War Hammer
4 Hands Brewing Co.

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #828
Ranked #3,659
4.13 | pDev: 10.9%
4 Hands Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States
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Notes: Columbus Tomahawk Zeus is the primary hop variety in War Hammer as well as the inspiration in the name. We use a combination of Pacific Northwest hops to create layers of pungent flavors. A generous malt bill adds biscuit and honey notes while allowing the hops to take center stage. War Hammer pours golden in color with aromas of pineapple, mango, tangerine, resin, and slight earthy notes.

83 IBU
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CraigDeMoss from Kansas

3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Kind of dumb to have one can in a 4 pack that’s dated. Got this as a single, canned whenever the other can out of the 4 pack was.

Orange juice haze, golden brown straw in certain light, one finger foam head Good retention and sticky lacing

Orange and pineapple. Surprisingly not a lot of aroma off this.

Good ol hop burn bitterness of orange and cream and some pineapple, a lot of the same notes you get from many hazies with I’m guessing Citra and mosaic and possible Simcoe in there. I don’t know, it tastes pretty good.

Definite over hopping here. Resinous and medium full with a slight fluffy and creaminess. Ok carbonation.

Maybe the hop that’s at the forefront attributes to the orange juice burn. I don’t know and I don’t care as I love all beer even if it sucks. I wouldn’t have this again unless I can get it on draft. And I can. So we will see.*

*yea not much better.

Jun 08, 2020
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Released mid-April 2020; drank 6/7/20 @ the Yarchives.

Opaque orange appearance.

A violent pour yielded a nice white head; thick lace.

Orange citrus, baking soda & caramel notes in the nose.

Medium thick, sticky mouthfeel.

Orange citrus, baking soda, caramel, mild pine & mild booze heat flavors.

This embodies many of the aspects of a West Coast IPA and illustrates why the New England style needed to exist. Unpleasant.

Jun 08, 2020
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Livyatan1996 from Missouri

4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Man I wish these guys would date their beers. 22 oz bomber poured into the usual snifter, comes out a clear copper color with a nice, rocky 2 finger white head that left a ton of lacing and sat as a foam ring around the beer for the remainder of the drink. Nose of a whole lot of pine, citrus and some honey sweetness, with the taste following the same. Drinks super smooth, no booze detected on my end to the point that it's almost dangerous that they only sell it in bombers. Good carbonation. A strong IPA here that sticks its head out above a few others by 4 Hands.

Jul 05, 2018
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snaotheus from Washington

3.5/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle served in a snifter. I don't see a date.

Looks coppery with a medium to large head and a lot of lazy carbonation. Smell is hops and old hay.

Taste is sweet and malty, some bitterness from apparent hops, and a little bit of old hay.

Mouthfeel is thick and sticky. With a slap-in-the-palate of hops, that would go nicely. Overall, it's not bad, but it's not inspiring.

Jul 01, 2018
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beergoot from Colorado

3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, golden body; clear with fine carbonation; thick, sculpted head. Pine and grass aroma; some sweetness on the nose; a mild citrus quality. A mild sweetness to the malt base; brisk hop punch. Heavy body; velvety with a prickly tickle.

This is my kind of big IPA. It's straightforward, with a clear, clean look and has a nice balance of sticky, sweet malt base with a punchy, vibrant hop bitterness. Nicely balanced, reasonably complex; overall satisfying.

Jun 18, 2018
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Brewno8it from Missouri

4.86/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Had this on tap at 4 Hands in St. Louis. Served in an IPA snifter, the beer is a pale orange / yellow hue, with a slight cloudiness. The smell has hints of citrus and tropical. The taste and mouth feel was near perfect with a beautiful body and wonderful hop balance. Good enough for two snifters! If you close your eyes, this beer easily would feel like a Ballast Point project, but in my own backyard. Well done 4 Hands!

