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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

739 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 739
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 asabreed
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: Somewhere between orange and amber, with a ton of bubbles floating toward the top of the glass. With each new pour into the glass it's like a whirlpool. The head is strong and sticks pretty well, leaving plenty of lacing as it gradually dies down.

Smell: Strong, of course, on the warrior hops. Though I wish the malt had more of a presence, and the hops seem more bittering and citrus twang instead of aromatically floral. As it warms it seems to get a bit more balanced though, with the fruitier side of some of the malts coming in.

Taste: I need to learn to drink IPAs warmer than right out of the fridge. That said, noting the changes was nice. It's hoppy as hell right out of the gate, bitter and citrusy, though as it warms the malt comes through to start balancing everything out. There's still the hophead delight of it being huge on the hops, but that's when it's colder, and it's pleasant either way, though better when it warms to near room temperature. Long finish with some hints of sour cherries and berries.

Mouthfeel: More medium-bodied than lighter bodied, and seemingly creamier as it warms, with good crispness and levels of carbonation.

Drinkability: A pretty good IPA. It's not winning originality awards, but as a sipper that takes a long time to drink, it was extremely enjoyable, especially noting the changes as it warmed, which I didn't think would be as prominent as they were.

Photo of neonbrown82
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a pretty good IPA. It looks beautiful in the glass, pouring to a clear golden amber color with an active carbonation. Has a huge 2 inch fluffy off-white head with excellent retention and decent lacing.

The smell is just as enticing. Has a grassy dry-hopped citrus note with an interesting malt profile beneath. Smells like it has at least a little bit of English malt with some toasted biscuit and toffee aroma.

The taste is good as well, but doesn't quite hold up to the nose. Up front it has a very nice hops flavor, quite citric and grassy. The hops flavor is matched with an assertive bitterness that works well with the malt selection. It might just be a little bit more bitter than I like for balance sake, but it's good.

The mouthfeel is medium in body with a soft and prickly carbonation. A little bit of an alcohol flavor, offset by combination of an acrid hops bitterness and toasty malt. Fairly easy to drink, but a little bit more balance would put this one off the charts.

Photo of jjayjaye
4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear lighter amber color with a huge foamy off white head that resists fading and leaves a better than average amount of lacing, some 3D. The smell through the head is spiked with an aggressive grassy bitter grapefruit aroma. Hang in there and enjoy a slightly unbalance but welcomed sweet malt character. Visually lifeless after the pour, it is quite well carbonated and packed with a solid tingle from the hops. Full bodied, the mouth feel is a nice mix of tangy and creamy. Full flavored, the taste is packed with a hell of a good fresh hopped wake-up call. HELLO FOLKS this one is under-rated. I've experienced a number of "plain 'ole" "also ran" IPAs that have had far less character than this one.

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

22 oz bottle. Pours amber with a 2+ cm foamy offwhite head that is mostly diminishing. Aroma of citrus and something sweet, hint of pine. Flavor is initial balanced between sweet malts and harsh hops, and some grapefruit. Some lacing, light carbonation, light to medium body, and some hint of alcohol. Drinkable with a nice aftertaste.

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

Murky looking deep copper with scarlet red highlights. Head is dense and slight. Leaves great lace patterns. Aroma is decent. Some pungent hop notes as well as a little citric/tangerine characteristics. This is more of a gritty tasting IPA rather than a "bright" one. But good nonetheless. Muddled tones of tarnished pennies, earthy hops and alpha acid bitterness meld together in a somewhat agreeable fashion. The body is substantial enough and the meaty malt center gives a solid base for this IPA. Carbonation is spot on and overall this is a good IPA. Nothing more. Nothing less.

Photo of OliasOfSunhillow
4.51/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Over the course of a hot, pilsner- and weissebier-laden summer, I always forget how good Left Hand Warrior IPA always is. Then comes late fall and winter, and I again get to bask in the smoothness of this unique, finely crafted brew.

I'm not going to break it down by rating factor again (I have a couple previous reviews for that), but I will say that this year's batch (draft and bottle) is as good as ever. This might be a bit too subtle for the triple IPA crowd, but for me it's as good as it gets.

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

A- Very clear copper with minimal white head after a somewhat soft decanting.

S- Oranges, caramel and piney aromas. The smell after a swirl is sour like overripe grapefruits.

T- Caramel backbone with more orange-like hops instead of the grapefruit. Leaves the mouth sweet, but the aftertaste is bitter. The hops are not overwhelming at all for an IPA.

M- Thin and not very oily or sticky. Carbonation is high.

