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Warrior Single Hop IPA - Mikkeller ApS

Warrior Single Hop IPAWarrior Single Hop IPA

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224 Ratings
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Ratings: 224
Reviews: 153
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 12.73%

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Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed at De Proef Brouwerij, Lochristi-Hijfte, Belgium.

Ingredients: Water, malts (pilsner, cara-crystal and munich), hops (warrior) and yeast.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-13-2009)
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Photo of wcintula

New York

4.3/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-18-2011 14:52:00 | More by wcintula
Photo of brew3crew


3.13/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had on tap at the firkin espenisve bottle so happy to see it not quite as expensive on tap

A very cloudy orange color with a white head that sticks around for a while

S- very malty which is surprising for a fresh keg. Can not pick up any hops at all. Comes out a little momore as it warms up, but still not much

T-begins a lot like it smells but the hops finally come out in the finish. Very bitter with almost no taste to it at all. My guy is saying old beer. But aren't we spoiled with ipas?

M-medium body and smooth

O-have never had a warrior hop beer but if this is what the hop tastes like it is very unflattering.

Serving type: on-tap

07-13-2011 23:35:13 | More by brew3crew
Photo of vandemonian


3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this at ChurchKey where they had 10+ Mikkeller single hop IPAs. It was interesting to taste the characteristics of this hop without interference from other hop types. This hop provided some nice woody flavours but I didn't love the smell.

A: Orange color and 3 mm head that fades to good lacing. 4

S: The smell is buttery with some hints of chlorine. 3

T: Woody and very slightly bitter in the aftertaste. 3.5

M: Pretty thick and reasonably carbonated. 4

O: Nice flavour, but I didn't love the smell so much. 3.5

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2011 04:16:16 | More by vandemonian
Photo of champ103


3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Flying Saucer in Houston, TX

A: Pours a very cloudy red color. A bit to much yeast suspended. A one finger white head forms, and recede to nothing in a minute. Light lace.
S: Malty sweet up front. Some caramel. Though plenty of citrus hops. Grapefruit and some bitterness, but not over the top. Which I like.
T: Follows the nose. Pretty simple. Lots of sweetness up front with some caramel. Citrus and grapefruit are the dominate hops. There is a light bitterness that works well with the sweetness.
M/D: A medium body that is a little under carbonated. I wish it was just a bit more crisp. Easy to drink. I put a pint away without a thought.

A nice IPA. There is some sweetness along with plenty of citrus hops and a bit of grapefruit bitterness. Though it never gets out of hand. A well balanced IPA, and one I would recommend.

Serving type: on-tap

06-03-2011 04:41:39 | More by champ103
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4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was suggested to me by the bar tender At lions pride in Brunswick Maine

The look is orange gold and amber mixed together. As it pours a thick beautiful forms and stays

The aroma is earthy. Hops are the star but slight malty aromas make their way through

The taste is heavy with malt and the hops, they mellow very well, earth and grass hops upfront with a malt backed sweetness the hops finish the beer with a bitterness

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2011 01:52:25 | More by bishopdc0
Photo of david18

New York

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I went to the GingerMan in Midtown Manhattan and was pleasantly surprised to learn that they were running a Mikkeller special featuring seven our eight single hop ipa's as well as some other interesting specialties. I have loved these beers when I've had, i believe, all of them at one time or another in bottles. On draft, in a flight of multiple single hops, comparing them side by side demonstrates why some hops are better for bitterness and others for aroma and flavor. I recently had a flight of Cascade, Chinook, Tomahawk and Warrior.

Cascade: As might be expected, great aroma and flavor but not as much bitterness as you'd like in an IPA. Very enjoyable and one that I'll get again.

Chinook: The chinook, which is typically a bittering hop, is a sentimental favorite of mine. Although it doesn't offer the same citrusy aroma of many West Coast finishing hops, it is an all around good beer and maybe my favorite.

Tomahawk: Not as bitter as the Chinook but a little more aromatic as well. Very good flavor and and that i might venture for again.

Warrior: The weakest of of the bunch, I thought, but perhaps the most well balance of the four. Some good bitterness, some good aroma, some good flavor. I'll get this again.

Any of these is worthing getting if you see them in bottles or on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2010 17:16:50 | More by david18
Photo of MrMcGibblets


3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: served in a flight of their 4 single hop ipas. orangey light amber color, slight chill haze, nice dense lasting creamy head and lacing.
S: warrior hops are earthy and spicy.
T: nice malts in this-mostly palish and bready, lightly sweet, washed out by smooth hop bitterness and finishing dry, lingering hop flavors.
M: frothy, medium bodied.
D: i like, but don't love, warrior hops. pretty good ipa though.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2010 14:39:16 | More by MrMcGibblets
Photo of coryking


3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at the International Tap House Mikkeller Single Hop night.

Recipe from Mikkeller:

6.9% ABV
67% Pilsner, 11% Cara, 11% Munich II, 11% Oats
Hop additions were at 60 minutes, 15 minutes, whirlpool, then dry hopped for 100 IBUs.
1056 yeast
Started at 1.063, finished at 1.010

Since the malt in all of these beers are the same, Im going to focus just on the hops...

Citrus rind on the nose. Limes and grapefruit rind. Pleasant...
Herbal tea flavor with raw tea bitterness. Different...
Balanced and melded into the malt differently (maybe better) than some of the other hops. Nice

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2010 15:31:40 | More by coryking
Photo of ToasterChef


4.4/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from my notes. Served as part of the Lion's Pride's hop fest. The beer has a big soapy tan head that leaves some great coating when I swirl my glass around. It has a very tarnished copper color; it's almost brown. If I recall correctly, it's the darkest of this single hop series. It has a rich, interesting aroma with some sweet and fruity hops. I find the flavor to be very good. It's almost juice-like at first (but not too sweet). The bitterness makes its appearance in the finish. It's hard to describe this one; it is very interesting. There isn't much coating left in my mouth after I swallow. Low levels of carbonation are present. I find it to be pretty drinkable. The alcohol is masked. This beer goes down very easily. I wouldn't drink a ton of these, because the flavor is a bit odd, but I do like it. It is one of the better entries in this series.

