Hop Warrior Imperial IPA - Roosterfish Brewing Co.

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Hop Warrior Imperial IPAHop Warrior Imperial IPA

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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 16.62%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Roosterfish Brewing Co. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: jzeilinger on 01-06-2010

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Ratings: 71 | Reviews: 33
Reviews by HotHands:
Photo of HotHands
2.92/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours a dark amber with a rocky off-white head.

S - not as much as I'd like from this style. Some caramel aromas but not nearly enough hop aroma.

T - caramel sweetness is somewhat balanced by a large amount of hop bitterness. The problem is that there are not enough aromatic hops and thus not much complexity. Also, it tastes like an imperial red because of the crystal malt - a bit like a worse Lagunitas Lucky 13.

M - good enough. A bit sticky.

Overall - misses the mark because of a lack of aroma or complexity.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Only the secong beer I have had from Roosterfish.Poured into an imperial pint glass a rich clear amber with a tigh,fluffy two finger white head that never really fades completely.Aromas are a bit light,faint citric hop along with sweetish fruity alcohol.Full lush mouthfeel,full but not coating,flavors are resiny upfront with some citric notes,its sort of sputters into a sweet somewhat alcoholic finish.This DIPA has some things going for it,the appearance and mouthfeel are great,it lacks in depth of flavor and aroma.

Photo of asabreed
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: A nice and full hazy and copper-colored amber, with lots of raindrop lacing around the top of the glass. It froths up good initially, but then the craters burst, leaving a quarter-finger semblance of head at the top of the body.

Smell: Big initial whiffs of citrus sourness. Lots of sourness. A lot of lemon and grapefruit. Though I like the intensity of it, it almost seems more like a Pale, as there aren't really a lot of discernible possibly sweeter fruit esters, and there's not much earthiness or sense of malt either.

Taste: Again, not overly sour, but mostly there's not enough of a rich malt backbone to keep this from sliding into a kind of puckering lemon-like sourness, that kind of cascades all the way through, taking away the earthiness and possible fruit esters, which seems to be there but have a tough time getting through. I don't dislike it by any means, but it I'm not sure the sourness will be a huge crowd pleaser to many.

Mouthfeel: One of the best things about this beer, which is medium-bodied but the carbonation's there, and does a nice job with holding everything together and is a good balance between spritzy and creamy.

Drinkability: Throughout the drinking of the bottle, I enjoyed the almost-combative sourness, and the carbonation held up to deliver with each sip. But I would've guessed, for some reason, that this was an Imperial Pale versus a DIPA. The sourness may turn folks off, but it's definitely a puckering summer treat in some respects also, if you're into that sort of thing.

Photo of Gmann
3.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky golden amber color with a big fizzy head that slowly settled into a fluffy head.

The aroma is of a bready malt with some candied tropical fruit/apricot notes. The beer has that big malt candied sweet aroma. The hops don't smell all that fresh.

The taste is of a bready malt, some toffee, not nearly as sweet as the aroma. More noticable grassy notes from the hops. Some light citrus and apricot but more grassy than anything else.

Moderate to full feel. The beer is quite dry which helps balance the bigger malt bill. Tons of grassy bitterness but it doesn't linger and the beer is quite drinkable.

Definitely a maltier DIPA or the hops faded. Flavor is better than the aroma and the brew is quite balanced. Hop heads won't like this as it is more of an EIPA flavor.

Photo of akorsak
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bomber from Finger Lakes. The Roosterfish hefe impressed me so I'm taking another look.

A: The DIPA is darker, relatively speaking. More of a golden brown amber color. A thick white head, over two fingers, is fluffy, leaving plenty of lace behind.

S: The nose is big, well-hopped with a soapy finish. Syrupy citrus follows, creating a barleywine-esque big body.

T: Citrus, grains, citrus. Repeat. The hops start off, a quick blast before the grain kicks in. An odd flavor, right around mid sip and very vegetal, seems to be a remnant of the hoppiness. Caramel malts, otherwise, support the syrupy thick hops. A citrusy orange flavor appears near the finish. Accessible but the vegetal flavor weighs the beer down.

M: The mouthfeel starts off well, veering into barleywine territory without much prodding. As DIPAs go, it generally works. Roosterfish, despite a bad first encounter, may be back on the visit list next year...

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.78/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured in to Duvel tulip
Born on date of: 12-09

A - Poured a dark amber colour with half a finger of creamy white head.

