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400 Pound Monkey | Left Hand Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by garcia2a on 09-03-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

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3.15/5  rDev -12%
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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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of DiscGolfRobot
3.29/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Yellow in color. Small head less than a finger that dissipated pretty quick. Looks clean but with yeast suspended in it which I think is common with Left Hand. Bottle did not have any yeast on the bottom.

S English malt aroma. A bit stale. No hop aroma or esters.

T: Initially taste light grain and sweetness . English yeast comes in mid way through. Medium english, fruity hops. Hop bitterness comes at the very end and stays with you.

M: Medium carbonation.

O: Decent english IPA but nothing special. Flavors are good but bitterness seemed a bit on the high end for my preference.

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2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

Photo of Omnium
3.31/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle > Pint Glass
A - Pours a cloudy yellow, minimal head, thin to no lacing.
S - Smells of good english malts, fresh breads, some dry citrus scents underneath very earthy and grassy smells. Note that the aroma in this beer is hard to discern, its not a powerful aroma.
T - Dry harsh bitterness up front, that once you finish that first bite you get the lighter malts and some earthy flavors.
M - The bitterness stays with you, and nothing else really.
O - Its an OK English IPA at best, this is the only think I can recall having from Left Hand, but it lacks in the flavor department big time, and the dry bitterness is not pleasing to the taste buds.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.89/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

A murky burnt orange body holds an off white head that recedes to thick film. Good webby lacing remains. I smell very faint caramel before diving into a really pure viny, almost grassy hop aroma. The beer starts off slightly sweet on the palate then the citric, bitter hops come on and perform well. There's a very bright, bitter finish. Overall, this has some balance but ultimately the bitter hops really take off.

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

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5/5  rDev +39.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of Brvn
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden transparent with very little to no head retention

S - Almost no smell... these bottle has a best by date that is less than a week away. Should have checked at the store.

T - I have had this beer before and when it is fresh it definitely has more character to it. Solid hop characteristic but by no means a hop bomb. Pleasant after taste. Bit of a bready back bone.

M - Smooth, almost creamy.

O - A solid beer at a good price.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

400 Pound Monkey from Left Hand Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 2,162 ratings
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