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Warrior IPA - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Warrior IPAWarrior IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

740 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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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 WakeandBake
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bottle . A clera amber color pour with a lasting frothy off white head leaving some nice lacing , medium carbonation . Aroma is mild with some pine and grapefruit notes hidden in with a medium toasted cereal grain . Flavor is of fresh wet hops as promised , a little grassy with some citrus and spruce notes , a sweet earthy toasted malt backbone gives it a good balance , full body with a crisp clean mouthfeel , long hoppy finish , medium bitterness , quite sessionable . All around a pretty good brew .

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

Appearance - Clear reddish amber with a lumpy white head.

Smell - Lots of grapefruit. Some brown sugar, orange peel, caramel, and honey.

Taste - Similar to the smell, but the sweet stuff, especially the honey, comes out in the beginning. It has a hoppy finish, though.

Mouthfeel - Medium thickness and carbonation.

Notes - My only problem is that I'm not a big fan of that lingering bitter aftertaste. Everything else about this IPA is great. This would be really good alongside some salmon or turkey, to mask the aftertaste.

Photo of beer2day
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep orange gold with a nice frothy 2-finger light cream head. Very nice retention and laces well.

Citrus and pine appear in the nose, with citrus winning out every so slightly. I'm getting grapefruit and orange, but there's a nice pine resin backing that up.

Definite hop bomb! Hits hoppy and grows from there. Bitterness just totally dominates the taste. Extremely dry, but not as fruity as hoped. I get weak citrus, mainly grapefruit, with very little pine resin or oiliness. Just intensely bitter.

Body is a little on the thin side for my taste, but does not detract too much.

One 22oz'er is enough for me and I like IPA's. If there is anything as too hoppy, this might be it!

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

Bomber poured into a pint glass. Pours hazy orange with a modest beige head. Aroma is floral with some sweeter citrus tones and an iced tea crystal malt note. Flavor is similar, lots of caramel and crystal malts with a solid citrusy hoppiness. Pretty even hop/malt ratio here, which is not a plus in my book. Not very bitter, well-carbonated, medium body. Pretty decent IPA but doesn't distinguish itself from a million other IPAs.

Photo of bminor7
3.46/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 from EBI in Saratoga.

Note that there is a new, and much improved bottle design.

A - clear chestnut brown, decent lacing.

S - faint hop aroma, cascades in there for sure. however for an IPA, really disappointing. 60 reviews and haven't given anything a 3 until now.

T - bitter, not much flavor though. almost soapy. maybe it's past its freshness...

M - OK.

D - not very good. wanted to like this beer but it just didn't make a name for itself when it came to flavor - which hurts it more than anything else.

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

Pours pale clear orange with a carpet of tight white head that puckers and fades to speckles. Rich orange rind nose, bit of earth but pretty one note. Citrus cake and caramel apple malts with juicy red grapefruit pop then bitter finish. Oily with long sappy linger. Medium feel, no real burn.

Been cellared for a while but still lots of fruity hops. Warrior hops compare to Nugget; which I can totally see.

Photo of inspektor
2.31/5  rDev -39.5%
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

Photo of jwinship83
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle from the most recent bottling. different label. drank out of my sierra nevada hop tulip glass.

A- this one pours out a clear dark copper colored body with ruby red highlights. a khaki colored head sits on top for a little while, leaving behind complete rings of lacing.

S- small amount of caramel malt against a strong hoppy background. lots of grass and pine in here, with a little but of citrus (grapefruit).

T- the taste is similar to the smell. caramel and biscuit malts upfront and then comes a big blast of hops. lots of pine. not as much grass as i could smell. more grapefruit than i thought there was going to be. very bitter.

M- medium bodied, bordering on light, with a high level of carbonation. the bitterness leaves my mouth feeling dry.

D- a nice and bitter IPA thats good for a quick hop fix. ill check this one out again, but im not running out right now to do so.

Photo of PeterLemonjello
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Very nice color. Sort of an amber/light ruby color...unique for an IPA. Healthy head and lacing down the glass. Very nice.

S - Pretty straightforward grassy and piney hop aroma.

T - Taste leaves a little something to be desired. It has a nice bitterness but it tends to overwhelm the hop flavor. Not sure if it's the wet/fresh hops or hop variety, but I get a big bitterness but not a big accompanying hop flavor bouquet. There isn't a lot of malt backbone to it, so it just comes across as bitter with a flavor neutral profile. Has a nice dryness to it.

M - A tad thin/watery....but not bad.

