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Warrior IPA - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Warrior IPAWarrior IPA

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very good

626 Ratings

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Ratings: 626
Reviews: 368
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.99%
Wants: 28
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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 jasonjlewis


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

Pours a nice 1 1/2 finger head with excellent retnetion and a nice amber color. I'll give extra points here to make up for the 4 on the nose.

Smell is of some citrusy lemony hops. I've brewed with warrior and know that it has a somewhat mild, yet lemony zest to it. I'd give this a 4.25 as well as a 4.25 in appearance.

There is a clean underlying bitterness. I think they might have used some warrior late and it doesn't lend itself well flavor wise, but it provides a little lemony citrusy zest. There is a touch of astringent hop flavor which might be due to the resins left on the hop and the placement of various hop additions. There is a lot of crystal malt sweetness to balance the hoppiness. The beer isn't therefore one dimensional in hop bombness, it has a nice big hoppiness with some crystal malt sweetness. I like it.

Mouthfeel is nice. This beer isn't overcarbonated like some ipas. The carbonation levels are nice and the oils from the hops and alcohol astringency don't overtake the mouthfeel. There is a bit of astringency but the beer isn't thin or anything.

I like this beer. It's good, just not stellar. It still provides a good hop bit and a good crystal malt sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2008 01:43:48 | More by jasonjlewis
Photo of arizcards


4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber at BevMo in late October for $5.99.

Beer poured amber with a strong long lasting off white head. Nose is of fresh citrus hops. Taste is well balanced as there is a generous amount of malts balanced nicely by the citrus hops. Mouthfeel is full bodied and very creamy which is unusual for an IPA. Overall drinkability is very good. This is quite a nice effort and definitely worth a try!

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2008 23:57:30 | More by arizcards
Photo of blakesell


3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This bottle is ancient! The label is the old warrior which looks like an Indian about to throw a spear. Who knows how long it's been sitting in my cellar, but it's got to come out tonight. Poured from the 22oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Thar she blows! the beer explodes after opening the bottle with much carbonation and beer spilling everywhere. Perhaps the bottle conditioning is a little overzealous, but a quick cleanup and to the pour where the beer pours cloudy and orange with a tremendous head of foam that rises over the top of the glass but not overflowing it. I set the bottle down and it is still rising!! another pour and it looks like it may be just subdued enough to leave alone for a while. Huge bubbles make up the head and the beer is leaving a lot of lacing behind.

Smell- For as old as this beer presumably is, it smells quite good!! Earthy grassy citrus and floral notes with enough malt to round it out. According to the alcohol listed here it is not an imperial IPA, but it is holding up after all these years. A little diacetyl and buttered popcorn, but it's not detracting from the overall beer just yet.

Taste- Buttery and creamy, this IPA is still alive and quite drinkable. I'm pleasantly surprised after so many IPA's I've had lately have let me down. Left Hand one again has shone through and given me what I need. Hops are still powerful and burning slightly, alcohol is warming, and malt is very balanced.

Mouthfeel- Creamy, warming, not sticky, medium bodied, not astringent or cloying, and massively high in carbonation. Not a bad beer overall.

Drinkability- Nice, and I will find another if I can and see the differences between a new and an old bottle. After having this one I can say without a shadow of a doubt that I really like Warrior hops. I hope to see more beers with this in them.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2008 04:18:32 | More by blakesell
Photo of naterock


3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a tulip, rich copper color with a thin head that laces nicely.

smells of bitter, oakey hops. some malt comes in the back.

taste is one-dimensional, not very complex. some woody hops, a small amount of caramel malt.

mouth is oily and medium, easily drinkable but definitely not the best IPA. good, but not great.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2008 18:58:22 | More by naterock
Photo of SpecialK088


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

Poured from a bottle into a Tulip

A-Good looking brew nice deep amber color good head and great lace.

S-Typical IPA only weak, sweet citrus, very earthy hops.

T-Same as the nose really, nothing great but nothing real bad about this one, just a very safe beer.

