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Warrior Single Hop IPAWarrior Single Hop IPA

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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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Photo of Miriamrv
4.77/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - pours a hazy deep orange nearly amber color. 1/2 inch white-ish head which falls but doesn't vanish. nice thick white lacing.

S - fruity and floral - definitely bitterness from the hops, but a solid sweet and malty tropical fruit aroma as well... maybe guava?

T - hops are key. bitter but well balanced with a strong malty smoothness. more guava notes. hints of bubble gum candy and sugar. some grapefruit. delicious.

M - great crisp carbonation with a very slight and pleasant oily slickness.

D - highly drinkable - delicious and refreshing. i would love to have another and then one more. :) going on my top 10 IPAs list for sure.

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Photo of drpimento
4.73/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, what a beer! Bottle started foaming over as soon as I opened it. Towards the end of the pour I noticed some sediment at the bottom so I left that out for the tasting. Will gobble it after for the vit a mins. Poured with a slight two-toned color of light cream to tan thick foamy frothy head and good lacing. Color is a cloudy medium amber with sediment suspended. Aroma is very hoppy with caramel toffee malt. Flavor is the same plus a little citrus, leather, a hint of butterscotch pine and nutmeat. Great body and superb carbonation. The overall effect makes me want to gulp the beer. Nice medium long tapering finish. Lip smackin good!

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Photo of Andonato
4.69/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured in a pint glass, rich amber color with thick head,at least two inches.
Earthy, bitter aroma that REALLY opened up after a few minutes. This beer seems to open up more and more inviting flavors of citrus, dried fruits, earthiness, caramel, brown sugar with a nice hoppy backbone to keep everything well balanced. Chewy mouthfeel for an IPA. IBU's are pretty high at over 100 according to the bottle but not an especially bitter hoppiness, smoother and more rounded mouthfeel and flavor. Loved this beer and this series is a great way to learn more about the flavors and nuances of single hopped beers. My first Mikkeller, but it won't be my last.

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Photo of Jablonski
4.69/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow, I ordered this when I was out, and I was very surprised. It poured just like an average IPA. Decent head and lacing. It is an opaque copper. Smells floral and grassy, and the hops are very pleasing. The taste is almost just as good. It's initially a bit malty, but the piney hops come in soon enough. The warrior is bitter, but it's a pleasant bitter. Carbonation is good in this beer, as is the thickness. The ABV isn't low by any means, but it's not so high to where you're limited to one or two glasses. I'll definitely get this beer again when I'm out.

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Photo of blakesell
4.62/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance- Beer pours cloudy and amber with a hefty three finger head of foam that dies gradually and leaves more than ample lacing on the sides of the glass. Yeast gathers at the bottom in a stringy formation. Weird looking yeast.

Smell- Warrior hop is a most elusive hop and I love the smell of this animal. It reminds me of Three Floyds with all the fruitiness that it gives off. It smells nearly Belgian except for that spicy texture burning the nose hairs slightly. Malt is fairly balanced, I'm sure the yeast is also contributing to this great fruity smell.

Taste- Sweet and delicious, clearly something I would love to have in six or four packs or even in a larger bottle. This could be one of the best single IPA's I've had in my life. It coats the tongue with a rich malty sweetness and those warrior hops are just delicious. Fruity, estery, a bit cloudy.

Mouthfeel- A bit sticky, creamy, juicy, medium full bodied, medium low in carbonation.

Drinkability- The detractor on this drinkability is the mouthfeel and the price of it. I would love to have more, but at 5.99 a bottle, it's somewhat painful to buy many more.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.57/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.2 Oz bottle poured into pint glass side by side with the warrior version. Very similar huge frothy heads from a vigorous pour with long retention. Sticky, soapy lacing on both, maybe a bit more lacing on the cascade. Aroma is definately dominated by the flavor of the warrior hop. Awesome that this beer was able to isolate the flavor of this awesome and unmistakeable hop. Nice malt backbone and very well put together and easy to drink. This beer is awesome and really does exactly what it intended to do.... Showcase an awesome hop!

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Photo of DrewShal9
4.54/5  rDev +20.7%
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 avalon07
4.45/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a copper color and a cloudy consistency. There was a huge amount of creamy, long-lasting head and some very good lacing.

S: Smelled of hops and yeast more than anything else.

T: A nice taste of citrusy hops, yeast and maybe a little grain. Bitter, to be sure, but not overwhelmingly so.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a slightly slick, fairly bitter finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This is a tasty, drinkable IPA. Not the most complex taste-wise, but easy to like.

