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: 807 |  Reviews: 387
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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Photo of caddybuyer
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber at fridge temp into an oversize wine glass on a hot spring day.

A-Slighly veiled (fridge chill) medium amber. Very nice slick creamy eggshell head and nice lacing. Can't say enough about how nice the head looks on this....very enticing.

S-Citrus floral hops, can't wait to taste it.

T-Sweet malt opener with a mild bitter finish. Not tasting much of the citrus and not nearly as aggressively hopped as I expected. Pretty decent overall, and reminds me very much of a SA Harvest.

M-Well balanced overall.

D-This is a good beer, not a great beer, but pretty decent overall...but I'm looking for those mouth puckering pungent hops in this, which are simply not present. I think this was pretty fresh, so what can I say. Will try it again however.

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

Poured from bomber into pint glass.

A: Glowing amber, soapy, oily head with nice lacing. Low carbonation, solid looking brew.

S: Mild tones, getting some hops on the nose with some minor floral tones.

T & M: No doubt this is an IPA, finish is quite hoppy and bitter. Tinge of maltiness is there but I would say the balance is just slightly off. Some minor flower tones with the beer being fresh hopped. Fresh hops not as readily apparent as in the Sierra Nevada Harvest Ale.

D: Drinkable, I enjoyed this beer and would not be opposed to having it again.

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

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Hazy orange. Two fingers of white head rise with decent retention before falling to a thick cap. Great lacing.

S - Lots of citrus here, the full spectrum, oranges, grapefruit, and lemons. Earthy/chive-like aromas noted as well with sweet butterscotch in the background.

T - The same citrus from the nose hits early palate, with mostly grapefruit flavors with a hint of orange. Slight hints of indistinct floral and earthy flavors weave in and out before a mid to late palate wash of butterscotch flavor. Grapefruit/orange character survives the mild butterscotch sweetness and grows in strength again late palate. Moderate to high pith-like bitterness with earthy notes linger for several minutes in the aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied with moderate to low carbonation. Somewhat crisp. Well suited for the citrus flavor profile.

D - A solid IPA. Perhaps not the most complex flavor pofile, but a fine showcase of a single hop variety and what it can do for a beer. Left Hand Warrior IPA walks a line between refreshing and sippable, bringing out some of the best characteristics of both yet ultimately inhibiting some of the drinkability from an IPA standpoint. Bitterness detracts slightly though Left Hand has kept this in check a bit with the butterscotch elements from the malt.

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

Clear and light amber in color, pours clean with a good two fingers of head.

Nothing but floral hops on the nose. Very hoppy.

Again, very hoppy with both florals and bitters coming through. Very odd finish of Bazooka bubble gum. Hoppy bubble gum.

Refreshing and clean.

Highly drinkable. The florals up front are delightful and the weird sweet bubble gum-like finish clears the path for another mouthfull of hoppy goodness.

The bubble gum flavor was noticed not just by me during this session. It's an odd flavor to find in a beer, but it works well with the almost intense floral hoppiness. Hoppy bubble gum it is, though definitely not chewy.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.67/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Appearance - a sunset orange-colored beer with a sticky cream-colored head. Lots of stick to the foam as it falls back.

Aroma - an opening hint of grapefruit and pine, fading rapidly. Some notes of sweetish grain and metal, not near what I expected or hoped for.

Taste - biscuity grain opening, overtaken quickly by the onslaught of highly bitter hops. Medicinal, harsh, acrid, too much! So intense, that while I pick up nuances of citrus, any subtleties are blown away by sheer alpha acids. Working through this is a bit of a chore, even with some lasagna and garlic bread. Ultimately, not that enjoyable.

Mouthfeel - decent smoothness, a solid body, and with a moderate carbonation level.

Drinkability - too bitter for me; I would not buy this again, however, those of you into hardcore bitterness may want to check this one out.

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Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store in Atlanta, GA.

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a two-finger off-white head. The head slowly dissipates into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of caramel malts with a good deal of piney hop aromas to go along with it. I believe this came out 2-3 months before, so any nuances of the hop aromas are probably long gone. Still, it smells inviting.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Caramel malt flavors kick things off, followed by a decent amount of pine flavors that carry on until the mildly bitter ending. Nothing spectacular, but still satisfying.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness that when balanced with nice carbonation makes it go down smoothly.

Drinkability is good. I could actually have a few of these in a sitting and walk away happy - it's just when it gets to be more than a few when the walking part will be a problem.

Overall I was pleasantly surprised. I've not been enamored with any of Left Hand's more flavorful (read higher alcohol) offerings, leaning more toward their Octoberfest and Sawtooth, but this one was pretty tasty. Worth a shot.

