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

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Photo of alli4051
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a pint.

Pours a nice deep, crystal clear, copper color. Pour produces a big, thick slightly off-white head. Scent is lots of citrusy hops and one would expect with some faint malt tones. Flavor mirrors the nose with lots of citrusy hop flavor front and center. A faint biscuity backbone that provides balance but doesn't at all take away from the hop flavor and bitterness. Not bad but seems to lack some of the intricacy and subtlety of other fresh hop offerings. Overall a good, but not great, beer. I'll probably pick one up again next year, but only one.

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Photo of dudemuskie
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 batch. Picked up a 22oz bottle at The Andersons in Toledo, Ohio.

Appearance- Brilliant, deep copper with light beige, creamy and clingy head. Rings of lace with each sip. Pretty lookin brew!

Aroma- HUGE sticky citrusy pineapple hops filled my nostrils as soon as I popped the bottle (before even getting it into the glass)! In the glass it breathes notes of peach, pineapple, soft pine, and pithy orange peel. Sticky, almost resinous hop aroma but all very bright notes with a touch of grassiness. Slight biscuity malt sweetness with faint undertones of candy-like caramel.

Flavor- Bright pineapple and citrus notes with slightly resinous, sticky, piney, grassy undertones in the beginning. Somewhat powdery/perfumey character in middle and finish with moderate bitterness, leafy green hops, and a mild caramel maltiness tying it all together. Very nice flavor without too much grassiness or pungency!

Mouthfeel- Moderate residual sugars leaves the lips a bit sticky (or is that just the hop resins?). Medium CO2, great balance, and outstanding drinkability.

Overall- Great fresh hop brew with awesome balance and bright fresh hops front and center! Definitely worth picking up a bottle or two as this hoptastic brew is quite tasty! Assertive hops and great drinkability in this brew make me crave BBQ...

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Photo of WYVYRN527
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a New Belgium stemmed glass.

A: Dark amber in color with a thick white head that retains very nicely. Lacing is sticky and coats the glass, drying on the walls. Carbonation is lively as well.

S: For a fresh hopped brew, this one lacks a bit in the aroma department. Floral, with hints of cedar and grapefruit, balanced out with a touch of sweet malt in the backround. Overall, however, the aroma seems a bit faded and not as pungent as other beers of this style.

T: Taste makes up for what it lacks on the nose. Floral and fruity, with hints of grapefruit, pine, and orange peel. Malt balances the beer with flavors of toffee, toast, and some honey-like character. Finish is dry, and aggressively bitter.

Notes: Full bodied, resinous, and flavorful, this is a solid brew brought forth by the folks at Left Hand. Not the best in it's category, but definitely worth trying. Remarkably drinkable.

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

Poured from the bottle into a snifter a nice reddish golden color with a white head and large bubbles that dissipated quickly but did leave nice lacing. Smell is primarily piney hops. Taste is much the same with some malty backbone. Feel is light and crisp with a nice oiliness from the hops. Overall a nice ipa.

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Photo of Khazadum
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My almost weekly trip to LP Binny's netted me a Warrior IPA about a week or so ago. I knew that I wanted something fresh and delicious and this just came in. Thanks for the heads up Adam! Poured into my smaller Hopleaf pint glass.

A- Very, very carbonated. The head forms up to a soup skin consistency and slowly dissipates to a thicker collar than I was expecting with residual clouds. Tons of bubble streams here.

The body is like diluted Bromine solution. Brown, honey, golden mixture that isn't amber, but something lighter. The lacing is out of this world for an IPA. Absolutely beautiful. If only the head was more appealing to start and finish.

S- I'm liking these Colorado hops. Faint, but different. Grassy, muddy, and some sweet notes at the end. Could be lemon and caramels. As it warmed up, there also is a peppery residue that begins to perfume outwards.

T- Positive note, the flavors are more pronounced than the bouquet at least. The opening is a burst of sunshine sweet flavors that morph into a floral grass arrangement. The middle dominates with brown sugar and buttered pie crust ( whole wheat flavored! ). This fades quickly leaving the finish to be a bitter pine residue that lasts on the back of the tasting zones.

