Hop Warrior Imperial IPA
Rooster Fish Brewing Co.

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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #3,897
Ranked #43,256
3.5 | pDev: 15.43%
Rooster Fish Brewing Co.
New York, United States
Hop Warrior Imperial IPAHop Warrior Imperial IPA
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Reviews: 37 | Ratings: 90
Reviews by codewarrior:
Photo of codewarrior
2.86/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz Bomber Poured into a tulip pint, bottling date of 02-10, hand written in sharpie on the label.

This bottle is well past it's prime for a DIPA, but was given to me as a gift, and was picked up off the shelves at the penfield Wegmans ... so ... I'm gonna rate it or else they'll never pull their old stock off the shelves and unsuspecting and well-intentioned persons will continue to accidentally buy off beer. Now that I've rationalized this tick ... here we go ...

L: Deep amber, too dark, with bubble froth head. This head looks ridiculously good, gobs and gobs and gobs of it clinging to the glass even after a huge retention period.

S: Ooh, ok, this bottle was born on 02-10 ... and putting my nose to this thing is the first time I thought to look (drinking on 12/10). This thing smells like a weak barleywine, exceedingly sweet with a weak hop profile struggling against a boozy, malty grain.

T: An off barleywine taste, huge sweetness, with the tiniest hops behind, citrus and fruits and nuts in the middle.

F: Syrupy thick, far too thick for a DIPA.

D: Hard to drink, Similar to Devil Dancer, but less good. As much as this has gone past it's prime, I've had good DIPAs well past their prime, and they have a much stronger taste than this. While this was undoubtedly better in it's prime, I doubt it was every a particularly striking double IPA.

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Photo of oberon
3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Only the secong beer I have had from Roosterfish.Poured into an imperial pint glass a rich clear amber with a tigh,fluffy two finger white head that never really fades completely.Aromas are a bit light,faint citric hop along with sweetish fruity alcohol.Full lush mouthfeel,full but not coating,flavors are resiny upfront with some citric notes,its sort of sputters into a sweet somewhat alcoholic finish.This DIPA has some things going for it,the appearance and mouthfeel are great,it lacks in depth of flavor and aroma.

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Photo of WesWes
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy, dark amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a damn bitter, hop nose with boat loads of malts as well. It's rather muddled with lots of caramel sweetness, contrasted with lot of bitter Warrior hops. The taste is much the same. It's a little overkill with the hops. It's bitter as hell, which generally I really like, but the malt bill adds too much sweetness to the taste. The mouthfeel is fine. It's a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a pretty good beer and easily the best offering from Roosterfish. I have a pint of this every time I go there. That being said, there are better examples of this style out there.

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Photo of akorsak
3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bomber from Finger Lakes. The Roosterfish hefe impressed me so I'm taking another look.

A: The DIPA is darker, relatively speaking. More of a golden brown amber color. A thick white head, over two fingers, is fluffy, leaving plenty of lace behind.

S: The nose is big, well-hopped with a soapy finish. Syrupy citrus follows, creating a barleywine-esque big body.

T: Citrus, grains, citrus. Repeat. The hops start off, a quick blast before the grain kicks in. An odd flavor, right around mid sip and very vegetal, seems to be a remnant of the hoppiness. Caramel malts, otherwise, support the syrupy thick hops. A citrusy orange flavor appears near the finish. Accessible but the vegetal flavor weighs the beer down.

M: The mouthfeel starts off well, veering into barleywine territory without much prodding. As DIPAs go, it generally works. Roosterfish, despite a bad first encounter, may be back on the visit list next year...

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Photo of asabreed
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: A nice and full hazy and copper-colored amber, with lots of raindrop lacing around the top of the glass. It froths up good initially, but then the craters burst, leaving a quarter-finger semblance of head at the top of the body.

Smell: Big initial whiffs of citrus sourness. Lots of sourness. A lot of lemon and grapefruit. Though I like the intensity of it, it almost seems more like a Pale, as there aren't really a lot of discernible possibly sweeter fruit esters, and there's not much earthiness or sense of malt either.

Taste: Again, not overly sour, but mostly there's not enough of a rich malt backbone to keep this from sliding into a kind of puckering lemon-like sourness, that kind of cascades all the way through, taking away the earthiness and possible fruit esters, which seems to be there but have a tough time getting through. I don't dislike it by any means, but it I'm not sure the sourness will be a huge crowd pleaser to many.

