Warrior IPA | Left Hand Brewing Company

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388 Reviews
Warrior IPAWarrior IPA

Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Vintage 2015

A: Pours a burnt orange color with 2 fingers of head that slowly fades down to a thin cap that leaves some good lacing

S: Citrus and pine up front to start things off, along with some toasted maltiness and caramel notes. A bit floral underneath

T: Starts off with a bit of the citrus and pine notes and goes fairly quickly into the maltiness, which is a bit toasty and moderately sweet with some caramel notes. Floral undertones and moderate bitterness throughout. Finishes mild with light bitterness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A solid fresh hop brew that uses the freshness to an advantage in the nose. The taste is very balanced and could be amped up a bit in terms of hop flavor as it is a fresh hop brew after all. Still, no huge complaints here. Just make sure to drink this one fresh

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Photo of barczar
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is resiny and piney, with a caramel malt sweetness and soft citrus.

Flavor reveals a fairly sweet caramel malt backbone initially, becoming toasted and less sweet mid palate, and fading to resiny, moderately bitter hops in the finish. There's a bit of muddled fruit at the beginning, but this is definitely more about the bittering hops. I like the malt character, but not my kind of ipa.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not much as far as aroma. The flavor profile is malt forward with strong toffee notes, although the hops do not take a background, showing some punch throughout. A good, if a little different AIPA that has fresh hops in it.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper color with a white head. Lace is left down the inner side of the glass. The aroma is hoppy, with grapefruit and citrus notes lofting above malt sweetness. The flavor is balanced between sweet malt and the biting, bitter hop. Some citrus and pine qualities make for an overall nice IPA experience. Pretty damn solid beer here.

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Photo of MarkQ617
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Picked up a 22 of this, had it poured into a pint glass. Good deal of head and lacing errrywhere. Copper-orange in color, if Behr put out an IPA colored paint, this would be it. The flavor...was just ok. Some pine, and a little citrus. Weird alcohol content, too much for an IPA, not enough for an imperial. Not overly impressed.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, vibrant copper coloring with a foamy, bubbly, chunky, off-white head. Nose of pepper spice and bitter greens forward, with a solid herbal blend of evergreen, oregano, and basil. Tropical fruit highlights run through the nose, too. Very bitter overall aromas. Flavors are herbal spice forward, heavy on the basil, with pepper notes, subtle tropical fruit sweetness, and a very dry, resinous backbone. Very green and bitter overall, with mossy and cut grass notes at the end. The palate is short lived, with a lingering green bitterness left along the palate. The body is dry and light, leading to a crisp, drying finish. Pretty well put together brew.

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Photo of Apellonious
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a tulip glass. Best by 01/14/15

A -Ruby red, with orange highlight, clear. One finger head that dissapates quickly.

S - Resinous hops, faint pine, tinge of sea salt.

T - Very clean, pine, resin, some background malts and grains.

M - Carbonation moderately low, touch toward watery, a bitter dry finish.

O - Very tasty, fresh hops are always appreciated and recommended.

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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 bigflatsbeerman
3.06/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - Dark copper color very clear with a 2 finger head. Not a lot of carbonation after the head fades.

Smell - I'm not getting very pronounced smells.

Taste - Same as smell, nothing jumping out at me. Very disappointing.

Mouthfeel - Good mouthfeel, no problems there, in line with the style.

Overall - Not sure what to say, Left Hand is a good brewery. Can't totally read Best By Date on the bottle, but I can make out it's in 2015 so seems to be fresh. Can't recommend this one.

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Photo of beergoot
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Crystal clear copper colored body with a rich, thick, sticky head; sheets of foam and fingers of lacing cling to the glass. Pine and melon-like aromas with a nice underlying scent of caramel malts. Big hop bitterness riding atop a light grain flavored malt base. Medium bodied, glass smooth mouthfeel; mostly dry finish.

A solid IPA that doesn't set any new standards or feature any truly unique characteristics, but still delivers a solid, bracing, big hop presence.

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Photo of patpbr
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours copper with a one finger head.
S - Hoppy pine and citrus with a bit of carmel malt
T - Just like the smell with plenty of hop. Pine, citrus grassy, lemon. bitter with a bit of malt.
M - Body on the light side of medium. Easy to drink.
O - Fresh hops and easy to drink. A little over priced.

