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Warrior IPA - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Warrior IPAWarrior IPA

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very good

664 Ratings

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Ratings: 664
Reviews: 371
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.99%
Wants: 32
Gots: 15 | 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 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
Photo of doubleipa
3.2/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Creamy head that completely vanished. Very heavy hop aroma, but a bit of a different hop aroma than many others.Could really detect fresh hops, but not much in th eway of anything citrus This was a good, but not great IPA. GD Fresh Hop nails this type of IPA better, I think.

doubleipa, Jan 04, 2007
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Left Hand's Warrior IPA pours a hazy orange-red copper beneath a short but creamy head of antique-white froth.

Warrior is a trademarked variety of hop grown by Yakima Chief; and although it's mainly a high-alpha-acid hop that's used for bitterness, it's aroma is quite nice as well. It's sprucey, piney and citrusy over a sweetish, caramel-tinged maltiness.

In the mouth, it's medium bodied with an oily, resinous feel that lends it slickess, and a bit more width.

Cool and refreshingly piney Warrior hops greet you in the flavor, but don't hold really well as they're mixed in with some yeasty fruitiness (apricot/tangerine). As it warms some minor maltiness surfaces to level things, and it fiinishes dry with a residual flicker of yeasty fruitiness and some more substantial lingering piney-hop character.

NeroFiddled, Jan 03, 2007
Photo of Gavage
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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
Warrior IPA from Left Hand Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 664 ratings.