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Warrior IPA - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Warrior IPAWarrior IPA

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very good

634 Ratings

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Ratings: 634
Reviews: 368
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.99%
Wants: 30
Gots: 12 | 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 Gavage
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%

Appearance: clear orange in color and sporting a thick 2" head taht lingers a while. Nice thick leaciung develops during the session.

Smell: loads of grapefruit, pine, and caramel candy sweetness create a great aroma.

Taste: nice hearty malt level here. Decent pine bitterness, grass, and grapefruit citrus produce a well balanced beer. There is some background caramel tones trying to break through too. The slightest hint of alcohol is also there.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp from start to finish. The aftertaste is short-lived but strong on the tastebuds.

Drinkability: this was an easy to quaff beer. Worth picking this up if you see it.

Gavage, Dec 27, 2006
Photo of goochpunch
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%

Pours a slightly hazed amber copper body with a white head that looks like frothed milk. It settles out to a thin layer of foam and leaves some lacing patterns. Smells is malty sweet with more citrus hops than anything. The pine aromas are rather faint. Pretty much all citrus here. Expected a bit more of a hop punch in the nose. Body is rather sweet and toasty tasting with more pine than I got in the nose. Citrus is also there as well, but the resinous qualities come out a bit more. Finishes slightly bitter, which I think is lacking in this IPA. Mouthfeel is slightly above medium in body and has an extremely smooth and creamy carbonation. Very soft. A bit oily, but that's to be expected. Nothing incredible about this, but it's extremely drinkable, especially for an IPA.

Really solid IPA, but for my fresh hops, I'll stick with Great Divide's Fresh Hop Pale Ale.

goochpunch, Dec 26, 2006
Photo of HardTarget
3.2/5  rDev -16.2%

Aroma: Fresh west coast hops baby! Nice and strong, citric and juicy.

Appearance: Amber glass holds a fair cover that doesn’t really last impressively.

Flavor: Grapefruit juice! Very bitter, not well balanced at all. I’m guessing heavy bittering (early boil) hops, not where I like ‘em.

Mouthfeel: Bittering pucker.

Overall Impression: A bit too much for me. I’m disappointed as I really enjoy a good West Coast IPA hop monster. This one just didn’t jel for me.

HardTarget, Dec 25, 2006
Photo of brewcrew76
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%

22oz bottle

A - Pours a hazy orange with a 2 finger off white head that clings to the glass for a nice creamy lacing.

S - Dirty, earthy hops with hints of pine and citrus. Some caramel and light fruitiness in the background.

T - Fruity with hints of citrus and maybe the slightest touch of grapefruit. Sweet caramel balances out the hops.

M - Medium body and creamy. Dry lasting hop finish.

D - A very nice easy drinking IPA. I wish more breweries did a single hop variety IPA.

brewcrew76, Dec 22, 2006
Photo of RonfromJersey
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%

Hazy orange body, topped by a solid three finger cylinder of off-white creamy froth. Very good lacing.

Clean piney nose, with an orange grove lurking beyond the pine trees, inviting but over powering. Good job of capturing the "fresh hop" aroma.

A solid caramelly sweet character barely gets its toe in before the warriors descend, but its will is strong enough stand up enough that this IPA gets a solid sense of balance while still pleasing a hop head. The hops do shine with plenty of pine and earthy notes. They also manage to convey the intented sense of freshness admirably.

Solid mouthfeel walks the line, neither wimpy nor syrupy, pleasantly satisfying. Drinkability must be good considering how rapidly this bomber is disappearing.

A solidly enjoyable IPA. The left hand certainly knew what it was doing here.

RonfromJersey, Dec 18, 2006
Photo of athensbeermaster
4.65/5  rDev +21.7%

Wow! what a beatiful orange color with a large froffy head that is dense and creamy looking. Tiny little bubbles constantly moving slowly up the glass. The nose has fresh grapefriut mixed with a juicy fruit gum aroma. The mouthfeel is pleasant with a caramel and toffe malt back bone to support the sweet grassy,manderin orange flavor. The finish leaves a yeasty, fresh bread taste and a earthy dry finish. This Left Hand and Great Divide is the only fresh hop beer I've tried if you know of any other brands please contact me please!! Happy Holiday's !

athensbeermaster, Dec 18, 2006
Photo of kirok1999
3.78/5  rDev -1%

Pours a hazy coppery gold. Small white head with minimal lacing. Smell is a little lacking, citrus and grassy hops. Taste is pretty much the same, grassy hops, citrus notes and some mild malt backbone. Very clean taste, slight bitter aftertaste. All in all a nice IPA, very drinkable.

kirok1999, Dec 18, 2006
Photo of cbl2
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%

12/16/2006 $4.99 22 oz. 6.60% No best by date. "Brewed only once a year with fresh hops handpicked in Longmont, CO, and Warrior hops straight off the vine from Yakima, WA."


