Warrior IPA - Left Hand Brewing Company
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4.65/5 rDev +21.7%
Wow! what a beatiful orange color with a large froffy head that is dense and creamy looking. Tiny little bubbles constantly moving slowly up the glass. The nose has fresh grapefriut mixed with a juicy fruit gum aroma. The mouthfeel is pleasant with a caramel and toffe malt back bone to support the sweet grassy,manderin orange flavor. The finish leaves a yeasty, fresh bread taste and a earthy dry finish. This Left Hand and Great Divide is the only fresh hop beer I've tried if you know of any other brands please contact me please!! Happy Holiday's !
12-18-2006 17:39:01 | More by athensbeermaster
4.65/5 rDev +21.7%
Just did a cellar inventory and found a bomber of this amid my selection of bottles. How the heck did it get in there? I donno, but an IPA certainly doesn't belong. Thank goodness my cellar is quite cool (especially over the winter months). This bottle is probably 6ish months old. Pours a one finger yellowed tan head over a cloudy dark peach colored liquid. Nice mini-cascading head. Also the head of fine bubbles clings and is slowly settling like a dusted moon landscape. Glorious.
Smells pine and lemons with an underlying malt sweet and light fruity esters. A hint of dry sawdust. Hops smells fresh and now I get some tangerine and maybe some orange. Tastes balanced hop flavor with malt and fruit. Hop bitter is less than I would expect from and IPA, but the mouthfeel is smooth and thick. Wonderful stuff. Hop flavor is orange and woody dry. Hop bitter is noticable and with a rising grassy co-ho that comes on stronger in the aftertaste to help create the very dry finish. Malt is a non-descript underlying sweet. I can't pick out any particular grains. A bit of soured caramel...which I think is a flavor my tastebuds find when there is some caramel malt character that's mixed with piney hops. Yeah, this next taste I looked for pine and discovered that it was actually quite strong. Fruit esters consist of peach syrup. But, remember, this beer is woody dry, so the peach flavor doesn't cling to the tongue in the same way as canned peach syrup does. Interestingly, the body is thick and smooth. Almost oatmeal stout smooth. Lucious in the mouth with moderate carbonation stinging the inner flat of my tongue. The lacing is quite nice. Also, the head on the second glass (poured from the remainder of the bomber) is fine and clingy of a consistency almost identical to that of Guiness. Really amazing. I'm very impressed. A delicious nightcap this evening. Multi-dimensional and well-balanced. Nice selection of piney and citrusy hops accompanied by an enjoyable malt sweet. Amazing looks (if the beer were clear I would have given 'appearance' a 5.0) and mouthfeel.
Edit: So sad this beer is gone. I would *really* like another.
04-20-2006 07:32:33 | More by mentor
4.65/5 rDev +21.7%
The 22 oz. brown bomber held a beer that looked standard IPA amber, with some chill haze. The head was well proportioned at two fingers-thick, and receded to a craggy undulating for with a good deal of lace around the walls of the pint glass. The aroma was leafy green and pungent, but a little weak IMO. The perceived bitterness was about as high as I have ever run across. It clung to my teeth, made my cheeks contact, and singed my sinuses with vapors on the way down. This was fresh, catty, refreshing, and just undeniably hoppy. In other words exactly what an IPA is supposed to be, but what most brewers dont brew. If you are not a true hophead, I am afraid you might fin this unbalanced, but to me it was un-put-downable. I am sure there was enough malt that they started out with to get this to a 6.6% ABV, but the hops never ever let a tinge of sweetness creep in. I drained my only bomber in about half an hour and the only thought lingering in the back of my mind was I need to stock up on this ASAP. If it wasnt for the mild smell, this would kick Ruination from here to San Diego.
12-08-2006 03:38:45 | More by rajendra82
4.63/5 rDev +21.2%
Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. Great presentation. Burnt orange in color with a dense, tight lipped head that is about two fingers in size. As the head goes down a little bit, I am able to squeeze about one and one half fingers or head above the glass. Looks amazing. Head takes its sweet little time falling down and still maintains a nice consistency and still pretty good in size. Tons and tons of lacing.
Aroma is magnificent fresh hops. Very piney and grapefruity. Smells just like a bag of pellet hops. Sweet yet tart and bitter aroma. Very fruity. Very nice malt backbone complements the hoppiness.
Not overwhelmingly hoppy; if you ask me it is almost perfect. Terrific hop bitterness of a floral kind with some sharp pine needles as well. Tastes like I would imagine the grass I just mowed to taste. Malt is again in check with the hops.
