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Warrior IPA - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Warrior IPAWarrior IPA

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very good

625 Ratings

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Ratings: 625
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 homebrewhawk


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

22oz brown bomber served in a shaker pint. Poured a dark gold with two fingers of medium bubbled white head. Good citrusy hop aroma. Bright hop bitterness but not overwhelming. Good amount of caramelly malt to back it up. Long dry hop finish.
A nicely balanced IPA. Very drinkable. Great idea to feature the flavor of a single hop.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2008 01:25:53 | More by homebrewhawk
Photo of weeare138


3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Capone's...
Appears a transparent copper toned amber with a 2 finger off-white head that keeps nice retention throughout the entire duration of the session. Small amounts of CO2 quickly rise to the top. Scattered streacks of thick lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of resinous, piney, citrusy hops. Pretty decent and enticing for me to take several whiffs.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas but a little hop heavy in comparison to the the sweet caramel malts.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, hop heavy and bitter in need of some more balance but overall not bad for an IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

01-06-2008 02:15:13 | More by weeare138
Photo of kosmoraios


4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark bronze/copper color with a 1-finger sand-coloured head that dissipates to a thick crown after a few minutes, leaving nice lacing down the glass.

Aroma is piney with lots of lemon and citrus. Very nice hop aroma, can't wait to taste. A hint of caramel in the nose.

Taste is beautifully hoppy for the fact that this isn't classed as a IIPA/DIPA. Apricot, pine, black pepper dominate. Toffee and malt back it up.

Mouthfeel is peppery and well-balanced. Nice, bitter, dry finish. A very drinkable ale, and an excellent example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2008 00:33:38 | More by kosmoraios
Photo of udubdawg


4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber

First off, the appearance of this beer is by far the highlight for me. I actually said "Wow!" loud enough for the wife to enter the room to see what the fuss was about once I poured this. As usual, the response was "oh, it's just beer"
I love this extremely bright coppery orange hue, awesome clarity, with a great off-white head that leaves great sheets of lacing. Truly beautiful. Drool-er-ific?

Nose is quite citrusy, with the pine well beneath. Seems really fresh still. It's not as strong or as complex an aroma as I'd prefer, but it manages to stand out even among all the IPAs I drink, and...yep, still drooling.

The taste is a letdown by comparison to the appearance, but otherwise is very satisfying. The hops again seem fresh, lending plenty of orange and lemon character, ahead of a surprising amount of caramel malt. Not quite the hop bomb I so often crave but one that lets me get my "fix" and still satisfies those that demand balance. Lasting bitterness finish - in fact the hop oils seem to be sticking with me for quite a while - Love it! Not quite a one-trick pony, but with this much malt I'd prefer it be contemplatively complex, and it isn't. Very enjoyable, just short of special.

Body is a pleasant medium, with a bit too spritzy carbonation. Overall quite drinkable. Price is a dollar more than I'd prefer, but understandable. Would (and will soon) have again.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2008 22:11:14 | More by udubdawg
Photo of Gmann

New York

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

Pours a clear amber color with a nice off white head that left some nice lacing as it dissipated. The smell is of caramel malt and piney hops; not a strong aroma. The taste starts off woody with piney hops and toasted malt, some malty sweetness and finishes bready and slightly bitter. The feel is moderate with tingly carbonation, again finishes slightly bitter. Not as fresh or grassy tasting as other wet hopped beers that I have had. This definitely tastes more woodsy. Good balance between malt and hops. Definitley worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2008 20:35:44 | More by Gmann
Photo of ZAP


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

A-Copper color..semi cloudy...a lot of carbonation bubbles...

S-Nice fresh floral hop nose...

T-Hops are floral and fresh but not overpoweringly pungent, citric, or piney....just a nice fresh floral hop flavor...finishes with some mild lemony characteristics...malt is there but doesn't exert itself.

M-Has some bitterness but not what I'd call a good bitterness..just not a lot of overall flavor other than the bitterness.

D-An OK IPS...nothing more...well worth trying to get a feel for Warrior hops....personally I'd use it in an amber ale...might fit better...