Pours a startingly clear copper/brown with over an inch of foamy head that is slow to settle. Absolutley stunning.


Fresh squeezed grapefruit drizzled over a fresh cut lawn in the peak of summer.


Smooth, though somewhat thin mouthfeel overlays a fresh citrus flavor with some sweet jammy highlights. A highly drinkable and enjoyable IPA, though not outstanding. Good, but run of the mill.

cbl2, Dec 17, 2006
Photo of dgallina
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%

1 pint, 6 fluid ounce brown bottle without freshness dating.

Pours clear golden orange with a very small creamy head, nice carbonation, and superb lace. Smells fresh and hoppy with dominant pine straw and grapefruit aromas. The young hops give this a pleasantly green and leafy flavor without being overwhelming. Biscuit malts, pine and under-ripe grapefruit mingle on the tongue before being overtaken by a huge juicy green leaf finish. Medium body is a bit more viscous than expected, but really well balanced between creaminess and carbonation. A quaff-able fresh IPA with outstanding balance.

dgallina, Dec 15, 2006
Photo of Foxman
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%

It pours a clear golden orange, like processed honey. A finger of off-white head drifts to a thin dusting of froth. Webs of lacing spider the inside of the glass.

The aroma provides a quick glimpse of caramel malt which is outdone by a hoppy duet of citrus and pine, along with a green, grassy edge.

Upon tasting, there comes an initial malt sweetness, touched by caramel and blueberry. The hops deliver a bit of dry grapefruit, mandarin orange, pine needles, and a grassy earthy hay nibble. A touch of biscuit malt is utterly dried by a marked lingering hop bitterness. It's got a sassy, raw edge that's all at once mildly distracting and nicely attractive.

Between light and medium bodied, the crisply bitter grass and hop combo tingle the palate.

It's not spectacular, but the wet hop character is a fetching bit of saucy goodness. It could be better and fuller, but it sure could be worse, too. The ABV is a warmer, inexplicably, and it surprisingly delivers more of a kick than anticipated, but it's still quite drinkable. So it might not be the best, most luxurious wet-hopped destination, but it's an intriguing stop on the long, entertaining journey.

Foxman, Dec 14, 2006
Photo of NJpadreFan
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%

Left Hand- Warrior IPA

Appearance- Reddish orange with a thick meringue head. Thick heavy lacing on the glass.
Smell- Strong sweet pine needles, Very bitter grapefruit rind, and sweet lemon.
Taste- Big bitter pine hops followed up by grapefruit and lemon. Some caramel maltiness pokes through.
Mouthfeel- Big dry and bitter body. Huge flavors!

Overall- This is a big IPA! The flavor doesn't subside. Very good, my 1pint 6 oz'er will take a while to finish! This is no chugging beer!

NJpadreFan, Dec 12, 2006
Photo of rajendra82
4.65/5  rDev +21.7%

The 22 oz. brown bomber held a beer that looked standard IPA amber, with some chill haze. The head was well proportioned at two fingers-thick, and receded to a craggy undulating for with a good deal of lace around the walls of the pint glass. The aroma was leafy green and pungent, but a little weak IMO. The perceived bitterness was about as high as I have ever run across. It clung to my teeth, made my cheeks contact, and singed my sinuses with vapors on the way down. This was fresh, catty, refreshing, and just undeniably hoppy. In other words exactly what an IPA is supposed to be, but what most brewers don’t brew. If you are not a true hophead, I am afraid you might fin this unbalanced, but to me it was un-put-downable. I am sure there was enough malt that they started out with to get this to a 6.6% ABV, but the hops never ever let a tinge of sweetness creep in. I drained my only bomber in about half an hour and the only thought lingering in the back of my mind was I need to stock up on this ASAP. If it wasn’t for the mild smell, this would kick Ruination from here to San Diego.

rajendra82, Dec 08, 2006
Photo of ultralarry2006
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle. Leaves a rocky one finger head with very good retention and some very good lacing. Body is a coppery orange-ish sort of peach. Looks really good.

Smell - resin and caramel, toffee and pine. Very mouthwatering.

Taste - as indicated by the nose. Caramel and toffee washed through with piney resin. Some lemon and citrus in middle, and on the finish also.

Mouthfeel - very full, thick, almost chewy at times, very slick and oily ( oily in a good way) .

