Warrior IPA - Left Hand Brewing Company
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Reviews by satowns:
3.38/5 rDev -11.5%
pours with nice frothy layer of creamy tan colored foam. brewers lace remains long into the night.
deep tawny orange and crystal clear.
aroma lacks hoppy pungency. subtle hop spice and crystal malts play well together. slightly more pronounced than a traditional english ipa. The website confirms use of mostly American hops, inlcuding the namesake used wet and fresh. But I just dont get that American "POW" in the aroma.
Flavor is a nice balance between the crystal malt and a nice clean hop profile. Wheat toast and slightly nutty. piney. soft bitterness.
overall this is a nice beer, and as with many wet hopped/fresh hopped beers, it has an entirely different flavor and aroma component than its dry hopped bretheren. Tasty, but just not a beer i would crave if in the hoppy/ipa mood. Now if i were in the mood for a tasty, sessionable, slightly amber ale...this would hit the spot.
10-28-2009 03:08:13 | More by satowns
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4.1/5 rDev +7.3%
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.
07-04-2005 02:18:56 | More by oberon
3.93/5 rDev +2.9%
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.
09-29-2009 02:01:49 | More by brownbeer
4/5 rDev +4.7%
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.
08-01-2010 14:18:36 | More by BeerAdvocate
4.13/5 rDev +8.1%
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.
02-06-2007 02:47:15 | More by blitz134
3.8/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
12-09-2007 04:06:35 | More by Beaver13
3.95/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
03-05-2005 02:36:14 | More by merlin48
4.33/5 rDev +13.4%
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.
11-13-2007 23:02:52 | More by Billolick
4.2/5 rDev +9.9%
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.
12-10-2005 00:16:11 | More by warriorsoul
3.78/5 rDev -1%
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.
05-18-2009 15:14:29 | More by tigg924
4.03/5 rDev +5.5%
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.
01-16-2006 15:34:20 | More by jakester
3.88/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
02-24-2007 20:58:44 | More by SkinnyElvis
3.73/5 rDev -2.4%
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.
06-30-2009 22:58:32 | More by magictrokini
United Kingdom (England)
3.8/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
11-13-2011 00:10:14 | More by jazzyjeff13
3.73/5 rDev -2.4%
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.
01-04-2014 00:51:59 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
3.5/5 rDev -8.4%
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.
12-21-2009 03:28:43 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.9/5 rDev +2.1%
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.
01-31-2009 05:30:59 | More by WVbeergeek
4/5 rDev +4.7%
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.
03-07-2009 00:18:10 | More by glid02
Warrior IPA from Left Hand Brewing Company
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