Warrior IPA - Left Hand Brewing Company
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Reviews by BDLbrewster:
3.88/5 rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a nice bright amber with a large, chunky, billowy white head and monstrous visible carbonation. The retention is amazing, thank god for surface tension. I'd comment on the initial lacing, but the head will just not fall.
Warrior IPA does not really throw off much aroma. But what I do pick up smells somewhat green and herbal, fresh cut grass along with a mash up of citrus fruits dunked in caramel.
The initial flavor I pick up is moderately strong woody, resinous piney hops. This brew does not taste nearly as green as it smells, the hop profile is more atone to pine and medicinal flavors than it is fresh and green. Astringent bitterness is strong, but very welcome here as it easily overpowers the malt/wheat backbone. The wheat does help lighten up the flavors but falls short of adding any flavor. The ABV is perfectly hidden and as the brew warms, the caramel sweetness really starts to shine bringing this brew back into the balanced IPA category.
The mouthfeel is very welcoming, on the light side of medium bodied and heavily carbonated. I don't say this often, but the mouthfeel really adds to the drinkability of this brew.
Overall I dig this brew. Probably the best offering I have had from Left Hand to date. Good baseline for what an IPA should be.
Serving type: bottle
11-09-2009 20:31:18 | More by BDLbrewster
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4.1/5 rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A - Pours copper with a one finger head.
S - Hoppy pine and citrus with a bit of carmel malt
T - Just like the smell with plenty of hop. Pine, citrus grassy, lemon. bitter with a bit of malt.
M - Body on the light side of medium. Easy to drink.
O - Fresh hops and easy to drink. A little over priced.
Serving type: bottle
01-09-2014 03:23:22 | More by patpbr
3.73/5 rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured into tulip; clear honey orange with rising carbonation feeding a nice shiny white head that fades after a bit into a half-finger puck of solid foam.
Smell is crisp piney and citrusey hops, lots of rind and herbal bitterness.
Taste follows nose; clean malt with some interesting hops on top. Mostly herbal and earthy bitterness, with some citrus rind and a strange tang to it that I can't put my finger on.
Mouthfeel is light and crisp, dry finish.
Overall, this is a crisp and tasty IPA. Bit light on flavor, but I'm not sure how old the bottle is and since it says "brewed once a year" there's a good chance this could be a bit past its prime.
Serving type: bottle
01-04-2014 00:51:59 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
3.19/5 rDev -16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
I picked up a bottle of Left Hand's Warrior IPA a couple days ago for $6.99 at The Lager Mill. I planned on sharing this bottle with a friend who likes fresh hopped beers and I thought he might enjoy it, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but I thought it was fairly fresh since it showed up a few weeks ago. Poured from a brown 22oz bottle into a snifter,
A- The label looks ok, I don't love it, but it's fairly eye catching. The label is different then the one shown, its a black white face of a warrior looking chick, looks like it could be from a comic book or something. It poured a caramel amber color that took on more of a copper color when held to the light with two fingers worth of white head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it left some spotty lacing behind. This was a pretty nice looking beer, I have no complaints.
S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by a good amount of hops being the first to show up and they impart a nice mixture of fruity, piney, earthy, and floral hops with the fruity hops seeming to stick out the most and they impart a nice citrus hop aroma. Up next comes to the malts which impart a grainy, biscuit and caramel malt like flavors with the caramel and biscuit malts seeming to stick out the most. This beer had a nice aroma for an IPA, but there was nothing special about it.
T- The taste seems to be a little different from the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by a slightly higher amount of medium bitterness being the first to show up and it disappeared very quickly along a slight generic hop flavor that quickly showed up. Up next comes the malts that impart all those malty aspects that I got in the aroma withe caramel malts seeming to stick out just a little more this time. The aftertaste was pretty malty with some biscuit and caramel malt flavors coming through. This beer was ok tasting, but i thought it was pretty bland for the style with hardly any hop flavors.
M- A little smooth, clean, crisp, slightly creamy, medium bodied, with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice and it worked well with this beer.
Overall I didn't like this beer and I thought it was an average at best example of an IPA and it's even a little more disappointing when you look at it as a fresh hopped IPA, since there's no date on it I have no clue how old it is, I just assumed since it recently showed up that Left Hand was of the last brewery's to put out their Fresh Hopped IPA, somebody always has to be last. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, it was a little smooth, crisp, and not too filling, but the taste did not do a good job at holding my attention and a half a bottle is enough for me, I'm glad a i split this bottle with someone because I think it would be a chore for me to drink the whole bottle. What I liked the most about this beer was the appearance and aroma, they were both nice and the aroma was the highlight of this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was the hop profile in the taste, it was not that impressive with a quick glimpse of bitterness and a light generic hop flavor. I might buy this beer if I knew it was really fresh but other then that I don't feel like it's worth spending $7 for a bomber of a lackluster IPA, I wouldn't recommend it either. All in all I was let down with this beer, after reading a few reviews I thought this would to turn out to be a good IPA, but it wasn't and I don't know if age had something to do with it, but with no bottled on dates I can't tell so I will hold that against them, Better luck next time Left Hand, this one just wasn't for me.
Serving type: bottle
12-29-2013 21:43:42 | More by StoutHunter
Warrior IPA from Left Hand Brewing Company
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