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Warrior IPA - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Warrior IPAWarrior IPA

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very good

635 Ratings

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Ratings: 635
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 mentor
4.65/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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
Photo of Fish113d
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

*served on tap and poured into a glass chilled.

Look is an amber body w/ a slight fluffy white head. Pretty basic. Head is lacy and not so condensed.

Aroma is very floral and nice! Hops smell very clean of some slight pine and are very hefty on my sinuses. Very bitter! Very nice!

Sipping reveals a lot of dry and bitter hops. Lots of pine flavors also hit my palate as it crosses, and even some citrus grapefruit) sneaks in there. Lots of florals with the pine and citrus flavors mixing. Nice and smooth!

Carbonation hits my tongue quite harshly at first but then dries out a bit. Turns smooth but not quite buttery. I get the sensation that there IS some alcohol in this one.

Overall, a bit too bitter to drink very much of, but for a 12 or 16 oz glass, this was very very nice!

Fish113d, Mar 16, 2006
Photo of silver0rlead
4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden orange with a nice tan head that leaves great lacing down the glass. The smell kicks it up a notch, exploding with fresh hops (citrus, pine, floral) , caramel sweetness, some phenols and some bread dough. The taste is also quite hoppy, with some giant fresh hops flavors coming out early (again citrus, pine resin and flora), as well as some caramel, toasted bread, phenols and a hint of alcohol. An extremely well constructed IPA, with mounds of fresh hop flavors. The mouthfeel is moderate, and drinkability is excellent for an IPA. Overall a kickass IPA, wasnt expecting the kick in the teeth i got from left hand.

silver0rlead, Feb 07, 2006
Photo of gbontrag
4.53/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Gorgeous presentation. Huge meringue-like froth rises above an appealing amber ale. Smells very piney.
Ooh, that's truly hoppy: Grassy, fresh pine tips, fresh lemon zest on a malt glaze. Sweet and satisfying. This is great. Much floral and sprucey hop flavors without bitterness, and without numbing. Great hop essential flavors. The froth holds on and on.... As I quaf this pint the froth smiles away the day. Thick lace. God, that's satisfying.

gbontrag, Feb 04, 2006
Photo of Gusler
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer after its pour from the 22-ounce brown bottle sets a resplendent clear deep orange color with a planetary sized creamy light tan head that ever so slowly erodes leaving a thick and clinging sheet of lace to surround the glass. Nose is chock full of hop floral aromas, sweet malt also present, citrus like in its crispness, a real make your mouth water nose, start is slightly sweet with a decent grain profile, the top is light to moderate in feel. Finish is adequately acidic, and the hops dynamic in their spicy bite, a nice drinking beer, with a slightly bitter and very dry aftertaste.

Gusler, Jan 24, 2006
Photo of Bierman9
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 22oz bomber procured from Julio's. No visible freshness or bottled date found.

A medium copper/golden hued bier finds it way into the glass, leaving a frothy, billowy, light tan heap of foam atop the liquid. Lacing is already showing itself to be top-shelf. The bier itself has an occaisional bubble or 2 rising topside, with a slight bit of haze within. The head slowly ebbs, yet still leaves a decent layer of suds. Aroma gives off some toasty malt, though restrained, with a sharp hop twang, with citrus as an added bonus. This is a medium-bodied brew, with a pleasing smoothness and low-carbo level as it traverses the tongue.

Very nice toasty malt, with some caramel touches, lead things off. Hops are omnipresent, yet do not hog the spotlight. A definite citrus aspect livens things up, yet it still has a sharp, spicy component leaving a bite behind. Lingers well on the palate. Not overly bitter, or robust, yet pleasing nonetheless.


overall: 4.1
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4


Bierman9, Jan 21, 2006
Photo of jakester
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Union Jack's on the Manatawny. It came in a snifter.

Arrives a slightly hazy amber/orange with a beautiful head of off-white foam. Carbonation appears soft. The head lasts a long time, leaving great lacing. This is a very pretty beer.

Aroma is light citrusy lemons and pine, with a pleasant light toffee candy background. Lightly fruity, with notes of pears and maybe strawberries. What yeast is this?

Flavor is delicious toffee malt and citrusy/piney hops. It's not real bitter, but the hop flavor is truly fantastic. Very well balanced. As an IPA it's not that hoppy, but it is a very tasty beer. Aftertaste is lightly malty and hoppy.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, fairly full bodied. Carbonation is low to medium. Finish is tingly and dries out toward the end of the sip.

This is a very good beer; not overly bitter, with a good malt backbone. The hops and malt battle it out nicely, with the drinker coming out the winner.

jakester, Jan 16, 2006
Photo of GClarkage
4.53/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

01-09-06- Purchased at Sun Devil Liquors in Mesa, AZ.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with no freshness information. Poured into a chalice type glass.

