Warhawk Pale Ale | Warbird Brewing Company

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Warhawk Pale AleWarhawk Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Warbird Brewing Company
Indiana, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Cresant on 04-19-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 38 |  Reviews: 36
Reviews by WakeandBake:
Photo of WakeandBake
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes Sep 6, 2008 Copper color pour,with a nice off white head that stays around till the end nice carbonation. A very nice floral hop aroma. The slightly sweet malt and Cascade hops give this real balance, and a nice mouth feel I throughly enjoyed this offering,and would gladly drink again.A good craft brew. Thank You

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Photo of Duster72
4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a orangey golden color with a one finger head that sticks around for a few minutes before dissipating. Aroma is citrus and floral hops, very nice! Taste is orange and grapefruit up front with the perfect amount of sweetness to offset the bitterness of the hops. Very drinkable. I wasn't expecting much out of this local brew, but it is very good. I went back and bought more of this after loving the first couple bottles, but the next batch I got is not quite as good. Maybe some consistency problems with this first batch? Still want to try this on tap.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a Sam Adams Boston Lager Glass)

A- This beer has a warm golden orange clear body with a gentle carbonation of big bubbles. There is a sticky cream-colored head that bubbles like pancake batter.

S- This beer has a smooth pine and orange rind hop nose that is fresh but a bit light.

T- This beer has a flavor of pine and citrus hops with a light pungent green hop finish. There is a bright orange Hi-C flavor to the hops that is pretty strong. There are notes of dry pale malt with a hint of light toast in the background. The note of light caramel comes through as the beer warms a bit. The hop bitterness hangs on a bit after the finish.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a slight watery texture.

D- This beer has a good flavor and bold hops while still very drinkable. The orange note in the hops is a bit strong and chemical in nature.

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Photo of Brenden
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From this morning's tasting:

The color is a clear copper and there's lively carbonation. A nice, foamy head remains at one finger and leaves light to moderate lacing.
There's a light caramel malt in the aroma, light fruits and pure, clean hops.
A nice hops bitterness is first on the tongue and the malt backing makes for great balance. There's a light buttery, toasted caramel note as well. The hops are a very citric flavor, tasting strongly of grapefruit. A nice, dry finish lingers.
The body is moderate. The mouthfeel is a nice mix of creamy and crisp and carbonation is moderate.
This one reminded me very much of GL's Burning River: a pale ale that's nice and hoppy and better than some IPAs.

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Photo of findlayfan
3.36/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured with a minimal off-white head on an amber body. Very little carbonation.

Smell was barely there - just a hint of hops.

More hops in the taste than the nose. Did have a bit of an aftertaste that I can't quite place.

Overall, an O.K. pale ale that I wouldn't refuse but wouldn't really take the time to hunt dow, either.

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Photo of russpowell
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent amber/copper with 3 fingers of tan head. Average head retention & above average lacing

S: Citric hops & biscuitty malt

T: Citric hops & biscuitty malt, & leafy hops up front. Orange peels, earthy hops, & a touch of toffee as this warms. Finishes with rough hoppyness on the back of the throat & a bit of apricot

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation, balances okay, but don't like the hop mix

Drinks alright, but just a so-so APA

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Photo of emerge077
4.06/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lazy ascending bubbles travel through the copper liquid. Creamy cap of foam, with intricate lacing all the way down the glass. Faint caramel aroma, maybe some overripe fruit.

Buttery toffee and caramel that is balanced by a light bitterness. Earthy dry hops in the aftertaste. Full bodied and creamy. This is nicely balanced and a good session candidate. No hint of the 7.30%(!) abv at all. Reminded me of a lighter version of Alpha King. Too bad I only picked up one bottle!

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Photo of BierFan
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tumbler glass. Bottle is dated 1/16/08, so it might not be the freshest.

Appearance: Sizable light tan head. Body is a dark slightly hazy orange/red. Similar in color to a barley wine.

Smell: Slightly hoppy, with some malt and alcohol aroma.

Taste: Hops and some malts. Not alot going on. Certainly nothing out of the ordinary for the style.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another nice extra I received recently. I try more new ones through extras then anything else and you got to love that. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this cool looking bottle was consumed on 05/20/2009.