May 20, 2017
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ProperGlassesNeeded from Texas

4.44/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: GREAT orange malty double
Smell: resin & hop stem, tropical leaves, solid wood floors
Taste: its not top notch NE style kind of brew, but for a heavier malty dipa, its well made, smooth, flavor mesh well, and I want to enjoy this all day. A hint of the alcohol on the tail end
Feel: its kind of wet, and light on palate
Overall: hooray for war!, hammer that is

Apr 22, 2017
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russpowell from Arkansas

4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Could've swore I reviewed this ...

Pours an effervescent with some hazing & a thumb of eggshell colored head. Clears up, stellar head retention & lacing

S: Cakeyness, mango, a little pine & woody hops, a little carmel up front, some grapefruit too. Dryness, mangos, pine, cakeyness, & a little pineapple, a little papaya & grapefruit once warm, a touch of booze warmth. Finishes cakey, dry, with pineapple

MF: Firm carbonation, medium thick body, lovely balance, warming

Nice take on the style, put this in 4 pack form & I will buy this again

Apr 05, 2017
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Suds from Missouri

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 22 ounce bomber, this brew is a cloudy (almost milky) straw color, with a long-lasting white head. The aroma is all about fruit...pineapple, kiwi, pomegranate, melon, and more. It smells like a fruit salad. There is a hint of malt and some spice in the aroma as well, but well underneath. The taste is equally fruity, with a balanced sweetness and serious hop bitterness in the mid-taste. At first, you don't get the warmth, although it is clearly notable after a few sips. Full in body and exceptionally engaging.

Apr 01, 2017
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PhillyJ from Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

4 hands I'm really trying to get into you.this is your best offering yet a malt forward dipa. This beer is very fragrant but the hops are so understated in the flavor but the honey flavor is worth the price of entrance even if it's slightly hot on the back end for only being 9%. This is four hands 90min attempt and it's well done the malty honey biscuit is delicious I think there should be a classification for malt bombs like a mipa malted India pale ale. If you go into this brew with a malted mindset it is a winner. I had to check the label to see if honey was added. I would definitely recommend this brew if you go into knowing that it's a malt bomb not a hop bomb and you'll be rewarded. One final word Malt!

Jul 02, 2016
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.89/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The War Hammer was a big beer and quite nice. It poured a clear copper with white head that did not leave a lace. The scent was sweet with touches of citrus hop. The taste was definitely a fight between hops and sweet malt. The Mouthfeel was fuller in body with good carbonation. Overall it's worth a try.

May 23, 2016
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ksimons from Illinois

4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-a yellow orange color with a thin layer of white head that leaves a ring around the top

S-aroma of caramel malt, tropical fruit, citrus, and light pine

T-taste is similar to the smell with a caramel backbone and citrus, tropical fruit, and a pine resin finish. Moderate alcohol heat in the taste.

M-medium body, moderate carbonation

Overall a pretty decent DIPA, nice aroma and taste, but not the most memorable

May 21, 2016
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HopHunter19 from Missouri

4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - bottle's cool, didn't pour this one into a glass
S - big pine, grapefruit, citrus peel, overly ripe fruit, papaya
T - follows the nose, very bitter, pine, grapefruit, orange, lemon/lime, mango, papaya, fruit juice
M - medium mouthfeel, very bitter, alcohol covered, aftertaste more of the same bitter fruit juice/peel
O - great beer. Underrated for sure. Bottled 3/26/16 drank 4/14/16

Apr 15, 2016
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yesterdayfaraway from Missouri

4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: clear golden with a ginger of head. Leaves plenty of lacing behind
S: citrus and pine. Not a huge aroma, but nice
T: more citrus than pine, but both present. Nice malt to balance it out. It finishes sweet and refreshing, not bitter and dry. Very nice.
F: very smooth and easy drinking. I really like that it doesn't finish dry nod bitter.
O: a very good fresh local ipa, just the way I like my ipa's

Apr 10, 2016
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Jimmys from Pennsylvania

2.86/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

big bottle. found a date on the label of APR 2015.

fairly hazy straw hued brew. not a beauty to look at. a bit oxidized in the aroma. messy hop flavor. slight oxidation. overall this is really not that good. wish I knew how old it was so I would have an idea of "shame on you or shame on me", but that is come to be expected when there is no date. overall nothing to write home about and really not that good.

