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Warrior Single Hop IPA - Mikkeller ApS

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Warrior Single Hop IPAWarrior Single Hop IPA

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BA SCORE
85
very good

233 Ratings
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Ratings: 233
Reviews: 154
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.8%
Wants: 3
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-13-2009

Brewed at De Proef Brouwerij, Lochristi-Hijfte, Belgium.

Ingredients: Water, malts (pilsner, cara-crystal and munich), hops (warrior) and yeast.
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Ratings: 233 | Reviews: 154
Photo of Samp01
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy amber with a medium beige lasting head with good lacing. ( Bottle dated 10/12/10 ) Aroma of yeast, dark fruit and caramel malt. Taste is sweet caramel malt, Belgian yeast, some bready notes, caramel malt with hops bitterness on the end for balance. a medium body, smooth with moderate carbonation. This brew is more on the malty side for an IPA, seems to be bottle conditioned as well. Still a good flavorful brew.

Photo of emerge077
2.93/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cap is printed "8401203", no idea what that means.
Thanks to Julie & Ryan for this one!

Dark brownish amber with a rocky, dense head of white foam. Sticky and long lasting. Surface is full of irregular crags and peaks. When backlit it's a dark copper color.

Aroma is floral, spicy, and kind of faded.

Some vague citric notes, floral, caramel malt, earthy. Mellow bitterness, floral aftertaste. Medium body, ample carbonation. Dry finish, hollow empty taste.

The epitome of an old and faded IPA. Bummer. Sure would be cool if these were dated. I've avoided the majority of this series for that very reason.

Photo of mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 fl oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. My first encounter with a brew from the Mikkeller Single Hop series, after having tried the amalgamation Mikkeller 19, which I loved. Acquired this bottle from the local beer store for $5.99. My bottle claims a 6.80% abv, rather than 6.90% as listed on BeerAdvocate. Keeping my expectations high; I have no idea what to expect from the warrior hops.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours three big fingers of fluffy doughy beige colored head on top of a beautiful dark burnt sienna orange / ruby colored body with some nice dark yeast sediment floating to the bottom. Very nice fluffy rings of lacing.

S - Smell is earthy, twiggy, leafy, and herbal hop presence paired well with the bread loaves and a lightly funky / bretty yeast smell. Caramel malts, brown sugar, cream. A very nice smelling beer.

T - Taste is smooth and creamy. Earthy, twiggy, herbal hop notes again pair nicely with the bready malt profile. There is a dirty fallen leaf sweetness somewhere in there along with the herbal bitterness.

M - Feel is exceptionally smooth and creamy, with a dry leafy earthy finish. Hop bitterness lingers on the palate.

Overall, a nice introduction to the Mikkeller Single Hop series, and I look forward to trying the others. A nice way to showcase the different hop varieties, and I think it's safe to say that I enjoy warrior hops. A beer I would consider buying again, if it weren't for the outrageous price tag, but for now I'll stick with trying the rest of them.

Mikkeller Warrior ---4/5.

Photo of Andonato
4.69/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured in a pint glass, rich amber color with thick head,at least two inches.
Earthy, bitter aroma that REALLY opened up after a few minutes. This beer seems to open up more and more inviting flavors of citrus, dried fruits, earthiness, caramel, brown sugar with a nice hoppy backbone to keep everything well balanced. Chewy mouthfeel for an IPA. IBU's are pretty high at over 100 according to the bottle but not an especially bitter hoppiness, smoother and more rounded mouthfeel and flavor. Loved this beer and this series is a great way to learn more about the flavors and nuances of single hopped beers. My first Mikkeller, but it won't be my last.

Photo of barczar
3.59/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear medium brown with a modest cream head.

Aroma is somewhat malty, herbal, grassy, and resinous. There's a touch of bitter earthiness and citrus.

Flavor is extremely earthy and resinous with a touch of citrus, moderate bitterness, slightly peppery, and finishing with a hint of pine. Resin and earthiness, grassiness, with a stronger chewiness than amarillo.

Body is moderate, moderate carbonation, astringent finish, slight alcohol warmth.

Very resiny, fairly bitter, remind me of rye in a way.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

certainly one of the most bitter single hop series beers ive tasted. this one poured a pale copper color, hazy, with a luxurious khaki head pushing two inches. the nose is intensely bitter, really oily, with some bitter grapefruit rind essence, all on top of a pretty sturdy medium malt body, like all of these beers. the flavor doesn't start off that bitter, but it finishes that way for sure. sort of fruity and lighter up front, but it intensifies slowly building to a super bitter finish. would be good as a bittering hop, but the flavor is also really nice with that little but of tart fruit. I might try it with a rye malt backbone, allowing the spice of the rye an the bitter warrior hop to jive. good feel, not as rich as some, but good oil content and carbonation. love the dry bitter finish. overall another good single hop beer, this one might not do as well in isolation, but could be good in a nice big American style ipa with a few varieties. good stuff again from mikkeller.

Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Serving type: 330 ml (11.2-ounce) bottle. A batch code is printed on the cap but there is no discernable freshness date.

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass. The color is cloudy amber. There are a few very small specks of sedimentation, but nothing like the blizzard from the other single-hop bottles I had. One finger of eggshell-colored head dissipated fairly quickly to leave a spotted and bubbly lacing, a razor-thin skim, and a ring around the edge.

Smell: Grapefruit and orange citrus with earthy graininess, which imparts an astringent bitterness. There is a solid malt foundation with caramel, honey, and toffee.

Taste: The flavor is coy and evolves in stages, thankfully reaching a tasty climax. There is little flavor at first except for light malts and earthy bitterness. However, the citrus emerges and the hops crank up the bitterness. Grapefruit, orange, a splash of lemon, caramel, honey, and toffee. The bitterness lingers on the tongue and cheeks long after each sip.

Drinkability: It is a pretty decent brew. Understandably, it suffers from that unfinished quality, but it still turned out pretty solid.

Photo of 5lat5ive
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of this on clearance for $5. I've never had anything from Mikkeller before, mostly because a lot of it is pretty pricey. The date on the cap is 23/12/11 (consumed 8/10/12).

I'm interested to see a Danish take on an American-style IPA. Poured from bottle into goblet.

Appearance - Cloudy dark caramel-brown color, with red-ish hues at the bottom. It's really beautiful. 1 1/2-inch head reducing down to about 1/4 inch, following all the way to the bottom. Mild lacing.

Smell - I noticed that the smell was unusually strong as soon as I opened the bottle. Floral and alcohol

Taste - Tart bite. There are plenty of beers that have a bitter bite, but this is one of the few I would call tart. Interesting. Bitter hops follow mild caramel, honey, and brown sugar malt notes. Bitter hops stay for longer than the malts.

Feel - Medium body, alcohol dry, but not bad. maybe a little chewy.

Overall - I like the balance. I find this beer pretty unique, mostly for the tart bite. Comparing to American-made IPA's this one is pretty mild as far as hop presence. If you're someone who tends to think that American IPA's are too strong, try this one. It's sessionable. Good beer, but expensive.

Photo of kojevergas
3.13/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 10/12/2010. Acquired at Total Beverage in Thorton, Colorado. 11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a nonical pint glass in me gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are average; Mikkeller is me favourite brewery in the world but Mikkel's IPAs tend to be subpar.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a four finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and pretty good retention. Colour is a nontransparent murky copper-orange. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. A generally inviting appearance for an IPA.

Sm: Fresh grapefruit citrus esters, untamed hop bitterness (a characteristic seemingly common amongst beers in Mikkel's single hop series), and a clean malt foundation. Simple but generally appealing, though the untamed bitterness is problematic. A mild strength aroma.

T: Grapefruit, fresh fruit esters, and some hop bitterness on the climax. These notes ride atop the unobtrusive malt climax, which feels weak and fails to provide a full body or rounded layered quality. Simple for an IPA but pleasant. Not complex or subtle. Enjoyable. No yeast or alcohol comes through.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with some coarseness from the climax through the finish. A bit undercarbonated. Thickness is adequate but not ideal.

Dr: Drinkable but unremarkable. A decent little IPA but not one I'd get again, especially at its high price. Another disappointing experiment from Mikkeller. True fans of this hop strain are the only ones that should try this.

C+

Photo of SLeffler27
3.23/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A huge, off-white head slowly turns rocky while it lingers, placing sticky lace on the glass above a cloudy, honey gold beer on the brownish side.

Smells bitter! This should be interesting. Toasted malt with light pine and citrus aromas.

Super bitter, almost enamel peeling with lots of grapefruit and some mint. The finish is long and clinging.
A full-bodied beer with some alcohol, a wooly texture, ample carbonation, and astringency.

This was enjoyed as part of a self-training exercise to distinguish between the varieties of hops. The high bitterness makes this one for a select few.

Sampled from a Harp nonic alongside the Willamette Single Hop IPA.

Photo of Beerenauslese
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewing a batch 2 bottle. Typical color for the series; this has a bit more head retention and lacing, probably due to the Warrior.

