Warrior IPA - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Warrior IPAWarrior IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

377 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 377
Hads: 749
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 7.59%
Wants: 40
Gots: 41 | 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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Reviews: 377 | Hads: 749
Photo of macrosmatic
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a CCB pint glass.

A: Pours a deep gold to copper in color that's not quite clear. Visible carbonation of large bubbles, and forms a one finger white head.

S: Pine, spice, melon hops atop sweet malts with just a hint of caramel.

T: Follows well, with spicy and grassy hops primarily over the bready malt. This is closer to being a balanced beer than I expected. Bitterness doesn't linger too long.

M: Chewy body, good carbonation sensation. The alcohol seems a little prominent for the listed ABV.

O: Well, it's better than I expected. Didn't expect to enjoy this much going in, as warrior hops are not usually my favorite; but, it was a pleasant drink. I don't know that I would go out of my way to have another but it's an easy drinker for a DIPA. (798 characters)

Photo of rangerred
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
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. (845 characters)

Photo of ncketchum
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served chilled in an SN pint glass

A - pours a clear light brown, lots of fluffy cream white head

S - Very hop forward with a good balance of bready malts

T - bitterness of piny hops that blends nicely with the malt undertones

M - smooth, resiny, lingering hops, not much alcohol

O - a very nice fresh hopped IPA, not to the level of some, but certainly a nice beer (370 characters)

Photo of TBoneJones
4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Darker copper pour, almost a rusty-red character to it. Minuscule bubbles populate my pint here. Head retains nicely and is fairly thick.
Smells lightly of pine and funky dankness. Caramel, malts in there for sure too.
Initial sip is quite nice here, and I notice immediately how I really favor the mouthfeel of this brew. Lacing clings well in a soap-like fashion. Drinkable yes, with hops that don't at all disappoint. Grapefruit, spice and bitter earth. Great balance to me. The malt presence (and sweet it is) is better than where I expected based on what the smell told me and as a result this is, in my opinion, a very well-made IPA. Puckering, hoppy biscuits I'm thinking. Slick, smooth. Bitter lingering finish, and that citrus/ weed-like flowery hop flavor lasts.
Recommended highly for those who like to try different, unique IPAs with deep hop profiles. (867 characters)

Photo of diddly
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass

Thick, off-white head, most of which disappears quickly leaving a thin layer on top. The beer is a rich amber color, and there appear to be a decent amount of floaters hanging around. Significant amount of sticky lacing on the glass as I drink.

Smell is rich and bitter. Hits all the important hop notes - grassy, piney, and floral, all at once, with a nice sweetness.

Taste is bitter, bitter, bitter - and delicious. Great floral and piney notes. Not a ton of balance, though. Fresh hops contribute to a really enjoyable experience.

Mouthfeel is a little low on carbonation, but it's tough to notice. It does seem, though, that there's something missing in the back end as far as balance goes - strong and bitter up front, some sweetness, but it doesn't seem to have as much malt character as one might expect.

Overall, it's really good...I would call it more of a double IPA, and would love to have more than the one bottle. (971 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Love the head a thick 1/2 inch of sticky white goodness atop of some hazy dark caramel brown beer.

S - Flowery herbal hops slightly acidic with chewy sweet malt balance.

T - Taste is mild but crisp with a citrus hop bite and some lemony hops. It doesn't taste too malt forward but kind of taste rather light with makes it session-able.

M - Light, crisp and easy to drink

Overall I didn't think this was as impressive as "400 pound monkey" but not bad. Still not worth putting down another 7 bucks for another bomber. (524 characters)

Photo of Cobrito
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Despite weak carbonation and dull mouthfeel, this is a winner. A pretty unique tasting ipa. Malts are apparent, but thankfully not sweet. They provide a slightly syrupy backbone for the hops, which are present throughout the palate and are a unique dank-flowery combination. Would have loved to try a fresher bottle. (316 characters)

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

Pours a clear, nice looking dark tannic orange. Smells of malt and some fresh hop notes, and but not clearly high on the bitter-o-meter. Tastes hoppier than it smells, malt and grain nicely balanced, and the hops too are fresh, but not complex. Mouthfeel is terrific and carbonation is nicely fussy. Overall a solid IPA, but I'm not sure this is obviously taking advantage of the use of fresh hops... (400 characters)

Photo of buck1futter
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into stone barley wine glass.