S - An intense aroma of bitter piney hops and sweet caramel malts.

T - Bitter pine hops up front that are somewhat dull and in flavour while still providing bitterness. The hops really lack the punch that I have come to expect from a DIPA. The malt flavour dominates and it is somewhat unpleasant, although I can't put my finger on exactly what the taste is. Perhaps this is a freshness issue since this bottle is about 6 months old. Hope fade is very possible here.

M - Medium body, lightly carbonated.

D - A below average DIPA that does not impress at all. I would not buy this again.

Photo of jonB
3.08/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The beer pours a very nice copper with a solid layer of foam that disappears a little too fast. A little bit sweet and pretty piney on the nose. The first sip is very sweet and gets evened out by the hops at the end. The bitterness gives it a good ending, but can still detect some alcohol. Average for the style.

Photo of logicalparadox
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

It's imperial, but is it worthy of an emperor?

Sweet malt backbone, paired with hoppy payload. Acrid middle, some kind of medicinal or herbal bitter in there. Alcohol mingles with the bitter finish.

Not a huge fan but worth trying again.

Photo of metter98
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cask at d.b.a., Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is relatively clear copper in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with delicate lacing covering the surface that eventually completely faded away.
S: There are light aromas of citrusy hops in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and is citrusy but there are also some notes of caramel malts in the flavors.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit smooth on the palate.
O: The beer doesn’t have a lot of aroma or complexity in the taste but it does have some warming from the alcohol.

Photo of plaid75
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at the brewpub.

Poured a deep copper hue with a two finger foamy white head. There was very good lacing and retention.

The smell featured a subtle hop and full earthy malt.

The taste consisted of heavy caramel and a less than adequate hop spice.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall an unimpressive DIPA.

Photo of JamnesCameron
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler at World Wines and Liquors in Mentor, OH. Poured into a snifter. Pours a clear deep copper with a thin white head. Head drops leaving barely a wisp of foam.

Aromas of citrus and piney hops, good malty backdrop.

Flavors of a nice caramel and toffee malt base, with a huge punch of citrus (orange, tangerine) and pine (fresh tips) hop bitterness. The bitterness is not overdone, considering their calculated IBUs is around 120. Finish is medium, with pine and grapefruit lingering.

Mouthfeel is medium with sticky malt and a round mouth coating bitterness. Good level of carbonation.

Overall a very nice DIPA, not sure why the scores are so low. No love for the Roosterfish?

Photo of PCmofo
4.32/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this beer into a Sam Adams Glass and had about an inch of thick dense head.Deep amber color, very clear with golden tones. Aroma was sweet and a little malty.

The taste was much more balanced than I expected. The hop flavor was so intense that it was like a sweet candy like hop flavor with a smooth semi sweet finish left little to no bitter hop after taste.

The carbonation was lower even though their was thick foam on the pour with heavy lacing. The beer also had a thicker mouthfeel.

Excellent Imperial overall. Not overpowering, well balanced. You can definitely drink more than one, but the intense flavor makes you want to sip it slowly.

Photo of johnnnniee
4.07/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at the brewpub
Pours a cloudy reddish amber color with a decent head and retention. Aroma of spicy pine and caramel, resin and citrus. This woke my nostrils up. Taste is resinous and bitter pine mixed with a smattering of citrus. I look for malt in here, but find none. Dry finish with a long lingering resinous bite. Medium thin body and level of carbonation. Resinous sticky mouthfeel. For a blast of hops this one sure did the trick. I would have liked a bit more complexity, but I enjoyed this just the same.

Photo of WesWes
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy, dark amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a damn bitter, hop nose with boat loads of malts as well. It's rather muddled with lots of caramel sweetness, contrasted with lot of bitter Warrior hops. The taste is much the same. It's a little overkill with the hops. It's bitter as hell, which generally I really like, but the malt bill adds too much sweetness to the taste. The mouthfeel is fine. It's a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a pretty good beer and easily the best offering from Roosterfish. I have a pint of this every time I go there. That being said, there are better examples of this style out there.

Photo of bamadog
2.12/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

I picked a bottle of this up when I was recently back in Northwestern PA/Southwestern NY and I was kind of excited about it, but that excitement was soon to fade. Review is from notes taken on 5/21/2010 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass to the kitchen sink.