D - I have to all this one average as it's just not that enjoyable to drink for me. It is in no shape or form a bad beer....it's just lacking in a little more flavor for me to want to order another.

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

Ive always enjoyed beer from Left hand. This one is a bit disappointing, but still pretty good.

Pours a good amber color, no real haze. Light head, good lacing. The smell is mostly of hops, a good citrus scent but not much else. Same with the flavor. Lots of hoppy wonderfullness, but very little malt flavors to balance it out. It also has a slight watery feel to it. Its still very drinkable, provided that you enjoy hops.

Photo of Casey10
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought this beer down in MA while I was there this week. Thought this one was okay and hopefully its not because I have had a lot of IPA's lately but this one seamed good to just above average.

It poured a nice orange hue with a 1 finger head good lacing but other than that nothing remarkable. I would most likely have again perhaps a bit fresher alouth this one was not malty like some past their age.

Give it a try but I know there are others I would prefer first.

Photo of chasebrownyeah1
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Warrior IPA ABV: 6.6%

A: the look is of a golden, orange color. Pours about a half in head that instantly falls to a minimal to no head. Lacing sticks to the glass, but isn't really anything too special.

S: Smells very hoppy. Has a floral scent, malts and doesnt smell as strong as the other IPA's that I have had.

T: The taste is pretty bitter. Can taste floral hops, citrus hint and also what seems to be a grassy taste. leaves a distinctive aftertaste.

M: This beer is very balanced. The flavors just go together making this an exceptional beer. Not too much carbonation, but it is there.

D: This beer is drinkable. Have I had better... Yes of course I have, but I would buy again!

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

Pours an orangish gold with a good sized head. Great lacing on the surface and sides. Big nice citrusy hop aroma. Taste is citrusy and piney hops. Significant sweet malt backbone provides some balance. Bitterness from the middle through the finish and lingering in the aftertaste. Medium bodied. Easily drinkable. A solid IPA overall.

Photo of phillipzayas
2.29/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Left Hand Warrior

A - Reddish color. Slightly hazy, but not bad. Good and in range for this style. Good head retention.

S - Very citrusy sweet aroma. I even detect a slight maltiness in the aroma. Not my style though. I'd question why their particular use of the hop variety in this one. Almost smelled toasty or carmelly. Really odd aroma.

T - Unlike the aroma, it is hoppy, but I still get too much sweetness, and it isn't like hop sweetness. It is more malty, sweet profile. I know they get their hops for this beer from some specialty farm or something, but the hops they must have used seemed like they were musty or stale or something.

M - medium to medium-light. Carbonation is good. It is a little less body than what I like in my beer. I say it is just average.

D - I don't know how drinkable this one it. I found myself passing this one rather slower than usual for a craft beer. I couldnt really telly you what to pair it with either. I mean it's profile is more sweet than hoppy to me. But this is just my opinion.

I found this beer rather confusing and off palate for an IPA. I don't know how to really describe it. I just don't think I was terribly impressed with this beer. I usually am a fan of the Left Hand products, especially their milk stout, but not this time. I was really hoping for more.

It just didn't seem like this really fit the style at all. The flavor and aroma profile are the most important parts of the IPA, more probably than for any other IPA

Photo of bheilman
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep caramel brown color. Had a decent head that stuck around for a while. This beer has a great scent; very hop heavy and fresh smelling. The taste is a bit too earthy/bitter for me. I would appreciate a bit more sweetness. It's got grapefruit flavors but has a very grainy earthy taste. The after taste is good, although the dirt flavors to still linger. It is a drinable beer and has a unique taste for an IPA, so I would suggest trying it if you like IPAs.

Photo of dirtylou
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, ss09

consumed during rose bowl 1-1-10

appearance: freaky looking new bottle design, much different than shown in the BA picture...poured into a standard pint - clear orange-amber body, light bubbly beige head

smell: immediate metallic notes, citrus hops but not overpowering

taste: a slightly above average wet-hopped beer from Left Hand...juicy citrus, grapefruit, tangerine, floral citrus, nice sharp bitterness

mouthfeel: slick oily ipa, lingering hop bitterness

drinkability: pretty good

Photo of Florida9
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear copper in color, much like brandy or whiskey. Pours with a large foamy head that has good retention and leaves sheets of lacing.

S: Grapefruit, citrus, and sweet caramel malt. Some alcohol on the finish.

T: Roasty malts with a moderate, piney, hop bitterness. Some grapefruit as well, but it is an undertone. Finishes short and sweet.

M: Medium body with medium carbonation.

