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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:
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Added by garcia2a on 09-03-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
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Reviews:
553
Ratings:
2,161
pDev:
15.36%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Left Hand 400 Pound Monkey

Appearance: A clear deep-gold body with an orange cast beneath a short head of bright white foam. Head retention is excellent, and the lacing is above average, leaving some nice rings of thin lace about the glass.

Smell: Not as distinctively hoppy as one might expect, however it is surprisingly fruity: tangerine, apricot, perhaps papaya or mango. It's a little grassy as well. The tropical character is odd... maybe the name has something to do with it?

Taste: Fruitiness and grassy/raspy hops upfront. Somewhat sugary/biscuity malt rises as it warms. Solid bitterness. Finishes dry with some almost spruce-like hops left lingering.

Mouthfeel: Medium-Full. Moderate carbonation level.

Drinkability: There's an interesting yeasty fruitiness to it, and as an English style IPA it can get away with less hops in the nose and flavor, but it somehow seems off. I suspect it's fermented a bit high in temperature.

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Photo of chinchill
3.02/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

served in a Left Hand pint glass; unspecified cask conditioning.

A - clear & golden with 2 fingers of head. Head slowly fades, leaving nice lacing. Carbonation appears to be short-lived.

S - hops and malts

T - English bitter hops evident; floral; bitter, non-citrucy afterbite harms finish

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a bottle at Ethos in Orlando, FL.

A: Pours a crystal clear copper to dark amber in color. The beer has a half finger tall tan head that reduces to a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Initially I detect some sweet malts but then I get the aromas of the hops - citrus/lemon is dominant but I can also smell light amounts of floral and pine hops as well.

T: Starts off with a sweet caramel malt flavor that leads into the hop bitterness. Flavor of citrus/lemon and pine hops are present. Moderate bitterness that lingers slightly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Creamy and smooth.

O: A little too strong in ABV to be a sessionable beer, it was still pretty easy to drink. I enjoyed this one and would probably order it again.

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Photo of jlindros
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

With a giant 400 lb monkey on the label, how could you go wrong? <edit> oh, that's how...

A: Pours a light 1/2 finger head into my SA Perfect Pint glass with some bubbles rising from the etch in teh bottom, but not as many as I would expect. It's crystal clear straw golden yellow color.

N: What the heck!?!? Theres some weird creamy fruity thing going on in there. I don't even have a way to describe it. It does have a little chewy malt aroma, and some very U.K. style hops, some chewy hops, and U.K. real ale like hops. But there's just that weird aroma I can't get my head around.

T: Theres more of that aroma in the taste. Weird. It's almost like a root of some plant, but I can't tell. It's very strange. There are some light sweet malts, a little toastiness. A little bitter with some nice light spicy hops, more U.K. hops with that chewy hop flavor. There's also a strange creaminess in there, very light but it's there.

M: Medium to lighter body, lower carbonation than I expected, and a little watery at some points.

F: Finishes a little dry and the bitterness catches up to it. The spicy earthy hop flavors stick around, but not too long, but the bitterness lingers. That weird flavor is still there very faint on the finish. It seems to go away more as I drink more though as my taste buds seem to get used to it.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.22/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 6/19/10 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of citrus, grassy hops and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts with sweet flavors of citrus, honey and spices. The hops presence isn't as strong as it is in the smell but it's still fairly strong. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer that has enough flavor and substance to make it worth drinking for a long time.

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Photo of oberon
3.49/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I think alot were expecting more of a hop forward IPA here,and came away dissapointed,I thought it was decent and fit the EIPA category pretty well.Poured a clear rich golden with a nice tight one finger white head that left broken lace as it settled slowly,good clarity and definition.Aromas were the biggest dissapointment for me for this beer,light caramel/biscuit,and geranium-like hop came thru but it was light.Toasty and lightly sweet caramel malt flavors up front with leafy,tea-like hop flavors coming into a good finish.The British malt profile is the main component of the beer for me,the hops just lend a hand.It was very fresh,(bottled on 2/3/10/)wich was nice,a good beer for the "style".

The more I drank I noticed a real buttery flavor from the yeast strain used,not to bad though.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate copper color with a white head and a bit of lacing. The nose brings some light bready notes as well as some floral, earthy, and light citrus hops. The taste is mildly hoppy with a light caramel background. Feel is a bit bitter with a nice body. Not the best of the style that I've had, but pretty good.

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Photo of nickfl
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a hazy, light copper colored body. The head dissipates quickly and leaves moderate lace.

S - Herbal, musty hops with a hint of grapefruit. Some bready malt in the background with a little bit of toffee.

T - Herbal hop flavor up front with some sweet, bready malt. More malt thickness comes out in the middle with notes of dry caramel and musty bitterness. The beer finishes with lightly toasted notes and a light grapefruit note of pithy bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Reasonably drinkable with a strong citrus hop character. The grapefruit bitterness is quite strong and is barely balanced by the sweet malt. Towards the finish, the malt intensifies with more toasted character and toffee. Not bad, but this really isn't dry enough for the style and while English hops are great in bitters, I prefer American hop character in my IPAs.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of mactrail
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bitter ale with some unusual flavors.

Nice amber color and decent head. Mouthfeel is good with pleasant carbonation and slides down admirably. Fruity bitterness is the main note. Light body with a hint of malt. Piney and a hint of lemon. Apples and cooked cereal but dominated by hops.

