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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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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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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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Photo of PEIhop
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of beerthulhu
4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a deep turbid orange with a towering 3 finger firm, spongy, light tan head that rose above the glass rim and remained sturdy and true. Retention was extraordinary and lasted deep into the drink never falling under 1/2 inch with a thin frothy topping. The lacing was decent leaving a thin ½ inch band encircling the glass. Beneath the bright deep orange coloring lied a medium-strong showing of carbonation while tiny square shaped yeast particles detected.

S: The warrior hops produced a medium strong showing of fresh citrus that was well detected several feet from the glass. A light toasted caramel backing is also well represented here while hints of light dried grass cuttings and dried whole oranges linger on the finish.

T: The flavor opens up with sweetly toasted grains along with a wet lemony and grapefruit hopping. The hopping soon turns to a dry and bitter showing of grapefruit pulp that delivers a good puckering dose of citrus. There were some fresh piney notes as well a light touch of tropical fruitiness. The beer finishes up with a bright and tart citrusy hopping of grapefruit pulp with a touch of grassiness that lingers a bit (4-5 seconds) after the swallow. Overall I really loved the warrior hops that brought about a wet, juicy and bittersweet citrusy tones that was well balanced with a great malty sweetness making for a very good experience. Keeping it simply showcases the amazingly smooth and beautiful citrusy nature of the warrior hops without fear of clashing or sharing the limelight with conflicting hops.

M: medium full with a good creaminess and good carbonation factor. I couldn't help but to rush the mouthful a bit because the flavor was just that good and definitely made for a tough act to follow.

D: Amazing drinkability and very good enjoyment. A wet and bittersweet citrusy hopping that I would defiantly recommend by the case (if not for the $) and worthy to go out of your way if you are a hop head fan or a fan of Dogfish heads 60 minute ipa (which also uses warrior hops) and I found to be similar. the only problem is price i paid $5.50 a bottle, a bit pricey but made for a nice treat. wish i could afford more.

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

Poured from 330mL bottle into a pint glass. Cap reads 23/12/11.

Appearance: murky orange-brown hue with two thick fingers of pillowy ivory foam with a bit of an orange cast. Looks like a big ol' IPA to me.

Smell: aroma is sweet and funky; slightly vegetal hops atop a caramelly malt backbone. Like Nugget, I'm not sure Warrior makes a great aroma hop; still, it's not too bad.

Taste: sweet caramel malt with a slightly funky, slightly earthy and slightly spicy hop character. Bitterness is slow to grow but eventually builds up pretty well. I like the flavor of this beer more than the aroma, although I admit it is due in large part to the tasty malt characteristics.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy body with a passable amount of carbonation. It's OK, but it's a bit languid for me.

Drinkability: the flavor is my favorite part of this beer; it's a bit heavy to be a real session brew, but it's flavorful and warming on a cold autumn evening.

Photo of glid02
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle from Green's on Buford in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy orange-copper color with a rocky two-finger off-white head. The head recedes slowly into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of raw, herbal hops with hints of pine and milder hints of grapefruit sneaking out from time to time.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet malt flavors are soon overtaken by herbal hop flavors with hints of pine that come out midway through the sip. The ending has a solid bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness and moderate carbonation that makes this go down smoothly.

Drinkability is good. I had no problem finishing a bottle and could certainly drink a few more.

Overall this is a solid beer, and cheers to Mikkeller for doing something that I can't believe (at least to my knowledge) has been done before. Worth a shot.

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of scruffwhor
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazey, coppery, deepish amaber color. Nice two finger head that recedes to a whole-top layer of foam. Citrusy fruit salad sweet aroma of pineapple, gree apple skins, orange, lime, and lemon. The pilsner malts inject a good dose of bready grain sweetness to the aroma. The taste starts bitter exotic fruit rinds and citrus zest upfront. Quickly giving way to some lovely muffin sweetness and orange marmalade. The finish is a slow bite into any non-descript citrus fruit, skin and all. Then slowly mellowing out to a more biscuity malt. The palate is oily and resiny bitter throughout each sip. I love these single hop jobs. They reallyshowcase the differences in palate and taste a different species of hop contributes to a beer.

Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev +6.7%
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

Photo of avalon07
4.45/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a copper color and a cloudy consistency. There was a huge amount of creamy, long-lasting head and some very good lacing.

S: Smelled of hops and yeast more than anything else.

T: A nice taste of citrusy hops, yeast and maybe a little grain. Bitter, to be sure, but not overwhelmingly so.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a slightly slick, fairly bitter finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This is a tasty, drinkable IPA. Not the most complex taste-wise, but easy to like.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.49/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a hazy orange color with an inch and a half frothy off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is pretty weak, but I can smell some slight citrusy and earthy hops. Luckily the taste is stronger than the aroma. It tastes like earthy and citrusy (grapefruit, orange peel) hops and a bit of grain. There's also a good lingering bitter hoppy aftertaste. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and creamy and has high carbonation. Drinkability is good, but could be better if the carbonation was a bit lower. Other than the weak aroma, I liked this beer. Definitely worth a try.

Photo of DefenCorps
3.23/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

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

Aroma is strong and fairly hoppy with a firm fruity overtone that is mainly apple and grapefruit. It pours a nice clear orange-amber with a fine-bubbled and persistent head. Flavor is strongly hoppy with a firm fruity tone, again mainly grapefruit with a little apple. Texture is fairly tingly and edgy, leaving a hoppy and slightly sweet finish.

