Warrior IPA | Left Hand Brewing Company

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Warrior IPAWarrior IPA

Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.60%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by goindownsouth on 03-27-2003

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Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Unfiltered and therefore requiring refrigeration. A 1.5X IPA, with extra bitterness and malting. Good drinkability and fix for hop heads. Citrus taste. Above average carbonation. Hoppy aroma. Attractive citrus orange colour with some white head. Above average for style. Refreshes.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fresh hopped IPA; Pours a dark orange amber with a thin white head.

Nose is medium assertive sweet ripe pineapple and some rich malty tones. (I'm not getting a fresh hop character; perhaps bottle is older?)

Mouthfeel is medium full body and nice integration of malt and hops. Some richness and creamy character in the mouth.

Flavors are a malt/fruity front that goes to a citric lemon/pine flavor and then to a very nice pine/grapefruit skin oil finish.

More sweet grapefruit bitter as it warms in the glass but still a bit fruity and malty for a fresh hopped IPA. A bit different than expected but nice. Finish is best part.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

one of the more exciting fresh hop beers ive had in awhile. i really enjoyed this one. it pours a darker caramel color, with a big bright white head that leaves sexy lacing all down the glass. the nose is splendid. very very fresh cascade hops, oil rich and tantilizing. theres also a big malt profile here too, american barely with a medium toast to it. the flavor necessarily features the hops first, locally grown here in colorado apparently. they are mostly piney, but i can pick up some orange peel too, as well as a hoagie roll malt flavor. the feel was perfect for late october, it has a bigger body and a nice bitter finish. enough carbonation as well. at less than 6 bucks a bomber, im not sure there is a better fresh hop beer on the shelves right now.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured out as a golden color with a minor haze to it. The smell was pretty hoppy so I was really excited about the taste. I found the flavor of the beer to be a little less than I thought it'd be from the nose profile. The taste was clearly an IPA but didn't really pack the punch I was hoping for. The other flavors ended up being more earthy and floral. The mouthfeel was about medium and had a good amount of carbonation. I'd drink it again it someone else bought it but I just wasn't that impressed I guess.

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Photo of metter98
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin yet dense off white head that has very good retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface and a dense web of lacing running down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderate aromas of pine resin hops in the nose along with some hints of citrus and floral hops.
T: Like the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of pine resin hops and has a moderate amount of bitterness, which is especially prevalent and lingers through the finish. There are some hints of the underlying caramel malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied and quite crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a nice IPA if you like lots of hop flavors and bitterness but don't want an Imperial IPA.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So that's what Warrior hops taste like? It seems that I want to follow that sentence with, "kinda tastes like chicken." ...only not.

The hop bill certainly fits the IPA style with a robust, sharp citrus, orange zest, grapefruit taste that comes close to recognizing pine, floral, and lemongrass. Definate hop bitterness to balance out the rich malt profile.

Maltiness accompanies a lot of sweetness and keeps the hops from overbearing. Though a well-attenuated character keeps the beer moderately light, the selection of malts take on a biscuity, English malt character--leaving some caramel sweetness behind.

Moderate alcohols keep the beer focused on the hops and complimentary barley character, while adding a dryness, crispness, and grahm cracker powdery feel. Still a bit heavier than most American Pale Ales.

I definately appreciate the showcase of the Warrior hop and feel that it was a pleasure to spend the time with the beer.

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Photo of brentk56
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a pillowy head that sticks well and leaves bounteous quantities of lace

Smell: Lemony grapefruit dominates but boy does it smell fresh

Taste: Opens with a touch of biscuity malt that is quickly over-powered by the lemony-grapefruit hops; lots of alpha acids here; after the swallow, the hops mellow a bit to allow the malt back into the picture but the finish is long and bitter, but a bit rough

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Drinkability: This is a very nice hoppy AIPA that lacks some finesse; I'd like a little more malt complexity and prefer more orangey citrus but that is not what Left Hand was aiming for here

Thanks, Oxymoron, for the opportunity

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Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle

A - Poured out a somewhat opaque burgandy color with a soapy, tan, two-finger head. It left sticky rings of lace.