Appearance- Deep orange, almos amber in color. Looks about the same color of Pliny the Younger if that rings a bell. Nice 3/4 inch head and leaves wonderful patchy lace everywhere.

Smell- Hops resin and roasted and toasted malt. This is the way an IPA should smell. Tons of pine, grapefruit and sugary hops.

Taste- The very first thing I noticed was the nice roasted malty flavoring. Then the hops hit you...and boy do they hit you! Pine tree flavor, then fresh grapefruit flavor followed by bubble gum ice cream flavor. This all melds together to form a greatly balanced brew.

Mouthfeel- Bitter semi heavy mouthfeel, followed by a flavorful bitter aftertaste. Mid to lower mouthfeel.

Drinkability- One of the best wet hopped IPA's I have ever had. A bit steep in price, but the $5 for the bottle was worth it.

GClarkage, Jan 10, 2006
Photo of fisherman34
3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light amber in colour and well carbonated. Loads of floral aromatics, along with some lemon, grapefruit, pineapple, and subtle pine. Some mild caramel malt flavor up-front, with stronger pine and light citrus on the finish. Quite drying... to the point of being a little hollow mid-palate. A bit more (and more complex) malt profile could help. Solid, but not a favorite.

fisherman34, Jan 06, 2006
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3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased from Julio's, Westboro, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 1/2" beige head over the clear burnished copper brew. Head lasts well, with good sticky lacing. Aroma is pungeant piney hops. Taste is lime and piney hops, and they pretty much shout anything else present down. Would like at least a bit of balance, even in an American IPA. Mouthfeel is lip-smackingly bitter, and this limits drinkability a bit as well. A nice brew, just a bit over the top on the hops for me on this one.

ppoitras, Dec 17, 2005
Photo of brewandbbq
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours perfectly clear copper, firmish off-white head and humble lacing.
Fresh cut grass, sugar- powdered apricot gummys, and peach skins dominate the aromatics.
A very light malt backbone with a mild biscuit note add some depth to the hop juice.
Nose finishes with hints of hard cherry candy, fresh strawberries, white grape juice, and mild chaulk.
Light to medium on the pallet, crisp and drying.
A firm, but mildly hollow bitterness preludes a lush, green-like profile.
A light toast within the dry malt nods to the english, but is quickly overtaken by powdered citrus and bitterness.
Finishes slow, drying, crisp, and fruity.

brewandbbq, Dec 13, 2005
Photo of warriorsoul
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up one of these bombers at Julio's...
Pours a reddish copper...very clear with a full finger and a half of sudsy, off-white head. Thick lacing forms as half of the foam recedes, but half of it remains for the duration of this one.
Beautiful hops in the nose...piney and juicy with some malt sweetness to add to it's enjoyment.
The taste is very nice...again, it's all about the hops. Gloriously bitter in the start, middle, and finish, as the sweetness finds very little room to move around. It is not until this one warms to room temp. that the sweetness seems to balance out the bitterness.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, the carbonation is where I like it and the finish is dry and very clean...no alcohol burn and no lingering flavors.
Not sure what the abv is, but I could enjoy a couple of these in an evening and be completely satisfied.
Another fresh hop that delivers...solid.

warriorsoul, Dec 10, 2005
Photo of bjohnson
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big boy 22 oz. from Downtown Wine and Spirits in Somerville, Mass.

A: Pours amber/copper color with a half inch white head that leaces extra thick milkshake looking lace.
S: Aroma of fruit and citrus hops hits your nose. smells fresh.

T: Orange, mango, lemon, grapefruit, citrus all can be noticed with a lemony aftertaste. Not bitter, but smooth refreshing taste.

M & D: Mouthfeel is very good--smooth tasting IPA. Drinkability is very high--very fruity and hoppy but even without being very bitter. Melikes!

bjohnson, Dec 05, 2005
Photo of Sephiroth
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours an orange amber with a decent head. It smells of faint piney citrus hop resin.

The flavor is outstanding! So hoppy, and so not bitter. The hops are resiny like a IIPA, but not as acidic, not as overwhelming. Some grassiness appears as the beer warms. The mouthfeel is somewhat slick, and better than most other IPAs. Drinkability is good if you are a hophead.

Sephiroth, Nov 06, 2005
Photo of benito
3.28/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A special bottled version of this release which is usually a draught only selection at Left Hand.

It pours a beautiful cider color with good head and lacing, somewhat transluscent to the light but with a good amount of haze. The bouquet is full of wonderful smells of grass and fresh grapefruit, and initially, the taste matches up with this impressive start.

