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Hop Warrior Imperial IPA - Roosterfish Brewing Co.

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Hop Warrior Imperial IPAHop Warrior Imperial IPA

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68 Ratings
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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 16.96%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | 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: 68 | Reviews: 33
Reviews by codewarrior:
Photo of codewarrior
2.86/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz Bomber Poured into a tulip pint, bottling date of 02-10, hand written in sharpie on the label.

This bottle is well past it's prime for a DIPA, but was given to me as a gift, and was picked up off the shelves at the penfield Wegmans ... so ... I'm gonna rate it or else they'll never pull their old stock off the shelves and unsuspecting and well-intentioned persons will continue to accidentally buy off beer. Now that I've rationalized this tick ... here we go ...

L: Deep amber, too dark, with bubble froth head. This head looks ridiculously good, gobs and gobs and gobs of it clinging to the glass even after a huge retention period.

S: Ooh, ok, this bottle was born on 02-10 ... and putting my nose to this thing is the first time I thought to look (drinking on 12/10). This thing smells like a weak barleywine, exceedingly sweet with a weak hop profile struggling against a boozy, malty grain.

T: An off barleywine taste, huge sweetness, with the tiniest hops behind, citrus and fruits and nuts in the middle.

F: Syrupy thick, far too thick for a DIPA.

D: Hard to drink, Similar to Devil Dancer, but less good. As much as this has gone past it's prime, I've had good DIPAs well past their prime, and they have a much stronger taste than this. While this was undoubtedly better in it's prime, I doubt it was every a particularly striking double IPA.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
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 rwilde
4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of asabreed
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
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 +0.3%
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 -2.6%
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 -18.7%
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 -9.9%
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%

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 tclapper
4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of metter98
3.4/5  rDev -0.6%
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 kylemckinnis
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Tyrawlings
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of plaid75
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
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 +17%
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 fmccormi
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of pathman
4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of throwback
4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of Drknight
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of nh2032
4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of HotHands
2.92/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Photo of electtodefer
4.25/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of PCmofo
4.32/5  rDev +26.3%
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 shirleyp
4.5/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of johnnnniee
4.07/5  rDev +19%
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.

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Hop Warrior Imperial IPA from Roosterfish Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.