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2008 06:25:43 | More by ZAP
Photo of RblWthACoz


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

Pours clear amber with a nice crème head. Looks beautiful. Nose is strong hops, of course. Thick pine qualities. Flavor is nice and hoppy, but seems more woody. It’s good. Well made. No outrageous qualities though. Feel has a nice level of carbonation and the liquid is good as well. This is a nice fresh hopped IPA. I enjoyed drinking it.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2008 07:04:51 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of Tilley4


3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Bomber. Pours the color of honey with a slight haze to it. Smells like subdued hops. Not as intense as others but still smells really good. Left Hand has done a good job here of melding hops and malt. It's a bit bitter on the tail end which is nice. Drinkability on this is exceptional with the 6.6 ABV. i will get this again when it comes back around.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2007 22:39:40 | More by Tilley4
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber, served in a pint glass.

A - clear, light amber color with a fluffy white head that thinned to a layer, leaving globs of sticky lace behind.

S - piney hop scent.

T - ok tasting brew, watered down hop taste, not very well balanced.

M - a bit thin with low carbonation.

D - if it was offered for free I'd drink it, but it wouldn't be my 1st choice if I was buying.

Final Note: I haven't been totally thrilled with any of Left Hand's beers, as I find most of them to be a bit thin. Maybe it's the water they use or they seem heavier at a higher altitude?

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2007 00:56:29 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of tavernjef


4.58/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Perfect amber gem in the glass with a few spots of carbonation streaming within the deep glow of color. Huge foamy capping of lightly stained yellow froth. Thick and creamy and quite lasting. Leaves some hugely thick shelves of lace across the glass. The perfect picture of what a great IPA should be.

Wiff in...mmm... highly citric with a moderate punch of floating lemony pith and peel. Semi resinous with a slight smokey pineyness and smells fresh as the day the hops were picked. Quite nice.

Taste is solid with a gleem of smoothness all through out the main stay of the beer, up until the finish. Starts well balanced with a rounded, simple malt backing of tender bready sweetness with a slight nudge to some toasted edgeyness. Quite clean and smooth upfront. Hops are well defined in a simple yet fairly complexing attitude of citrusy lemon and a squeezed in, high ended bitterness of hugely fresh and floral Warrior hop cone goodness. There must of been a bunch of the good Ol' yellow stuff in each of them cones cuz this just screamed that freshness that really makes for a fresh, clean, snappy, floral bite of bitterness. The dryness is good and doesn't get to brittle as it teeters back and forth between the floral and lemony pine. Nice!

Feel is smooth and clean, about medium if not a nudge above, especially as it gets into the finish. It tends to pick up a bit of gumption and complexity as it goes into the finish. The dryness is late and very acceptable to the palate as it turns the tongue to a fluff of lemon and high floral bittering dryness.

After having this numberous times over the last few weeks on-tap, and barely keeping my head straight afterwards. To be able to sit down with a bomber of this stuff is quite wonderful. Me likey this Warrior IPA. Left Hand continues to impress.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2007 01:04:04 | More by tavernjef
Photo of BeerZack

North Carolina

3.18/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Clear amber color with a big fluffy two-finger head that laces the glass as it goes down.

First impression is a spiciness- a real fresh hop grassiness thats kinda sharp and almost medicinal.

Not as thick and layered feeling as some (most) other wet-hop ales I have tried. Good heavy malts there to balance all the hops, a little sweet. The woodsy hops finish with a biting aspirin-like flavor that lingers.

Nice and creamy full mouthfeel.

Just not very drinkable with the sharp aspirin character appearing in both the aroma and taste.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2007 05:09:42 | More by BeerZack
Photo of EStreet20

New Jersey

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

Fresh hopped IPA.

22 ounce bomber, 20 ounce "tulip" shaped pint glass.

A - Fairly clear reddish tinted amber. Fiery orange brew with nearly two fingers of white head. Very nice look.

S - Very nice grassy/pine aroma.

T - Very hoppy flavor, but a good malt sweetness lending some sugary/fruity flavors. Still hops are abound, with the grassy flavors coming through and giving way to a nice bitter finish along with some piny flavors.

M - Feels nice, smooth and slick in the mouth.

D - A very nice IPA. Bit of a change of pace from some with less citrusy flavors. Big on pine and nice to sip on.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2007 06:05:23 | More by EStreet20
Photo of 1fastz28


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

appearncepours a reddish amber color with alot of foam,

smell is great flowery hops,

taste quite bitter at first but mellows out, even has a subtle sweetness to it. of course hops overpower everything else but the combination of spicy/flowery flavors

mouthfeel and drinkability are both good

all around a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2007 04:30:03 | More by 1fastz28
Photo of letsgopens


3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Experienced on-tap at Vintage, this wet or fresh hopped IPA pours clear, golden amber with a pearly white head that retains its foamy goodness for a while then diminishes to a thin cap; a bit of lace remains.

