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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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226 Ratings
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Ratings: 226
Reviews: 153
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 4
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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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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3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 02:00:37 | More by mynie
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5/5  rDev +32.6%

12-03-2011 06:14:32 | More by charladam
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

12-02-2011 04:33:47 | More by rab53
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

11-29-2011 01:29:44 | More by MeisterSmudge
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

11-28-2011 04:51:06 | More by barnzy78
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

11-27-2011 01:41:05 | More by Exiled
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

11-24-2011 16:33:30 | More by Beer4Baltimore
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +6.1%

11-21-2011 18:55:13 | More by Rochefort10nh
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

11-21-2011 15:59:53 | More by Neffbeer
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Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +6.1%

11-18-2011 03:14:43 | More by Burt
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4/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 02:00:54 | More by AndyAvalanche
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

11-16-2011 21:12:39 | More by jeffthepony
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3/5  rDev -20.4%

11-15-2011 19:00:18 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

11-15-2011 03:28:50 | More by oline73
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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
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3.45/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2011 03:50:37 | More by TMoney2591
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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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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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2.78/5  rDev -26.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2011 04:47:34 | More by SFLpunk
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4.53/5  rDev +20.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 06:49:58 | More by DrewShal9
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3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2011 03:52:44 | More by ckollias
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2.85/5  rDev -24.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 16:13:02 | More by lanbewardin
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3.08/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: pours an orangish brown with 1 finger of pillowy white head. Retained for 1-2 minutes. Minimal lacing.

S: no real standout aroma. Light carmel malty scent but no hoppy character to speak of. Underwhelming.

T: begins with a hint of malt but is dominated by bitter hoppiness, but a little skunky, like Heineken.

M: bitterness lingers on the tongue. Moderate carbonation makes for a spicy character.

O: not my favorite IPA but a nice way to learn about Warrior hops. Hopefully it wasn't a skunked batch. This hop isn't much for aroma but does pack a bitter punch.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2011 04:11:43 | More by roodie
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3.1/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a light brownish orange. Burnt orange maybe. Got about a fingers worth of off white creamy head on the topside.

Smell: Not a very hop vibrant IPA. You get more of the caramel and some spicy malts that were used in this one.

Taste: The taste is pretty sweet and smooth, you get the caramel again. You really get more of a spice effect rather than a hop bitterness. Its not bad though.

Mouthfeel: Pretty pleasant mouthfeel overall. It's a really thin beer, but you get some nice lingerings in the back of your palate.

Overall: Just a decent offering. Wouldn't seek this out, but if it was readily available I would snatch it up again no doubt.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 18:43:37 | More by Jenkster4
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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
Warrior Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
85 out of 100 based on 226 ratings.