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Warrior IPA - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Warrior IPAWarrior IPA

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very good

664 Ratings

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Ratings: 664
Reviews: 371
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.99%
Wants: 32
Gots: 15 | 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 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!!!

ckaufman, Aug 27, 2008
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.

blackjack000, Aug 25, 2008
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.

Seanibus, Jul 10, 2008
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.

CrellMoset, Jun 26, 2008
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.

AlesALot, Jun 17, 2008
Photo of almychristopher
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.

almychristopher, Jun 17, 2008
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.

ckeegan04, Jun 07, 2008
Photo of khiasmus
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!

khiasmus, May 23, 2008
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.

jbphoto88, May 22, 2008
Photo of EighchBrews
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.

EighchBrews, May 02, 2008
Photo of Kendo
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.

Kendo, Apr 22, 2008
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!

baggio, Apr 19, 2008
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!

MoJoe, Apr 14, 2008
Photo of HopDerek
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Capital Alehouse Innsbrook.

Poured a clear amber with 1 inch of foamy cream colored head, good retention and fantastic sticky lacing. Smells of pine, citrus, grass, and caramel. Tastes are big on hops, grapefruit, grass, with good malty characteristics in the backbone and a nice spruce finish. Medium in body, good carbonation. Very hoppy but has a nice balance thanks to the sweet malt. Easy to drink, satisfying to the last sip, one fine hopbomb.

HopDerek, Apr 07, 2008
Photo of Yetiman420
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served out of a 22 oz. bottle at 40 degrees into an imperial pint glass.

This fresh hop IPA contained fresh hops from Colorado and Warrior hops from Yakima. Fresh hops can be added at any point in the brewing process so I'm still working on an expectation of fresh hop beer taste (balanced is the experience to date).

An aggressive pour created a generous clean white head of 2.5 fingers. The beer initially had a wonderfully citrus hop aroma with light sweetness from the malt. Over time the hop aroma faded (probably due to the head subsiding) and the malt aroma was more noticable.

Early sips were silky and seemed lower in carbonation (could be due to the pour). There was a strange buttery hit to the front of the tongue and just a mild bitterness on the finish. Not as bitter as you might expect from an IPA.

I have balance, smooth, and earthy as final descriptions. I do prefer unbalanced to the bitter/hoppy side but can appreciate a very well balanced IPA such as this.

Yetiman420, Mar 28, 2008
Photo of johnnyirishman
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Arena Bar and Grille in W-B PA

Apperance- A nice darker copper color, with good head retention and good lacing.

Smell- Powerful Hops, and a citrius undertone.

Taste,Mouthfeel- Big hops flavor not too overpowering but it lingers in your mouth and the carb tingles your tongue enhancing the flavor. Medium carb and body

Drinkability- Good IPA, very tasty, keeps any hop head waiting for the next sip!!

johnnyirishman, Mar 27, 2008
Photo of jyeast101
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper in color with a quarter inch off white head. Smells of hops and lime. First taste is refreshing with a half a second later the familiar bite of hops. Bitter that lasts for a bit. The hops stay with you until the next taste. Yes, the hops stick around to the next taste. And that's all I've got to say about that.

jyeast101, Mar 21, 2008
Photo of Gehrig
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I grabbed this at the sterling Sun Singer. A copper-orange body is topped by two fingers of white head. Little lacing on the DAB mug on the way down. The smell is loaded with citrus hops, really impressive nose. I'm a little less impressed with the taste, which is good but a bit understated. Lots of fruit--orange, lemon, grapefruit--make this a good find. This achieves a nice balance between smooth and gritty hops. Very drinkable, this is a really good IPA, one of the better offerings from Left Hand.

Gehrig, Mar 18, 2008
Photo of JDV
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Clear Amber pour with a big, big, poofy offwhite head that held its shape for a long while. Smell was billowing out of the glass with spicy green fresh, peppery and candy sweet hops. Fantastic aroma. Taste was very "green", fresh, and spicy hops. Nicely bitter and very nicely hopped. A touch thin body, but otherwise a fantastic fresh hopped beer and one I'd definitely recommend.

JDV, Mar 15, 2008
Photo of Norsebrew
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I tried this from a 22 oz. bomber.

