Warrior IPA - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Warrior IPAWarrior IPA

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very good

747 Ratings

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Ratings: 747
Reviews: 380
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.73%
Wants: 40
Gots: 39 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: goindownsouth on 03-27-2003

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Ratings: 747 | Reviews: 380
Reviews by almychristopher:
Photo of almychristopher
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a beautiful clear pale orange with just a hint of chill haze, the head towers over the pint glass even with a modest pour, and then recedes slowly leaving a creamy lace in layers around the side of the glass. The aroma is a wonderful arrangement of hops, fruity esters, and malts, leading into a taste that doesn't disappoint. The citrusy hops compliment the roasted malt flavor perfectly. The mouthfeel was a bit heavy, and despite the amazing head the carbonation was a little lacking... not that I'd hold it against them, it's still a wonderful beer.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to hoppedup for sharing this bottle with me tonight,poured a slightly hazy copper with some orange tint with a white thin head,nice hop profile in the aroma very raw and piney with a light noticable citrus presence.Very light and refreshing but with enough resiny,piney hop to make it a solid IPA,very easy to drink has to be somewhat light in alcohol.I think a summer IPA as it cut thru the humid night pretty well.

Photo of brownbeer
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on cask at the brewery.

A- Hazy amber without much head.

S- Cascade, fruity hop aroma with a solid toasty malt backbone.

T- Well balanced with fresh citrusy hops and carmel. Tasted a lot better on cask, being very fresh.

M- Silky smooth mouthfeel.

D- Suprisingly tasty and drinkable. Overall, a good experience with this beer. Try to find it on draft or really fresh.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer review from BA Mag Dec 2007.

Everyone has been talking about the hop shortage and how it will affect the beer industry on a global scale. Will fresh hop beers be an endangered style in 2008? Left Hand's Warrior IPA uses fresh hops from Longmont, CO and fresh Warrior hops from Yakima, WA.

Wow, what an amazing froth after a hard pour. Dense and rocky with an excellent retention as the lacing leaves a trail down the glass. Tarnished brassy color with a perfect clarity. Thick and slightly pungent spicy and citric tone in the nose from the hops with a quick splash of toasted malt in the aroma. Medium-bodied with a slick and smooth mouthfeel. The hop flavor is broad and complex with a deep yet soft herbal flavor, then a little citric with a spicy bitterness that does not reach too high. Oily hops all over. A bit of malt pops out here and there with toasted grain and a hint of caramel sweetness. The finish is almost all hops--a quick flash of grape nut grain flavor.

The hops are so deeply embedded in this beer that you can barely tell if it ends up sweet or dry. It simply ends hoppy with such a complex hop flavor that does not go too bitter. We really hope the hop shortages will not affect beers like this, an American style of brewing that is not worth sacrificing when it is this good.

Photo of blitz134
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had a bomber of this a few weeks back and like it so much I went back to get some more. I love fresh hop beers and as I found out I really like Warrior hops.

Clear, caramel color. Loose, meraigne colored head that reduced to a thin, swampy layer. Laces the glass well. It is hard to ask for much more with the exception of a bit more head retention.

Citrus and pine hop aromas, a touch of tangerine and some floral aromas to finish it off. A bit of all of the typical hop aromas but they are all balanced nicely and not too fruity or floral which is something I don't care for. A light caramel maltiness underneath fills in where necessary.

High alpha acid biting nature when it hits the tongue. Pine hops dominate the flavor for me and there is some nice grapefruit right after the swallow. Bitter pine resin finishes it off, although I get a touch of metallic flavors after a bit. Some biscuit malts fight hard to get through the hop flavors. This is all about the fresh hops, it is as balanced as it can be really and if it wasn't it wouldnt' be the beer that it is.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, I'd say. Lots of carbonation make this one really crisp and it works well with the acid content in this one. Flavor lingers for just a bit and then disappears to allow the bitterness to do its thing.

Superb drinkability. I have a thing about trying different beers as much as possible so I rarely go back unless I really like one. This was the case with this offering from Left Hand. Probably the most drinkable I've had from them to date and I'm glad to get this in Georgia now. I might pick up another later on to hold me over until next year.

Photo of Beaver13
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Pours a clear copper with a creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is spicy piney hops with some sweet sugary caramel malts and lemon in the background.

The flavor is washed out slightly sweet malts and some citrus with nice piney floral hops with decent bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium and kind of watery.

