Warrior Single Hop IPA | Mikkeller ApS

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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 bishopdc0
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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 +6.4%
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 dirtylou
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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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4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazed golden orange with a deep amber core. Thick bubbly foamy bone-white head. Nice retention and good lacing.

Floral citrus hops. Orange peel, lemon zest. biscuit and caramel. Belgiany yeast.

Hoppy belgian IPA. citrus, floral and herbals notes. Orange/lemon zest. Fruity Belgian yeast. Pleasant bitterness that lingers and doesn't smack your face.

Med+ body, med+ carbonation. acidic. smooth.

Good single hop IPA in a Belgian style. Interesting hop character. Bit more Belgian influence than i expected. Not sure it's the best medium to showcase the warrior hops, but a good brew. Good, but not sure it's worth the high price tag.

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Photo of jsh420
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

cap read 23/12/11

pours murky amber orange with a 1+ finger head that leaves spotted lacing

smell is very fruity but has some bready pale malts in the back ground

taste much like the nose very fruity with bready almost like english pale malt - it has that tangy malt flavor to it

mouthfeel has medium body with good carbonation(not overly) very creamy

drinkability - out of the 4 single hop Mikkellers i had tonight this one is the best all around - however $5 is steep for a 12oz single ipa that is not mind blowing

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a light bright orangey color ale with a super large foamy head with good retention and some nice lacing. Aroma of floral green hops is pretty interesting with some neutral malt. Taste is also very much floral with a nice malt backbone and some light astringent hoppy finish. Body is quite full with good carbonation and of apparent alcohol. Very interesting experiment and very glad to have discovered this nice variety of hops with minimal bitterness and maximal floral notes.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 fl oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. My first encounter with a brew from the Mikkeller Single Hop series, after having tried the amalgamation Mikkeller 19, which I loved. Acquired this bottle from the local beer store for $5.99. My bottle claims a 6.80% abv, rather than 6.90% as listed on BeerAdvocate. Keeping my expectations high; I have no idea what to expect from the warrior hops.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours three big fingers of fluffy doughy beige colored head on top of a beautiful dark burnt sienna orange / ruby colored body with some nice dark yeast sediment floating to the bottom. Very nice fluffy rings of lacing.

S - Smell is earthy, twiggy, leafy, and herbal hop presence paired well with the bread loaves and a lightly funky / bretty yeast smell. Caramel malts, brown sugar, cream. A very nice smelling beer.

T - Taste is smooth and creamy. Earthy, twiggy, herbal hop notes again pair nicely with the bready malt profile. There is a dirty fallen leaf sweetness somewhere in there along with the herbal bitterness.

M - Feel is exceptionally smooth and creamy, with a dry leafy earthy finish. Hop bitterness lingers on the palate.

Overall, a nice introduction to the Mikkeller Single Hop series, and I look forward to trying the others. A nice way to showcase the different hop varieties, and I think it's safe to say that I enjoy warrior hops. A beer I would consider buying again, if it weren't for the outrageous price tag, but for now I'll stick with trying the rest of them.

Mikkeller Warrior ---4/5.

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Photo of david18
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I went to the GingerMan in Midtown Manhattan and was pleasantly surprised to learn that they were running a Mikkeller special featuring seven our eight single hop ipa's as well as some other interesting specialties. I have loved these beers when I've had, i believe, all of them at one time or another in bottles. On draft, in a flight of multiple single hops, comparing them side by side demonstrates why some hops are better for bitterness and others for aroma and flavor. I recently had a flight of Cascade, Chinook, Tomahawk and Warrior.

Cascade: As might be expected, great aroma and flavor but not as much bitterness as you'd like in an IPA. Very enjoyable and one that I'll get again.

Chinook: The chinook, which is typically a bittering hop, is a sentimental favorite of mine. Although it doesn't offer the same citrusy aroma of many West Coast finishing hops, it is an all around good beer and maybe my favorite.

Tomahawk: Not as bitter as the Chinook but a little more aromatic as well. Very good flavor and and that i might venture for again.

Warrior: The weakest of of the bunch, I thought, but perhaps the most well balance of the four. Some good bitterness, some good aroma, some good flavor. I'll get this again.

Any of these is worthing getting if you see them in bottles or on tap.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a hazy apricot color with a creamy off-white head. A thin foam blanket of lacing all around.

Bright hop aroma with grapefruit, pine, pineapple, and lemon.

The taste continues the hoppy personality of this beer. Grapefruit, pine, and baby aspirin dominate the palate. A touch of malt and bitterness in the finish.

Lighter bodied, dry, and sharply carbonated.

I love a hoppy IPA and this is one. Clean, bright, and full of flavor.

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Photo of Gavage
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: hazy orange in color with a one finger head that slowly fades.

Smell: grapefruit and pine are easy to detect.

Taste: caramel, pine, grapefruits, and a big bitterness create a flavorful IPA.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout with some light dryness late. Super long aftertaste as the bitterness lingers on the tongue.

