Left Hand Brewing Co. is based in Longmont, CO and I visited the tasting room in August. Warrior (7.6% ABV and 69 IBU) a fresh-hopped IPA was not on the menu yet and this is a seasonal release, just after the hop harvest. Fresh-hop beers use unprocessed or fresh hops in the brewing process and these are only available in the fall. Warrior also features locally grown Cascade and Warrior hops and I really enjoy something made with fresh local ingredients.
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Appearance – Perfectly clear and pale gold with a one-finger frothy head.
Aroma – Caramel and grain from the malts and grass, fruit and citrus from the hops. Very subtle and nuanced aromas. I could tell this would not be a “throat-ripper” IPA and would focus more on balance.
Taste – Tastes very similar to smell with good caramel / grain and then fruit, citrus and a touch of grass / herb. This is an easy drinker and very balanced.
Overall – B+ Warrior is a tasty IPA and I really like the use of local ingredients. Left Hand focuses on taste and balanced beers and Warrior is a very good example of how Left Hand brews beer. Very approachable, well-balanced, and easy to drink.
Website description – “FULL OF FRESH HOP FLAVORS, Brewed only once a year using fresh whole flower Colorado grown hops flown in from Rising Sun Farms in Paonia by Schwall and Spears Hop Freight Service. A strong malt foundation complements the bright floral hoppiness, allowing for a well-balanced, drinkable IPA.”