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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 CrazyDavros
3.51/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark amber with a large persistent head and loads of lacing.
Aroma is sweet with pineapple confectionery, bubblegum, and spicy and woody notes. Not exceedingly hoppy like the other Mikkeller IPA's. There's also some doughy, hay-like aroma that reminds me of the Unibroue house yeast. Later on coriander also becomes apparent. These are some weird hops!
Upon tasting, there's a hint of sweet caramel malt and hoppy resin before a tsunami of green, piney bitterness comes and wipes it out, lasting long after swallowing.
The carbonation is on the high side in this, probably contributing to the harsh, dry finish.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cap date 10/12/10 Served from bottle into a Dogfish Head Signature glass. Poured hazy red-orange with a two finger off-white head that subsided to one finger slowly. Maintained phenomanol lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of subtle malt, piney hops, and grapefruit. The flavor was of subtle sweet malt and citrus hops with a nice crisp followthrough. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this one was nice and smooth. Quite refreshing as well. The flavors were very well balanced. Wish I could find this more readily and I might would have myself a new 'lawnmower' beer...

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

I imagine that this is a nice expression of the Warrior hop, but Warrior just isn't my favorite variety. This beer is tart and bitter with a touch of astringency, like the pith of a grapefruit. It's not bad, but it's just not terribly interesting. Warrior seems strong but lacking delicacy. The aroma is fantastic, candied wildflowers. The beer is otherwise good, nice bright appearance, plenty of head, good carbonation. I really enjoy getting to try these single hop IPAs. It's always interesting.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass. Deep amber color with three fingers of head. Excessive and overflowing head.

Smells like overripe grapefruit and lemon... a little honeycomb. A muted smell overall, no sharp or dominant smells.

A good bitter taste, solid at first and then gives a little to the malt, but finishes strong. Lasting bitterness.

Medium body, low to moderate carbonation.

I like the idea of Mikkeller's single hop beers to showcase each hop variety. Points for that. This particular one had a poor appearance but the rest was good. The Warrior has a great taste by itself, which makes this an enjoying drink.

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

Pours a murky blood orange color with a fantastic rocky cream colored head that left plenty of chunky lacing as it dissipated. The aroma is of tropical fruit, pineapple and juicyfruit. Some grassy notes towards the end. Nice aroma but very sweet. Tropical fruits flavors hit right away but then quickly transitions into a piney, resiny bitter hop profile. Good malt presence helps offset the bitter blast but still loses. Well bodied, with prickly carbonation, has an asprin like dryness which sucks any moisture out of the mouth. Definitely not the hop profile that I prefer and the brew feels bigger than its ABV. Still very interesting and I look forward to their other single hop IPAs.

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Photo of gford217
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330mL bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a slightly hazy caramel that shows brighter orange when held up to light. The head is a fluffy massive white cap that shows great retention and tons of lacing.

The aroma is dominated by citrus hops, light but slightly tart, especially lemons. There is a hint of some earthiness and some floral hops and very little in the way of malt.

The taste has the light citrus fruits up front but seems to have much more earthy tones than the aroma especially through the middle. The citrus comes back in the finish, with an astringent bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and highly carbonated with a dry, almost tart finish.

This is another interesting single hop brew from Mikkeller and, if nothing else, I'm definitely learning a bit more about the specific characteristics of each hop.

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Photo of laituegonflable
4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
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 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 jsh420
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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 mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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 blackie
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: medium amber color, average retention

s: standard caramel malt body with good sugar levels - simple but a nice, aromatic base for the hop dose, more spiky citrus here than the preferred tropical/pine of the Nelson Sauvin version

m: medium bodied, moderately carbonated, smooth

t: moderate caramel backbone sporting citrusy grapefruit hops - a little on the mild side for my preference

d: crisp hop finish leaves this one nicely drinkable

snifter, ChurchKey, DC

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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 LilBeerDoctor
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Original rating 4/6/09: Bottle. Pours a cloudy orange with a thick white head. Aroma of sweet citrus fruits. Flavor of bitter hop oils and some citrus and lemony hops in the finish. Quite tasty and similar to Simcoe, actually, perhaps with a little more hop bitterness (but maybe this is a fresher bottle?). In any case, very enjoyable!
8/4/8/4/15 (3.9/5)

