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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

725 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 725
Reviews: 376
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.73%
Wants: 37
Gots: 24 | 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 glid02
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store in Atlanta, GA.

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a two-finger off-white head. The head slowly dissipates into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of caramel malts with a good deal of piney hop aromas to go along with it. I believe this came out 2-3 months before, so any nuances of the hop aromas are probably long gone. Still, it smells inviting.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Caramel malt flavors kick things off, followed by a decent amount of pine flavors that carry on until the mildly bitter ending. Nothing spectacular, but still satisfying.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness that when balanced with nice carbonation makes it go down smoothly.

Drinkability is good. I could actually have a few of these in a sitting and walk away happy - it's just when it gets to be more than a few when the walking part will be a problem.

Overall I was pleasantly surprised. I've not been enamored with any of Left Hand's more flavorful (read higher alcohol) offerings, leaning more toward their Octoberfest and Sawtooth, but this one was pretty tasty. Worth a shot.

Photo of Floydster
2.03/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

22 ounce bottle received as an extra in a trade with hopdog, thanks for sending this my way Steve, split with my dad tonight before I went for a stout as a nightcap, poured into my Duvel tulip glass, color is an orangish amber, 3/4 inch soapy white head that last a while and leaves some lace, aroma was nasty and had stale hops, dust, wet clothes, watermleon, and grass, flavor starts off a little dry but there is a weird sweet tinge to the hoppiness, middle is sweet malt and herbs, finish is more of the same with some citrus in the aftertaste, this had absolutely no balance and the hop flavors were completely off, mouthfeel is just weird with sticky, sweet, and dirty accents, medium bodied, moderate level of carbonation, taste lingered way too long, could not get through half my eleven or twelve ounce pour, hard to drink with the off flavors, not smooth, probably one of the worst fresh hop beers I have ever had, just had a real musty and clammy aroma, which made the flavor suffer, would not drink again, not recommended

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

22 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Clear amber with medium small bubble carbonation. Off-white dense head that subsided into 1/4 inch of lace. Weak somewhat nondescript aroma. Taste akin to aroma. Bitter, but not overly so. Somewhat bitter back of the palate finish. Nothing really stands out.

Having recently lived in Longmont, and as a frequent visitor to the tasting room at Left Hand, I was disappointed. I remember a much more complex beer on draft. Even though draft versions are typically superior to bottled, the disparity between draft and bottle for this beer is greater than expected.

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

from a 22 oz. bomber -

pours a nice amber color in a regular pint glass. fairly clearthe white head rises to the top, but reduces to a small ring and remains throughout. some lacing going on, hanging on the glass as i enjoy.

smells like warrior hops to me (i get them often enough at my LHBS), which means it's not super pungent or powerful, as smells of the caramel malts are detected as well. but it smells nice and hoppy.

nice tastes here. again, the warrior hops are evident since they provide good bitterness, and a good flavor (citrus / herbal?) the slight sweetness of malt is in there as well, bit o' caramel i'd say.

good carbonation, and a slight drying affect in the mouth. nothing bad here, but nothing that is off the charts either.

good and drinkable. with each drink / sip i'd like another. the bomber goes down easy with this one, and since i've got more there is the temptation...

Photo of cjgator3
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle

A- Pours a dark orangish amber color with an off-white head that has solid lacing and retention qualities.

S- The aroma is mainly citrusy hops and caramel with a faint amount of malt. The aroma was much fainter than I expected from an IPA.

T- The taste has some malt up front with a lot of citrusy hops lingering well into the finish.

M- The mouthfeel has a nice body with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, this is a pretty solid beer that I wouldn't mind having again.

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

A: pours a nice bright copper/amber color. light off-white colored head. great retention rate and wonderful sticky lacing.

S: nice citrus hop aroma with a great malt backbone, come caramel malts in there.

T: great caramel malts bring the backdrop to this beer. wonderful warrior hops lead to some citrus notes, light orange notes.

M: medium bodied, with a perfect carbonation level. very clean and crisp.

D: very easy drinking IPA. Solid brew from LH. Could knock a few of these as possible.

Photo of corby112
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden amber/ orange with a thin yellowish head. Floral hop aroma with a slight malt presence. Very quaffable and nicely balanced with a lot of bitter earthy hoppiness and nice malt backbone. Hops last throughout lingering into a dry, bitter finish.

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 12/10/2007 (bottle):

Pours a humongous head, clear amber body, with a foamy peachish colored head, good lacing. Very hoppy grapefruity aroma. Fresh smelling. Spices like pungent flowers, very hoppy smelling, with some sweetness balance. Dry hoppy taste, bitter aftertaste. Some sweet, but mostly bitterness. Piney, grapefruity.Okay for an IPA. Unbalanced bitterness as it warms up.

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

Pours an orangey amber with a thick white head that laces the glass nicely. Aroma is very thick and sweet reminds of a Dogfish Head 90 minute IPA, sweet but with a big citric bitterness. Bitterness is up front with a piney resin in the aftertaste but there is not much to balance this brew. It is not too far out of balance, but against other top American IPAs, it is just enough to notice.

