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Warhawk Pale Ale - Warbird Brewing Company

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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 17.22%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Warbird Brewing Company visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Cresant on 04-19-2007)
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Reviews by findlayfan:
Photo of findlayfan


3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured with a minimal off-white head on an amber body. Very little carbonation.

Smell was barely there - just a hint of hops.

More hops in the taste than the nose. Did have a bit of an aftertaste that I can't quite place.

Overall, an O.K. pale ale that I wouldn't refuse but wouldn't really take the time to hunt dow, either.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2008 03:31:10 | More by findlayfan
More User Reviews:
Photo of mattcrill


4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Deep carmel notes, toasty malt character, orange zest, and clean ale yeast character.

Appearance: Deep slightly cloudy amber colored pour. Off-white sudsy head with sticky lacing abounding.

Flavor: Orange and carmel flavors up front followed by some pithy hop resin bitterness. Toasty munich notes and a dry, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. A little oily and no alcohol heat.

Overall impression: A darker, richer American Pale Ale. Definitely more dark malt character than I'm used to but still drinkable and nice punchy, layered hop character. Nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2009 19:56:15 | More by mattcrill
Photo of lackenhauser


4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep bronze color with a good sized, off white head. Heavy malt aroma-caramel and treacle like quality to it. Mild hop presence-on the low end for a pale ale. The malt dominates the flavor as well. Hop presence is there for sure but the malt is quite heavy handed for a US pale. Nice caramel flavor. Lingering bitterness. Hops are more felt in the finish then upfront. Solid body for the style. A nice beer-very "beefy" for a regular US pale. I just read these guys are closing-too bad, I found this and their Irish ale quite nice.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2009 03:28:13 | More by lackenhauser
Photo of CHSLBrew


3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Thanks to my friend Dennis for hauling back a 12-pack of this from Wichita, NE.

A-Hazy orange-amber brew, murky and looks almost carmelized. Orange-tinted off-white head, medium-sized off the pour, but quickly reduced to sparse bubbles.

S-Resinous, slightly herbal hops with a big, toasty-bready maltiness.

T-Troasty maltiness along with a slightly biscuity note; hop flavor is bright resin-citrus, in line with the malt flavors. Bitterness comes in to create a pleasantly balanced, safe interpretation of the style. Finshed with a bright, lingering hoppiness and assertive bitterness.

M-Medium-high carbonation, moderate body. Moves nicely and sweetly in my mouth.

D-Fine drinkability. Easy and sessionable brew. Easily some of the sweetest labels I've seen before.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2009 14:04:20 | More by CHSLBrew
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another nice extra I received recently. I try more new ones through extras then anything else and you got to love that. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this cool looking bottle was consumed on 05/20/2009.

The pour was very nicely done. Rich amber in color, very clear with a nice head of white up on the top that hung on for a few moments before settling down into a thin film along the sides. Some nice carbonation initially but it settled down nicely. Light aroma of orange and pineapple with a hint of some underlying sweet malts. Nice touch of biscuit like flavor mid palate as well, but nothing earth shattering here. Descent light body on this one made it a very session able pale ale, though if I am being honest nothing here would really make me come back and try this again anytime soon.

Overall not bad, a bit above average, but nothing that would make me stop and think.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2009 20:32:58 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of Brenden


4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From this morning's tasting:

The color is a clear copper and there's lively carbonation. A nice, foamy head remains at one finger and leaves light to moderate lacing.
There's a light caramel malt in the aroma, light fruits and pure, clean hops.
A nice hops bitterness is first on the tongue and the malt backing makes for great balance. There's a light buttery, toasted caramel note as well. The hops are a very citric flavor, tasting strongly of grapefruit. A nice, dry finish lingers.
The body is moderate. The mouthfeel is a nice mix of creamy and crisp and carbonation is moderate.
This one reminded me very much of GL's Burning River: a pale ale that's nice and hoppy and better than some IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2009 21:28:09 | More by Brenden
Photo of BDLbrewster


1.9/5  rDev -47.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a hazy deep amber color with an off white small quickly disappearing head. Smells nice and full of citrus and some toasted malt. Grapefruit with a touch of alcohol.

Wah wah wah...

Then I tasted it.
The first thought that comes to my head is stale. Burnt sugar and stale bread. There is some sort of hop pungency in there but it is hidden under the layers of alcohol and syrupy toffee tasting strangeness. Maybe this brew is for some people, but I see it as a poor representation of the style. It very well could have been a bad bottle.
Couldn't finish this one, ouch...

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2009 20:28:41 | More by BDLbrewster
Photo of zeff80


3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a somewhat cloudy, orange/amber color with a thick, foamy,small, off-white head. It left minimal lace.

S - It smelled of citrus, roasted malt and some mild floral notes.

T - It tasted very nutty for an APA. Nice bitter hop kick and a biscuity malt flavor.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light to medium-bodied pale ale.

D - My first try from Warbird, it's pretty good ad pretty unique.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2009 02:56:37 | More by zeff80
Photo of wagenvolks


3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Spaulding for sending this brew my way; 12oz bottle into a Corsendonk tulip.