Update 4/15/09: Had another bottle of this. Tasted a little fruitier to me in the initial sips, followed by hoppy bitterness, and orange rind and citrus in the finish. Almost a corn-like maltiness. Wow, this is just luscious! It's so delicious, I've got to up the rating!
8/4/9/5/17 (4.3/5)

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Photo of ADZA
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
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 mdagnew
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle bought online from Beermerchants.com

Poured a dark coppery orange colour. Creamy head poured quite loose and frothy then faded quickly to patchy covering with thickish edging. No carbonation at all... light lacing...

Aroma - Nice juicy (slightly overripe) fruits (orange, pears, apricots, grapefruit) mixed with toasted biscuity maltiness, quite rubbery, some almond / marzipan notes, caramel and honey sweetness, piney and grassy hops, floral...

Taste pretty much mirrors the aromas... lots of piney, citric and grassy hop bitterness followed by good caramel / toffee malts, floral honey, light medicinal notes, quite herbal, marzipan, some metallic traces, slight nuttiness...

Feel - Sharp initially then smooths out... medium bodied... very quaffable.

Overall - An excellent single hop IPA... recommended...

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Photo of hopdog
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Tom for sharing this 11.2oz bottle that was stamped 10/12/10.

Poured a medium and cloudy amber color with a small to averaged sized off white head. Aromas of citrus, floral, some skunky pot, pine, and earthy. Tastes of pine, earthy, some citrus, and lightly spiciness in the finish.

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Photo of Florida9
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Sort of a darker rust colored orange in color. Forms and enormous 2 plus inches of fine bubbled, off-white head that sticks around for quite a bit before eventually reducing to a thick, stable surface coating. Leaves lots of lacing on the way down.

S: Some caramel malts. Lots of earthy pine, some citrus and even a little floral essence.

T: Taste is rather earthy, with some pine resin. There is a mild malt base. However, the taste just seems to fall flat.

M: Medium bodied. Aggressive bitterness. Appropriate carbonation. Dry and mildly chalky.

O: A good beer and an enjoyable IPA. Maybe a little too one dimensional, but, considering this is a single hop beer, one can't be overly surprised.

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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 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 ckollias
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Copper-brown colored ale with a thick, frothy, 2-finger head after a violent pour. Leaves a gorgeous trail all the way down the glass and eventually falls to a wispy lace.

S: Strong hoppy aroma with spicey overtones. Every whiff is a powerful as the last.

T: As with the smell the hops are dominant in this brew as called for by the style. Spicy malt bitterness help to offset the hops. Warrior hops aren’t my favorite but are blended in nicely here to balance out this brew.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation

O: I’m making my way through these single hop mikkeller brews. This one come in behind the tomahawk but in from of the cascade. Overall a nice brew to enjoy

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

23/12/11 on the cap, which I suppose is the best-by date (Dec. 23, 2011). Like to see that, and want to see more of it from all brewers.

A lovely looking beer here, with a blazing orange-red sunset color to the liquid and a superbly creamy and firm head that lasts for the duration, and also paints the glace with big slashes and splashes of lace.

Smell-wise, I'm going to assume Warrior wasn't bred to be an aroma-type hop. Not much going on in the nose at all, something very mildly herbal (like weak herbal tea)...not even the malts used are doing much here. Won't rate it lower than a "3 - average" simply because there's nothing undesirable here either.

