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Warrior IPA - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Warrior IPAWarrior IPA

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very good

742 Ratings

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Ratings: 742
Reviews: 380
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.73%
Wants: 38
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

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Beer added by: goindownsouth on 03-27-2003

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Ratings: 742 | Reviews: 380
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.

Photo of donniecuffs
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of hooliganlife
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pour was a crisp copper that is pretty translucent. light creamy head and subtle retention.

very light sweet malt and floral hops

hops are a bit light but nice little flavors. mainly pine and bitter citrus but the bitterness is rather light and balanced. nothing too big about this.

fairly full, carbonation has a bit of bite

not bad, i was thinking it would be a bit more but its pretty easy to drink and the low ABV is pretty nice.

Photo of vdoz3
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a Coca Cola bell glass (it's shaped sorta like an Imperial pint glass...)

A - Translucent, deep red/orange hue
(noticed while observing: through the color of the beer and the shape of the glass, the windows across the street look like comic book panels)

S - Like a fresh hop ale; not completely oversaturated with hops, but the earthiness of the bud definitely dominates.

T - warm citrus hoppiness gives way to slightly bitter aftertaste

M - Crisp, clean, exactly what you want from an IPA

D - definitely enjoyable; but not my first choice for an IPA or a fresh hop ale; still prefer SN Celebration/Harvest (respectively) for those. Though it does go quite nicely with my spicy corn salad.

Still, looking forward to trying more Fresh Hop ales.

First review on BA! Wooh! Before you ask for the significance of this beer; there is none. The time just seemed right to break out of my shell.

Photo of OttoBomb
3.01/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

22 oz. bomber poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass (November 22, 2009).

Eyes: Dark copper color. Very small heady with low retention.

Nose: A good fresh mowed grass hop aroma, no malt undertone. Not complex, but pleasing nonetheless.

Tongue: Quite nice and hoppy, I can certainly taste the freshness of the hops, but I'm not thrilled with the overall flavor. This brew is somewhat one dimensional and just a tad too bitter to be great.

Mouth: Tart and metallic, the bitter aftertaste lingers despite the light to medium body.

Libation: It's a nice IPA, but I was hoping for a bit more from Left Hand. The fresh hop aspect really makes a good account of itself, but in other areas the brew is a bit uninspired. A good product, but I won't crave this offering in the future.

Photo of david18
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.18/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-dark hazy brownish orange color pouring two full fingers of a light beige head leaving a deccent lacing

S-balanced smell, light toasted malt, some caramel, followed by pine and a faint citrus hop

T/M-a lighter body with a smooth mouthfeel and slick on the back of the throat with a light carbonation, the taste is of very bitter hops some pine and a faint touch of citrus balanced with a good bit of caramel malt.

D-i guess it is relatively drinkable but i was hoping for more in the hops department. it is pretty well balanced but the body seems thin and it really sticks to the back of my throat.

Photo of manahansf
2.88/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours clear and deep gold or amber in color topped with a lacy white head. The nose is faint and has hints of earthy hops. The flavor is tart, out of balance, and irregularly bitter. Slightly vinous in nature and finishes very bitter and very tart.

I expect more from Left Hand... perhaps my bottle was funked.

Photo of drink1121
3.08/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.
Pour an amber color with light lacing and a decent first head with little retention

S- Big malt smell for a Double IPA. Little hops, but the hops there are floral/light citrus

T- Again, big malt profile, not backed by much hops for an IIPA. very dissapointing. Slight bittering aftertaste

M- Creamy for an IPA, which isnt necessarily bad, just not normal

D- I gave 1/2 of my 1/2 (1/4) to my BA buddy kfsv034. The alcohol was well hidden, but I didnt really like it and neither did he, but he weighs more than me.

Photo of kfsv034
2.97/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

a - poured in a sam adams laser cut glass, cloudy and amber/carmel looking

s - the smell was great a fruity earthy smell

t - the taste was nothing like it smelled, instead of being hoppy it was very malty, in my opinion not a very good balance of hops and malt

m - felt like a big beer but obviously isnt

d - the abv suggests its drinkable...

