Sinistral® Warrior IPA Extract Kit w/ Specialty Grains

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A burnished gold ale with an aggressive hop character that is not quite balanced out by its big malt bill. Recommended: 2-stage fermentation and yeast starter.

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A burnished gold ale with a name to please 10th level beer nerds and a flavor to please all lovers of American craft brews. Taking its name from the hop variety that makes up its late addition, SWIPA is a potent beer with an aggressive hop character that is not quite balanced out by its big malt bill. Eminently quaffable but it's not a session beer - enough pints and your right hand won't know what the left hand is doing. Here at NB World HQ we like Sinistral Warrior all by itself, but it does complement a bison cheeseburger like nobody's business. Recommended: 2-stage fermentation and yeast starter.

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Beer Kit Yield 5 Gallons
Recipe and Instructions Click Here!
Regional Style USA
Beer Style IPA
Color Amber
Original Gravity 1065
Total Time to Make 6 weeks

Customer Reviews

No Hops Review by Ken
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As several other reviewers noted, the hops seemed to disappear. I was really looking forward to this one and thought I had opened my Nut Brown Ale instead. No hops, no fizz and much darker than the picture. Its only been a few weeks in the bottle so hoping that a little more time will increase the head. Its my 49th batch I've made and this one really perplexes me. (Posted on 12/12/14)
Love this brew! Review by James
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Very nice, well balanced IPA. I've made this a number of times and always enjoy it. (Posted on 10/7/13)
Love this brew! Review by James
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Very nice, well balanced IPA. I've made this a number of times and always enjoy it. (Posted on 10/7/13)
much better than expected Review by randy
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I have a confession to make; I tweeked the recipe just a little. Where it called for hops, I doubled it. I am a hop head don't get mad. Anyway, after 3 weeks in the bottle i just had to try one. I will not be sharing this with my buddies. This is definitely "PRIVATE STOCK". (Posted on 3/28/13)
My brewing virginity Review by Drives_a_bike
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This was my first beer I brewed...I dry hopped it with an ounce of whole leaf cascade hops and it turned out amazingly!! One of my favorites I've done...so much in fact, I'm ordering it again.

I used the dry yeast the first time, and plan on using a wlp001 this next time around and dry hopping with cascades again. Can't wait to do this beer every year around this time!! I love it (Posted on 12/25/12)
Pretends to be a session Review by Duane
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Like it says in the description this beer goes down like a session beer but sneaks back up on you. This is a nice IPA with good flavor. I think people sometimes forget that an IPA doesn't have to burn your tongue off with bitterness... it's not a double or imperial IPA. It could be that my new kegerator is making me bias towards my first brew on tap, but I'll certainly brew this again. (Posted on 10/30/12)
Don't expect the hoppy goodness of an IPA Review by Keith
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As far as I can tell I followed the instructions to a T. Just cracked open the first bottle and I was not thrilled with the results. Personally I love the hoppy taste of a great IPA and this beer just didn't bring that through. Its certainly not a bad beer, but if your looking to make an awesome IPA this isn't it. If your do choose to make this, be warned, it's alcohol content is no joke. CHEERS! (Posted on 10/19/12)
Excellent, Malty Pale Ale Review by BobFV
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I really like this beer - made this kit once. I did a large volume (4 gallon) boil and followed the recipe - used the Wyeast pack and made a starter. Primary was 2 weeks, then about 3 in secondary while I was on vacation, and two weeks of bottle conditioning. The result is a very malty but also well-hopped IPA. I agree that this does not taste like many popular IPA's with overbearing hops - it is malty and balanced but still with good hop notes. A real treat, I will definitely make it again. The Warrior hops are smoother than some other popular finishing hops - not as much bite but very fresh and tasty all the same. (Posted on 8/17/12)
Eh, its ok, not worth brewing when there are better kits out there Review by Brandon
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IPAs are my favorite beer.
I liked Norther Brewers Chinook IPA better than this.