M-Nice medium body good bitter finish.

D-Easy enough to drink but when I reach for an IPA I tend to not want safe, overall a good beer tho.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2008 18:52:09 | More by SpecialK088
Photo of HomebrewPgh


3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A nice IPA. Aroma was just so so. Distant grapefruit and citrus hops. Pour was a beautiful deep amber with a one finger off whiite ring for a head. Taste was nice and bitter. Strong mouth biting hoppiness throughout with a hint of maltiness in the front. The aftertaste is strong grapefruit hops. Little to no carbonation which killed this beer for me. With carbonation this beer would be in the 4s

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2008 09:54:07 | More by HomebrewPgh
Photo of peabody


3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out watery clear with little bubbles that leave just a dash of lacing. Smell is caramel sweetness with a tad of floral soapyness. Slight grapefruit and some lemon peel but this one is weak. Just a dash of pine here. ( thanks to Dave)
Taste is on the weak side also. A watery mix of caramel and grapefuit with a slight piney flavor.
Aftertaste is a bit of bitter malt and hops mixed with watery beer.
Mouthfeel is good. I like the bitterness on the tongue.
I would drink this out of a KEG. Out of the bottle it just isn't my cup of beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2008 23:32:08 | More by peabody
Photo of Monkeyknife


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

Poured from the bottle a deep clear amber with gold highlights and a wet, large-bubbled beige head.

Aroma of big piney hops and sweet caramel malts.

The taste presents a hoppy citrus bitterness, and berries and caramel malts in support.

Medium bodied, sticky, and moderate carbonation.

A pretty easy drinker but could have been better with a bigger malt profile for balance.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2008 03:07:41 | More by Monkeyknife
Photo of yemenmocha


4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours off amber with generous white head that retains rather well.

Nose is somewhat candied, fresh pine & grapefruit.

Palate is somewhat candied as well with the matl seetness leading into slight toffee, but the assertive & acidic hops make their appearance rather quickly and boldly. Herbal or vegetal like pine come through (fresh garden smells), and grapefruit.

Finish is rather tart and prickly on the palate.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2008 22:37:21 | More by yemenmocha
Photo of erikm25


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

A: Pours a brown laced gold with subtle hints of amber. Head is billowing, off white, and long lasting. Amazing retention all the way to the finish. Rows of lacing down the glass thick enough you can scoop it all up and eat it. Sits in the glass a magnificent representation.

S: Smoked pine hops with hints of freshly squeezed watermelon and lemon. Sugary caramel malts and butterscotch with a nice earthy and herbal balance. While not overpowering on the hops aromas in the end they are pungent enough to please the nose.

T: Resinous hops and citrus tang. Some peppered grapefruits and spiced tangerines. Even a bit of cinnamoned banana. Caramel malts are shockingly subtle as this delivers with the a nice hop kick. Clean and fresh.

M: Medium to thick body. Chewy and filled with pine resin bitterness in the mouth.

D: Throw on the drinking music (Finntroll or Korpiklaani) as this could easily be an all day beer. The bomber price was just a little steep. While the taste is nothing new it is strong enough on hops that I would have confused it for a DIPA. I liked it a tad more then Twin Swisters but still another quality delivery from LH.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2008 23:55:25 | More by erikm25
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, strong piney hops and fruity citrus.

T: The taste is very well-balanced with sweet flavors of caramel & citrus and a strong hops bitterness. The malt character is hearty. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, med body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Very tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a very nice IPA that is worth drinking for a whole evening.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2008 20:03:52 | More by TheManiacalOne
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 ckaufman


3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. Bomber into a shaped pint glass...

This beer has a nice orange/amber color with a one finger foamy head that vanishes quickly.

I was very disappointed with the overall smell of this beer... I was expecting a mad hop aroma... but alas, I was left feeling cheated!

As far as taste... this beer is all hops with very little malt backbone to balance it out. Don't get me wrong... I love hops, hops, hops, but a good beer will have a maltiness mixed with the hops to balance that SOB out a little. Dig???

