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Warrior IPA - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Warrior IPAWarrior IPA

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very good

740 Ratings

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Ratings: 740
Reviews: 379
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.73%
Wants: 37
Gots: 31 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: goindownsouth on 03-27-2003

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

Unfiltered and therefore requiring refrigeration. A 1.5X IPA, with extra bitterness and malting. Good drinkability and fix for hop heads. Citrus taste. Above average carbonation. Hoppy aroma. Attractive citrus orange colour with some white head. Above average for style. Refreshes.

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of GRG1313
3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fresh hopped IPA; Pours a dark orange amber with a thin white head.

Nose is medium assertive sweet ripe pineapple and some rich malty tones. (I'm not getting a fresh hop character; perhaps bottle is older?)

Mouthfeel is medium full body and nice integration of malt and hops. Some richness and creamy character in the mouth.

Flavors are a malt/fruity front that goes to a citric lemon/pine flavor and then to a very nice pine/grapefruit skin oil finish.

More sweet grapefruit bitter as it warms in the glass but still a bit fruity and malty for a fresh hopped IPA. A bit different than expected but nice. Finish is best part.

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a tulip glass. Color is a moderate amber with a single-finger white head that dies down pretty quickly. The nose brings a fairly large amount of malt along with some light pine and citrus hops. The taste is slight hops as well with a bit of bready malt. Pretty good feel with the bitterness and malt interacting. Drinks fairly well, but not quite up to the higher levels of LH's beers.

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of metter98
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin yet dense off white head that has very good retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface and a dense web of lacing running down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderate aromas of pine resin hops in the nose along with some hints of citrus and floral hops.
T: Like the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of pine resin hops and has a moderate amount of bitterness, which is especially prevalent and lingers through the finish. There are some hints of the underlying caramel malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied and quite crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a nice IPA if you like lots of hop flavors and bitterness but don't want an Imperial IPA.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of brentk56
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a pillowy head that sticks well and leaves bounteous quantities of lace

Smell: Lemony grapefruit dominates but boy does it smell fresh

Taste: Opens with a touch of biscuity malt that is quickly over-powered by the lemony-grapefruit hops; lots of alpha acids here; after the swallow, the hops mellow a bit to allow the malt back into the picture but the finish is long and bitter, but a bit rough

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Drinkability: This is a very nice hoppy AIPA that lacks some finesse; I'd like a little more malt complexity and prefer more orangey citrus but that is not what Left Hand was aiming for here

Thanks, Oxymoron, for the opportunity

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

So that's what Warrior hops taste like? It seems that I want to follow that sentence with, "kinda tastes like chicken." ...only not.

The hop bill certainly fits the IPA style with a robust, sharp citrus, orange zest, grapefruit taste that comes close to recognizing pine, floral, and lemongrass. Definate hop bitterness to balance out the rich malt profile.

Maltiness accompanies a lot of sweetness and keeps the hops from overbearing. Though a well-attenuated character keeps the beer moderately light, the selection of malts take on a biscuity, English malt character--leaving some caramel sweetness behind.

Moderate alcohols keep the beer focused on the hops and complimentary barley character, while adding a dryness, crispness, and grahm cracker powdery feel. Still a bit heavier than most American Pale Ales.

I definately appreciate the showcase of the Warrior hop and feel that it was a pleasure to spend the time with the beer.

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dusky orange with a definite reddish influence and radiant orange-amber edges. Are there any better heads in the world of beer than those produced by hoppy beer? I think not. This one is orangish beige, firm, bubblicious and as rocky as all get out. The glass is very nearly covered in thick, soon-to-be-crusty hop scum that looks fabulous.

I smell oranges, grapefruits and lemons (in roughly that order) dipped in caramel syrup. The aroma doesn't jump out of the glass (as hoped for), it just sort of wafts up gently to greet me. I demand pungent clouds of aerosolized hop oil from my favorite IPAs, so it looks like this one doesn't qualify. I'll forgive and forget if the flavor is mind-boggling.

Nope, no boggling here. The beer is impressively well-malted with a pleasing crystal malt caramel sweetness that is at least the flavor equal of the hops (unfortunately). This is a malt lover's IPA and will be appreciated by those who like their IPAs sweet as well as bitter. I'm underwhelmed by the hop flavor, even though there's enough of it to get the job done.

The flavor mirrors the nose, with citrus fruit and zest now soaking in sweet, gooey caramel. The hoppiness is rounded off by the malt before it can reach a truly satisfying peak. Having said that, all but the most hopheaded will find that it's hoppy enough. A little research tells me that Warrior hops are high in alpha acid and relatively low in flavor. It seems odd to build an IPA around such a variety. Other, unidentified, hops are present as well.

Update: the glass is a beautiful mess of sticky crust and the beer is significantly murky once the bottom of the bomber is added to the glass. The finish is medium-long, not quite lingering, and is exquisitely balanced to the bittersweet end. The mouthfeel is enjoyable. It's velvety smooth and semi-sticky. I found this beer to be extremely easy to drink, but I'm going to link the drinkability score to the taste score in this instance because... I feel like it.