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2010 13:10:52 | More by ToasterChef
Photo of akorsak


3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pint glass at Al's of Hampden.

A: The IPA is a full brown hue, full to the point of opaque that is. No sediment floating around, just a darker color. Not much head, even on first pour.

S: The nose is uninspiring. In fact, it comes across as more of an APA than an IPA. It's biscuity caramel malt base standing out against the hops. Throughout the pint, I never get more than a brief splash of citrus.

T: More APA. The ale is seemingly obsessed with balance, never getting too far out of whack. The maltiness is biscuity with caramel sweetness. The hops seem to balance the flavor only, adding just enough bitterness to be evident. The IPA doesn't seem to showcase the Warrior hop, as it doesn't do justice to the hoppiness in any manner.

M: The mouthfeel is chewy, aided by the strong biscuit presence. The hops don't get started and never fully emerge.

D: Not what I was expected and I didn't want to get through another pint while trying to figure it out.

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2010 12:20:50 | More by akorsak
Photo of dirtylou


4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap, malt house, consumed alongside the tomahawk and simcoe

cell phone notes

appearance: dark murky amber body - the darkest of the 6, creamy beige cap that retains well

smell: mild aroma, passion fruit

taste: fairly decent bitterness, sweet tropical fruits, grapefruit, citrus peel, caramel malt. nice offering - enjoyed the tomahawk more though

mouthfeel: stinging bitterness

drinkability: good

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2010 21:03:47 | More by dirtylou
Photo of DefenCorps


3.2/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Max's today. My buddy and I split all 9 single hop Mikkelers they had on.

Mildly hazy orange-amber with a dense white head with great retention and lacing, this is a great looking IPA (as were the 8 others). This was just a touch darker than the others, though.

The nose is loaded with candied, sweet grapefruit. Moderate trocical fruit character is present, along with some caramel. The palate opens way too sweet with more candied fruit sweetness. Probably the oldest of the bunch? Sweet but drying finish with some caramel, this is passable.

Serving type: on-tap

04-28-2010 03:42:15 | More by DefenCorps
Photo of jgasparine


3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled the Nugget, Amarillo, Chinook, Tomahawk, Simcoe, Kent Goldings, and Warrior side-by-side. All draught pours at Max's in Baltimore on 4/22/2010.

A- All have a very similar appearance. All with some form of a thin off-white head and some touches of lacing. The Warrior exhibited a more diffuse head. The body was a cloudy copper color, with no visible carbonation.

S- Initially, not much of an aroma... most likely due to them being served cold. With the Warrior, you're getting a pale and vienna malt base on the nose, along with a piney and herbal hop aroma.

T- On the palate, it somehow comes across as being more sweet than the other Single Hops. Just a touch of fruity esters over the pale/vienna malt base. The hops come across rather piney and herbal, as anticipated. The finish is very dry with little hop bitterness.

M- Thin to medium in body. Highly attenuated with a soft carbonation. Not bad... not great.

D- The Warrior Single Hop is reasonably drinkable... but it really didn't resonate with me. Don't think I'll be having it again outside of another Single Hop Horizontal.

Serving type: on-tap

04-24-2010 21:30:38 | More by jgasparine
Photo of blackie


3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: medium amber color, average retention

s: standard caramel malt body with good sugar levels - simple but a nice, aromatic base for the hop dose, more spiky citrus here than the preferred tropical/pine of the Nelson Sauvin version

m: medium bodied, moderately carbonated, smooth

t: moderate caramel backbone sporting citrusy grapefruit hops - a little on the mild side for my preference

d: crisp hop finish leaves this one nicely drinkable

snifter, ChurchKey, DC

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2010 01:33:24 | More by blackie
Photo of drabmuh


3.1/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had 10 of these side by side on draft at Churchkey the other night -- nugget, amarillo, cascade, warrior, simcoe, chinook, eat kent, centennial, tomahawk, and Nelson Sauvin. It was a great experience to get all 10 of them side by side. Thank you Mikkeller for this great experiment in single hop IPAs. My reviews of these 10 beers may seem slightly redundant but they are different.

Beer was orangish and slightly burnt color. There is an overall slight haze to the beer. Carbonation is moderate and there forms a white head of medium to small bubbles that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

I have not brewed personally with Warrior hops and out of the 10 IPAs I tried in this experiment, this was my least favorite -- by far. There is almost no aroma at all and the flavor is almost sour. Drinkability and mouthfeel suffer for this beer. Did not enjoy.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2010 18:08:28 | More by drabmuh
Photo of emerge077


2.89/5  rDev -23.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2013 00:42:29 | More by emerge077
Photo of mfnmbvp


4/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 20:10:27 | More by mfnmbvp
Photo of Andonato


4.73/5  rDev +25.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2013 17:01:04 | More by Andonato
Photo of barczar


3.58/5  rDev -5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 03:39:08 | More by barczar
Photo of StonedTrippin


3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2013 17:25:12 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of TheQuietMan22


3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2013 04:51:25 | More by TheQuietMan22
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North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2012 22:29:05 | More by 5lat5ive
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3.13/5  rDev -17%
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.


Serving type: bottle

06-09-2012 05:40:55 | More by kojevergas
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New York

3.2/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2012 21:33:55 | More by SLeffler27
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3.85/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2012 02:46:04 | More by Beerenauslese
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Warrior Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
85 out of 100 based on 224 ratings.