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

Pours a nice bright amber with a large, chunky, billowy white head and monstrous visible carbonation. The retention is amazing, thank god for surface tension. I'd comment on the initial lacing, but the head will just not fall.

Warrior IPA does not really throw off much aroma. But what I do pick up smells somewhat green and herbal, fresh cut grass along with a mash up of citrus fruits dunked in caramel.

The initial flavor I pick up is moderately strong woody, resinous piney hops. This brew does not taste nearly as green as it smells, the hop profile is more atone to pine and medicinal flavors than it is fresh and green. Astringent bitterness is strong, but very welcome here as it easily overpowers the malt/wheat backbone. The wheat does help lighten up the flavors but falls short of adding any flavor. The ABV is perfectly hidden and as the brew warms, the caramel sweetness really starts to shine bringing this brew back into the balanced IPA category.

The mouthfeel is very welcoming, on the light side of medium bodied and heavily carbonated. I don't say this often, but the mouthfeel really adds to the drinkability of this brew.

Overall I dig this brew. Probably the best offering I have had from Left Hand to date. Good baseline for what an IPA should be.

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.

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.

Photo of plinythethirsty
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is an exceptionally drinkable IPA. Dark. Not much head (which is okay with me, I'm thirsty) but the head stays with the brew down to the bottom of the glass and laces the sides as well. I couldn't get much bouquet from this one -- maybe a little caramel. It made me nervous. But the taste was righteous. Bitter. Malty. The promise of caramel fulfilled, but without sweetness. Pine, but not much citrus. Not especially complex, but it had a really pleasant finish and aftertaste. I'll have it again.

Photo of shieldsy
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

$6.50 for 22oz bomber - new label is much better.

A- pours dark for an IPA, almost amber. Ephemeral head with very nice lacing.

S- Can smell the fresh hops. Not overpowering the nose, but great mix of citrus and a little pine smell.

T- A quick hop bite that fades fast. Less citrus on the tongue than in the nose. Would be great with spicy foods.

M- Leaves the mouth quickly, but sits on the back of the palate a bit. Very light mouthfeel.

D- Very smooth. I could enjoy several of these. Sitting down to some spicy nachos and this beer seems perfect.

Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz single from Arctic Liquors in Steamboat, around $6. Diggin the new label, nice change of pace from Left Hand's...well...out dated labels.

A: Clear, copper in color with a huge dense cream colored head, excellent retention, big sticky gobs of lacing. Nice looking IPA.

S: Resiny, piney hops, a fairly hefty dose of caramel and roasted malts, kind of a musty smell as well. For a fresh hop IPA this really comes up short. I wasn't expecting to smell only hops, but I would like a little more.

T: Resinous bitter hops and a heavy dose of caramel malt. The hops are not incredibly flavorful but have a great clean bitterness. Clean pine and citrus and a substantial malt backbone make this a damn tasty beer. As an IPA it's great, as a fresh hop beer, falls just a little short.

M: Medium thickness, light carbonation, slight bit of alcohol heat, and a tongue cleaning palate wrecking bitterness. If the Warrior hops are the fresh hop that's understandable as it has a huge AA content. Not bad.

D: Actually for a bigger IPA, this wouldn't be a bad session. It'd be strong, but I could easily drink a few bombers of this. Nice beer. Would love to have on tap.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Like the new labels.

Pours a clear amber color with a stark white head that retains quite well and leaves nice lacing.

Nose is alot of west coast-like hops, nice resinous flavor with a dank earthy sweetness. Smells great.

Well, the taste does not follow the great nose, but it is still pretty decent. Not anywhere near as much west coastish grapefruit as the nose indicated. The hops are a little more floral, but the fresh hop dankness is in there. Nice bitterness, but a little muted by a slightly too large malt presence.

Mouthfeel is pretty much right where it should be, carbonation is fine.

Drinkability is solid, as this one is pretty well balanced and not too abrasive, just wish there was some more grapefruity goodness.

Overall a nice IPA, the nose is excellent, i really wish it tasted how it smells. Tone down the malt profile and use a little bit more grapefruit high AA hop action in this one and it could be top notch. A pleasant drinkable IPA.

