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400 Pound Monkey | Left Hand Brewing Company

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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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Reviews: 552 | Ratings: 2,159
Photo of Dikfour
4.27/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Clear gold. Tint of Amber. Medium carbonation. Two finger head dissipated at a reasonable clip.

Smell: Earthy, like dry clay. Big malts.

Taste: Super earthy. Bready malts. Malts are certainly the backbone of this beer but it is exceptionally well balanced. Really clean finish.

Feel: It's super crisp. Fairly clean. Its a little thin but its pretty close to perfect body.

Overall: This is one of my all time favorite six packs. 400 Pound Monkey is pretty complex, balanced, has a good abv and is an affordable sixer. Love this beer.

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Photo of Mcculler
4.27/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden color with amber highlights - paler than most IPAs these days - with good 1 inch head that recedes to the rim leaving only minimal lacing.

Lemon, pine, earth, sulfur, mineral, and butter on the nose - interesting mix of American and British characteristics.

Similar taste x 10. Chamomile, heather, lemon balm, pine, earth, sulfur and mineral. Caramel sweetness more apparent as the beer warms. Grapefruit and herbal bitterness in the finish.

Slick, pretty mouthfeel - a little oily, nicely balanced by tight, moderate carbonation.

A beautiful, thoughtful beer - and also drinkable for ABV. Love it.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A brilliant gold brew under a 1” white foam cap that grips the side of the glass. Spicy hop aromas with pepper and mint rise from the foam with the scent of fresh bread. The palate strikes a perfect balance between light biscuit malts and herbal minty hops. Medium light body and medium to medium low carbonation. Refreshing and very easy to drink.

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Photo of maleman
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Birthdate noted on bottle. Poured a nice clear amber with creamy two-finger head that had great retention. Thick, clingy lacing evident.

S - hoppy, as expected. Some caramel, some pepper peeking through.

T - very resiny right up front. The pepper is there in the afterbite.

M - medium-bodied, nice. The afterbite is just that...a bite. But, I don't have a problem with it because IMO it contributes to the great taste. Better than average carbonation.

D - was recommended by a co-worker and now I owe him one. English IPA's tend to be my fave and this one certainly doesn't disappoint.

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Photo of GabrielM
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A - nice golden amber color but with less head than I expected/hoped for.

S - hops, some sweet malt, apple, allspice and some pine.

T - same as the nose, but with less hops and a bit more sweetness than expected, which is very pleasant. This beer/style would be a great segway into standard IPAs and DIPAs.

M - great carbonation, very well balanced and flavorful body.

D - definitely a beer I could have more than a few of. Rather enjoyable.

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Photo of ProfessorHomer
4.23/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Bright, clear golden blondie color - a very pretty American style! Good head, average retention. Good lacing.

S: Some interesting, delicate floral hoppy notes (like an IPA, but more subtle), alcohol, some malt.

T: Wow - was I surprised! Starts out hoppy like an IPA, slides nicely into delicate caramelly malts, an alcohol tinge and nice, long, balanced mellow & wet lingertaste. Complex series of events going on here! Nice water.

MF: Clean, crisp, creamy & refreshing.

Overall: This sure ain't no English IPA (and I sure do love those English Pale Ales) - this is its blondie sexy, full-bodied, full-flavored floozy American (hoppier) version that unabashedly flaunts full-frontal strong alcohol with your overwhelmed tastebuds. Had me at first sip! I sure ain't no hophead but I sure so recognize a very, very good beer. I wuz taken with this one! Very Recommended!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.22/5  rDev +17.5%
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 BierStein711
4.22/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into pint glass

Two finger head, moderate carbonation

Straw amber colored

Smell: hoppy, apricot, hemp, and herbal smells

Taste: grapefruit, hop, hemp, grassy, and medicinal herb

Mouthfeel: perfect

Overall, this is a brilliant and excellent example of an English-style India Pale Ale.

I'd get a six pack sometime down the road.

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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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Photo of rangerred
4.21/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance is a clear medium gold with a half finger head. Leaves moderate lacing on the glass.