I will say this beer has a good mouthfeel... very resinous and on the thicker side with a high drinkability.

Overall, this beer looks good and is easy to drink, but a little disapointing in smell and taste. Still worth a try folks... remember it is only brewed once a year!!!

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2008 22:48:52 | More by ckaufman
Photo of blackjack000


4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into goblet.

Appearance: A pretty and deep apricot. Very hazy and opaque, with an attractive light caramel head that clings nicely. The froth continues to cling to the very top of the glass until the very end. This really is a pretty IPA.

Smell: A good range of citrus and fresh cut oak and maple syrup.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Very strong grapefruit that lingers far after it's gone. There is a fresh twig flavor that sits in with the aftertaste. The malt comes in with just enough power to complement the citrus to ensure it isn't overbearing. A very vibrant taste that is still well-rounded enough to give it some depth. Mouthfeel is pretty spot on for the flavor--smooth enough to coat the tongue and linger, and with enough perky carbonation to really bring the hops to life.

This could be drank all night without ever losing its impression with every sip. This is a very decent IPA with some heft. The taste seems to be just a shade away from knocking on the Imperial IPAs' doors. However, the alcohol content is shy enough to not leave you too hazy.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2008 20:15:46 | More by blackjack000
Photo of Seanibus


3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A tasty beer, but not one to go crazy over.

Pours a hazy copper with good lacing. It has a strong, malty aroma. The flavor has nice, heavy citrus hops with a slightly acidic maltiness. The beer is acidic on the tongue, but pleasantly bitter on the finish. The mouthfeel is satisfying but not memorable.

This beer is, perhaps, a little much, but good overall.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2008 22:51:48 | More by Seanibus
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 AlesALot


4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz brown bottle. American Indian on the label, I guess it's a pun. No drink by, or bottling date that I can find.

Beer pours a nice rich orange color with great clarity. Thick froathy white head that stays aroundand sticks all over the glass.

Smells of tart tangerines with some alcohol evident. Nothing else to mention, maybe a little biscuit, but tangerine works for me. Not bad.

The taste is more tart still, more of a grapefruit ted citrus flavor. But the tangerine still comes through . Some malt tries to greet you at every sip, but lies down in the face of the heavy hopage. Very dry finish leaving my tongue stuck to the roof of my mouth lending even more to the grapefruit flavor of the hops.

The bottle doesn't give an ABV, but I can tell by the thick heavy feel in my mouth that this is a high gravity beer. Very creamy and smooth the bubbles seem to have a hard time finding their way out. The carbonation is light to moderate, but enough to tingle. Not much alcohol warmth, but a little comes through in the dry finish.

I know I shouldn't, but I could guzzel this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2008 02:14:05 | More by AlesALot
Photo of almychristopher

New York

4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a beautiful clear pale orange with just a hint of chill haze, the head towers over the pint glass even with a modest pour, and then recedes slowly leaving a creamy lace in layers around the side of the glass. The aroma is a wonderful arrangement of hops, fruity esters, and malts, leading into a taste that doesn't disappoint. The citrusy hops compliment the roasted malt flavor perfectly. The mouthfeel was a bit heavy, and despite the amazing head the carbonation was a little lacking... not that I'd hold it against them, it's still a wonderful beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2008 00:19:02 | More by almychristopher
Photo of ckeegan04


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

A - Hazy brownish orange color. Two finger head, off white in color. Excellent retention and decent lacing.

S - Piney hop aroma dominates. A sweetness in the background as well.

T - Earthy hop taste is the dominate taste, but the malt does provide a nice sweet balance to it.