Photo of nc41
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pretty decent IPA by any standards. Pours nice, not really a huge head but good enough. Not much on the nose but the 1st sip makes up for it. Nice hop flavor, nicely balanced, very solid start to finish. Worth a try by all means, also friendly on the wallet.

Photo of satowns
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pours with nice frothy layer of creamy tan colored foam. brewers lace remains long into the night.

deep tawny orange and crystal clear.

aroma lacks hoppy pungency. subtle hop spice and crystal malts play well together. slightly more pronounced than a traditional english ipa. The website confirms use of mostly American hops, inlcuding the namesake used wet and fresh. But I just dont get that American "POW" in the aroma.

Flavor is a nice balance between the crystal malt and a nice clean hop profile. Wheat toast and slightly nutty. piney. soft bitterness.

overall this is a nice beer, and as with many wet hopped/fresh hopped beers, it has an entirely different flavor and aroma component than its dry hopped bretheren. Tasty, but just not a beer i would crave if in the hoppy/ipa mood. Now if i were in the mood for a tasty, sessionable, slightly amber ale...this would hit the spot.

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

Good solid American IPA. Pours a slightly cloudy amber color. Big off white head, decent retention and huge amount of lacing. Smell is there, but not as pronounced or inviting as some IPA's.

Taste is balanced between citrus and piney hops (mostly grapefruit) and caramel malts. The hops prevail but both flavors are strong and balance each other well.

Mouthfeel is rich and just right for an IPA, no alcohol burn

Drinkability is good. ABV not outrageous, strong taste and goes down smooth. I split the bomber but could have ahpily drank the whole thing. Very nice.

Photo of GilGarp
4.41/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The new label is much more attractive than the old one pictured. Red and black in color with the image of a ninja warrior (?) and black birds. Hard to explain but it's cool.

Served chilled from a bomber into a globe. Striking red color with excellent clarity. The thick white head settles slowly leaving lots of lace on the glass.

Aroma is very hoppy and has great tropical fruit notes to it.

Flavor is very good as well with superb balance and great hop flavor. Nice fruit and caramel flavors meld well together. Some earthy apple and pear, mild grass, and pine in there as well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and perfectly carbonated. Nothing wrong here. Very drinkable and the bomber will be gone before the night is done.

Overall I'm very impressed with this beer. It's clearly underrated in my opinion. Just a thought but it might do better if it was labeled as an American amber/red.

Photo of GarrisWH
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly hazy orange-tinged amber color with a fairly thick, creamy off-white head. Head drops slowly and leaves a pretty good amount of sticky lacing behind. Very nice retention overall. A very nice looking IPA.

S - A bit mellow as far as aroma goes, but there are some nice citrus, floral, and piney hop notes, as well as a pronounced biscuity, caramel malt.

T - Biscuity, caramel malt up front that leads into somewhat earthy, herbal, floral and citrus hop flavors - reminiscent of lemon and ruby red grapefruit. Finishes fairly dry and bitter, and leaves a lingering bitter-sweet, piney aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied with carbonation that keeps it crisp, but still smooth. Slightly resinous.

D - All in all, a pretty solid offering from Left Hand. Nice hop character, and a good balance. Definitely worth a try.

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

I had this on cask at the brewery.

A- Hazy amber without much head.

S- Cascade, fruity hop aroma with a solid toasty malt backbone.

T- Well balanced with fresh citrusy hops and carmel. Tasted a lot better on cask, being very fresh.

M- Silky smooth mouthfeel.

D- Suprisingly tasty and drinkable. Overall, a good experience with this beer. Try to find it on draft or really fresh.

Photo of kimcgolf
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bomber to a cloudy orange-red with thick off-white head that ligered well into the glass and left very good lacing. Aroma was the anticipated hoppy citrus grapefruit but with a hint of spiciness. Mouthfeel was full and slightly bitter, and the taste followed the hoppy citrus fruit to a tee. All rounded to a finish that was long, ibtter and refreshing.

A darn good IPA that deserves more respect.

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Warrior IPA from Left Hand Brewing Company
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