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.

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Photo of sweemzander
2.29/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks to cjacobsen for sharing!

(A)- Pours a cloudy orange amber color. Produced a good foamy off-white head dissipating to bubbles. Some lace.

(S)- A little funky & earthy. Some bitter hop and pine notes.

(T)- Same as the smell. A bit funky but has some malty aspects. Poor hop flavors.

(M)- A good carbonation level. A bit off-centered and funky with maltiness, but poor hop presence.

(D)- A bit of a letdown compared to the others. Decent, but plain compared to the rest.

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Photo of marvin213
2.36/5  rDev -37.2%
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 mvasilis
2.62/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Got this from ölbutikken in Copenhagen.

A: Big bubbles in a big foam head, foam leftovers stays at then glas. Unclear liquid, red-orange colored.

S: Hop aromatik, fruity smell with a little pit of peach and citrus.

T: Quite bitter, toasted flavor, taste almost like bitterness from the white on an citrus peal, and a little grassy.

M: Fells good in the mouth, perfect amount of CO2.

Not the best from the Mikkeller single hop family.

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Photo of brewdoc75
2.8/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Before having this beer, I was intrigued to try a single hop IPA. I'm not too aware of the flavor or aroma profile of the warrior hop as I've typically used it in my homebrewing as a bittering only hop. Time to see how it stacks up in flavor/aroma.

A: The beer pours very carbonated. I poured about half of the bottle in my glass very carefully and had to quickly stop. The head rose about 5 inches initially. It died down finally, but plentiful carbonation was abound. A outstanding lace sticks to the sides. The crisp white head never ends. The beer is a yeasty-cloudy orangish amber color.

S: Floral, grassy, and faintly citrus hop aromas come out. I didn't get even a hint of malt in the aroma. The hop is definitely king in the nose of this beer. Really more of a clean hop aroma. Very pleasant and inviting.

T: A solid, clean hoppy bitterness assaults the tongue initally. This mellows out into a grassy, citrusy bitterness. The bitterness is strong but not harsh. There is a slight citrus component, but I mostly get grassiness. This bitterness sticks around for quite a while after the drink. The dissapointing thing about this beer is the lack of malts. I get a very faint sweet fruitiness. It is gone in a nanosecond as the hops take the driver's seat.

M: Really on the light end for an IPA. It is clean and crisp, but a little too watery.

D: I was really let down by this beer. It wasn't terrible, but it definitely wasn't a beer I'm going to long for. They did a good job of displaying the warrior hops aroma and bitterness, but I wasn't pleased with the malts. For the price ($5.69 a bottle) this beer really wasn't worth it for me. I will try their other single hop beers however. I just hope my experience is better.

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Photo of SFLpunk
2.8/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A big thanks to rtepiak for these two bottles. Reviewed side by side, Chinook and Warrior.

11.2oz brown glass pry-top bottle. No date. Concerning.

Pours a murky tawny brown with thin off-white head. Nose is a little more lively than the Chinook, with candied pineapple and sugary sweet caramel or maple candies.

Palate is bland and mellow. There's some hops there, but nowhere near as much bitterness as I would expect from Warrior. Caramel and woody malt character, but the finish is clean, so I guess that's something.

Notes: Both bottles are showing bad signs of age. Will re-rate if fresher bottles present themselves.

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Photo of lanbewardin
2.82/5  rDev -25%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Amber, orange color, thin off white head

Smell - slight pine smell, not much aroma really. I did a tasting of this , columbus, & simcoe. This was by far the least aromatic.

Taste - Its mid - bitter, but not very flavorful. Quite thin actually.

Overall - Pretty thin , out of the columbus, simcoe, warrior trifecta this was my least favorite. Needs more hop flavor & bitterness

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Photo of ShrLSU
2.83/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearence is a clear burnt orange color with a slight misty head on top. Very slight lacing marks the edges. The nose is bitter earthy hops all the way. Taste is slightly funky with almost a sour sweetness. Not really sour but just kinda of odd. Thats really about all there is to it. Maybe a tad bit of malt. Mouthfeel is medium carbonation. Overall interesting but not too great. There are better single hop beers out there from Mikkeller than this one.

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Photo of illidurit
2.88/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I'm always wary of European IPAs due to the inherent freshness issues they present but this one says 20/12/11 (I can only assume it's a best-by date) on the cap so maybe it's fresh. Pours a nice hazy copper color with a fluffy, well-formed head of khaki hue. Aroma is crystal malty with appley and orangey hop notes. A very slight lemon meringue thing going on as well. Flavor is malt-forward, and clearly the result of hops faded from age. Crystal malts, a little breadiness, some English-like earthiness, and a medium bitterness. Usually I wouldn't really want to dock a beer for how it was stored, but this is different. The brewer stamped December 2011 on the cap. I appreciate dating bottles, but playing up your IPA as a beer than can be aged for years? It's arrogant, disingenuous, and now I'm drinking an unhoppy IPA because of it. Lame.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
2.93/5  rDev -22.1%
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 emerge077
2.93/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cap is printed "8401203", no idea what that means.
Thanks to Julie & Ryan for this one!