Oct 26, 2015
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Memphisjoe14 from Illinois

4.67/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled June 2nd. Insane aroma and taste! Tons up fruit up front with a clean bitter finish. Not much pine. Even lacing down the tulip. Simply fantastic from the first sip to the last to the next sip of the refill.

Jun 11, 2015
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jtladner from District of Columbia

3.4/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The nose on this one is incredible. Super hoppy, promising a nice juicy beer. Unfortunately the taste is too harsh. I really wished the taste followed the nose on this one.

May 16, 2015
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Richard-Scott from Georgia

3.44/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Cugino's. Beautiful gold color with medium lace. Expected more on the jose. 'Thick' is the only word I can come up with for mf. It covers the alcohol. I'd try it again but not a favorite DIPA.

May 14, 2015
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emerge077 from Illinois

3.41/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Eh. Not sure how old this is, current reviews seem to be within the last couple months. It's pretty malty and boozy. CTZ hops are pretty distinctive, but unfortunately not very present.

Caramel malt taste, boozy and chewy, full bodied. Lingering earthy hop bitterness, also pretty sweet. Tastes more like an imperial red or strong ale.

Dark reddish orange, lots of lacing, slightly hazy.
Aroma is malty and sweet, caramel forward.

Overall I might try again if guaranteed fresh, but won't buy another bottle.

May 11, 2015
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JLaw55 from Missouri

3/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is strong, overwhelmingly so. It is a dark, heavy DIPA that packs a punch. I have to give it to them that the execution is pretty good for what it is, it just isn't my style of DIPA. It is dank, musty, boozy, and will knock your taste buds into submission. This is a true sipper of a beer.

Would Drink Again: No
Would Purchase Again: No

May 05, 2015
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Stevedore from Oregon

3.81/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle shared at the Malt House while waiting for Great Taste tickets.

Medium copper body, one finger white head, fair retention, nice lacing. Smells primarily of toffee, a bit of caramel, fair amount of grass and plenty of pine. Flavour is primarily pine-forward, plenty of toffee and biscuit. On the sweeter side to balance out all the pine and resin bitterness. It's solid, not particularly complex. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, on the sweeter side, slight bit of burn on the backend. Overall, a decent imperial IPA with a fair bit of pine and sweetness to it. Nothing I would buy again.

May 03, 2015
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mikeborglum from Missouri

4.86/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Really floral essence and real hops taste. Great white foamy head and nice lingering lace. Dark amber color is opaque. Very intense and taste as great as it smells!

Nov 30, 2014
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larryarms847 from Illinois

3.81/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a darker golden yellow.

Light citrus, slightly tropical pineapple and mango notes, caramel malt sweetness, honey.

Biscuity and caramel malt sweetness, orange, pineapple, and slightly earthy.

Medium-bodied, medium carbonation, bitter, balanced.

Overall, a pretty decent beer from 4 Hands here.

Aug 15, 2014
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Brob245 from Missouri

4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - slightly hazy amber color. Light biscuity head with nice lacing.

Smell - very crisp hoppy aroma.

Taste - hoppy upfront with notes of citrus and an earthy character throughout.

Mouthfeel - light crisp, with a nice bitter bite.

Overall - if you like hoppy beers then this one is for you. Terrific aroma starts the experience with a crisp hoppy finish.

Jun 08, 2014
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scotlyn911 from Missouri

4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Another solid beer from an up and coming brewery in the heartland.

A: Hazy golden
S: Strong tropical citrus with some yeast behind it
T: Pretty much same as the smell but the piney hop profile takes over for the yeast
M: Crisp and clean up front but the lupulin--oh, the wonderful lupulin--stays around for a long time
O: This is a great tasting/sipping IPA. It's not something you're going to want to drink after you mow the lawn on a 102 degree summer day, but it's something you're going to love sipping on while sitting on the porch or back deck after a long day.

May 01, 2014
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