Overall, nice hop aroma and flavors, but the wateriness brings it down some. It's still a quality IPA.

Photo of merlin48
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber pours an attractive, clear amber body with a substantial offwhite head that retains well and leaves lots of patchy lace. Aroma is citrusy hoppy, with grapefruit and sour tangerine. Notes of pine cone are in the background. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with moderate carbonation and a mild hops bite. Taste is citrusy hops and pale ale, caramel, and crystal malts. Very nice complexity. Middle and finish is grapefruity hop bitterness that is evenly balanced with some sweetish malts. Very tasty, overall, and nicely balanced. Very well executed, and just about ideal for a session ale APA. Ideal grapefruit citrusy finish.

Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ouncer, purchased at Liquor 44 in Hadley, Ma. No freshness info to be had. Pours moderatly cloudy, orangy, almond amber, under an initially nice looking, loose medium tan head. The head ebbs and flows into a moderate film and leavews ungodly amounts of nicely developed lacing. Pinapple hop nose. Tasty, fruity, hoppy ale. More pinapple notes, some hop grainyness, malty underbelly. Soft and nicely rounded mouthfeel here. Great tasting and easy drinking IPA. Love the fruity pinapple notes that the warrior hops add to the party. Go get some of this stuff and enjoy.

Photo of warriorsoul
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up one of these bombers at Julio's...
Pours a reddish copper...very clear with a full finger and a half of sudsy, off-white head. Thick lacing forms as half of the foam recedes, but half of it remains for the duration of this one.
Beautiful hops in the nose...piney and juicy with some malt sweetness to add to it's enjoyment.
The taste is very nice...again, it's all about the hops. Gloriously bitter in the start, middle, and finish, as the sweetness finds very little room to move around. It is not until this one warms to room temp. that the sweetness seems to balance out the bitterness.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, the carbonation is where I like it and the finish is dry and very clean...no alcohol burn and no lingering flavors.
Not sure what the abv is, but I could enjoy a couple of these in an evening and be completely satisfied.
Another fresh hop that delivers...solid.

Photo of tigg924
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: cloudy, caramel amber, medium carbonation, with a 1/4 inch head

Smell: a mix of grapefruit, hops, malt, and caramel

Taste: big time grapefruity hops balanced with malty caramel. The hops are strong when you taste them.

Mouthfeel: medium body, moderate carbonation, very balanced. Sweet start, with big bitter body, followed by a semi-sweet end...The aftertaste is somehow bitter

Drinkability: I could have a couple of these, but you need to sip this in order to appreciate it. This is one of the most and best balanced IPAs I have had in the sense that the taste rotates from sweet to bitter--although when you get to the bitter section, it is very very pronounced. Another winner from Left Hand.

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

I had this on tap at Union Jack's on the Manatawny. It came in a snifter.

Arrives a slightly hazy amber/orange with a beautiful head of off-white foam. Carbonation appears soft. The head lasts a long time, leaving great lacing. This is a very pretty beer.

Aroma is light citrusy lemons and pine, with a pleasant light toffee candy background. Lightly fruity, with notes of pears and maybe strawberries. What yeast is this?

Flavor is delicious toffee malt and citrusy/piney hops. It's not real bitter, but the hop flavor is truly fantastic. Very well balanced. As an IPA it's not that hoppy, but it is a very tasty beer. Aftertaste is lightly malty and hoppy.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, fairly full bodied. Carbonation is low to medium. Finish is tingly and dries out toward the end of the sip.

This is a very good beer; not overly bitter, with a good malt backbone. The hops and malt battle it out nicely, with the drinker coming out the winner.

Photo of SkinnyElvis
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to czoch for this bottle. Pours a little foamy but settles quick. Color is typical for an IPA. Big hops nose which is mostly citrusy. Taste is a little too unbalanced with all citrus-hop flavor with no malt to taste. The warrior hop taste is also a little funky for me. ABV and mouthfeel makes this drinkable. OK IPA buthing special.


Photo of magictrokini
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear copper-orange with a short-lived white head. Good lacing. Claims to be a fresh-hop beer, and the nose agrees. Pine and grass with some citrus peels. Sharp and defined, with no malt in the aroma. Effervescent mouthfeel, light, and dry finish. The hops carry-through in the taste. Tart, citrus, mostly grapefruit with some tangy orange and mango. Pale malt back does not detract from the hop party. Very easy-drinking. True to being an IPA as well; hoppy without being over-hopped.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22oz bottle with no visible date. Acquired from my local beer specialist a while ago, and kept in the fridge for most of the intervening period. The label states that this is brewed once a year using fresh hops, and also features some cool artwork.

