War Hammer | 4 Hands Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
4 Hands Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Reviews: 41 | Ratings: 293
Photo of Livyatan1996
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.5/5  rDev -15%
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.

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Photo of beergoot
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of Brewno8it
4.86/5  rDev +18%
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!

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Photo of ProperGlassesNeeded
4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
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

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Photo of russpowell
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
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

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Photo of Suds
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of PhillyJ
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
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!

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.89/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of ksimons
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
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

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
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

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
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

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Photo of Jimmys
2.86/5  rDev -30.6%
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.

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Photo of Memphisjoe14
4.67/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

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Photo of jtladner
3.4/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

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Photo of Richard-Scott
3.44/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
3.41/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

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Photo of JLaw55
3/5  rDev -27.2%
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

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Photo of Stevedore
3.81/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of mikeborglum
4.86/5  rDev +18%
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!

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Photo of larryarms847
3.81/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of Brob245
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of scotlyn911
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of ZpBrew
4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a great Imperial IPA, sweet maltyness, get fresh hop aroma and taste. To compare it's really close to dreadnaught but with a really strong sweet malty taste. I've picked up a few bombers since my first taste. If you find it, try it. If you are a fan of great smooth Imperial IPA, this is a must try.

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Photo of Florida9
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Slightly hazy orange-yellow in color. Forms a large, fluffy, off-white head. Very good retention. Lots of lacing.

S: Aroma is moderately strong and inviting. Mostly juicy citrus, with lesser notes of mango, tropical fruit, and pine.

T: Taste starts off fairly sweet which plays well with the mostly juicy and tropical hops. However, the pine notes seem to play a larger presence in the taste than the aroma and the tropical hops are quick to fade to the background, leaving a strong grapefruit and grapefruit pith quality. A touch of pine resin on the finish.

M: On the heavier side of medium in body. Moderate carbonation. Strong bitterness.

O: A very nice DIPA. Very hop dominant and just enough complexity to keep things interesting.

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War Hammer from 4 Hands Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 293 ratings