400 Pound Monkey | Left Hand Brewing Company

2,160 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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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 babbules
2.06/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance was great--copper with great clarity. It had a beautiful white fluffy head (about 1-1.5 fingers) and good lacing.

Smell was middle-of-the-road. Bread and fruit with a hint of metal.

Taste is where this beer failed for me. The front was malty with a touch of fruit and pine. This was quickly overwhelmed with metal and meatiness (?). It's just weird, plain and simple. I've had grassy, vegetal IPAs that were still good beers, but this one pushed the envelope into overly-savory and soupy.

Overall, I wasn't a fan. I'd give this beer one more shot, but not happily.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.61/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Undated bottle at 45 degrees into shaker
Aroma of flowers
Head small (2 cm, aggressive pour), white, frothy, diminishing to 4 mm broken frothy layer
Lacing good – complete rings of mostly tiny to few medium bubbles
Body light yellow, hazy
Flavor slightly bitter, reduced hop flavor typical of English IPAs, somewhat earthy; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 3.5, Palate 3.75, Overall 3.75

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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 monkeybeerbelly
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice bready and malty notes with a perfect bitterness to balance. really hit the benchmark for an english IPA. a style that many brewers seem to pass on, left hand really proved themselves with this one

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Photo of dcscientist
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another solid offering from Left Hand, who is quickly moving up the ladder for me. This is an IPA, but it's a bit maltier and less bitter than traditional ones, so that's why I liked it more than anticipated. I'm not sure if others may have gotten a bad batch, because I really didn't get the sour or bitter taste or the foul aroma that some reviews have described. I've never had this issue with Left Hand, so I'm definitely surprised that some have reviewed this beer so harshly.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.79/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: crystal clear; light copper colored; 2 finger ivory head that receded to a wispy cap; very nice lacing;

S: a nice combination of hop aromas - citrus, earthy, and pine - with malt barely detectable in the background;

T: herbal hop influences are predominant throughout; bready malt in the background at mid-palate; light to moderate bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: I would have like more complexity in the flavor;

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Photo of Mdg222
3.36/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This one's a little different. Has a caramel flavor with a smidge of toffee flavor, which I'm not a fan of. It has a little piney aftertaste that lingers longer than I'd like. It's not bad but I probably won't rush out for more.

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Photo of Chaz
3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brilliant golden in color topped with a fluffy off-white head.
Good lacing.

Nose exhibits some pretty assertive hop character, with notes of pine and citrus. There's also a sweet, rich malt character, and a touch of yeast, but the hop profile straightaway seems closer to a by-now familiar American I.P.A.

Sweet, lightly-tangy and aromatic on the first sip, in the best possible way. Yeast character is a little bit more pronounced in this by comparison to an American I.P.A., and the malt is also a bit more pumped-up and juicy. There's a sweetness that isn't cloying, but more in line with a natural fruit juice (think: pineapple), and indeed notes of ripe pear, golden apple, and pineapple are good points of reference.

While there's a nice malt character and component sweetness, there's that assertive hop profile keeping everything in a good sense of balance. Lingering bitterness is worth noting, here, just as the initial burst of hop aroma set this beer off on a good start, so does that bitterness keep the sweetness in check.

Malt profile is pretty sturdy, so this one has a good, solid feel to it which is appropriate for the style. It's a bit bigger, too, so to my mind an excellent sipper.

A very good beer overall, and it much better than I had expected it to be.

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Photo of maedhros09
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Amber color with thin lingering surface bubbles. Sweet malt folowed by moderate fresh hops bitterness. Medium thick body, fairly smooth. A solid english style IPA.

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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 DuaneL
4.48/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I do not usually like IPA's that much. They are way too over-hopsy for my taste. However, now this one - for the APA-lover that I am - is the perfect IPA. Another fantastic beer from an outstanding brewery.

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Photo of minterro
3.61/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Haven't been drink or rating (full rating) as much as usually so I figured I should start back up again.

Bought on sale at Morgans Liquor in Denver, poured into an imperial pint glass.

A&S: Fizzy white colored head with large bubbles incorporated into a general foam. Pours about a finger and above average lacing upon first sip. Head dies very quickly, but retains at a thin layer. Transparent and lively light orange colored beer. The aroma is more citrus than the taste would make it seem like it would be, but definably contains a good amount of maltiness.

T&M: More malty than your run of the mill IPA on the market. Other tones include caramel and slight citrus and piney elements. Almost has a rye like bitterness to it. This beer seems more like a hoppy amber, but I suppose that is part of the English IPA style. Pretty bitter in the finish. Carbonation is on the high side of medium and body is medium.

Overall: I've had this beer before, but I guess I never rated it. Not a bad beer, I think part of the reason for the lower BA score is due to palate being use to American style IPAs, at least I found myself thrown off at first.

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Photo of Scooby_1985
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Appearance: Little head or froth covers a golden liquid. Somewhat like pouring an Old Speckled Hen or other typical English ale.
Smell: Indistinguishable yet floral and buttery.
Mouthfeel: Not overcarbonated, about as dry as the aforementioned English beers would be.
Taste: Immediate hit of hops, dried fruit, vanilla. Further tasting reveals a more bitter and sweet note that lingers. Dare I say, caramel.
Overall: Extremely enjoyable. Not too heavy that the more elegant qualities of its taste are overwhelmed. For a Twisted Thistle fan, this hit the spot.

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Photo of mchegash
1.8/5  rDev -49.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Date: 8/30/14
Other notes: Picked up as part of a build-your-own 6-pack. Best by date of 8/30/14 (the same day I bought it, as fate would have it)

Appearance - 4/5
Pours a clear golden-orange. A little bit of head rentention. Overall a nice color and a nice look. Seems appetizing.