Mellow and malty to the nose with a hint of lighter fruit. The hops are fresh and floral with a slight piney note. Not pungent or very bitter; certainly expected in a wet hopped brew. Just a bit of honey peaks through as well.

Very similar in flavor to the aroma. Mostly light malts and a lingering floral hoppiness. A hint of citrus and dim sweetness arise in the finish. Fragrant and floral. Mellow and attentive.

The mouthfeel is clean and smooth but not dry (again due to the wet hopping). The low carbonation makes for a pillowy mouthfeel that becomes a bit matted as it warms. A good selection for sure.

Serving type: on-tap

12-14-2007 20:32:37 | More by letsgopens
Photo of YankChef


3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into "nuevo 2007 sam adams" pint glass

Appearance: Copper colored brew with some strong bright red hues when held up to light. Semi-Aggressive carbonation with an initial 1/2 inch head that fell and created some wonderful lacing.

Smell: Somewhat flat in terms of aroma... perhaps an old bottle? Subtle stone fruit aromas and a little bit of hop pungency

Taste: Very sweet upfront with a juicy citrus and peach flavor. It tastes like that balanced imbalance but then goes right into a very unpleasant bitterness that borders on unpleasant. After the hops lay the smackdown and you continue to drink the malt presents itself and is very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Right on par with most IPA's in the moderate bodied category and average carbonation as well
Overall: all in all a good beer, but as far as IPA's go, this one is middle of the road in my opinion. I could name at least 10 that are much better than this one. Still, a good and representation of the hop varieties and a solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2007 08:15:15 | More by YankChef
Photo of HoustonTX


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

This is a very interesting IPA. I really enjoy it. The thing about this IPA is it reminds me of such a balanced blend of West Coast IPA, and East Coast IPA styles. It's a very nice blend of balance, and the malt to hop ratio is perfect.

Clean pale and caramel malt in the nose, with a fresh backing of aromatic floral hops. Very sweet, and delicate. Excellent.

Clean and balanced hoppy body. Crisp tones of florals, a mix of citrus, and a blend of herbs. Nicely slick mouthfeel and great malt thickness. Smooth and incredibly crafted. I can see why they call this thing Warrior IPA.

A very nice offering from Left Hand. An excellently executed IPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2007 06:12:45 | More by HoustonTX
Photo of zeff80


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

22oz bottle

A - Poured out a somewhat opaque burgandy color with a soapy, tan, two-finger head. It left sticky rings of lace.

S - It smelled of grasses and hops (apparently Warrior hops from Yakima, WA).

T - It tasted of bitter hops and a nice roasted malt flavor.

M - It was sharp and crisp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good IPA. Might be one of the better offerings from Left Hand.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2007 05:16:11 | More by zeff80
Photo of Pitmonkey


4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured not too gently forms a good foamy head just a shade off white. Orange/red and clear, the head sticks around throughout.

Aroma was strong but not overwhelming of spicy hops with a malty backbone underneath.

Flavor is a lot of hop but carried well by the malt. Hop/malt front settles into a sharp and lingering bitterness.

Feels thin but refreshing, the hop load is large but never kills. If this is what Warrior hops give you, I will look for them in the future.

Highly drinkable even at 6.6%. This is a fine IPA, and since they use only 2 types of hops, a good one it you are looking to single out some of the nuances of the varieties.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2007 01:41:30 | More by Pitmonkey
Photo of Beaver13


3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Pours a clear copper with a creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is spicy piney hops with some sweet sugary caramel malts and lemon in the background.

The flavor is washed out slightly sweet malts and some citrus with nice piney floral hops with decent bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium and kind of watery.

