400 Pound Monkey | Left Hand Brewing Company

2,161 Ratings
400 Pound Monkey400 Pound Monkey

Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

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.

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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of puboflyons
4.21/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on April 18, 2013.

The pour is a cloudy, milky pale yellow-copper with a lingering, foamy head. Floating sediment too!

The nose is mildly hopped and overall subtle with a light pale malt touch. But the hops are eloquently played down considering it is an IPA.

The body is medium.

The taste begins sweet and bready and the hops are more in in the background - subtle and balancing. I always liked the English IPA over the American IPA because it's not in my face bitter and Left hand captures those subtleties well. Easy for me to drink and enjoy.

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2/5  rDev -44.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Smoke
3.59/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Had this one on tap at Yards in Denver. To be honest, it's tough for me to believe that they get through all those kegs (~100 on tap) in a timely fashion.

The beer had a nice head on it and had more malt aroma than I was expecting. A bit of earthy hop character was in there as well. It's an English style IPA (something not pointed out on the menu) so I adjusted my expectation of hop character. Even still, the balance seemed to be more towards the malt rather than the hop. In addition, the elements of the beer seemed "flatter" on flavor than I would have hoped (kind of like the beer had traveled all the way from England). In reality, it is a pretty good example of the style, just not what I was expecting.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

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3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a cold bottle into a pint glass after sitting at room temperature for a few minutes. Excited about this one...had it a few times but never got around to reviewing it until now.

Appearance - About 4 fingers of head; brilliant lacing on the edge of the pint glass lasted throughout the beer; beautiful amber color.

Smell - Orange/citrus smell mixed with malt/grains; smell is very subdued.

Taste - Initially dry, hoppy, and slightly bitter; becomes smoother (but still highly carbonated) as you progress through the beer. Grainy, dry, and hoppy pretty much sums it up for this beer.

Mouthfeel - Carbonated but still palatable.

Overall - A slightly above-average IPA; not my favorite Left Hand but a nice English IPA. I'd drink it again but I probably wouldn't try too hard to find this one...

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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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