Warrior Single Hop IPA | Mikkeller ApS

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 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 joecast
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lightly tanned head which leaves some serious lacing. Plenty of hops there to aid retention. The beer iscloudy orange with low carbonation.

Impressive hop aroma. Pungent and resiny. Sappy without too much citrus or floral quality. Very heavy handed with the late hops.

Bitterness smashes the pallet. Should not made this the first beer of the night. Hop flavor is very high as well. You can sense the base beer has some balls but the hops keep those balls tucked safely in their purse. Have not had a hop bm like this in a long time. Some alcohol manages to sneak past to let you know there is more than just hop resin swirling around in this beer.

A bit heavy mouthfeel which doesn't help drinkability. Add that to the high hop presence and alcohol and one bottle of this is enough. Certainly a worthy beer but maybe more gimmick than session Ipa.

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Photo of billshmeinke
3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Trying this side by side against Cascade Single Hop.

Pours a golden orange color. Two finger rocky head that dies down to a nice layer of foam on top. Retains slightly better than Cascade. Lots of lacing let behind.

Smells of grapefruit mostly. Some dankness and resin.

Tastes of grapefruit and orange peel. Bitter resin, and dankness.

Medium bodied, well carbonated. Pretty dry. A nice hop bite.

Good drinkability, but the focus on one hop variety makes me want to move on.

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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 Halcyondays
3.64/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz.

A: Pours a hazy orange with a long lasting white head, some lace.

S: Honeysuckle, wildflowers initially with some cedar, wood.

T: Pine and white grapefruit, some very grassy green flavours in the finish. Considerable malt flavour, crystal malt with moderate residual sweetness.

M: Medium-bodied, chewy and oily with hop resin, long aftertaste.

D: Another nice beer in the single hop IPA series, can't wait to see what's next. Not wowing me, but good.

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Photo of jgasparine
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled the Nugget, Amarillo, Chinook, Tomahawk, Simcoe, Kent Goldings, and Warrior side-by-side. All draught pours at Max's in Baltimore on 4/22/2010.

A- All have a very similar appearance. All with some form of a thin off-white head and some touches of lacing. The Warrior exhibited a more diffuse head. The body was a cloudy copper color, with no visible carbonation.

S- Initially, not much of an aroma... most likely due to them being served cold. With the Warrior, you're getting a pale and vienna malt base on the nose, along with a piney and herbal hop aroma.

T- On the palate, it somehow comes across as being more sweet than the other Single Hops. Just a touch of fruity esters over the pale/vienna malt base. The hops come across rather piney and herbal, as anticipated. The finish is very dry with little hop bitterness.

M- Thin to medium in body. Highly attenuated with a soft carbonation. Not bad... not great.

D- The Warrior Single Hop is reasonably drinkable... but it really didn't resonate with me. Don't think I'll be having it again outside of another Single Hop Horizontal.

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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 blackie
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
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 Brabander
2.99/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Got this bottle from the Cracked kettle in Amsterdam. The beer poured in a Dutch beerglass gives a very nice white head with a dark coppercouloured fluid. The smeel is average, can't really say what smells reach out my nose but it's not spectacular.

Taste is average, nothing special here. I was not impressed by the mouthfeel. The beer, like many other ipa's gives a kind of strange aftertaste. The longer i drank it the more the taste became worse.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.11/5  rDev -17.1%
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 jsh420
4/5  rDev +6.7%
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 Xul
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy, darkish golden/light amber with a billowing two to three finger white head. The head sticks around for the duration of the beer, never slipping below a height of one finger.

S: Bready malt base with a hop profile that's a meld of citrus and earthy notes. A slight funk lingers around, not in a wild ale sense, but in a funky/musty sense. Doesn't detract too much but not a characteristic that fits very well in this style.

T: A spicy hop bite up front with a lot of earthiness to it, transitions into a biscuity malt profile which gives way to a more pleasant shade of spiciness on the backend - almost hints of cinnamon and nutmeg - along with citrusy notes.

M: Carbonation is on the high side, feels a bit dry and rough.

