Warrior Single Hop IPA | Mikkeller ApS

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Warrior Single Hop IPAWarrior Single Hop IPA
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Warrior Single Hop IPAWarrior Single Hop IPA

Brewed by:
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 avalon07
4.45/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a copper color and a cloudy consistency. There was a huge amount of creamy, long-lasting head and some very good lacing.

S: Smelled of hops and yeast more than anything else.

T: A nice taste of citrusy hops, yeast and maybe a little grain. Bitter, to be sure, but not overwhelmingly so.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a slightly slick, fairly bitter finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This is a tasty, drinkable IPA. Not the most complex taste-wise, but easy to like.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a deep turbid orange with a towering 3 finger firm, spongy, light tan head that rose above the glass rim and remained sturdy and true. Retention was extraordinary and lasted deep into the drink never falling under 1/2 inch with a thin frothy topping. The lacing was decent leaving a thin ½ inch band encircling the glass. Beneath the bright deep orange coloring lied a medium-strong showing of carbonation while tiny square shaped yeast particles detected.

S: The warrior hops produced a medium strong showing of fresh citrus that was well detected several feet from the glass. A light toasted caramel backing is also well represented here while hints of light dried grass cuttings and dried whole oranges linger on the finish.

T: The flavor opens up with sweetly toasted grains along with a wet lemony and grapefruit hopping. The hopping soon turns to a dry and bitter showing of grapefruit pulp that delivers a good puckering dose of citrus. There were some fresh piney notes as well a light touch of tropical fruitiness. The beer finishes up with a bright and tart citrusy hopping of grapefruit pulp with a touch of grassiness that lingers a bit (4-5 seconds) after the swallow. Overall I really loved the warrior hops that brought about a wet, juicy and bittersweet citrusy tones that was well balanced with a great malty sweetness making for a very good experience. Keeping it simply showcases the amazingly smooth and beautiful citrusy nature of the warrior hops without fear of clashing or sharing the limelight with conflicting hops.

M: medium full with a good creaminess and good carbonation factor. I couldn't help but to rush the mouthful a bit because the flavor was just that good and definitely made for a tough act to follow.

D: Amazing drinkability and very good enjoyment. A wet and bittersweet citrusy hopping that I would defiantly recommend by the case (if not for the $) and worthy to go out of your way if you are a hop head fan or a fan of Dogfish heads 60 minute ipa (which also uses warrior hops) and I found to be similar. the only problem is price i paid $5.50 a bottle, a bit pricey but made for a nice treat. wish i could afford more.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy light orange-brown colour, with a massively frothy and sticky head of creamy white foam. Lacing is great, and the tiny bubbled carbonation is a joy to watch. The head is particularly impressive, and this looks like a really excellent IPA.

Really nice American hop notes - I'm not aware of having had Warrior before, although I may well have in combination with something else, but it has some notes similar to Simcoe and Chinook - some pine and grapefruit bitterness and a slightly grassy note. Slight medicinal/crushed aspirin character.

This is clearly a beer designed to showcase the hops, and it does a good job. Hopefully this is classic Warrior - I feel I've got a handle on it now at least.

Smooth mouthfeel belies a palate rather lacking in body. Little sweetness, leaving a thin but sharply pungent hop bite through the centre. Quite grassy and green, but without much harshness, which is good. It's not brutal on the palate, and if it feels unbalanced through a lack of malt, I can almost forgive it for the fact that it's once again showcasing a particular hop variety.

Overall, I enjoyed this beer, if only for the fact that it gave me an educational experience. It feels a little like watching an instructional video as opposed to a blockbuster, but there's a time and place for that as well.

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Photo of PEIhop
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of bluejacket74
3.49/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a hazy orange color with an inch and a half frothy off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is pretty weak, but I can smell some slight citrusy and earthy hops. Luckily the taste is stronger than the aroma. It tastes like earthy and citrusy (grapefruit, orange peel) hops and a bit of grain. There's also a good lingering bitter hoppy aftertaste. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and creamy and has high carbonation. Drinkability is good, but could be better if the carbonation was a bit lower. Other than the weak aroma, I liked this beer. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of IdrinkGas
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of rhoadsrage
2.93/5  rDev -21.9%
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 akorsak
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
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 DefenCorps
3.23/5  rDev -13.9%
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 barczar
3.59/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear medium brown with a modest cream head.

Aroma is somewhat malty, herbal, grassy, and resinous. There's a touch of bitter earthiness and citrus.

Flavor is extremely earthy and resinous with a touch of citrus, moderate bitterness, slightly peppery, and finishing with a hint of pine. Resin and earthiness, grassiness, with a stronger chewiness than amarillo.

Body is moderate, moderate carbonation, astringent finish, slight alcohol warmth.

Very resiny, fairly bitter, remind me of rye in a way.

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Photo of JamLand
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of ppoitras
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle purchased as a single at Julio's, Westboro, MA. Cap date is 10/12/10, best by date?