The taste offers a bit more than the aroma, but it still has a pretty one-dimensional feel to it. But, it is a "single" hop IPA, and as such shows off Warrior for what it is: bitter, leafy, raw, earthy...also clean and pithy, and some citrus rind, but not citrusy sweet. Not coarse. No pine or resin elements either. A straightforward, simple hop. A kind of woodiness creeps in with some warming, reminding somewhat of the (weak) herbal element I detected in the smell. The malts don't seem to impart much flavor here; they were probably used conservatively, to not overwhelm the featured Warrior hop.

Feel-wise it's smooth and soft, only lightly brushing the tongue with carbonation. Along with the appearance, it's the most pleasing aspect of this beer.

I like the idea of single hop beers, as an experiment for the brewer, a learning experience for the drinker, and the occasional off-ramp from the usual way of doing things (ie. multiple hops during different stages of the brewing process). I LOVED Oskar Blues' Gubna (which featured Summit hops exclusively) and I know many people did not, but I'm probably closer to majority on my feelings about Warrior Single Hop IPA. Still, the single hop IPA concept is one I fully encourage and will always support.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Mikkeller goblet.

Cap dated 10/12/10

A: Pours a cloudy, glowing, apricot nectar color. Sitting atop this is a creamy and pillowy light-orange head that, at first, is about three-fingers thick and sports excellent retention & lace-leaving abilities.

S: Very piney. Aromas of fresh pine sap, crushed pine needles, and a hint of grapefruit. Also noticed some earthy yeast and spicy herbal hops.

T: Fresh cut pine bough, pine tar, grapefruit rind, fresh green pine needles, and a bit of floral and/or herbal hoppiness. Loads of white pepper in the finish.

M: Very bitter and dry. Astringent. A tropical fruit sweetness tries to break through but is beaten back by prickly, spicy, pepper. Long peppery finish.

D: I really liked this. Completely different than the Simcoe. Delicious pepper and pine.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a perfect pint.

A- pours a very cloudy shade of dark orange with a very puffy 3 finger slightly offwhite head. Head sticks around forever, leaves great laces, and looks fantastic. Well done Mikkeller

S- bitter grapefruit. Pretty weak aroma, disappointing

T- very mild, which is surprising...you get that piney, grapefruity bitterness up front, and it just lingers a little until you swallow, then it hits you big and sticks around a little bit. There's actually some sweetness in there too...you know what, its really good, despite the mildness

M- perfect body on this, not syrupy but not paper thin either. Can't go higher because despite the body being perfect, its not really outstanding...if that makes any sense

D- 6.9% my ass. So easy to drink. Fantastic beer.

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

A. Looks like a partially opaque tawny amber with nice fluffy head and interesting lacing as it recedes.

S. Very light smell, but what is there does indeed smell somewhat tomato-ish, as another BA member before me pointed out. It is mostly tomato up front on top of caramel malt sweet aroma, with just the faintest whiff of a tiny piece of lemony citrus. I cannot find any smell of pine or grapefruit peel here at all.

T. And here is the educational part of my experience. I now know why Warrior Hops are typically used for bittering because the cleanliness of the bittering finish here is quite lovely. The grapefruit peel absent from the nose shows up here in the taste, but not as fruity as one would expect, as if there is much more pith than rind involved. The long drawn out bitter finish lasts and lasts for quite some time. I'm not getting any pine at all here, only grapefruit peel. However, this aspect of bittering definitely shows the one dimensional nature of only using a single hop. By itself the Warrior doesn't balance well at all. Its just not quite...juicy or fruity enough to accentuate the malt flavor. Its too simple as it is.

M. By not balancing well, I also need to add that it leaves me way too dried out and astringent because of that monster aftertaste. The body is medium neutral. Nothing fancy there.

Warrior added at all three hopping steps is too much of that straightforward clean bittering, too much of what it seems to do well. Imagine a piano concert where the player bashes out that famous intro sting to Beethoven's 9th over and over again ad nauseum. That's kind of what its like to taste Warrior by itself. It grabs your attention and you can tell that it is part of something really special, but grows tiring by itself and you can tell that it is 'unfinished'. The Warrior does not play well by itself, it needs friends to shine.

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