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Photo of Floydster
2.02/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

22 ounce bottle received as an extra in a trade with hopdog, thanks for sending this my way Steve, split with my dad tonight before I went for a stout as a nightcap, poured into my Duvel tulip glass, color is an orangish amber, 3/4 inch soapy white head that last a while and leaves some lace, aroma was nasty and had stale hops, dust, wet clothes, watermleon, and grass, flavor starts off a little dry but there is a weird sweet tinge to the hoppiness, middle is sweet malt and herbs, finish is more of the same with some citrus in the aftertaste, this had absolutely no balance and the hop flavors were completely off, mouthfeel is just weird with sticky, sweet, and dirty accents, medium bodied, moderate level of carbonation, taste lingered way too long, could not get through half my eleven or twelve ounce pour, hard to drink with the off flavors, not smooth, probably one of the worst fresh hop beers I have ever had, just had a real musty and clammy aroma, which made the flavor suffer, would not drink again, not recommended

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Photo of LittleDon
3.17/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Clear amber with medium small bubble carbonation. Off-white dense head that subsided into 1/4 inch of lace. Weak somewhat nondescript aroma. Taste akin to aroma. Bitter, but not overly so. Somewhat bitter back of the palate finish. Nothing really stands out.

Having recently lived in Longmont, and as a frequent visitor to the tasting room at Left Hand, I was disappointed. I remember a much more complex beer on draft. Even though draft versions are typically superior to bottled, the disparity between draft and bottle for this beer is greater than expected.

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Photo of beerorRIP
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from a 22 oz. bomber -

pours a nice amber color in a regular pint glass. fairly clearthe white head rises to the top, but reduces to a small ring and remains throughout. some lacing going on, hanging on the glass as i enjoy.

smells like warrior hops to me (i get them often enough at my LHBS), which means it's not super pungent or powerful, as smells of the caramel malts are detected as well. but it smells nice and hoppy.

nice tastes here. again, the warrior hops are evident since they provide good bitterness, and a good flavor (citrus / herbal?) the slight sweetness of malt is in there as well, bit o' caramel i'd say.

good carbonation, and a slight drying affect in the mouth. nothing bad here, but nothing that is off the charts either.

good and drinkable. with each drink / sip i'd like another. the bomber goes down easy with this one, and since i've got more there is the temptation...

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Photo of cjgator3
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle

A- Pours a dark orangish amber color with an off-white head that has solid lacing and retention qualities.

S- The aroma is mainly citrusy hops and caramel with a faint amount of malt. The aroma was much fainter than I expected from an IPA.

T- The taste has some malt up front with a lot of citrusy hops lingering well into the finish.

M- The mouthfeel has a nice body with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, this is a pretty solid beer that I wouldn't mind having again.

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

A: pours a nice bright copper/amber color. light off-white colored head. great retention rate and wonderful sticky lacing.

S: nice citrus hop aroma with a great malt backbone, come caramel malts in there.

T: great caramel malts bring the backdrop to this beer. wonderful warrior hops lead to some citrus notes, light orange notes.

M: medium bodied, with a perfect carbonation level. very clean and crisp.

D: very easy drinking IPA. Solid brew from LH. Could knock a few of these as possible.

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Photo of corby112
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden amber/ orange with a thin yellowish head. Floral hop aroma with a slight malt presence. Very quaffable and nicely balanced with a lot of bitter earthy hoppiness and nice malt backbone. Hops last throughout lingering into a dry, bitter finish.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 12/10/2007 (bottle):

Pours a humongous head, clear amber body, with a foamy peachish colored head, good lacing. Very hoppy grapefruity aroma. Fresh smelling. Spices like pungent flowers, very hoppy smelling, with some sweetness balance. Dry hoppy taste, bitter aftertaste. Some sweet, but mostly bitterness. Piney, grapefruity.Okay for an IPA. Unbalanced bitterness as it warms up.

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

Pours an orangey amber with a thick white head that laces the glass nicely. Aroma is very thick and sweet reminds of a Dogfish Head 90 minute IPA, sweet but with a big citric bitterness. Bitterness is up front with a piney resin in the aftertaste but there is not much to balance this brew. It is not too far out of balance, but against other top American IPAs, it is just enough to notice.

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

Pours a nice amber colored hue with a large light beige khaki head forms thick with some long lasting resiliency. Aroamtics tart citrus with mild pine and raw tobacco leaf earthiness, fresh Warrior hops from the vine straight from Yakima, WA. Flavor has a persistant ballsy hop bitterness that bleeds excessive hop flavors between sips including raw earthiness and a nice grapefruit bitterness. A touch of minty herbal quality as well among a moderate dose of caramel malt and other bready characteristics. Hop bitterness does reach the point of excess it rides on the palate throughout the entire trip or session with this 22 ounce portion. Mouthfeel is solid all around carbonatin is creamy with subtle bubbles, oily texture from the big hop additions nice and wet. Drinkability doesn't suffer raw and wet hops with big bitterness equals a decent IPA in this case something is lacking from the overall experience.

