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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Photo of mjurney
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Golden-orange color, clear. Lots of nice fine bubbles. Head looks very nice, lacing looks pretty good on the glass.

Herbal hops, some malts and a little fruity.

Taste & Mouthfeel:
Flavor is pretty mild. Maltiness up front, slight caramel. Herbal hops, just a touch of citrus. Body is light-medium.

Finish & Aftertaste:
Smooth finish with dry herbal aftertaste.

Overall Impressions:
Nothing really special about this IPA, it's just very dull.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pale copper color with nice bubbling. The head after the pour is thin and leaves a little lacing on glass from a nice ring atop the ale.

A little peppery hop nose along with dry bread powder toasted malts. Not bad, but not a level above other America made EIPAs.

The hops bitterness starts white peppery and medium, then milds out a little more to an earthy finish. In the middle you get a little toasted mlats and a water cracker. Not balanced, but not overwhelming bitterness either.

I think this is a good beer, but it doesn't taste like an Emglish IPA to me. This is AIPA all the way taste wise. The bitterness is a bit too pronounced compared to others in the style.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Clear, bright orange-amber body with an inch of soft white head; good retention and great lace. Very attractive pale ale.

S: Somewhat more hops than malt, with classic English floral elements really shining. While not my favorite hop profile, I respect it. The malt sweetness is little buttery and nutty, but doesn't go overboard with the diacetyl. Light vanilla and grapefruit are also present. Quite complex, if not the most appealing smell to my sensibilities.

T: Follows the nose pretty closely, but without as much finesse. The malt takes over early on, and the hops deliver more pure bitterness than flavor. Quite harsh on the finish, with a bit of booze creeping in. I'm loving some of its vanilla nuttiness, but the rough back end keeps it from being a really good example of the style.

M: Fairly full-bodied with moderate, smooth carbonation. Substantial and well done.

D: Not good at all for the style - too much booze and bitterness, not enough hop crispness.

Notes: Decent beer, but not one I'll be going out of my way to find in the future. I think I'll stick to Left Hand's superb Milk Stout, and leave the hoppy styles to others.


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Photo of MartzMimic
3.22/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear copper with a nice bubbly head. Slight pine, bread and spice smell. The caramel malt really comes through with a bit of fruit in the background. A nice touch of bitter aftertaste. A medium-light mouth with some carbonation. Very pleasant.

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Photo of philbertk
3.22/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Left Hand Brewing Company--400 Pound Monkey English-Style India Pale Ale 2010 12 oz. Bottle. 6.80% ABV. 45 IBU's? (3.25 / 5.0) Dense foamy lacy rich white head. Bottle Conditioned sediment, hazy soft amber gold color. Very mild not NW hop front. Creamy doughy bready mild sweet caramel BC fruit ester hint smooth malty body. Fruity English soft hop end. Sampled 10/31/2010 from 6-Pack purchased for $10.75 @ Seattle, PCC--Greenlake on 7/21/2010.

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Photo of corywalston
3.22/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A. Average poor ┬Ż inch of gold/white head that dissipates to lace around the rim. Little carbonation from bottom of glass. Orange in color.
S. Hops, yeast, and alcohol is evident.
T. Taste like it smells but with a metallic taste.
M. The hops bites back a little, slightly dry.
O. Taste like an English IPA. Average buzz for 6.8%. The label is awesome.

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Photo of miketyree24
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale amber color with large head and lots of lace.

Smells of hops and spices. Malt aroma is there but not as distinct.

taste is hoppy and you can really taste all the spices coming through. Easy to drink.

Not my favorite IPA but definitely good none the less.

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Photo of beergod1
3.19/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber color with a medium head. Excellent head retention and some lacing. A damn nice looking beer. Unfortunately the aroma is not so good. Very weak and faint with only subtle leafy hops. The taste is a resinous hop bomb with plenty of pine notes. Very faint notes of caramel and bread in the finish. Medium carbonated bodied with a good hop Zing. Don't know if i'll get it again for $10 but not a "Bad" beer

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Photo of DownDaHatch
3.19/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer has a nice medium amber-orange hue to it with nice lacing and a good head. Expected the beer to be a lit "bigger" becuase of its name. I was told it was a double IPA and it did not seem to have the smeel or tast of large overhoppiness. The pininess of the hops were present, but not overpowering It could be that it was very well balanced. It can be easily drank and enjoyed, however I would not put it in the same catagory as either Racer X or Breckenridge 471.

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Photo of Beejay
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: A slightly darker straw color. Nice white head atop it. Some lacing

S: Very toasty and biscuity. Some piney scents. I think all this comes together it what I would describe as 'Clean Hampster Cage' Very woody.

T: Interesting guy, biscuit, some bitterness, with a bit of woody/fruit flavors. I feel like I am picking up a little watermelon. oddly enough.

M: Fairly dry and light. Carbonation seems fine.

D: Decent, glad I tried it. But nothing to write home about.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled on 5-29-10

Pours a nice golden amber color, with a long lasting white head and lots of bubbles rising to the surface.