M- Full in body and almost creamy. This beer has carbonation that tingles pleasurably like all my favorite IPAs. Lingers on the tongue and lips with only pine residue, which is okay I suppose.

D- This would be a great second beer for an evening. A nice half pour of this beer would feel great and refreshing all at once. It falls short on the flavors and aromas in comparison to how it looks and feels, but overall its good. Not great, not bad, but good. I did detect the alcohol a few times on consumption, but nothing to dock points on or grant brownie points.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a goldenish body with two-finger head that slowly died and left some lace patches. Classic mixed aroma of sweet caramel and citric hops. This is a textbook IPA as it is well-balanced and at first some sweet malt hits you but then a very pronounced hop edge on the backend with citric and even some grape tastes. Finishes very dry and crisp and is a rewarding session beer.

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Photo of meeekyh
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

While looking for a beer to share with friends I came upon this. I wasn't looking for a review beer but I could not pass up the chance to try this offering from a favorite dark-horse brewery. 'With Colorado Fresh Hops' being on the label also helped.

I choose my Fin Du Monde tulip for this tasting and poured from the 22oz bottle a nice amber colored beer, clear, with a tall light tan head that left nice lacing.

Strong hop nose, orange and pine and grasses.

Taste is bright, full and round. The malts are upright enough to keep the hops from overpowering and not so sweet as to create a cloying. I would like to add that this year's release is labeled at 7.6% as opposed to the 6.6% listed on this review heading. Jamming that in the taste section is because the alcohol is not strongly present in the taste, a good thing that. There is mostly a lot of hop here, citrus the main component.

I am enjoying the feel of this beer. It has plenty of body but is far from chewy and the carbonation is light but adequate. Finish is on the dry side but with a lingering maltieness that wants to be washed down.

Drinkability is good and the overall sensation is of a big IPA just short of being a DIPA. I am glad to get some and recommend you do so too if an IPA is to your liking.


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

Beer review from BA Mag Dec 2007.

Everyone has been talking about the hop shortage and how it will affect the beer industry on a global scale. Will fresh hop beers be an endangered style in 2008? Left Hand's Warrior IPA uses fresh hops from Longmont, CO and fresh Warrior hops from Yakima, WA.

Wow, what an amazing froth after a hard pour. Dense and rocky with an excellent retention as the lacing leaves a trail down the glass. Tarnished brassy color with a perfect clarity. Thick and slightly pungent spicy and citric tone in the nose from the hops with a quick splash of toasted malt in the aroma. Medium-bodied with a slick and smooth mouthfeel. The hop flavor is broad and complex with a deep yet soft herbal flavor, then a little citric with a spicy bitterness that does not reach too high. Oily hops all over. A bit of malt pops out here and there with toasted grain and a hint of caramel sweetness. The finish is almost all hops--a quick flash of grape nut grain flavor.

The hops are so deeply embedded in this beer that you can barely tell if it ends up sweet or dry. It simply ends hoppy with such a complex hop flavor that does not go too bitter. We really hope the hop shortages will not affect beers like this, an American style of brewing that is not worth sacrificing when it is this good.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A dark golden color with a tan head that left a lot of lacing and a nice cap.

S - Heavy on the malt, but light on the hops. There is some citrusy smell as well as a bit of light fruity sweetness, but the hops seem to be at a minimum.

T - Actually a decent hops profile, mostly pine but not overpowering. Some nice citrus fruit in there as well that mellows out the pine.

M - Some nice carbonation and a medium body.

D - Pretty drinkable, as the pine is strong but you could go for a while before it becomes overbearing.

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

Good beer. Poured with a large foamy frothy thick cream colored head that lasts and lots of lace. Color is a slightly hazy medium amber. Aroma is malt caramel toffee rye bread lots of hops yeast. Flavor's the same but has pronounced bitter/sweet contrast. A little bit of grapefruit in there too. Body is good and so is carbonation. Finish is like flavor and has good length. Session beer for slower drinking.