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Photo of ToasterChef
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from my notes. Served as part of the Lion's Pride's hop fest. The beer has a big soapy tan head that leaves some great coating when I swirl my glass around. It has a very tarnished copper color; it's almost brown. If I recall correctly, it's the darkest of this single hop series. It has a rich, interesting aroma with some sweet and fruity hops. I find the flavor to be very good. It's almost juice-like at first (but not too sweet). The bitterness makes its appearance in the finish. It's hard to describe this one; it is very interesting. There isn't much coating left in my mouth after I swallow. Low levels of carbonation are present. I find it to be pretty drinkable. The alcohol is masked. This beer goes down very easily. I wouldn't drink a ton of these, because the flavor is a bit odd, but I do like it. It is one of the better entries in this series.

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Photo of roan22
4.36/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Purchased this 11.2 oz. bottle at Capone's.

Appearance: pours an orange color, very hazy, with the same huge, superfoamy head that a belgian would have.

Aroma: licorice, tart citrus fruits, and a boozey note

Taste: a bitter tea-like tannin note, then piney resin, a brief boozy buttery taste, then spicy pepper, then finally a long wave of hop bitterness. not as fruity as simcoe which is a nice change. an earthier taste, and definitely more resiney.

MouthfeelDrinkability: a spicy long lasting bitterness on the tongue pleases me. Goes down fairly smooth..just too pricey to be able to buy regularly right now.

overall a well brewed IPA, and with a hop variey we haven't seen around here in a while. cheers.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Original rating 4/6/09: Bottle. Pours a cloudy orange with a thick white head. Aroma of sweet citrus fruits. Flavor of bitter hop oils and some citrus and lemony hops in the finish. Quite tasty and similar to Simcoe, actually, perhaps with a little more hop bitterness (but maybe this is a fresher bottle?). In any case, very enjoyable!
8/4/8/4/15 (3.9/5)

Update 4/15/09: Had another bottle of this. Tasted a little fruitier to me in the initial sips, followed by hoppy bitterness, and orange rind and citrus in the finish. Almost a corn-like maltiness. Wow, this is just luscious! It's so delicious, I've got to up the rating!
8/4/9/5/17 (4.3/5)

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Photo of goatxpower
4.34/5  rDev +15.4%
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 beveragesampler
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Mikkeller "warrior single hop IPA. Pours deep orange, three fingers head. Hints of grapefruit, citrus and lime. 6.9%ABV well hidden. Light carbonation, creamy mouth feel, pleasant bitterness. Well rounded. Fantastic for "HOP" education. could not find IBU for this beer, however its fairly low. i would say around 60. i am interested in trying other Mikkeller Single Hop selections.

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Photo of seans86
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Maybe my favorite so far of the single hop series.
Sweet, caramel malt hits the nose, with some grapefruit hops in the background. Creamy mouthfeel, good carbonation. Some sweet malts, hops come through in a mix of herbal spiciness and grapefruit, which come together quite nicely. Overall another great beer from Mikkeller!

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Photo of wnh
4.32/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a wine glass.
Part of a 9-beer tasting, including eight of the single hop beers plus Mikkeller Ten.

Nose shows a fruit blend, tangerines and peach, perhaps, and a bit musty. Sweet on the whole. Smells fantastic. Tied with Nelson Sauvin for best in show.

Big and malty on the palate, with a caramel maltiness overshadowing much of the hoppiness. Still quite tasty.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.32/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was pleased to be able to sample all ten of the Mikkeller single hop beers in the same setting thanks to HombreWing -poured chilled into a pils glass from the 12oz brown bottle

A -The color is slightly dark amber like black tea with good clarity and modest off white cream which sticks well as lace after settling

S - The aroma is mild fruit esters with herbal aromas and slightly grassy aroma. The nose has some grapefruit elements and mild sweet notes

M - The feel is a pleasant balance of sweet and juicy up-front and spiced textures from the hop mid way until the finish which seems moderately bitter as the beer ends semi-dry

T - The most grapefruit flavored of all of them next to Amarillo IMO, ver nice fruit up front with the malt anchoring the overall taste. The hop seems spicy as the beer warms with a touch more pine near the last sip with dry astringent flavors subtle toward the finish

D - A top notch IPA, Warrior seems like a hop designed for single hop usage. The combo of fruit and spice is pleasant and not overdone, very well balanced and drinkable.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a deep turbid orange with a towering 3 finger firm, spongy, light tan head that rose above the glass rim and remained sturdy and true. Retention was extraordinary and lasted deep into the drink never falling under 1/2 inch with a thin frothy topping. The lacing was decent leaving a thin ½ inch band encircling the glass. Beneath the bright deep orange coloring lied a medium-strong showing of carbonation while tiny square shaped yeast particles detected.