A great IPA. If the price werent so high, this may be a staple in my fridge. Is comparable, in my opinion, to almost any other IPA out there in the market.
04-28-2006 22:32:52 | More by SaCkErZ9
4.63/5 rDev +21.2%
Rich amber pour with a fluffy khaki head that lasts forever and laces generously.
Aroma is simply awesome! Cotton candy and bubblegum sweetness with grapefruit and citrus tang. There's also green fresh pine needles. Really one of the most incredible noses you will encounter. The fresh off the vine hops really come through.
Flavor is equally impressive. There's a fresh hop explosion of bubblegum, candied grapefruit, lemon peel, and sweet juicey oranges. Then a nice sticky pine flavor with pleasant bitterness. Plenty of chewy malt backbone to support the hops. Very fruity and complex, definately hoppy. I love this beer and would like to see more fresh hop ales.
Body is a tad bigger than medium, with a very slick, juicey mouthfeel. I can just imagine chewing on fresh Warrior hops while drinking this. Awesome drinkability.
10-30-2005 16:03:36 | More by AlexJ
4.58/5 rDev +19.9%
Perfect amber gem in the glass with a few spots of carbonation streaming within the deep glow of color. Huge foamy capping of lightly stained yellow froth. Thick and creamy and quite lasting. Leaves some hugely thick shelves of lace across the glass. The perfect picture of what a great IPA should be.
Wiff in...mmm... highly citric with a moderate punch of floating lemony pith and peel. Semi resinous with a slight smokey pineyness and smells fresh as the day the hops were picked. Quite nice.
Taste is solid with a gleem of smoothness all through out the main stay of the beer, up until the finish. Starts well balanced with a rounded, simple malt backing of tender bready sweetness with a slight nudge to some toasted edgeyness. Quite clean and smooth upfront. Hops are well defined in a simple yet fairly complexing attitude of citrusy lemon and a squeezed in, high ended bitterness of hugely fresh and floral Warrior hop cone goodness. There must of been a bunch of the good Ol' yellow stuff in each of them cones cuz this just screamed that freshness that really makes for a fresh, clean, snappy, floral bite of bitterness. The dryness is good and doesn't get to brittle as it teeters back and forth between the floral and lemony pine. Nice!
Feel is smooth and clean, about medium if not a nudge above, especially as it gets into the finish. It tends to pick up a bit of gumption and complexity as it goes into the finish. The dryness is late and very acceptable to the palate as it turns the tongue to a fluff of lemon and high floral bittering dryness.
After having this numberous times over the last few weeks on-tap, and barely keeping my head straight afterwards. To be able to sit down with a bomber of this stuff is quite wonderful. Me likey this Warrior IPA. Left Hand continues to impress.
12-18-2007 01:04:04 | More by tavernjef
4.53/5 rDev +18.6%
Gorgeous presentation. Huge meringue-like froth rises above an appealing amber ale. Smells very piney.
Ooh, that's truly hoppy: Grassy, fresh pine tips, fresh lemon zest on a malt glaze. Sweet and satisfying. This is great. Much floral and sprucey hop flavors without bitterness, and without numbing. Great hop essential flavors. The froth holds on and on.... As I quaf this pint the froth smiles away the day. Thick lace. God, that's satisfying.
02-04-2006 11:45:56 | More by gbontrag
4.53/5 rDev +18.6%
01-09-06- Purchased at Sun Devil Liquors in Mesa, AZ.
Presentation- 22oz bottle with no freshness information. Poured into a chalice type glass.
Appearance- Deep orange, almos amber in color. Looks about the same color of Pliny the Younger if that rings a bell. Nice 3/4 inch head and leaves wonderful patchy lace everywhere.
Smell- Hops resin and roasted and toasted malt. This is the way an IPA should smell. Tons of pine, grapefruit and sugary hops.
Taste- The very first thing I noticed was the nice roasted malty flavoring. Then the hops hit you...and boy do they hit you! Pine tree flavor, then fresh grapefruit flavor followed by bubble gum ice cream flavor. This all melds together to form a greatly balanced brew.
Mouthfeel- Bitter semi heavy mouthfeel, followed by a flavorful bitter aftertaste. Mid to lower mouthfeel.
Drinkability- One of the best wet hopped IPA's I have ever had. A bit steep in price, but the $5 for the bottle was worth it.
01-10-2006 19:28:25 | More by GClarkage
4.53/5 rDev +18.6%
Over the course of a hot, pilsner- and weissebier-laden summer, I always forget how good Left Hand Warrior IPA always is. Then comes late fall and winter, and I again get to bask in the smoothness of this unique, finely crafted brew.