The pour was very nicely done. Rich amber in color, very clear with a nice head of white up on the top that hung on for a few moments before settling down into a thin film along the sides. Some nice carbonation initially but it settled down nicely. Light aroma of orange and pineapple with a hint of some underlying sweet malts. Nice touch of biscuit like flavor mid palate as well, but nothing earth shattering here. Descent light body on this one made it a very session able pale ale, though if I am being honest nothing here would really make me come back and try this again anytime soon.

Overall not bad, a bit above average, but nothing that would make me stop and think.

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Photo of Cresant
4.57/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a DFH shaped pint glass. Dated "ideal by:07/30/07". The clear, golden amber colored body held two+ fingers of off-white head. Head slowly faded to a cap.

Smell was husky grains. Pleasantly pungent. Floral, earthy, leafy. Very aromatic. Perhaps Saaz/noble hops (which I love)?

Taste was a well balanced mix of crisp, fresh bitterness and moderate sweetness. Very flavorful, it seems very fresh. Mild alcohol is present. Ideal pale ale, delivered much more than anticipated.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a raspy texture. Extremely drinkable.

From the website (www.warbirdbeer.com) :

"Warhawk Pale Ale is the best pale ale I've ever tasted. It is a truly "drinkable" pale ale. Warhawk Pale Ale is an American-Style Pale Ale, which means that it has assertive American hop character. You can really taste the Cascade hops. But what makes this a "drinkable" pale ale is the malt. We use premium 2-row malt and 3 specialty malts to give this beer the full malt complexity required to balance a "hoppy" beer. If you're a Pale Ale fan, you will absolutely love this beer. I guarantee it."

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Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint.

A: Pours a lovely clear copper color. Bubbly, white, two-finger head sticks around shortly and recedes to a faint skim of foam. Lots of lace from this one.

S: Citrus hops and caramel malt are the dominating aromas here. As it warms, aromas of toasted malt and bread crust emerge. Pleasant amount of soapiness as well.

T: Bold citrus hop flavors and quite a bit of hoppy spiciness lead the charge. Upon warming, nice (slightly sweet) caramel and toasty malt flavors come out to play.

M: Spicy and prickly at first. Gets smoother and sweeter at the finish (especially as it warms).

D: Very drinkable. This is a fine APA that, sadly, I can't get in IL.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.59/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle obtained via SS08 from kirok1999. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 2" beige head above the clear orangey amber brew. Pillowy head lasts incredibly, with tons of chunky lacing. Aroma is sweet and fruity. Taste is moderately sweet upfront, then goes floral yet bitter, which dominates through the swallow. Mouthfeel and drinkability are pretty good.

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Photo of cameraman
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A light amber color, with touches of gold along the sides of the glass. Has a quater inch head, that is off white in color, it has very good retention. A very malty fragrance at first, then the aroma of citrus, grapefruit and lemon, along with some grassy scents strike the nose, but not to harshly. That malt dominates the taste at the front and then gradually the hop flavors grow. Starting with citrus, followed by grassy flavors and it finshes with a pine, woody flavor. A consistant feel all the way through, medium bodied, and never misses a beat. This is a very good pale ale, nice aroma and strong flavor makes this a very easy drinking and refreshing beer.

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Photo of bheilman
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid beer. I just moved to the area and am pleasantly surprised with the offerings from Warbird. This one has a nice golden glow and gave me a nice head on a pour into a glass. The smell is sweet and less flowery than I expected, but still reminiscent of the style. It has a nice flavor with general smoothness and a mild amount of hops on the end. Has a nice grapefruit flavor that fades appropriately leaving a nice aftertaste. It is a really drinkable beer that I imagine I will be drinking around the lake this summer.

Had to come back and add some more comments. This beer has become my new go to for a reasonably priced treat. If you're in the area drink some. I'm excited to try some of their other offerings, but it will be hard to make that transition knowing how reliable this one is.

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Photo of tmitch75
3.41/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I like their theme with all the planes and I've been wanting to try their beers for a long time. I had no idea Fort Wayne was so far from Chicago...

Pours a hazy light orange color with 1-finger head that drops quick and leaves lace rings all around the glass.

I detect a faint biscuity smell, but that's about it. Pretty weak.

Light bready flavor with more solid cascade hop flavor than the smell let on. Light citrus taste.

Body could be fuller but still a decent medium body.

Very drinkable pale. Despite all of the above, this is a very easy drinker. I would defintely buy again and would love to try their other beers.

Tasted on 3/8/08.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle an orange amber with a thin off-white head.