Smell is lightly sweet and floral, with a hint of malt. Not a lot going on, just a hit a vegetable near the end.

Taste is sharp, almost sour, followed by a bitter kick. The bitterness combines with the vegetable flavor on the finish, and is not particularly enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is thin and strongly carbonated, magnifying the bitterness.

Drinkability is decent, but the flavors don't leave you wanting more.

Overall, not really even worth trying.

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Photo of haazer
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass

A- Pours about 1/4 inch of white head on top of a slightly turbid yellow/orange brew. Lively carbonation as bubbles rise to the top. Head retains for some time, pour seemed to suggest it would fade quickly.

S- Smell is a decent combination of pale...carmel malts? It seems as though both were used. Hops are faint at this point. Checking the bottling date this was done on 4/22/10, almost a year from today. Some bready notes round out nose.

T- Suprisingly the hops are present in the taste. Flavor leads in with a crisp citrus bite, in between a bready caramel tastes. A hint of lemon. Then there is a half decent bittering finish. A little bit of an awkward aftertaste though...

M- Body is heavier than light but not quite medium. This is a fairly smooth english IPA, but the carbonation is felt on the tongue. Its balanced quite well.

O- I thought this was above average. Fairly drinkable, and abv not noticeable, at least after one.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a clear, light honey color. Head is one finger and doesn't last well. A couple wisps of lacing.
S- Smell is quite sweet, the malt is pretty dominant. Floral with a faint citrus aroma.
T- It has a tint of sugary character up front. Floral and earthy hop flavors try to balance, but don't quite balance it out. There is bandaid and like a green grape note in the finish.
M- The malt sugars really sit on the tongue. Light carbonation.
O- I like the idea of a more balanced IPA. This one just didn't do it for me. Probably wouldn't go for again.

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a chalice

A: Pours a cloudy burnt orange color with about a finger of white foamy head and a dash of sediment swirling about.

S: Hoppiness is light in the aroma but present. More prominent is citrus and white grape fruitiness, almost Belgian in its esteriness, if that's a word.

T/M: Carbonation is subdued as are the flavors; apricot, canteloupe, earthy hoppiness, pretty bitter throughout. Smooth texture and subtle hop notes are definitely reminiscent of more English style IPA's.

Not a bad choice if you want something a little more tame in a time of wild hop ales.


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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a golden yellow color with good carbonation and a small white head.

S: Light hops, caramel perhaps

T: Nothing really to distinguish this beer. Caramel malt, a little toasty at times. Very light dry, hop bitterness on finish

M: Seems to medium bodied, light booze feel, hops

D: Average

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Photo of kojevergas
3.17/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with fun appealing label art and white/red branded pry-off pressure cap acquired as a single at Whole Foods' HQ and served into an Avery stem-snifter in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average given the brewery. Reviewed as an English Style IPA because the label identifies it as such. 6.8% ABV according to the label. Best by: 01/14/14.

Served cold - straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a half finger wide head of white colour. Disappointingly thin. Poor (~30 second) retention. No lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a clear translucent textbook copper of above average vibrance. No yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it's predictably within style conventions and I'm looking forward to trying it, though it's not unique or special. There are no obvious flaws.

Sm: More grainy than anticipated. Touches of floral and herbal hop character. Bready malts. Pale malts. A touch of grapefruit. Little in the way of citrusy, nectary, or oily hops; the focus here is definitely floral/herbal, and there's not much hop bitterness as a result. I'm a big fan of the graininess, which is full and interesting without delving into blandness or adjunct territory. It's a bit sprucey. The rocky mountain water is showcased well here; it does have that ├╝berclean crisp spring water vibe. The leavening malted wheat is a nice touch; I'd guess flaked wheat was used. If we're guessing hop varietals (which I'm terrible at), I'd go with noble/saaz - strange choices for an IPA if I'm right.

No alcohol or yeast character is detectable.

A clean, crisp, appealing aroma of mild strength. It's not your run-of-the-mill standard fare IPA aroma, and I think the bready malt is what really sets it apart. I'm not quite convinced the hop choices are ideal.

T: The graininess is lovely, and features an unexpected hint of brief spice. Pale malts, caramalt, and flaked wheat fill out the body nicely. Hopwise, the beer features floral and herbal character, but unfortunately little else. No grapefruit or citrus here, but I do get mellow orchard apple and maybe some pear there on the back end. Bready malts lend a touch of sweetness. The beer is well balanced in terms of bitterness and sweetness, and the general balance is pretty good, though there isn't much complexity or subtlety. It's well put together and has a good cohesion, but I wouldn't say it's a gestalt build. It does leave a lot to be desired in terms of hop character, but I like what they did with the malty end. Average depth and duration of flavour. Decent amplitude. Below average intensity of flavour for the style. Quite clean and approachable.

No yeast character or alcohol comes through. There are no off-notes.

The orchard apple coupled with the graininess is a stand-out aspect of the beer for me.

