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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 bluejacket74
3.49/5  rDev -6.9%
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 -6.7%
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 safaricook
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of berebrando
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
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 vermilcj
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of quilty
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of whartontallboy
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Kirk
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Seanibus
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
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 Jeeb
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of barnzy78
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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 speter
3.51/5  rDev -6.4%
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 -5.9%
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 -5.9%
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 -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 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 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 barczar
3.59/5  rDev -4.3%
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 -3.7%
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 -3.7%
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 -3.2%
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 -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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Warrior Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 232 ratings
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