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Warrior IPA - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Warrior IPAWarrior IPA

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very good

625 Ratings

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Ratings: 625
Reviews: 368
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.99%
Wants: 28
Gots: 9 | 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 brewandbbq

New Hampshire

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2005 01:46:52 | More by brewandbbq
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2005 00:16:11 | More by warriorsoul
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2005 00:33:05 | More by bjohnson
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2005 06:19:13 | More by Sephiroth
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2005 18:25:00 | More by benito
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North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2005 16:03:36 | More by AlexJ
Photo of blitheringidiot


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.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2005 02:23:26 | More by blitheringidiot
Photo of BuckeyeNation


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.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2005 23:13:23 | More by BuckeyeNation
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North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2005 02:18:56 | More by oberon
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2005 01:19:15 | More by Shaw
Photo of marc77


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.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2005 00:10:30 | More by marc77
Photo of Gueuzedude


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.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2005 02:00:02 | More by Gueuzedude
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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.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2005 02:36:14 | More by merlin48
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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.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2005 02:42:42 | More by mntlover
Photo of kmcnair


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.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2005 21:41:48 | More by kmcnair
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North Carolina

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

The beer poured into the glass a clear medium amber golden with a low off white persistent head.

The aroma was hoppy and extremely citrusy. Behind the strong hop presence was noticeable caramel and a light fruitiness.

The flavor was citrusy hops and caramel maltiness. Also present was a nice fruity complement.

The finish was malty with a lasting hop presence long into the aftertaste. The body was medium full.

22 ounce bottle. A nice drinking IPA, very resinous and missing a bit of complexity.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2004 21:19:46 | More by GCBrewingCo
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3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a light amber color with a very small head, but it has good retention and doesn't leave much lacing on the sides of the glass. The aroma has a citrus feel with a lot of dirty hops - not sure the type, but I do not like them. The flavor is very hoppy and has a caramel backbone, but I don't feel that it's well balanced. I really didn't enjoy this beer a lot, but it is well made. I just don't like the hop that's used. Good body.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2004 18:05:33 | More by clvand0
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4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a slightly golden amber color wtih a finger of head that looks to have a bit of retention power to it. The nose is not what I think for an IPA. Its a little more like an APA to me. Some dirty hops, maybe a touch of biscuit, and a nice thick caramel background. We'll see where the flavor takes me. The flavor also tells me APA, though a little thin. Its not as strong as other, but its still not what I want in an IPA. Its not bad, but not an IPA in my sense of the style. As I drink it, some more piney hop comes through. The feel is a nice thickness, right about where I would like it to be. Drinkability is also good on this. Its not too offensive, and the flavors actually melt togther rather well. I like it, though the APA qualities are not up my alley. I would recommend this beer to an APA lover, and thos IPA drinkers that like a good crossover away from the grapefruit sweet hops.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2004 02:10:54 | More by kmpitz2
Photo of Mitchster


4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewed with 2-row and crystal malts, hopped with Warrior and various Longmont, CO grown varieties.

60 IBU's, 6.8% ABV.

Pours out to a viscous deep caramel, forming a tall, rocky, soapy, and meringue beige head with superior retention and wonderful lacing. The head sticks to the edge of the glass, forming a crater where it melts in the middle. This is a wonderful looking brew, folks. Carbonation is mild to moderate, and the bubbles slowly attempt to work their way through the thick amber brew. Aroma is nice, but not as stingingly potent as I would expect...predominately fruity, then resinous hops with oily and leafy notes...no off aromas...orange-blossom honey and caramel in the mix. Mouthfeel is smooth and slick with a medium-dense body...not cloying. This stuff is tasty...large fresh hop profile nicely balanced by fresh sticky crystal malts with a touch of grain husk. Resinous, piney and lightly citric, but not over pungent or skunky. Bitterness is moderate and lingers through the dry finish into the aftertaste, seemingly forever hanging there with a touch of honey and toast. No appreciable off-flavors, and the alcohol is hidden well.

This is a very nice IPA...it's got plenty of hop spunk to keep the West Coaster's happy, and nice balance to keep the Midwesterner's happy. It also manages to be quite drinkable, and is somewhere between an IPA and a Double-IPA. I'd buy it again and would recommend it as one of the better IPA's out there.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2004 18:08:41 | More by Mitchster
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3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber with an orange hue. Some NW hops on the nose, but a little understated for style. Enters a little watery, develops with a sweet maltiness, quickly overcome by strong bittering. Very floral flavor hops. Nice long bitter finish. A real quaffable beer for hop heads. Not an overpowering IPA, but flavorful and pleasurable.

I bought this in Peoria - first time I have seen it. Bomber bottle for $5.99. A bit overpriced considering Imperial IPA's are priced about the same. That said - still a good IPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2004 03:06:41 | More by sweethome
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4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, light amber with a frothy dark white head with tons of lace.
Aroma of caramel, some toffee and nuts and a resiny hop hint. somewhat one-dimensional.
Flavor of light toffee, some lightly roasted caramel and a big grapefuity hit.
Mouthfeel is deep, rich sweetness coupled with a gritty but well-balanced bittering.
Drinkability is very good,a s it warms it continues to get better.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2004 02:05:38 | More by CRJMellor
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New York

4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice orange with decent head and great lacing.
Aroma was a hoppy delight with some sweet malt.
Taste was a great dry pine slightly citrus hops that all overpower any mild malty flavor.
Mouthfeel slick oilly nectar.
Drinkability was great. If I could get more I would.
Thanks to ColoradoBeerman

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2004 02:52:39 | More by stegmakk
Photo of Crosling


4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Just poured this thing.

Perfect clarity with a light orange color. The head is creamy and dense and long lasting and well, almost perfect. A nice lace is achieved after each poor, the type of lace that dries and you have to scrap it off when you wash the glass.

The aroma is very nice. The first thing the nose notices is how fresh the beer smells. Next, citrus fruits of oranges and lemon and some peaches.

This is very good. I like the Warrior hops a lot. They make the flavor very acidic and add pine and make it very fresh and spicy. Grapefruit and lemon notes meet a slightly sweet crystal malt caramel backround.

The carbonation is right on. Damn, this is a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2004 06:30:53 | More by Crosling
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3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy coppery orange color with a generous tan head that leaves sheets of lace on the glass. This is a great looking beer that has me eagerly anticipating the first sip.

The smell is overwhelmingly malty and sweet with very little hop presence. This smells more like a barley wine than an IPA. It's not bad, it's just not what I like from this style.

The taste is more balanced with a strong sweetness that is highlighted with carmel and malt. The sweet flavors are balanced by a pretty strong hop finish. This is not the best IPA, but it's pretty darn good.

This was pretty thin in the mouth and not as full as I would have liked. The hops absolutely smother the back of the tongue and leave me with a dry bitter kick that is hard to escape.

I thought this beer was pretty good but not as good as other examples of the style. I still find this beer to be very drinkable and an interesting offering from Left Hand.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2004 15:54:33 | More by filabrazilia
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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The sad thing is that I really wanted this brew to be so much better than it was. It was great to look at. The fist whiff told me everything I needed to know. It was sweet, and almost cinnamon like. Even more than that, it tasted pretty similar to that. It was sweet and spicey in a cinnamon and nutmeg sort of way. Not terrible, but I have had much, much better IPAs. Prost.

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2003 19:10:43 | More by goindownsouth
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Warrior IPA from Left Hand Brewing Company
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