Lieutenant Dan India Pale Ale
War Horse Brewing Company

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IPA - American
Ranked #6,207
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3.7 | pDev: 11.08%
War Horse Brewing Company
New York, United States
Lieutenant Dan India Pale AleLieutenant Dan India Pale Ale
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Peach63 from New York

3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours orange with a 1 1/2 inch cream-colored head. Heavy lacing which lasts to the end. Hazy.

Aroma is orange, pine, grapefruit, floral.

Taste is piney, citrusy, bready, earthy, grassy. Resinous.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Dry, bitter finish.

Pretty good IPA from War Horse.

Aug 12, 2020
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I recently wrapped up a major undertaking with Terrapin in support of The CANQuest (tm) & before I begin CANother deep delve into a brewery, I am going to make a short detour. Not to worry, I have plenty pf CANs of beers to follow. This is just a lucky score, thanks to Hunger-N-Thirst. These next two actually make me happy as BOTH of my late-grandfathers were WWI veterans! Q: What did PapPap Kirsch (maternal), John Dos Passos & e. e. cummings have in common? A: They were all ambulance drivers! 8=O Q: What was special about PapPap ChANdler's service? A: He was one of the last mounted cavalrymen, to which the brewery's name alludes! Imagine the shot profile of a mounted horseman in trench warfare … OMFG. The fact that both survived (PapPap Kirsch had several bunkmates, one above & two across, die of Spanish Flu during Boot Camp), had children & had their children meet, marry & procreate to produce me is an unending source of amazement.

From the CAN: "War Horse Brewing Co. Geneva, NY April 7, 1945 Soon to be Legendary"; "Lieutenant Dan India Pale Ale"; "LT. Dan & 442nd Go For Broke"; "Daniel Inouye was a seventeen-year-old Japanese-American living in Honolulu when Pearl Harbor was attacked. A first aid teacher, he took off for the base and spent 5 days working on the wounded. On the 6th day he went to his recruiter to enlist, only to be turned away due to his ancestry. Inouye petitioned for 2 years to fight until FDR created 2 all-Japanese-American units. In April 1945, Inouye and his men were pinned down by 3 machine guns on a hill in Italy. Lt. Dan charged the nests with a Thompson and a bag of grenades. Inouye was shot in the stomach while knocking out the first two and in the elbow while throwing his last grenade at the third. Lt. Dan picked the grenade out of the useless hand and took out the third nest. Inouye would go on to be awarded the Purple Heart and serve as a U. S. Senator for nearly 50 years."; "Lt. Dan IPA opens with a rush of aromatic citrus, pine, and a touch of bready malt. The taste is a balanced blend of tropical fruits and sticky pine, with a solid malt backbone to hold everything together. Pair with: Grilled shrimp, box of chocolates." Ha!

I beCAN by alerting LT Dan that things would start with a Crack! of the vent & that he should hold his fire. He CANsented to this & I proceeded with a slow, gentle C-Line Glug, advancing to the lipline of the glass to reassess the situation. When I noted nothing untoward, I CANtinued with my Glug, eventually producing two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, French Vanilla-colored head with excellent retention, forcing me to hold my position until it fell back, leaving a load of Belgian lacing in its retreat. Retreat, HELL! It just arrived. It was simply advancing in a different direction! Upon regrouping, I noticed that it was a turbid, murky Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9). Nose was quite fruity, with notes of orange/CANgerine & peach. Mmm. I recently scored a buncha reefer packs of Dole peaches & I have been eating the h**l out of them at work on my breaks & at Lunch. Yum! Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but on the approach. The taste was a mélange of peach, white oak, orange/CANgerine & grapefruit. Mmm. It was the latter that really carried the day, bringing an unexpected but totally welcome bitterness to the finish. Call the finish semi-dry to dry as a result. Mmm. YMMV.

Jun 18, 2020
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Jlabs from New York

4.19/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass via can
Color is a nice golden yellow
Smell is a nice piney citrus
Taste follows the nose with a light hop bite
Carbonation is medium
Mouthfeel is light and clean

Solid IPA

Dec 15, 2019
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.54/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

the art on the can is cool here, but the beer was just okay for me, its seems a little malty for what its trying to be, and as such doesnt seem real fresh, although i didnt see a date on the can. it also uses falconers flight hops, which i have always known to be exceedingly bitter in that gripping high alpha sense, always right on the swallow, and i get there here. its a lot next to some oxidation setting in, and i feel like ill need to try this one when i can be assured of its freshness, because it seems to promising. i do get some fruity hops in here, also on the finish, slight mango, juniper berry, and bitter orange, but its the green bitterness that takes over and outlasts all of that. makes it kind of brisk at the end for having so much grain flavor, but its overpowering the nuance. a little german sort of breadiness to the grain, less of a crystal malt caramel thing, more of a doughy depth, could be nice if the hops werent fading. its hard to be too critical here of a beer that likely missed its window. i have heard good things about war horse, and will look forward to trying this again and updating this review when i source the beer in a fresher form! i adored the only other beer i have ever had from them.