Overall, nice hop aroma and flavors, but the wateriness brings it down some. It's still a quality IPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2007 04:06:35 | More by Beaver13
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

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

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a pillowy head that sticks well and leaves bounteous quantities of lace

Smell: Lemony grapefruit dominates but boy does it smell fresh

Taste: Opens with a touch of biscuity malt that is quickly over-powered by the lemony-grapefruit hops; lots of alpha acids here; after the swallow, the hops mellow a bit to allow the malt back into the picture but the finish is long and bitter, but a bit rough

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Drinkability: This is a very nice hoppy AIPA that lacks some finesse; I'd like a little more malt complexity and prefer more orangey citrus but that is not what Left Hand was aiming for here

Thanks, Oxymoron, for the opportunity

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2007 22:01:47 | More by brentk56
Photo of ballenc


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

Pours a pale, amber color. Intitial two fingers of a pillowy off-white head that slowly dissolves to a thin head but leaves tons of wonderful lacing

Nothing outstanding of note - mainly a citrusy hop aroma with undertones of cut grass, followed by hints of roasted malts

This beer uses Warrior hops which is evident on the front end but is quickly followed up with malts. Decent balance. Bit of lingering hop bitterness at the end. Clean but somewhat astringent aftertaste.

Decent mouthfeel - moderate carbonation, nice, even feel on the tongue

Clocks in at 6.6% ABV and billed as a fresh-hopped IPA. Nice drinkable beer but not something that will "wow" you. My first try at this brewery and this beer was good enough to get me to try some of their others - maybe the Milk Stout next?

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2007 17:45:16 | More by ballenc
Photo of feloniousmonk


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

Bright crimson hue, small white head, looks good to me...

Vibrant, fresh, lively aroma. Prickly pine and sly citrus.

Tongue-spanking bitterness smacks the palate, rips the tongue, then stands aside. Sip again, and the beautiful punishment begins anew. Grapefruit and lime, apricot and melon,....with an ongoing bitter hop attack, that I particuary enjoy.

Medium bodied, long, bitter hop finish, always feels fresh in the mouth, sweet malt mattress holds up the bouncing hops at play in the senses. 6.6% abv, but easy to drink, and a pleasure. Lovely flavor, a joy to drink.

Good work, Lefthand, this is my kind of IPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2007 10:10:18 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of russpowell


3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent apricot/amber with 3+ finger of sand colored head. Very good head retention & lacing

S: Slight breadyness & some citric hop notes

T: Grapefruitty hops, plus a bit of lemon & some caramel up front. Breadyness & booze warmth on the lips as this warms. Finishes with more grapefruit & some hotness or is it acidic burn on the lips?

MF: Medium bodied, a bit slick, a little creamy & aggressively carbonated some- how at the same time. Too much grapefruit hops balance-wise

Drinks okay, but after about 2 servings or 1 22oz bottle, I have my fill of grapefruit. True hopheads may disagree. The bottom the pecking order for fresh hopped beers, I've tried this year IMO, no finesse at all

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2007 06:27:03 | More by russpowell
Photo of demcorhip

Ontario (Canada)

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

Thanks to chonyr and manaryp for bringing this treat back to the Great White North.

A brilliantly clear deep amber, almost bronze brew sits in my glass. Capped by a tight 3 finger sandy coloured head with excellent retention, despite a very mild level of carbonation. Once the head had a chance to subside nice, clingy clumps of lacings were left behind.

Oily hops! Pungent aroma of papaya, grapefruit and pine. Sorta skunky, in a very good way, a la BC hydroponic... A slight, damp mustiness, a hint of caramel over top of biscuit malts also present.

Biscuit and hint of caramel are practically buried under the oily, slightly resinous fresh Warrior hops. Big bitter fruity blasts of papaya and grapefruit morph into a pineyness which mellows into an herbal weediness.

Slightly oily and almost resinous in feel due to the hops. Not quite stripping, however the oily bitterness does provide for a pleasant tingle. Mildly astringent, if not for the oiliness would almost finish dry. A nice showcase for the fresh Warrior hops.

Pretty drinkable, although the alcohol and hops would catch up to the drinker sooner rather than later. Wish i had more of this brew, it was a very pleasant experience, hopefully one i can enjoy again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2007 23:02:14 | More by demcorhip
Photo of Mdog


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

Appearance: Clear amber, good sized head.

Smell: Mostly citrus but has a earthy note to it.

Taste: Nice balance between bready flavors and dry citrus rind.

Drinkability: Goes down easy, the balanced flavors almost make it too easy, the bomber was gone in minutes.

I thought this was a single hop IPA but checking their website has a few other varieties mixed in. I liked the beer but think they could probably throw some more hops in!

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2007 19:11:49 | More by Mdog
Warrior IPA from Left Hand Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 625 ratings.