Mf: Delightfully clean and crisp. Smooth and wet, with a very light bite. A bit overcarbonated. Has a good lightly aggressive presence on the palate, asserting its flavours without too much abrasiveness. Good body and thickness. Complements the flavour profile well. A bit acidic.

Not oily, harsh, gushed, astringent, boozy, or hot.

Dr: Very drinkable. I got this as a single, but I wouldn't have been disappointed had I purchased a six pack instead. I might pick this up again at the right price. It's got an interesting approach to the style, and it has some elements I really like, but it never quite comes together like it needs to in order to run with the big dogs. A worthwhile brew from Left Hand, but far from mind-blowing. Certainly worth trying. I'd encourage friends to try it.


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Photo of WJVII
3.17/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass this brew was a nice yellow golden wheat color with a simple 1 finger white head. The aroma was strong of citrus. Not much more to it. The taste was nice and fresh, but not overly hoppy (which I like). There was nice lemon and orange flavors along with a faint spruce note. The brew was a little high in carbonation for being such a light body brew. This was average for the style.

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Photo of danoeltico
3.16/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 Oz bottle into a pint glass

Light golden color with little to no head, light carbonation and beautiful lacing

Slight floral aroma, very faint, kind of earthy

Taste is pretty average with hardly any bitterness and isn't very robust, just feels very laid back, not much in the hops department nor any maltiness

Mouthful is about the same

Overall, an OK IPA, I'm slightly disappointed after having their milk stout. Note: I'm not used to drinking many English IPA's so compared to an American it is very different.

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Photo of brewski09
3.16/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap into 22oz. glass.

A. The beer arrived in a large beer glass and was very, very clear. The head (usually not present with most beers at this bar) was about 1/2 inch thick and white in appearance.

S. Smelled mildly of hops, quite less than expected. There were some piny/fruity tones to the hop aroma. It smelled like there were no caramel/crystal malts used in this brew. Very clean and crisp.

T. The taste was lacking the hop character promised, though it isn't necessarily the beer's fault. I was promised a hop forward beer with "lots of hops" and was delivered a mildly hoppy IPA. This would have been better consumed on a hot summer day as a crisp and refreshing IPA than a fall evening.

M. The mouthfeel was average with decent body, but nothing to write home about. With that said, it was not thin or dry either.

D. As I said before, this was not as hoppy as I prefer my IPA's, but it was quite drinkable. Maybe it would have been better in a bottle as I have noticed some aggressively hoppy bottled beers are less hop forward on tap (like SNPA). Again, drink this one in the middle of summer all summer long and enjoy. A very palatable beer for beginners in the IPA world as well. Not a must drink for hopheads, but definitely a solid selection if faced with meager selection.

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Photo of uustal
3.16/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a pale yellow with a one finger white head. Good lacing and retention throughout. Minor sweet caramel aroma, a bit of citrus as well, very faint. Sweet bread and caramel malt to start. Earthy and strong pine hops hops kick in next which lead to a dry finish. Also faint alcohol notes. Decent flavor, but something is a little off. Mouthfeel is nice despite the dryness.

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Photo of Swim424
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured from a bottle into dogfish head pint glass

A-it appears to be a golden yellow color. Not the color I was expecting. Small head that fell quick leaving a thin layer on top.

S-weak floral hop scent. sort of fruity. Not very powerful though

T-different. Decent hoppy kick at the end. Hits up front with a weird flavor to me. Sort of a wheaty fruity flavor. I am having trouble describing this.

MF-thin creamy layer. Decent aftertaste. Medium bodied beer. Sort of light body for an IPA.

O-overall this is decent. I wouldn't buy this to just enjoy. Its not bad, just doesnt suit my taste that well. I would recommend this to someone who maybe wants to try a mild IPA. or a lighter IPA but not as a Beer I enjoy.

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Photo of claytong
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

the hops were a bit strange. i was also hoping for more of a malt character.
a not so nice earthy taste. generally i like earth tones so not sure why not this time. it was a bit medally as well so perhaps that was my problem with it. cool label though

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Photo of Lerxst
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours a dark gold with a one finger off white head that faded quickly and left a hint of lacing.

S-Slightly sweet Bready malt notes, with subtle notes of pine and citrus hops.

T-Slightly sweet malt up front, a slight citrus and floral hop bite at the middle and back.

M-Light body, crisp carb bite, dry finish.

D-It goes down easily enough, but there is not a lot here that makes me want to have another.

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Photo of AAG
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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Photo of Beaver13
3.11/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, bottle on 2/3/10. Pours a clear light golden orange with a small creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass some.

The aroma is toasted biscuit malts with some fruity hops and a little slightly sour butterscotch.

The flavor is toasted malts with a touch of sweet fruit leading to a strong grassy bitterness that leaves a charred aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with slightly sharp carbonation.

Overall, it has a surprising amount of bitterness, but I didn't care for the toasted biscuit or the charred grassy bitterness.

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400 Pound Monkey from Left Hand Brewing Company
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