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulip; clear honey orange with rising carbonation feeding a nice shiny white head that fades after a bit into a half-finger puck of solid foam.
Smell is crisp piney and citrusey hops, lots of rind and herbal bitterness.
Taste follows nose; clean malt with some interesting hops on top. Mostly herbal and earthy bitterness, with some citrus rind and a strange tang to it that I can't put my finger on.
Mouthfeel is light and crisp, dry finish.
Overall, this is a crisp and tasty IPA. Bit light on flavor, but I'm not sure how old the bottle is and since it says "brewed once a year" there's a good chance this could be a bit past its prime.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.22/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I picked up a bottle of Left Hand's Warrior IPA a couple days ago for $6.99 at The Lager Mill. I planned on sharing this bottle with a friend who likes fresh hopped beers and I thought he might enjoy it, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but I thought it was fairly fresh since it showed up a few weeks ago. Poured from a brown 22oz bottle into a snifter,

A- The label looks ok, I don't love it, but it's fairly eye catching. The label is different then the one shown, its a black white face of a warrior looking chick, looks like it could be from a comic book or something. It poured a caramel amber color that took on more of a copper color when held to the light with two fingers worth of white head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it left some spotty lacing behind. This was a pretty nice looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by a good amount of hops being the first to show up and they impart a nice mixture of fruity, piney, earthy, and floral hops with the fruity hops seeming to stick out the most and they impart a nice citrus hop aroma. Up next comes to the malts which impart a grainy, biscuit and caramel malt like flavors with the caramel and biscuit malts seeming to stick out the most. This beer had a nice aroma for an IPA, but there was nothing special about it.

T- The taste seems to be a little different from the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by a slightly higher amount of medium bitterness being the first to show up and it disappeared very quickly along a slight generic hop flavor that quickly showed up. Up next comes the malts that impart all those malty aspects that I got in the aroma withe caramel malts seeming to stick out just a little more this time. The aftertaste was pretty malty with some biscuit and caramel malt flavors coming through. This beer was ok tasting, but i thought it was pretty bland for the style with hardly any hop flavors.

M- A little smooth, clean, crisp, slightly creamy, medium bodied, with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I didn't like this beer and I thought it was an average at best example of an IPA and it's even a little more disappointing when you look at it as a fresh hopped IPA, since there's no date on it I have no clue how old it is, I just assumed since it recently showed up that Left Hand was of the last brewery's to put out their Fresh Hopped IPA, somebody always has to be last. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, it was a little smooth, crisp, and not too filling, but the taste did not do a good job at holding my attention and a half a bottle is enough for me, I'm glad a i split this bottle with someone because I think it would be a chore for me to drink the whole bottle. What I liked the most about this beer was the appearance and aroma, they were both nice and the aroma was the highlight of this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was the hop profile in the taste, it was not that impressive with a quick glimpse of bitterness and a light generic hop flavor. I might buy this beer if I knew it was really fresh but other then that I don't feel like it's worth spending $7 for a bomber of a lackluster IPA, I wouldn't recommend it either. All in all I was let down with this beer, after reading a few reviews I thought this would to turn out to be a good IPA, but it wasn't and I don't know if age had something to do with it, but with no bottled on dates I can't tell so I will hold that against them, Better luck next time Left Hand, this one just wasn't for me.

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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 V3XX069
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottled poured into a pub glass.

A – Copper red, with a generous head. Left nice laces during consumption. Clear, no sediment. I do like the look of this beer.

S – Slight muddied hops, slight pine and misc citrus. Very subtle, doesn't really jump out of the glass at you.

T – Bland for an IPA. Hops are subtle, I suppose that is a standard for an IPA.

M – Clean finish, but leaves a lot to be desired, especially compared to other IPA's. Finishes quickly, but smooth. No lingering aftertaste.

O - Overall, just ok. I love a good IPA, and this was slightly lackluster for me. I expect big hops, earthiness and balanced citrus from an IPA, and this just didn't deliver completely for me. It's run of the mill, not outstanding, but not horrible, either. I think it is important to point out that I do prefer double and imperial IPA's, however.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A-Pours a darker caramel color. Haven't seen an IPA this dark in quite a while. Decent sized head is sticky and full. Leaves blobs and circles of lacing.

S-Aroma is very balanced. Smells a bit faded in terms of hoppiness. Caramel and a decidedly floral hoppiness.

T-Flavor is too malty for my taste. Again, it tastes past it's prime. The hops brings forth floral and citrusy notes that seems to be faded. Balanced with caramel and wet, breadiness.

M-Medium bitterness. Medium body. Normal carbonation. A bit chewy. Pretty generic.

O/D-Definitely not a memorable IPA. Balanced and overall pretty agreeable but far from unique or assertive.

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Photo of eaker
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Clear copper/amber color – near white head, nice amount of lacing. When I think of IPAs, this is the standard…

S: Easy citrus nose with a slight floral flourish. Very inviting for hopheads.

T: Even cascade hop from beginning to end. Not as bitter as you’d expect, but the hop flavor stays with you all the way through. The finish turns into a resin/pine flavor that compliments the malt foundation.