Has an earthy aroma, some spiciness, and a little citrus. Kind of mellow.

Tastes of citrus fruit with notes of earth, dark tea and pretty bitter grapefruit skin in the finish.

Medium body and a bit fizzy carbonation, still, has a slightly creamy mouthfeel.

This is a big dose of a bittering hop and too bitter on its own. But it seems to be a good expression of the hop variety and why it makes sense to combine it with more aromatic hops.

Photo of Durge
3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A yellowish amber colored brew with a mountainous off-white head and chunks of fluffy lacing. The aroma is a very mild skunky wheat and herbal hop. Not very definitive but pleasant. The flavor brings a nice sweet meade honey quality with more skunk-wheat and floral sweetness. Very nice though not a strong IPA. This is medium-light bodied with a midland smooth feel with solid carbonation. Very decent, and plenty drinkable.

Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yeah, yeah, yeah... I know... It's old. But it's been in my fridge for over 2 years (first batch).

A: Pours a solid amber with about a half finger of white head. There is very little lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is sweet malt, dried apricot, and really wine-like. I don't know how else to describe it.

T: There is a solid malt backbone, but there is an undeniable wine-like quality to this beer. It has a subtle bitterness, and a faded fruity essence, like grape skin. It's surprisingly enjoyable, but not something I would want all of the time.

M: Medium bodied beer. It's sweet and malty up front, but it finishes a touch dry. Unremarkable.

O: This is decent, but it's not the best single hop I've had.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass. Deep amber color with three fingers of head. Excessive and overflowing head.

Smells like overripe grapefruit and lemon... a little honeycomb. A muted smell overall, no sharp or dominant smells.

A good bitter taste, solid at first and then gives a little to the malt, but finishes strong. Lasting bitterness.

Medium body, low to moderate carbonation.

I like the idea of Mikkeller's single hop beers to showcase each hop variety. Points for that. This particular one had a poor appearance but the rest was good. The Warrior has a great taste by itself, which makes this an enjoying drink.

Photo of Ruds
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip style glass to a cloudy dark orange/amber colour with a good finger plus of frothy off-white head. There was yeast sediment present, bobbing up and down after pouring and during drinking.

I quite enjoyed the smell of this beer, citrus hops, sweet malts, caramel and butterscotch and a little honey hidden in the background.

Taste wise I was getting sweet malts, a subtle blend of burnt caramelised sugars and bitter tasting citrus fruit, nameley grapefruit and Seville orange.

During drinking the head gave way fairly quickly leaving a small puddle on top of the beer at around 1/3rd of the way through with a little lacing present above the beer line.

This beer was a little over carbonated for my enjoyment and that was the difference between an overall 3.5 and a 4.

A decent enough beer but not a world beater. Having had a dozen or so of the Mikkeller single hop range, this one is somewhere firmly in the middle order, your number 6 batsman if you like!

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

Probably a wee bit stale. You may call me unobjective for reviewing a beer past its prime, but I can just as easily call you naive for expecting timely reviews for a un-dated, imported beer that costs 6 bucks per 11.2 oz bottle. If Mikkeller wants fresh reviews, they should either charge less or put a best by date on their bottles.

Coming down off my sad little soapbox, this is still a very nicely done IPA, even in spite of the fact that the malt nodes are, well, a little aged. The age results in a prickliness of the yeast which bounces well against the citrusy dry warrior hops. Malt is subdued, but still provides a decent little balance.

Tastes like--well, shit, Mikkeller might have anticipated my little protest review, because it seems like age has actually blunted the IBUs and made this a neat little beer. I thought I picked out recognizable warrior nodes in the aroma, but there's absolutely none in the flavor. Here, the hops are a generic sort of bitter, but they work pretty gard darn well against the prickly yeast and overripe fruit esters in the malt.

So, lesson learned. If you're going to make a medium-strong IPA that you plan on leaving undrank for a long while, Warrior is a good hop to use.

Photo of AndyAvalanche
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.9 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Dark Yellow to orange with some good clarity. Off white colored head that erupts after a hard pour then provides excellent lacing.

Smell is pretty good. Hop presence a little strong here than a few other of Mikkeller's Single Hop beers. Herbal, floral, and slight citrus and pine. Pretty good and clean smelling.

Taste is good, on par with the smell, but malt backbone a little more here. Clean bitter citrus zest, primarily orange and tangerine here, pretty earthy too. Sweetness from the malts toasty and a little bready, sweet, good.

