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Warrior IPA - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Warrior IPAWarrior IPA

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very good

661 Ratings

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Ratings: 661
Reviews: 371
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.99%
Wants: 32
Gots: 14 | 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 MuenchenerKindl
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber to a pint glass the liquid is a dark orange with reddish hues. The head is great 2 big fingers off white and lots of lace.

The smell is good, hopy and clean even some nice sweet carmel malt.

the taste in good bitter hops. Not great but good. a solid brew. piny and

The mouthfeel is good nice body and real good carbonation.

The drinkability is good. I will not hunt this out but it is worth a try and I would not turn one down. Prosit MK

MuenchenerKindl, Jul 03, 2007
Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this was somewhere between a regular american ipa a dipa, which is very nice considering the abv. a hazy apricot/amber in color. off-white creamy head and lacing. aromas of toffee and citrus with some resiny pine lurking beneath. a moderate malt sweetness is followed by a lingering, pleasant bitter finish. well balanced. medium in body with a nice creamy mouthfeel. this is a very drinkable ipa, too bad they don't sell it in sixers...if so i might buy this when stores are out of alpha king.

MrMcGibblets, Jun 08, 2007
Photo of beveritt
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz brown bomber into a standard pint glass. The label depicts and dancing native american, flanked by two left hands. No freshness date. "Brewed only once a year with fresh hops hand-picked in Longmont, CO and Warrior hops straight off the vine from Yakima, WA.

Appearance: Pours with a 1 1/2 inch off white head. This settles slowly leaving a fair amount of lacing and a good coating of foam. The beer itself is dark amber, with a little bit of a chill haze to it.

Smell: Strong bitter hop aroma, finishing with nice and spicy grapefruit. A good spread of hop aroma from start to finish.

Taste: Slightly spicy and grapefruity hops up front, followed by a decent biscuity malt base. Finishes with a medium-high level of hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation level is a little lower than average. Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability: A nice aggresively hopped, yet still drinkable IPA. My third from Left Hand and all have been top notch.

beveritt, Jun 06, 2007
Photo of Tyrawlings
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Straw orange in color with amber hues. Dense off white head pours two fingers thick. Good retention. Nice sticky lacing clings to the glass.

S: Citrus juice. Floral hops. Pine sap. Bread. Caramel.

T: Citrus juice or grapefruit flovrs are followed by floral and pine hops that give off a pleasent bitter bite on the tongue. Caramel malts lend balance and are followed by a dough like taste. Fishes puckeringly and dry.

M: Sommth and slightly slick. Moderate carbonation. Slightly dry.

D: I enjoyed this beer although the taste just did'nt live up to the smell. A nice wet hop effort but not the best that I have sampled over the years. Recommended.

Tyrawlings, May 06, 2007
Photo of plaid75
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a medium hued, murky copper with a finger and a half pillowy white head. There was good retention and very good lacing.

The smell featured an upfront sweet caramel malt with a late arriving resiny citrus hop.

The taste was also upfront sweet husky malt with notes of toffee. A medium strength peppery and oily hop soon arrived and linger through the finish.

The mouthfeel was of medium fullness with a slightly dry finish.

Overall an easy drinking IPA. I was a bit disappointed in the lackluster hop profile. I saw "warrior" and assumed hops. Oh well, back to the reservation I guess.

plaid75, May 04, 2007
Photo of vtfan77
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Nice golden orange with a huge off-white head resulting from an overly vigorous pour (my bad). Good lacing. No freshness date on the bottle, so I have no idea how old this beer is.

S- Hops are floral and fruity. Sweet caramelly malt mingles with the orange flavors of the hops to create an aroma reminiscent of sweet tea.

T- Faint tea-like flavor up front. Malt produces a decent caramel flavor midway through which gives the floral hops a nice backbone. Some vegetal flavors are evident from time to time. Bitterness is rather strong on the finish.

M- Kind of thin in body. Carbonation is at a decent level.

D- I could have a couple. It's pretty light in flavor and not too bad in the alcohol department (for the style at least), so decent drinkability.

