Warrior IPA | Left Hand Brewing Company

very good
805 Ratings
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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Added by goindownsouth on 03-27-2003

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Photo of bld81
3.42/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a Nonic pint glass. Like other posters have said, the bottle picture is not the same as shown here. Mine shows a masked woman with animals artistically displayed around her face.
A: Cap pried off and foam immediately erupts from the mouth. Unusual for me as I am careful with storage and handing of bottles. Orange pour is hazy but nearly clear. Massive head calms itself quickly, rich and thick lacing is quite clingy.
S: aroma is muted, not substantial, mild hop paired with sweet malts
T: resiny hop bite with sweet bready malt taste, a bit watery, but rough on the tongue
M: peppery dry finish, carbonation is about right, nothing special
O: Not quite what I expected, this is more like an English IPA or possibly an ESB. The malt overpowers, but I like my IPAs with much more punch.

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Photo of Noxious26
3.06/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz brown bomber with pry-off cap poured in a pint glass. Looks slightly different than the picture. This one says "Brewed Once a Year with Colorado Fresh Hops" but I didn't find another option, so here it is. Purchased from Knightly Spirits in Orlando on our Easter Vacation.

Light copper - orange in colour. Off-white head is minimal on the pour and quickly disappears. No lacing to speak of. Minimal carbonation streams.

Aroma is faint, probably due to the lack of head. Sweet malts, caramel, citrus hops. Tough to pick up much.

Blast of hops off the start. Malts blend their way in during the middle, but provide contrast instead of balance. Interesting trait. Bitter hop finish. Herbal and grassy hops at the start with hints of citrus. Caramel and sweet malt contrasting through the middle. Maybe a little too sweet for me. Finish is herbal and grassy bitter hops. Almost a bit of a noble hop finish. As it warms, there is a bit of an alcohol bite toward the finish.

A little more watery than medium bodied. A little thin for what I would expect. Minimal carbonation.

This is an interesting beer. Not your typical run of the mill IPA. I like it, but I don't think I'd drink more than one at a time, or make it one of my regulars. Well worth a try.

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

Poured into a vintage "Festibière De Chambly" sampler glass. Forms a nice whitish head, somewhere between creamy and fizzy. head is not lasting very long unfortunatly. Colour is golden-orange and slightly hazzy in appearance. unfortunatly drank after six months after brewing which is not ideal for a fresh hop IPA...
N: Not distinctive. Floral with light tangerine. Slightly grassy and wet herbal nose. No pine nor citrusy at nose. Sweetness comes up.
M: not impressed eather. Lightly sweet as nose revealed. Bitterness is not aggressive, faint citrus present in mouth. Not stringent nort tart. quite balanced with malt. Aftertaste is not very long for an IPA.

Overall: ndot more than an average fresh IPA. Nice to try, but wouldn't be on a priority list for tasting with friends.

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Photo of tapman
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium orange body with a substantial, dense foam head of off-white. Very clear.

Sweet wine/grape, sugar water, a little unripe grapefruit make the aroma for me. A little sweetness, like an ESB w/ some Marris Otter malt, compliments the sour and vinous nose.

Sharp pine in the back of the mouth and very resinous, there is strong bitterness and flowery sweetness.

Very sharp and biting carbonation. Stinging, even!

The bitterness level was too strong for me. Maybe a slightly aged bottle would break down those chemicals a little, but right now the bitterness makes this brew feel very hot.

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Photo of muttyd
2.81/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured aggresively into a Portsmouth tulip glass yielding a massive off-white head a-top a hazy golden amber body. Aroma is mellowed hops hidden behind a toasted/caramel malt profile. Hops are more citrusy/grapefruity in nature. Flavor pretty much follows the nose. Sweet, bready malts are cut with a slight/moderate hop bite. Silky mouthfeel with a rather dry finish. I really wish the hop flavor come through a bit more in this one. The balance between alcohol, malt sweetness, and body is all there, just lacking in that spicy hop bite that most would associate an IPA with.

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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 ngeunit1
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear copper-orange color with a finger of frothy slightly off-white head. The head fades slowly down to a thin layer lacing very nicely in the process.

S - Aroma is a mix of some sweet caramel malts and some citrus hops. There is also a bit of light fruits mixed in as well.