Mouthfeel: One of the best things about this beer, which is medium-bodied but the carbonation's there, and does a nice job with holding everything together and is a good balance between spritzy and creamy.

Drinkability: Throughout the drinking of the bottle, I enjoyed the almost-combative sourness, and the carbonation held up to deliver with each sip. But I would've guessed, for some reason, that this was an Imperial Pale versus a DIPA. The sourness may turn folks off, but it's definitely a puckering summer treat in some respects also, if you're into that sort of thing.

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Photo of jzeilinger
2.66/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had in a big bomber, poured a hazy, amber red color with an initial creamy, tan, three finger head. After about two minutes it subsided to one finger, then to an even thin, creamy top that stayed. Had a nice, medium amount of carbonation that wouldn't quit, this beer looks fabulous. The beer was poured a littl below room temp, I would have preferred it to be slightly colder. The aroma exhibits a medium amount of citric acidic sweetness, hops, some spice, and a little touch of malt. Rooster Fish weighs this one in at 120 IBU's so I'm anxious to start tasting this!

The bitterness in this beer is quite evident as the hops are present from start to finish and long after the sip. The palate is hit with malty sweetness up front, then with a massive amount of floral and citric hop flavor. A very mild hint of vanilla rises, but quickly subsides. There isn't much complexity going on - it's either carmel malts or hops, the two don't blend overly well and are distinct on the palate.

The mouthfeel is smooth, mild prickliness on the tongue, with an alcoholic, estery presence starting in the middle and lasting through the end of the sip. The finish is watery, semi-dry, and is on the lighter side of medium body. From a drinkability perspective, it's average. When comparing this to other Double/Imperial IPA's out there, this one needs more backbone to fill it out and give it more substantial body and depth. The taste doesn't match the really fine presentation when initially poured.

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Photo of plaid75
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at the brewpub.

Poured a deep copper hue with a two finger foamy white head. There was very good lacing and retention.

The smell featured a subtle hop and full earthy malt.

The taste consisted of heavy caramel and a less than adequate hop spice.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall an unimpressive DIPA.

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Photo of EMV
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

L: Clear golden amber pour. Massive foamy white head. Crazy lacing.

S: More malty than hops... some resin and pine.

T/F: Caramel malts.... bitter pine and resin. Very light on the citrus. Herbal... almost medicinal. Astringent. Finish is bitter and again medicinal. Slightly unpleasant aftertaste. Medium to light bodied and overcarbonated.

O: A pretty mediocre DIPA. Good bitterness... without great hop flavor. Overall not one I'd pick up again.

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Photo of Tyrawlings
3/5  rDev -14.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of schoolboy
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This imperial has been sitting in the store for a while, I assume on purpose (it came from World Wines in Mentor). It has an 8-11 born on date.

It has a funky appearance - very cloudy but with a nice little head. It has a darker IPA color.

The aroma, taste and after taste all reflect a suspended, bottle conditioned taste (Ileft some of the sediment for the end). It's maltier than hoppier and slightly yeasty. This unexceptional bomber is something that I don't need to try again, but I won't refuse one if offered.

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Photo of Gmann
3.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky golden amber color with a big fizzy head that slowly settled into a fluffy head.

The aroma is of a bready malt with some candied tropical fruit/apricot notes. The beer has that big malt candied sweet aroma. The hops don't smell all that fresh.

The taste is of a bready malt, some toffee, not nearly as sweet as the aroma. More noticable grassy notes from the hops. Some light citrus and apricot but more grassy than anything else.

Moderate to full feel. The beer is quite dry which helps balance the bigger malt bill. Tons of grassy bitterness but it doesn't linger and the beer is quite drinkable.

Definitely a maltier DIPA or the hops faded. Flavor is better than the aroma and the brew is quite balanced. Hop heads won't like this as it is more of an EIPA flavor.

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Photo of metter98
3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cask at d.b.a., Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is relatively clear copper in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with delicate lacing covering the surface that eventually completely faded away.
S: There are light aromas of citrusy hops in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and is citrusy but there are also some notes of caramel malts in the flavors.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit smooth on the palate.
O: The beer doesn’t have a lot of aroma or complexity in the taste but it does have some warming from the alcohol.

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Photo of sneaks2210
2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.11/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - hazed amber color with a off-white head that left good amount of lacing behind.

