asserting its flavours without too much abrasiveness. Good body and thickness. Complements the flavour profile well. A bit acidic.

Not oily, harsh, gushed, astringent, boozy, or hot.

Dr: Very drinkable. I got this as a single, but I wouldn't have been disappointed had I purchased a six pack instead. I might pick this up again at the right price. It's got an interesting approach to the style, and it has some elements I really like, but it never quite comes together like it needs to in order to run with the big dogs. A worthwhile brew from Left Hand, but far from mind-blowing. Certainly worth trying. I'd encourage friends to try it.

C+

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Photo of emerge077
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single from Before You Go Liquors.

It pours a slightly hazed golden orange, slim and tight cap of foam on top. A ring of lacing sticks around the edges. Light visible carbonation. Looks good.

Smells pretty malty, with a floral and earthy scent from the hops. Not especially pungent, but in line with the milder English style of IPA.

Creamy feel, mild hop bitterness, earthy and floral character again. Somewhat buttery, not sure if that's really a hinderance or not. Seems to fade behind a dominant floral hop flavor, and biscuity malt. A little fruitiness would be a good compliment here, but there is none. Earthy aspirin briefly in the aftertaste, with more perfumy florals and mild bitterness. Overall it's good for what it is, but not one i'd seek out.

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a pale amber color with a modest head that leaves a nice curtain of lace behind

Smell: Caramel malt with fruity and earthy tones

Taste: Opens with the caramel, but it doesn't take long for stone fruit flavors to take over; by mid-palate, the bitterness builds; the finish has a lingering herbal, hard water tone, though the interplay with the malts creates and interesting nuance to the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Glad I re-visited this with a fresher example; this is a pretty decent example of a British style IPA

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of zeff80
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
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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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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400 Pound Monkey from Left Hand Brewing Company
3.59 out of 5 based on 2,161 ratings.
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