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Photo of wedgie9
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasted from a bomber bottle. Pours amber with a medium off-white head. Nose of lemon hoppiness, not too bitter, with cereal malt and a hint of cinnamon. I love the fresh hops flavor , along with cereal malt and a bit of caramelized brown sugar. Some heat. The orange and lemon citrus notes also come through nicely. The body and carbonation are medium with long bitter hops finish. Overall, this is a good IPA. When I get a chance to try the "wet hops" method, I really do enjoy it. My only complaint is that perhaps the alcohol is a bit out of balance.

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Photo of spoons
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice reddish copper color. Very clear. A creamy head with decent lacing.

Smells very malty actually . I was expecting more hops to come through but if I close my eyes it smells like a porter.

The taste leaves me with similar thoughts. Sweet, chocolate, molasses. Not very bitter for an IPA. This is an interesting beer.

Its a good beer but not at all what I expected.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I drank this on tap into a pint glass.

The beer is a dark clear gold with a very light tan head. There is great retnetion and lacing here. The head stays at least ten full minutes, falls in chunks and is very creamy.

The aroma is shocking and light. There is tons of honey onf the front with a light floral finish. I can hardly get any hops at all.

The taste is totally opposite, giving off mostly fresh green hops, a lot of pine. It is a very nice pine that is not overpowering. Usually when you get pine its a turn off but this is a nice add on. Finishes very bitter.

Overall, this was pretty decent. If you want to drink a piney ipa that won't kill your taste buds, grab the warrior.

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Photo of HopNuggets
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured bomber into snifter.

A - Poured crystal clear amber as it was traveling from the mouth of the bottle to the snifter. Great color with a 1 finger head that dissipates very quickly to create a slight covering of light bubbles. Leave lacing down the side of the snifter, not much, but enough.

S - Orange and grapefruit citrus with some pine from the hops aswell along with caramel malt.

T - Taste is top notch for an IPA with orange and grapefruit standing out followed by the caramel malt to be completed with a nice bitterness, not overwhelming, but lets you know that it is in fact an IPA.

M - Amazing! It's not like a Double IPA that leaves a coating on all sides of your mouth, but a very light drinking nicely carbonated beer that I would enjoy having on a nice summer day.

D - Get me another one... that's all I gotta say.

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Photo of HopHooligan
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours with good head from bomber. Clear brown color slightly copper or golden. Very nice lacing.

S-Nice citrus smell, specifically grapefruit. Little caramel as well.

T- Hoppy and buttery, grapefruit taste. Nice and bitter to end it. Great hoppy grass feel.

M- Average mouth feel, medium carbonation, medium to light body.

D- I was eager to try this one, average overall. Maybe my expectations were too high.

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Photo of WakeandBake
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bottle . A clera amber color pour with a lasting frothy off white head leaving some nice lacing , medium carbonation . Aroma is mild with some pine and grapefruit notes hidden in with a medium toasted cereal grain . Flavor is of fresh wet hops as promised , a little grassy with some citrus and spruce notes , a sweet earthy toasted malt backbone gives it a good balance , full body with a crisp clean mouthfeel , long hoppy finish , medium bitterness , quite sessionable . All around a pretty good brew .

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

Appearance - Clear reddish amber with a lumpy white head.

Smell - Lots of grapefruit. Some brown sugar, orange peel, caramel, and honey.

Taste - Similar to the smell, but the sweet stuff, especially the honey, comes out in the beginning. It has a hoppy finish, though.

Mouthfeel - Medium thickness and carbonation.

Notes - My only problem is that I'm not a big fan of that lingering bitter aftertaste. Everything else about this IPA is great. This would be really good alongside some salmon or turkey, to mask the aftertaste.

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Photo of beer2day
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep orange gold with a nice frothy 2-finger light cream head. Very nice retention and laces well.

Citrus and pine appear in the nose, with citrus winning out every so slightly. I'm getting grapefruit and orange, but there's a nice pine resin backing that up.