This Left Hand Brewing Company offering is good beer. Unfortunately, 'great' never entered my radar screen. I realize that it would require a name change, but I'd suggest featuring a different hop. With more and better hop flavor, Warrior IPA would at least have a chance to achieve boggleability.

Photo of Knapp85
3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured out as a golden color with a minor haze to it. The smell was pretty hoppy so I was really excited about the taste. I found the flavor of the beer to be a little less than I thought it'd be from the nose profile. The taste was clearly an IPA but didn't really pack the punch I was hoping for. The other flavors ended up being more earthy and floral. The mouthfeel was about medium and had a good amount of carbonation. I'd drink it again it someone else bought it but I just wasn't that impressed I guess.

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

Poured a hazy light orange amber with a big white pillow like head. Nice carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass and a really good amount of lace. Smell was thick orange resin hoppy with a touch of sweetness. The smell was really thick and you could almost feel the hop resin in your nose. The taste was very nice, thick piney and citrus hops with a decent, albeit slight balance with some malty grain and sugary sweetness in the back. Great smooth, easy feel with a nice play on the palate. Overall this was a very fine IPA. I really enjoyed this and could easily put it into regular rotation.

Photo of womencantsail
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jeff for sending this one out to me.

A: The pour is a slightly hazed golden orange color with a big white head and some spots of lacing.

S: Pleasant citrus hop notes come through and provide a nice nose to the beer. Mild grass and pine notes. Some slight sweetness from the bready malts, but not overly so. And overall, not the most fragrant IPA, but good enough.

T: Better flavor than the nose indicates. Good grapefruit and orange peel flavor, some mild pine, and and a nice bitterness. The malt flavor is there in the background and is mostly bready in nature.

M: Medium in body with a moderate carbonation.

O: Of the few beers I've had from Left Hand, they've all been pretty solid and this was good as well.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

one of the more exciting fresh hop beers ive had in awhile. i really enjoyed this one. it pours a darker caramel color, with a big bright white head that leaves sexy lacing all down the glass. the nose is splendid. very very fresh cascade hops, oil rich and tantilizing. theres also a big malt profile here too, american barely with a medium toast to it. the flavor necessarily features the hops first, locally grown here in colorado apparently. they are mostly piney, but i can pick up some orange peel too, as well as a hoagie roll malt flavor. the feel was perfect for late october, it has a bigger body and a nice bitter finish. enough carbonation as well. at less than 6 bucks a bomber, im not sure there is a better fresh hop beer on the shelves right now.

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 ChainGangGuy
3.29/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Once again I had to force myself to purchase some new beers, which I blame solely on you people, for whom are leaving in the dust review-wise. And, while it is quite enjoyable to constantly be trying new beers, I've collected quite a backlog of new beers, which is becoming a serious problem, as this tiny apartment can only hold so many bottles... ah, crap. Never mind. Let's just enjoy what we've got, which is Left Hand's Warrior IPA.

Appearance: Pours out a clear copper body with a meidum-size off-white head which left layer upon layer of ooey-gooey lacing. Naturally, having only been awake for 30 minutes at the time, my reaction was: "Hmmph." But it was pretty.

Smell: With the aroma, you can make out, without a bit of uncertainty: flowers and citrus. Oh, and plenty of caramel malt, as well as some resiny pine needles.

Taste: The flavor is of floral and pine hop flavors supported by a rather pronounced caramel malt base. Obviously, there's a dry, bitter finish, but as the beer warms it takes on a sharply wooden, soapy quality. So, once opened, I'd recommend drinking sooner rather than later.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, though it can seem a bit watery if you "look" closely. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Well, its quite clear to see that Warrior is a bittering hop. Overall, a decent brew, but, for me, it could use a bit more sweetness.

Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle

A - Poured out a somewhat opaque burgandy color with a soapy, tan, two-finger head. It left sticky rings of lace.

S - It smelled of grasses and hops (apparently Warrior hops from Yakima, WA).

T - It tasted of bitter hops and a nice roasted malt flavor.

M - It was sharp and crisp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good IPA. Might be one of the better offerings from Left Hand.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Left Hand's Warrior IPA pours a hazy orange-red copper beneath a short but creamy head of antique-white froth.

Warrior is a trademarked variety of hop grown by Yakima Chief; and although it's mainly a high-alpha-acid hop that's used for bitterness, it's aroma is quite nice as well. It's sprucey, piney and citrusy over a sweetish, caramel-tinged maltiness.

In the mouth, it's medium bodied with an oily, resinous feel that lends it slickess, and a bit more width.

Cool and refreshingly piney Warrior hops greet you in the flavor, but don't hold really well as they're mixed in with some yeasty fruitiness (apricot/tangerine). As it warms some minor maltiness surfaces to level things, and it fiinishes dry with a residual flicker of yeasty fruitiness and some more substantial lingering piney-hop character.

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Warrior IPA from Left Hand Brewing Company
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