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Warrior Single Hop IPA - Mikkeller ApS

Warrior Single Hop IPAWarrior Single Hop IPA

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BA SCORE
85
very good

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


Brewed by:
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Denmark

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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CrazyDavros

Australia

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2009 10:21:29 | More by CrazyDavros
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Durge

Connecticut

3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2012 03:15:10 | More by Durge
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ADZA

Australia

4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a copper hue with really nice carbonation that leaves a full frothy two finger head with heaps of lacing absolutely beautful looking,it has a passionfruit,honey aroma,the taste is nice which starts off with a full malty mouthfeel and finishes very bitter with a slight,subtle passionfruit linger,its a nice beer and good to see the the true characteristics of Warrior on its own and will make sure it has its place in my collection with my other mikkeller beers.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2009 06:24:32 | More by ADZA
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.45/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2011 00:12:56 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

2.9/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

(Side-by tasting with the mikkeller simcoe)
Appearance - pours the same dirty orange as the simcoe but with less sediment. I attempted to decant this one but it was not necessary really. Only a two-finger head as a result. Nice head retention, it slowly falls back, leaving a thick ring of lace at the high water mark and making a cake-like island in the center of the glass.

Aroma - this has a more citrusy, spicy smell to me that the simcoe beer. A brighter, less pungent aroma. Not as intense though.

Taste - light biscuit/caramel base, the hops are spicy with pine and grapefruit rind. It starts more like a pale ale than the simcoe. The swallow keeps the intensity building to the point where it gets a little medicinal. The aftertaste goes dry and slightly unpleasant with the harsh flavor.

Mouthfeel - crisp, medium bodied, in step with the style.

Drinkability - good for a comparison of hop styles but not something I'd seek out.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2009 03:10:16 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

23/12/11 on the cap, which I suppose is the best-by date (Dec. 23, 2011). Like to see that, and want to see more of it from all brewers.

A lovely looking beer here, with a blazing orange-red sunset color to the liquid and a superbly creamy and firm head that lasts for the duration, and also paints the glace with big slashes and splashes of lace.

Smell-wise, I'm going to assume Warrior wasn't bred to be an aroma-type hop. Not much going on in the nose at all, something very mildly herbal (like weak herbal tea)...not even the malts used are doing much here. Won't rate it lower than a "3 - average" simply because there's nothing undesirable here either.

The taste offers a bit more than the aroma, but it still has a pretty one-dimensional feel to it. But, it is a "single" hop IPA, and as such shows off Warrior for what it is: bitter, leafy, raw, earthy...also clean and pithy, and some citrus rind, but not citrusy sweet. Not coarse. No pine or resin elements either. A straightforward, simple hop. A kind of woodiness creeps in with some warming, reminding somewhat of the (weak) herbal element I detected in the smell. The malts don't seem to impart much flavor here; they were probably used conservatively, to not overwhelm the featured Warrior hop.

Feel-wise it's smooth and soft, only lightly brushing the tongue with carbonation. Along with the appearance, it's the most pleasing aspect of this beer.

I like the idea of single hop beers, as an experiment for the brewer, a learning experience for the drinker, and the occasional off-ramp from the usual way of doing things (ie. multiple hops during different stages of the brewing process). I LOVED Oskar Blues' Gubna (which featured Summit hops exclusively) and I know many people did not, but I'm probably closer to majority on my feelings about Warrior Single Hop IPA. Still, the single hop IPA concept is one I fully encourage and will always support.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2011 22:18:29 | More by Metalmonk
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GbVDave

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Mikkeller goblet.

Cap dated 10/12/10

A: Pours a cloudy, glowing, apricot nectar color. Sitting atop this is a creamy and pillowy light-orange head that, at first, is about three-fingers thick and sports excellent retention & lace-leaving abilities.

S: Very piney. Aromas of fresh pine sap, crushed pine needles, and a hint of grapefruit. Also noticed some earthy yeast and spicy herbal hops.