For how earthy it tastes I find the mouthfeel pretty clean. Has a good carbonation level medium bodied with a strong bitter finish. A good solid beer, another good single hop series beer.

Photo of wcintula
4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Mexi Q, Astoria, alongside the Centennial version.

Pours darker than most IPAs, brownish, hazy with a delectable looking half-finger, ever-so-sticky head. Smells rich and sweet with strong earthy, pine-y hop aromas wafting above the beer. Strong caramel-malt backbone gives the beer more character and complexity than a lot of actual America IPAs I've had, can't wait to try the rest of them.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

Trying to make my way through all of these now. Man, this is gonna take a while... This one pours a clear russet-amber topped by a finger of dirty off-white foam. The nose is sorta weak, yielding only some mild leafy greens and some muted caramel. The taste leads off with the caramel, much richer here, followed quickly by a bite of spicy dark greens, light cilantro, and a vague sense of light woodiness. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation, a decidedly creamy feel, and a somewhat dry finish. Overall, a pretty decent IPA, though it seems the hops have possibly begun to fade a bit (of course, as another reviewer said, Warrior isn't exactly a brewer's first choice for a potent aroma hop...). Still fairly enjoyable, though, if you ask me.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured in to Founder's tulip glass.

A - Medium amber, translucent, with one finger of bubbly off white head.

S -Pine, grassy notes and citrus. A somewhat light hop presence and and non-existent malt presence.

T - A sharp bitterness up front, as I expected form the warrior hops (but didn't detect in the nose) with some pine and light grassy and citrus notes. A very slight malt sweetness is evident in the background.

M - Medium body, light carbonation.

Photo of Florida9
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Sort of a darker rust colored orange in color. Forms and enormous 2 plus inches of fine bubbled, off-white head that sticks around for quite a bit before eventually reducing to a thick, stable surface coating. Leaves lots of lacing on the way down.

S: Some caramel malts. Lots of earthy pine, some citrus and even a little floral essence.

T: Taste is rather earthy, with some pine resin. There is a mild malt base. However, the taste just seems to fall flat.

M: Medium bodied. Aggressive bitterness. Appropriate carbonation. Dry and mildly chalky.

O: A good beer and an enjoyable IPA. Maybe a little too one dimensional, but, considering this is a single hop beer, one can't be overly surprised.

Photo of SFLpunk
2.8/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A big thanks to rtepiak for these two bottles. Reviewed side by side, Chinook and Warrior.

11.2oz brown glass pry-top bottle. No date. Concerning.

Pours a murky tawny brown with thin off-white head. Nose is a little more lively than the Chinook, with candied pineapple and sugary sweet caramel or maple candies.

Palate is bland and mellow. There's some hops there, but nowhere near as much bitterness as I would expect from Warrior. Caramel and woody malt character, but the finish is clean, so I guess that's something.

Notes: Both bottles are showing bad signs of age. Will re-rate if fresher bottles present themselves.

Photo of DrewShal9
4.54/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: dark burnt orange. Almost looks like toffee
S: orange, pineapple, bubblegum? I can't really nail it but maybe caramel too- sure is delectable!
T: cherry, orange and citrus. Some spice and caramel. Stuff is spectacular as it is sweet then turns bitter and drying.
M: very lightly carbonated yet smooth and velvety. Almost has the consistency of orange juice to me (no pulp)
O: definitely like this and looking forward to trying the other single hop series brews from mikkeller! Need to find more beers that utilize warrior hops!

Photo of ckollias
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Copper-brown colored ale with a thick, frothy, 2-finger head after a violent pour. Leaves a gorgeous trail all the way down the glass and eventually falls to a wispy lace.

S: Strong hoppy aroma with spicey overtones. Every whiff is a powerful as the last.

T: As with the smell the hops are dominant in this brew as called for by the style. Spicy malt bitterness help to offset the hops. Warrior hops aren’t my favorite but are blended in nicely here to balance out this brew.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation

O: I’m making my way through these single hop mikkeller brews. This one come in behind the tomahawk but in from of the cascade. Overall a nice brew to enjoy

Photo of lanbewardin
2.82/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Amber, orange color, thin off white head

Smell - slight pine smell, not much aroma really. I did a tasting of this , columbus, & simcoe. This was by far the least aromatic.

Taste - Its mid - bitter, but not very flavorful. Quite thin actually.

Overall - Pretty thin , out of the columbus, simcoe, warrior trifecta this was my least favorite. Needs more hop flavor & bitterness

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Warrior Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
85 out of 100 based on 233 ratings.