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Photo of stephens101
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A reddish orange pour results in a two-finger tan head. Retention is nice, with some thick horizontal stripes of lacing left behind. Smell involves a good amount of citrusy hops, a little orange peel, a little spice, and a nice malt backbone. Taste involves a good hop undercurrent which is just a bit overridden by some chalkiness. Some slight notes of orange zest and malt slide into the mix later on. Mouth-feel is medium bodied, and there's not a ton of carbonation. I'd say this is one of the better IPA's I've had.

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Photo of mnstorm99
3.49/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice pour into a snifter at Mac's Industiral, small white head that stays until the end on top of a dark copper slightly cloudy brew.
Aroma is very weak, mostly biscuit malts, with a touch of american citrus and floral hops, but not the huge hop aroma I expect from an IPA.
Taste is good, mostly a malty IPA, with touches of toffee that stays in the aftertaste and again a weak hop profile in this one, seems more of an english IPA with American hops to me.
Mouthfeel is nice and full, with a touch of creaminess to it, and the drinkability is very easy, but I like more bitterness when it comes to IPA's.

Not a fan of Left Hands beers, and this one was good, but again I leave disappointed.

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

22 Oz bomber.

A nice big chunky head above a clear deep amber/orange body with carbonation bubbles from a nucleation site is the appearance.

Aromas aren't huge, but grassy hops and sweet maltiness in the back ground. The malt flavor is hidden behind a sharp bitterness. Wait, no there's a good deal of maltiness there. Fruit qualities are along the lines of grapefruit and orange pith.

Not a bad beer, but I was slightly disappointed. there are much better fresh hop beers. In fact, most all other fresh hop beers I have enjoyed more than this one. This has me wishing I bought their Double IPA instead.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.41/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle reviewed 6 Aug 2008.

Large tight foamy eggshell colored head. Clear burnt orange color. Smells like pineapple, resin and (inexplicably) bad milk. Decent citrus and malt to start, but seems like it has gone stale somewhat in the middle. Medium body. Alcohol noticeable in aftertaste. Sticky sweet finish.

Decent, would like this a lot better without the milk odor.

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

Had this on tap at the Brick Store Pub. I suspect that this might be the same beer as 400 lb Monkey, and it was labeled Warrior IPA (400lb Monkey) at the Pub. Poured a dark orange/amber with a grainy looking head and great lacing. Smells of chewy, thick malt, caramel and grain. Lightly citrusy hops on the back end. The hops are much more noticeable in the taste, and on the piney/spicy side and fesh tasting. Well balanced with the malt, and slightly herbal tasting on the finish. The mouthfeel is chewy with malt and hops. Tasty- would be excellent on cask.

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Photo of brandoneast
3.09/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Golden huge, with orange highlights and a simple head. Smell is almost all grain little hops. Taste is minty hops that only hit in the back then coat up front - nice bitterness coat on the palate. Dry mouthfeel and not much here - where's my fresh aroma and hop experience?

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 24oz bomber with kickass Native American themed graphics.

Appearance: Bright dark orange/amber brew with low carbonation and a thin filmy offwhite head.

Smell: Very mild grassy hoppiness with a bit of caramel behind it.

Taste: Light citrus hops with a definite Juniper Berry note (I dunno where this comes from, but it lasted throughout the whole beer and I really liked it) and a substantial bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and smooth.

Drinkability: Medium (maybe one bomber and I'd be satisfied)

Conclusion: Somewhat average, but the mild Juniper presense make this quite interesting and a bit unique.

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

Lots of oranges and reds mixed in with a dusky brown color, the head is absolutely gorgeous and tinted orange. Bubbly, smooth, whipped, and extremely long-lasting. The lace is fantastic and three-dimensional in most place. This is a perfect-looking IPA.

The nose is also quite powerful, with two tons of citrics blasting the nostrils Grapefruit by far leads the way, with some caramel malt backing. This is damn good.

The palate is a bit of a letdown from these heights, but definitely good. Plenty of malt, more than I was expecting, lead with a pretty solid caramel backbone. Lots of sweetness that more that counterbalances the highly piney and grapefruity hops. Lots of alpha acids, but they aren't quite breaking through to the tongue as much as I would want (major hophead alert should be posted next to this taste score).

Mouthfeel is smooth, pretty sticky, and since it's so malty, rather full for style. Longish finish, with the pine element lasting longer than any sweetness.

This is a well crafted ale that could use with tiny bit of tweaking that would allow more hops to come through - this is a big beer, and I like it a lot.

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Warrior IPA from Left Hand Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 807 ratings