Warrior Single Hop IPA - Mikkeller ApS
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4.03/5 rDev +6.9%
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.
08-11-2012 22:29:05 | More by 5lat5ive
3.13/5 rDev -17%
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.
06-09-2012 05:40:55 | More by kojevergas
3.2/5 rDev -15.1%
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.
05-20-2012 21:33:55 | More by SLeffler27
3.85/5 rDev +2.1%
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.
04-20-2012 02:46:04 | More by Beerenauslese
3.6/5 rDev -4.5%
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.
04-08-2012 03:15:10 | More by Durge
3.75/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
04-04-2012 22:26:30 | More by trxxpaxxs
3.83/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
02-11-2012 19:44:12 | More by Fatehunter
United Kingdom (England)
3.83/5 rDev +1.6%
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!
02-06-2012 22:28:51 | More by Ruds
Warrior Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
85 out of 100 based on 228 ratings.