Smell - 1.5/5
Smells gross to be honest. Maybe salted fish or vinegar? It's hard to define.

Taste - 1.5/5
Taste is not good either. The taste has the same salty-vinegary-ness as the smell. NOT something I want in a beer at all. If I try to not breath through my nose at all while I drink, I taste some sweet maltiness, and some hops. I thought I had tasted bad beer, but this beer tastes nasty.

Mouthfeel - 3/5
Light to medium in body. Fairly crisp. Light to medium carbonation. Honestly it was hard to focus on the mouthfeel because all I could think about was how bad the smell/taste was.

Overall - 1.5/5
Part of me wants to give this beer a higher rating, because it seems like something MUST be wrong with the batch I'm tasting. Or the particular bottle. But as it is, this beer is straight up nasty. In all seriousness, I don't know if I have had a grosser tasting beer before. I am surprised given Left Hand Brewing's reputation.

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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 ½ 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 nmann08
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On draft, pours a very clear copper orange color. A very tho layer of head sits on the glass, lacing as the beer disappears.

The nose is spice, earthy hops, chives, not much malt. The flavor is earthy hops, with a malt backbone. A little cotton candy, spice, potato. This is old school ipa, but not a great interpretation. Unfortunately, my preferences have changed and this doesn't stand out like I am sure it did 10 years ago.

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Photo of cambabeer
3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was good, but not as good as I thought it would be. Nice malt backbone, I do like getting some malt through at the end after the hops come at the beginning and that's what you get here. Nice lace on the glass, yellow brown body, not too impressive looking overall. Nice carbonation, and served at the right temperature. I'd drink this again.

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Photo of leantom
3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Here goes:

A: Very good. Pours a clear yellow-orange with a great head and lacing. Overall, quite good.

S: Just OK. I prefer the American hops to the British ones, but the latter are still good. Very bitter and somewhat resiny flavor. Lemon and milder citrus flavors.

T: Just OK. Lots of lemon peel. Unlike in other British IPA's and pale ales, however, the malt is somewhat muted. I don't detect the lightly-kilned caramel and amber malts. Somewhat disappointing.

M: Just OK. Very light-bodied.

O: A good beer but I was disappointed at the lack of malt presence. Usually the British pale ales and IPA's have a stronger malt backbone. I taste the British hops in this beer but the malt is sadly not present.

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Photo of BigCheese
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a deep copper/light brown, decent head that left a bit of lacing.

Definitely a bit of fuggle type hops, the pine-y citrusy kind. Not overly pungent.

More balanced than bitter. Definitely a bit of caramel and toffee in the malt body with a touch of bitterness. A little bland, but tasty none the less.

Pretty rich body, a bit syrupy.

Its decent but nothing special, not my favorite style.

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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 sevreng
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle purchased at Atlas Bottle Works in Pittsburgh, PA on 6/27/14. Poured into Fuller's globe glass.

A - Bright, golden hue. Decent head on pour, dissipating quickly to a thin residual layer of foam.

S - Smells much better than she looks: Rich vegetal hop aromas redolent of dried pineapple.

T - Pronounced vegetal hop flavor working together with a deep malt profile right off the bat. Definitely not an American IPA, but this is delicious.

M - Good pale ale balance of creaminess and carbonation. The hops dry out the palate sufficiently without going too far.

O - A nice beer, I'll keep an eye out for it on tap where I think an enhanced mouthfeel will accentuate the flavor of this ale.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.96/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (best before 08/13/14) served in a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Starts off with a chill haze and then goes clear. Clear bright amber. Thin white head that dies back to a very thin skin. Small amounts of fine strand lacing.

Smell: Herbal, floral, fruity. Fruit notes have a hint of peach to them.

Taste: Nice contrast of hops & bitterness with bread-like malt sweetness. The hop flavors have orange and lemon notes, along with a hint of mint. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation, little bit sticky, little bit spicy.

Overall / Drinkability: Very drinkable - I wish I had another one as this one got finished quickly in a pairing with vegetable Tikka Masala. Overall, a full flavored English IPA.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Soft gold color with a bright dense head of white. Holds remarkably. Retention and appearance get high marks. Some bubbles scurrying north through any kind of light.

Chalky herbal hops, aspirin, some leaf decay, and a malt from overseas. Perhaps, picking up some Saaz spiciness. Malts have a lightweight quality with some noticeable wheat in the aroma. Nice.

Very bitter for an EIPA. Starts right there in the beginning with brash herbal and medicinal hops. Some phenolic flavors in there, too. Has a dried up chalkiness, but throws a stone and citrus. Floral, in a good way, especially in the finish. Wheat/barley mix goes at you with flavors of old biscuit. Has that mix of astringency and bitterness that is a bit harsh, but that dog cracker malt gives it earthiness. Barely salty. Interesting, especially in the way that I like it.

Medium body with a purging crunch of carbonation. It's a good feel for an IPA, as it is, but it really accentuates the gritty astringencies of the flavor.

Something about this beer... it's all man. It's lighter in feel, but kind of brutal in flavor. It's a little challenging for a beginner... or a Brit! Haha. Weighty with bitterness for the style, like a 400-pound monkey.

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Photo of Cook82
3.54/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams pub glass. Clear light amber color with 1 finger head plenty of lacing on the glass.
Aromas are floral and very grassy though a lot more noticeable when taking the first sip. Very doughy malts, mild carbonation, and only mild bitterness that goes with the style.
Overall a decent English style ipa very easy drinking. I would buy again though not a true fan of the style.

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400 Pound Monkey from Left Hand Brewing Company
3.59 out of 5 based on 2,160 ratings.
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