A HUGE hop wallop that explodes in the mouth and resonates for a while leaving a strong hop bitterness and little room for other flavors to play around. At first, I was impressed by how aggressive this was, but over the course of my bomber I grew tired of the bitterness and found it difficult to finish off. As I grew accustomed to the hop explosion over the course of a pint or more, I was taken aback by the lack of a strong body and struggled to get through the pungent and occasionally nutty overtones.

A nice taste, but certainly not a session beer.

2006 Update: I managed to get my hands on another bomber almost a year to the day that I last tried this brew. It's still a good looking beer with a great aroma, and I still struggle with the thin body to match the hop attack early on. I did find this year's version much more drinkable, and while I still prefer other fresh hop beers (Great Divide, SN, Deschutes) to this one, I am happy to up its rating a little. I'd probably even have a pint if I found it on tap.

benito, Nov 02, 2005
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4.63/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Rich amber pour with a fluffy khaki head that lasts forever and laces generously.

Aroma is simply awesome! Cotton candy and bubblegum sweetness with grapefruit and citrus tang. There's also green fresh pine needles. Really one of the most incredible noses you will encounter. The fresh off the vine hops really come through.

Flavor is equally impressive. There's a fresh hop explosion of bubblegum, candied grapefruit, lemon peel, and sweet juicey oranges. Then a nice sticky pine flavor with pleasant bitterness. Plenty of chewy malt backbone to support the hops. Very fruity and complex, definately hoppy. I love this beer and would like to see more fresh hop ales.

Body is a tad bigger than medium, with a very slick, juicey mouthfeel. I can just imagine chewing on fresh Warrior hops while drinking this. Awesome drinkability.

AlexJ, Oct 30, 2005
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4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Label has a little Indian Warrior guy. This looked good enough to buy since I enjoy Warrior hops.

Pours a standard issue amber clear with risin beading to a khaki head cap.and cotton candy make a delicious aroma teaser. Slight sticky lace left in the glass. Oh, by the way, the last yeast pour is loaded with cloudy suspended yeasty scrod chunkers.

Oh boy! The aroma perked me up after a long day! This is Warrior hops of woody pine and aromatic floral delight! Yum. Scents of bubblegum.

First swigs: Spree candy initial flavors. Smooth malt backing that really allows the hops to shine. A slightly dry finish that lingers with orange fruit character. Even a touch of cherry in there.

Feel is a bit thin for the style. This struggles to be medium bodied and the carbonation is slightly restrained.

Exellent drinkability, especially due to a medium feel. This could go back all night long, any day of the week in my book! Shelled out $7 smackerz for a 22'er. Yummy!

Last swigs: Sugary candy and lemony IPA. Nothing mind blowing or tongue lashing, but a well done interpretation. Reminds me a little bit of FFF Pride & Joy. Credit where credit is due for not making a typical hop IPA.

Beer is good. Happy different beering.

blitheringidiot, Oct 04, 2005
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3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dusky orange with a definite reddish influence and radiant orange-amber edges. Are there any better heads in the world of beer than those produced by hoppy beer? I think not. This one is orangish beige, firm, bubblicious and as rocky as all get out. The glass is very nearly covered in thick, soon-to-be-crusty hop scum that looks fabulous.

I smell oranges, grapefruits and lemons (in roughly that order) dipped in caramel syrup. The aroma doesn't jump out of the glass (as hoped for), it just sort of wafts up gently to greet me. I demand pungent clouds of aerosolized hop oil from my favorite IPAs, so it looks like this one doesn't qualify. I'll forgive and forget if the flavor is mind-boggling.

Nope, no boggling here. The beer is impressively well-malted with a pleasing crystal malt caramel sweetness that is at least the flavor equal of the hops (unfortunately). This is a malt lover's IPA and will be appreciated by those who like their IPAs sweet as well as bitter. I'm underwhelmed by the hop flavor, even though there's enough of it to get the job done.

The flavor mirrors the nose, with citrus fruit and zest now soaking in sweet, gooey caramel. The hoppiness is rounded off by the malt before it can reach a truly satisfying peak. Having said that, all but the most hopheaded will find that it's hoppy enough. A little research tells me that Warrior hops are high in alpha acid and relatively low in flavor. It seems odd to build an IPA around such a variety. Other, unidentified, hops are present as well.

Update: the glass is a beautiful mess of sticky crust and the beer is significantly murky once the bottom of the bomber is added to the glass. The finish is medium-long, not quite lingering, and is exquisitely balanced to the bittersweet end. The mouthfeel is enjoyable. It's velvety smooth and semi-sticky. I found this beer to be extremely easy to drink, but I'm going to link the drinkability score to the taste score in this instance because... I feel like it.

