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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Ratings: 807 |  Reviews: 387
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 kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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 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 kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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 djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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 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 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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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of LXIXME
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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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3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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