Warrior IPA | Left Hand Brewing Company

very good
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 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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Photo of Jadjunk
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

"Alluring, complex and dangerous. She reveals herself and it's already too late. Warrior is brewed with fresh whole flower cascade hops from the western slope of colorado where high altitudes, hot days and cool mountain nights produce hops of great character. The hops are flown in fresh to our kettles within hours of being harvested. Citrus and pine notes aggressively attack in the aroma an flavor of this once a year brew. This warrior is ready to make a move. Are you?" Brewed in the style of an American IPA.

Poured from a 22 oz bottle to a tulip glass. Served above 56º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a substantial frothy head of a soft copper cream tone, retains above average and leaves behind consistent thin lacing. Body color is a solid amber orange tone with moderate carbonation and heavy sediment. It's a solid-looking fresh-hopped IPA. 3.75

(Smell) Aroma is attractively light. A mild pale caramel malt base with a touch of bread, some resiny and citrusy hop character pale in comparison with how forward they could have been, but manage a balance in the beer's character nonetheless. Potency is medium at best. 3.5

(Taste) The flavors share similarities with the aroma. Flavor is quite light in terms of hop presence, instead preferring a more malt-driven formula with moderate hop character tagging along. Bready malt character lies up front with an enjoyable wet hop finish- nothing too wild or sharp in the cascade hops, it's very straight-forward with just a touch of citrusy and resiny character and a moderate bitterness. A faint resiny bitterness on the finish pairs nicely with a touch of grainy malt character for a unique variation to an IPA. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Like expected with most fresh-hopped ales, the texture is a bit thick and chewy with a very mild carbonation presence for a fuller-bodied mouthfeel. Body is medium for the style and medium overall. Alcohol presence is well hidden, concealed by the wet hop character. Nice mouthfeel. 4.5

(Overall) I'm always up for a good harvest ale. This one doesn't cross boundaries in any way but it is a well done example despite staying in the midst of the pack. Despite my initial impressions that Warrior hops were used in this beer, the label tells me otherwise. Warrior hops have a reputation of contributing well to bitterness but little to flavor, which would explain the limited hop flavor potency. I don't really consider them shortcomings, however, as this beer manages to be a very drinkable and enjoyable wet-hopped IPA. 3.75

Left Hand Brewing Company's
Warrior IPA

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

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a CCB pint glass.

A: Pours a deep gold to copper in color that's not quite clear. Visible carbonation of large bubbles, and forms a one finger white head.

S: Pine, spice, melon hops atop sweet malts with just a hint of caramel.

T: Follows well, with spicy and grassy hops primarily over the bready malt. This is closer to being a balanced beer than I expected. Bitterness doesn't linger too long.

M: Chewy body, good carbonation sensation. The alcohol seems a little prominent for the listed ABV.

O: Well, it's better than I expected. Didn't expect to enjoy this much going in, as warrior hops are not usually my favorite; but, it was a pleasant drink. I don't know that I would go out of my way to have another but it's an easy drinker for a DIPA.

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Photo of rangerred
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap in a pint glass.

Poured a nearly clear medium brown with just a few wisps of lace on the surface of the beer as well as on the sides of the glass.

Lots of piny hops in the aroma along with a touch of citrus. Caramel and biscuit malt comes through quite prominently. There are also hints of cut grass.

Hops figure in much more prominent in the taste with tons more pine and just the slightest hint of citrus. I also get quite a bit of dark bread and biscuit along with a little bit of light caramel. Bitterness is quite fierce but just stays restrained enough to not be distracting. Mouthfeel is quite nice for a beer of this strength having body, but finishing pretty dry with barely a hint of stickyness.

Overall, a very nice effort by Left Hand. Tons of hop flavor and a great malt balance. One to pick up if you come across it.

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Photo of ncketchum
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served chilled in an SN pint glass

A - pours a clear light brown, lots of fluffy cream white head

S - Very hop forward with a good balance of bready malts

T - bitterness of piny hops that blends nicely with the malt undertones

M - smooth, resiny, lingering hops, not much alcohol

O - a very nice fresh hopped IPA, not to the level of some, but certainly a nice beer

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Photo of TBoneJones
4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Darker copper pour, almost a rusty-red character to it. Minuscule bubbles populate my pint here. Head retains nicely and is fairly thick.
Smells lightly of pine and funky dankness. Caramel, malts in there for sure too.
Initial sip is quite nice here, and I notice immediately how I really favor the mouthfeel of this brew. Lacing clings well in a soap-like fashion. Drinkable yes, with hops that don't at all disappoint. Grapefruit, spice and bitter earth. Great balance to me. The malt presence (and sweet it is) is better than where I expected based on what the smell told me and as a result this is, in my opinion, a very well-made IPA. Puckering, hoppy biscuits I'm thinking. Slick, smooth. Bitter lingering finish, and that citrus/ weed-like flowery hop flavor lasts.
Recommended highly for those who like to try different, unique IPAs with deep hop profiles.

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Photo of diddly
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass

Thick, off-white head, most of which disappears quickly leaving a thin layer on top. The beer is a rich amber color, and there appear to be a decent amount of floaters hanging around. Significant amount of sticky lacing on the glass as I drink.

Smell is rich and bitter. Hits all the important hop notes - grassy, piney, and floral, all at once, with a nice sweetness.

Taste is bitter, bitter, bitter - and delicious. Great floral and piney notes. Not a ton of balance, though. Fresh hops contribute to a really enjoyable experience.

Mouthfeel is a little low on carbonation, but it's tough to notice. It does seem, though, that there's something missing in the back end as far as balance goes - strong and bitter up front, some sweetness, but it doesn't seem to have as much malt character as one might expect.

Overall, it's really good...I would call it more of a double IPA, and would love to have more than the one bottle.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Love the head a thick 1/2 inch of sticky white goodness atop of some hazy dark caramel brown beer.

S - Flowery herbal hops slightly acidic with chewy sweet malt balance.

T - Taste is mild but crisp with a citrus hop bite and some lemony hops. It doesn't taste too malt forward but kind of taste rather light with makes it session-able.

M - Light, crisp and easy to drink

Overall I didn't think this was as impressive as "400 pound monkey" but not bad. Still not worth putting down another 7 bucks for another bomber.

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Photo of Cobrito
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Despite weak carbonation and dull mouthfeel, this is a winner. A pretty unique tasting ipa. Malts are apparent, but thankfully not sweet. They provide a slightly syrupy backbone for the hops, which are present throughout the palate and are a unique dank-flowery combination. Would have loved to try a fresher bottle.

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Photo of Bitter_Echo
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, nice looking dark tannic orange. Smells of malt and some fresh hop notes, and but not clearly high on the bitter-o-meter. Tastes hoppier than it smells, malt and grain nicely balanced, and the hops too are fresh, but not complex. Mouthfeel is terrific and carbonation is nicely fussy. Overall a solid IPA, but I'm not sure this is obviously taking advantage of the use of fresh hops...

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Photo of buck1futter
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into stone barley wine glass.

A- Looks great, dark amber with light copper hues.

S- Kind of complex, but only after the big fruit smell. Sort of faint.

T-Flavorful and complex. You can tell they are defiantly whole wet hops. Pine notes on the side of the tongue kind of little zap or zing you may say. It a pretty strong beer not abv wise. zesty bitter.

M-Closer to the thick side if things as being wet hopped ipa, the resin of the hops are all over. Creamy as well.

A pretty darn good wet hopped ipa, pick it up if you like ipa's. Or spicy food.

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