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

Pours a nice amber colored hue with a large light beige khaki head forms thick with some long lasting resiliency. Aroamtics tart citrus with mild pine and raw tobacco leaf earthiness, fresh Warrior hops from the vine straight from Yakima, WA. Flavor has a persistant ballsy hop bitterness that bleeds excessive hop flavors between sips including raw earthiness and a nice grapefruit bitterness. A touch of minty herbal quality as well among a moderate dose of caramel malt and other bready characteristics. Hop bitterness does reach the point of excess it rides on the palate throughout the entire trip or session with this 22 ounce portion. Mouthfeel is solid all around carbonatin is creamy with subtle bubbles, oily texture from the big hop additions nice and wet. Drinkability doesn't suffer raw and wet hops with big bitterness equals a decent IPA in this case something is lacking from the overall experience.

Photo of stephens101
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A reddish orange pour results in a two-finger tan head. Retention is nice, with some thick horizontal stripes of lacing left behind. Smell involves a good amount of citrusy hops, a little orange peel, a little spice, and a nice malt backbone. Taste involves a good hop undercurrent which is just a bit overridden by some chalkiness. Some slight notes of orange zest and malt slide into the mix later on. Mouth-feel is medium bodied, and there's not a ton of carbonation. I'd say this is one of the better IPA's I've had.

Photo of mnstorm99
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice pour into a snifter at Mac's Industiral, small white head that stays until the end on top of a dark copper slightly cloudy brew.
Aroma is very weak, mostly biscuit malts, with a touch of american citrus and floral hops, but not the huge hop aroma I expect from an IPA.
Taste is good, mostly a malty IPA, with touches of toffee that stays in the aftertaste and again a weak hop profile in this one, seems more of an english IPA with American hops to me.
Mouthfeel is nice and full, with a touch of creaminess to it, and the drinkability is very easy, but I like more bitterness when it comes to IPA's.

Not a fan of Left Hands beers, and this one was good, but again I leave disappointed.

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

22 Oz bomber.

A nice big chunky head above a clear deep amber/orange body with carbonation bubbles from a nucleation site is the appearance.

Aromas aren't huge, but grassy hops and sweet maltiness in the back ground. The malt flavor is hidden behind a sharp bitterness. Wait, no there's a good deal of maltiness there. Fruit qualities are along the lines of grapefruit and orange pith.

Not a bad beer, but I was slightly disappointed. there are much better fresh hop beers. In fact, most all other fresh hop beers I have enjoyed more than this one. This has me wishing I bought their Double IPA instead.

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

22 oz. bottle reviewed 6 Aug 2008.

Large tight foamy eggshell colored head. Clear burnt orange color. Smells like pineapple, resin and (inexplicably) bad milk. Decent citrus and malt to start, but seems like it has gone stale somewhat in the middle. Medium body. Alcohol noticeable in aftertaste. Sticky sweet finish.

Decent, would like this a lot better without the milk odor.

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

Had this on tap at the Brick Store Pub. I suspect that this might be the same beer as 400 lb Monkey, and it was labeled Warrior IPA (400lb Monkey) at the Pub. Poured a dark orange/amber with a grainy looking head and great lacing. Smells of chewy, thick malt, caramel and grain. Lightly citrusy hops on the back end. The hops are much more noticeable in the taste, and on the piney/spicy side and fesh tasting. Well balanced with the malt, and slightly herbal tasting on the finish. The mouthfeel is chewy with malt and hops. Tasty- would be excellent on cask.

Photo of brandoneast
3.18/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Golden huge, with orange highlights and a simple head. Smell is almost all grain little hops. Taste is minty hops that only hit in the back then coat up front - nice bitterness coat on the palate. Dry mouthfeel and not much here - where's my fresh aroma and hop experience?

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

Presentation: 24oz bomber with kickass Native American themed graphics.

Appearance: Bright dark orange/amber brew with low carbonation and a thin filmy offwhite head.

Smell: Very mild grassy hoppiness with a bit of caramel behind it.

Taste: Light citrus hops with a definite Juniper Berry note (I dunno where this comes from, but it lasted throughout the whole beer and I really liked it) and a substantial bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and smooth.

Drinkability: Medium (maybe one bomber and I'd be satisfied)

Conclusion: Somewhat average, but the mild Juniper presense make this quite interesting and a bit unique.

Photo of BretSikkink
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lots of oranges and reds mixed in with a dusky brown color, the head is absolutely gorgeous and tinted orange. Bubbly, smooth, whipped, and extremely long-lasting. The lace is fantastic and three-dimensional in most place. This is a perfect-looking IPA.

The nose is also quite powerful, with two tons of citrics blasting the nostrils Grapefruit by far leads the way, with some caramel malt backing. This is damn good.