D: A solid IPA. Nothing spectacular, but not missing the mark, either. Unfortunately I chose this one to have with some Cajun food and the Cajun food destroyed it, leaving little more than a sweet malty beverage.

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

Pours like a standard colored amber orange brown ipa. Smells like nothing special, don't find the somewhat norm citrusy aroma in something with warrior hops (which this beer may not, doesn't taste like an identifiable amount of warrior hops).

Gets better with time. Midway through the bottle, it gets a little more enjoyable, but overall, it left me feeling it didn't live up to the hype. Nothing special. Not bad, not anything to write home about.

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 Cschmidt87
2.29/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I have had this bottle in the fridge for a couple weeks now and decided that I should give it a drink!

Warrior IPA pours a slightly hazy amber color, leaving a .5" head that dissipates quickly leaving behind a good amount of lace. The smell is not what I would expect or want from a fresh hop ale. It smells mostly of sweet malt with ripe fruits and a slight piney and citrusy backbone. It also puts off a slightly funky almost "cheesy" smell. It tastes of sweet bready malts, followed by slight bitter hops, finishing very dry.

Overall I was rather disappointed, not only for a fresh hop but for an IPA. The "fresh" hops did not appear to have been as fresh as possible. The smell was lacking in the hop department, as well as flavor.

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

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a gorgeous dark and hazey copper color with orange hues. It poured a nice .5 in head that receded quickly an left some nice lace.

S - Hints of caramel malt sweetness with some grapefruit and piney hints form the hops. Nuts and breads are also in the air.

T & M - Bread malt up front and followed by nice caramel malt. This is followed by some nice hop character that dries the tongue and is very crisp. Good balance and carbonation. Medium body with nice creamy and smooth feel. Very attractive nutty and piney aftertaste with hop bitterness to close it off.

D - Very high and lower ABV. Good.

Photo of Mosley1212
3.41/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into my Terrapin brewery glass

A - This has a beautiful color. It pours a golden honey color with a white head that leaves residue as you drink. Carbonation bubble rise after every sip in a continuous stream

S - Very strong smell of hops and marley. It's a pleasant smell, but a bit too bitter for my taste

T - Biting alcohol taste as it hits the back of your throat. The taste really stays with you after you swallow. The hops hit you early and stay with you long after you are through with the beer.

M - Very bitter aftertaste that diminishes the initial taste and smell of the beer

D - It's a good beer to have with food, but not a very drinkable beer over all for me

Photo of woosterbill
3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Cheers!

Photo of BeerBelcher
1.59/5  rDev -58.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I was mightily disappointed with this beer. I've had good experiences with some Left Hand beers in the past (and think their Smoked Porter is quite good!), but this one was pretty awful. I believe from the packaging I have this year's batch, and this was a new item at Blacklick Liquor, but it was not at all hoppy. It had the taste of a either a stale beer (which I don't believe it was) or a fresh beer that had been badly mistreated. Appearance was OK - it was an amber color with a good head presence. But aroma was off - not cardboard-y/oxidized necessarily, but very malted-milkball tasting. It was grainy and slightly sour. Flavor was even worse. Flavor was lousy enough that mouthfeel became largely irrelevant. This was a drain-pour.

Photo of Jeffo
2.77/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Found this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a bomber into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a thicker looking two finger off-white head with good retention. Clear with medium carbonation evident. Burnt umber brown or mahogany red in color. Head slowly fades to a decent film leaving some immediate lacing on the glass. A good film remains until the end and leaves some nice lacing down the sides of the glass. Good looking beer.

SMELL: A very mild nose. Too mild. Some pale malt and the wheat malt is noticeable as well. Some very mild citrus notes and a bit of soapy hops in the back. Not very impressive. Needs more punch in this category.

TASTE: Pale malt with noticeable wheat malt as well, which is unique for the style. A touch of citrus, but more piney that the nose had advertised. A good amount of bitterness and some floral notes show through at the end. Aftertaste is stronger and longer lasting with lots of pine notes and hop bitterness. The strong aftertaste was a pleasant surprise. Much better than the nose had indicated.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes with a bit of a scratch at the end. Finishes slightly dry on the palate. No need for a scratch at the end at this ABV. Could use a little smoothening out on the finish.

OVERALL: A decent beer, and certainly good looking, but not one I'll remember. The inclusion of wheat malt was an interesting twist, but something just didn't quite impress. The nose definitely needs some pumping up, and the taste profile could use some more at initial contact. This one could be described as a perfectly average experience with an aftertaste on gear. I'll probably skip this one and reach for their Milk Stout next time.

Warrior IPA from Left Hand Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 740 ratings.