|Brewery:||Left Hand Brewing Co.|
|IBU:||The Monkey Isn’t Telling.|
|Appearance:||Light-Golden Pour with White Foam Head|
|Aroma:||Subdued Citrus & Grain with Hoppy Freshness|
|Flavor:||Earthy Pine, Grapefruit Hints, Malt|
|Pairs With:||Coconut Chicken with Curry, Burgers with Caramelized Onions|
Colorado seems to be full of top notch craft breweries these days and Left Hand Brewing Company is no exception. They have a nice year round lineup of beers including the one siting before me now, fondly named 400 Pound Monkey. I’m not too sure what gave them the idea for the name, the beer doesn’t taste like a 400 pound monkey at all (bad joke… sorry).
Actually the name, as far as I can gather, came out of a discussion over extreme beers for an article Lew Bryson was writing for Beer Advocate Magazine. In the article Eric Wallace quotes his VP of brewing as saying “Any monkey can put 400 pounds of hops in a kettle,” and with those words I can only speculate that both an idea and a name were born.
India Pale Ale’s are gaining more and more of a foot hold within the craft brewing community and there are more consumers out there than ever willing to take the plunge into bitter beers. So, why another IPA? Well, judging from the article just quoted, I think maybe the brewers up at Left Hand got it in their heads that they might be able to pull off something a little different than the usual “mostly” American IPA offerings out there. They decided to try to make an English style IPA.