Definitely a different style than the hop hammer IPA. Just as bitter in the aftertaste without the head-clearing aromatic hop blast of usual IPAs.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of atrocity
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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 XmnwildX12
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

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

Love the kooky label on this one! Bottled 1-08-10

Pours an effervescent bronze with 3 finger of rocky cream colored head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Piney hops, plus leafy hops & orchard fruit once warm

T: Breadyness, a touch of apricot, lemony & herbal hops up front. As this warms orchard fruit dominates, plus a touch of lemony & herbal hops, plus dryness. Finishes fruitty, dry & with leafy hops

MF: Medium bodied, low carbonation & fairly good balance

Drinks easy, I actually prefer the bottled version of this tracks closer to style for me...

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out a clear, light copper-hued body with a medium-small, but lasting, white head. Slight, slender lacing on the way down.

Smell: Initially, a whiff of vaguely sweet-scented malts greet the nose, followed by hop notes of pine needles and oil-soaked, fresh tangerine rinds and a pervasive earthy overtone.

Taste: Standard pale maltiness, lightly grainy and sweet, with just a teeny iota of sweet almond. The hop character is predominately earthy, but there's also tastes of white pine and tangerine oil. Moderate bitterness. The finish is reasonably dry with a lingering hint of raw barley in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Overall, a decent brew to drink; it's hop-forward, certainly, but not overbearing and could pair with a wide variety of foods. I opted for Taco Mac's Smothered Kettle Chips. I and other previous reviewers agree that the name is a bit misleading -- it's less a palate-ravaging 400lb Monkey as it is a Curious George. Ah, that lovable lil' scamp.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Spider889 for giving me this one!

A: Pours very slightly hazy orange/copper color with a nice one finger tight, foamy head - white in color. Great retention and left behind some nice rings of lacing.

S: Light citrus hops with a grassy component as well. Light caramel and some grain also. As it warms a slightly off-putting aroma develops.

T: Light citrus and grass upfront, light malt sweetness. After this upfront flavor, there is a slight metallic/oxidized flavor. It kills flavor profile as this is all I can taste on the finish.

M: Medium bodied with high carbonation.

O: Looked good and initially smelled good, and even the upfront flavor was good. The finish just threw it all off.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.41/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Never hold discussions with the monkey when the organ grinder is in the room."

--Winston Churchill

Lightly cloudy apricot with lemon peel borders and several fingers of putty colored foam. A lack of perfect clarity, a gentle rockiness during descent, and a fair amount of lace in sudsy squiggles are all positives.

The aroma lacks power and presence. An obscure hop bill is all well and good, but the brewers could have used more of them. Magnum, Boadicea and Sovereign (an English noble) contribute light floral-herbal notes... and that's about it. So far, this chimp is a relative lightweight.

400 Pound Monkey has more bitterness than good hop flavor. That might be due to the specific hops that were chosen or it might have to do with when the hops were chucked into the kettle. So far I'll have to give the nod to Left Hand's American version of the style, Warrior IPA.

There can't be much crystal and Munich malt in there because the flavor that those guys usually add isn't prominent. Pale and malted wheat are present as well. As in the nose, hop flavor is less than abundant, especially in a style that should be hop flavor focused. Above average here is a gift.

The mouthfeel is more APA than IPA. It's on the thin side and the bubbles are slightly too sharp and stinging. Warming helps on both counts, just not enough for the next highest score to be considered.

My excitement, which was more like cautious optimism, that another IPA is now available to Iowans was short-lived. 400 Pound Monkey isn't bad beer, but bitterness isn't enough to bring this hophead back for another visit to the monkey house (Vonnegut reference).

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Photo of mdfb79
3.46/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours an orange-amber color with one finger of white fluffy head with light lacing and high carbonation.

s - Smells of citrus hops and bready malts. Also getting a little bit of a musty, earthy smell which isn't very enjoyable.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, smooth pale malts, bready malts, and caramel malts. Hints of bitterness.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Pretty smooth and easy to drink.

d - A decent beer. I thought there was a weird mustiness to the smell that kind of hurt it, but the taste was some solid, balanced hops and malts. Would try again.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bright, orange tinted honey colored amber being presented in front of me. Very hazy, with the cloudiness no doubt due to the unfiltered nature of it. A nice white head of foam, perhaps two fingers high then came over the top and settled down gradually to just a thin film of lace.

There was a nice floral hoppiness, somewhat muted hints of orange and lemongrass with a touch of pine. Decent malt base was apparent as the aroma of bread came through nicely. The flavor followed much of the same, owing that nice light floral hoppiness, but never having enough of it to really push it all the way forward. Nice little bite of bitter on the back of the tongue, and a slightly fruit finish, with apples coming through very clearly, especially in the aftertaste. The Mouthfeel was a little thin, maybe a touch watery, but had more then decent carbonation. A bit of a slickness to it as well. Superbly session able though as this was a very easy drinker and I could have thrown this one down all night long to be honest.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.17/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up at Thirsty's, enjoyed chilled from a tulip.

A light golden with light copper haziness and 2 1/2 inches of creamy beige cap with ultra fine bead and lace sticks well. The smell has a light apple tinge with mostly herbal hops and subtle golden pear yeast fruitiness with a floral hop attribute. The feel is semi-dry with a moderately bitter and slightly creamy malt body with relatively low carbonation and subtle acidity with low astringency and medium body with a crisp dry finish.

The taste has a very fresh english hop flavor which is fruity and provides a slight hint of yeast fruitines to blend with light pine attributes and moderate bitterness on the palate with subtle sweet malt backing and the pear mentioned is gentle with it coming forward slightly as it warms. The alcohol is mild and has bite w/ mild citrus edge in the last sips w/ orange sweetness and tangy tinge with dry acidic finish.

Overall I enjoyed this IPA, very nice flavor with a solid American take on the english style, recommended.

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
3/5  rDev -16.2%

400 Pound Monkey from Left Hand Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 2,161 ratings
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