Pretty average IPA. I'm not sure how fresh this example is (my guess is not very), but there was no date on the bottle, so I can't possibly know for sure. I would assume the hop flavor would be much stronger in a very fresh sample. As it is it's not bad, but not outstanding.

vtfan77, Apr 23, 2007
Photo of atsprings
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I ordered this with a little apprehension as I did not really enjoy this out of the bottle when I first saw it back in January. I must say, on tap, it is much more enjoyable. The beer was served a nice amber with a decent head that slowly diminished. The aroma was of both citrus and pine hops with caramel malts not far behind. The taste was much more balanced than I remember from the bottle. The bottle was far too dominated by the malts but not this time. The beer was nice and crisp with a good hop bitterness. While not the best IPA, this one is enjoyable.

atsprings, Apr 22, 2007
Photo of mikesgroove
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy light orange amber with a big white pillow like head. Nice carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass and a really good amount of lace. Smell was thick orange resin hoppy with a touch of sweetness. The smell was really thick and you could almost feel the hop resin in your nose. The taste was very nice, thick piney and citrus hops with a decent, albeit slight balance with some malty grain and sugary sweetness in the back. Great smooth, easy feel with a nice play on the palate. Overall this was a very fine IPA. I really enjoyed this and could easily put it into regular rotation.

mikesgroove, Apr 22, 2007
Photo of Wasatch
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes to prAna for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a slightly cloudy dark golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice one finger plus foamy white head which lasts a little while, nice small islands and sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is hoppy, citrusy, and a touch of caramel. The taste is pretty much hops, slight malts, and a nice touch of citrus. Medium body. Drinkable, another nice brew from Left Hand, recommended.

Wasatch, Mar 18, 2007
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.28/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Once again I had to force myself to purchase some new beers, which I blame solely on you people, for whom are leaving in the dust review-wise. And, while it is quite enjoyable to constantly be trying new beers, I've collected quite a backlog of new beers, which is becoming a serious problem, as this tiny apartment can only hold so many bottles... ah, crap. Never mind. Let's just enjoy what we've got, which is Left Hand's Warrior IPA.

Appearance: Pours out a clear copper body with a meidum-size off-white head which left layer upon layer of ooey-gooey lacing. Naturally, having only been awake for 30 minutes at the time, my reaction was: "Hmmph." But it was pretty.

Smell: With the aroma, you can make out, without a bit of uncertainty: flowers and citrus. Oh, and plenty of caramel malt, as well as some resiny pine needles.

Taste: The flavor is of floral and pine hop flavors supported by a rather pronounced caramel malt base. Obviously, there's a dry, bitter finish, but as the beer warms it takes on a sharply wooden, soapy quality. So, once opened, I'd recommend drinking sooner rather than later.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, though it can seem a bit watery if you "look" closely. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Well, its quite clear to see that Warrior is a bittering hop. Overall, a decent brew, but, for me, it could use a bit more sweetness.

ChainGangGuy, Mar 17, 2007
Photo of SkinnyElvis
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to czoch for this bottle. Pours a little foamy but settles quick. Color is typical for an IPA. Big hops nose which is mostly citrusy. Taste is a little too unbalanced with all citrus-hop flavor with no malt to taste. The warrior hop taste is also a little funky for me. ABV and mouthfeel makes this drinkable. OK IPA buthing special.


SkinnyElvis, Feb 24, 2007
Photo of beerphan
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber -> goblet
no date

Pours a mostly clear deep orange amber with a 2inch top that leaves behind rings of lace. The head sticks around, fed by a steady rise of carbonation.

Nose: Piney hop explosion, sweet caramel

Piney the whole way through. Hops dominate from start to the bitter finish. Light sweet caramel malts dance in the background but rarely step to the forefront, adding just the slightest sweetening balance. Finishes with a stinging bitter bite with a lingering dryness.

Medium bodied, slightly smooth.

No too shabby, will look for it again next year.

beerphan, Feb 17, 2007
Photo of mmmbeer
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, released on 10/24/06. Brewed with pale, 2-row, and crystal malts, and Magnum, Centennial, and fresh, wet Warrior hops from Yakima, Washington - 60 IBUs. It pours a bit hazy with light carbonation and a voluminous, three-finger head that is meringue-like on top and frothy on the bottom. Subsiding after 10-15 minutes, it is quite sticky and leaves nice clumps of foam on the glass. It is fairly aromatic, with piney/citric hops, mango, and light, bready/biscuity malts. The first sip reveals toasted/caramel malts and a light mustiness, but the hop flavor soon emerges with notes of orange and juicy pink/white grapefruit. The hop flavor is full and deep, imparting a medium to high bitterness with additional notes of mango, pineapple, perfume, spiciness, and leafy/green hops that emerge near the end. Its body is medium and quite smooth, with medium carbonation and a somewhat drying, medium to long finish. Overall a well-structured, balanced IPA that manages to have lots of hop aroma and flavor without being too bitter.

mmmbeer, Feb 13, 2007
Photo of Morris729
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange amber color with a creamy light-tan head that coats the walls of the glass with thick webs of sticky lace as it slowly recedes into a heavy lace. Nose is raw piney and citrusy hops along with fainter notes of fruity caramel. Taste is a grapefruit-like spicy hop bitterness along with some biscuity malt. Finish is a bit acidic along with some noticeable alcohol. A pretty nice “hop-bomb.”