M/D - Medium bodied and just the right touch of carbonation. Very drinkable IPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2008 03:54:34 | More by ckeegan04
Photo of khiasmus

South Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this one lurking in my closet for almost a year now, decided to finally break it out.
The pour yields a pretty amber, perfectly clear, but with slightly unsatisfactory head, perhaps a finger after a hard pour. It does lace beautifully though.
Malt dominates the nose, with rich notes of golden raisins, brown sugar, caramel, and nuts. Hops balance beautifully, with some piney notes, overtaken by a good bit of citrus.
A good flavor, balanced between the perfect hopping and rich, sweet grains. The finish is quite hoppy, and leaves you wanting another sweet sip.
Mouthfeel is smooth and satisfying. carbonation is medium, and finish is lasting and slightly astringent.
This beer, if it weren't only brewed once a year, would be an excellent go-to brew when I'm not quite in the mood for a double IPA but want some hops. delicious and recommended. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2008 01:05:32 | More by khiasmus
Photo of jbphoto88


3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright and clear coppery orange colored beer. Thick large bubbles make a full half inch of radiant off white foam. It fades quick and leaves lovely webbing and a solid island of bubbles in the middle of the brew.

Smell is oh so nice. There is a nice malt scent followed by a citrus hop scent. Not a strong hop scent as you would expect from an American IPA but it is present albeit a weak one.

Taste is average for an IPA. It is more sweet and malty then hoppy. Again not what I would expect from an Am. IPA. The malts are strong and pungent in the palate while the citrus, piney hops are distant and very muted. There is also a weak bitterness that is pleasing and interesting on the mouth but again I would like more.

All in all this is a good IPA. Its not fantastic but a solid beer that has nice carbonation and not over the top flavors. An excellent one for more malt lovers or those looking to spark a love for hoppy beers then hop heads like me.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2008 01:45:33 | More by jbphoto88
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3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass. Awesome color reddish copper. clear with active carbonation that produces a very thick head. Looks like what I would imagine the surface of the moon looking like. The smell is definitely different. It smells like the flesh of an orange. Bright and sweet. That is really all I am getting. No presence of malt and just a bit of grapefruit.
Whoa, the taste is a little overwhelming. No sign of malt sweetness to balance out the hops. The bitterness is more of a spice than citrus although the grapefruit is definitely there. I am not sure if like this. The mouthfeel is nice feels like there is some malt backbone there I just didn't taste it. Tough to finish the bomber, but I did. I may not be a big fan of he warrior hop. I would like to see it used in something a little maltier, maybe even a smoked beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2008 23:24:57 | More by EighchBrews
Photo of Kendo

New York

4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a pint glass. Body is reddish-orangey copper in color with a 2-finger fluffy ivory head that retains very nicely. Lots of very fine micro bubbles rise throughout. Some foamy lacing.

S: Citrusy hops -- lemony and grapefruit scents dominate, but it's not over-the-top.

T: First impression -- appropriately so, for the style -- is "hoppy." Bitter citrus -- lemon and grapefruit again -- with a dry, lemony lingering taste. Some sweet caramel malt and fruitiness underneath it all lays a good foundation, but is beaten back by the bitterness. Spicy burps follow.

M: Call it light-to-medium in heft. Pretty creamy and smooth from that fine carbonation.

D: Very good. I'd get it again if the price was right.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2008 18:15:43 | More by Kendo
Photo of baggio


3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


A: Copper with small head.

S: Pine, Citric notes, Flowers, Grass

T: Hay, Butterscotch, Grapefruit, Peach

M: Heavily carbonated with wee bubbles. An very easy drink with a nice bitterness, from the excess amount of hops, in the end.

A really good AIPA that i want to try again. Recommeded!

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2008 10:22:11 | More by baggio
Photo of MoJoe


4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured a cloudy reddish-orange with a light tan head. Moderate head retention.

S- Whole lota hops up front with slight malt highlights. Found myself wanting to splash this wonderful scent on as calogne.

T- Bitter all the way with just enough malt to not be overkill. Maltiness had a bread like hint to it. Lots of citrus hop flavors.

M- Full bodied and well carbonated. With suprising smoothness.

D- More of an in your face IPA than a highly drinkable one. A great fix for any hop head!

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2008 23:36:37 | More by MoJoe
Warrior IPA from Left Hand Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 626 ratings.