Warrior Single Hop IPA | Mikkeller ApS

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Warrior Single Hop IPAWarrior Single Hop IPA

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed at De Proef Brouwerij, Lochristi-Hijfte, Belgium.

Ingredients: Water, malts (pilsner, cara-crystal and munich), hops (warrior) and yeast.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-13-2009

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Ratings: 232 |  Reviews: 155
Reviews by eclaycamp:
Photo of eclaycamp
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single hop series, this time Warrior. Pours a cloudy amber the color of ice tea. Huge billowing head on this one, rocky yet delicate at the same time. Aroma is faint, not as much as you would hope from an IPA. Appearance is cloudy, perhaps not surprising considering that this beer is either unfiltered or bottle conditioned. First impression of the taste is that it's very clean - maybe that's my inherent bias in Warrior being used for bitterness and not much else. Oddly enough it only has what I would term medium bitterness, and not nearly as much as I've had in other beers. The hop profile, oddly enough, really takes a back seat and compliments the malt instead, at least for me. By the way if you haven't had any of the single hop series I recommend it, as the malt profile they use for it is simple enough yet complex enough to seemingly change every time. What I do get from the hop profile is crisp citrus, almost like lemon lime soda, with some mild spice in the finish. Overall this is another very solid entry into the single-hop series, and should be sampled just for education alone.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a slight hazed mix of copper and burnt orange,a fluffy one and a half finger white head atop that slowly faded into a creamy mass that left broken lace behind.A mix of caramel/biscuit malt and leafy,citric hop,both stand together well,its nicely balanced.Quite a hefty malt profile going on,caramel sweetness with a bit of doughiness mixed with a hefty dose of herbal and citric hop.A well rounded IPA,the Warrior hop flavors dont punch ya in the mouth but is well rounded.Another nice Single Hop IPA from a great brewery.

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Photo of trail77
4.5/5  rDev +20%

Photo of marvin213
2.36/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

It looks like pure muddy water. A nice foamy head dissipates to a thin layer interrupted by only a handful of small- to medium-size bubbles. It's certainly uniform throughout, with no evidence of floating sediment in this inaugural pour. I actually consider that a deduction. It looks enjoyable with its sticky head, but doesn't look like anything extraordinary.

It smells bitter. Warrior must be a bitter hop. I mean it smells like bitters--you know the things in some ol' school cocktail formulas. It almost smells like it could bite my head off. The aroma reminds me of a barium swallow...I don't imagine that conjures too many positive associations in people's minds. Though it's not really appealing, I give it some credit because the smell alone seems to activate my bitter taste buds. This may leave me with a face like I see on those ridiculous macrobeer commercials.

The taste is basically as bitter as its smell. Not quite so much, but I think if you'd have videotaped me on the initial sip, I made that aformentioned face just long enough before I brought that memory back into consciousness. The chalky, barium feel exists in the taste. It's certainly not a crossover-type beer; nor is it one to recommend to the ladies. I speculate that it lacks the enamel pull because its whole and complete bitter force sucks your tongue dry before you have a chance to really get a mouthfeel. This is like the Cabernet of beers. Do hops have tannins? I actually think it tastes better than it smells, but it's not enough to make increase the rating. Though it's bitter as a mo fro, it's not as tasty as your average beer.

I want to credit this one for what is obviously meant to be a bitter-tasting beer, but I can't comfortably call this a pleasant beverage. If it tastes like the Cabernet of beers, it feels like the barium swallow of brews...that's not a good thing. Slight credit for among the starkest contrasts to senses of sweetness, but this one is overboard.

Drinkability? How many barium swallows do patients typically want? Not only will I likely avoid the Mikkeller Warrior Single Hop, I am much more apt to think twice about any beer with warrior hops whatsoever.

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Photo of bishopdc0
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was suggested to me by the bar tender At lions pride in Brunswick Maine

The look is orange gold and amber mixed together. As it pours a thick beautiful forms and stays

The aroma is earthy. Hops are the star but slight malty aromas make their way through

The taste is heavy with malt and the hops, they mellow very well, earth and grass hops upfront with a malt backed sweetness the hops finish the beer with a bitterness

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mikkeller Single Hop IPA No. 10 of 10. The beer pours a clear orange color with a white head. The aroma is very straightforward with a lot of orange citrus notes. The flavor is equally one-dimensional with a lot of orange notes. While the flavor and aroma are not very complex, I still really enjoyed them. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of olradetbalder
2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

Photo of goatxpower
4.34/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I'm always impressed by Mikheller's ability to take a style and really turn it on it's head. I was almost ready to poo-poo this beer when I had my first sip. Cold, and straight out of the fridge, I thought that it was too dry and turbid. But as it warmed a little, and I warmed myself with a few more sips, I've discovered that this is a terrific IPA. Warrior seems almost like a cleaner Columbus. It gives a very clean bittering, almost like Magnum, but with a nice hop aroma and citrusy hop flavor. I get some almost Belgian-esque notes (pear, mango, Clove). The taste lingers, but not forever.

