Monday, May 18, 2015

Left Hand Brewing Company 400 Pound Monkey English-Style India Pale Ale

American west coast IPA’s are one of the most popular if not the most popular IPA style here. But we sometimes tend to over look other IPA style such as the original or English-Style India Pale Ale. English-Style IPA’s tend to have earthy, herbal hop notes that are well balanced by bready malt. This example here is Left Hand Brewing Company in Longmont Colorado 400 Pound Monkey English-Style India Pale Ale, 6.8% ABV. 400-Pound Monkey pours a dark golden color with a one half finger thin white head that dissipates quickly leaving very little to almost nothing behind. There is a decent amount of light streaming in through the glass with nice carbonation. The aroma on 400-Pound Monkey is earth and herbal with a touch of breaded malts scents. This doesn’t have much fruity scent that you’d get from an American IPA. The aroma is good though. The taste is first earthy and slightly hoppy then it gets more herbal with a nice malted bready taste that helps keep the hoppy bitterness down. I think that the hops and malts are well balanced on this beer. 400-Pound Monkey isn’t overly flavorful with anyone flavor, it is all around flavorful and tasty. The mouth feel is light to medium with a nice low hop bready semi-bitter finish and nice herbal yet earthy malt after taste that lingers nicely till slowly fading just before the next sip. I rather enjoyed Left Hand Brewing Company 400-Pound Monkey. It isn’t has a nice flavor that isn’t too big like most American west coast IPA’s which make it more drinkable. 400- Pound Monkey is an A. This is a well balance English-Style IPA that has a flavor that makes it nicely drinkable and not all in your face bitter/hoppy. I would recommend trying Left Hand Brewing Company 400-Pound Monkey. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly        

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