Morris729, Feb 07, 2007
Photo of blitz134
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had a bomber of this a few weeks back and like it so much I went back to get some more. I love fresh hop beers and as I found out I really like Warrior hops.

Clear, caramel color. Loose, meraigne colored head that reduced to a thin, swampy layer. Laces the glass well. It is hard to ask for much more with the exception of a bit more head retention.

Citrus and pine hop aromas, a touch of tangerine and some floral aromas to finish it off. A bit of all of the typical hop aromas but they are all balanced nicely and not too fruity or floral which is something I don't care for. A light caramel maltiness underneath fills in where necessary.

High alpha acid biting nature when it hits the tongue. Pine hops dominate the flavor for me and there is some nice grapefruit right after the swallow. Bitter pine resin finishes it off, although I get a touch of metallic flavors after a bit. Some biscuit malts fight hard to get through the hop flavors. This is all about the fresh hops, it is as balanced as it can be really and if it wasn't it wouldnt' be the beer that it is.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, I'd say. Lots of carbonation make this one really crisp and it works well with the acid content in this one. Flavor lingers for just a bit and then disappears to allow the bitterness to do its thing.

Superb drinkability. I have a thing about trying different beers as much as possible so I rarely go back unless I really like one. This was the case with this offering from Left Hand. Probably the most drinkable I've had from them to date and I'm glad to get this in Georgia now. I might pick up another later on to hold me over until next year.

blitz134, Feb 06, 2007
Photo of gbarron
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 22 oz. bottle.

A - great, big beautiful head of puffy white foam. Looks almost like styrofoam. Outstanding lacing and head retention. Pretty significant chill haze.

S - fabulous aroma. Significant, strong, tangy, citrus, piney hop smell. Resiny. Even a little bit of pineapple. Slight hint of biscuity, yeasty bread from maybe an English base malt? Great nose.

T - taste mirrors the aroma. Sticky, resinous hop flavors of pine, citrus. Tart, tangy bitterness. Very puckering. Malt tries to compete - there's some biscuity caramel flavors in there, some sweetness from crystal malt - but it's a losing battle. The hops are on top here and taste very fresh and green.

M - a little sticky from the resiny hop content and bitterness, but otherwise a moderately sized beer. Carbonation average.

D - definitely for the hop heads out there, but not overwhelming. Although I would not call this beer balanced, this is far more drinkable than some other big IPA's out there (see Stone). Lower alcohol here is a plus. Great hop flavor.

gbarron, Feb 01, 2007
Photo of Imstillthegman
3.18/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Oxymoron for this bomber.

Pours out a clear copper color with a nice, frothy off-white head. Decent amount of lacing is left behind.

Grapefruit is the main player in the aroma. In fact, that's really all I can smell. A hint of pine and a subtle sweetness lingers deep in the darkness, but grapefruit is pretty much it.

The flavor is good, but nothing spectacular. Grapefruit quickly overtakes the caramel malts that show up first. There is some green, leafy bitterness towards the end, but again this is mostly grapefruit.

Medium body with a lower amount of dryness and bitterness than usually associated with an IPA. This one looked so good at the beginning but ended up being just an average IPA.

Imstillthegman, Jan 30, 2007
Photo of Torchiest
2.23/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Poured a 22oz bomber into an imperial pint glass.

Came out coppery, with a good-sized white head that took its time dissapating. However, it was surprisingly cloudy for an IPA.

Smelled pretty good, hoppy and citrusy like an IPA should. Nothing amazing, but nothing too objectionable either.

I thought I was becoming a fan of IPAs, but this beer tasted all wrong to me. It seemed okay at first, hoppy, bitter, some maltiness, but that all got shoved aside in a massive wave of grapefruit. I can tolerate a little grapefruit in an IPA, but there were no other discernable citrus fruit flavors. It was all grapefruit, with an even stronger, almost overripe grapefruit finish.

Mouthfeel was on target for the style, with decent combination of crispness and body, but nothing spectacular here either.

Honestly, I couldn't finish the bomber. In fact, I had less than half of it. I wouldn't buy this again, but if you like grapefruit, this is your beer. I'll be avoiding any other beers that use Warrior hops in the future.

Torchiest, Jan 29, 2007
3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I'm not sure whether this was an older bottle of Warrior, but previous reviews are not much like the beer I had! (And, it was a Warrior IPA, I promise!)

