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Warrior IPA - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Warrior IPAWarrior IPA

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very good

740 Ratings

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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 tpd975
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One on the shelf at Whole Foods that I had not had, that's enough to get me to try it.

A: Pours a amberish hue gof gold with a nice tall off white head. Real nice retention and nice big sheets of lace.

S: Nice malt character to lead the way. Light biscuit with a big dose of caramel. The hops are earthy and grassy mostly. There is a touch of citrus as well.

T: Hoppy from the start but not overthetop. Nice sweet caramel malt backbone with a touch of grain. The hops are earthy in taste as well. There is a subtle grassy character in the middle with a few drops of pine resin. The finish is where the earthy grassy hops come in with just a touch of grapefruit bitterness.

M: Medium in body, with loads of carbonation.

D: Pretty good. Consumed the whole bomber alone.

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

22 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear red-tinted amber with two fingers of dense, rocky off-white head. Nice and sticky, with good lacing.

Nose is sweet tropical fruit up front, leaning toward pineapple, with a strong caramel malty backbone. Earthy hop quality comes into play to keep things from being too sweet. Delicate interplay between piney hops, hop bitterness, and sweet caramel on first sip, going back and forth a few times. Lingering bitter finish of moderate intensity. Medium bodied and almost sticky in places, enhancing the lingering bitterness. Smooth and plenty drinkable.

This is fresh-hopped, so I'm guessing it was brewed sometime in the fall, meaning this beer is in the ballpark of 9 months old. Though the taste seems to indicate (or am I just imagining?) that this clearly not a fresh IPA, I can't say anything bad about it. The hops are a little lackluster, but this seems to be drinking quite well given its age.

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

Pours a clear amber color with one inch of white head that quickly settles to a thin layer of bubbles. Heavy lacing is left on the glass. Surprisingly timid aroma. Some herbal and citrus from the hops and a touch of caramel malt. Some medicinal qualities in the aroma. Semi-sweet caramel malt base. Medicinal flavors with moderate bitterness. More bitter than other wet hopped ales. Just has a lack of hop flavor which I assume is typical of Warrior hops. Medium body and nicely matched carbonation. Not harsh on the tongue. Overall has a lack of depth in flavor. Not too bitter or high ABV so it has nice drinkability.

Photo of magictrokini
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear copper-orange with a short-lived white head. Good lacing. Claims to be a fresh-hop beer, and the nose agrees. Pine and grass with some citrus peels. Sharp and defined, with no malt in the aroma. Effervescent mouthfeel, light, and dry finish. The hops carry-through in the taste. Tart, citrus, mostly grapefruit with some tangy orange and mango. Pale malt back does not detract from the hop party. Very easy-drinking. True to being an IPA as well; hoppy without being over-hopped.

Photo of argock
3.36/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from 22oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $6.39.

A: Amber-bronze hue with 2-finger French vanilla-colored head with good retention and lacing.

S: Warrior is not know as a particularly aromatic (or flavorful) hops so I'm not surprised the nose is a bit on the muted side. Hefty malting is obvious with loads of caramel and pale malt sweet aromas. The hops aromas are earthy and spicy but nothing over the top.

T: The flavor is merely good with malts having more presence than you'd expect from a specialty IPA. Caramel and pale malts lend even sweetness while the hops contribution is understated spicy and earthy.

M: A solid mouthfeel with all of that malt is inevitable. Smooth with low carbonation and a mildly spicy hops aftertaste.

D: A decent beer but not really up to snuff in the American IPA style. Nothing really wrong with it, but the product is limited by the one-dimensional nature of Warrior hops.

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

A- Beautiful example of an eye-catching IPA. Bright copper orange color with a very slight haze. The head is really the most impressive I have ever seen on an IPA.

S- Hops are bitter and potent but nothing like a Green Flash West Coast IPA. More like a Torpedo but not quite so harsh and soapy. Some aroma of grapefruit and pineapple. Malt is laid back and smooth bread/caramel aroma.

T- Very smooth and balanced with soft bitterness that's almost like a tart/sour feeling in the mouth. Malts come across with a medium-consistency bread/grainy feeling common to American craft brewers west of the Mississippi.

M- Clean without being watery and bubbly without stinging.

D- Certainly worth it to try this IPA. Top-notch.

Photo of HiAIPA
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bomber. This had me interested as a fresh hop ale with estate hops and warrior hops. Poured a nice IPA like manner, gold yellow with nice head. Tasted somewhat fresh, but was expecting more. This lacked the citrus or hemp oil characteristics I was looking for. This had the bitterness, the grassy dry kind that is pleasant but somewhat one dimensional.

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

Light haze to the bright orange body. A small head of white foam stayed a quarter of an inch for a few minutes. Meandering streams of abundant carbonation.

A subtle blend of hops and malt. Bitterness is very faint, but has a bit of a hops resin aroma. Malt has the aroma of freshly baked biscuits. A nice balance.

Flavors have a nice spicy hops bitterness up front. The bitterness holds as a buttery malt backbone builds in strength. Just as nice on the tongue as it is the nose.

