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Warrior IPA - Left Hand Brewing Company

Warrior IPAWarrior IPA

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very good

612 Ratings

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Ratings: 612
Reviews: 368
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.26%

Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: goindownsouth on 03-27-2003)
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Photo of VelvetExtract


3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A-Pours a darker caramel color. Haven't seen an IPA this dark in quite a while. Decent sized head is sticky and full. Leaves blobs and circles of lacing.

S-Aroma is very balanced. Smells a bit faded in terms of hoppiness. Caramel and a decidedly floral hoppiness.

T-Flavor is too malty for my taste. Again, it tastes past it's prime. The hops brings forth floral and citrusy notes that seems to be faded. Balanced with caramel and wet, breadiness.

M-Medium bitterness. Medium body. Normal carbonation. A bit chewy. Pretty generic.

O/D-Definitely not a memorable IPA. Balanced and overall pretty agreeable but far from unique or assertive.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2013 17:01:35 | More by VelvetExtract
Photo of gatornation


3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-pours a clear golden color with a good white head minimal lacing but a fresh collar
S-pine citrus smells some malt
T-strong crisp pine hops first then some floral citrus hops a sweet malt balances out the pine bitterness
M- crisp and bitter hops that do taste fresh medium carbonation a sweet finish
O- thought this was very good i like fresh hop IPA'S to be crisp with hops and this one delivered

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2013 20:45:42 | More by gatornation
Photo of rangerred


4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap in a pint glass.

Poured a nearly clear medium brown with just a few wisps of lace on the surface of the beer as well as on the sides of the glass.

Lots of piny hops in the aroma along with a touch of citrus. Caramel and biscuit malt comes through quite prominently. There are also hints of cut grass.

Hops figure in much more prominent in the taste with tons more pine and just the slightest hint of citrus. I also get quite a bit of dark bread and biscuit along with a little bit of light caramel. Bitterness is quite fierce but just stays restrained enough to not be distracting. Mouthfeel is quite nice for a beer of this strength having body, but finishing pretty dry with barely a hint of stickyness.

Overall, a very nice effort by Left Hand. Tons of hop flavor and a great malt balance. One to pick up if you come across it.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2013 01:29:51 | More by rangerred
Photo of denver10


3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours bronze with an off white head. Aroma is big on the malts offering a nice dose of toffee and paired with some floral and fruity (citrus) hops. Flavor follows suit with a big toasted malt underbelly that offers a lot of biscuit and toffee along with some fruity and floral hops, which are not nearly as vibrant and up front as I would have expected and liked. Mild bitterness. A fuller mouthfeel, some activity but not a lot. Overall, quite surprised this is an American IPA, to me this is all English IPA. I enjoyed this but got to admit for a fresh hop IPA it was a little bit of a letdown.

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2012 02:00:50 | More by denver10
Photo of LordAdmNelson


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

This was a pretty good IPA in my opinion. It was citrusy (kind of citrus zesty), weedy, earthy, and sometimes floral--though not overpoweringly so at any point. Nothing stands out to me as being exceptionally good or exceptionally bad about this beer, and I was happy to enjoy a pint of it. Moderate mouthfeel, good drinkability. Nose might have been a little on the light side, but the depth of the hop flavor was pretty interesting to say the least. Not a bad beer, wouldn't mind having it on tap again.

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2011 15:46:10 | More by LordAdmNelson
Photo of donkeyrunner


3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

@ Bukowski's, Somerville MA

"Their warrior souls forever rejoice. With our ancestors we raise our horns." - Twilight Tavern, Ensiferum

Clear orange with a swarthy white head. Leaves ring after ring of lace on my glass. I don't know that IPAs look much better.

Aroma is bubble gum jam with a freshly vacuumed carpet resin character. Poundcake sweet malt compliments the hops. God but not exactly bursting with hop scent. Tastes the same as it smells.

It's one of those Harpoon, Bridgeport IPA deals that's more balanced with a hoppy lean than hop fiesta. By no means a lesser beer, quite good in fact, but I'd keep the Warrior to bittering only.

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2010 00:52:52 | More by donkeyrunner
Photo of bernardus1212


3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this little number at House of Beer in Orlando. Freshly tapped, it was poured into a DFH snifter. Nice dark orange colorng with a fluffy white head. smell was of hop astringent and tangerine. Nicely balanced. tast was very solid. Hop front with a balenced citrus. Would like a bit more hop in the nose. Thats probably being to picky though. A solid IPA. Would enjoy this again

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2010 07:32:23 | More by bernardus1212
Photo of salvo


3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Color is copper orange with an inch-thick cap of off white head. Smell is resin, pine, and some citrus (pine dominates).

Bitter, bitter, bitter beer off the tap. I'm not sure what it is about Left Hand, but I'm always wanting something just off what they're doing. The mouthfeel is little light, the color and clarity a little off, and the clawing bitterness will keep me from coming back to this one anytime soon.

