Today is an off-kilter beer from an off-kilter company. Left Hand Brewing. Ever since I sampled the Left Hand beer at the Great American Beer Fest in 2003, I’ve been a big fan. Today’s beer is a relatively new one from them … the 400 pound monkey.
This beer is an English-style IPA (seems a lot like what I define as an East-Coast IPA). The hops are prevalent in this beer. It’s well-balanced though and makes it a pleasure to drink.
The only problem I have with any IPA that doesn’t go over the top with the hops is that it leaves me craving more hops. So I end up bringing out an even more hopped up beer then the last one. If I want subtle from a beer, I don’t pick an IPA … so I’m not sure why anyone would want to try and make a subtle IPA. Oh well, the joy of trying new creations — that’s why I love American Craft Brewers!