Aug 21, 2019
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bluejacket74 from Ohio

4.24/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 ounce can, 09/06/18 stamped on the bottom. Not sure if it's a best by or a canning on date. Served in a DFH IPA glass, the beer pours a cloudy dark gold color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. I like the aroma, the brew smells like tropical fruit, pineapple, oranges, pine and bready malt. Taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of some grassiness, orange peel and grapefruit flavors. Nice balance between the fruity flavors and bitterness. This gets better the longer I drink it! Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and easy to drink with a good amount of carbonation. I liked this IPA a lot, thanks to my friend Denis for getting a can of this for me!

Oct 13, 2018
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a hazy, dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of juicy grapefruit,. Taste is grapefruit, orange peels, juicy, moderate bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a very refreshing and enjoyable beer.

Jun 11, 2018
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HorseheadsHophead from New York

4.23/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Comes in a hazy golden orange color with some floaties. A semi-aggressive pour yields a huge rocky, creamy white head. Long-lasting with sheets of lacing.
The smell is really sweet, overripe grapefruit, orange, and lemon. Sweet bready malt with hints of caramel. Catty dankness with pineapple, pine, and mango.
The taste is ruby red grapefruit and pineapple forward, followed by orange pith and lemon peel. A bit of cat pee dankness in this one. Simcoe for days. Hints of mango and papaya. Sweet toasted brown bread malt and caramel. Finishes sticky, resinous, and just slightly bitter. Leans sweet, but the bitterness keeps it in check.
It feels medium, well-carbonated, spritzy and it actually reminds me of juice at times. Extremely citrusy.

I can see why this was a medal winner. This is a really good IPA. Another winner from War Horse!

Mar 21, 2018
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izraelc from New York

3.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice cloudy golden orange pour with a frothy head. A nice start. Medium hoppy taste with a slight sweetness. Falls a little flat in the end. Not a bad IPA. I wouldn't kick it out of bed.

Feb 05, 2018
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DCN203 from Connecticut

4.21/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I read about this beer winning a New York State gold medal for IPA's and I was very skeptical but this beer is legit. Poured at the brewery, awesome atmosphere, great bartenders, a must visit if you're in the fingers lakes area. LT. Dan is a true east coast IPA, moderate hop, minimal malt, clean, crisp. Not a gold medal winner in my book but highly rated.

Aug 19, 2017
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fx20736 from New York

4.24/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought a 4 pack from Beers of the World on 5/20/17. Served cold in a Duvel tulip/ Hazy peach with a stiff white head. Some lacing and foam residue. Aroma is powdered grapefruit. Taste is candied citrus peel. Mouthfeel is frothy and chewy. This is a solid, staple IPA. Love it and will buy more.

May 22, 2017
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at War Horse Brewing Company in Geneva, NY.

This one pours a light and slightly hazy orange, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

When this beer was brewed by Custom Brewcrafters, it was pretty forgettable, and not good. This version, now personally brewed by War Horse on their own system, is great. It smells like moderate zesty citrus, some biting pine, and grassiness.

This is actually really nice now. There's tangerine, grapefruit, grassiness, pine, herbal flavors, and pineapple, with no discernible malt character. ]

This is super drinkable, with a crisp mouthfeel, and a normal level of carbonation.

This was a huge improvement over how it used to be. Cheers, War Horse!

Jan 29, 2017
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Chickenhawk9932 from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale yellow with a white head = good retention and lacing.

In the nose is big tropical fruit and citrus, orange, mango, backed by a nice floral bouquet and a decent malt hit.

Taste is citrus and tropical fruit up front hung on a thin bread malt backbone. Finishes dry.

Oct 29, 2016
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Rock_Glenn from New York

4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I should knock off some points because this one seems to taste different depending on the day/batch. But at times it's top notch. I love the Earthy/Bitter Hop flavor reminiscent of umm, hemp. It's a nice change of pace from the Pine and Citrus IPA's taking over the world.

Tastes of Cascade, Magnum and Columbus Hops, with an excellent malt flavor.

May 29, 2016
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FriedSlug from North Carolina

3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice clear copper color with a white head and decent lacing. The smell is malts and the scents of peaches and mangoes. The taste is nice but the malts seem to be more forward than the mango. It has a nice bitterness at the end. Quite a nice beer.

Aug 15, 2015
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dogfishandi from New York

3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. Labeled "lieutenant dan IPA" 6.6% ABV.

Pours out a slightly hazy sunset orange color with a nice looking slight off white head. OK retention, head is easily revived with a quick swirl. Spotty lacing.

Not the best aroma for IPA, but I've had much worse. Slightly vegetal with some hop resins, some pine sap, Nice malty backbone.

A nicely balanced IPA, not a whole lot of hop flavor, but some resin and bitterness is definatly apparent. A touch of grapefruit but mostly pine balanced by a nice malty flavor.

Solid body and feel for an IPA.

A pretty good offering, not really worth a second bottle but I'd be interested to try more from war horse.