M: Medium body, nice amount of carbonation. Not heavy at all. Very drinkable.

O: When I think of fresh-hopped beers, I usually think of something that seems a little wet or heavy. This brings out a lot of the hop flavor, but generally overpowers everything else. Warrior brings out the best of fresh hopping and leaves that heaviness behind. IBU-wise, feels pretty high (80-90), but advertises as 69. I like very bitter IPAs and this one is really good.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Left a Hand shaker pint glass.

Eyes: Clear copper color with an awesome country vanilla head that still has a finger of depth after half of the beer is gone. Light spots of lacing.

Nose: Fresh lumber, insane fresh hops, batteries. Yes, fresh batteries.

Mouth: Acidic alkaline batteries, fresh cardboard, pine, citrus rinds.

Feel: Acidic.

General Impression: Weird. But good. Very good.

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Photo of blindtiger24
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served in 22oz bomber

A: Light copper color with impressive lacy head.

S: Citrus and floral notes, orange / mandarins really come through the nose.

T: Initial biscuity and slight malty flavors that sweeten into a caramel that lingers and dissolves into a mild piney and resiny after taste. Pretty impressive transition.

M: Starts out light, but becomes chewy and oily as that hop flavor kicks in. Carbonation is moderate and most noticeable at the middle and end.

O: A solid IPA by Colorado standards. It is not an overwhelmingly hoppy beer like it's Sand Diego brethren but what it lacks in power and astringency it makes up for in its flavor transitions.

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Photo of evanforbeer
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a crystally orange-amber with clean off-white head

Aroma- fairly mellow, but a really lovely nose of soft red berries/florals, resiny pine and pink grapefruit, toast, tangerine

Taste- piney fresh hop resin, red berry and muted pink grapefruit, musty mango, fairly sweet malt backbone, finishes citrusy with a big punch of spicy earthy hop resin that lingers bitterly on the palate

Feel- medium bodied, drinkable

I love fresh hop ales! I didn't know this existed but glad my eye caught it's label. Very good fresh hop ale, lots of fresh hop oily/resiny flavors

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Photo of gatornation
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-pours a clear golden color with a good white head minimal lacing but a fresh collar
S-pine citrus smells some malt
T-strong crisp pine hops first then some floral citrus hops a sweet malt balances out the pine bitterness
M- crisp and bitter hops that do taste fresh medium carbonation a sweet finish
O- thought this was very good i like fresh hop IPA'S to be crisp with hops and this one delivered

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Photo of ManWithNoName
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Outstanding Multidimensional IPA. I smelled citrus, a bit of spice with floral overtones. Taste is smooth and velvety. Not a harsh over the top spice/hop. I saw other reviews stated an oily hops taste and I would agree. Not a dry finish. Good amount of lacing left after finished with the brew. Enjoy.

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3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear copper. Small oily white head. thin laces of tiny bubbles.

Floral and sweet. Citrus and tropical fruit. candy caramel.

Citrus and floral. caramel with a little sweetnes. toasty. pine and herbal resins round out a medium bitterness that is somewhat balanced.

medium body. dry and sticky. mild carbonation.

very drinkable and nicely hopped. a solid ipa.

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Photo of josh23941
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The smell of the beer is amazing at first. Fresh hop aroma comes out of the bottle as soon as it's open as well as when it is poured. Pours well with a decent head that dissipates relatively quickly which is typical of an IPA. The beer was quite clear (not color but in terms of cloudy verses clear). The color is amber/brown with orange tones. The color seems atypical for an American IPA. The taste I expected from the smell was not what I experienced. The malt is overpowering and leaves almost no hop taste to be had. The beer drinks more like a bock and if this beer was in a different category I would have likely rated it better according to the style. There are some fruity, sweet notes from the heavy malt backbone that I personally don't believe have a place in an IPA. All in all it is a decent beer but is too heavy and malty to earn a high rating in the American IPA category. I am getting to the bottom of the pint at this point and if I had not seen the bottle and did not smell it at first pour I would never guess it was an IPA, all hop aroma's have disappeared and the smell is fruity/malty like a marzen or bock. Unfortunate, because their Milk Stout off a nitro tap is nothing short of fantastic.

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Photo of Suds
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clear and amber brew, with a white, slim head. The beer is extremely clear, and the aroma is a mix of pale malt and herbal/floral hops. The hops do have a freshness and 'spring' that is notable. Bitter and spicy. Semi dry. Firm mouthfeel, with a pleasing smoothness that comes out in the mid-taste. Decent brew.

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Warrior IPA from Left Hand Brewing Company
3.82 out of 5 based on 805 ratings.
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