Smells is moderately bready with some light grassy hops. Some light caramel and husky grain is also detectable.

Taste, once warmed up to around 55 degrees, is quite bready and grainy with some light caramel. Some grassy hops can also be tasted before an assertive bitterness comes in and wipes it all away. This leads to a very dry finish with only a light coating left on the tongue.

At first I was quite turned off by this beer because straight out of the fridge, all you get is harsh bitterness with no malt flavor. Let it warm up some, however, and you will be rewarded with a delicious malty and hoppy treat unlike a lot of IPA's on the market.

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Photo of Brunite
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear golden honey color with an off-white head with good persistence

S - Nicely hoppy nose that is lightly citrus-y with some faint pine notes.

T - This is an extremely citrusy, juicy, beer. Lots of fruitiness with some mild biscuit notes. Good balance.

M - Nice balanced. Nice carbonation. Medium body.

O - A nicely balanced, fruity, juicy beer. Fine session beer.

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Photo of TheJollyHop
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear, deep orange amber, with scents of caramel, perfume, yellow roses, wet grass, bread, and tropical fruits.

Head exhibits a thick finger's worth of pillowy mousse like texture; clingy lace.

Flavor showcases orange, peach, bread, caramel, grassy notes, subtle nuttiness, with a sweet finish. There is a long lasting tingle of bitterness. This brew is very well balanced. A medium to high carbonation with a prominent fruity and floral flavor, and a faint lime flavor on the finish. Earthy hop flavor, reminiscent of sauteed spinach and kale.

Medium body, smooth on the tongue front to back, with some tongue drying. Crisp, green grapes mingle with wet grass.
Great example of an English IPA. Would make a stellar session brew if the ABV was slightly lower.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at the Brick Store Pub. Poured a dark golden with a decent head that left some scant lacing and faded to a thin cap. Smells quite piney and with some firm malt. Rich and balanced. The taste is similar. I won't say this is blow-you-away hoppy, even though with a name like 400 lb monkey you might expect it to be. What it is is very well balanced, with more firm malt in the backbone and lots of piney and citrusy hops. Deftly done. A bit full in the mouth, this is even a bit chewy and a fair pleasure to drink.

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Photo of WinthrHOPHEAD89
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with a 5/17/10 "bottled on" date. So fairly fresh! Mmmmm....

A - Pretty clear light golden orange color. Appears to be a filtered IPA with no haziness or floaters. Pours a 1 finger half soap sud half pillow-like head that leaves very think lacing, although dissapates slightly. Moderate effervescence.

S - For an IPA there seems to be not much that aroma. Hops suprisingly don't overpower the aroma of this beer. Floral and citris notes seem to be the majority of the aroma, but this beer by no means smells bad or unpleasant.

T - Off the bat you get a tangerine/grapefruit-like character right up front, which dances on the middle and back end of your tongue along with the slight carbonation and hops. A little resiny, with some lingering hop flavor on the finish, but not too overpowering. A very good balance of resiny hop and tangerine/grapefruit citrus goodness.

M - Very soft and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation that last until the very end. No tepidness for this beer.

D - IPA fans should have no problems drinking this beer, but for the average joe this beer may be a bit to much. This beer is no where as resiny and heavy bodied as the Ithica: Flower Power (which I actually found a bit hard to drink), but not as light bodied as, lets say, the Magic Hat: Blind Faith.

Final Thoughts: All in all 2 thumbs up!!! Recommended!!

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Photo of otersen73
4.19/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass. Thin creamy white head that bailed quickly. Nice Belgian lace throughout the critique.

Very light in color for an IPA...light copper in appearance.

Fruity esters come through in the aroma with some floral and nutty notes hidden underneath.

Very smooth for an IPA and alcohol is well hidden. Malt is rather subdued on the front and hops dominate through the middle. Finishes with a long, dry, hoppy, nutty, character...leaves you craving more.

Very well carbonated and soft on the palate.

