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 Phelps
3.16/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is a fresh hop version of Warrior, enjoyed in a half-pint at Papago's Hopageddon.

Perfectly clear pale gold. No impurity here. One finger of frothy white foam goes nowhere.

Not much to the nose. A little apricot, some grass, a touch of orange. Lots of caramel.

Tastes fresh, like young leaves. Also tastes light. New buds give the beer a soft, gentle baby-hop character. Touches of orange with apricot, a little caramel and very light biscuit.

The medium-light body is soft, with nearly no carbonation. Works well with the lightness of the flavor. Goes down like water.

Decent, but not memorable. A little too light. A gentle version of an IPA.

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Photo of mmapes
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2012 vintage, from bomber, drank about a week or two after release. Poured into a Left Hand (nitro) pub glass. Big foamy head. Lemony citrus scent on the nose. Deep pale orange color.

Flavor is what you'd expect from the smell - strong hops on the lemon/citrus end of the scale. Sweeter than I might have expected with a drying bitterness at the end. Clean finish that tapers quickly and has a long tail.

A decent fresh-hopped beer. I'd probably still prefer a fresh Avery's duganA, but Warrior is not bad.

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Photo of CaptCleveland
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber, no dating, but presumed fresh because, after all, it is a "wet hop" brew.

Amber elixir poured into SA glass, tan, thin head quickly dissipates, minimal lacing.

Faint aroma of pine but mostly malt.

Nice hop flavor of grapefruit and pine, but "balanced" by a malt bill. Aftertaste is mostly malt sweetness with a bit of hop.

Medium body, well carbonated.

Overall a decent brew, but when compared to its contemporaries, falls back in the pack.

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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 denver10
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours bronze with an off white head. Aroma is big on the malts offering a nice dose of toffee and paired with some floral and fruity (citrus) hops. Flavor follows suit with a big toasted malt underbelly that offers a lot of biscuit and toffee along with some fruity and floral hops, which are not nearly as vibrant and up front as I would have expected and liked. Mild bitterness. A fuller mouthfeel, some activity but not a lot. Overall, quite surprised this is an American IPA, to me this is all English IPA. I enjoyed this but got to admit for a fresh hop IPA it was a little bit of a letdown.

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Photo of JohnnyMc
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a dark amber color that's slightly hazy with a generous amount of off-white head.

It smells of caramel, toffee earthy and fruity hops.

Right away the caramel malt taste hits you then the slighty fruity and earthy hops come along and it finishes with a nice bitterness and almost biscuit-like quality.

Not the best from Left Hand, but enjoyable.

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

Poured from bomber to pint glass.

A - The beer pours a copper color with a nice 1.5 finger white head. Good retention and lacing.

S - The aroma is that of toasted malt character and earthen hops. Oddly the hops seem to take a back seat to the grains.

T - Just like the aroma the beer starts with a strong malt character: toasted grains and biscuity. There is a mild bitterness throughout but not a lot of hop flavors. What is there is of earthy grass character. The beer finishes sweet and biscuity.

M - Medium bodied and decent carbonation. Rather thin.

D - Decent.

Overall, not really what I was expecting in an IPA. A little string on the malt and weak on the hops.

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 03-07-2011 14:42:13

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22oz bottle with no visible date. Acquired from my local beer specialist a while ago, and kept in the fridge for most of the intervening period. The label states that this is brewed once a year using fresh hops, and also features some cool artwork.

Poured into a Duvel chalice. A hazy orange-amber colour with low carbonation and visible sediment (larger yeast particles are visible in the bottle). Produces a large head of creamy off-white foam with good retention - this lasts for a while before reducing to a surface layer. Aroma of rich, sweet malt with hoppy notes; hints of pine, orange, citrus and spice.

Tastes of sweet malt with a good dose of aromatic hops and a powerful bitter finish. Notes of pine, resin and citrus along with hints of candy sugar and dry yeast. Considerable hop bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and astringent, leaving the palate dry. Aftertaste of malt and pine.

A decent American IPA. I felt that the aromatic qualities of this beer were somewhat muted, but perhaps that was due to age. A nice blend of malt and hops. Worth trying when it's available.

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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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Warrior IPA from Left Hand Brewing Company
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