The palate is a bit of a letdown from these heights, but definitely good. Plenty of malt, more than I was expecting, lead with a pretty solid caramel backbone. Lots of sweetness that more that counterbalances the highly piney and grapefruity hops. Lots of alpha acids, but they aren't quite breaking through to the tongue as much as I would want (major hophead alert should be posted next to this taste score).

Mouthfeel is smooth, pretty sticky, and since it's so malty, rather full for style. Longish finish, with the pine element lasting longer than any sweetness.

This is a well crafted ale that could use with tiny bit of tweaking that would allow more hops to come through - this is a big beer, and I like it a lot.

Photo of Pencible
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This poured a hazy light copper with off-white head. It smelled like lots of pine and fresh copper hops, with a bit of cultured yeast. It tasted like bitter pine hops with some grapefruit and a bit of sweet caramel malt. It was slightly thick with some carbonation, and had a clean bitter aftertaste. Overall this was a pretty simple and straightforward beer. It was nice and clean with a super bitter flavor, and a nice body. Great drink for hop heads, but I personally would prefer something with more balanced malt sweetness to improve drinkability. This got tedious to drink toward the end of the bottle, with nothing but bitterness.

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

A: Poured a rustic-orange with a fluffy, light ivory colored head. Visible carbonation was fairly strong.

S: sweet caramel, pine and fresh wet citrus.

T: The flavor had a strong showing of hops, citrusy and piney, with a good caramel backing. Moderately strong bitterness with a good citrusy finish and lingering floral fade.

M: light, oily, with a sticky pine resin coating the tongue. A strong carbonation brings it all to life with a tingly sensation.

D: Very drinkable, at 6.6% abv with just the right amount of hops and alcohol to make this an easy downing ipa.

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

I pop the top on the 22-ounce bomber bottle and pour a serving of the contents into my trusty DFH shaped pint glass, unveiling Left Hand's "Warrior IPA". Badass name, label with a bison skull on it... high hopes abound.

The sparkling clear copper-orange brew shimmering in the glass is capped with a thick layer of fine ivory foam that deflates rather slowly, leaving an opaque frosting of lacing sticking to the sides of the glass.

The smell is crisp and fruity with plenty of tangy, zippy citrus notes sparking, sputtering, and smoking atop a succulent backbone of sugary caramel. A sweetly pungent magnolia-blossom spiciness dominates the bouquet, augmented with the tartness of fresh lemon zest.

The taste is richly caramel-sweet with a bit of toast and fruity hops. Floral, citrusy hops make an impression, but are submerged, then are swept away in a river of sweet syrupy maltiness. Deep in the aftertaste an earthy dryness mops up most of the brown sugar-syrup, but overall there just wasn't enough hop flavor and essence to cut through all the stickiness.

The drink is heavy-medium in body with good carbonation, but the overarching sweetness of the flavor profile hurts the drinkability, and I mean big-time.

Photo of Spidey13
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Left Hand's Warrior IPA pours a very nice, clear amber/red color with an off-white head. Lots of nice hops on the nose (of course) with grapefuit/citrus. There is also a bit of frutiness underneath with almost some sourness.

Lots of hops also on the taste with that grapefruity bitterness on the back. Hints of caramel are in there, but the hops are the star. The bitterness gets a bit cloying after a while, but not too bad. The mouthfeel is a bit thin and slick with a medium carbonation.

Overall, this is a very nice fresh hop IPA. Yummy.

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

So that's what Warrior hops taste like? It seems that I want to follow that sentence with, "kinda tastes like chicken." ...only not.

The hop bill certainly fits the IPA style with a robust, sharp citrus, orange zest, grapefruit taste that comes close to recognizing pine, floral, and lemongrass. Definate hop bitterness to balance out the rich malt profile.

Maltiness accompanies a lot of sweetness and keeps the hops from overbearing. Though a well-attenuated character keeps the beer moderately light, the selection of malts take on a biscuity, English malt character--leaving some caramel sweetness behind.

Moderate alcohols keep the beer focused on the hops and complimentary barley character, while adding a dryness, crispness, and grahm cracker powdery feel. Still a bit heavier than most American Pale Ales.

I definately appreciate the showcase of the Warrior hop and feel that it was a pleasure to spend the time with the beer.

Photo of hoplover82
4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer I've been waiting for a long time to try.

It pours a lustrous light golden amber color. A little haziness is nice. The head is off white and creamy. One finger think, but dissapates quikly on the first pour. Thick, rocky lace is fest in the trails of this wonderful IPA. It pours clear on the third pour!

The aroma is like I have my nose in a bucket of fresh hops. Very floral. Fresh orange zest is very noticable too. Not much malt is detectable in the nose.

The flavor has a good maltiness, not sweet though. But of coarse the hops shine (citrus and floral). The malt foundation is really nice. Some good strong but gentle bitterness is present. No alcohol, which is always nice. Maybe, a little grapefruit too.

The mouthfeel is full bodied, smooth but not velvety. Dry in the finish. Nice lasting bitterness.

A very drinkable IPA.

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.

Warrior IPA from Left Hand Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 725 ratings.