Appearance: Pour is a solid coppery color with a core of ruby; starts with an off-white head of one finger with very solid retention; body is a tad cloudy and shows very strong carbonation bubbling througout; a pretty full curtain of lacing is left behind on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Hmmmm... The experience is starting to slide downhill here... Nice citric bitter hops and a faint malty backbone, but the smell is weak and something smells "off" -- almost like vinegar and bad fruit.

Taste: Really just like the smell, the hops are bitter and a tad citric with some grapefruit aspects; the weak malty backbone is there, but so is that awful off flavor of vinegar that's not pleasant at all and makes me grimmace a little bit. I ended up drain pouring this one and that makes me a sad panda.

Mouthfeel: Pretty standard for a DIPA -- a body of medium weight with a smooth body and mellow carbonation due to the weight; a nice and fair stickiness is left behind on the roof of the mouth and palate and it's pretty nice. Really, if one was to simply look at and feel the beer in the mouth, it'd be alright, but boy those off scents and flavors really kind of ruin the experience here.

Drinkability: Being that I had to pour this one down the drain, I feel that I can't give it anything other than a 1. I feel kind of bad about it though and think that my experience with this beer is off, judging by the other reviews. The next time I'm home, I'll be sure to pick this one up again and give it another shot and see if I need to edit my review, which I am more than willing to do. But for now, my scores stand...

Photo of suspect
3.18/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had as part of a sampler flight at the Roosterfish BrewPub in Watkins Glen.

A: Hazy amber color that leans towards brown. Slim head fades quickly but leaves a medium amount of lacing in the glass.

S: Initial sniff gives me grassy/piney but is quickly replaced by tangy citrus. Not much power in the aroma, but what is there, is pleasant.

T: Nicely balanced DIPA, but I want more of both hops and malt! I do get a piney-grass taste at the beginning but that tangy citrus I had in the nose just wasn't there in the taste. It did have a slight malty finish to it as well, but again, there wasn't enough there to tickle my DIPA fancy. Slightly better than average taste, although, calling it a DIPA, probably lends more towards disappointment.

M: Nicely carbonated, hop oils don't coat the mouth as much as it could and the aftertaste vanished quickly.

O: Less than stellar effort for a double IPA. This is a 100+ IBU and it left a lot to be desired on the hop front. It was average at best but I would drink it again, especially on tap.

Photo of jzeilinger
2.66/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had in a big bomber, poured a hazy, amber red color with an initial creamy, tan, three finger head. After about two minutes it subsided to one finger, then to an even thin, creamy top that stayed. Had a nice, medium amount of carbonation that wouldn't quit, this beer looks fabulous. The beer was poured a littl below room temp, I would have preferred it to be slightly colder. The aroma exhibits a medium amount of citric acidic sweetness, hops, some spice, and a little touch of malt. Rooster Fish weighs this one in at 120 IBU's so I'm anxious to start tasting this!

The bitterness in this beer is quite evident as the hops are present from start to finish and long after the sip. The palate is hit with malty sweetness up front, then with a massive amount of floral and citric hop flavor. A very mild hint of vanilla rises, but quickly subsides. There isn't much complexity going on - it's either carmel malts or hops, the two don't blend overly well and are distinct on the palate.

The mouthfeel is smooth, mild prickliness on the tongue, with an alcoholic, estery presence starting in the middle and lasting through the end of the sip. The finish is watery, semi-dry, and is on the lighter side of medium body. From a drinkability perspective, it's average. When comparing this to other Double/Imperial IPA's out there, this one needs more backbone to fill it out and give it more substantial body and depth. The taste doesn't match the really fine presentation when initially poured.

Photo of GatheringBrews
3.06/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a reddish brown and an offwhite, tight head with good retention and some lacing. Initially strong hop aroma that dissipates a bit revealing little else in the aroma. Generally a balanced DIPA with a thin mouthfeel and a tiny bit of hop oil. It's fairly assertive in its hop character, but nothing in particular stands out. Slightly grassy, a hint of alcohol in the finish, and not a lot of malt character that would indicate a bigger DIPA.

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hop Warrior Imperial IPA has a dark orange body that is brown at it's core, and a small, persistent off-white head that leaves a little bit of lacing on my glass.

The aroma has a good amount of citric aromas highlighted by grapefruit, along with some bitterness and a massive amount of sweet caramel malts.

Hop Warrior is a pretty big tasting beer that leads off with a blast of hops and follows with a ton of malt. First the citric and grapefruit flavors come with a little bit of pine resin and a ton of bitterness. The hops then give way to a ton of sweetness from the caramel malt. The finish is somewhat dry and once again pretty bitter.

