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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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Ratings: 805 |  Reviews: 387
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice, clear copper pour. Head is consistent throughout with good lacing.
A mild spice hop aroma dominated with herbal undertones. malt comes in with a touch of sweetness. Nothing overpowering in the nose.
Very quick hit of sweet biscuit followed by the mild resin hops. A bit herbal. Malt backbone restrains this one from going to the "average" A-IPA, which is basically a hop bomb. This one is not. It's easy drinking and well balanced.

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Photo of rye726
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orangish brown with a beige head.

Nose has fresh hops, citrus and sweet malts.

Taste has bitter hops up front and through the finish. Well balanced by candy malts.

Medium body is a bit thin, but drinks well. Nice IPA from Left Hand. Would love to see them make an exclusively Warrior Double IPA.

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Photo of plinythethirsty
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is an exceptionally drinkable IPA. Dark. Not much head (which is okay with me, I'm thirsty) but the head stays with the brew down to the bottom of the glass and laces the sides as well. I couldn't get much bouquet from this one -- maybe a little caramel. It made me nervous. But the taste was righteous. Bitter. Malty. The promise of caramel fulfilled, but without sweetness. Pine, but not much citrus. Not especially complex, but it had a really pleasant finish and aftertaste. I'll have it again.

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Photo of shieldsy
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

$6.50 for 22oz bomber - new label is much better.

A- pours dark for an IPA, almost amber. Ephemeral head with very nice lacing.

S- Can smell the fresh hops. Not overpowering the nose, but great mix of citrus and a little pine smell.

T- A quick hop bite that fades fast. Less citrus on the tongue than in the nose. Would be great with spicy foods.

M- Leaves the mouth quickly, but sits on the back of the palate a bit. Very light mouthfeel.

D- Very smooth. I could enjoy several of these. Sitting down to some spicy nachos and this beer seems perfect.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz single from Arctic Liquors in Steamboat, around $6. Diggin the new label, nice change of pace from Left Hand's...well...out dated labels.

A: Clear, copper in color with a huge dense cream colored head, excellent retention, big sticky gobs of lacing. Nice looking IPA.

S: Resiny, piney hops, a fairly hefty dose of caramel and roasted malts, kind of a musty smell as well. For a fresh hop IPA this really comes up short. I wasn't expecting to smell only hops, but I would like a little more.

T: Resinous bitter hops and a heavy dose of caramel malt. The hops are not incredibly flavorful but have a great clean bitterness. Clean pine and citrus and a substantial malt backbone make this a damn tasty beer. As an IPA it's great, as a fresh hop beer, falls just a little short.

M: Medium thickness, light carbonation, slight bit of alcohol heat, and a tongue cleaning palate wrecking bitterness. If the Warrior hops are the fresh hop that's understandable as it has a huge AA content. Not bad.

D: Actually for a bigger IPA, this wouldn't be a bad session. It'd be strong, but I could easily drink a few bombers of this. Nice beer. Would love to have on tap.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Like the new labels.

Pours a clear amber color with a stark white head that retains quite well and leaves nice lacing.

Nose is alot of west coast-like hops, nice resinous flavor with a dank earthy sweetness. Smells great.

Well, the taste does not follow the great nose, but it is still pretty decent. Not anywhere near as much west coastish grapefruit as the nose indicated. The hops are a little more floral, but the fresh hop dankness is in there. Nice bitterness, but a little muted by a slightly too large malt presence.

Mouthfeel is pretty much right where it should be, carbonation is fine.

Drinkability is solid, as this one is pretty well balanced and not too abrasive, just wish there was some more grapefruity goodness.

Overall a nice IPA, the nose is excellent, i really wish it tasted how it smells. Tone down the malt profile and use a little bit more grapefruit high AA hop action in this one and it could be top notch. A pleasant drinkable IPA.

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Photo of nc41
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pretty decent IPA by any standards. Pours nice, not really a huge head but good enough. Not much on the nose but the 1st sip makes up for it. Nice hop flavor, nicely balanced, very solid start to finish. Worth a try by all means, also friendly on the wallet.

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Photo of satowns
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pours with nice frothy layer of creamy tan colored foam. brewers lace remains long into the night.

deep tawny orange and crystal clear.

aroma lacks hoppy pungency. subtle hop spice and crystal malts play well together. slightly more pronounced than a traditional english ipa. The website confirms use of mostly American hops, inlcuding the namesake used wet and fresh. But I just dont get that American "POW" in the aroma.

Flavor is a nice balance between the crystal malt and a nice clean hop profile. Wheat toast and slightly nutty. piney. soft bitterness.

overall this is a nice beer, and as with many wet hopped/fresh hopped beers, it has an entirely different flavor and aroma component than its dry hopped bretheren. Tasty, but just not a beer i would crave if in the hoppy/ipa mood. Now if i were in the mood for a tasty, sessionable, slightly amber ale...this would hit the spot.