S - It smelled of grasses and hops (apparently Warrior hops from Yakima, WA).

T - It tasted of bitter hops and a nice roasted malt flavor.

M - It was sharp and crisp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good IPA. Might be one of the better offerings from Left Hand.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a tulip glass. Color is a moderate amber with a single-finger white head that dies down pretty quickly. The nose brings a fairly large amount of malt along with some light pine and citrus hops. The taste is slight hops as well with a bit of bready malt. Pretty good feel with the bitterness and malt interacting. Drinks fairly well, but not quite up to the higher levels of LH's beers.

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Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to hoppedup for sharing this bottle with me tonight,poured a slightly hazy copper with some orange tint with a white thin head,nice hop profile in the aroma very raw and piney with a light noticable citrus presence.Very light and refreshing but with enough resiny,piney hop to make it a solid IPA,very easy to drink has to be somewhat light in alcohol.I think a summer IPA as it cut thru the humid night pretty well.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 1/24/2014. Pours lightly cloudy bright orange amber color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy cream colored head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, orange zest, lemon zest, floral, grass, pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good complexity of hop notes with a light-moderate malt presence; and good strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, orange zest, lemon zest, pine, floral, grass, bread, light caramel, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of spicy pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, pine, floral, grass, bread, light caramel, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and balance of citrus/grassy hop flavors with light-moderate malt presence; with a nice crisp malt/bitterness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice wet hop IPA. All around good complexity and balance of bright citrus/grassy hops with a fair amount of malt presence; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Left Hand's Warrior IPA pours a hazy orange-red copper beneath a short but creamy head of antique-white froth.

Warrior is a trademarked variety of hop grown by Yakima Chief; and although it's mainly a high-alpha-acid hop that's used for bitterness, it's aroma is quite nice as well. It's sprucey, piney and citrusy over a sweetish, caramel-tinged maltiness.

In the mouth, it's medium bodied with an oily, resinous feel that lends it slickess, and a bit more width.

Cool and refreshingly piney Warrior hops greet you in the flavor, but don't hold really well as they're mixed in with some yeasty fruitiness (apricot/tangerine). As it warms some minor maltiness surfaces to level things, and it fiinishes dry with a residual flicker of yeasty fruitiness and some more substantial lingering piney-hop character.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, strong piney hops and fruity citrus.

T: The taste is very well-balanced with sweet flavors of caramel & citrus and a strong hops bitterness. The malt character is hearty. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, med body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Very tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a very nice IPA that is worth drinking for a whole evening.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.29/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Once again I had to force myself to purchase some new beers, which I blame solely on you people, for whom are leaving in the dust review-wise. And, while it is quite enjoyable to constantly be trying new beers, I've collected quite a backlog of new beers, which is becoming a serious problem, as this tiny apartment can only hold so many bottles... ah, crap. Never mind. Let's just enjoy what we've got, which is Left Hand's Warrior IPA.

Appearance: Pours out a clear copper body with a meidum-size off-white head which left layer upon layer of ooey-gooey lacing. Naturally, having only been awake for 30 minutes at the time, my reaction was: "Hmmph." But it was pretty.

Smell: With the aroma, you can make out, without a bit of uncertainty: flowers and citrus. Oh, and plenty of caramel malt, as well as some resiny pine needles.

Taste: The flavor is of floral and pine hop flavors supported by a rather pronounced caramel malt base. Obviously, there's a dry, bitter finish, but as the beer warms it takes on a sharply wooden, soapy quality. So, once opened, I'd recommend drinking sooner rather than later.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, though it can seem a bit watery if you "look" closely. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Well, its quite clear to see that Warrior is a bittering hop. Overall, a decent brew, but, for me, it could use a bit more sweetness.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dusky orange with a definite reddish influence and radiant orange-amber edges. Are there any better heads in the world of beer than those produced by hoppy beer? I think not. This one is orangish beige, firm, bubblicious and as rocky as all get out. The glass is very nearly covered in thick, soon-to-be-crusty hop scum that looks fabulous.