The mouthfeel is a a little bit creamy with good carbonation. It manages to be a little bit dry and a little bit puckering from the bitterness.

Overall Hop Warrior is a solid IIPA, but it isn't fantastic. There is something about the way the malts and hops come together that makes me think they just don't mesh well, although I can't decide exactly what the problem is.

Photo of lovindahops
3.88/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a sweet looking bomber I picked up at the Geneva Wegmans... oh yeah, into a tulip glass

A- a fine amber look that is reminsicent of a nugget nectar from sat night... yeah that is the comparison. The head is an onslaght of foam and later lacing. Sure it was an aggressive pour... but I do like this brew's locality and excitement generated by catching it

S- very strong malty backbone. Not much other than the that and some alcohol warming in the end... wait there is some caramel

T- pretty good. A bitter entrance followed by the anticipated sweetness. A pretty good DIPA characteristic. The alcohol even warms the palate as it exits

M- there is some good carbonation on the tongue. The brew is bubbley and full

D- this is a good DIPA. Sometimes, it's surreal to look at a brew that is not widespread and realize it's the style you are judging. I need to get down to the glen... and not for the race (but the brew)

Photo of schoolboy
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This imperial has been sitting in the store for a while, I assume on purpose (it came from World Wines in Mentor). It has an 8-11 born on date.

It has a funky appearance - very cloudy but with a nice little head. It has a darker IPA color.

The aroma, taste and after taste all reflect a suspended, bottle conditioned taste (Ileft some of the sediment for the end). It's maltier than hoppier and slightly yeasty. This unexceptional bomber is something that I don't need to try again, but I won't refuse one if offered.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.11/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - hazed amber color with a off-white head that left good amount of lacing behind.

S - pine tar and citrus rind.

T - bitter citrus rind from start to finish.

F - medium bodied with mild carbonation.

O - just another Dub/Imp IPA, nothing special.

Photo of JDH2000
2.22/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Picked up a bomber at a Wegmans while visiting the Rochester Area. "Born on" date is 12-09.

A- nice copper color with off-white head. Pours with about a finger of head and constant head retention.

S- not really picking much up. With a name like "Hop Warrior" and 100+ IBUs I expected to get hit with more hops. All I really get are some subtle vanilla scents.

T- I immediately get a sour taste that I didn't expect--like a gueze or lambic. Doesn't seem bitter at all to me and I'm not getting any of the hop flavors I was hoping for. I'm also tasting the bit of vanilla. I'm suspecting that my bottle is bad.

M- a bit of an oily feel in the mouth with a strong alcohol/ester presence.

D- Even though my bottle was likely bad, it wasn't horrible. I just pretended that it was a lambic.

Photo of mothman
1.51/5  rDev -56%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Poured into pint glass.

Pours 1/4 finger of beige head. Color is a caramel/copper brown. Very dark for an iipa.

Aroma: Very malty. Caramel and toffee malt flavors show. Very sweet. Smells almost like cake. Some muddled grapefruit and pine flavored hops, but ever so malty.

Taste: Very odd taste right away that I notice. Raisins? Then, more malts. Bready and sweet malts. Where are the hops? Aftertaste of weeds.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and creamy with an odd note to it. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends sticky, grassy, and weedy.

Overall, this was pretty gross and undrinkable. A definite drainpour. Nothing about this beer was good. Not much else I can say.

Photo of Hopfest
4.22/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this right at the source on tap last week.
A- great looking beer, a finger of foam in the pint glass from a kind bartender's efforts, with a nice cap and lacing all the way down. Nice amber, slightly turbid orange color.
S- best part of this brew, sweet citrus, grassy aromas from that nice foam cap, smells like Spring. Perfect aroma all the way to the last sip.
T- nicely balanced for a 100+ IBU, light bready malts with a lemon-tangerine bite that surprisingly did not linger into that overpowering botanical bitterness on the back of the tongue imperials can sometimes leave. Unsure what they hopped with, but it's just right against the malt, clean finish.
MF- smoothness from plenty of balancing malt, but crisp hops make it just about perfectly balanced. Could have easily drank right through another pint.
D- I really enjoyed this beer. Had some appetizers with it, but it stood alone, didn't overpower in any way and could easiy complement a nice grilled meal or BBQ. I'll go back for the experience without hesitation.

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Hop Warrior Imperial IPA from Roosterfish Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.