400 Pound Monkey | Left Hand Brewing Company

BA SCORE
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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:
552
Avg:
3.59
pDev:
15.32%
 
 
Wants:
75
Gots:
443
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,161 |  Reviews: 552
Photo of ctrousse
4.75/5  rDev +32.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +32.3%

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4.72/5  rDev +31.5%

Photo of Selbyg
4.71/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - Golden with a slight brown

Smell- Malty with a slight hop note

Taste- Strong malt at first giving way to hops. Very good example of an english IPA

Mouthfeel- Could be a bit smoother slight bite and a little thick

Overall- I love this IPA! Drank it out of a bottle for years but on tap is the way to go.

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Photo of jneiswender
4.7/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Great topaz body and white lacing head
Great fruity hop scent with some earth tones. Taste is quite hoppy with some marmalade flavors. Well carbonated .

I don't know why this is so low rated by tasters. I have to agree with the brothers on this one. It is an English ipa. There is some simplicity to be expected. I wish I could try this cask conditioned.

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4.68/5  rDev +30.4%

Photo of Glanzman
4.6/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear, lighter-to-medium golden color with a 1 finger, semi-frothy head with nice lacing.

Smells of medium roasted malts, and a bit of hops.

Taste the same with a slight bit of a bite from the hops. You don't get the big hop flavor as with the American IPAs but it is there. You can taste the malts of this IPA more so than with the AIPAs it seems.

First time drinking an English style IPA so not sure how it compares but I really like this beer!

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Photo of usafboy
4.59/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Has a very belgian feel to it. Good stuff regardless.

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Photo of aussiebeer
4.58/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I really liked it, yes indeed

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Photo of Tarabeth
4.58/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of burnerfinger
4.57/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

VERY GOOD IPA

bought this off-the cuff at tom thumb:

poured from the 12 oz bottle into my goblet:

A BLonde is what comes to mind, a nice yellowish IPA
a FULL TWO fingers of head, settles to a nice sticky lacing
a bit more clarity than I'd expect from a IPA

S - a bit understated on the hopiness - but nice nonetheless

T - just a bit watery but a nice IPA (been a while since I've had beer at all and so I'm very happy to have this)

M - again just a BIT light when compared to the very best, but a nice contender

D CLASSIC IPA

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Photo of tcdrover
4.56/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I've been coming to this site for years. This is the first review I've posted though.

I felt obligated to say something after seeing some of those horrible reviews below.

This is an excellent IPA. This is my 2nd favorite after the Smuttynose IPA.

It's nice & crisp. Too many IPAs just taste like grapefruit & pine nuts. This is very nicely balanced. It goes down very smooth. I don't feel the 6.8 ABV at all. I would seek this out again.

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Photo of Dogfished
4.55/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

English pub feel in my living room

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Photo of alexipa
4.53/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: I just don't think it gets better than this. Perfectly clear straw with a thick clean white head that lasts forever. Tons of lacing.

S: Pretty subtle, mainly bready English malt and floral hops.

T: Lots of bready malts up front (as promised), followed by some floral and piney hop flavors. The backend is where the bitterness really comes through, that nondescript English bitter flavor.

M: I let this sit out for a few hours before drinking, to warm up a bit as directed on the bottle. It was creamy smooth and the perfect carbonation for an English IPA. Incredibly sessionable.

O: One of my favorite IPAs for sure. So creamy smooth and malt forward, but enough bitterness and hops to keep it true to it's style. Just really excellent, I want this on cask now.

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Photo of YippieitsRyan
4.51/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tastey beer to watch basketball and hang out.

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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

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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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