I smell oranges, grapefruits and lemons (in roughly that order) dipped in caramel syrup. The aroma doesn't jump out of the glass (as hoped for), it just sort of wafts up gently to greet me. I demand pungent clouds of aerosolized hop oil from my favorite IPAs, so it looks like this one doesn't qualify. I'll forgive and forget if the flavor is mind-boggling.

Nope, no boggling here. The beer is impressively well-malted with a pleasing crystal malt caramel sweetness that is at least the flavor equal of the hops (unfortunately). This is a malt lover's IPA and will be appreciated by those who like their IPAs sweet as well as bitter. I'm underwhelmed by the hop flavor, even though there's enough of it to get the job done.

The flavor mirrors the nose, with citrus fruit and zest now soaking in sweet, gooey caramel. The hoppiness is rounded off by the malt before it can reach a truly satisfying peak. Having said that, all but the most hopheaded will find that it's hoppy enough. A little research tells me that Warrior hops are high in alpha acid and relatively low in flavor. It seems odd to build an IPA around such a variety. Other, unidentified, hops are present as well.

Update: the glass is a beautiful mess of sticky crust and the beer is significantly murky once the bottom of the bomber is added to the glass. The finish is medium-long, not quite lingering, and is exquisitely balanced to the bittersweet end. The mouthfeel is enjoyable. It's velvety smooth and semi-sticky. I found this beer to be extremely easy to drink, but I'm going to link the drinkability score to the taste score in this instance because... I feel like it.

This Left Hand Brewing Company offering is good beer. Unfortunately, 'great' never entered my radar screen. I realize that it would require a name change, but I'd suggest featuring a different hop. With more and better hop flavor, Warrior IPA would at least have a chance to achieve boggleability.

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Photo of russpowell
3.36/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent apricot/amber with 3+ finger of sand colored head. Very good head retention & lacing

S: Slight breadyness & some citric hop notes

T: Grapefruitty hops, plus a bit of lemon & some caramel up front. Breadyness & booze warmth on the lips as this warms. Finishes with more grapefruit & some hotness or is it acidic burn on the lips?

MF: Medium bodied, a bit slick, a little creamy & aggressively carbonated some- how at the same time. Too much grapefruit hops balance-wise

Drinks okay, but after about 2 servings or 1 22oz bottle, I have my fill of grapefruit. True hopheads may disagree. The bottom the pecking order for fresh hopped beers, I've tried this year IMO, no finesse at all

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy light orange amber with a big white pillow like head. Nice carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass and a really good amount of lace. Smell was thick orange resin hoppy with a touch of sweetness. The smell was really thick and you could almost feel the hop resin in your nose. The taste was very nice, thick piney and citrus hops with a decent, albeit slight balance with some malty grain and sugary sweetness in the back. Great smooth, easy feel with a nice play on the palate. Overall this was a very fine IPA. I really enjoyed this and could easily put it into regular rotation.

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Photo of smcolw
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Modest off-white head; settles to a single layer of bubbles. Leaves some minute lace on the glass. The liquid is golden and clear.

Surprisingly mild hop nose. Some pale malt aroma.

The hop is far more pronounced--comes across as spicy pepper. Starts with rich (body wise) malt base. The swallow is hot and the aftertaste is like grapefruit.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jeff for sending this one out to me.

A: The pour is a slightly hazed golden orange color with a big white head and some spots of lacing.

S: Pleasant citrus hop notes come through and provide a nice nose to the beer. Mild grass and pine notes. Some slight sweetness from the bready malts, but not overly so. And overall, not the most fragrant IPA, but good enough.

T: Better flavor than the nose indicates. Good grapefruit and orange peel flavor, some mild pine, and and a nice bitterness. The malt flavor is there in the background and is mostly bready in nature.

M: Medium in body with a moderate carbonation.