I wish that this cheaper and available in six packs. I would gladly drink a sixer of these

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Photo of Kraken
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed 03/19/09

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a 16oz pint glass. Moderate pour evokes three fingers of white rocky head displays great staying power, and a thick sticky lace. Color is a deep clouded orange with plenty of suspended sediment.

Nose- Pine and resinous hops. Heavy sweet doughy undertones. Pear, apricot and some Belgian yeast. Very nice.

Palate- Spicy, pine resinous hops. Powerful bitter grapefruit. Sweetness comes through mid palate. Slightly bitter later in the palate, with prominent notes of pear and apricot in the finish. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel- Oily, mildly active.

Drinkability- Good but pricey

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Photo of virinow
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of glid02
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle from Green's on Buford in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy orange-copper color with a rocky two-finger off-white head. The head recedes slowly into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of raw, herbal hops with hints of pine and milder hints of grapefruit sneaking out from time to time.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet malt flavors are soon overtaken by herbal hop flavors with hints of pine that come out midway through the sip. The ending has a solid bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness and moderate carbonation that makes this go down smoothly.

Drinkability is good. I had no problem finishing a bottle and could certainly drink a few more.

Overall this is a solid beer, and cheers to Mikkeller for doing something that I can't believe (at least to my knowledge) has been done before. Worth a shot.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
2.93/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a deep dark orange body with a hazy glowing body and a thick light tan head supported by a strong racing carbonation.

S- The aroma of hops was light and had a tomato quality to it.

T- The buttery caramel malt tasted like sweet unhopped wort with a light bitter hop finish that lingered a bit after each sip.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a full fizz and a soft alcohol heat in the finish.

O- The sweet wort flavor was nice but it had no hop aroma or flavor just bitterness that was only made more bitter by the big fizz. It was a letdown.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I always like it when there is no English on the label of a foreign brew, especially as this is a beer heavily influenced by an American style.

This beer pours a dark hazy orangish brown colour, with two fingers of puffy, foamy white head, and a fair bit of swirling sediment, which leaves a full ring of thin drooping, bubbly lace around the glass as it recedes. It smells strongly of pine and grapefruit bitters, and a decent, but sedated, caramel/toffee sweetness. The taste is pine oil, a bit of citrus, and a solid, but still subservient, caramel/toffee malt base. The carbonation is low, the body full, smooth and somewhat oily, and it finishes in kind, with more hoppy caramel goodness.

Pretty spot on for a West Coast Yankee IPA, single-varietal class. Tasty to the last drop.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

23/12/11 on the cap, which I suppose is the best-by date (Dec. 23, 2011). Like to see that, and want to see more of it from all brewers.

A lovely looking beer here, with a blazing orange-red sunset color to the liquid and a superbly creamy and firm head that lasts for the duration, and also paints the glace with big slashes and splashes of lace.

Smell-wise, I'm going to assume Warrior wasn't bred to be an aroma-type hop. Not much going on in the nose at all, something very mildly herbal (like weak herbal tea)...not even the malts used are doing much here. Won't rate it lower than a "3 - average" simply because there's nothing undesirable here either.

The taste offers a bit more than the aroma, but it still has a pretty one-dimensional feel to it. But, it is a "single" hop IPA, and as such shows off Warrior for what it is: bitter, leafy, raw, earthy...also clean and pithy, and some citrus rind, but not citrusy sweet. Not coarse. No pine or resin elements either. A straightforward, simple hop. A kind of woodiness creeps in with some warming, reminding somewhat of the (weak) herbal element I detected in the smell. The malts don't seem to impart much flavor here; they were probably used conservatively, to not overwhelm the featured Warrior hop.

Feel-wise it's smooth and soft, only lightly brushing the tongue with carbonation. Along with the appearance, it's the most pleasing aspect of this beer.

I like the idea of single hop beers, as an experiment for the brewer, a learning experience for the drinker, and the occasional off-ramp from the usual way of doing things (ie. multiple hops during different stages of the brewing process). I LOVED Oskar Blues' Gubna (which featured Summit hops exclusively) and I know many people did not, but I'm probably closer to majority on my feelings about Warrior Single Hop IPA. Still, the single hop IPA concept is one I fully encourage and will always support.

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Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Opaque orange with substantial white creamy head. Some hoppy, citrus and also soapy aroma. Above average mouthfeel. Hi IBU bomb,offset by some malting to make it drinkable. Very citrusy, tropical fruit pineapple with acid and tangy. Beerbistro Danish import.

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Photo of DrewShal9
4.54/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: dark burnt orange. Almost looks like toffee
S: orange, pineapple, bubblegum? I can't really nail it but maybe caramel too- sure is delectable!
T: cherry, orange and citrus. Some spice and caramel. Stuff is spectacular as it is sweet then turns bitter and drying.
M: very lightly carbonated yet smooth and velvety. Almost has the consistency of orange juice to me (no pulp)
O: definitely like this and looking forward to trying the other single hop series brews from mikkeller! Need to find more beers that utilize warrior hops!

