Warrior Single Hop IPA | Mikkeller ApS

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Warrior Single Hop IPAWarrior Single Hop IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark
mikkeller.dk

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
232
Reviews:
155
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
12.77%
 
 
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3
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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 jaydoc
4/5  rDev +6.4%

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 spycow
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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 kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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 t0rin0
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3/5  rDev -20.2%

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 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.

C+

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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 oline73
4/5  rDev +6.4%

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 zestar
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of olradetbalder
2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

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 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 XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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 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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Warrior Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
3.76 out of 5 based on 232 ratings.
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