IN SEEKING TO make an English-style IPA, Left Hand got several things right. They use primarily English cultivars (albeit quite new ones, thus not harking much to precedent), keep the body fairly light and not very caramelized (about 2.5 Plato), and aren’t slaves to IBUs (not even published). A brassy gold with appealing, medium-plus carbonation, 400 has a light and floral nose sprinkled with perfume, light toast, and some bready grain. However, the beer misses one of its most critical marks in the finish, being too light, a touch watery, and lacking in the minerals that help English (no –style suffix) IPAs finish strong and accentuate their milder hops. A respectful if misguided ode, but at least the logo’s groovy?
Served: 12 oz bottle