S: The warrior hops produced a medium strong showing of fresh citrus that was well detected several feet from the glass. A light toasted caramel backing is also well represented here while hints of light dried grass cuttings and dried whole oranges linger on the finish.

T: The flavor opens up with sweetly toasted grains along with a wet lemony and grapefruit hopping. The hopping soon turns to a dry and bitter showing of grapefruit pulp that delivers a good puckering dose of citrus. There were some fresh piney notes as well a light touch of tropical fruitiness. The beer finishes up with a bright and tart citrusy hopping of grapefruit pulp with a touch of grassiness that lingers a bit (4-5 seconds) after the swallow. Overall I really loved the warrior hops that brought about a wet, juicy and bittersweet citrusy tones that was well balanced with a great malty sweetness making for a very good experience. Keeping it simply showcases the amazingly smooth and beautiful citrusy nature of the warrior hops without fear of clashing or sharing the limelight with conflicting hops.

M: medium full with a good creaminess and good carbonation factor. I couldn't help but to rush the mouthful a bit because the flavor was just that good and definitely made for a tough act to follow.

D: Amazing drinkability and very good enjoyment. A wet and bittersweet citrusy hopping that I would defiantly recommend by the case (if not for the $) and worthy to go out of your way if you are a hop head fan or a fan of Dogfish heads 60 minute ipa (which also uses warrior hops) and I found to be similar. the only problem is price i paid $5.50 a bottle, a bit pricey but made for a nice treat. wish i could afford more.

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Photo of wcintula
4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Mexi Q, Astoria, alongside the Centennial version.

Pours darker than most IPAs, brownish, hazy with a delectable looking half-finger, ever-so-sticky head. Smells rich and sweet with strong earthy, pine-y hop aromas wafting above the beer. Strong caramel-malt backbone gives the beer more character and complexity than a lot of actual America IPAs I've had, can't wait to try the rest of them.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into Sam Adams lager glass. Drank at 55 degrees and up.

Pours hazy pale copper with a monstrous, fluffy off-white head. Recedes down pretty quickly actually, leaving some spotty lacing. Heads just a bit too foamy though, big bubbles, I'm looking generally for a denser, thicker head. Took three tries and waiting in between to pour.

Nose is floral to me, almost perfumey, with notes of honeysuckle, bit grassy. Not nearly as citrusy and C-hoppy as I expected. really a nice smelling beer though.

Taste is again very floral, some orangey citrus, with a strong, piney bitterness. Very hop-forward beer. Finish is long, fairly bitter at lower temps, maybe overly so, with lingering floral notes. gets better towards room temp, while keeping the great floral notes. This one doesn't feel quite fresh, but it's a fantastic IPA so long as you're not expecting the same ol' citrusy, piney, c-hops notes.

Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, very nice. One of the high points of the beer.

While I initially rated the drinkability at 3.5, once this one got to about room temp, finishing it, all I could think of was how great another would be. Top notch. Surprisingly good IPA.

Still, this was actually a really good beer, and a great lesson in terms of warrior hops. This one reminded me of some of my favorite aspects of fresh Nugget Nectar, especially the big, floral hop notes in both aroma and taste. Also interesting that, because you can see every aspect of a single hop in one beer, its flaws tend to be revealed. With this one, the flavor and aroma hoppings were good, if one dimensional, but the bittering hopping wasn't its strong point. Looking forward to trying the Simcoe and Cascade variants sitting in the fridge.

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Photo of anchordrinker
4.21/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Slightly hazy orange amber with a small white head.

S- Citrus and pineapple fruity aromas dominate with an underlying malty sweetness.

T- Flavors of grapefruit, granny smith apples, lemon, and mild bitterness on the finish.

M- Medium body with a nice amount of fine carbonation and a very dry finish.

D- Very drinkable, not overly bitter and has a very nice mouthfeel.

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Photo of Arenbeer
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks alot to abrand for this great brew.

12oz bottle into a snifter glass

A- Cloudy dark orange with a huge fluffy 2 1/2 finger head that LLAB!

S- Sweet citrus and fruity hops with some great smelling caramel malts.

T- Bitter pine and citrus hops with a decent amount of tropical fruitiness and a decent caramel malt base.

M- Medium body with moderate carbonation and a brutal bitter dry finish.


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Photo of mikesgroove
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a bunch of gems at Bruisin this past weekend and this was another one of them. The chance to try three solid and very different versions of a style with each is having only a single hop variety is something too good for me to pass up. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 08/23/2009.

Appearance 4.5 - Again, the pours on all of these are just stellar. Nice amber color, very clear with a huge head of white on top that really only gradually fades, never getting down much lower then about an inch, really very well done.