Drinkability - this is very rich and satisfying, and low enough in abv to make it rather sessionable.

ultralarry2006, Dec 07, 2006
Photo of Cresant
4.47/5  rDev +17%

Poured this 22oz. undated brown bottle into a nonic. Three fingers of head sat atop a clear, iced tea colored body. A clumpy cap of foam remained throughout. Sticky white lace coated the glass. Very nice appearance.

Smell was subtle and a little disappointing at first but this one opened up as it warmed. Piney, earthy and floral. Leafy organic aroma. Wet hay. Pleasant.

Taste was a nice mildly oily hops flavor without extreme bitterness. There was enough malt presence to prevent hops overload. Lip smacking bitterness with an oily bitter linger. Taste and smell improved as the beer warmed.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and mild/medium carbonation. Overall it was very nice, high recommendation for hops lovers. Hops flavor not just bitterness.

Cresant, Dec 07, 2006
Photo of mmcave
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%

Poured into a tumbler rather aggressively, a nice three finger head has developed with excellent, thick white lacing and good retention. The body is reddish orange amber. Smells of grapefruit, grass, pine and a tinge of vanilla. Needless to say some subtle yet good hop aromatics. The flavor is easy going nothing is too aggressive or unbalanced, good refreshing bitterness backed by a tinge of citrus sweetness. Be warned this is more an american version than a more dry tasting English style (which I Like). Over all this is a good summer session beer. Its not going to kill you will flavor or alcohol so you can go for quite a while, how ever there are many other IPAs that can do exactly the same and maybe better. Still its totally worth a try.

mmcave, Dec 03, 2006
Photo of allengarvin
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%

Pours out a slightly hazy copper-walnut color with a big, soft, creamy head. Big spicy, flowery hop aroma. Taste is delightfully hoppy and very bitter. Most of the malt is hidden by the high bitterness but there's a slight crackery grain flavor. Finish is dry and lingering. Lots of carbonation, with a crisp texture.

A good IPA, but it just doesn't stand out in the vast crowd of excellent offerings out there. Very drinkable though.

allengarvin, Dec 02, 2006
Photo of Enola
3.78/5  rDev -1%

The beer is a darker shade of orange with a quickly dissapearing head. The beer left moderate amounts of lacing in the glass. The smell is hoppy. Bitterness is there too. The mouthfeel is smooth and drinkability is high. This is a good version of a wet hop beer. As far as wet hops go, this is above average. I could drink it again.

Enola, Nov 28, 2006
Photo of wcudwight
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%

Pours a hazy sunset color with a nice 2 finger sized head that is just a tease b/c it quickly recedes to a light film on top. Heavy lacing.
Hops in the aroma and little else(I'm not complaining). Citrus and tropical fruits and also grassy in nature.
At the on set of the taste the promising hop presence is masked by a very large malt profile. Sweet and caramel. But by the finish the hops have overtaken the malt and leaves your mouth begging for some more of that bitterness.
Nice mouthfeel as it's crisp but the hops still tingle the tongue.
Overall a good beer but I can't see myself having more than one bomber.

wcudwight, Nov 24, 2006
Photo of scruffwhor
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%

A very thick hop , coppery haze is enblazened when my mug is held to the light. Goes from a two finger foam, to a very light film towards the finish of my 22oz brew. Veyr hard to see any bubbles in this anti-freeze haze of a brew. Very muted hop and malt aromas. Had to really let the beer warm before anything started to stand out at all. Good meidum hopp bitterness and light mlat sweetness. Tasted like bitter caramel at times. Very easy to drink. And almost poundable if it weren't for the hops.

scruffwhor, Nov 21, 2006
Photo of Ego
4.05/5  rDev +6%

2 full fingers of white fluff, amber to orange hue with good carbonation, retention is good, lacing is a bit spotty, nothing that makes you go hummm but good looking none the less.so this beer is not alyssa milano, it is her semi-chubby sister from that show with them as witches or something.

fresh hop leaf aroma is evident, the malt lurks in the background sort of a bit player in this hop production, pretty straight forward but well executed

taste etc...
bites on the tongue in both carbonation and hop attack, a nice balance, this isn't a hop bomb but rather a really nice hop flavor profile, the leafy almost herbal characteristics are superb here, like the nose this is pretty straight forward but I really enjoy the balance here, in a way this is an easy drinking beer with lots of great herbal hop flavor. This certainly is not mega hop oily either

a really nice brew, definitely worth seeking out.