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

Good solid American IPA. Pours a slightly cloudy amber color. Big off white head, decent retention and huge amount of lacing. Smell is there, but not as pronounced or inviting as some IPA's.

Taste is balanced between citrus and piney hops (mostly grapefruit) and caramel malts. The hops prevail but both flavors are strong and balance each other well.

Mouthfeel is rich and just right for an IPA, no alcohol burn

Drinkability is good. ABV not outrageous, strong taste and goes down smooth. I split the bomber but could have ahpily drank the whole thing. Very nice.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.41/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The new label is much more attractive than the old one pictured. Red and black in color with the image of a ninja warrior (?) and black birds. Hard to explain but it's cool.

Served chilled from a bomber into a globe. Striking red color with excellent clarity. The thick white head settles slowly leaving lots of lace on the glass.

Aroma is very hoppy and has great tropical fruit notes to it.

Flavor is very good as well with superb balance and great hop flavor. Nice fruit and caramel flavors meld well together. Some earthy apple and pear, mild grass, and pine in there as well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and perfectly carbonated. Nothing wrong here. Very drinkable and the bomber will be gone before the night is done.

Overall I'm very impressed with this beer. It's clearly underrated in my opinion. Just a thought but it might do better if it was labeled as an American amber/red.

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Photo of GarrisWH
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly hazy orange-tinged amber color with a fairly thick, creamy off-white head. Head drops slowly and leaves a pretty good amount of sticky lacing behind. Very nice retention overall. A very nice looking IPA.

S - A bit mellow as far as aroma goes, but there are some nice citrus, floral, and piney hop notes, as well as a pronounced biscuity, caramel malt.

T - Biscuity, caramel malt up front that leads into somewhat earthy, herbal, floral and citrus hop flavors - reminiscent of lemon and ruby red grapefruit. Finishes fairly dry and bitter, and leaves a lingering bitter-sweet, piney aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied with carbonation that keeps it crisp, but still smooth. Slightly resinous.

D - All in all, a pretty solid offering from Left Hand. Nice hop character, and a good balance. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of brownbeer
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on cask at the brewery.

A- Hazy amber without much head.

S- Cascade, fruity hop aroma with a solid toasty malt backbone.

T- Well balanced with fresh citrusy hops and carmel. Tasted a lot better on cask, being very fresh.

M- Silky smooth mouthfeel.

D- Suprisingly tasty and drinkable. Overall, a good experience with this beer. Try to find it on draft or really fresh.

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Photo of kimcgolf
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bomber to a cloudy orange-red with thick off-white head that ligered well into the glass and left very good lacing. Aroma was the anticipated hoppy citrus grapefruit but with a hint of spiciness. Mouthfeel was full and slightly bitter, and the taste followed the hoppy citrus fruit to a tee. All rounded to a finish that was long, ibtter and refreshing.

A darn good IPA that deserves more respect.

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Photo of zdk9
3.44/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours an amber tinted orange, kind of a stereotypical 'beer' color. A finger of creamy head leaves lacing. It's pocodots on the top, lines underneath, and sheets at the bottom.

S- Some carmely malt stuff, actually more like a sweet bun. Some orange and dark citrus (i'm not really sure what that means but that's what sticks in my head- maybe a combo of blood orange and plum.)

T- Very nice bitterness- a real hop forward beer without being a hop overpowering beer. Flavorwise there's good sweet caramel, a good amount of grapefruit pith.

M- Lingering bitterness, which works out well for this beer.

D- Yeah, I can dig this beer. I'm not sure there's anything particularly special about it but a solid IPA nonetheless.

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

Bottle. Pours a deep orange with a small off-white head. Aroma of caramel malts, plum, raisin, prunes, and apple skins. Flavor is malt-heavy (more of the same dark fruits and caramel malt) with bitter hops in the finish. Not the malt/hop flavors that I prefer, but a decent IPA nonetheless.

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Photo of tpd975
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One on the shelf at Whole Foods that I had not had, that's enough to get me to try it.

A: Pours a amberish hue gof gold with a nice tall off white head. Real nice retention and nice big sheets of lace.

S: Nice malt character to lead the way. Light biscuit with a big dose of caramel. The hops are earthy and grassy mostly. There is a touch of citrus as well.

T: Hoppy from the start but not overthetop. Nice sweet caramel malt backbone with a touch of grain. The hops are earthy in taste as well. There is a subtle grassy character in the middle with a few drops of pine resin. The finish is where the earthy grassy hops come in with just a touch of grapefruit bitterness.

M: Medium in body, with loads of carbonation.

D: Pretty good. Consumed the whole bomber alone.

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

22 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear red-tinted amber with two fingers of dense, rocky off-white head. Nice and sticky, with good lacing.

Nose is sweet tropical fruit up front, leaning toward pineapple, with a strong caramel malty backbone. Earthy hop quality comes into play to keep things from being too sweet. Delicate interplay between piney hops, hop bitterness, and sweet caramel on first sip, going back and forth a few times. Lingering bitter finish of moderate intensity. Medium bodied and almost sticky in places, enhancing the lingering bitterness. Smooth and plenty drinkable.