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1 1/2" tan head over the slightly cloudy amber brew, which has ample floaties. Pillowy head is going nowhere fast, with lots of sticky lacing. Aroma is citrus with slight earth notes. Taste is sweet for a moment, and then goes citrus to the close. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability pretty good. Warrior seems a bit harsh to operate solo for me.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazey, coppery, deepish amaber color. Nice two finger head that recedes to a whole-top layer of foam. Citrusy fruit salad sweet aroma of pineapple, gree apple skins, orange, lime, and lemon. The pilsner malts inject a good dose of bready grain sweetness to the aroma. The taste starts bitter exotic fruit rinds and citrus zest upfront. Quickly giving way to some lovely muffin sweetness and orange marmalade. The finish is a slow bite into any non-descript citrus fruit, skin and all. Then slowly mellowing out to a more biscuity malt. The palate is oily and resiny bitter throughout each sip. I love these single hop jobs. They reallyshowcase the differences in palate and taste a different species of hop contributes to a beer.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of champ103
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Flying Saucer in Houston, TX

A: Pours a very cloudy red color. A bit to much yeast suspended. A one finger white head forms, and recede to nothing in a minute. Light lace.
S: Malty sweet up front. Some caramel. Though plenty of citrus hops. Grapefruit and some bitterness, but not over the top. Which I like.
T: Follows the nose. Pretty simple. Lots of sweetness up front with some caramel. Citrus and grapefruit are the dominate hops. There is a light bitterness that works well with the sweetness.
M/D: A medium body that is a little under carbonated. I wish it was just a bit more crisp. Easy to drink. I put a pint away without a thought.

A nice IPA. There is some sweetness along with plenty of citrus hops and a bit of grapefruit bitterness. Though it never gets out of hand. A well balanced IPA, and one I would recommend.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yeah, yeah, yeah... I know... It's old. But it's been in my fridge for over 2 years (first batch).

A: Pours a solid amber with about a half finger of white head. There is very little lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is sweet malt, dried apricot, and really wine-like. I don't know how else to describe it.

T: There is a solid malt backbone, but there is an undeniable wine-like quality to this beer. It has a subtle bitterness, and a faded fruity essence, like grape skin. It's surprisingly enjoyable, but not something I would want all of the time.

M: Medium bodied beer. It's sweet and malty up front, but it finishes a touch dry. Unremarkable.

O: This is decent, but it's not the best single hop I've had.

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Photo of drpimento
4.73/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, what a beer! Bottle started foaming over as soon as I opened it. Towards the end of the pour I noticed some sediment at the bottom so I left that out for the tasting. Will gobble it after for the vit a mins. Poured with a slight two-toned color of light cream to tan thick foamy frothy head and good lacing. Color is a cloudy medium amber with sediment suspended. Aroma is very hoppy with caramel toffee malt. Flavor is the same plus a little citrus, leather, a hint of butterscotch pine and nutmeat. Great body and superb carbonation. The overall effect makes me want to gulp the beer. Nice medium long tapering finish. Lip smackin good!

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Photo of mynie
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Probably a wee bit stale. You may call me unobjective for reviewing a beer past its prime, but I can just as easily call you naive for expecting timely reviews for a un-dated, imported beer that costs 6 bucks per 11.2 oz bottle. If Mikkeller wants fresh reviews, they should either charge less or put a best by date on their bottles.

Coming down off my sad little soapbox, this is still a very nicely done IPA, even in spite of the fact that the malt nodes are, well, a little aged. The age results in a prickliness of the yeast which bounces well against the citrusy dry warrior hops. Malt is subdued, but still provides a decent little balance.

Tastes like--well, shit, Mikkeller might have anticipated my little protest review, because it seems like age has actually blunted the IBUs and made this a neat little beer. I thought I picked out recognizable warrior nodes in the aroma, but there's absolutely none in the flavor. Here, the hops are a generic sort of bitter, but they work pretty gard darn well against the prickly yeast and overripe fruit esters in the malt.

So, lesson learned. If you're going to make a medium-strong IPA that you plan on leaving undrank for a long while, Warrior is a good hop to use.

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Photo of jera1350
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Copper colored with a thick and sticky cap of foam that is rocky and clings to the glass.

A rich smell of sweet malt that resembles apple pie or a sweet rhubarb cake. Very fruity hop presence.

The taste consists of balance between the moderately bitter hops and the sweet malt. Some spice and fruit notes mixed in.

Very smooth and very soft carbonation with a dry finish.

A decent IPA. The warrior hop is tasty, and is nicely profiled. The malt seems to be a bit much for it in this beer perhaps though.

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Photo of threedaggers
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of mrfrancis
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of glid02
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle from Green's on Buford in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy orange-copper color with a rocky two-finger off-white head. The head recedes slowly into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of raw, herbal hops with hints of pine and milder hints of grapefruit sneaking out from time to time.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet malt flavors are soon overtaken by herbal hop flavors with hints of pine that come out midway through the sip. The ending has a solid bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness and moderate carbonation that makes this go down smoothly.

Drinkability is good. I had no problem finishing a bottle and could certainly drink a few more.

Overall this is a solid beer, and cheers to Mikkeller for doing something that I can't believe (at least to my knowledge) has been done before. Worth a shot.

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Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev +6.7%
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 Cyberkedi
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
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 Durge
3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A yellowish amber colored brew with a mountainous off-white head and chunks of fluffy lacing. The aroma is a very mild skunky wheat and herbal hop. Not very definitive but pleasant. The flavor brings a nice sweet meade honey quality with more skunk-wheat and floral sweetness. Very nice though not a strong IPA. This is medium-light bodied with a midland smooth feel with solid carbonation. Very decent, and plenty drinkable.

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Warrior Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 232 ratings
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