Warhawk pours an attractive, bright copper hue with crystal clarity and a good carbonation level. More of an IPA-color (and ABV!), but the rocky tuft of khaki head retains well and leaves some nice lacing behind on the glass. The aroma I can dig--soft honey and floral hop notes balance with hints of pale & caramel malt. Mango and grapefruit yeast esters in the background.

The flavor, unfortunately, is where this beer breaks down. The sip begins with some sweetened malt and light booze notes, then gives way to stale biscuits, toasted grain husks, and an off-kilter hop bitterness. Flavors are out of whack and way too assertive in this Pale Ale, a style more accustomed to subtlety. Mouthfeel is crisp and decently carbonated, but thicker than necessary. Finishes dry and almost metallic, with a lingering bitterness. Although this beer needs a good bit of work, it certainly wasn't unpleasant to consume. Quite the opposite, actually, but Warbird is not quite what I look for in a Pale.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2009 03:24:01 | More by wagenvolks
Photo of htomsirveaux


3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle received from Phil. Tried 13 Sep 2008.

Medium sized tight cream colored head. Clear burnished copper color. Aroma is sweet, pineappley and somewhat soapy. Starts with a roasty almondy caramel sweetness. Hop flavor muted but jumps out in the finish. Aftertaste of burnt sugar and ethanol.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2009 03:01:10 | More by htomsirveaux
Photo of ppoitras


3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle obtained via SS08 from kirok1999. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 2" beige head above the clear orangey amber brew. Pillowy head lasts incredibly, with tons of chunky lacing. Aroma is sweet and fruity. Taste is moderately sweet upfront, then goes floral yet bitter, which dominates through the swallow. Mouthfeel and drinkability are pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2009 19:02:49 | More by ppoitras
Photo of bheilman


3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid beer. I just moved to the area and am pleasantly surprised with the offerings from Warbird. This one has a nice golden glow and gave me a nice head on a pour into a glass. The smell is sweet and less flowery than I expected, but still reminiscent of the style. It has a nice flavor with general smoothness and a mild amount of hops on the end. Has a nice grapefruit flavor that fades appropriately leaving a nice aftertaste. It is a really drinkable beer that I imagine I will be drinking around the lake this summer.

Had to come back and add some more comments. This beer has become my new go to for a reasonably priced treat. If you're in the area drink some. I'm excited to try some of their other offerings, but it will be hard to make that transition knowing how reliable this one is.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2009 23:08:27 | More by bheilman
Photo of budsboy


2.93/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours clear, dark amber with a healthy fluffy tan head. Sticky head too. Nice looking brew.

Carmel malt smell with a mild, spicy hop aroma. Some dark fruit-raisin smells as well.

Hmmm. Bitter taste from start to finish. Grassy, floral bop bitterness, a tea-like flavor. Little malt character gets through. Aftertaste is a lingering sharp bitterness.

Smooth, medium bodied mouthfeel.

Maybe on a hot summer day, this would be refreshing served ice cold. But as it warms, the bitterness becomes much less appealing. My first Warbird, but I'll try others and hope for the better.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2008 21:09:04 | More by budsboy
Photo of WakeandBake


4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes Sep 6, 2008 Copper color pour,with a nice off white head that stays around till the end nice carbonation. A very nice floral hop aroma. The slightly sweet malt and Cascade hops give this real balance, and a nice mouth feel I throughly enjoyed this offering,and would gladly drink again.A good craft brew. Thank You

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2008 22:10:13 | More by WakeandBake
Photo of BierFan


3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tumbler glass. Bottle is dated 1/16/08, so it might not be the freshest.

Appearance: Sizable light tan head. Body is a dark slightly hazy orange/red. Similar in color to a barley wine.

Smell: Slightly hoppy, with some malt and alcohol aroma.

Taste: Hops and some malts. Not alot going on. Certainly nothing out of the ordinary for the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2008 02:52:48 | More by BierFan
Photo of emerge077


4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lazy ascending bubbles travel through the copper liquid. Creamy cap of foam, with intricate lacing all the way down the glass. Faint caramel aroma, maybe some overripe fruit.

Buttery toffee and caramel that is balanced by a light bitterness. Earthy dry hops in the aftertaste. Full bodied and creamy. This is nicely balanced and a good session candidate. No hint of the 7.30%(!) abv at all. Reminded me of a lighter version of Alpha King. Too bad I only picked up one bottle!

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2008 01:25:02 | More by emerge077
Photo of kirok1999


3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Third bottle of the 4 different ones I bought today. Not impressed so far.
Pours a rich copper with nice sticky lacing. Hummm, maybe some hops here?
Some citrus hops in the smell, just a bit of sweet malt too.
Taste is nice if a bit watery. Lots of bittering hops that linger quite a while. A nice mix of citrus and dark malt notes that blend quite well.
Feels a bit thin and is well carbonated.
Easy to drink, the best of the 4 so far.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2008 21:23:38 | More by kirok1999
Photo of JamesS


4.4/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very nice medium-copper color with great head and some very nice lacing. It has a fantastic floral/citrus aroma that fills the nose and the same goes for the taste, an extremely good APA with a great (maybe cascade and others) hops combination. It goes down well, and overall is a great example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2008 22:06:59 | More by JamesS
Photo of Goliath


3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich amber/copper color with decent clarity. A large two finger slightly yellowed head forms on tops and lingers with good retention. Some nice lacing as it subsides as well.