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2010 01:23:44 | More by salvo
Photo of AgentZero


3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A dark golden color with a tan head that left a lot of lacing and a nice cap.

S - Heavy on the malt, but light on the hops. There is some citrusy smell as well as a bit of light fruity sweetness, but the hops seem to be at a minimum.

T - Actually a decent hops profile, mostly pine but not overpowering. Some nice citrus fruit in there as well that mellows out the pine.

M - Some nice carbonation and a medium body.

D - Pretty drinkable, as the pine is strong but you could go for a while before it becomes overbearing.

Serving type: on-tap

06-26-2010 05:52:12 | More by AgentZero
Photo of jrallen34


3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I drank this on tap into a pint glass.

The beer is a dark clear gold with a very light tan head. There is great retnetion and lacing here. The head stays at least ten full minutes, falls in chunks and is very creamy.

The aroma is shocking and light. There is tons of honey onf the front with a light floral finish. I can hardly get any hops at all.

The taste is totally opposite, giving off mostly fresh green hops, a lot of pine. It is a very nice pine that is not overpowering. Usually when you get pine its a turn off but this is a nice add on. Finishes very bitter.

Overall, this was pretty decent. If you want to drink a piney ipa that won't kill your taste buds, grab the warrior.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2010 00:58:31 | More by jrallen34
Photo of inspektor

North Carolina

2.28/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours an amber color with a 2.5 finger head

Strong hoppy smell followed by a hint of caramel

Surprisingly bitter and is a bit of a disappointment since the smell of the hops is actually stronger than their flavor. The bitterness outweighs the hops and there is also a strong malt flavor as well.

Mouthfeel feels a bit empty

Low drink ability due to bitterness

Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2010 21:59:08 | More by inspektor
Photo of woosterbill


3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Roadhouse into a shaker pint.

A: Clear, medium-amber body supporting an inch of fine off-white head; strong retention and healthy sheets of lacing. Not bad at all.

S: Understated nose of citrus hops and toasty malt.

T: Big upfront rush of fruit - pear, mango, and apple - followed by a more mellow hop bite. Interesting, but not what I want in an IPA.

M: Fairly light bodied with good carbonation and a bit of mouth-coating stickiness.

D: Pretty good for 6.6%; relatively low bitterness; a bit too sticky, though, to encourage the next sip.

Notes: Intriguing and memorable with the fruity onslaught, but where are the hops? I won't be seeking it out again - there are just too many great IPAs out there, and this one doesn't quite make the grade.


Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2009 12:11:55 | More by woosterbill
Photo of donniecuffs

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured (at The Pony Bar in Manhattan) an amber copper into an American pint glass, with a thin white head, but decent lacing. Surprisingly not much aroma at all, but the flavor progression was very pleasant; very bitter grassiness, followed by malt and an orange peel semi-dry finish. The medium body was creamier than expected as well. Overall, not the best IPA, but a good one to session.

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2009 05:43:31 | More by donniecuffs
Photo of david18

New York

3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

In the past I think i had only the stronger brands from Left Hand. This IPA, which was on tap at Amrsterdam Ales in Manhattan was a very good standard IPA.

Good golden color with a great hop aroma. Carbonation is excellent and a very drinkable beer in general. A perfect afternoon draft beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2009 19:05:27 | More by david18
Photo of Mebuzzard


3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice, clear copper pour. Head is consistent throughout with good lacing.
A mild spice hop aroma dominated with herbal undertones. malt comes in with a touch of sweetness. Nothing overpowering in the nose.
Very quick hit of sweet biscuit followed by the mild resin hops. A bit herbal. Malt backbone restrains this one from going to the "average" A-IPA, which is basically a hop bomb. This one is not. It's easy drinking and well balanced.

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2009 02:20:16 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of rye726


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

Pours an orangish brown with a beige head.

Nose has fresh hops, citrus and sweet malts.

Taste has bitter hops up front and through the finish. Well balanced by candy malts.

Medium body is a bit thin, but drinks well. Nice IPA from Left Hand. Would love to see them make an exclusively Warrior Double IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2009 02:07:52 | More by rye726
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2009 00:18:10 | More by glid02
Photo of paulthebeerguru


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

A: pours a nice bright copper/amber color. light off-white colored head. great retention rate and wonderful sticky lacing.

S: nice citrus hop aroma with a great malt backbone, come caramel malts in there.

T: great caramel malts bring the backdrop to this beer. wonderful warrior hops lead to some citrus notes, light orange notes.

M: medium bodied, with a perfect carbonation level. very clean and crisp.

D: very easy drinking IPA. Solid brew from LH. Could knock a few of these as possible.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2009 04:30:40 | More by paulthebeerguru
Photo of mnstorm99


3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice pour into a snifter at Mac's Industiral, small white head that stays until the end on top of a dark copper slightly cloudy brew.
Aroma is very weak, mostly biscuit malts, with a touch of american citrus and floral hops, but not the huge hop aroma I expect from an IPA.
Taste is good, mostly a malty IPA, with touches of toffee that stays in the aftertaste and again a weak hop profile in this one, seems more of an english IPA with American hops to me.
Mouthfeel is nice and full, with a touch of creaminess to it, and the drinkability is very easy, but I like more bitterness when it comes to IPA's.