This is fresh-hopped, so I'm guessing it was brewed sometime in the fall, meaning this beer is in the ballpark of 9 months old. Though the taste seems to indicate (or am I just imagining?) that this clearly not a fresh IPA, I can't say anything bad about it. The hops are a little lackluster, but this seems to be drinking quite well given its age.

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

Pours a clear amber color with one inch of white head that quickly settles to a thin layer of bubbles. Heavy lacing is left on the glass. Surprisingly timid aroma. Some herbal and citrus from the hops and a touch of caramel malt. Some medicinal qualities in the aroma. Semi-sweet caramel malt base. Medicinal flavors with moderate bitterness. More bitter than other wet hopped ales. Just has a lack of hop flavor which I assume is typical of Warrior hops. Medium body and nicely matched carbonation. Not harsh on the tongue. Overall has a lack of depth in flavor. Not too bitter or high ABV so it has nice drinkability.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear copper-orange with a short-lived white head. Good lacing. Claims to be a fresh-hop beer, and the nose agrees. Pine and grass with some citrus peels. Sharp and defined, with no malt in the aroma. Effervescent mouthfeel, light, and dry finish. The hops carry-through in the taste. Tart, citrus, mostly grapefruit with some tangy orange and mango. Pale malt back does not detract from the hop party. Very easy-drinking. True to being an IPA as well; hoppy without being over-hopped.

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Photo of argock
3.36/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from 22oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $6.39.

A: Amber-bronze hue with 2-finger French vanilla-colored head with good retention and lacing.

S: Warrior is not know as a particularly aromatic (or flavorful) hops so I'm not surprised the nose is a bit on the muted side. Hefty malting is obvious with loads of caramel and pale malt sweet aromas. The hops aromas are earthy and spicy but nothing over the top.

T: The flavor is merely good with malts having more presence than you'd expect from a specialty IPA. Caramel and pale malts lend even sweetness while the hops contribution is understated spicy and earthy.

M: A solid mouthfeel with all of that malt is inevitable. Smooth with low carbonation and a mildly spicy hops aftertaste.

D: A decent beer but not really up to snuff in the American IPA style. Nothing really wrong with it, but the product is limited by the one-dimensional nature of Warrior hops.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.41/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Beautiful example of an eye-catching IPA. Bright copper orange color with a very slight haze. The head is really the most impressive I have ever seen on an IPA.

S- Hops are bitter and potent but nothing like a Green Flash West Coast IPA. More like a Torpedo but not quite so harsh and soapy. Some aroma of grapefruit and pineapple. Malt is laid back and smooth bread/caramel aroma.

T- Very smooth and balanced with soft bitterness that's almost like a tart/sour feeling in the mouth. Malts come across with a medium-consistency bread/grainy feeling common to American craft brewers west of the Mississippi.

M- Clean without being watery and bubbly without stinging.

D- Certainly worth it to try this IPA. Top-notch.

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Photo of HiAIPA
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bomber. This had me interested as a fresh hop ale with estate hops and warrior hops. Poured a nice IPA like manner, gold yellow with nice head. Tasted somewhat fresh, but was expecting more. This lacked the citrus or hemp oil characteristics I was looking for. This had the bitterness, the grassy dry kind that is pleasant but somewhat one dimensional.

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

Light haze to the bright orange body. A small head of white foam stayed a quarter of an inch for a few minutes. Meandering streams of abundant carbonation.

A subtle blend of hops and malt. Bitterness is very faint, but has a bit of a hops resin aroma. Malt has the aroma of freshly baked biscuits. A nice balance.

Flavors have a nice spicy hops bitterness up front. The bitterness holds as a buttery malt backbone builds in strength. Just as nice on the tongue as it is the nose.

A faint touch on the watery side. Carbonation is nice, but not overpowering. Flavors cling a while.

A solid brew. Good choice to go with a pepperoni pizza. Worth picking up to try for yourself. A fine example of the style.

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Photo of tigg924
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: cloudy, caramel amber, medium carbonation, with a 1/4 inch head

Smell: a mix of grapefruit, hops, malt, and caramel

Taste: big time grapefruity hops balanced with malty caramel. The hops are strong when you taste them.

Mouthfeel: medium body, moderate carbonation, very balanced. Sweet start, with big bitter body, followed by a semi-sweet end...The aftertaste is somehow bitter

Drinkability: I could have a couple of these, but you need to sip this in order to appreciate it. This is one of the most and best balanced IPAs I have had in the sense that the taste rotates from sweet to bitter--although when you get to the bitter section, it is very very pronounced. Another winner from Left Hand.

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Photo of jfmorey
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber color with a nice head and lacing.

Bitter from start to finish, fresh and not overpowering. But there is no point in talking about balance or drinkability, that is not what this beer is about. Sometimes an extreme is what is desired, and this fulfills that purpose.

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Warrior IPA from Left Hand Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 805 ratings
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