The aroma is pretty good. A slight hoppiness giving a touch of citrus. Some caramel maltiness is also in there.

The taste is ok. This one is sweet up front with some caramel, and finishes with a slightly bitter citrus hop.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice carbonation tingle. Finish is slightly dry.

Drinkability is moderate to high. The flavors fine for a pale. Nothing out of the ordinary, but not bad at all.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2008 15:10:53 | More by Goliath
Photo of russpowell


3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent amber/copper with 3 fingers of tan head. Average head retention & above average lacing

S: Citric hops & biscuitty malt

T: Citric hops & biscuitty malt, & leafy hops up front. Orange peels, earthy hops, & a touch of toffee as this warms. Finishes with rough hoppyness on the back of the throat & a bit of apricot

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation, balances okay, but don't like the hop mix

Drinks alright, but just a so-so APA

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2008 02:13:13 | More by russpowell
Photo of Monkeyknife


3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle an orange amber with a thin off-white head.

Aroma of sweet malts, orange, and butterscotch.

The taste has plenty of sweet malts, bread, orange, grapefruit and butterscotch. The aftertaste is slightly bitter.

Medium bodied and moderately carbonated.

I was surprised by the quality of this APA by Warbird. In my opinion, a very sessionable beer even at 7%.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2008 20:17:23 | More by Monkeyknife
Photo of callmemickey


1.83/5  rDev -49.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A: Orange/amber body... thin offwhite head.. no lacing..

S: Some citrus hops and bready malts.. not complex... a slight funk to it

T: Ugh. slight hop bitterness... stale bisquity malts... funky funky funky after taste...

M: Starts smooth and turns into a funky after taste which lingers and turns the stomach

D: This is borderline undrinkable

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2008 15:44:31 | More by callmemickey
Photo of tmitch75


3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I like their theme with all the planes and I've been wanting to try their beers for a long time. I had no idea Fort Wayne was so far from Chicago...

Pours a hazy light orange color with 1-finger head that drops quick and leaves lace rings all around the glass.

I detect a faint biscuity smell, but that's about it. Pretty weak.

Light bready flavor with more solid cascade hop flavor than the smell let on. Light citrus taste.

Body could be fuller but still a decent medium body.

Very drinkable pale. Despite all of the above, this is a very easy drinker. I would defintely buy again and would love to try their other beers.

Tasted on 3/8/08.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2008 05:18:42 | More by tmitch75
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


2.42/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance - orange/bronze pour, not much head and what's there reduces to a scant cover. Some random lace and a bit of thickness around the edge.

Aroma - nicely fruity, some bready notes out front. A touch of yeast as it settles but mostly a soft citrus smell.

Taste - starts with a light biscuit grain, a twang of sourness as the palate moves quickly through that to the bitter side. The swallow is nice, orange/grapefruit flavors in play. The aftertaste is not so good, the beer gets quite medicinal with an unpleasant flavorless bitterness that has far too much length for my liking. This beer is right on the edge of being unenjoyable.

Mouthfeel - smooth and easy enough to drink, crisp carbonation is well done.

Drinkability - a good start but the finish kind of turned me off.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2008 05:46:12 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bright orange with marigold trim. A vigorous pour generated two fingers of orange-khaki colored foam that is tight-bubbled and creamy. The crown is full of character as it melts and leaves a wide band of lace-like lace on the upper reaches of the glass.

The aroma features the typical aromas of Cascade hops, but it's too laid back. We can't blame a lack of freshness since the 'best by' date is in the future, not the past. Oh well, perhaps it'll be more generous as the beer warms.

Warhawk is a pretty good APA that needs more good hop flavor. The malt backbone is more than sturdy and delivers a modest amount of toasted grain, edging into caramel, along with sugary pale. Alcohol, although not problematic, is noticed. Why not knock it back a percentage point or two?

The citrus fruity hops may have faded to some extent, but it doesn't taste like they were ever rampant. Flavors include bitter orange, grapefruit and a dab of butter. In the end, WPA is a balanced, higher ABV, unsessionable pale ale that is better than average on a good day.

The body/mouthfeel is 'exhibit A' in why Warhawk is more IPA-like than APA-like. If it just had more hops, the transition would be complete. The beer is medium-full in size, with a certain slickness and lightly tingly carbonation. It's a good combination.

Even though Warbird Warhawk is improving now that I'm into the final few ounces, I can't pull the trigger on the higher flavor score. The suggested fix should be obvious by now. Hint: it involves hops.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2008 14:52:21 | More by BuckeyeNation
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Warhawk Pale Ale from Warbird Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.