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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Reviews: 155 | Ratings: 232
Photo of smcolw
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
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 popery
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I imagine that this is a nice expression of the Warrior hop, but Warrior just isn't my favorite variety. This beer is tart and bitter with a touch of astringency, like the pith of a grapefruit. It's not bad, but it's just not terribly interesting. Warrior seems strong but lacking delicacy. The aroma is fantastic, candied wildflowers. The beer is otherwise good, nice bright appearance, plenty of head, good carbonation. I really enjoy getting to try these single hop IPAs. It's always interesting.

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Photo of Xul
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
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 BarrelO
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
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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Photo of froghop
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a clear orange with a very large mountainous light beige head, and very good lacing.

smell of caramel, pine, citrus, and grass.

taste is creamy, pine, hay, caramel, and nuts, ends is nicely bitter.

overall a nice IPA, well built and balanced.

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Photo of ToddT
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
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 ckollias
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
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 ppoitras
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
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 MrMcGibblets
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: served in a flight of their 4 single hop ipas. orangey light amber color, slight chill haze, nice dense lasting creamy head and lacing.
S: warrior hops are earthy and spicy.
T: nice malts in this-mostly palish and bready, lightly sweet, washed out by smooth hop bitterness and finishing dry, lingering hop flavors.
M: frothy, medium bodied.
D: i like, but don't love, warrior hops. pretty good ipa though.

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Photo of gford217
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330mL bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a slightly hazy caramel that shows brighter orange when held up to light. The head is a fluffy massive white cap that shows great retention and tons of lacing.

The aroma is dominated by citrus hops, light but slightly tart, especially lemons. There is a hint of some earthiness and some floral hops and very little in the way of malt.

The taste has the light citrus fruits up front but seems to have much more earthy tones than the aroma especially through the middle. The citrus comes back in the finish, with an astringent bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and highly carbonated with a dry, almost tart finish.

This is another interesting single hop brew from Mikkeller and, if nothing else, I'm definitely learning a bit more about the specific characteristics of each hop.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
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 larryarms847
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a rather murky golden hued amber with a thin finger of off-white foam.

Very resinous hop aroma, slightly spicy and dry, earthy.

Earthy, spicy, and resinous hop flavor.

Light-bodied, low carbonation, earthy, bitter.

Overall, not something I'd pick up again but decent.

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Photo of Samp01
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy amber with a medium beige lasting head with good lacing. ( Bottle dated 10/12/10 ) Aroma of yeast, dark fruit and caramel malt. Taste is sweet caramel malt, Belgian yeast, some bready notes, caramel malt with hops bitterness on the end for balance. a medium body, smooth with moderate carbonation. This brew is more on the malty side for an IPA, seems to be bottle conditioned as well. Still a good flavorful brew.

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Photo of jdubjacket
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Green's along with the other two single hop offerings from Mikkeller. Pours a slightly murky amber color. Moderate carbonation and lacing. Smell is very hoppy and slightly citrusy. Citric taste and hops are very prevalent. Some orange peel in the taste as well. Bitter aftertaste lingers for a while. Overall, a good beer. It's definitely nice to see which hops give beer particular characters.

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Photo of NonServiam
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

These single-hop IPAs are great for learning about each individual kind of hop.

Looks a bit dark for an IPA. Hazy, brownish-orange, with a head of medium cream color. Laces well.

Smell is very much warrior hops. Resin and citrus are most prominent, with perhaps a bit of darker fruit (e.g., plum) and fresh-turned earth. Combined with the sweetness of the malt, it does have kind of a "tropical fruit" (sweet and sour sauce?) effect, as another review put it.

Mouthfeel is very nice, rather thick and milky. Not strongly carbonated, but you'll feel a prickle if you hold your tongue still.

Flavor is pleasantly balanced against the aroma. Pretty sweet, a good bit of caramel. Not as bitter as I was expecting, the overall impression is rather malty. Though I do get some lingering bitter-aspirin aftertaste for several minutes after drinking. Nonetheless pretty drinkable.

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Photo of Florida9
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Sort of a darker rust colored orange in color. Forms and enormous 2 plus inches of fine bubbled, off-white head that sticks around for quite a bit before eventually reducing to a thick, stable surface coating. Leaves lots of lacing on the way down.

S: Some caramel malts. Lots of earthy pine, some citrus and even a little floral essence.

T: Taste is rather earthy, with some pine resin. There is a mild malt base. However, the taste just seems to fall flat.

M: Medium bodied. Aggressive bitterness. Appropriate carbonation. Dry and mildly chalky.

O: A good beer and an enjoyable IPA. Maybe a little too one dimensional, but, considering this is a single hop beer, one can't be overly surprised.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
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 Fatehunter
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass. Deep amber color with three fingers of head. Excessive and overflowing head.

Smells like overripe grapefruit and lemon... a little honeycomb. A muted smell overall, no sharp or dominant smells.

A good bitter taste, solid at first and then gives a little to the malt, but finishes strong. Lasting bitterness.

Medium body, low to moderate carbonation.

I like the idea of Mikkeller's single hop beers to showcase each hop variety. Points for that. This particular one had a poor appearance but the rest was good. The Warrior has a great taste by itself, which makes this an enjoying drink.

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Photo of blackie
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
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 Ruds
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip style glass to a cloudy dark orange/amber colour with a good finger plus of frothy off-white head. There was yeast sediment present, bobbing up and down after pouring and during drinking.

I quite enjoyed the smell of this beer, citrus hops, sweet malts, caramel and butterscotch and a little honey hidden in the background.

Taste wise I was getting sweet malts, a subtle blend of burnt caramelised sugars and bitter tasting citrus fruit, nameley grapefruit and Seville orange.

During drinking the head gave way fairly quickly leaving a small puddle on top of the beer at around 1/3rd of the way through with a little lacing present above the beer line.

This beer was a little over carbonated for my enjoyment and that was the difference between an overall 3.5 and a 4.

A decent enough beer but not a world beater. Having had a dozen or so of the Mikkeller single hop range, this one is somewhere firmly in the middle order, your number 6 batsman if you like!

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Photo of GRG1313
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
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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Photo of Beerenauslese
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewing a batch 2 bottle. Typical color for the series; this has a bit more head retention and lacing, probably due to the Warrior.

Has an earthy aroma, some spiciness, and a little citrus. Kind of mellow.

Tastes of citrus fruit with notes of earth, dark tea and pretty bitter grapefruit skin in the finish.

Medium body and a bit fizzy carbonation, still, has a slightly creamy mouthfeel.

This is a big dose of a bittering hop and too bitter on its own. But it seems to be a good expression of the hop variety and why it makes sense to combine it with more aromatic hops.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
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 lacqueredmouse
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
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 Sammy
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Opaque orange with substantial white creamy head. Some hoppy, citrus and also soapy aroma. Above average mouthfeel. Hi IBU bomb,offset by some malting to make it drinkable. Very citrusy, tropical fruit pineapple with acid and tangy. Beerbistro Danish import.

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Warrior Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
3.76 out of 5 based on 232 ratings.
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