T: Fresh cut pine bough, pine tar, grapefruit rind, fresh green pine needles, and a bit of floral and/or herbal hoppiness. Loads of white pepper in the finish.

M: Very bitter and dry. Astringent. A tropical fruit sweetness tries to break through but is beaten back by prickly, spicy, pepper. Long peppery finish.

D: I really liked this. Completely different than the Simcoe. Delicious pepper and pine.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2009 23:33:54 | More by GbVDave
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illidurit

California

2.83/5  rDev -24.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2010 07:24:11 | More by illidurit
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sweemzander

Illinois

2.28/5  rDev -39.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 00:14:42 | More by sweemzander
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Florida9

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2011 01:52:01 | More by Florida9
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bashiba

Iowa

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a slightly cloudy light amber with 2 inches of fluffy off white head.

The nose had a deep slightly sweet Belgian quality to it, very funky and fruity.

The flavor was pretty funky as well, has a farmhouse funk quality to it along with some dark fruits and a touch of sweetness, the Warrior bitterness builds as you drink becoming very bitter by the end

The mouthfeel has a medium texture with a light creaminess and a long lingering resin.

I like this, and the entire single hop idea from Mikkeller, was doing some similar projects at home and enjoy these type of beers. On the flip side its to bad the cost of these is so high, $5 retail per bottle is a bit on the excessive side and makes repeat purchases unlikely. The Warrior version is nice though, and a fun step outside the norm of Cascade and Centennial.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2010 23:38:37 | More by bashiba
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popery

California

3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2009 15:44:19 | More by popery
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Monkeyknife

Missouri

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

Poured from the bottle a hazy apricot color with a creamy off-white head. A thin foam blanket of lacing all around.

Bright hop aroma with grapefruit, pine, pineapple, and lemon.

The taste continues the hoppy personality of this beer. Grapefruit, pine, and baby aspirin dominate the palate. A touch of malt and bitterness in the finish.

Lighter bodied, dry, and sharply carbonated.

I love a hoppy IPA and this is one. Clean, bright, and full of flavor.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2009 20:19:47 | More by Monkeyknife
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jera1350

Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Copper colored with a thick and sticky cap of foam that is rocky and clings to the glass.

A rich smell of sweet malt that resembles apple pie or a sweet rhubarb cake. Very fruity hop presence.

The taste consists of balance between the moderately bitter hops and the sweet malt. Some spice and fruit notes mixed in.

Very smooth and very soft carbonation with a dry finish.

A decent IPA. The warrior hop is tasty, and is nicely profiled. The malt seems to be a bit much for it in this beer perhaps though.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2011 01:08:41 | More by jera1350
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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark orange with a thick tan head and huge patches of lace.

S - Light sweet caramel and citrus. Very light aroma.

T - Sweet caramel malt with a decent spice kick. Bitterness and malt balanced. The spice lingers.

M - Medium body with decent carbonation and lingering spice.

D - Strange how different warrior seems with other hops compared to by itself. Much cleaner than I expected with more spice. These single hops beer recipes are starting to become underwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 21:23:06 | More by brewcrew76
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Fatehunter

Oregon

3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 19:44:12 | More by Fatehunter
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mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle bought online from Beermerchants.com

Poured a dark coppery orange colour. Creamy head poured quite loose and frothy then faded quickly to patchy covering with thickish edging. No carbonation at all... light lacing...

Aroma - Nice juicy (slightly overripe) fruits (orange, pears, apricots, grapefruit) mixed with toasted biscuity maltiness, quite rubbery, some almond / marzipan notes, caramel and honey sweetness, piney and grassy hops, floral...

Taste pretty much mirrors the aromas... lots of piney, citric and grassy hop bitterness followed by good caramel / toffee malts, floral honey, light medicinal notes, quite herbal, marzipan, some metallic traces, slight nuttiness...

