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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 TheSevenDuffs
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured in to Founder's tulip glass.

A - Medium amber, translucent, with one finger of bubbly off white head.

S -Pine, grassy notes and citrus. A somewhat light hop presence and and non-existent malt presence.

T - A sharp bitterness up front, as I expected form the warrior hops (but didn't detect in the nose) with some pine and light grassy and citrus notes. A very slight malt sweetness is evident in the background.

M - Medium body, light carbonation.

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Photo of TheNapkin
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I'm a big fan of the Mikkeller De Proef beers but this one challenges me a bit, which is a good thing. Beer should make us question our likes and dislikes, right? What's better than a beer that just confuses the hell out of us? The bottle says "American Style India Pale Ale" but this is definitely brewed with the Brett yeast, which--to me--makes it a Belgian IPA, but let's not split hairs, let's talk about the beer.

Smell: Musty, vegetative, earthy, grassy. As it warms, the beer takes on an interesting and strong thistle note, almost like a soft, aged sheep's milk cheese. I love funk, but the smell makes me do a double take. My guess is the curious note here is a characteristic of the Warrior hops. I hesitate to say it, but the warmer the beer gets, the more it starts to smell like asafoetida, which is a resinous extract made from wild fennel and common to Indian and Middle Eastern foods. Note that while fennel bulb tastes like licorice, asafoetida tastes more like onions or garlic and is often used as a substitute for onions in cooking.

Taste: Fortunately, the taste doesn't change as it warms. The flavors are on par with the smell minus the thistly element: musty, earthy, and grassy. Definitely bitter, but not a crisp, acidic bitter.

If you're interested in an IPA that isn't strictly "clean," "crisp" or "citrusy," this is it. As far as IPAs with Brett funk go, if Victory Wild Devil is a front-porch-sipping beer, this is a lock-yourself-in-the-attic-and-look-at-the-spider-webs beer. If you like really earthy flavors like washed-rind cheeses, beets, and mushrooms, then I recommend this beer, if only for the experience alone.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

Trying to make my way through all of these now. Man, this is gonna take a while... This one pours a clear russet-amber topped by a finger of dirty off-white foam. The nose is sorta weak, yielding only some mild leafy greens and some muted caramel. The taste leads off with the caramel, much richer here, followed quickly by a bite of spicy dark greens, light cilantro, and a vague sense of light woodiness. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation, a decidedly creamy feel, and a somewhat dry finish. Overall, a pretty decent IPA, though it seems the hops have possibly begun to fade a bit (of course, as another reviewer said, Warrior isn't exactly a brewer's first choice for a potent aroma hop...). Still fairly enjoyable, though, if you ask me.

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Photo of DaveAnderson
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
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 vandemonian
3.46/5  rDev -8%
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 MeisterBurger
3.47/5  rDev -7.7%
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 bluejacket74
3.49/5  rDev -7.2%
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 akorsak
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
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 berebrando
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Kevin and I sampled this beer after collecting all ten (simcoe, cascade, warrior, nelson, nugget, amarillo, tomahawk, chinook and centennial). We sampled them, one after the other, to compare the hop varietals. These notes are primarily focused on the hop flavors of each beer and should be used in comparison to one another. This review is one in a series of 10... and then there is "10".

Top of bottle: 10-12-10
Date of tasting: 10-16-10

Hop notes:
Kevin: Slightly higher bitterness than sweetness. drysmouth. carmel like others. citrus smell. earthy orange.
Brandon: more pine, some very funky orange flavor.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a weird one. It is a valuable tool to understand Warrior hops in both the bittering and aroma roles, but the fact is that Warriors by themselves don't really make great beer.

Pours a hazy oragny with a huge fluffy head that falls to nice lacing. The aroma is all warrior - bready, hay-like, a bit sour, a little spice. The flavor is strong, citric, like a bitter blood orange, so strong that the malt is difficult to pick out. It's unclear what yeast they used, but it has a Belgian edge that the companion Simcoe single hop didn't have - it's phenolic and with a little sour bite. The bitterness is distinct but somewhat muted on the finish. The mouthfeel is quite thin.

This is an interesting beer to try, but not one I would visit often.

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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 speter
3.51/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy copper color with an impressive three-finger head that leaves an incredible amount of lacing. The hazy appears to be nice hop residue.

S: Oddly, I get a combination of grass and honey (perhaps a wildflower honey), although it is more muted than I had eхpected.

T: There is a hint of the crystal malt up front, which together with the nose, gives it a honey-like quality. The center is where the muted grapefruit of the hops comes in, followed by a bracingly bitter finish. The aftertaste replays the flavor transitions.

M: Medium-bodied with lots of carbonation. Some warmth.

D: This is quite drinkable on its own, but of course it makes me want to sample the other single-hop members of the series.

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

Somewhat cloudy app. Great initial head and retention, copper in color.

Smell is of a faint piney aroma w/ some mild fruity apricot notes with a slight estery undertone.

Faint honey sweetness with mild balanceing bitterness and slight piney flavor.

Decently crisp with a lingering sweetness.

This is a decent beer but I would like the esters toned down. It's also a bit one noted and could use some more hop complexity.

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

Cap Sez 10/12/10

Pours a cloudy golden orange color, nice carbonation, very nice thick creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky/creamy lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, with some malts, very slight citrus, dark fruits. The taste is hoppy, bitter, malty, some citrus, but getting more dark fruityness. Medium body, a little to hot for a brew this low in ABV. Drinkable, a nice little brew.

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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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Photo of Zorro
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
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 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 barczar
3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
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 Durge
3.61/5  rDev -4%
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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Photo of DoubleJ
3.61/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

What? Another single-hop IPA from Mikkeller? Gotta try it. On to the beer:

Burnt orange color, almost with reddish hues mixed in, the puffy head on top makes for a great show as it lasts all the way down. Some amounts of lacing are left. The aromas: mango, orange, red grape, none really uber intense.

This is pleasant. Red grape hits first, and then come the hoppy flavors, which bring to mind grapefruit and bittering citrus. Slightly more pleasant is the mouthfeel, which brings a medium body with carbonation bubbles that are teeny tiny. Still, as far as the series goes, is not nearly as tasty and gulpable as others.

No, it's not the best IPA I've ever had, but as part of this series of single-hop IPA's, I'd call it a success.

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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 Halcyondays
3.64/5  rDev -3.2%
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 RblWthACoz
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a foggy amber brown with a orange tint. Big creme head. Too big. Again (like the Cascade.) Nose is perfume, floral tones, and what I felt for a second was jasmine tea. Just for a quick hit. Very subtle indeed. Flavor is kind of a thicker almost syrup kind of thing with some alcohol similar tones. Too much like the Cascade IMO. Feel is a bit thicker on the liquid and the carbonation is a bit nipping at the mouth. Overall this is decent. I wouldn't call it great. Maybe good enough. But could be better and could be more rounded on the profile.

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Photo of jgasparine
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
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 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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Warrior Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
3.76 out of 5 based on 232 ratings.
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