Warrior Single Hop IPA | Mikkeller ApS

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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 SFLpunk
2.8/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A big thanks to rtepiak for these two bottles. Reviewed side by side, Chinook and Warrior.

11.2oz brown glass pry-top bottle. No date. Concerning.

Pours a murky tawny brown with thin off-white head. Nose is a little more lively than the Chinook, with candied pineapple and sugary sweet caramel or maple candies.

Palate is bland and mellow. There's some hops there, but nowhere near as much bitterness as I would expect from Warrior. Caramel and woody malt character, but the finish is clean, so I guess that's something.

Notes: Both bottles are showing bad signs of age. Will re-rate if fresher bottles present themselves.

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Photo of DrewShal9
4.54/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: dark burnt orange. Almost looks like toffee
S: orange, pineapple, bubblegum? I can't really nail it but maybe caramel too- sure is delectable!
T: cherry, orange and citrus. Some spice and caramel. Stuff is spectacular as it is sweet then turns bitter and drying.
M: very lightly carbonated yet smooth and velvety. Almost has the consistency of orange juice to me (no pulp)
O: definitely like this and looking forward to trying the other single hop series brews from mikkeller! Need to find more beers that utilize warrior hops!

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Photo of ckollias
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
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 lanbewardin
2.82/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Amber, orange color, thin off white head

Smell - slight pine smell, not much aroma really. I did a tasting of this , columbus, & simcoe. This was by far the least aromatic.

Taste - Its mid - bitter, but not very flavorful. Quite thin actually.

Overall - Pretty thin , out of the columbus, simcoe, warrior trifecta this was my least favorite. Needs more hop flavor & bitterness

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Photo of roodie
3.08/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: pours an orangish brown with 1 finger of pillowy white head. Retained for 1-2 minutes. Minimal lacing.

S: no real standout aroma. Light carmel malty scent but no hoppy character to speak of. Underwhelming.

T: begins with a hint of malt but is dominated by bitter hoppiness, but a little skunky, like Heineken.

M: bitterness lingers on the tongue. Moderate carbonation makes for a spicy character.

O: not my favorite IPA but a nice way to learn about Warrior hops. Hopefully it wasn't a skunked batch. This hop isn't much for aroma but does pack a bitter punch.

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Photo of Jenkster4
3.1/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a light brownish orange. Burnt orange maybe. Got about a fingers worth of off white creamy head on the topside.

Smell: Not a very hop vibrant IPA. You get more of the caramel and some spicy malts that were used in this one.

Taste: The taste is pretty sweet and smooth, you get the caramel again. You really get more of a spice effect rather than a hop bitterness. Its not bad though.

Mouthfeel: Pretty pleasant mouthfeel overall. It's a really thin beer, but you get some nice lingerings in the back of your palate.

Overall: Just a decent offering. Wouldn't seek this out, but if it was readily available I would snatch it up again no doubt.

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Photo of brew3crew
3.13/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had on tap at the firkin espenisve bottle so happy to see it not quite as expensive on tap

A very cloudy orange color with a white head that sticks around for a while

S- very malty which is surprising for a fresh keg. Can not pick up any hops at all. Comes out a little momore as it warms up, but still not much

T-begins a lot like it smells but the hops finally come out in the finish. Very bitter with almost no taste to it at all. My guy is saying old beer. But aren't we spoiled with ipas?

M-medium body and smooth

O-have never had a warrior hop beer but if this is what the hop tastes like it is very unflattering.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
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 WastingFreetime
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
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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Photo of brewcrew76
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark orange with a thick tan head and huge patches of lace.

S - Light sweet caramel and citrus. Very light aroma.

T - Sweet caramel malt with a decent spice kick. Bitterness and malt balanced. The spice lingers.

M - Medium body with decent carbonation and lingering spice.

D - Strange how different warrior seems with other hops compared to by itself. Much cleaner than I expected with more spice. These single hops beer recipes are starting to become underwhelming.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.28/5  rDev -12.5%
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 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 vandemonian
3.46/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this at ChurchKey where they had 10+ Mikkeller single hop IPAs. It was interesting to taste the characteristics of this hop without interference from other hop types. This hop provided some nice woody flavours but I didn't love the smell.

A: Orange color and 3 mm head that fades to good lacing. 4

S: The smell is buttery with some hints of chlorine. 3

T: Woody and very slightly bitter in the aftertaste. 3.5

M: Pretty thick and reasonably carbonated. 4

O: Nice flavour, but I didn't love the smell so much. 3.5

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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 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 sweemzander
2.29/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks to cjacobsen for sharing!

(A)- Pours a cloudy orange amber color. Produced a good foamy off-white head dissipating to bubbles. Some lace.

(S)- A little funky & earthy. Some bitter hop and pine notes.

(T)- Same as the smell. A bit funky but has some malty aspects. Poor hop flavors.

(M)- A good carbonation level. A bit off-centered and funky with maltiness, but poor hop presence.

(D)- A bit of a letdown compared to the others. Decent, but plain compared to the rest.