O: Of the few beers I've had from Left Hand, they've all been pretty solid and this was good as well.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice amber colored hue with a large light beige khaki head forms thick with some long lasting resiliency. Aroamtics tart citrus with mild pine and raw tobacco leaf earthiness, fresh Warrior hops from the vine straight from Yakima, WA. Flavor has a persistant ballsy hop bitterness that bleeds excessive hop flavors between sips including raw earthiness and a nice grapefruit bitterness. A touch of minty herbal quality as well among a moderate dose of caramel malt and other bready characteristics. Hop bitterness does reach the point of excess it rides on the palate throughout the entire trip or session with this 22 ounce portion. Mouthfeel is solid all around carbonatin is creamy with subtle bubbles, oily texture from the big hop additions nice and wet. Drinkability doesn't suffer raw and wet hops with big bitterness equals a decent IPA in this case something is lacking from the overall experience.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear amber with a nice crème head. Looks beautiful. Nose is strong hops, of course. Thick pine qualities. Flavor is nice and hoppy, but seems more woody. It’s good. Well made. No outrageous qualities though. Feel has a nice level of carbonation and the liquid is good as well. This is a nice fresh hopped IPA. I enjoyed drinking it.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Deep caramel brown and orange bronze colored. Crystal clear body, with just the right amount of fine and slow rising carbonation. Head is a creamy light tan, creme like color, with a big whipped up appearance. Large island retention and soapy lacing at a simple three fingers tall.

Hop aroma is solid if a little varied and subtle. Hints of caramel like malts sweetness, and light floral pine action. Some hints of dank quality as well, matching nicely with what seems a thick malt presence.

Palate seems however to be a little bit uninspiring. Slightly chalky mouthfeel with a dry hop aromatic light pine. Strange bitterness on the finish and a bit indistinct, not really showcasing a sense of variety or distinct hop character. Malt sweetness thought to be expected is actually almost hard to even taste, coming off as a very watered down beer with not much else going on.

Cascade. Where's the citrus action on this? Overall just a regular IPA that while drinkable doesn't really stand out in the crowd.

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Photo of jwc215
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours bright copper/amber with a large off-white head that slowly settles and stays around. Some rings of lacing stick to the glass.

The smell is of oily citrus and pine with plenty of caramel backing - almost too much, but it has a nice aroma.

The Warrior hops are there, as are some others, I'm venturing to say. Citric and floral with some pine. Some acidity as well. The sharpness is rounded out by a solid caramel sweetness. Sweet for an IPA, but a grapefruit bitterness does break through, especially in the finish.

It has a medium body. Oily and slick. Not quite as chewy as I would really like in the style.

An easy drinker, this would be better as a six-pack offering (for several reasons that come to mind). It's not a hop-bomb, in fact it's quite sweet and malty, though still hoppy enough to fit well within the style of an American IPA. A tasty one, with oily hops and a firm malt backing.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright crimson hue, small white head, looks good to me...

Vibrant, fresh, lively aroma. Prickly pine and sly citrus.

Tongue-spanking bitterness smacks the palate, rips the tongue, then stands aside. Sip again, and the beautiful punishment begins anew. Grapefruit and lime, apricot and melon,....with an ongoing bitter hop attack, that I particuary enjoy.

Medium bodied, long, bitter hop finish, always feels fresh in the mouth, sweet malt mattress holds up the bouncing hops at play in the senses. 6.6% abv, but easy to drink, and a pleasure. Lovely flavor, a joy to drink.

Good work, Lefthand, this is my kind of IPA.

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Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ouncer, purchased at Liquor 44 in Hadley, Ma. No freshness info to be had. Pours moderatly cloudy, orangy, almond amber, under an initially nice looking, loose medium tan head. The head ebbs and flows into a moderate film and leavews ungodly amounts of nicely developed lacing. Pinapple hop nose. Tasty, fruity, hoppy ale. More pinapple notes, some hop grainyness, malty underbelly. Soft and nicely rounded mouthfeel here. Great tasting and easy drinking IPA. Love the fruity pinapple notes that the warrior hops add to the party. Go get some of this stuff and enjoy.

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Warrior IPA from Left Hand Brewing Company
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