This wasn't terrible, it just wasn't especially good. (Posted on 7/7/12)
Good, but not an IPA Review by SlappyDan
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I do like this beer, but it wasn't what I expected in buying an IPA kit. I just don't taste any hops in it, which I expect from an IPA. (Posted on 5/3/12)
Incredible Brew Review by One Drunk Guy
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Fantastic brew. Gave some out to co-workers and they didn't believe I had made it. Kept it in the second fermentation about 2 weeks longer and in bottles for about 4 weeks. Incredible flavors and a great taste. Will absolutely be brewing this again. (Posted on 3/24/12)
Just right Review by ottobahn
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This is my third batch of homebrew, but it is my favorite and best effort so far. I took the advice in some of the other reviews about this recipe being light on hops and dry hopped an additional ounce of Warrior. That was definitely a good call. It could even use a bit more hops for my tastes. If I do this one again, I'll experiment with even more additional hops. (Posted on 3/2/12)
Pretty Good Review by JBrooks
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Followed the recipe to a tee but was a bit disappointed. Im an IPA fanatic and this was not what I thought. Too malty, rough to drink for me, Warrior hops are not my favorite. I think I was fooled on the other reviews but maybe my batch was just off from everyone else's. (Posted on 1/16/12)
Too sweet and where did all those hops go? Review by Stout
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I am an IPA fanatic and thought this would be a great beer. Followed the recipe but added two ounces of fresh hops that I grew and another ounce of fresh hops to the secondary. Primary finished fast - 5 days so I racked it. Secondary went for 10 days and I wanted to get it out of the fresh hops so I did a second rack and drank the remaining gallon un-carbonated. After all those hops it just didn't come through. Seemed more like a nut brown or ESB. Think I'll go to dry hopping with pellets next time and cut back on the malt. Just too sweet. (Posted on 1/11/12)
The Chosen One Review by Burnsie
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Perhaps I loved it because it was my first homebrew. Perhaps I loved it because it is one of the finest examples of an IPA I have ever had the pleasure of drinking. Who knows. This beer is amazing. I continue to brew IPAs, only to reminisce about Sinistral Warrior. My only regret is that I don't have a bottle right now. Sinistral Warrior is the holy grail of IPAs. (Posted on 1/1/12)
Best home brew yet... Review by Rifester
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This is by far my favorite brew to date. I left it in primary three weeks and dry hopped for 1 week (1 ounce each cascade, centennial, and warrior). After 2.5 weeks bottle conditioning this beer is fantastic (6.8% ABV). Will be making this one again. (Posted on 10/2/11)
The Best Yet! Review by Rondo
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This IPA turned out to be one of the best beers I`ve brewed in the last 2 years. I dry hopped an additional 2oz.of warrior hops, and kegged it.....I`m getting ready to brew it again, so I wont run out. (Posted on 3/27/11)
not an IPA Review by Dave
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Brewed this 3 times, never ends up as an IPA. Thats not to say it is a bad beer, it made first place as a pale ale. (Posted on 3/9/11)
Great Ale Review by Christopher
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Great ale, deep malt flavors that do not cover a delicious hop forefront. Ready to drink on tap earlier than expected, thank goodness. Keg emptied in short order. Will brew this one again soon. (Posted on 3/1/11)
Great Review by Louie728
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Great kit.. Served to friends and they said that it was very similar to GUBNA Imperial IPA .. We did a taste test and it is a little similar.. (Posted on 2/28/11)
Best Beer I've Ever Made Review by Bryce
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This is an absolutely amazing brew. I would recommend a full volume boil with some additional dry hopping to an otherwise a nearly perfect recipe. I personally prefer to let this set in the secondary for approximately 6 weeks before bottling and then try to cold condition this beer in the bottle for an additional 3 months (if i can keep out of it that long). The payoff for your patience is a great caramel malt that really starts to emerge after 2-3 months. In my opinion this is where the dry hopping really comes in because without the additional hop character the malt begins to become overpowering for an IPA. After 3 batches this will become my house beer. (Posted on 12/2/10)
Nice Review by Mando
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..one of the top contender extract IPAs I've brewed. Stuck to the recipe and wound up with a great tasting brew with a little over 6% kick. Love it. (Posted on 9/27/10)
Fantastic IPA Review by Brandon
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I wasn't sure what to expect from this one, however it turned out fantastic. Very easy to drink, but packs a nice little punch of hoppy flavor. I followed the recipe, but also added 2oz of Warrior hops to the secondary. (Posted on 9/23/10)
Outstanding brew. Review by Sully624
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This was my first attempt at IPA - Started out a little sharp on the hops, but after only 2 weeks more in the kegs, it mellowed into a beautiful IPA. Crystal clear amber brew, smooth and consistent head, lingering aroma of the Warrior hops and a solid malt body. I can't ask for more from a beer. Time to try the dry-hopping! BZ, NB! (Posted on 7/7/10)
Hopped Perfection Review by aufrankie
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This may be by far the best IPA I've made and had. Did extract plus grains and am so inspired, I may start a series of beers that simply change the last hop addition. WIPA has been kegged since 4/13, and I am already thinking about brewing this one again due to low reserves;) The balance is what I love the most. How about TIPA (Tomahawk) or ZIPA (Zeus)? (Posted on 7/2/10)
Where's the hops? Review by Matthew
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I was sadly disappointed by this kit. I was expecting this hop/malt juggernaut and even doing a full boil without decreasing the bittering hops, I ended up with what I would describe as a very malty ESB. The warrior hops didn't show up at all and the whole thing just ended too malty sweet. It lasted a long time in my house where, 25 or 30 kits later, beer just doesn't stick around very long.

Not my favorite, not planning to repeat. Cheers! (Posted on 5/11/10)
Making me greedy Review by D2
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My 3rd brew. Followed recipe leaving it in the secondary for 2 weeks. Bottled with 3/4 cup of corn sugar and it was ready to drink 10 days later. I love a good IPA and this is becoming one of my favorites. Great hop flavor but doesn't have anything to prove (unlike a lot of IPA's on the market now). I have been giving about half of my batches away and it's gonna be hard to part with this one. (Posted on 4/30/10)
Great! Review by J
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Delicious beer and highly recommended! Balanced hop and caramel flavors. Hopheads might want to dry hop, but I think it is wonderful as is. We left our batch in secondary for 5 weeks, and followed up with another 3 weeks in the bottle. Will brew again. (Posted on 4/12/10)
SOLID BREW Review by TK 421
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Great stuff... I have now done this kit twice with good success. The hop additions are great, but you could dry hop in the secondary for that next level of goodness (but honestly when isn't an IPA better with a secondary hopping?). A great value in this kit too... lots of fermentable/hoppy material for the money. Recommended. (Posted on 4/9/10)

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