Drinkability: easy to drink this beer overall. In the single hop series this one is in the middle if favorites for me.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.9 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Dark Yellow to orange with some good clarity. Off white colored head that erupts after a hard pour then provides excellent lacing.

Smell is pretty good. Hop presence a little strong here than a few other of Mikkeller's Single Hop beers. Herbal, floral, and slight citrus and pine. Pretty good and clean smelling.

Taste is good, on par with the smell, but malt backbone a little more here. Clean bitter citrus zest, primarily orange and tangerine here, pretty earthy too. Sweetness from the malts toasty and a little bready, sweet, good.

For how earthy it tastes I find the mouthfeel pretty clean. Has a good carbonation level medium bodied with a strong bitter finish. A good solid beer, another good single hop series beer.

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Photo of NCSUdo
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle

A: Cloudy copper under a huge head. Great retention and lace again save the day.

S: Citrus hop, but not huge. Orange, star fruit, lemon and grapefruit. Some spice character, almost a slight bubble gum like character. Bit of a sweet aroma.

T: Fresh hops, very mild pine character. Still getting a hint of bubble gum. Hops finish clean and more citrus-like. Bitterness is fairly mild.

M/D: Medium, smooth bodied, low carbonation. Nice drinkability. Not as good as the Simcoe version, but still good. The bubble gum and spice character I pick up is obviously out of place, but it never throws the beer off.

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Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a one and a half finger head of brownish-white foam on top of a copper-brown body. Decent retention and moderate lace.

S - Light, fruity hop notes with a hint of pine. The hops are balanced by brown, toasty malt with some caramel and brown sugar.

T - Pine hop flavors slightly harsh bitterness and some grapefruit. Good malt backbone with caramel and dry toasty malt.

M - Smooth, moderately thick body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - The bitterness is slightly astringent with some grapefruit character and lots of pine. Lots of malt but not enough to balance the sharp hop character.

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Photo of billshmeinke
3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Trying this side by side against Cascade Single Hop.

Pours a golden orange color. Two finger rocky head that dies down to a nice layer of foam on top. Retains slightly better than Cascade. Lots of lacing let behind.

Smells of grapefruit mostly. Some dankness and resin.

Tastes of grapefruit and orange peel. Bitter resin, and dankness.

Medium bodied, well carbonated. Pretty dry. A nice hop bite.

Good drinkability, but the focus on one hop variety makes me want to move on.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle bought online from Beermerchants.com

Poured a dark coppery orange colour. Creamy head poured quite loose and frothy then faded quickly to patchy covering with thickish edging. No carbonation at all... light lacing...

Aroma - Nice juicy (slightly overripe) fruits (orange, pears, apricots, grapefruit) mixed with toasted biscuity maltiness, quite rubbery, some almond / marzipan notes, caramel and honey sweetness, piney and grassy hops, floral...

Taste pretty much mirrors the aromas... lots of piney, citric and grassy hop bitterness followed by good caramel / toffee malts, floral honey, light medicinal notes, quite herbal, marzipan, some metallic traces, slight nuttiness...

Feel - Sharp initially then smooths out... medium bodied... very quaffable.

Overall - An excellent single hop IPA... recommended...

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured nice and gold with an inch of head.
Citrus and herbal notes from the hops. A nice malty background.
The taste is much like the smell. This is only the second single hop IPA I've tried ( the other was Willamette, not done by Mikkeller though) I really enjoyed being able to taste Warrior on its own. Goes down smooth but the carbonation is a bit high. Nice bitterness on the finish.
I'll have to try the other varieties of single hop ipa. Nice brew.

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Photo of joecast
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lightly tanned head which leaves some serious lacing. Plenty of hops there to aid retention. The beer iscloudy orange with low carbonation.

Impressive hop aroma. Pungent and resiny. Sappy without too much citrus or floral quality. Very heavy handed with the late hops.

Bitterness smashes the pallet. Should not made this the first beer of the night. Hop flavor is very high as well. You can sense the base beer has some balls but the hops keep those balls tucked safely in their purse. Have not had a hop bm like this in a long time. Some alcohol manages to sneak past to let you know there is more than just hop resin swirling around in this beer.

A bit heavy mouthfeel which doesn't help drinkability. Add that to the high hop presence and alcohol and one bottle of this is enough. Certainly a worthy beer but maybe more gimmick than session Ipa.

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Photo of jera1350
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Copper colored with a thick and sticky cap of foam that is rocky and clings to the glass.

A rich smell of sweet malt that resembles apple pie or a sweet rhubarb cake. Very fruity hop presence.

The taste consists of balance between the moderately bitter hops and the sweet malt. Some spice and fruit notes mixed in.

Very smooth and very soft carbonation with a dry finish.

A decent IPA. The warrior hop is tasty, and is nicely profiled. The malt seems to be a bit much for it in this beer perhaps though.