A- orange color with a 3 finger thick head that left a nice lace patter. Highly carbonated

S-Very fresh with a floral hop smell of citrus and grass

T- fresh well balanced floral orange flavor with a moderate degree of fresh hops that did not leave a long lingering aftertaste. Very smooth.

M-Smooth and slightly bitter carbonated brew

D-Very smooth and enjoyable. This beer could be consumed in very large quantities in a short period of time if given the chance. Great floral IPA.

Norsebrew, Mar 14, 2008
Photo of srobertson59
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber (Belmont Party Supply Dayton, OH) into a huge snifter (served at 50 degrees):

A - Dark amber/with honey orange highlights. A gentle pour produced a finger and a half of sticky off-white foam which receded rather quickly leaving a fair amount of lacing on the glass.

S - Sweet malts and bitter hops hit the nose in unison. A slight bit of citrus and pine mixes with the sweet malt.

T - The hops win out on the tongue! The malts sneak back in to tame the bitterness perfectly. Grassy notes of hops survive the sweet bready malts on the exhale leaving a crisp finish.

M - Medium body and maybe just a bit thin compared to the nose and tongue. Smooth carbonation tingles without biting.

D - A pleasant beer to sip. Alcohol provides just a slight warming. This could definitely be an "all day" beer.

I had to keep reminding myself that this is just an IPA. The aromas and tastes led me to believe that it was a DIPA, but the mouthfeel just wasn't viscous enough to trick me. This is a well balanced IPA.

srobertson59, Mar 09, 2008
Photo of AMo
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Left Hand Brewing Co. Warrior IPA pours a translucent, orangish amber with a short froathy head. The smell is medium strong of hops and its taste is nicely hopped with a touch of bitterness that fades to nothing as the beer works its way towards room temperature. Mouthfeel is very smooth with a medium carbonation. Overall the drinkabiliy is very good and refreshing due to its lightness, and mellow taste.

AMo, Mar 07, 2008
Photo of LeftyBWS
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. brown bomber into a Sam Adams pint glass. The bottle says it's a "fresh-hopped ale."
A: Golden-orange-colored brew with a very thick layer of whitish bubbly head on top. The head settles kinda slowly, leaving a thin layer. A couple of rings of lacing down the glass. Little bit of carbonation visible.
S: Lovely citrus and floral hops, clean and fresh-smelling. Bit of caramel sweetness thrown in, too. Overall, very enticing.
T: Hops and malts intermingle throughout the taste. First, there's some oily and floral hops and some smooth malts, but not too sugary at all. The middle is citrusy and bitter, but smooth. The finish is tasty, hoppy yet smooth. Overall, great taste. Not too much of anything, and just the right hop flavors and amounts.
M: Crisp, lip-smacking hoppiness and smooth malts. Good stuff.
D: Really good. Enjoyed this bottle and could easily have more.

LeftyBWS, Mar 01, 2008
Photo of WesWes
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours an amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is exceptional. It has a solid malt scent of pale and Carapils malts as well as a very nice hop aroma. It's so fresh smelling. The taste is good also. It's got a really bitter hop bite up front and it resonates through to the finish. The malts provide some balance, but the palate is mostly hops. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn fine IPA. The hop character is outstanding. I've only tried a few fresh hop beers. This is the best so far.

WesWes, Feb 23, 2008
Photo of mnapier
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Service Temperature, 35 degrees Fahrenheit. Service Glassware, 12 ounce Tulip.

Appearance, is as expected for an IPA, amber and with a nice clarity. It pours a medium to strong off white foamy head with a lingering cobweb of lace along the glass as I consume it. Aroma, can best be described as a mix of pine, spice, and a nice finish of grapefruit along with a mild honey malt aroma.
Sipping, I detect pine, some malt sweetness, and again the citrus (grapefruit) that I expect from an member of the hop bitter, biscuit also makes an appearance here.
Overall mouthfeel is medium, but under these conditions I don't detect cloying at all. A nice IPA indeed. Gonna get me a nice BLT with this.


mnapier, Feb 18, 2008
Warrior IPA from Left Hand Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 664 ratings.