Not a fan of Left Hands beers, and this one was good, but again I leave disappointed.

Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2009 16:26:53 | More by mnstorm99
Photo of Georgiabeer


3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the Brick Store Pub. I suspect that this might be the same beer as 400 lb Monkey, and it was labeled Warrior IPA (400lb Monkey) at the Pub. Poured a dark orange/amber with a grainy looking head and great lacing. Smells of chewy, thick malt, caramel and grain. Lightly citrusy hops on the back end. The hops are much more noticeable in the taste, and on the piney/spicy side and fesh tasting. Well balanced with the malt, and slightly herbal tasting on the finish. The mouthfeel is chewy with malt and hops. Tasty- would be excellent on cask.

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2009 15:45:19 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of marcpal

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap in Beantown, poured a pint into a large cylinder glass, unfortunately too chilled.

A: Mahogany. Huge enormous head that didnt go anywhere at all. Head was coffee colored meringue cookie.

N: Hops. Those must be the warrior hops- distinctive nose. The spicy type, citrus with a touch of honey.

T: Burnt spicy hops. Could use some more malts for some balance. Tart grapefruit and the hops must have been added late to this brew process because it is so strong in the aroma and less so in the taste.

M: Here the hops leave some residue- oil traces left following the swallow. Chewy and thick- great mouthfeel.

D: Hops become too much in the aroma and the back kick with out the balance on the other end. Sure, still drinakable but there are more rounded better IPAs out there.

Serving type: on-tap

09-04-2008 22:42:57 | More by marcpal
Photo of CrellMoset


3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Midlothian Capital Ale House.

Appearance: A deep orange amber, only slightly hazy. A thin ring of slightly off-white head rests on top. Medium to high level of carbonation. Lacing coats the sides of the glass in unbroken sheets. Not unpleasant.

Aroma: Oily citrus - orange seems dominant, strangely enough, and grapefruit makes itself known - and some other vegetal earthy hop notes, typical of wet hopping. Not too pungent, unfortunately.

Taste: Lots of nice hop notes - grapefruit, other tart citrus - and a decent malt backbone, very biscuity and wholesome. Fairly bitter, but it melds surprisingly well with the tart citrus. Lots of very distinct flavors - you can tell what was imparted by the wet-hopping, what by the dry-hopping, and what from the boiling process. Very balanced and well-crafted.

Mouthfeel: Oily, as you'd expect a wet-hopped beer to be. You're kind of licking your teeth afterwards, but it's spot-on for a beer like this. Beer is medium-bodied and has a medium but uneven level of carbonation.

Drinkability: No complaints - finished it with no problem. It's bitter but not too bitter, and there's lots of good flavor to go around and keep you interested for probably more than one glass. Solid.

Good, but not as good as the other wet-hopped beer I've had the pleasure to try (and review), the Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Ale. There was just more going on in that beer, more flavor interaction, a much stronger aroma, and more even-bodied. I don't mean to indicate this is a bad beer, by any means - it's not. It's just a little less complex. Still worth a try, though it doesn't come as highly recommended as the other one.

Serving type: on-tap

06-26-2008 02:20:11 | More by CrellMoset
Photo of HopDerek


4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Capital Alehouse Innsbrook.

Poured a clear amber with 1 inch of foamy cream colored head, good retention and fantastic sticky lacing. Smells of pine, citrus, grass, and caramel. Tastes are big on hops, grapefruit, grass, with good malty characteristics in the backbone and a nice spruce finish. Medium in body, good carbonation. Very hoppy but has a nice balance thanks to the sweet malt. Easy to drink, satisfying to the last sip, one fine hopbomb.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2008 23:46:46 | More by HopDerek
Photo of johnnyirishman


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

Had on tap at the Arena Bar and Grille in W-B PA

Apperance- A nice darker copper color, with good head retention and good lacing.

Smell- Powerful Hops, and a citrius undertone.

Taste,Mouthfeel- Big hops flavor not too overpowering but it lingers in your mouth and the carb tingles your tongue enhancing the flavor. Medium carb and body

Drinkability- Good IPA, very tasty, keeps any hop head waiting for the next sip!!

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2008 04:16:52 | More by johnnyirishman
Photo of weeare138


3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Capone's...
Appears a transparent copper toned amber with a 2 finger off-white head that keeps nice retention throughout the entire duration of the session. Small amounts of CO2 quickly rise to the top. Scattered streacks of thick lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of resinous, piney, citrusy hops. Pretty decent and enticing for me to take several whiffs.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas but a little hop heavy in comparison to the the sweet caramel malts.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, hop heavy and bitter in need of some more balance but overall not bad for an IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

01-06-2008 02:15:13 | More by weeare138
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Warrior IPA from Left Hand Brewing Company
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