A faint touch on the watery side. Carbonation is nice, but not overpowering. Flavors cling a while.

A solid brew. Good choice to go with a pepperoni pizza. Worth picking up to try for yourself. A fine example of the style.

Photo of tigg924
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: cloudy, caramel amber, medium carbonation, with a 1/4 inch head

Smell: a mix of grapefruit, hops, malt, and caramel

Taste: big time grapefruity hops balanced with malty caramel. The hops are strong when you taste them.

Mouthfeel: medium body, moderate carbonation, very balanced. Sweet start, with big bitter body, followed by a semi-sweet end...The aftertaste is somehow bitter

Drinkability: I could have a couple of these, but you need to sip this in order to appreciate it. This is one of the most and best balanced IPAs I have had in the sense that the taste rotates from sweet to bitter--although when you get to the bitter section, it is very very pronounced. Another winner from Left Hand.

Photo of jfmorey
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber color with a nice head and lacing.

Bitter from start to finish, fresh and not overpowering. But there is no point in talking about balance or drinkability, that is not what this beer is about. Sometimes an extreme is what is desired, and this fulfills that purpose.

Photo of caddybuyer
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber at fridge temp into an oversize wine glass on a hot spring day.

A-Slighly veiled (fridge chill) medium amber. Very nice slick creamy eggshell head and nice lacing. Can't say enough about how nice the head looks on this....very enticing.

S-Citrus floral hops, can't wait to taste it.

T-Sweet malt opener with a mild bitter finish. Not tasting much of the citrus and not nearly as aggressively hopped as I expected. Pretty decent overall, and reminds me very much of a SA Harvest.

M-Well balanced overall.

D-This is a good beer, not a great beer, but pretty decent overall...but I'm looking for those mouth puckering pungent hops in this, which are simply not present. I think this was pretty fresh, so what can I say. Will try it again however.

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

Poured from bomber into pint glass.

A: Glowing amber, soapy, oily head with nice lacing. Low carbonation, solid looking brew.

S: Mild tones, getting some hops on the nose with some minor floral tones.

T & M: No doubt this is an IPA, finish is quite hoppy and bitter. Tinge of maltiness is there but I would say the balance is just slightly off. Some minor flower tones with the beer being fresh hopped. Fresh hops not as readily apparent as in the Sierra Nevada Harvest Ale.

D: Drinkable, I enjoyed this beer and would not be opposed to having it again.

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

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Hazy orange. Two fingers of white head rise with decent retention before falling to a thick cap. Great lacing.

S - Lots of citrus here, the full spectrum, oranges, grapefruit, and lemons. Earthy/chive-like aromas noted as well with sweet butterscotch in the background.

T - The same citrus from the nose hits early palate, with mostly grapefruit flavors with a hint of orange. Slight hints of indistinct floral and earthy flavors weave in and out before a mid to late palate wash of butterscotch flavor. Grapefruit/orange character survives the mild butterscotch sweetness and grows in strength again late palate. Moderate to high pith-like bitterness with earthy notes linger for several minutes in the aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied with moderate to low carbonation. Somewhat crisp. Well suited for the citrus flavor profile.

D - A solid IPA. Perhaps not the most complex flavor pofile, but a fine showcase of a single hop variety and what it can do for a beer. Left Hand Warrior IPA walks a line between refreshing and sippable, bringing out some of the best characteristics of both yet ultimately inhibiting some of the drinkability from an IPA standpoint. Bitterness detracts slightly though Left Hand has kept this in check a bit with the butterscotch elements from the malt.

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

Clear and light amber in color, pours clean with a good two fingers of head.

Nothing but floral hops on the nose. Very hoppy.

Again, very hoppy with both florals and bitters coming through. Very odd finish of Bazooka bubble gum. Hoppy bubble gum.

Refreshing and clean.

Highly drinkable. The florals up front are delightful and the weird sweet bubble gum-like finish clears the path for another mouthfull of hoppy goodness.

The bubble gum flavor was noticed not just by me during this session. It's an odd flavor to find in a beer, but it works well with the almost intense floral hoppiness. Hoppy bubble gum it is, though definitely not chewy.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.67/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Appearance - a sunset orange-colored beer with a sticky cream-colored head. Lots of stick to the foam as it falls back.

Aroma - an opening hint of grapefruit and pine, fading rapidly. Some notes of sweetish grain and metal, not near what I expected or hoped for.

Taste - biscuity grain opening, overtaken quickly by the onslaught of highly bitter hops. Medicinal, harsh, acrid, too much! So intense, that while I pick up nuances of citrus, any subtleties are blown away by sheer alpha acids. Working through this is a bit of a chore, even with some lasagna and garlic bread. Ultimately, not that enjoyable.

Mouthfeel - decent smoothness, a solid body, and with a moderate carbonation level.

Drinkability - too bitter for me; I would not buy this again, however, those of you into hardcore bitterness may want to check this one out.

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
2.02/5  rDev -47.1%
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
3.17/5  rDev -17%
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
3.86/5  rDev +1%
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
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
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
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
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
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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