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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 Sammy
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Opaque orange with substantial white creamy head. Some hoppy, citrus and also soapy aroma. Above average mouthfeel. Hi IBU bomb,offset by some malting to make it drinkable. Very citrusy, tropical fruit pineapple with acid and tangy. Beerbistro Danish import.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark clear orange amber with a eggshell white head that fades a bit quickly. Sweet fruit perfumed hop nose that is assertive but more malty than pineapple or citrus. Actually smells more like a Belgian double than an IPA.

Mouthfeel is medium with medium carbonation and a quality feel.

Flavors are malt and coffee that give way to bitter grapefruit. I would never guess that this is an IPA. It tastes like a Belgian double with a bit more aggressive hops. Nice flavors of coffee, undertones of malt and a whisky quality.

Finish of coffee, malt, whiskey and at the very end some grapefruit and sweet pine.

Actually this is a pretty complex beer. It should be called something other than an IPA! Good, just didn't meet initial expectations. I'd drink like one would a Belgian double.

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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 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 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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Photo of BEERchitect
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The second beer in the Mikkeller series that focuses on single hop varieties. As noted in the Simcoe review, the base beer has a sweeter, fruitier flavor, aroma, and feel than what is best for showcasing hops, and may interfere with the hop flavor and dryness.

The Warrior hops are known to be a bittering hop, however on their own they prove to be gentle enough to use without blending hop varieties. I had thought that these beers lend a harsh bitterness that prohibited it to be used independently- not necessarily the case. Also the flavor and aromas are quite gentle for a higher AAU hop, giving an earthy and spicy character that is less pungent that expected. Lightly catty up front these volitals seem to disipate quickly. Feeling like Mikkeller held back on the hops a bit becasue of the aggressive nature of Warriors, this beer is a bit too balanced to fall nicely into the IPA frey.

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

I always like it when there is no English on the label of a foreign brew, especially as this is a beer heavily influenced by an American style.

This beer pours a dark hazy orangish brown colour, with two fingers of puffy, foamy white head, and a fair bit of swirling sediment, which leaves a full ring of thin drooping, bubbly lace around the glass as it recedes. It smells strongly of pine and grapefruit bitters, and a decent, but sedated, caramel/toffee sweetness. The taste is pine oil, a bit of citrus, and a solid, but still subservient, caramel/toffee malt base. The carbonation is low, the body full, smooth and somewhat oily, and it finishes in kind, with more hoppy caramel goodness.

Pretty spot on for a West Coast Yankee IPA, single-varietal class. Tasty to the last drop.

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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 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 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 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 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 ChainGangGuy
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Let's pit the Warrior Single Hop versus the Cascade, Nugget, Nelson Sauvin, and Simcoe versions.

Appearance: Pours out cloudy, burnt orange body with a full inch of lasting, off-white foam.

Smell: Delicately toasted malts with notes of cookies and grains with a some subtler floral, earthy tones.

Taste: Lightly toasted base maltiness with a touch of dry caramel and crumbled cookies, though with only a light, restrained amount of sweetness. The Warrior hops serve up a floral, vaguely earthy taste. Of all the Mikkeller Single Hop versions, this one had the lightest, most subtle hop character and bitterness, allowing for more of the maltiness to emerge. Medium, clean bitterness. Finishes dry, crisp, and with some continued bitterness into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: I certainly enjoy the concept of a single hop series to really enjoy all the various vibrant nuances and characteristics of the particular hop varieties utilized. While this was previously done by Bison, I had no love for the base beer used, so I quickly abandoned the idea of following that series. I'm diggin' this though!

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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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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 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 smcolw
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chunky yeast clumps form at the base of the glass. Orange-amber color and predictably cloudy. Superb frothy lace on the glass. Good starting head--settles to a single centimeter thick.

Creamy aroma and mild flowery hop nose.

The taste is harsh--lots of bittering hop. Comes across as a single flavor, like a symphony of one note. The body is as expected.

Overall, it's a one-trick pony of a beer. It's tasty but simple.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A very hazy amber color without too much head.

S: Pineapple, orange, some very light pine, and a bready malt aroma.

T: Very similar to the nose. A nice sweetness from the malt, with some sweet tropical fruit notes along with citrus. Not much bitterness.

M: Good level of carbonation, medium bodied.

D: All around a pretty good IPA and a nice way to feature individual hops.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

Trying to make my way through all of these now. Man, this is gonna take a while... This one pours a clear russet-amber topped by a finger of dirty off-white foam. The nose is sorta weak, yielding only some mild leafy greens and some muted caramel. The taste leads off with the caramel, much richer here, followed quickly by a bite of spicy dark greens, light cilantro, and a vague sense of light woodiness. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation, a decidedly creamy feel, and a somewhat dry finish. Overall, a pretty decent IPA, though it seems the hops have possibly begun to fade a bit (of course, as another reviewer said, Warrior isn't exactly a brewer's first choice for a potent aroma hop...). Still fairly enjoyable, though, if you ask me.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a foggy amber brown with a orange tint. Big creme head. Too big. Again (like the Cascade.) Nose is perfume, floral tones, and what I felt for a second was jasmine tea. Just for a quick hit. Very subtle indeed. Flavor is kind of a thicker almost syrup kind of thing with some alcohol similar tones. Too much like the Cascade IMO. Feel is a bit thicker on the liquid and the carbonation is a bit nipping at the mouth. Overall this is decent. I wouldn't call it great. Maybe good enough. But could be better and could be more rounded on the profile.

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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 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 TheSevenDuffs
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured in to Founder's tulip glass.

A - Medium amber, translucent, with one finger of bubbly off white head.

S -Pine, grassy notes and citrus. A somewhat light hop presence and and non-existent malt presence.

T - A sharp bitterness up front, as I expected form the warrior hops (but didn't detect in the nose) with some pine and light grassy and citrus notes. A very slight malt sweetness is evident in the background.

M - Medium body, light carbonation.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cap Sez 10/12/10

Pours a cloudy golden orange color, nice carbonation, very nice thick creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky/creamy lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, with some malts, very slight citrus, dark fruits. The taste is hoppy, bitter, malty, some citrus, but getting more dark fruityness. Medium body, a little to hot for a brew this low in ABV. Drinkable, a nice little brew.

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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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