Aroma 4 - Light pine, lots of bready notes in there. Not as big and bold like the nugget, rather understated but still very clean and smooth, nicely put together and it seems to hold its own even as it warms.

Taste 4 - Clean, well balanced flavor here. Piney up from with a light stickiness to it. Warming brings buttery notes mid palate that really smooth it out quite nicely. Long finish leads to a light bittering on the tongue and a really well balanced sample.

Feel 4.5 - Awesome feel again. All three of the ones I tried this weekend all were about the same. Rich carbonation, nice medium body that was not too thick or too light. Really held up very well, and were just done about as spot on as I could have asked for. Rich, clean, crisp.

Drinkability 4.5 - Could have had this one again and again. They really just drank very well. Much more mellow and smooth, well balanced and just went down very well.

Overall - Solid as could be. I expect nothing less. The variation in the single hop series really brings to light many characteristics and I found this one to be just very smooth and well balanced.

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Photo of erz316
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

botle with 10/12/10 on cap, poured into spaten becker.

A - a highly carbonated brew. the foam starts pouring out as soon as the cap comes off. needless to say, the head is huge, and one should pour very very gently. the head retains extraordinarily well, lasting several minutes at full height; slowly sinking down the whole time. lacing is abundant to say the least. the head is gif crackly foamy bubbles with a smooth top, for a time at least. the body is a brilliant amber burnt orange colour when held up to the light. when not held up, the body resumes a dark orange colour.

S - very fragrant. the smell of fresh hops is clearly noticeable; it really smells like fresh hop pellets right out of the fridge. nose is slightly simple: aside from the hops, malts come out in a very worty way: it really smells like a cooking pot of wort. a very interesting nose, interesting to see such raw notes in a finished beer.

T - a good medium-light beer, not too heavy. the initial taste is of the carbonation and the hops; slight presence from the malts. hops are almost purely bitter grapefruit rind, only with a slight touch of pine. the finish is quite bitter as well, moving right along in the same grapefruit manner. the aftertaste has a fleeting sweetness, but is still predominantly bitter. a bit one sided for my taste, but still very interesting to get to see each ingredient doing it thing.

MF&D - this brew is very very smooth and palatable. the body is purely medium, and the carbonation eventually simmers down lending the brew a very easy drinkability. too bad its about five bucks a bottle.

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Photo of cvfish
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer poured a cloudy golden amber color that produced a fluffy white head that had good retention and left a great lacing around the side of the glass

S - The aromas that were produced by this beer were just the hops, a lot of citrus and pine hop scents

T - This beer had a great mix of earthy grains, crisp grapefruit and orange citrus notes, and bitter splash of hoppiness across the back of the tongue

M - The mouthfeel of this beer was a light to medium body and a moderate amount of carbonation

D - This was another score from Mikkeller, a single hop IPA that really pleases the hopheads, but the casual beer drinker might need a little practice before they step up to the plate on this one

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win."

--Sun Tzu

Ripe kumquat with honey colored highlights. My usual pour filled more than half the glass with golden beige colored foam, so carbonation has to be on the high side. The crown melts slooowly, looks pretty good while doing so, and isn't shy about laying down lace. Huge haze and ludicrous lace earn the next highest score in the end.

Warrior isn't one of my favorite hops because it doesn't have quite as much personality as Centennial, Simcoe, Amarillo, et al. That said, there's enough lupulin goodness in the nose to earn the beer a good score. It's semi-citrusy and semi-earthy, with a background of toasted malts.

My love for well-brewed, lupulin-loaded, single-hopped IPAs overcomes any ambivalence about the specific hop variety. Besides, Warrior does itself proud in this brew, delivering plenty of smooth bitterness and enjoyable flavor. The crown indicates a 'best by' date of 10/12/10, which is hard to figure. If you see a bottle that's within one year of that date, I'd pass.

Mikkeller WSH IPA reminds me of Three Floyds Alpha King... only not as delicious. There's less caramel maltiness in this beer and a bit less hoppiness. Flavors include toasted bread, sweet and tangy orange peel, bitter white grapefruit pith and tea leaves. This is a pretty tasty offering that any hophead should adore. Too bad it's uber-expensive.

The mouthfeel is beautifully built. It's at least medium for the style, if not a fraction more full, and any worries about excess carbonation are now forgotten. I'm impressed that the brewers could design a hoppy-as-hell IPA to be this glassy smooth and crushed velvet plush.

If a single bottle didn't cost almost as much as a six-pack of Boulevard Single-Wide IPA, I would drink a heapin' helpin' of Warrior Single Hop IPA. It's good, hoppy beer, but it isn't *that* good.

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Warrior Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
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