Poured into a Duvel chalice. A hazy orange-amber colour with low carbonation and visible sediment (larger yeast particles are visible in the bottle). Produces a large head of creamy off-white foam with good retention - this lasts for a while before reducing to a surface layer. Aroma of rich, sweet malt with hoppy notes; hints of pine, orange, citrus and spice.

Tastes of sweet malt with a good dose of aromatic hops and a powerful bitter finish. Notes of pine, resin and citrus along with hints of candy sugar and dry yeast. Considerable hop bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and astringent, leaving the palate dry. Aftertaste of malt and pine.

A decent American IPA. I felt that the aromatic qualities of this beer were somewhat muted, but perhaps that was due to age. A nice blend of malt and hops. Worth trying when it's available.

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours like a standard colored amber orange brown ipa. Smells like nothing special, don't find the somewhat norm citrusy aroma in something with warrior hops (which this beer may not, doesn't taste like an identifiable amount of warrior hops).

Gets better with time. Midway through the bottle, it gets a little more enjoyable, but overall, it left me feeling it didn't live up to the hype. Nothing special. Not bad, not anything to write home about.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice amber colored hue with a large light beige khaki head forms thick with some long lasting resiliency. Aroamtics tart citrus with mild pine and raw tobacco leaf earthiness, fresh Warrior hops from the vine straight from Yakima, WA. Flavor has a persistant ballsy hop bitterness that bleeds excessive hop flavors between sips including raw earthiness and a nice grapefruit bitterness. A touch of minty herbal quality as well among a moderate dose of caramel malt and other bready characteristics. Hop bitterness does reach the point of excess it rides on the palate throughout the entire trip or session with this 22 ounce portion. Mouthfeel is solid all around carbonatin is creamy with subtle bubbles, oily texture from the big hop additions nice and wet. Drinkability doesn't suffer raw and wet hops with big bitterness equals a decent IPA in this case something is lacking from the overall experience.

Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store in Atlanta, GA.

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a two-finger off-white head. The head slowly dissipates into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of caramel malts with a good deal of piney hop aromas to go along with it. I believe this came out 2-3 months before, so any nuances of the hop aromas are probably long gone. Still, it smells inviting.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Caramel malt flavors kick things off, followed by a decent amount of pine flavors that carry on until the mildly bitter ending. Nothing spectacular, but still satisfying.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness that when balanced with nice carbonation makes it go down smoothly.

Drinkability is good. I could actually have a few of these in a sitting and walk away happy - it's just when it gets to be more than a few when the walking part will be a problem.

Overall I was pleasantly surprised. I've not been enamored with any of Left Hand's more flavorful (read higher alcohol) offerings, leaning more toward their Octoberfest and Sawtooth, but this one was pretty tasty. Worth a shot.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright and clear coppery orange colored beer. Thick large bubbles make a full half inch of radiant off white foam. It fades quick and leaves lovely webbing and a solid island of bubbles in the middle of the brew.

Smell is oh so nice. There is a nice malt scent followed by a citrus hop scent. Not a strong hop scent as you would expect from an American IPA but it is present albeit a weak one.

Taste is average for an IPA. It is more sweet and malty then hoppy. Again not what I would expect from an Am. IPA. The malts are strong and pungent in the palate while the citrus, piney hops are distant and very muted. There is also a weak bitterness that is pleasing and interesting on the mouth but again I would like more.

All in all this is a good IPA. Its not fantastic but a solid beer that has nice carbonation and not over the top flavors. An excellent one for more malt lovers or those looking to spark a love for hoppy beers then hop heads like me.

Photo of caddybuyer
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber at fridge temp into an oversize wine glass on a hot spring day.

A-Slighly veiled (fridge chill) medium amber. Very nice slick creamy eggshell head and nice lacing. Can't say enough about how nice the head looks on this....very enticing.

S-Citrus floral hops, can't wait to taste it.

T-Sweet malt opener with a mild bitter finish. Not tasting much of the citrus and not nearly as aggressively hopped as I expected. Pretty decent overall, and reminds me very much of a SA Harvest.

M-Well balanced overall.

D-This is a good beer, not a great beer, but pretty decent overall...but I'm looking for those mouth puckering pungent hops in this, which are simply not present. I think this was pretty fresh, so what can I say. Will try it again however.