S - pine tar and citrus rind.

T - bitter citrus rind from start to finish.

F - medium bodied with mild carbonation.

O - just another Dub/Imp IPA, nothing special.

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Photo of Jenray
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of johnnnniee
4.07/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at the brewpub
Pours a cloudy reddish amber color with a decent head and retention. Aroma of spicy pine and caramel, resin and citrus. This woke my nostrils up. Taste is resinous and bitter pine mixed with a smattering of citrus. I look for malt in here, but find none. Dry finish with a long lingering resinous bite. Medium thin body and level of carbonation. Resinous sticky mouthfeel. For a blast of hops this one sure did the trick. I would have liked a bit more complexity, but I enjoyed this just the same.

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Photo of PCmofo
4.32/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this beer into a Sam Adams Glass and had about an inch of thick dense head.Deep amber color, very clear with golden tones. Aroma was sweet and a little malty.

The taste was much more balanced than I expected. The hop flavor was so intense that it was like a sweet candy like hop flavor with a smooth semi sweet finish left little to no bitter hop after taste.

The carbonation was lower even though their was thick foam on the pour with heavy lacing. The beer also had a thicker mouthfeel.

Excellent Imperial overall. Not overpowering, well balanced. You can definitely drink more than one, but the intense flavor makes you want to sip it slowly.

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Photo of mothman
1.51/5  rDev -56.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Poured into pint glass.

Pours 1/4 finger of beige head. Color is a caramel/copper brown. Very dark for an iipa.

Aroma: Very malty. Caramel and toffee malt flavors show. Very sweet. Smells almost like cake. Some muddled grapefruit and pine flavored hops, but ever so malty.

Taste: Very odd taste right away that I notice. Raisins? Then, more malts. Bready and sweet malts. Where are the hops? Aftertaste of weeds.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and creamy with an odd note to it. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends sticky, grassy, and weedy.

Overall, this was pretty gross and undrinkable. A definite drainpour. Nothing about this beer was good. Not much else I can say.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hop Warrior Imperial IPA has a dark orange body that is brown at it's core, and a small, persistent off-white head that leaves a little bit of lacing on my glass.

The aroma has a good amount of citric aromas highlighted by grapefruit, along with some bitterness and a massive amount of sweet caramel malts.

Hop Warrior is a pretty big tasting beer that leads off with a blast of hops and follows with a ton of malt. First the citric and grapefruit flavors come with a little bit of pine resin and a ton of bitterness. The hops then give way to a ton of sweetness from the caramel malt. The finish is somewhat dry and once again pretty bitter.

The mouthfeel is a a little bit creamy with good carbonation. It manages to be a little bit dry and a little bit puckering from the bitterness.

Overall Hop Warrior is a solid IIPA, but it isn't fantastic. There is something about the way the malts and hops come together that makes me think they just don't mesh well, although I can't decide exactly what the problem is.

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Photo of tdawgydog
2.91/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked this up @ Wegmans during a visit upstate.

A - Really good looking coming out of the bottle. Nice copper color with a good two finger head that dissipated to leave a nice lace around the top of the glass.

S - A nice scent of floral hops, but also a slight hint of alcohol that is a little off putting.

T - I had high hopes for this, but it just wasn't there. The hop profile seemed slightly off, really tasted more like a triple than an IPA.

D - Goes down easy but the 8% ABV is noticeable.

M - Very thin, almost flat tasting. It was well carbonated and the head was representing but it just wasn't what I thought it would be.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A reddish leaning clear copper beer with little carbonation: this one puts up a thin, beige head with fine lacing.

Prominent strong pine notes followed by grapefruit and slight lime. All good and fresh but not much character.

Fair bitterness up front turns astringent in the end. Much like grapefruit, this one is clean and crisp, but lacks balance. The finish is bitter and seems to linger infinitely.

A medium body, velvety texture with light, prickly carbonation and light metallic notes. Starts on the sweet side, ending dry and puckering.

Hop Warrior is definitely better with food. I had it with a burger in an imperial pint glass.

My memory of the draft version the summer prior to this review had this beer scoring better on all counts. While I was excited to find it in the bottle, it did not live up to the version had at the Wildflower Café.

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Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev +14.3%

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Hop Warrior Imperial IPA from Rooster Fish Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 90 ratings