The beer poured fairly well-- I was careful, since there was some sediment at the bottom of the bottle (I threw away about an inch of beer at the end). A frothy head appeared, but dissipated as I drank with just a bit of lace on the glass.

I detected a very fruity smell-- like apricots. The taste was average for an IPA. I prefer very heavily hopped IPAs (Victory's Hop Wallop, Stone Ruination, Boulder Mojo IPA to name a few), and the hop character didn't jump up and grab my tastebuds. My palate is probably ruined by the very heavy hopped beers I drink!

All in all, just an average IPA for me. I'm glad I tried it, but I will not buy it again.

IPALOVER, Jan 23, 2007
Photo of bruachan
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

it's nice that a hop showcase can be full of malt character as well. the aroma here is fullof not only delicious hoppiness but roasty, toasty crystal goodness as well. the flavor follows suit, but the wet hopping brings a nice minty element to the beer, still allowing for the malt to do its thing

it's a good drink, this brew. tasty, hoppy and balanced all the while

even these course NW hops can make for some great tasteful beers

bruachan, Jan 16, 2007
Photo of Pegasus
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy amber brown color, with a large off-white head, which retains well, and thick, unbroken lacing.

Aroma: Rich pine tar and grapefruit hops, rather over-the-top, with the grapefruit aroma most prominent. The malt presence is almost totally overcome.

Taste: Sharply bitter grapefruit rind dominates the taste from start to finish, with a lingering herbal bitterness at the close. The caramel malt presence struggles mightily to assert itself.

Mouth feel: Smooth and soft, quite full, pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Best suited to the dedicated hop-head, for the rest of us, it may be a bit much.

Pegasus, Jan 16, 2007
Photo of Vancer
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sometimes ya just know when you’re gonna get a good brew – and usually it’s when you’re greeted with a luvy amber orange pour, topped by a lacey ivory head. Ton’s o’ sheet lacing.

Very citrusy aroma, and a big blast of grapefruit in the quaff. Just a small pop of pine. Medium bodied, tangy, and dry in the finish. Solid lil’ brew all the way around. $5.50 Bomber makes for a nice sipping session. Looking forward to other Left Hand brews, that are now available in the Midwest.

Vancer, Jan 14, 2007
Photo of BeerSox
4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into pint glass.

Hazy honey amber color with a light tan thick and frothy head that holds very well. It eventually settles to a thick pillowy cap. Solid stacked lacing all the way down the glass.

Pine and grapefruit mainlines the aroma, along with a unique syrupy sweetness that seems uncommon in other beers of the style. Still, the sharp acidic characteristics of the hops pierce through the sweetness to let you know that this is adequately hopped.

A sweet and thick malty base gives way quickly to a spicy and sour hop presence that tortures the back of the tongue (in a sweet, loving and caring way). The hops taste lively and fresh as if they were dry-hopped in my pint glass. Medium bodied with good carbonation, and a smooth feel throughout. The finish is packed with lingering hops in the back center of the tongue. The malts never stand a chance.

On the higher side of the American IPA style, almost joining the higher ranks of the Double IPA. Still, the higher presence of a more bread-like malt flavor, medium alcohol, and hops that don't quite push the envelope of your tongue's bitterness threshold makes this a drinkable beer. Recommended.

BeerSox, Jan 12, 2007
Photo of gonzo138
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a clear amber color with a creamish white head that both retains well and laces nicely

S- very clean citric grapefruit hop aroma, a little astringent-ish, but still very nice

T- matches smell,a little bit sweet at first, nice grapefruity citric hop bite at the finish

M- moderate carbonation and medium/light body

D- a very drinkable IPA, glad to have found this one, will definitely be looking forward to this one next year

gonzo138, Jan 10, 2007
Photo of cheers2beers
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This beer pours a light red orange hue, with a bright white head, but didnt stack up to much height. A few columns of beading can be found on the inside. There isn't much laceing to speak of.

Smell: The aromas consist of grassy and an almost pungent piney hops. It also has a grapefruit aroma and some other fruits, but the others are well masked to be fully noted.

Taste: The flavors are much like the nose. A bitter and grassy hop hits right at first and stands out amongall other flavors, including a slight lemony citrus, a splash of alcohol on the back of the tongue and a very vague maltygoodness.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Bitter and citrus at first, followed by a splash of alcohol and then finished again with a bubbley bitter hops.

Drinkability: Overall, I would say this beer is decent. It doesnot standout in my mind from all others, but it would be a nice quaff for any other evening. I would recommend for trying but dont set your hopes up to high.


cheers2beers, Jan 09, 2007
Warrior IPA from Left Hand Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 661 ratings.