Would drink six in a row that's for sure...only bought one so I'm screwed.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.19/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass
Clear golden in color, with a modest head of white foam
Aroma-Subtle citrus and earthy hop notes
Taste-Citrus rind and earthy hop(Fuggle?), some mineral notes as well. Sweet malt, toffee, and orange peel emerge as it warms.
Overall, a fine offering, very much in the English style-Subdued, subtle flavors nicely balanced and full of character, nothing over-the-top, just a pleasant, drinkable brew.

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Photo of ZBowden
4.19/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy golden orange with small white head, smells of toasty malts slight bready yeastiness floral hops, tastes of spicy floral earthy hops with slight toast in the finish, dry lasting hoppy mineral finish, mouthfeel is medium with bright carbonation adding to the crispness and bitterness. Solid beer.

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Photo of chicagobill13
4.18/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

I have been wanting to try this beer for a very long time. Everytime I saw it. it was always out of code. This time it was in code. English style IPA, I love all IPA but sometimes the over hoped American ones is a too much. I love this smell and color of this beer. This beer like most IPA has no head or some. This is nice balance beer. I really happy I have try this beer. This is a very nice session beer and i would drink this doing my grilling or clean. Try it! Cheers!

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Photo of Tballz420
4.18/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gold colored brew, just the slightest of haze. Small white head doesnt last long but still laces up the joint. Caramel malt scent with a fair amount of diacetyl followed by some bitter hops. Caramel malt front, biscuity, some buttery-ness, but not much. Floral and bitter hops, and some spiciness from the alcohol. Medium bodied, pretty sharp on the tongue. Its definitely an american take on an EIPA, and i think they put together a good one.

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Photo of richkrull
4.17/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Buddy brought this one over to try.

Poured a hazy golden amber color with a good amount of white head on it. Smell was very good - nice hops, some bready and floral notes as well. Taste was great, solid bitter hop flavor throughout with some bready malt coming through. Light to medium mouthfeel, this beer went down nice and smooth. Would definitely go for it again sometime - I like this one quite a bit.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.17/5  rDev +16.2%
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 screamking
4.16/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Pours medium amber with a off white head. Tons of lacing hanging about as it is drank. The aroma is filled with bread malts and earthy hops. Lemon and grapefruit also sneak their way into the nose. Lots of grapefruit and orange zest up front in the taste. Hints of toasted caramel malts are also present. Very good mouthfeel, medium bodied. Low ABV makes this a nice drinker. One of the better EIPA I've had.

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Photo of cervezango
4.16/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

sweet smelling bread nuts and banana notes, smells awesome, fluffy white head, lots of air in there.

piney hops bite with a crisp sweet fruity finish. sticky mouth feel. taste pretty English actually. I really am enjoy this,

yeah a whole lots of hops bite , my kind of ipa.

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Photo of DmanGTR
4.16/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes on 4/6/10. A very nice extra in a trade.

A - clear, dark tangerine orange. Well formed white head. Laces nicely. 4.5

S - Earthy, piney, hint of lemon. But more earthiness than anything else. Floral and pungent. Hint of sulphur. 3.5

T - Estery, cereal grains, but relatively clean. Bitterness is pronounced but not overwhelming. Deep, earthy and a faint pine/grassiness. 4.5

M - Crisp, dry, clean, bubbly. I approve. 4.5

D - Wow this was excellent. Tastes and drinks very well. 4.0

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Photo of SitkaSteve
4.16/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was poured into an English styled pub glass.
The appearance was a hazy burnt yellow to orange color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated at a nice pace.
The smell started off with the typical English malts, not so sweet but a mild earthy to spiciness. Subtle grassiness rounds out as it warms.
The taste rolls the malts into the earthy hops in a semi-sweet but earthy bitterness. Spice comes back in underneath to build for the aftertaste and roll into the finish.
The mouthfeel has about a light to medium body with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation slyly moves over my tongue in a nonchalant sort of way allowing the earthiness and spiciness to mildly rest on my tongue.
Overall, for an English styled IPA, of course it is a fine gem and of course I'd have it again. Pass the fish n' chips, please! Oh and I'm not 400 lbs, but I might be a monkey.

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400 Pound Monkey from Left Hand Brewing Company
3.59 out of 5 based on 2,159 ratings.
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