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Photo of champ103
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Flying Saucer in Houston, TX

A: Pours a very cloudy red color. A bit to much yeast suspended. A one finger white head forms, and recede to nothing in a minute. Light lace.
S: Malty sweet up front. Some caramel. Though plenty of citrus hops. Grapefruit and some bitterness, but not over the top. Which I like.
T: Follows the nose. Pretty simple. Lots of sweetness up front with some caramel. Citrus and grapefruit are the dominate hops. There is a light bitterness that works well with the sweetness.
M/D: A medium body that is a little under carbonated. I wish it was just a bit more crisp. Easy to drink. I put a pint away without a thought.

A nice IPA. There is some sweetness along with plenty of citrus hops and a bit of grapefruit bitterness. Though it never gets out of hand. A well balanced IPA, and one I would recommend.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazey, coppery, deepish amaber color. Nice two finger head that recedes to a whole-top layer of foam. Citrusy fruit salad sweet aroma of pineapple, gree apple skins, orange, lime, and lemon. The pilsner malts inject a good dose of bready grain sweetness to the aroma. The taste starts bitter exotic fruit rinds and citrus zest upfront. Quickly giving way to some lovely muffin sweetness and orange marmalade. The finish is a slow bite into any non-descript citrus fruit, skin and all. Then slowly mellowing out to a more biscuity malt. The palate is oily and resiny bitter throughout each sip. I love these single hop jobs. They reallyshowcase the differences in palate and taste a different species of hop contributes to a beer.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

certainly one of the most bitter single hop series beers ive tasted. this one poured a pale copper color, hazy, with a luxurious khaki head pushing two inches. the nose is intensely bitter, really oily, with some bitter grapefruit rind essence, all on top of a pretty sturdy medium malt body, like all of these beers. the flavor doesn't start off that bitter, but it finishes that way for sure. sort of fruity and lighter up front, but it intensifies slowly building to a super bitter finish. would be good as a bittering hop, but the flavor is also really nice with that little but of tart fruit. I might try it with a rye malt backbone, allowing the spice of the rye an the bitter warrior hop to jive. good feel, not as rich as some, but good oil content and carbonation. love the dry bitter finish. overall another good single hop beer, this one might not do as well in isolation, but could be good in a nice big American style ipa with a few varieties. good stuff again from mikkeller.

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Photo of Vengeance526
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy dark orange amber color with lots of sediment, producing a 1.5 finger off-white head that retains nicely and leaves a moderate amount of sticky lacing.

Aroma is earthy hops along with some citrus and comes off lightly spicy in the back.

Initial taste hit hard with earthy hops and little else but over time, some grapefruit notes became clearly evident as the taste became much more citrusy than it originally seemed. Similar to the smell, there is a nice bit of spiciness from the hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel is very crisp with a medium level of carbonation. I actually had a hard time figuring how to rate drinkability on this one. The taste seemed a little strange at first but it quickly grew on me. I suppose its just a matter of what you're used to. Overall this was pretty interesting and nice to try, just a bit different than your typical IPA.

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Photo of brushtachio
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found this at Beer Bistro in Toronto after the single hop series was reccomended by a fellow-BA as a good way to learn about the taste and flavor profiles of individual hop varieties. Great idea! Thanks whoever you were (beermail has since expired). Review from notes taken May 31, 2009.

Poured dark orange with a healthy bone-colored head.

The aroma was very subtle. Didn't jump out at you. Probably the result of the formal restriction of using only one kind of hop... Especially one that is typically used more for bittering than aroma. What is there is unique and quite nice. Apricot. Slight grassiness. 

Taste began with a malty but floral mixture. Medicinal citrus in middle with just the faintest hint of the grassyness fading to a spicy bitterness

Med-light body. Well carbonated dry finish

Drinkability is Excellent. I started my next night at BB with another one before moving onto to uncharted territory.  

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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a perfect pint.

A- pours a very cloudy shade of dark orange with a very puffy 3 finger slightly offwhite head. Head sticks around forever, leaves great laces, and looks fantastic. Well done Mikkeller

S- bitter grapefruit. Pretty weak aroma, disappointing

T- very mild, which is surprising...you get that piney, grapefruity bitterness up front, and it just lingers a little until you swallow, then it hits you big and sticks around a little bit. There's actually some sweetness in there too...you know what, its really good, despite the mildness

M- perfect body on this, not syrupy but not paper thin either. Can't go higher because despite the body being perfect, its not really outstanding...if that makes any sense

D- 6.9% my ass. So easy to drink. Fantastic beer.

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Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy dark copper in color and has lots of yeast particles floating in suspension. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles. It poured with a finger high frothy beige head that has good retention properties and never completely faded away.
S: There are moderate aromas of citrus in the nose along with some hints of pine resin. Grapefruit stands out in particular.
T: The taste is similar to the smell with citrusy flavors as well as some hints of underlying caramel malts. There is a good balance between a light amount of malty sweetness and a light amount of hop bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish.
D: The beer is very drinkable considering its strength because the alcohol is well masked from the taste.

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Warrior Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
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