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 beernads
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of jophish17
3/5  rDev -20.2%

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of ryrust5301
3.01/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pretty dark, almost similar to a DIPA. Very murky deep orange color with a pink glow to it. Head is eggshell white and leaves a soft crown on top with pretty patchwork lacing. Noticeable amount of sediment floating around, probably from the hop oil.

Smell - Warrior hops provide the bitterness with a little bit of must thrown in. Pineapple, tangerine, and grapefruit are added, but the whole overall smell is average at best.

Taste & Mouthfeel - First thing that hits me, is it has somewhat of a similar taste of a Saison, which I guess is where the musty smell came in. Warrior hops plug in their bitterness, but it's matched by a creaminess. I can't get over how belgian this tastes! Needless to say i'm totally caught off guard by this. Feel is nice as it has a crispness up front and goes down fairly easy.

Drinkability - It's really tough to grade this beer, as it is pretty good in it's own right. Don't really know how this beer ended up here, but here we are. Before you grab one proceed with caution, as this is not your typical ipa.

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Photo of capra12
3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into an East End Pint glass.

Appearance: slightly cloudy brown with 2 fingers of head.

Smell: Fresh lychee and grapefuit rind hops.

Taste: Opens with a rather distinct roasted coffee profile as a tangy fruit profile makes an brief appearance in the flavor profile. A grapefruit profile sneaks in towards the finish leaving a tangy and hop profile.

Mouthfeel: light bodied with moderate carbonatoin and slightly coarse

Drinkability: one and done for me. Recommend this to those who want to try a warrior hopped IPA.

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Photo of roodie
3.08/5  rDev -18.1%
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 -17.6%
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 drabmuh
3.11/5  rDev -17.3%
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 kojevergas
3.13/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 10/12/2010. Acquired at Total Beverage in Thorton, Colorado. 11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a nonical pint glass in me gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are average; Mikkeller is me favourite brewery in the world but Mikkel's IPAs tend to be subpar.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a four finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and pretty good retention. Colour is a nontransparent murky copper-orange. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. A generally inviting appearance for an IPA.

Sm: Fresh grapefruit citrus esters, untamed hop bitterness (a characteristic seemingly common amongst beers in Mikkel's single hop series), and a clean malt foundation. Simple but generally appealing, though the untamed bitterness is problematic. A mild strength aroma.

T: Grapefruit, fresh fruit esters, and some hop bitterness on the climax. These notes ride atop the unobtrusive malt climax, which feels weak and fails to provide a full body or rounded layered quality. Simple for an IPA but pleasant. Not complex or subtle. Enjoyable. No yeast or alcohol comes through.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with some coarseness from the climax through the finish. A bit undercarbonated. Thickness is adequate but not ideal.

Dr: Drinkable but unremarkable. A decent little IPA but not one I'd get again, especially at its high price. Another disappointing experiment from Mikkeller. True fans of this hop strain are the only ones that should try this.


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Photo of brew3crew
3.13/5  rDev -16.8%
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 DefenCorps
3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
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 SLeffler27
3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A huge, off-white head slowly turns rocky while it lingers, placing sticky lace on the glass above a cloudy, honey gold beer on the brownish side.

Smells bitter! This should be interesting. Toasted malt with light pine and citrus aromas.

Super bitter, almost enamel peeling with lots of grapefruit and some mint. The finish is long and clinging.
A full-bodied beer with some alcohol, a wooly texture, ample carbonation, and astringency.

This was enjoyed as part of a self-training exercise to distinguish between the varieties of hops. The high bitterness makes this one for a select few.

Sampled from a Harp nonic alongside the Willamette Single Hop IPA.

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Photo of JRHeikk
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of alcstradamus
3.26/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours amber with a huge billowing head and sticky lacing, some sediment floats around the glass as well. Smell is musty orange peel and caramel malt. Being a single hop IPA, I guess it would be too much to expect complexity and unfortunately this one does not rise above expectations. Biscuity malts and a one note piney hop profile, this just really doesn't have the tools to please. Mouthfeel is normal for the style, but drinkability suffers due to the overall boringness of it.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
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 Tilley4
3.37/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hmm... I just didn't get this one... First of all, it was loaded with yeast chunks and was way too carbonated... A gentle pour produced one inch of beer and 4 inches of foam... Floral hop aromas are plentiful but seem a bit one dimensional...sweet floral hops on the taste...

Nope... just don't like it...

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
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 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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Warrior Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
3.76 out of 5 based on 232 ratings.
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