Dark brownish amber with a rocky, dense head of white foam. Sticky and long lasting. Surface is full of irregular crags and peaks. When backlit it's a dark copper color.

Aroma is floral, spicy, and kind of faded.

Some vague citric notes, floral, caramel malt, earthy. Mellow bitterness, floral aftertaste. Medium body, ample carbonation. Dry finish, hollow empty taste.

The epitome of an old and faded IPA. Bummer. Sure would be cool if these were dated. I've avoided the majority of this series for that very reason.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.96/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

(Side-by tasting with the mikkeller simcoe)
Appearance - pours the same dirty orange as the simcoe but with less sediment. I attempted to decant this one but it was not necessary really. Only a two-finger head as a result. Nice head retention, it slowly falls back, leaving a thick ring of lace at the high water mark and making a cake-like island in the center of the glass.

Aroma - this has a more citrusy, spicy smell to me that the simcoe beer. A brighter, less pungent aroma. Not as intense though.

Taste - light biscuit/caramel base, the hops are spicy with pine and grapefruit rind. It starts more like a pale ale than the simcoe. The swallow keeps the intensity building to the point where it gets a little medicinal. The aftertaste goes dry and slightly unpleasant with the harsh flavor.

Mouthfeel - crisp, medium bodied, in step with the style.

Drinkability - good for a comparison of hop styles but not something I'd seek out.

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Photo of Brabander
2.99/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Got this bottle from the Cracked kettle in Amsterdam. The beer poured in a Dutch beerglass gives a very nice white head with a dark coppercouloured fluid. The smeel is average, can't really say what smells reach out my nose but it's not spectacular.

Taste is average, nothing special here. I was not impressed by the mouthfeel. The beer, like many other ipa's gives a kind of strange aftertaste. The longer i drank it the more the taste became worse.

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Photo of ryrust5301
3.01/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pretty dark, almost similar to a DIPA. Very murky deep orange color with a pink glow to it. Head is eggshell white and leaves a soft crown on top with pretty patchwork lacing. Noticeable amount of sediment floating around, probably from the hop oil.

Smell - Warrior hops provide the bitterness with a little bit of must thrown in. Pineapple, tangerine, and grapefruit are added, but the whole overall smell is average at best.

Taste & Mouthfeel - First thing that hits me, is it has somewhat of a similar taste of a Saison, which I guess is where the musty smell came in. Warrior hops plug in their bitterness, but it's matched by a creaminess. I can't get over how belgian this tastes! Needless to say i'm totally caught off guard by this. Feel is nice as it has a crispness up front and goes down fairly easy.

Drinkability - It's really tough to grade this beer, as it is pretty good in it's own right. Don't really know how this beer ended up here, but here we are. Before you grab one proceed with caution, as this is not your typical ipa.

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Photo of capra12
3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into an East End Pint glass.

Appearance: slightly cloudy brown with 2 fingers of head.

Smell: Fresh lychee and grapefuit rind hops.

Taste: Opens with a rather distinct roasted coffee profile as a tangy fruit profile makes an brief appearance in the flavor profile. A grapefruit profile sneaks in towards the finish leaving a tangy and hop profile.

Mouthfeel: light bodied with moderate carbonatoin and slightly coarse

Drinkability: one and done for me. Recommend this to those who want to try a warrior hopped IPA.

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Photo of roodie
3.08/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: pours an orangish brown with 1 finger of pillowy white head. Retained for 1-2 minutes. Minimal lacing.

S: no real standout aroma. Light carmel malty scent but no hoppy character to speak of. Underwhelming.

T: begins with a hint of malt but is dominated by bitter hoppiness, but a little skunky, like Heineken.

M: bitterness lingers on the tongue. Moderate carbonation makes for a spicy character.

O: not my favorite IPA but a nice way to learn about Warrior hops. Hopefully it wasn't a skunked batch. This hop isn't much for aroma but does pack a bitter punch.

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Photo of Jenkster4
3.1/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a light brownish orange. Burnt orange maybe. Got about a fingers worth of off white creamy head on the topside.

Smell: Not a very hop vibrant IPA. You get more of the caramel and some spicy malts that were used in this one.

Taste: The taste is pretty sweet and smooth, you get the caramel again. You really get more of a spice effect rather than a hop bitterness. Its not bad though.

Mouthfeel: Pretty pleasant mouthfeel overall. It's a really thin beer, but you get some nice lingerings in the back of your palate.

Overall: Just a decent offering. Wouldn't seek this out, but if it was readily available I would snatch it up again no doubt.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.11/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had 10 of these side by side on draft at Churchkey the other night -- nugget, amarillo, cascade, warrior, simcoe, chinook, eat kent, centennial, tomahawk, and Nelson Sauvin. It was a great experience to get all 10 of them side by side. Thank you Mikkeller for this great experiment in single hop IPAs. My reviews of these 10 beers may seem slightly redundant but they are different.