Ego, Nov 19, 2006
Photo of tastybeer
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%

Warm 'Fall-like' amber glow with a creamy but slick good sized head. Bubbley lace starts to form right away. Nose is very sniffable. Crisp fragrant nose with a freshwater-like clarity. Good light, grain malt smell is steady underneath the grapefruit, lemon, sweet orange, mild pine, and herb-like hops. Quite a variety in the nose which though not giant in intensity has some subtle complexities. Taste is similar in flavor with a smooth and steady bitterness that turns slightly sharp as it dries out through the finish. Bitterness is right on. Just big enough to kick it up a notch but not so astringent that it masks the flavors. Malts hold up the friendly hopping very well too. Mouthfeel is smooth and slick with a gritty resinous touch. Good and appropriate carbonation transitions you into the bitterness nicely. Drinkability is mmm mmm good. Oooo, yummy hoppy burps follow.

Another good partially wet hopped IPA and extra fresh. Not all out hoppy but nice combination of stuff with good complexity. This is my style of Fall seasonals.

tastybeer, Nov 17, 2006
Photo of wedge
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%

Released just three weeks ago, so it must be fresh. Clear amber with lots of fine carbonation visible producing a frothy white head. Nice lacing and rentention. Light but appealing hoppy aroma: floral, earthy, and some pulpy grapefruit underneath. Some faint grain. The flavor coats the mouth with fresh oily hops - grassy, pine, and sweetened citrus fruits. Mmmm, really nice. Solid bitterness and a fullish, smooth mouthfeel.

I'm a sucker for a well made hoppy beer; wet-hopped beers especially. Get it fresh...its delicious.

wedge, Nov 17, 2006
Photo of ybnorml
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%

A hazey orange/amber beer. Has a big foamy off white head, with great lace. A lot of piney hop notes up front in the aroma.With a nice sweet citrusy hop in the background with a hint of grainy malt. The taste starts with a quick bite of hops on the tip of your tongue. With a smooth malty middle followed by dry piney hop finish.

ybnorml, Sep 08, 2006
Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.63/5  rDev +21.2%

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. Great presentation. Burnt orange in color with a dense, tight lipped head that is about two fingers in size. As the head goes down a little bit, I am able to squeeze about one and one half fingers or head above the glass. Looks amazing. Head takes its sweet little time falling down and still maintains a nice consistency and still pretty good in size. Tons and tons of lacing.

Aroma is magnificent fresh hops. Very piney and grapefruity. Smells just like a bag of pellet hops. Sweet yet tart and bitter aroma. Very fruity. Very nice malt backbone complements the hoppiness.

Not overwhelmingly hoppy; if you ask me it is almost perfect. Terrific hop bitterness of a floral kind with some sharp pine needles as well. Tastes like I would imagine the grass I just mowed to taste. Malt is again in check with the hops.

A great IPA. If the price werent so high, this may be a staple in my fridge. Is comparable, in my opinion, to almost any other IPA out there in the market.

SaCkErZ9, Apr 28, 2006
Photo of mentor
4.65/5  rDev +21.7%

Just did a cellar inventory and found a bomber of this amid my selection of bottles. How the heck did it get in there? I donno, but an IPA certainly doesn't belong. Thank goodness my cellar is quite cool (especially over the winter months). This bottle is probably 6ish months old. Pours a one finger yellowed tan head over a cloudy dark peach colored liquid. Nice mini-cascading head. Also the head of fine bubbles clings and is slowly settling like a dusted moon landscape. Glorious.

Smells pine and lemons with an underlying malt sweet and light fruity esters. A hint of dry sawdust. Hops smells fresh and now I get some tangerine and maybe some orange. Tastes balanced hop flavor with malt and fruit. Hop bitter is less than I would expect from and IPA, but the mouthfeel is smooth and thick. Wonderful stuff. Hop flavor is orange and woody dry. Hop bitter is noticable and with a rising grassy co-ho that comes on stronger in the aftertaste to help create the very dry finish. Malt is a non-descript underlying sweet. I can't pick out any particular grains. A bit of soured caramel...which I think is a flavor my tastebuds find when there is some caramel malt character that's mixed with piney hops. Yeah, this next taste I looked for pine and discovered that it was actually quite strong. Fruit esters consist of peach syrup. But, remember, this beer is woody dry, so the peach flavor doesn't cling to the tongue in the same way as canned peach syrup does. Interestingly, the body is thick and smooth. Almost oatmeal stout smooth. Lucious in the mouth with moderate carbonation stinging the inner flat of my tongue. The lacing is quite nice. Also, the head on the second glass (poured from the remainder of the bomber) is fine and clingy of a consistency almost identical to that of Guiness. Really amazing. I'm very impressed. A delicious nightcap this evening. Multi-dimensional and well-balanced. Nice selection of piney and citrusy hops accompanied by an enjoyable malt sweet. Amazing looks (if the beer were clear I would have given 'appearance' a 5.0) and mouthfeel.

Edit: So sad this beer is gone. I would *really* like another.

mentor, Apr 20, 2006
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