Aroma of sweet malts, orange, and butterscotch.

The taste has plenty of sweet malts, bread, orange, grapefruit and butterscotch. The aftertaste is slightly bitter.

Medium bodied and moderately carbonated.

I was surprised by the quality of this APA by Warbird. In my opinion, a very sessionable beer even at 7%.

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Photo of Imstillthegman
3.71/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first offering from Warbird Brewing Company.

I love the looks of this one. Clear orange-copper color with two fingers of white head. Head fades to a sheet and ring combo that leaves nice lacing.

The smell is one that brings to mind a Pilsener more than a Pale Ale. Grains; earthy, spicy hops (Saaz, perhaps?); slight candy sweetness way in the back.

The flavor strikes me as almost being a blend of an APA and a Pilsener. I get the same flavors as noticed in the aroma with a bit citrus (lemon zest). Very different APA, but enjoyable nonetheless.

Medium body. Very crisp and refreshing. Active carbonation. This is a good beer for a back yard cook out. I will have to try their other beers soon.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.5/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance - orange/bronze pour, not much head and what's there reduces to a scant cover. Some random lace and a bit of thickness around the edge.

Aroma - nicely fruity, some bready notes out front. A touch of yeast as it settles but mostly a soft citrus smell.

Taste - starts with a light biscuit grain, a twang of sourness as the palate moves quickly through that to the bitter side. The swallow is nice, orange/grapefruit flavors in play. The aftertaste is not so good, the beer gets quite medicinal with an unpleasant flavorless bitterness that has far too much length for my liking. This beer is right on the edge of being unenjoyable.

Mouthfeel - smooth and easy enough to drink, crisp carbonation is well done.

Drinkability - a good start but the finish kind of turned me off.

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Photo of zeff80
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a somewhat cloudy, orange/amber color with a thick, foamy,small, off-white head. It left minimal lace.

S - It smelled of citrus, roasted malt and some mild floral notes.

T - It tasted very nutty for an APA. Nice bitter hop kick and a biscuity malt flavor.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light to medium-bodied pale ale.

D - My first try from Warbird, it's pretty good ad pretty unique.

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Photo of lackenhauser
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep bronze color with a good sized, off white head. Heavy malt aroma-caramel and treacle like quality to it. Mild hop presence-on the low end for a pale ale. The malt dominates the flavor as well. Hop presence is there for sure but the malt is quite heavy handed for a US pale. Nice caramel flavor. Lingering bitterness. Hops are more felt in the finish then upfront. Solid body for the style. A nice beer-very "beefy" for a regular US pale. I just read these guys are closing-too bad, I found this and their Irish ale quite nice.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.23/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear deep amber color with off-white creamy head. Great retention and perfect lacing.
Smell is a bit light, but some notes of piney hops are detectable.
Taste is absolutely great. Strong malt at the beginning gives way to just the right of balancing hops to result in a great tasting beer.
The hops assert themselves more at the finish, and leave a nice dry sensation in the mouth.
Perfect drinkability. I'm very surprised at the alcohol content because this beer is easy to drink. My first beer from this brewery. I can't wait to try the others I purchased at the Foodery.

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Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of JamesS
4.4/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very nice medium-copper color with great head and some very nice lacing. It has a fantastic floral/citrus aroma that fills the nose and the same goes for the taste, an extremely good APA with a great (maybe cascade and others) hops combination. It goes down well, and overall is a great example of the style.

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Photo of Goliath
3.51/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich amber/copper color with decent clarity. A large two finger slightly yellowed head forms on tops and lingers with good retention. Some nice lacing as it subsides as well.

The aroma is pretty good. A slight hoppiness giving a touch of citrus. Some caramel maltiness is also in there.

The taste is ok. This one is sweet up front with some caramel, and finishes with a slightly bitter citrus hop.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice carbonation tingle. Finish is slightly dry.

Drinkability is moderate to high. The flavors fine for a pale. Nothing out of the ordinary, but not bad at all.

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Photo of callmemickey
1.88/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A: Orange/amber body... thin offwhite head.. no lacing..

S: Some citrus hops and bready malts.. not complex... a slight funk to it

T: Ugh. slight hop bitterness... stale bisquity malts... funky funky funky after taste...

M: Starts smooth and turns into a funky after taste which lingers and turns the stomach

D: This is borderline undrinkable

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Warhawk Pale Ale from Warbird Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 38 ratings