Lieutenant Dan India Pale Ale
War Horse Brewing Company

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IPA - American
Ranked #6,206
Ranked #37,878
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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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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wattersmike90 from New York

4/5  rDev +8.1%

Sep 29, 2014
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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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BabaBeer from Maryland

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

Sep 03, 2017
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FaradayUncaged from Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Oct 24, 2014
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jcole524 from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jul 20, 2018
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Steve_Studnuts from Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aug 19, 2017
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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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entenduintransit from Tennessee

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

Dec 14, 2018
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CharlesK from Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Jan 04, 2016
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womara from New York

4.43/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aug 09, 2016
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dfritz40 from New York

3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Feb 27, 2016
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sharp315 from New York

3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jan 22, 2017
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The_Beer_Guru from New York

3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

May 19, 2017
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DrederickTatum from New Jersey

3.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Nov 16, 2017
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JM58 from New York

4.54/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Mar 24, 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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Scottsbeer from Florida

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

Jun 16, 2018
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RT-Kris from New York

3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jan 31, 2019
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Vik777 from Connecticut

4.37/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jan 11, 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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kuhndog from New York

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

Mar 22, 2021
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robotic_being from Florida

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

Jul 24, 2019
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Jdells09 from New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Oct 12, 2020
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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
Lieutenant Dan India Pale Ale from War Horse Brewing Company
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 92 ratings