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War Hammer Imperial IPA - 4 Hands Brewing Co.

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War Hammer Imperial IPAWar Hammer Imperial IPA

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Ratings: 140
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.45%
Wants: 31
Gots: 22 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
4 Hands Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: JoEBoBpr on 03-04-2012

Columbus Tomahawk Zeus is the primary hop variety in War Hammer as well as the inspiration in the name. We use a combination of Pacific Northwest hops to create layers of pungent flavors. A generous malt bill adds biscuit and honey notes while allowing the hops to take center stage. War Hammer pours golden in color with aromas of pineapple, mango, tangerine, resin, and slight earthy notes.

83 IBU
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Ratings: 140 | Reviews: 21
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Photo of Franziskaner
3.26/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Good head on the pour and outstanding foam retention. New Copper penny color. Fairly hazy in terms of clarity. Despite the color not a a lot of light gets through. Compelling hop aroma is rather piney. the malt backbone really struggles to keep up on this one. The pine like hop aftertaste is almost pine sol like to the point of being a bit off putting. Mouthfeel is a bit sticky but is normal for the style.

Photo of hooliganlife
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours copper with light creamy head. light retention and lacing.

on the nose, very fruity. heavy tangerine, orange, and tropical fruit.

same fruitness with an added bitterness. pine and earthy resin. light citrus mixed in.

moderate carbonation, moderate viscosity.

very nice double IPA, easy to drink, 9% ABV never shows.

Photo of shand
4.77/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint. Thanks to BA redbird!

This beer pours out a hazy red-amber color with a relatively small head. The aroma is great, it's sticky and dank with plenty of tropical fruits on the aroma. The taste is also fantastic, with sticky tropical hops taking over every bit of this brew. There's also some strong citrus and a bit of grapefruit rind. It's just a delicious hop assault. The malts provide an excellent supporting role, giving the beer some heft without being anywhere near overbearing. The mouthfeel is full and briskly carbonated, and the drinkability is astoundingly good. Seriously, I burned through this whole bomber in about 20 minutes. Ridiculous. Overall, this is a fantastic double IPA. A great surprise out of St. Louis. This is one worth trading for.

Photo of rodkin
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish orange, with a 3/16" head.

Smells like major citrus. Oranges, grapefruit, a little bit of tropical fruits.

Tastes like it smells. Nice hop bitterness, but it's almost too bitter for me. Not really getting much in terms of malts; it's pretty hop heavy.

Mouthfeel is great, Not too thick, not too thin. Really, really nice carbonation.

Overall, a very respectable DIPA. I'm excited to see what 4 Hands does in the future.

Photo of StlHopHead77
4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours out of the bomber a deep,rusty copper with one inch of quickly dying bone white foam that left thin sticky sheets of lacing.

S-Lush tropical fruit,bright sweet citrus(tangerine,lime),hop resin,pine and honey malts.Super jammy.Concentrated sweet hop nose.

T-More musky tropical fruit,sweet and bitter citric hops,apricot,biscuit malt and leafy,earthy hops.

M-Juicy and bitter and a touch oily with a well hidden ABV.

O-Great DIPA.

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle a dark and hazy copper color with two fingers of creamy beige head. A good amount of sticky lacing left behind.

Bright, citrusy aroma of grapefruit, lime and tropical fruit. A bit of malts in the background – but not too much.

The citrus notes carried through the taste with grapefruit, lime, and mango. The caramel malts finally appeared and made for a nicely balanced IIPA. Also noted a sweet bite of candy sugar. The 9% abv is pretty well hidden in this one.

Medium bodied and slightly dry with a moderate carbonation.

Delicious! I really enjoyed the IIPA from 4 Hands. This was the first of many, I guarantee!

Photo of Tone
3.7/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy, golden color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of citrus hops, floral hops, sweet malt, hint of earthy malt, alcohol, and hint of grass. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is a noticeable bitterness level. Tastes of citrus hops, floral hops, sweet malt, alcohol, and a hint of grass. Overall, good appearance, aroma, and strong body, but not very complex and also a little too sweet.

Photo of GossageBrewery
4.59/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served this DIPA at the brewery in a snifter. Poured a dark copper somewhat cloudy color. Produced a thick 2 finger head, excellent retention and a nice amount of lacing left behind. The aroma of this DIPA is full of hops....and more hops.. It is one of the best smelling DIPA's that I have sampled. Piney, Piney , Piney. Big beer, full bodied, 9%- Piney and citrus hop flavor dominates this brew. You know its a real DIPA when i makes your mouth pucker! Semi-Dry Finish- Excellent Brew! Prost!