This Left Hand Brewing Company offering is good beer. Unfortunately, 'great' never entered my radar screen. I realize that it would require a name change, but I'd suggest featuring a different hop. With more and better hop flavor, Warrior IPA would at least have a chance to achieve boggleability.

BuckeyeNation, Sep 16, 2005
Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to hoppedup for sharing this bottle with me tonight,poured a slightly hazy copper with some orange tint with a white thin head,nice hop profile in the aroma very raw and piney with a light noticable citrus presence.Very light and refreshing but with enough resiny,piney hop to make it a solid IPA,very easy to drink has to be somewhat light in alcohol.I think a summer IPA as it cut thru the humid night pretty well.

oberon, Jul 04, 2005
Photo of Shaw
4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lovely cooper color with a lot of sediment and a frothy, off-white head.

The smell is wonderfully hoppy. I love beers with a great hop aroma.

The taste is a good as the smell. It is sharply bitter, thanks to the large amount of hops used. It is very hoppy, far off-balancing the biscuit-like malt flavor. The hops are citric and crisp. The body is light and smooth. I don't think the ABV is very high; I'm not detecting any alcohol slickness in the body.

If you like bitter, hoppy beer, get some Warrior IPA with haste. This is one of the better hoppy beers I've had in a while.

Shaw, Mar 27, 2005
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3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hazed copper. Steadfast off white head yields sparse lace. Aroma comprised of pine needle and leafy, tea like hops. Heavy, but agreeable chlorophyll and lime zest notes linger. Trace light caramel. Intense aromawise. Sugared grapefruit rind incipient in flavor is ensued by a drying quinine harshness. Paltry caramel malt backbone arises mid palate, only to be sharply contrasted by stalwart, permeating pine sap and peach hop flavor. Peppery hints surface as the beer warms. Thinnish in body, and a akin to a light pale ale in that regard. Brisk. Finishes a touch watery, with the aforementioned hop flavors lingering. A very good IPA, with superb hop character but vapid malt backbone. Bitter, but not overbearing. This has become my session IPA. With more malt presence, this could be outstanding.

marc77, Mar 14, 2005
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4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a frothy, fairly clear full copper color, that is topped by a prodigious full amber tan head. The aroma is redolent of hoppy notes of pine, fresh cut herbs, and grapefruit. The taste is lightly sweet up front, but quickly moves to be hop dominated by notes of resiny pine with a bit of soft citrus. The finish is quite solidly bitter, and quite quenching, such that you want to drink another quaff. I really like the rough astringent hoppy notes of this beer, though it could perhaps use a hint more hoppiness to balance it out. This is a simple bombastic hop explosion, that is quite enjoyable.

Gueuzedude, Mar 13, 2005
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3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber pours an attractive, clear amber body with a substantial offwhite head that retains well and leaves lots of patchy lace. Aroma is citrusy hoppy, with grapefruit and sour tangerine. Notes of pine cone are in the background. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with moderate carbonation and a mild hops bite. Taste is citrusy hops and pale ale, caramel, and crystal malts. Very nice complexity. Middle and finish is grapefruity hop bitterness that is evenly balanced with some sweetish malts. Very tasty, overall, and nicely balanced. Very well executed, and just about ideal for a session ale APA. Ideal grapefruit citrusy finish.

merlin48, Mar 05, 2005
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4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium amber color with a finger and a half off white head that leaves some sticky lace behind. Like amber colored IPA's second pour had some sediment mixed in making it hazy.
Aroma is nice crisp citrus hops, very fruity and lightly bitter smelling on a light caramel malt backdrop. Aroma is not too strong but very pleasent and relaxing.
Taste is nice juicey and fruity citrus flavors bursting in your mouth melon grapefruit mixfor a lightly bitter finish. On a ligth caramel malt plate, not extreme, but crisp and flavorful. Normally I don't care for IPA's that aren't very bitter might just be my mood but find myself liking this one.
Mouthfeel is little lighter then medium, but the carbonation kicks it up a notch make it feel nice and zingy.
Drinkability is good makes a good sessions beer. If your looking for big hops this isn't your beer. Normally I would say it wasn't mine but find myself enjoying this one tonight, will have to try again and see if I feel the same.

mntlover, Feb 28, 2005
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3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber. Dark copper hue with a dense, bubbly, long-lasting cream colored head, lots o' floaties. Clean citrus fruits in the nose. Flavor is light nutty caramel and medium hoppy citrus, a bit one sided and lacking complexity. Medium body. Not bad, but far from a favorite.

kmcnair, Jan 28, 2005
Warrior IPA from Left Hand Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 635 ratings.