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Photo of DaveAnderson
3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Saw this and the Nelson Sauvin Single Hop on the shelf, am tasting them side-by-side. I have no idea how to read the dates on the bottle caps. This one reads "10/12/10/", which seems to indicate a date of December 10, 2010 or October 12, 2010. Is that a bottling date or the "drink by" date? The bottle offers no clues.

Anyway, on to the tasting.

A - Pours a cloudy, apricot color, with a thin, white head, which recedes quickly, and leaves little lacing. Quite a contrast to the Nelson Sauvin, which was really foamy. This one leaves a sediment layer in the bottle, which again has me wondering about the date.

S - I don't know if it's the yeast or the malt, but nothing about this beer screams "American Style", other than those words on the label. I think it's a little of both. I don't smell this malt in American IPAs, and I don't smell this yeast. It smells like a brewery, actually -- not something I usually smell in a finished beer. There's a distracting metallic odor. Is it the age? Are there really hops in there?

T - I think I was right -- both the malt and the yeast are different from every American IPA I have tried. Tastes very much like it smells, which disappoints me a little. The hops can be discerned now, even on the nose. But only just. It has a clean, if sweet, flavor, and a satisfying, bitter finish. Tastes like an overcooked version of Hop-It.

D - The more I think of it, the more I believe this bottle was past its "drink by" date. Even so, I would take this over a lot of actual American IPAs. I would have gladly had a second (11.2 oz) bottle, but I don't know about three.

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Photo of MeisterBurger
3.47/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle at beerbistro.

Pours a cloudy russet brown topped by an off white head dropping sheets of lace.

Aroma of caramel malt and piney citrus. Far from the best IPA in this department. I think warrior might be a better bittering hop than an aroma hop.

Taste is sprucy, piney and minty bitterness against a crisp toasty caramel malt. Great malt profile is let down by the one-note hopping as I really get nothing but resinous pine bitterness and not a whole lot more.

Medium body with a crisp carbonation.

This is my first single hop beer (that intended to showcase a single varietal) I'm glad I had it. It's good. But it wasn't something I'd go out of my way to get again.

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Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
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 bishopdc0
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was suggested to me by the bar tender At lions pride in Brunswick Maine

The look is orange gold and amber mixed together. As it pours a thick beautiful forms and stays

The aroma is earthy. Hops are the star but slight malty aromas make their way through

The taste is heavy with malt and the hops, they mellow very well, earth and grass hops upfront with a malt backed sweetness the hops finish the beer with a bitterness

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Photo of JackieTH
3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy copper brown with a big fluffy head.

Smell: Subtle citrus and earthy aroma.

Taste: More assertive citrus hop with a malty sweet backbone. Nice balance on the hoppy side.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium body.

Drinkability: This is a solid IPA, while it's not going to dehydrate your mouth from it's hop intensity, it's enjoyable.

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

Poured from 330mL bottle into a pint glass. Cap reads 23/12/11.

Appearance: murky orange-brown hue with two thick fingers of pillowy ivory foam with a bit of an orange cast. Looks like a big ol' IPA to me.

Smell: aroma is sweet and funky; slightly vegetal hops atop a caramelly malt backbone. Like Nugget, I'm not sure Warrior makes a great aroma hop; still, it's not too bad.

Taste: sweet caramel malt with a slightly funky, slightly earthy and slightly spicy hop character. Bitterness is slow to grow but eventually builds up pretty well. I like the flavor of this beer more than the aroma, although I admit it is due in large part to the tasty malt characteristics.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy body with a passable amount of carbonation. It's OK, but it's a bit languid for me.

Drinkability: the flavor is my favorite part of this beer; it's a bit heavy to be a real session brew, but it's flavorful and warming on a cold autumn evening.

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Photo of eclaycamp
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single hop series, this time Warrior. Pours a cloudy amber the color of ice tea. Huge billowing head on this one, rocky yet delicate at the same time. Aroma is faint, not as much as you would hope from an IPA. Appearance is cloudy, perhaps not surprising considering that this beer is either unfiltered or bottle conditioned. First impression of the taste is that it's very clean - maybe that's my inherent bias in Warrior being used for bitterness and not much else. Oddly enough it only has what I would term medium bitterness, and not nearly as much as I've had in other beers. The hop profile, oddly enough, really takes a back seat and compliments the malt instead, at least for me. By the way if you haven't had any of the single hop series I recommend it, as the malt profile they use for it is simple enough yet complex enough to seemingly change every time. What I do get from the hop profile is crisp citrus, almost like lemon lime soda, with some mild spice in the finish. Overall this is another very solid entry into the single-hop series, and should be sampled just for education alone.

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Photo of ratedz
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes...

I was interested in trying all 10 of the Mikkeller Single Hop beers, so after I got my hands on a bottle of each, I tried one variation a night for 10 consecutive nights back in August. I really enjoyed examining the subtle differences that the different hops give the beers.

The beer pours a brownish-amber color with a cream-colored head that leaves behind beautiful lacing. The smell is slightly earthy with a hint of citrus...not overly hoppy. It feels fairly thick and smooth in the mouth and is lightly carbonated. It tastes similar to how to smells...a little citrus flavor up front that fades into a sweet, malty finish. While it isn't something that will satisfy a true hophead, it is a solid IPA that showcases the Warrior hop very nicely.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
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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Warrior Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 232 ratings
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