Photo of thagr81us
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cap date 10/12/10 Served from bottle into a Dogfish Head Signature glass. Poured hazy red-orange with a two finger off-white head that subsided to one finger slowly. Maintained phenomanol lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of subtle malt, piney hops, and grapefruit. The flavor was of subtle sweet malt and citrus hops with a nice crisp followthrough. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this one was nice and smooth. Quite refreshing as well. The flavors were very well balanced. Wish I could find this more readily and I might would have myself a new 'lawnmower' beer...

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 barnzy78
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of champ103
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of sweemzander
2.29/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks to cjacobsen for sharing!

(A)- Pours a cloudy orange amber color. Produced a good foamy off-white head dissipating to bubbles. Some lace.

(S)- A little funky & earthy. Some bitter hop and pine notes.

(T)- Same as the smell. A bit funky but has some malty aspects. Poor hop flavors.

(M)- A good carbonation level. A bit off-centered and funky with maltiness, but poor hop presence.

(D)- A bit of a letdown compared to the others. Decent, but plain compared to the rest.

Photo of gford217
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330mL bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a slightly hazy caramel that shows brighter orange when held up to light. The head is a fluffy massive white cap that shows great retention and tons of lacing.

The aroma is dominated by citrus hops, light but slightly tart, especially lemons. There is a hint of some earthiness and some floral hops and very little in the way of malt.

The taste has the light citrus fruits up front but seems to have much more earthy tones than the aroma especially through the middle. The citrus comes back in the finish, with an astringent bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and highly carbonated with a dry, almost tart finish.

This is another interesting single hop brew from Mikkeller and, if nothing else, I'm definitely learning a bit more about the specific characteristics of each hop.

Photo of laituegonflable
4.01/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky orange colour, delightfully cloudy with enormous beige head on top. Seriously, it's a 2:1 head-to-body ratio, sinking very slowly. Actually it could do with less, because my first sip will be mostly head. Lace is pretty spectacular as well. Gorgeously thick webs cling to the glass. Almost perfect looking.

Nose is pleasant and hoppy. Distinct floral notes with rose and geranium fragrances and a strong malty backbone. Hints of pine wood, citrus and honey, even honeydew melon I think as well. Slightly savoury aspects, like salted meat or something, just linger in the background. Interesting smell, but could use a bit more hoppiness because the complexities are nice, it just isn't strong enough to emit their full potential.

Taste is predominantly malty, actually, with quite an English flavour overall. A lot of lightly roasted barley, multi-grain bread, molasses and bitter nutes on there, with a slight sour twist towards the mid. Nice earthy bitterness with slight floral character but mostly resiny in character emerges towards the back, never craving attention but just swimming in the mouth at the back. It doesn't make a huge impression but I think this would be hard to do, because it would be so easy and tempting to overdo the bitterness. Has a slight sour character on the back, hint of nectar and lemon, and leaves a slight coffee dryness in conclusion. Nicely balanced, but could do with a bit more flavour. I think well-crafted, without being stunning.

Fairly full on the mouthfeel but not too viscous, as I said leaves a bit dry at the back, but pretty palatable.

Eminently drinkable beer. I feel like a lot of love went into this, and it's a bit of an oasis in the desert of "extreme".

Photo of mrfrancis
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of illidurit
2.88/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I'm always wary of European IPAs due to the inherent freshness issues they present but this one says 20/12/11 (I can only assume it's a best-by date) on the cap so maybe it's fresh. Pours a nice hazy copper color with a fluffy, well-formed head of khaki hue. Aroma is crystal malty with appley and orangey hop notes. A very slight lemon meringue thing going on as well. Flavor is malt-forward, and clearly the result of hops faded from age. Crystal malts, a little breadiness, some English-like earthiness, and a medium bitterness. Usually I wouldn't really want to dock a beer for how it was stored, but this is different. The brewer stamped December 2011 on the cap. I appreciate dating bottles, but playing up your IPA as a beer than can be aged for years? It's arrogant, disingenuous, and now I'm drinking an unhoppy IPA because of it. Lame.

Photo of drpimento
4.73/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, what a beer! Bottle started foaming over as soon as I opened it. Towards the end of the pour I noticed some sediment at the bottom so I left that out for the tasting. Will gobble it after for the vit a mins. Poured with a slight two-toned color of light cream to tan thick foamy frothy head and good lacing. Color is a cloudy medium amber with sediment suspended. Aroma is very hoppy with caramel toffee malt. Flavor is the same plus a little citrus, leather, a hint of butterscotch pine and nutmeat. Great body and superb carbonation. The overall effect makes me want to gulp the beer. Nice medium long tapering finish. Lip smackin good!

Photo of popery
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I imagine that this is a nice expression of the Warrior hop, but Warrior just isn't my favorite variety. This beer is tart and bitter with a touch of astringency, like the pith of a grapefruit. It's not bad, but it's just not terribly interesting. Warrior seems strong but lacking delicacy. The aroma is fantastic, candied wildflowers. The beer is otherwise good, nice bright appearance, plenty of head, good carbonation. I really enjoy getting to try these single hop IPAs. It's always interesting.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.51/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark amber with a large persistent head and loads of lacing.
Aroma is sweet with pineapple confectionery, bubblegum, and spicy and woody notes. Not exceedingly hoppy like the other Mikkeller IPA's. There's also some doughy, hay-like aroma that reminds me of the Unibroue house yeast. Later on coriander also becomes apparent. These are some weird hops!
Upon tasting, there's a hint of sweet caramel malt and hoppy resin before a tsunami of green, piney bitterness comes and wipes it out, lasting long after swallowing.
The carbonation is on the high side in this, probably contributing to the harsh, dry finish.

Photo of whartontallboy
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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