D: Between the dry, rough finish and the funky notes, it's not something I'd really want more than one of. Could score a lot higher if the beer got cleaned up a bit.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
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 biboergosum
4.05/5  rDev +8%
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 laituegonflable
4.01/5  rDev +6.9%
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 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 Zorro
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Chill hazed amber colored beer with a tall but momentary tan colored head.

Smells sweet and bready with a strong citrus aroma. Little bit of musty aroma here I can quite identify, the best description I can put on it is persimmon.

Starts out semi-dry and malty with no particular hop bite. Peculiar rubber flavor here. Distinct medicine smell and flavor.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Interesting, mostly this is bitter with that notable rubber flavor.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.51/5  rDev -6.4%
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 brdc
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Interesting idea, with the same base beer and a single, different hop which allows you to "study" the differences between each hop variety. I just wish they had added some infromation about the "base beer".

We are trying four on the same night, starting with cascade and warrior.
Both pour a nice, dark golden, warrior a bit hazier than cascade, which is fairly clean.
Very nice, fluffy and long lasting light brown head, very good lacing (nobody seems to beat belgians when it comes to lacing). Beautfiul presentation accross the border, although the chunks seem to last a bit longer on the warrior version for whatever reason.
Toasted, caramel malts form the base for a flowery, citrusy hoppiness that is not complex, but very pleasant. The aroma on the cascade is definitely more intense, with a predominant citrusy note; the warrior is interestingly more flowery, less intense, and the malts are more noticeable.
The flavor follows suit; light caramel cookie base, with a predominantly hoppy taste, a bit grassier here, and if still quite bitter, less than the cascade, and the malt base shines a bit more. Drinkability increases a bit, in my opinion. Between the two, so far me and my wife prefer warrior.
Both are medium bodied.

A very interesting experiment, in a very good beer.

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Photo of biggred1
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coppery amber with tons of suspended yeast particles visable and a nice fluffy head of eggshell head that leaves sticky rings of lace on the glass. The smell is fruity hops, pieapple and a slightly metallic note. Nice pine sap hop flavors with a good bit of caramely malt to balance. Medium bodied with mild carbonation. A pretty tasty beer, the label could use some work but it's the stuff inside that counts.

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Photo of ToddT
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Slightly hazy amber color, it does have some small pieces of sediment floating in it, liquid topped with a large beige head.

S- Subdued smell of citrus floral esters and caramel. There are more notes of malt coming through in the nose than there are notes of the hops.

T- Bitter but restrained notes of hops carry through from beginning to the finish. The notes of the hops waver back and forth between lemon tartness and sweet pineapple, with the pineapple winning out at the finish. The finish is crisp and dry without any residue of hop oil.

M- Medium in body and with decent carbonation.

D- Very drinkable the 6.9% ABV doesn't show through anywhere. More than two might become a little boring since it is pretty singular in profile though.

If nothing else these single hop styles help out in the education of the palate. I don't think I would want to drink this one all night but I'm very glad I tried it.

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Photo of smcolw
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
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 BarrelO
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a stange.

Orange body with an average head. The nose is incredibly floral without much citrus. The taste is floral, earthy, and bitter. Again, not really any of the citrus notes I like to see in an American-style IPA. I think it's safe to say that I'm not a big fan of Warrior as a centerpiece hop. I'm glad I tried this to find that out, though.

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4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazed golden orange with a deep amber core. Thick bubbly foamy bone-white head. Nice retention and good lacing.

Floral citrus hops. Orange peel, lemon zest. biscuit and caramel. Belgiany yeast.

Hoppy belgian IPA. citrus, floral and herbals notes. Orange/lemon zest. Fruity Belgian yeast. Pleasant bitterness that lingers and doesn't smack your face.

Med+ body, med+ carbonation. acidic. smooth.

Good single hop IPA in a Belgian style. Interesting hop character. Bit more Belgian influence than i expected. Not sure it's the best medium to showcase the warrior hops, but a good brew. Good, but not sure it's worth the high price tag.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
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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Warrior Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 61.6% out of 100 with 232 ratings
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