Photo of DCon
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on-tap @ the Lupulin Festival @ 4 Hands Brewing Company in St. Louis, MO. Tapped from the 4 Hands cooler by into my 8oz, 4 Hands Tasting Glass. Enjoyed two of these servings back to back.

Aroma- Hops, hops, and more hops in the aroma. Has strong amount of dry hopping and light sweetness in the background. Very appropriate for an IPA this big.

Appearance- Received both times with a 2 finger, bubbly had that has good retention. Has a dark copper, semi-cloudy colored body. Leaves a few suds behind.

Flavor- The hop flavor of this one is awesome and huge. Has a ton of citra hops that come across and finishes with a dry taste. Medium-High Bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Medium-Full Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Puckers the mouth with hops, and has a nice, smooth alcohol warming.

Overall Impression- And St. Louis has done it! One of the best 2X IPA's I've ever had from my own city. Loved it so much, I got in line to purchase a 22oz bottle of this. Was only allowed one or else I would have grabbed 3 or 4 of them to trade! Get your hands on this if you can!

Photo of theruckus33
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I begin this tasting with reservations. I have tried several other beers from 4 Hands and have been unimpressed and often underwhelmed. However, I am a sucker for DIPA's and loved the art on the bottle...so what the heck.

Serving Type: Bottle poured into tulip

A: Big fluffy off-white head - two fingers at least. As the head settles nice sticky lacing covers the glass. The body is a nice murky amber with tints of red. It reminds me a lot of how Heady Topper looks.

S: Grapefuit, pine, pineapple, with the back end smelling a bit like mango. Really nice scents, nothing too crazy, but a good aroma.

T: Wow, hop bomb. Bitter dankness upfront with a piney finish. Peppery, with hints of citrus that lingers. Slight alcohol burn comes in at the end. Dry bitter finish that lingers in the mouth well after you take a drink.

M: Nice, not watery good body and weight.

O: Perhaps too much bittering hops. Reminds me a lot of Stones Ruination ale. I am a sucker for more citrusy IPA's but a hop head would surly enjoy this beer. This is the best beer I have had from them thus far.

Photo of zeff80
3.58/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden amber color with a two-finger head of off-white foam. It left some sticky rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of pine and burnt toast maltiness.

T - It tasted of pine and some nuttiness. Good caramel sweetness with some spicy bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a pretty good Imperial IPA. I enjoyed my first 4 Hands beer.

Photo of scotlyn911
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Another solid beer from an up and coming brewery in the heartland.

A: Hazy golden
S: Strong tropical citrus with some yeast behind it
T: Pretty much same as the smell but the piney hop profile takes over for the yeast
M: Crisp and clean up front but the lupulin--oh, the wonderful lupulin--stays around for a long time
O: This is a great tasting/sipping IPA. It's not something you're going to want to drink after you mow the lawn on a 102 degree summer day, but it's something you're going to love sipping on while sitting on the porch or back deck after a long day.

Photo of Brob245
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - slightly hazy amber color. Light biscuity head with nice lacing.

Smell - very crisp hoppy aroma.

Taste - hoppy upfront with notes of citrus and an earthy character throughout.

Mouthfeel - light crisp, with a nice bitter bite.

Overall - if you like hoppy beers then this one is for you. Terrific aroma starts the experience with a crisp hoppy finish.

Photo of kemoarps
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This is a pretty looking beer: the stereotypical pale amber that you see in movies, with a small white head that dissipates pretty quickly, not leaving much behind. Generally pretty clear.

Wow, that aroma, though...
Big juicy tropical fruits jump at you as soon as you open the bottle. Pouring it into the glass just further looses them on your senses. A bit sweet, with more orange than grapefruit or any other citrus. Very exciting.

Does not disappoint on the palate. Starts out like it's going to take you down a sweet tropical stroll, but quickly diverts the stream to a harsher grapefruit foundation. Where the nose was sweet and juicy, with hints of something more sinister beneath, the flavour profile brings that full to the front: pithy bitterness supported by a juicier fruitier framing and enough honey malts to keep it from breaking loose and destroying the town.
Solid medium body which assuages my primary fear on the initial pour that it would be somewhat thin and restrained, as I've found many of their other brews to be (much to my chagrin), with an appropriate carbonation level as well. 9% is not readily apparent, though it's not a total surprise.
Overall this is an extremely impressive brew. My expectations had been somewhat tempered, but hot damn, I think it deserves the (regional, at least) hype that it gets. Verr tasty.