I'm not going to break it down by rating factor again (I have a couple previous reviews for that), but I will say that this year's batch (draft and bottle) is as good as ever. This might be a bit too subtle for the triple IPA crowd, but for me it's as good as it gets.
01-31-2008 00:59:45 | More by OliasOfSunhillow
4.5/5 rDev +17.8%
Poured from a 22 oz. bottle. Leaves a rocky one finger head with very good retention and some very good lacing. Body is a coppery orange-ish sort of peach. Looks really good.
Smell - resin and caramel, toffee and pine. Very mouthwatering.
Taste - as indicated by the nose. Caramel and toffee washed through with piney resin. Some lemon and citrus in middle, and on the finish also.
Mouthfeel - very full, thick, almost chewy at times, very slick and oily ( oily in a good way) .
Drinkability - this is very rich and satisfying, and low enough in abv to make it rather sessionable.
12-07-2006 18:53:35 | More by ultralarry2006
4.5/5 rDev +17.8%
appearance- it is a dark yellow orange-ish
smell- the hops burst out, along with notes of citrus.
Taste- wonderful tasty brew. the hops are perfect and the overall taste is very balanced.
Mouthfeel- hits strong with citrus flavors, maybe a lil coriander, and teh finish is beautifully bitter.
Drinkability- i could drink this all night, but i am a self proclaimed hophead, its not for people who dont like an emphasis on hops.
another great brew from left hand, one of my personal favorites, a must try for anyone that can get their hands on it.
12-23-2010 02:33:01 | More by HopsNPot
4.47/5 rDev +17%
Poured this 22oz. undated brown bottle into a nonic. Three fingers of head sat atop a clear, iced tea colored body. A clumpy cap of foam remained throughout. Sticky white lace coated the glass. Very nice appearance.
Smell was subtle and a little disappointing at first but this one opened up as it warmed. Piney, earthy and floral. Leafy organic aroma. Wet hay. Pleasant.
Taste was a nice mildly oily hops flavor without extreme bitterness. There was enough malt presence to prevent hops overload. Lip smacking bitterness with an oily bitter linger. Taste and smell improved as the beer warmed.
Mouthfeel was medium bodied and mild/medium carbonation. Overall it was very nice, high recommendation for hops lovers. Hops flavor not just bitterness.
12-07-2006 01:38:42 | More by Cresant
4.47/5 rDev +17%
Poured from a 22 oz. bomber (Belmont Party Supply Dayton, OH) into a huge snifter (served at 50 degrees):
A - Dark amber/with honey orange highlights. A gentle pour produced a finger and a half of sticky off-white foam which receded rather quickly leaving a fair amount of lacing on the glass.
S - Sweet malts and bitter hops hit the nose in unison. A slight bit of citrus and pine mixes with the sweet malt.
T - The hops win out on the tongue! The malts sneak back in to tame the bitterness perfectly. Grassy notes of hops survive the sweet bready malts on the exhale leaving a crisp finish.
M - Medium body and maybe just a bit thin compared to the nose and tongue. Smooth carbonation tingles without biting.
D - A pleasant beer to sip. Alcohol provides just a slight warming. This could definitely be an "all day" beer.
I had to keep reminding myself that this is just an IPA. The aromas and tastes led me to believe that it was a DIPA, but the mouthfeel just wasn't viscous enough to trick me. This is a well balanced IPA.
03-09-2008 00:12:43 | More by srobertson59
4.47/5 rDev +17%
Poured from a 22 oz. brown bomber into a Sam Adams pint glass. The bottle says it's a "fresh-hopped ale."
A: Golden-orange-colored brew with a very thick layer of whitish bubbly head on top. The head settles kinda slowly, leaving a thin layer. A couple of rings of lacing down the glass. Little bit of carbonation visible.
S: Lovely citrus and floral hops, clean and fresh-smelling. Bit of caramel sweetness thrown in, too. Overall, very enticing.
T: Hops and malts intermingle throughout the taste. First, there's some oily and floral hops and some smooth malts, but not too sugary at all. The middle is citrusy and bitter, but smooth. The finish is tasty, hoppy yet smooth. Overall, great taste. Not too much of anything, and just the right hop flavors and amounts.
M: Crisp, lip-smacking hoppiness and smooth malts. Good stuff.
D: Really good. Enjoyed this bottle and could easily have more.
03-01-2008 06:21:02 | More by LeftyBWS
Warrior IPA from Left Hand Brewing Company
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