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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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Photo of ADZA
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a copper hue with really nice carbonation that leaves a full frothy two finger head with heaps of lacing absolutely beautful looking,it has a passionfruit,honey aroma,the taste is nice which starts off with a full malty mouthfeel and finishes very bitter with a slight,subtle passionfruit linger,its a nice beer and good to see the the true characteristics of Warrior on its own and will make sure it has its place in my collection with my other mikkeller beers.

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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 biggred1
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coppery amber with tons of suspended yeast particles visable and a nice fluffy head of eggshell head that leaves sticky rings of lace on the glass. The smell is fruity hops, pieapple and a slightly metallic note. Nice pine sap hop flavors with a good bit of caramely malt to balance. Medium bodied with mild carbonation. A pretty tasty beer, the label could use some work but it's the stuff inside that counts.

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Photo of 5lat5ive
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of this on clearance for $5. I've never had anything from Mikkeller before, mostly because a lot of it is pretty pricey. The date on the cap is 23/12/11 (consumed 8/10/12).

I'm interested to see a Danish take on an American-style IPA. Poured from bottle into goblet.

Appearance - Cloudy dark caramel-brown color, with red-ish hues at the bottom. It's really beautiful. 1 1/2-inch head reducing down to about 1/4 inch, following all the way to the bottom. Mild lacing.

Smell - I noticed that the smell was unusually strong as soon as I opened the bottle. Floral and alcohol

Taste - Tart bite. There are plenty of beers that have a bitter bite, but this is one of the few I would call tart. Interesting. Bitter hops follow mild caramel, honey, and brown sugar malt notes. Bitter hops stay for longer than the malts.

Feel - Medium body, alcohol dry, but not bad. maybe a little chewy.

Overall - I like the balance. I find this beer pretty unique, mostly for the tart bite. Comparing to American-made IPA's this one is pretty mild as far as hop presence. If you're someone who tends to think that American IPA's are too strong, try this one. It's sessionable. Good beer, but expensive.

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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 laituegonflable
4.01/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky orange colour, delightfully cloudy with enormous beige head on top. Seriously, it's a 2:1 head-to-body ratio, sinking very slowly. Actually it could do with less, because my first sip will be mostly head. Lace is pretty spectacular as well. Gorgeously thick webs cling to the glass. Almost perfect looking.

Nose is pleasant and hoppy. Distinct floral notes with rose and geranium fragrances and a strong malty backbone. Hints of pine wood, citrus and honey, even honeydew melon I think as well. Slightly savoury aspects, like salted meat or something, just linger in the background. Interesting smell, but could use a bit more hoppiness because the complexities are nice, it just isn't strong enough to emit their full potential.

Taste is predominantly malty, actually, with quite an English flavour overall. A lot of lightly roasted barley, multi-grain bread, molasses and bitter nutes on there, with a slight sour twist towards the mid. Nice earthy bitterness with slight floral character but mostly resiny in character emerges towards the back, never craving attention but just swimming in the mouth at the back. It doesn't make a huge impression but I think this would be hard to do, because it would be so easy and tempting to overdo the bitterness. Has a slight sour character on the back, hint of nectar and lemon, and leaves a slight coffee dryness in conclusion. Nicely balanced, but could do with a bit more flavour. I think well-crafted, without being stunning.

Fairly full on the mouthfeel but not too viscous, as I said leaves a bit dry at the back, but pretty palatable.

Eminently drinkable beer. I feel like a lot of love went into this, and it's a bit of an oasis in the desert of "extreme".

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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 virinow
4/5  rDev +6.7%

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 sammo
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Neffbeer
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of bonbini26
4/5  rDev +6.7%

4/5  rDev +6.7%
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 +6.7%
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 +6.7%
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 Thanx4AllDaFish
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev +6.7%
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 oline73
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Stoffel
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of david18
4/5  rDev +6.7%
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 MeisterSmudge
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Monkeyknife
4/5  rDev +6.7%
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 +6.7%
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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Warrior Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 232 ratings
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