Photo of mercyfulfate
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 'big bottle' into a pint glass.

A: Pours a nice deep golden color, with about a half inch of head. Nice lacing on the glass. Sticks around the whole pint.

S: Hops and citrus. Faints hints of grains and malts as well as grapefruit, pineapple and mango.

T: For an Imperial IPA, bitter but not overly. Smooth but with a little bite.

M: Well carbonated and fresh. Bitter as it goes down, but smooth. Can't really taste the above average ABV, kinda sneaks up on you.

O: Got this bottle from a friend who swears by 4 Hands beers. Not a huge IPA fan, but this is a solid beer overall. A solid IPA that would be excellent in the Summer. Glad to see STL has a great selection of craft beers.

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bottle.

Pours a gorgeous strong copper color with some nice orange hues on the edges and a nice thin 05. inch head that is quite dense. As small as it is it sticks around for a bit and recedes to a thin film.

Delicious orange notes with some grapefruit in there as well. Nice tropical fruit notes as well some mango and tangerines in there. There are some nice resinous and oily pine notes as well. There is not much of a malt note except for some slight bread and some nice slight earthy grain. Very floral hop note as well.

Starts off with intense, intense citrus notes. A nice hop bomb in fact. Aggressive and assertive grassy and citrusy hop notes start and end the beer. Tons of grapefruit and orange juice and some nice rind as well. Grassy and herbal hop notes are also present with a nice mild piney resinous note on the back end of the hops before and intense and dry bitterness pops up. The art on this bottle really describes this beer well. A huge hammer squeezing tons of hop juices from a hop cone. There is little in the malt backbone except for some slight earthy grain and slight biscuity malt notes. THe mouthfeel is very nice and dry with a nice bitterness on the back end.

Overall this brew is great and this brewery is doing great things. I foresee them becoming a force in the very exciting Midwest brewing scene. This brew is delicious and definitely for the more seasoned hop palettes.

Photo of Retail1LO
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Founder's tulip. Pours a dark orange/amber hue with a one finger head that dissipates rather quickly, leaving some thin, scant lacing. Nose is loaded with malt, pine, and some grape fruit. Very nice indeed. The taste is more of the same. ALthough I typically don't enjoy a malty IPA, this one works well with the accompanying pine and grapefruit. The mouthfeel is fantastic. Smooth but bitter...it's also way juicy. Quenching. Overall, this is a damn fine IPA. Would surely drink again.

Photo of mikeborglum
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Really floral essence and real hops taste. Great white foamy head and nice lingering lace. Dark amber color is opaque. Very intense and taste as great as it smells!

Photo of Florida9
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Slightly hazy orange-yellow in color. Forms a large, fluffy, off-white head. Very good retention. Lots of lacing.

S: Aroma is moderately strong and inviting. Mostly juicy citrus, with lesser notes of mango, tropical fruit, and pine.

T: Taste starts off fairly sweet which plays well with the mostly juicy and tropical hops. However, the pine notes seem to play a larger presence in the taste than the aroma and the tropical hops are quick to fade to the background, leaving a strong grapefruit and grapefruit pith quality. A touch of pine resin on the finish.

M: On the heavier side of medium in body. Moderate carbonation. Strong bitterness.

O: A very nice DIPA. Very hop dominant and just enough complexity to keep things interesting.

Photo of ZpBrew
4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a great Imperial IPA, sweet maltyness, get fresh hop aroma and taste. To compare it's really close to dreadnaught but with a really strong sweet malty taste. I've picked up a few bombers since my first taste. If you find it, try it. If you are a fan of great smooth Imperial IPA, this is a must try.

Photo of mynie
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very dark and translucent for a double IPA. From across the table it could easily be mistaken for an APA.

Smells like mad citrus. The only more pungent double IPAs I can think of offhand are Dreadnaught and Pliny. Big, juicy oranges, grapefruits, and limes against some just enough malt to stop things from getting out of hand.

Tastes nearly as good as it smells. Citrus hops start the beer. Citrus hops finish the beer. The hop profile is quite pleasant, so the need for balance isn't all that salient (although some malt or yeast backing would have been really nice).

I drank this at a table populated by non-beer people. Several were intrigued by the violence of its name, and since I had recently updated my cooties vaccination I decided to offer sip to all who showed interest. Those who took one sip all took more than one sip.

That's a good sign so far as an intense beer is concerned, imho, but even in spite of its fantastic accessibility I think just a bit more complexity is needed before this moves into the elite rung of double IPAs.

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War Hammer Imperial IPA from 4 Hands Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.