A- Looks great, dark amber with light copper hues.

S- Kind of complex, but only after the big fruit smell. Sort of faint.

T-Flavorful and complex. You can tell they are defiantly whole wet hops. Pine notes on the side of the tongue kind of little zap or zing you may say. It a pretty strong beer not abv wise. zesty bitter.

M-Closer to the thick side if things as being wet hopped ipa, the resin of the hops are all over. Creamy as well.

A pretty darn good wet hopped ipa, pick it up if you like ipa's. Or spicy food. (560 characters)

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

This review is for the Warrior IPA with Colorado Fresh Hops (very different label)

Bomber into pint glass
A – Excellent retention and lacing on a 3 finger head, moderate carbonation, crystal clear amber brew 4.5
S – Sweet bready malts, orange citrus, leafy 3.5
T – Very good hop & malt balance, caramel malts, orange rind with a nice green fresh hop bitterness 4
M – Quite smooth with a bit of weight to it, moderate body, easy drinking 4
O – A good fresh hop brew, leaning more to the malt side for a fresh hop beer with nice balance and a grassy orange hop presence 4 (581 characters)

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

I am loading up on Colorado brews in preparation for my ski trip next month. This one is very crisp and fresh tasting. It pours darker than expected with some miscellaneous stuff suspended in it. The aroma is that crisp piney hoppiness - nice. The taste works right along with the aroma. It is very crisp and fresh. The aftertaste similarly stays nicely fresh and pleasant.

As you drink and it warms, it gets mellower - better. That's a great sign. I wish I had another bomber. I will be sure to get various Left Hand brews next month when I am out there. (557 characters)

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

Bought a single at Specs in Round Rock...first time trying this one.

Pours a beautiful copper amber with a thick, off-white, fluffy and persistent head. Really nice lacing throughout the drink. Quite a looker she is.

Rich grassy/earthy aroma is hoppy with a some citrus undertones, mainly grapefruit and orange. Sweet malt backbone is there but subtle. Almost getting a spicy scent of somekind in there too, but can't quite put my finger on it.

Flavor is hop forward for sure...very fresh and almost bitter, but that malt keeps it at just the right balance. Carbonation is spot on for the style...goes down easy and leaves me wanting another sip immediately. A very crisp and tasty IPA.

This one surprised me. A very good IPA with a farily high abv to boot. Give this one a try. Warrior does not disappoint. (813 characters)

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. (821 characters)

Photo of DavidST
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip / pint glass. This pours a mostly clear amber color with a two finger off white head which has good retention and leaves a lacing. The smells are of some pine hops along with a large amount of caramel malts. The feel is medium. The taste is sort of like I expected, a bit of bitter mouth coating hops followed by a load of sweet caramel malts with a lingering bitter aftertaste. (417 characters)

Photo of Phelps
3.16/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is a fresh hop version of Warrior, enjoyed in a half-pint at Papago's Hopageddon.

Perfectly clear pale gold. No impurity here. One finger of frothy white foam goes nowhere.

Not much to the nose. A little apricot, some grass, a touch of orange. Lots of caramel.

Tastes fresh, like young leaves. Also tastes light. New buds give the beer a soft, gentle baby-hop character. Touches of orange with apricot, a little caramel and very light biscuit.

The medium-light body is soft, with nearly no carbonation. Works well with the lightness of the flavor. Goes down like water.

Decent, but not memorable. A little too light. A gentle version of an IPA. (654 characters)

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

2012 vintage, from bomber, drank about a week or two after release. Poured into a Left Hand (nitro) pub glass. Big foamy head. Lemony citrus scent on the nose. Deep pale orange color.

Flavor is what you'd expect from the smell - strong hops on the lemon/citrus end of the scale. Sweeter than I might have expected with a drying bitterness at the end. Clean finish that tapers quickly and has a long tail.

A decent fresh-hopped beer. I'd probably still prefer a fresh Avery's duganA, but Warrior is not bad. (510 characters)

Photo of CaptCleveland
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber, no dating, but presumed fresh because, after all, it is a "wet hop" brew.

Amber elixir poured into SA glass, tan, thin head quickly dissipates, minimal lacing.