Photo of NJpadreFan
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Left Hand- Warrior IPA

Appearance- Reddish orange with a thick meringue head. Thick heavy lacing on the glass.
Smell- Strong sweet pine needles, Very bitter grapefruit rind, and sweet lemon.
Taste- Big bitter pine hops followed up by grapefruit and lemon. Some caramel maltiness pokes through.
Mouthfeel- Big dry and bitter body. Huge flavors!

Overall- This is a big IPA! The flavor doesn't subside. Very good, my 1pint 6 oz'er will take a while to finish! This is no chugging beer!

Photo of tastybeer
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Warm 'Fall-like' amber glow with a creamy but slick good sized head. Bubbley lace starts to form right away. Nose is very sniffable. Crisp fragrant nose with a freshwater-like clarity. Good light, grain malt smell is steady underneath the grapefruit, lemon, sweet orange, mild pine, and herb-like hops. Quite a variety in the nose which though not giant in intensity has some subtle complexities. Taste is similar in flavor with a smooth and steady bitterness that turns slightly sharp as it dries out through the finish. Bitterness is right on. Just big enough to kick it up a notch but not so astringent that it masks the flavors. Malts hold up the friendly hopping very well too. Mouthfeel is smooth and slick with a gritty resinous touch. Good and appropriate carbonation transitions you into the bitterness nicely. Drinkability is mmm mmm good. Oooo, yummy hoppy burps follow.

Another good partially wet hopped IPA and extra fresh. Not all out hoppy but nice combination of stuff with good complexity. This is my style of Fall seasonals.

Photo of GilGarp
4.41/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The new label is much more attractive than the old one pictured. Red and black in color with the image of a ninja warrior (?) and black birds. Hard to explain but it's cool.

Served chilled from a bomber into a globe. Striking red color with excellent clarity. The thick white head settles slowly leaving lots of lace on the glass.

Aroma is very hoppy and has great tropical fruit notes to it.

Flavor is very good as well with superb balance and great hop flavor. Nice fruit and caramel flavors meld well together. Some earthy apple and pear, mild grass, and pine in there as well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and perfectly carbonated. Nothing wrong here. Very drinkable and the bomber will be gone before the night is done.

Overall I'm very impressed with this beer. It's clearly underrated in my opinion. Just a thought but it might do better if it was labeled as an American amber/red.

Photo of asabreed
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: Somewhere between orange and amber, with a ton of bubbles floating toward the top of the glass. With each new pour into the glass it's like a whirlpool. The head is strong and sticks pretty well, leaving plenty of lacing as it gradually dies down.

Smell: Strong, of course, on the warrior hops. Though I wish the malt had more of a presence, and the hops seem more bittering and citrus twang instead of aromatically floral. As it warms it seems to get a bit more balanced though, with the fruitier side of some of the malts coming in.

Taste: I need to learn to drink IPAs warmer than right out of the fridge. That said, noting the changes was nice. It's hoppy as hell right out of the gate, bitter and citrusy, though as it warms the malt comes through to start balancing everything out. There's still the hophead delight of it being huge on the hops, but that's when it's colder, and it's pleasant either way, though better when it warms to near room temperature. Long finish with some hints of sour cherries and berries.

Mouthfeel: More medium-bodied than lighter bodied, and seemingly creamier as it warms, with good crispness and levels of carbonation.

Drinkability: A pretty good IPA. It's not winning originality awards, but as a sipper that takes a long time to drink, it was extremely enjoyable, especially noting the changes as it warmed, which I didn't think would be as prominent as they were.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Like the new labels.

Pours a clear amber color with a stark white head that retains quite well and leaves nice lacing.

Nose is alot of west coast-like hops, nice resinous flavor with a dank earthy sweetness. Smells great.

Well, the taste does not follow the great nose, but it is still pretty decent. Not anywhere near as much west coastish grapefruit as the nose indicated. The hops are a little more floral, but the fresh hop dankness is in there. Nice bitterness, but a little muted by a slightly too large malt presence.

Mouthfeel is pretty much right where it should be, carbonation is fine.

Drinkability is solid, as this one is pretty well balanced and not too abrasive, just wish there was some more grapefruity goodness.

Overall a nice IPA, the nose is excellent, i really wish it tasted how it smells. Tone down the malt profile and use a little bit more grapefruit high AA hop action in this one and it could be top notch. A pleasant drinkable IPA.

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Warrior IPA from Left Hand Brewing Company
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