Beer was orangish and slightly burnt color. There is an overall slight haze to the beer. Carbonation is moderate and there forms a white head of medium to small bubbles that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

I have not brewed personally with Warrior hops and out of the 10 IPAs I tried in this experiment, this was my least favorite -- by far. There is almost no aroma at all and the flavor is almost sour. Drinkability and mouthfeel suffer for this beer. Did not enjoy.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.13/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 10/12/2010. Acquired at Total Beverage in Thorton, Colorado. 11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a nonical pint glass in me gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are average; Mikkeller is me favourite brewery in the world but Mikkel's IPAs tend to be subpar.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a four finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and pretty good retention. Colour is a nontransparent murky copper-orange. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. A generally inviting appearance for an IPA.

Sm: Fresh grapefruit citrus esters, untamed hop bitterness (a characteristic seemingly common amongst beers in Mikkel's single hop series), and a clean malt foundation. Simple but generally appealing, though the untamed bitterness is problematic. A mild strength aroma.

T: Grapefruit, fresh fruit esters, and some hop bitterness on the climax. These notes ride atop the unobtrusive malt climax, which feels weak and fails to provide a full body or rounded layered quality. Simple for an IPA but pleasant. Not complex or subtle. Enjoyable. No yeast or alcohol comes through.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with some coarseness from the climax through the finish. A bit undercarbonated. Thickness is adequate but not ideal.

Dr: Drinkable but unremarkable. A decent little IPA but not one I'd get again, especially at its high price. Another disappointing experiment from Mikkeller. True fans of this hop strain are the only ones that should try this.


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Photo of brew3crew
3.13/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had on tap at the firkin espenisve bottle so happy to see it not quite as expensive on tap

A very cloudy orange color with a white head that sticks around for a while

S- very malty which is surprising for a fresh keg. Can not pick up any hops at all. Comes out a little momore as it warms up, but still not much

T-begins a lot like it smells but the hops finally come out in the finish. Very bitter with almost no taste to it at all. My guy is saying old beer. But aren't we spoiled with ipas?

M-medium body and smooth

O-have never had a warrior hop beer but if this is what the hop tastes like it is very unflattering.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Max's today. My buddy and I split all 9 single hop Mikkelers they had on.

Mildly hazy orange-amber with a dense white head with great retention and lacing, this is a great looking IPA (as were the 8 others). This was just a touch darker than the others, though.

The nose is loaded with candied, sweet grapefruit. Moderate trocical fruit character is present, along with some caramel. The palate opens way too sweet with more candied fruit sweetness. Probably the oldest of the bunch? Sweet but drying finish with some caramel, this is passable.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A huge, off-white head slowly turns rocky while it lingers, placing sticky lace on the glass above a cloudy, honey gold beer on the brownish side.

Smells bitter! This should be interesting. Toasted malt with light pine and citrus aromas.

Super bitter, almost enamel peeling with lots of grapefruit and some mint. The finish is long and clinging.
A full-bodied beer with some alcohol, a wooly texture, ample carbonation, and astringency.

This was enjoyed as part of a self-training exercise to distinguish between the varieties of hops. The high bitterness makes this one for a select few.

Sampled from a Harp nonic alongside the Willamette Single Hop IPA.

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Photo of alcstradamus
3.26/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours amber with a huge billowing head and sticky lacing, some sediment floats around the glass as well. Smell is musty orange peel and caramel malt. Being a single hop IPA, I guess it would be too much to expect complexity and unfortunately this one does not rise above expectations. Biscuity malts and a one note piney hop profile, this just really doesn't have the tools to please. Mouthfeel is normal for the style, but drinkability suffers due to the overall boringness of it.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a muddy looking amber color with a frothy white head on it. The lacing was pretty good. The smell of the beer had a bit of an earthy aroma with some light citrus in there. The taste was of course hoppy and had a pretty good malt back one too. The earthy flavors were there too. The mouthfeel was pretty good. Overall I found this be decent, I wasn't feeling the warriors too much honestly. Its still worth trying though.

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Photo of Tilley4
3.37/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hmm... I just didn't get this one... First of all, it was loaded with yeast chunks and was way too carbonated... A gentle pour produced one inch of beer and 4 inches of foam... Floral hop aromas are plentiful but seem a bit one dimensional...sweet floral hops on the taste...

Nope... just don't like it...

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark orange with a thick tan head and huge patches of lace.

S - Light sweet caramel and citrus. Very light aroma.

T - Sweet caramel malt with a decent spice kick. Bitterness and malt balanced. The spice lingers.

M - Medium body with decent carbonation and lingering spice.

D - Strange how different warrior seems with other hops compared to by itself. Much cleaner than I expected with more spice. These single hops beer recipes are starting to become underwhelming.

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