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Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap, malt house, consumed alongside the tomahawk and simcoe

cell phone notes

appearance: dark murky amber body - the darkest of the 6, creamy beige cap that retains well

smell: mild aroma, passion fruit

taste: fairly decent bitterness, sweet tropical fruits, grapefruit, citrus peel, caramel malt. nice offering - enjoyed the tomahawk more though

mouthfeel: stinging bitterness

drinkability: good

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass. Deep amber color with three fingers of head. Excessive and overflowing head.

Smells like overripe grapefruit and lemon... a little honeycomb. A muted smell overall, no sharp or dominant smells.

A good bitter taste, solid at first and then gives a little to the malt, but finishes strong. Lasting bitterness.

Medium body, low to moderate carbonation.

I like the idea of Mikkeller's single hop beers to showcase each hop variety. Points for that. This particular one had a poor appearance but the rest was good. The Warrior has a great taste by itself, which makes this an enjoying drink.

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Photo of bashiba
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a slightly cloudy light amber with 2 inches of fluffy off white head.

The nose had a deep slightly sweet Belgian quality to it, very funky and fruity.

The flavor was pretty funky as well, has a farmhouse funk quality to it along with some dark fruits and a touch of sweetness, the Warrior bitterness builds as you drink becoming very bitter by the end

The mouthfeel has a medium texture with a light creaminess and a long lingering resin.

I like this, and the entire single hop idea from Mikkeller, was doing some similar projects at home and enjoy these type of beers. On the flip side its to bad the cost of these is so high, $5 retail per bottle is a bit on the excessive side and makes repeat purchases unlikely. The Warrior version is nice though, and a fun step outside the norm of Cascade and Centennial.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cap date 10/12/10 Served from bottle into a Dogfish Head Signature glass. Poured hazy red-orange with a two finger off-white head that subsided to one finger slowly. Maintained phenomanol lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of subtle malt, piney hops, and grapefruit. The flavor was of subtle sweet malt and citrus hops with a nice crisp followthrough. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this one was nice and smooth. Quite refreshing as well. The flavors were very well balanced. Wish I could find this more readily and I might would have myself a new 'lawnmower' beer...

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Photo of larryarms847
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a rather murky golden hued amber with a thin finger of off-white foam.

Very resinous hop aroma, slightly spicy and dry, earthy.

Earthy, spicy, and resinous hop flavor.

Light-bodied, low carbonation, earthy, bitter.

Overall, not something I'd pick up again but decent.

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Photo of Gmann
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky blood orange color with a fantastic rocky cream colored head that left plenty of chunky lacing as it dissipated. The aroma is of tropical fruit, pineapple and juicyfruit. Some grassy notes towards the end. Nice aroma but very sweet. Tropical fruits flavors hit right away but then quickly transitions into a piney, resiny bitter hop profile. Good malt presence helps offset the bitter blast but still loses. Well bodied, with prickly carbonation, has an asprin like dryness which sucks any moisture out of the mouth. Definitely not the hop profile that I prefer and the brew feels bigger than its ABV. Still very interesting and I look forward to their other single hop IPAs.

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Photo of Ruds
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip style glass to a cloudy dark orange/amber colour with a good finger plus of frothy off-white head. There was yeast sediment present, bobbing up and down after pouring and during drinking.

I quite enjoyed the smell of this beer, citrus hops, sweet malts, caramel and butterscotch and a little honey hidden in the background.

Taste wise I was getting sweet malts, a subtle blend of burnt caramelised sugars and bitter tasting citrus fruit, nameley grapefruit and Seville orange.

During drinking the head gave way fairly quickly leaving a small puddle on top of the beer at around 1/3rd of the way through with a little lacing present above the beer line.

This beer was a little over carbonated for my enjoyment and that was the difference between an overall 3.5 and a 4.

A decent enough beer but not a world beater. Having had a dozen or so of the Mikkeller single hop range, this one is somewhere firmly in the middle order, your number 6 batsman if you like!

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Photo of JamLand
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of GRG1313
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark clear orange amber with a eggshell white head that fades a bit quickly. Sweet fruit perfumed hop nose that is assertive but more malty than pineapple or citrus. Actually smells more like a Belgian double than an IPA.

Mouthfeel is medium with medium carbonation and a quality feel.

Flavors are malt and coffee that give way to bitter grapefruit. I would never guess that this is an IPA. It tastes like a Belgian double with a bit more aggressive hops. Nice flavors of coffee, undertones of malt and a whisky quality.

Finish of coffee, malt, whiskey and at the very end some grapefruit and sweet pine.

Actually this is a pretty complex beer. It should be called something other than an IPA! Good, just didn't meet initial expectations. I'd drink like one would a Belgian double.

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Warrior Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 232 ratings