Liam Deegan

Beer Review: Mikkeller Warrior Single Hop IPA

In American IPA, Reviews on August 10, 2010 at 7:43 am

This beer is part of Mikkeller’s Single Hop Series, which I think is incredible.  Pricey, but awesome, nonetheless.  At $5.49 a 12oz. bottle it’s a bit of an investment per ounce but definitely worth experiencing a single hop in all of its glory.  As to what extent that glory goes, is up to your own taste buds.  This is a great way to find out what hop flavors you like as well as giving you a mental inventory of hop flavors so you can identify what hop varieties are in what beers.  How well this works to impress girls is up to you.

Here’s my review of he Warrior Single Hop IPA.

Deep amber in color with hazy, burnt orange highlights.  Develops a bountiful and creamy off white head with lasting retention.

The aroma is the distinct pine that I have grown to love.  Pine and grapefruit are smells I find myself craving in my beers when just a few years ago I would have rallied against that in my glass.  In addition to pine, a floral aroma is present along with earthy and leafy green notes, like fresh cut grass.  Some biscuity malt on back with a touch of fusel alcohol.

The drink is briefly sweet but as the creamy beer flows over the palate, lively carbonation attacks with a powerful piney bitter bite with notes of green grass, lemon, and grapefruit rind.  The burst of carbonation reveals a resounding bitterness that lasts through the finish.

Mikkeller Warrior IPA is very bitter, but very tasty and it is not very complex, but the simplicity is where the beer succeeds.

This would be a great beer before dinner (as long as you let your tongue recover from the hop attack).  It will cut through the fats of guacamole and the carbonation will lift any cheese you choose off your palate. I think the lemon aspect will go great with grilled chicken and it would be delicious with Brie, but then again, what isn’t?  If you really want to amp up the aperitif bitterness, try an endive and radicchio salad with simple vinaigrette.

Style:  American IPA

ABV:  6.9%

Cheers!

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