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 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 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 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 Georgiabeer
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange with a thin but lasting head. Smells citrusy and bitter, but with sweet notes of orange, tangerine, and lime with a bit of cinnamon and vanilla in the finish. The taste is somewhat similar in that the same notes found in the aroma are there, but the overall impression is of beefiness and a savory flavor. Dry and savory in the mouth, this beer confirms for me that this hop is better used in combination with others. Still love the idea of the single hopped beers!

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Photo of bashiba
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
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 DoubleJ
3.61/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

What? Another single-hop IPA from Mikkeller? Gotta try it. On to the beer:

Burnt orange color, almost with reddish hues mixed in, the puffy head on top makes for a great show as it lasts all the way down. Some amounts of lacing are left. The aromas: mango, orange, red grape, none really uber intense.

This is pleasant. Red grape hits first, and then come the hoppy flavors, which bring to mind grapefruit and bittering citrus. Slightly more pleasant is the mouthfeel, which brings a medium body with carbonation bubbles that are teeny tiny. Still, as far as the series goes, is not nearly as tasty and gulpable as others.

No, it's not the best IPA I've ever had, but as part of this series of single-hop IPA's, I'd call it a success.

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Photo of Lldeegan
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep amber in color with hazy, burnt orange highlights. Develops a bountiful and creamy off white head with lasting retention.

The aroma is the distinct pine that I have grown to love. Pine and grapefruit are smells I find myself craving in my beers when just a few years ago I would have rallied against that in my glass. In addition to pine, a floral aroma is present along with earthy and leafy green notes, like fresh cut grass. Some biscuity malt on back with a touch of fusel alcohol.

The drink is briefly sweet but as the creamy beer flows over the palate, lively carbonation attacks with a powerful piney bitter bite with notes of green grass, lemon, and grapefruit rind. The burst of carbonation reveals a resounding bitterness that lasts through the finish.

Mikkeller Warrior IPA is very bitter, but very tasty and it is not very complex, but the simplicity is where the beer succeeds.

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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 Cyberkedi
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma is strong and fairly hoppy with a firm fruity overtone that is mainly apple and grapefruit. It pours a nice clear orange-amber with a fine-bubbled and persistent head. Flavor is strongly hoppy with a firm fruity tone, again mainly grapefruit with a little apple. Texture is fairly tingly and edgy, leaving a hoppy and slightly sweet finish.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: served in a flight of their 4 single hop ipas. orangey light amber color, slight chill haze, nice dense lasting creamy head and lacing.
S: warrior hops are earthy and spicy.
T: nice malts in this-mostly palish and bready, lightly sweet, washed out by smooth hop bitterness and finishing dry, lingering hop flavors.
M: frothy, medium bodied.
D: i like, but don't love, warrior hops. pretty good ipa though.

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Photo of NonServiam
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

These single-hop IPAs are great for learning about each individual kind of hop.

Looks a bit dark for an IPA. Hazy, brownish-orange, with a head of medium cream color. Laces well.

Smell is very much warrior hops. Resin and citrus are most prominent, with perhaps a bit of darker fruit (e.g., plum) and fresh-turned earth. Combined with the sweetness of the malt, it does have kind of a "tropical fruit" (sweet and sour sauce?) effect, as another review put it.

Mouthfeel is very nice, rather thick and milky. Not strongly carbonated, but you'll feel a prickle if you hold your tongue still.

Flavor is pleasantly balanced against the aroma. Pretty sweet, a good bit of caramel. Not as bitter as I was expecting, the overall impression is rather malty. Though I do get some lingering bitter-aspirin aftertaste for several minutes after drinking. Nonetheless pretty drinkable.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 speter
3.51/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy copper color with an impressive three-finger head that leaves an incredible amount of lacing. The hazy appears to be nice hop residue.

S: Oddly, I get a combination of grass and honey (perhaps a wildflower honey), although it is more muted than I had eхpected.

T: There is a hint of the crystal malt up front, which together with the nose, gives it a honey-like quality. The center is where the muted grapefruit of the hops comes in, followed by a bracingly bitter finish. The aftertaste replays the flavor transitions.

M: Medium-bodied with lots of carbonation. Some warmth.

D: This is quite drinkable on its own, but of course it makes me want to sample the other single-hop members of the series.

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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 oberon
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
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 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 akorsak
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pint glass at Al's of Hampden.

A: The IPA is a full brown hue, full to the point of opaque that is. No sediment floating around, just a darker color. Not much head, even on first pour.

S: The nose is uninspiring. In fact, it comes across as more of an APA than an IPA. It's biscuity caramel malt base standing out against the hops. Throughout the pint, I never get more than a brief splash of citrus.

T: More APA. The ale is seemingly obsessed with balance, never getting too far out of whack. The maltiness is biscuity with caramel sweetness. The hops seem to balance the flavor only, adding just enough bitterness to be evident. The IPA doesn't seem to showcase the Warrior hop, as it doesn't do justice to the hoppiness in any manner.

M: The mouthfeel is chewy, aided by the strong biscuit presence. The hops don't get started and never fully emerge.

D: Not what I was expected and I didn't want to get through another pint while trying to figure it out.

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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 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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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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Warrior Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
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