D- Smooth and nice. Very drinkable.

Overall- A little different than the strong hoppy IPA's that I love, but I really enjoyed this one too. Very sweet and smooth. It was enjoyable all the way through, and I will buy this again when I run across it.

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.54/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a pint

It seems that this is a wet hopped ipa....I don't know if I have ever had another wet hopped ipa before. It has a cool southwestern/desert style label. I'm very interested to dive in, lets see how it goes....

It pours a pretty orange-amber color, and is crystal clear. A huge two+ finger, pillowy, rocky, bone white, head. No carbonation at all. Gobs of sticky lace all the way down the glass.

Smell is rather subdued. I really wanted this to jump out and smack me in the face, big let down. Smells of sweet malts, grapefruit and tangerine.

The taste is only slightly better than the smell, but is pretty much the same. Grapefruit and sweet malts with a very dry finish. What a bummer. I really had high hopes for this ipa, but it lacked the punch that I crave in my ipa's.

Light and crisp on the tongue. The drinkability is probably better than the 4 I gave it, but I just wasn't that big a fan of this guy.

Photo of dsa7783
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was a big fan of Left Hand's Milk Stout and their Sawtooth Ale, so had high hopes for this 22oz bomber copped from Total Wine and More in West Orange... supposedly crafted with a process called "wet hopping", where hops less than a day old are used to create this beer, this may create a more mild aroma, but a fuller and fresher taste of hops - as such, the hop flavor is very strong, noticeable, and flavorful... one of the better brews from Left Hand, and an all-around top-notch IPA... Nice copper-bronze appearance with minimal head leads to an aroma full of grainy hops, slight vanilla and caramel... as anticipated, taste is dominated by fresh hops, faint sugars, slight caramel, and a clean, crisp, clear finish...logo sticker says "Fresh hopped IPA"... and the freshness is evident in the overall quality of the beer that goes down smooth and is a pleasure to drink... a really enjoyable brew... if you are a fan of IPA's, you will love this one... Recommended...

Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a orange-ish/ yellow color with an off white head. In the aroma, small grapefruity hop and a sweeter malt. In the taste, grapefruity citrus like hops and a sweet malt. A bitter mouthfeel and a dry grapefruity hop in the aftertaste. Nice hops and a good balance, a bit dry in the end, quite nice.

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

App - Pale amber color, clar. Moderately large white head, creamy and with good retention.

Aroma -Piney hop aroma, caramel malt sweetness, but a bit subdued in the aroma overall.

Flav -Strong hop flavor and bitterness from the start. Malt a bit buried, but there. Hop flavor green and lively and fresh. Finish is a lingering hop bitterness. Malt seems to become more assertive as it warms - an unexpected pleasant development.

MF - Medium body and carbonation. A tiny bit astringent due to the big hops early. Very minimal alcohol warming, and mouthfeel seemed to improve as the beer warmed.

O'all - A pretty nice IPA once it warms. Fresh hop character, but balanced with a nice malt backbone.

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

copper orange. white head had okay retention and lace. nose was orange lemon pine. citrusy and sprucy with a hint of malt. tasted the same with a very bitter orange rind finish and a bigger malt presence as it warmed up. soft and smooth. the super bitter hop taste seemed to warm my innards as it went down. that was kind of cool. this may be too bitter for some, but for me it was yum.

Photo of flexabull
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber color with a decent head.

Aromas are of hard candies, pine hops, and a touch of bitter citrus.

Taste is bitter, citrus, and aspirin like. Slightly sweet, dry and with some brewed tea like malt flavors. Finish has a pretty sharp bite to it.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. Carbonation is ok, a bit to prickly though.

Drinkability is ok. A decent IPA, that is worth a try. But I wouldn't go out of my way to track this one down.

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

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass - 2007 edition. It was a bronze color some carb and good lacing. It had a large beige head that slowly settled into a 1/8" foam. The smell was, as expected, very hoppy with pine being the dominant aroma. Could get a little of the malt underneath but mostly pine. The taste was also very piney and hoppy. It starts off with a nice taste but finishes a little too bitter for me which hurt the taste and the mouthfeel. I could see having this once a year especially if I grow into the more hop bitter finishes. Recommned. (Once a year)

Photo of homebrewhawk
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Photo of weeare138
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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.

Photo of udubdawg
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of Gmann
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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...

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.

Photo of Tilley4
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
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?

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.

Photo of BeerZack
3.21/5  rDev -16%
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.

Warrior IPA from Left Hand Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 739 ratings.