T - Starts off with some sweet caramel malts and some light citrus hop and some other fruit flavor. Through the middle, some bitterness and stronger hop flavor come through. The finish is a mix of some bitterness and sweet malt that lingers nicely,

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and crisp and just a touch watery. The finish is nice and dry though and makes up for it.

D - Very drinkable. The flavor all work together nicely, though it feels like they need a bit more punch. The nose is a bit too bland though.

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

A: amber/yellow nice head that stays.

s: yeah wel hops of course.

T: salty,citrus,hops,alcholic bitter,grapefruit.

M; the citus stays long in your mouth.

O; i.p.a. with warrior hops i like the citrus in the beer not to heavy. beers with single hop are always nice to test yourself.

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

This is a solid IPA worth seeking out. It pours a nice amber color with slight orange hues. There is plenty of creaminess in the head, lots of lacing gripping the glass, and very good retention. The nose is citric hop, some nice bready malts underneath. The aroma imparts a slight nuttiness in the malts as well.

This is a medium bodied beer, very clean and creamy smooth. The ABV is not noticeable and the beer has no boozy hints at all. The hops are defintely citric and a touch biting. They seem to be fairly dry towards the finish, and there isn't enough flowery esters in the hop to make this a brilliant IPA. The malts complement the bitterness in the hops and there is a touch nuttiness well underneath. The components all seem to blend and work well together. The biting hops don't have enough of a floral punch for my tastes, but this is a decent IPA nevertheless. The finish and aftertaste are reasonably mild.

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Photo of ccrida
3.11/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Didn't realize this was a fresh hop beer when I bought it today, in Minneapolis, about 6-7 months after the hop harvest. Doh! Bought from a cooler in a bottle shop won't help that large time gap. Poured into a Schell's shaker pint, Warrior IPA is pale bronze with a small off-white head that leaves light lace.

Smell is sweet malt, stale citrus hops. Old IPA for sure.

Taste is the same, so not fresh, what the brewer intended, but really not bad. Phenolic.

Mouthfeel is drier, medium light bodied.

Drinkability is okay, but I'd wish I had it fresh. Probably not fair, but I bought it today, in the general region, so representative of what plenty of folks surely experience.

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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 mdunman
3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy gold pours a pretty good white head.

S: Surprisingly plain for a big IPA, some malt and light hops.

T: big hops flavor, not overly hoppy, some good malt.

M: Medium body with pretty good carbonation

This was a pretty good IPA. Came across as a run of the mill IPA, nothing special to make it stand out, except for the plain smell that brought it down a bit.

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

A - Very nice pour with a nice head for an IPA. Lacing is great. Darker orange than usual looks appetizing.

S - Nose is a little soft for the amount of taste. Hoppiness is not prevalent.

T - Complex hop profile. Solid discernable maltiness in this IPA, very nice. Intense spicy hops last throughout taste. Herbal and floral hoppiness also lasts throughout. Maybe a little bit rough at the back end of the taste.

M - Strong carbonation and mouthfeel match this IPA well.

D - Very interesting beer, may not be the most drinkable, but I will be coming back.

Overall - Very good beer overall

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Photo of StlHopHead77
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Turbid,rusty orange body beneath 1 1/2 inches of respectable off-white head that diminished at a moderate pace leaving small patches of wispy lacing.

S-Herbal hops,grapefruit rind and flesh,pine resin and some bready malts.

T-Bitter citrus,woodsy hop flavors of pine and grass,brown sugar and caramelized malt.

M-Kind of rustic and rough-edged.Flavors are there but not extremely well integrated.Decent hop bite and sneaky oily mouthfeel.

D-Decent but disjointed.

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Photo of claspada
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aromas of light pine, caramel, biscuity malt and some later grassy/floral hops. Really not that hoppy to be honest. I question the freshness of the bottle because the aroma lacks overall.
The taste follows the nose which is unfortunate. Muted grassy/floral hops, followed by lighter pale, biscuity, light caramel maltiness. Finish is pleasantly but lightly bitter. If you are expecting a big and bright American IPA I believe you will be disappointed by this. I would classify this as an English IPA if I was tasting this blind. Especially with the dry, yet lightly fruity, finish. Mouthfeel is medium fullness with average carbonation.
Overall this is a highly drinkable, yet forgettable brew; definitely good but nothing you need to search out or choose over something more flavorful.