Oct 12, 2013
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thain709 from Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - The beer poured a darker shade of amber with a nice hazy to it...there was a two finger, white head that stuck around for a little and finally became a wispy head...nice lacing

S - Hops are very present in the nose...they are citrusy and piney...there is a nice malt backbone

T - The flavors are a half step down from the nose...again the hops are present on the palate...they are juicy and bitter but there's something to them that makes me get almost an Enligsh flavor from them...the caramel malts provide the backbone to cut the bitterness but it's not overpowering...the finish is long and bitter

M - Medium bodied...good carbonation makes it smooth...long lasting bitterness

D - This IPA was balanced in the middle and left you with a pleasant was easy to drink but those flashes of an English IPA kind of threw me off...I would like to try more from these guys

Jan 11, 2011
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akorsak from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 650 mL bomber purchased at the Three Brothers compound in Geneva, NY during a Finger Lakes brewery excursion.

A: The IPA is a darker amber color, still translucent but with more of a vernal glow. A head of nearly two fingers resulted in thin patches of lace all around the glass.

S: The nose is citrusy and concentrated, a resiny blast of hops sitting on top of caramel malts. I also smell a dash of cinnamon, an unusual element to waft out of an IPA.

T: Plenty of caramel malts set the stage for the IPA's strong hoppiness. That hoppiness is citrusy, grapefruit through and through. When I had this ale on tap at the brewery, I was blown away by the fresh hop aroma and taste. It's not as strong here but it still delivers a wallop. A syrupy, oily hop flavor lingers long after each sip is gone.

M: The mouthfeel is hoppy, bitter in an unconventional way. The bitterness is more syrupy, gradually bringing the bitterness to the forefront.

D: I've taken my time with the bomber and enjoyed its evolution. It's not nearly as impressive as when served on tap though, so a visit to Geneva is necessary to really appreciate the IPA.

Aug 19, 2010
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tdawgydog from New York

3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a growler while visiting the Finger Lakes region last weekend. This is the last of the six growlers from various upstate NY breweries that I brought home with me.

A - Pours a nice copper red. A good 1 - 2 finger head dissipates to leave a nice lacing around the top of the glass.

S - Fresh Hops. Probably English, they are quite bitter.

T - The bitterness of the hops is a little off putting. I seem to remember it tasting a little differently when I tasted at the brewery but it was also at the end of a long day of brewery winery tours so you know how that goes.

D - Seems to get flat really quickly but this could be the product of the week old growler that I am drinking it out of.

M - A little thin. This is a decent representation of the style. I was surprised to find stuff like this during our trip so I guess I can't complain too loudly. I'd drink it again if I ever find myself in the Finger Lake region.

Jun 06, 2010
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SLeffler27 from New York

3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice, rocky, off-white head pushes up over a gem-clear, copper-amber beer with clean carbonation. The head lingers, leaving a fine lace on the pint glass.

A strong sense of orange citrus with fragrant pine makes for a simple, yet elegant aroma.

The bitterness is considerably less prevalent than the sample flavors from the tap, but this offering still has the acid and typical IPA hops. Some notes of green tea linger in the finish.

CB offers a medium-bodied, lightly carbonated, dry IPA with some metallic notes and astringency.

While not quite a session beer, one can easily have a few to quench ones thirst with a group of friends or family. EDIT - War Horse was previously contract brewed by CB's under the name Barley Yards.

Feb 09, 2009
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WesWes from New York

4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a solid pale and Carapils malt scent along with a stiff hoppy aroma. The taste is good as well. It has a smooth pale malt flavor that is complimented well with nice selection of hops. It's balanced with a crisp, clean finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This beer is well representative of the style much like the other beers they have. It's not the best around, but it's quite enjoyable. Recommended!

Nov 07, 2008
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almychristopher from New York

4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from the inside portion of the half inside half outside bar they have set up this beer is a clear golden color with an off white head that slowly recedes to lacing. the aroma is a nice mixture of hops some pineyness and some floral contributions as well. the taste has some definite piney hops up front combined with the crystal malt, and the dry finish it's a tasty beer and as with most IPA's i'd drink a few of them.

Sep 22, 2008
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mangledorf from Minnesota

4.04/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An owner let my friends and me tent out in his yard on a bicycle trip through upstate New York. We woke up and it was the morning of the Grand Opening of the Barley Yards Brewing Company (part of a collection of Vineyards). Tasted all their offerings on tap and bought a growler of this and the Black Lager.

Strong aromas. I could smell the hops. Equally rewarded in taste. Crisp and strong but not overbearing or squint-eye bitter.

Drinkable as a most IPAs can get.

Great bunch of guys up there. Check them out if you are upstate.

Aug 28, 2008
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LumpyGuitar from New York

3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Barley Yards.

Appearance is a clear and clean copper brown. Head is thin, but fluffy and white.

Smells of hop and malt.

Taste is solid and refreshing, very hoppy, alot of earthen notes, and a very mild sweet malt finish.

Mouthfeel is pretty carbonated, goes well with the beer and style.

Drinkability is good. One of the few microbrewery beers in the area of this style that I'd consistently buy. Try it out.

Aug 15, 2008
Lieutenant Dan India Pale Ale from War Horse Brewing Company
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 92 ratings