Faint aroma of pine but mostly malt.

Nice hop flavor of grapefruit and pine, but "balanced" by a malt bill. Aftertaste is mostly malt sweetness with a bit of hop.

Medium body, well carbonated.

Overall a decent brew, but when compared to its contemporaries, falls back in the pack. (458 characters)

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. (762 characters)

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. (596 characters)

Photo of JohnnyMc
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a dark amber color that's slightly hazy with a generous amount of off-white head.

It smells of caramel, toffee earthy and fruity hops.

Right away the caramel malt taste hits you then the slighty fruity and earthy hops come along and it finishes with a nice bitterness and almost biscuit-like quality.

Not the best from Left Hand, but enjoyable. (358 characters)

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

Poured from bomber to pint glass.

A - The beer pours a copper color with a nice 1.5 finger white head. Good retention and lacing.

S - The aroma is that of toasted malt character and earthen hops. Oddly the hops seem to take a back seat to the grains.

T - Just like the aroma the beer starts with a strong malt character: toasted grains and biscuity. There is a mild bitterness throughout but not a lot of hop flavors. What is there is of earthy grass character. The beer finishes sweet and biscuity.

M - Medium bodied and decent carbonation. Rather thin.

D - Decent.

Overall, not really what I was expecting in an IPA. A little string on the malt and weak on the hops.

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 03-07-2011 14:42:13 (867 characters)

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. (1,112 characters)

Photo of bld81
3.42/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a Nonic pint glass. Like other posters have said, the bottle picture is not the same as shown here. Mine shows a masked woman with animals artistically displayed around her face.
A: Cap pried off and foam immediately erupts from the mouth. Unusual for me as I am careful with storage and handing of bottles. Orange pour is hazy but nearly clear. Massive head calms itself quickly, rich and thick lacing is quite clingy.
S: aroma is muted, not substantial, mild hop paired with sweet malts
T: resiny hop bite with sweet bready malt taste, a bit watery, but rough on the tongue
M: peppery dry finish, carbonation is about right, nothing special
O: Not quite what I expected, this is more like an English IPA or possibly an ESB. The malt overpowers, but I like my IPAs with much more punch. (812 characters)

Photo of Noxious26
3.06/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz brown bomber with pry-off cap poured in a pint glass. Looks slightly different than the picture. This one says "Brewed Once a Year with Colorado Fresh Hops" but I didn't find another option, so here it is. Purchased from Knightly Spirits in Orlando on our Easter Vacation.

Light copper - orange in colour. Off-white head is minimal on the pour and quickly disappears. No lacing to speak of. Minimal carbonation streams.

Aroma is faint, probably due to the lack of head. Sweet malts, caramel, citrus hops. Tough to pick up much.

Blast of hops off the start. Malts blend their way in during the middle, but provide contrast instead of balance. Interesting trait. Bitter hop finish. Herbal and grassy hops at the start with hints of citrus. Caramel and sweet malt contrasting through the middle. Maybe a little too sweet for me. Finish is herbal and grassy bitter hops. Almost a bit of a noble hop finish. As it warms, there is a bit of an alcohol bite toward the finish.

A little more watery than medium bodied. A little thin for what I would expect. Minimal carbonation.

This is an interesting beer. Not your typical run of the mill IPA. I like it, but I don't think I'd drink more than one at a time, or make it one of my regulars. Well worth a try. (1,259 characters)

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

Poured into a vintage "Festibière De Chambly" sampler glass. Forms a nice whitish head, somewhere between creamy and fizzy. head is not lasting very long unfortunatly. Colour is golden-orange and slightly hazzy in appearance. unfortunatly drank after six months after brewing which is not ideal for a fresh hop IPA...
N: Not distinctive. Floral with light tangerine. Slightly grassy and wet herbal nose. No pine nor citrusy at nose. Sweetness comes up.
M: not impressed eather. Lightly sweet as nose revealed. Bitterness is not aggressive, faint citrus present in mouth. Not stringent nort tart. quite balanced with malt. Aftertaste is not very long for an IPA.

Overall: ndot more than an average fresh IPA. Nice to try, but wouldn't be on a priority list for tasting with friends. (783 characters)

Warrior IPA from Left Hand Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 377 ratings.