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Photo of beerdown77
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Warrior IPA pours dark cloudy brown with a lot of heavy, thick head and chunky lacing. It smells like dark fruit; I smell raisins for sure. The taste is heavy and malty. It has a nice body, and it is very drinkable. I prefer a little more hops, but this has a nice bitter bite and smooth taste. The ABV is only detected in the end. This is very drinkable. To be honest, I was hoping for some more fruity hops in the taste, but this is still a great beer.

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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 theboozecruise
4.29/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle on a recent trip to Florida... too bad we can't get Left Hand in Louisiana.

Pours a copper color, decent white head... good looking IPA I think.

The smell is hops... lots of hops... there's a little malt sweetness hiding in there with maybe a hint of caramel but the citric hops dominate as they should for an IPA.

The taste is more of the same but the malts come through a little bit better. Still a hop-forward ale, bitter but not TOO bitter, citric, and leaves you wanting another sip.

Left Hand continues to impress... solid beer, another good IPA.

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Photo of Spider889
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I have to thank my good buddy out in WY for bringing this home for New Years. I know it's available in Columbus, but I have never bought it before, so I was really happy when he left behind a bomber of this beer when he left for home. Thanks Mooky!

Deep glowing copper color. This beer creates a small white head of a finger or less. It leaves good dense/sticky lace embroidered on the glass.

Smells of pine resin, caramel biscuit malt, and wet grass.

Very bitter, the hops are almost sticky in your mouth. The hops are also spicy, almost peppery. The bitterness lingers on the palate long after each sip.

High carbonation makes for a full bodied beer considering the style.

One glass was enough - I'm glad I could split this bomber with a friend, because I would have been nursing it for a while...

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

This was a pretty good IPA in my opinion. It was citrusy (kind of citrus zesty), weedy, earthy, and sometimes floral--though not overpoweringly so at any point. Nothing stands out to me as being exceptionally good or exceptionally bad about this beer, and I was happy to enjoy a pint of it. Moderate mouthfeel, good drinkability. Nose might have been a little on the light side, but the depth of the hop flavor was pretty interesting to say the least. Not a bad beer, wouldn't mind having it on tap again.

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Photo of BayouBengal1537
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into Nonic Pint Glass. nice clear amber color with a huge thick rocky head. Nice layered lacing going along the glass. Smells of citrus hops, earthy hops, earthy malt, caramel. Taste pretty much like the smell. Nice floral notes show through. Mouthfeel is nice and smooth with medium carbonation. Good drinkability. Overall a pretty decent brew, and I enjoyed the complexity of the hop flavor

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

Pours a clear, amber color. 2/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of citrus hops, alcohol, floral hops, sweet malt, and a hint of caramel. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus hops, slight earthy malt, sweet malt, slight pale malt, grain, alcohol, and hint of floral hops. Overall, good appearance, body, blend, and feel.

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Photo of csiewert
2.81/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear amber color with one finger of off white head that clings fairly well. Not sure if my beer was infected or what but the aroma is kind of off and rotten. The taste starts with a generic malt flavor and finishes with a strange hoppy bitterness. The mouthfeel is ok but it leaves a rotten aftertaste. Not a good beer in my opinion... Again, may have been a bad batch.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled on 12-30-10

Pours a clear red/orange color, with a sticky film of white head and craggy lacing.

Smell is very sweet, with a strong malty character. The hops are almost more earthy than bitter, with a deeper malt than normal.

Taste is just like the smell, a slight roasty flavor from the malt balances the bitterness and makes this beer unique. The finish is fruity with another bready kick from the malt.

Mouthfeel is just thick enough to go with both the malt and hop flavors.

Drinkability is decent, but not really what I look for in an IPA.

Overall, a different IPA, but not necessarily a good thing.

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

Pours a clear copper/golden with a thin off-white head. Smells of a freshly cut orange with a hint of fresh grass too. Taste is a sweetened grapefruit up front with a hint of bread in the middle and a herbal medicinal bitter finish. This beer is clearly about the hops. Mouthfeel is smooth, low carbonation. Refreshing drinkability, I would definately get this again.

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