Definite hop bomb! Hits hoppy and grows from there. Bitterness just totally dominates the taste. Extremely dry, but not as fruity as hoped. I get weak citrus, mainly grapefruit, with very little pine resin or oiliness. Just intensely bitter.

Body is a little on the thin side for my taste, but does not detract too much.

One 22oz'er is enough for me and I like IPA's. If there is anything as too hoppy, this might be it!

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

Bomber poured into a pint glass. Pours hazy orange with a modest beige head. Aroma is floral with some sweeter citrus tones and an iced tea crystal malt note. Flavor is similar, lots of caramel and crystal malts with a solid citrusy hoppiness. Pretty even hop/malt ratio here, which is not a plus in my book. Not very bitter, well-carbonated, medium body. Pretty decent IPA but doesn't distinguish itself from a million other IPAs.

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Photo of bminor7
3.46/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 from EBI in Saratoga.

Note that there is a new, and much improved bottle design.

A - clear chestnut brown, decent lacing.

S - faint hop aroma, cascades in there for sure. however for an IPA, really disappointing. 60 reviews and haven't given anything a 3 until now.

T - bitter, not much flavor though. almost soapy. maybe it's past its freshness...

M - OK.

D - not very good. wanted to like this beer but it just didn't make a name for itself when it came to flavor - which hurts it more than anything else.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pale clear orange with a carpet of tight white head that puckers and fades to speckles. Rich orange rind nose, bit of earth but pretty one note. Citrus cake and caramel apple malts with juicy red grapefruit pop then bitter finish. Oily with long sappy linger. Medium feel, no real burn.

Been cellared for a while but still lots of fruity hops. Warrior hops compare to Nugget; which I can totally see.

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Photo of inspektor
2.31/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours an amber color with a 2.5 finger head

Strong hoppy smell followed by a hint of caramel

Surprisingly bitter and is a bit of a disappointment since the smell of the hops is actually stronger than their flavor. The bitterness outweighs the hops and there is also a strong malt flavor as well.

Mouthfeel feels a bit empty

Low drink ability due to bitterness

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Photo of jwinship83
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle from the most recent bottling. different label. drank out of my sierra nevada hop tulip glass.

A- this one pours out a clear dark copper colored body with ruby red highlights. a khaki colored head sits on top for a little while, leaving behind complete rings of lacing.

S- small amount of caramel malt against a strong hoppy background. lots of grass and pine in here, with a little but of citrus (grapefruit).

T- the taste is similar to the smell. caramel and biscuit malts upfront and then comes a big blast of hops. lots of pine. not as much grass as i could smell. more grapefruit than i thought there was going to be. very bitter.

M- medium bodied, bordering on light, with a high level of carbonation. the bitterness leaves my mouth feeling dry.

D- a nice and bitter IPA thats good for a quick hop fix. ill check this one out again, but im not running out right now to do so.

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Photo of PeterLemonjello
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Very nice color. Sort of an amber/light ruby color...unique for an IPA. Healthy head and lacing down the glass. Very nice.

S - Pretty straightforward grassy and piney hop aroma.

T - Taste leaves a little something to be desired. It has a nice bitterness but it tends to overwhelm the hop flavor. Not sure if it's the wet/fresh hops or hop variety, but I get a big bitterness but not a big accompanying hop flavor bouquet. There isn't a lot of malt backbone to it, so it just comes across as bitter with a flavor neutral profile. Has a nice dryness to it.

M - A tad thin/watery....but not bad.

D - I have to all this one average as it's just not that enjoyable to drink for me. It is in no shape or form a bad beer....it's just lacking in a little more flavor for me to want to order another.

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

Ive always enjoyed beer from Left hand. This one is a bit disappointing, but still pretty good.

Pours a good amber color, no real haze. Light head, good lacing. The smell is mostly of hops, a good citrus scent but not much else. Same with the flavor. Lots of hoppy wonderfullness, but very little malt flavors to balance it out. It also has a slight watery feel to it. Its still very drinkable, provided that you enjoy hops.

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