Feel - Sharp initially then smooths out... medium bodied... very quaffable.

Overall - An excellent single hop IPA... recommended...

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2010 11:36:12 | More by mdagnew
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brdc

Wisconsin

4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Interesting idea, with the same base beer and a single, different hop which allows you to "study" the differences between each hop variety. I just wish they had added some infromation about the "base beer".

We are trying four on the same night, starting with cascade and warrior.
Both pour a nice, dark golden, warrior a bit hazier than cascade, which is fairly clean.
Very nice, fluffy and long lasting light brown head, very good lacing (nobody seems to beat belgians when it comes to lacing). Beautfiul presentation accross the border, although the chunks seem to last a bit longer on the warrior version for whatever reason.
Toasted, caramel malts form the base for a flowery, citrusy hoppiness that is not complex, but very pleasant. The aroma on the cascade is definitely more intense, with a predominant citrusy note; the warrior is interestingly more flowery, less intense, and the malts are more noticeable.
The flavor follows suit; light caramel cookie base, with a predominantly hoppy taste, a bit grassier here, and if still quite bitter, less than the cascade, and the malt base shines a bit more. Drinkability increases a bit, in my opinion. Between the two, so far me and my wife prefer warrior.
Both are medium bodied.

A very interesting experiment, in a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2009 23:25:05 | More by brdc
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tmoneyba

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Party Town, KY.

Poured hazy copper color with an average frothy off-white head that lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy floral hop and small malt aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Moderate to heavy bittersweet flavor with a moderate to heavy bittersweet finish of medium to long duration.

This is a great beer and one that I would recommend to any freind.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2009 00:00:11 | More by tmoneyba
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barczar

Kentucky

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
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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
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jjanega08

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A= this ipa looks great pouring a hazy orangish brown color with a great thick three finger head that lasts a long time with great lacing.
S= quite pungent and can be smelled from a distance. Smells a little fruity with piney hops that have a touch of grapefruit but mostly pine smell.
T= the hops are piney mostly with a little fresh cut grass taste. There's a real pine bite in the back of my tongue. A little bit of a malt flavor actually comes through with lots of caramel malt. Somewhat grainy.
M= spicy I would say is how it feels really good but kinda high carbonation and spicy I guess. The taste lasts for a while.
D= good. I really liked this one warrior hops are some of my favs and this beer shows them off nicely.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2009 01:38:59 | More by jjanega08
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brendan13

Australia

3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Quite hazy orange colour, slightly off white inch of head that slowly falls away.
S - Herbal, spicy hop notes with a floral hint. Vauge bready maltiness.
T - Much like the smell, herbal and spice hop notes with some dry bread malt touches.
M - Light to medium bodied, fairly high carbonation. Dryish bready, spicy Belgianesque finish.
D - Tasty enough, worth trying but not something I'd drink on a regular basis.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2009 09:38:04 | More by brendan13
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jsh420

Illinois

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

cap read 23/12/11

pours murky amber orange with a 1+ finger head that leaves spotted lacing

smell is very fruity but has some bready pale malts in the back ground

taste much like the nose very fruity with bready almost like english pale malt - it has that tangy malt flavor to it

mouthfeel has medium body with good carbonation(not overly) very creamy

drinkability - out of the 4 single hop Mikkellers i had tonight this one is the best all around - however $5 is steep for a 12oz single ipa that is not mind blowing

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2010 04:45:38 | More by jsh420
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jasonjlewis

Texas

3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Somewhat cloudy app. Great initial head and retention, copper in color.

Smell is of a faint piney aroma w/ some mild fruity apricot notes with a slight estery undertone.

Faint honey sweetness with mild balanceing bitterness and slight piney flavor.

Decently crisp with a lingering sweetness.

This is a decent beer but I would like the esters toned down. It's also a bit one noted and could use some more hop complexity.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2009 03:05:59 | More by jasonjlewis
Warrior Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
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