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Road Warrior Imperial Rye India Pale Ale - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Road Warrior Imperial Rye India Pale AleRoad Warrior Imperial Rye India Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
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1,075 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,075
Reviews: 151
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.83%
Wants: 36
Gots: 201 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Wrigleyf on 04-22-2014

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Ratings: 1,075 | Reviews: 151
Photo of MortarPestle
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly hazy deep chestnut with a nice head and lacing. A nice malt backbone falvor with well balanced hop bitterness. A good example of the style.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.62/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown color with a slight haze. Boozy aroma with brown sugar and a bit of floral hop. Toffee, a touch of grain and alcohol. Aroma is much like a barleywine.

Taste is a nice blend of orange citrus hop flavor, rye sweet and spicy character and caramel malts. Alcohol flavor is stronger than it should be for a 9% beer, no questioning the strength.

Full bodied, full flavored the bottle says, that is correct. Hop citrus, booze and whiskey malt lingers on.

Overall, a pretty average double IPA with rye. Too hot to be considered too class, but could probably smooth out over time and really be a Barleywine.

Photo of CHickman
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark copper/amber color with a thick foamy to creamy looking 2 finger tan head that was full of tiny bubbles and faded very slowly, leaving great foamy rings as it went down with the foam being quite thick.

Smells spicy up front with the rye, floral hops and piney hops leading the way, and then allowing the malt backbone to bring caramel, cracker, toffee and toasted grains to the party as the citrus hops and grapefruit then settle down the spices with some sweetness. Pretty well balanced and the sweet fruity flavors mesh well with the spices.

Like the nose the flavor is spicy up front with the rye, floral hops and piney hops jumping out along with some juniper, spruce and pine needles. Then the sweetness kicks in with tropical fruit, caramel, brown sugar, citrus hops, grapefruit, orange, tangerine, pepper, lemon, coriander, toasted grains, wheat bread, graham cracker, light booze like rum and what seems like a cross between buttered rye toast and french toast. This is really complex but the spices keep coming in waves and letting the rye, pepper and floral hops act as the stars of this show. The sweetness does a very good job of containing the 9% ABV and limits the bitterness.

Mouthfeel is thin and on the watery side, but the body is medium with a thicker feel that lets the sweetness slide down and then almost dry your mouth with the chalky spice residue. Not too bitter, not too spicy, the sweetness fades and leaves an aftertaste like yeast or rye bread. Overall this was very good, a nice change of pace and certainly a beer I'd have again.

Photo of outdoor7or24
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle purchased from green's in Columbia SC. Poured into snifter.
A: pours a rustic copper color, lite off white golden tone color foam head, stingy Lacing, carbonation
S: best part of brew, deep notes of caramel malt leading to sweetness, rye, orange, honey, mango
M: medium creamy body, carbonation slight sticky resin on the tongue
T: orange peel, intense rye, grain, alcohol burn, pepper, slight metallic in the finish
O: great brew from green flash, the rye is really strong in this one.

Photo of cambabeer
3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I thought this would be better. Good beer, but nothing noteworthy, pretty cookie cutter DIPA.

Photo of iTunesUpdates
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow I love this beer. I don't know what it is but this hits a spot for me. I must love rye.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

- spiegelau ipa glass.

A: Strong effervesce within a glazed candy apple red colored body. Strong sense of clarity, almond colored, marshmellow fluff textured head is two inches and holds steadily. Meaty lace deposits sticks well to the glass walls.

S: Lightly dry peppery rye and barley with dry citrus grind. Light to medium sense of awareness.

T: Big, bold peppery start of the rye, dry citrus grind, dry pine and fennel spicing. Licorice and lingering peppery citrus fade. Silty black tea touch on the tongue with background nuances of dried banana-bubblegum yeastiness. Earthy scorched tree bark, some alcohol and rosy, pungent columbus hop flowers.

M: Spritzy carbonation factor, creamy medium body with a good malt support that turns chewy.

O: Overall big bold peppery rye presence that doesn't hold back, big toasted citrus and dry toasted malt support with a malty backbone and dry finish. An very good example of a rye based ipa.

Photo of mothmanscott
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, rich, deep amber producing 2 fingers of somewhat lived, beige, finely bubbled head that leaves spidery strings of lacing. Aroma is spicy rye & dark malt, pumpernickel bread, grapefruit, tropical fruit & floral hops with some caramel, brown sugar. Taste is bready rye forward, rye spice, caramel, brown sugar, with a low grapefruit/tropical fruit hop intensity for the style. Sweet but with a lively bitter finish & alcohol spice that lingers in the aftertaste which becomes increasingly drier. The only truly bitter portion of the sip. As with some rye beers a metallic note emerges in the background & becomes most prominent in the aftertaste but is not detracting . Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, lightly prickly, creamy but also a little syrupy & slick, moderately chewy. This puts me in mind of what an Imperial Amber Ale, with rye added, might taste like.

Photo of KarmicSkrambl8
4.49/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

maltier than I might prefer...love the spicy notes....smells fantastic and is beautiful to look at....

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice hearty ale. Thick mix of hops, rye, and malt. The malt seems a bit more noticable than I would hope for, but it's a good drinker. I'd be fine with another of this one.

Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

650 ml bomber poured into a tulip. A cloudy reddish toffee color with two fingers of voluptuous frothy yet creamy beige head. Keeps its shape nicely.

Huge citrus rind aroma, orange and grapefruit, with some floral black tea, caramels, and dusty peppery spice. Good old rye. Pungent resins and a whiff of tropical melon. Rather powerful and boozy on the palate, at least initially, with tons of green spicy hop notes, brittle flinty rye, and tannic strong tea. Less sweet than expected. Juicy grapefruit and Seville orange. Musky blueberry and sour kiwi blink though the dark spicy base. Robust pine needle oils from start to finish. I am undecided as to whether the hops or the malts are winning this particular battle ... I'm leaning towards the former but just by a hair. A certain nuttiness emerges late. A few raisin notes. The hops are getting floral. The booze mellows out into a classy rum-like sweetness.

Rather hefty body and silky smooth, with low end carbonation. Finish is on the dry side, copious citrus rinds and peppercorns, but with some lingering brown sugar sweetness. Yep, still a huge Green Flash fan. This is a great rye PA that reveals its complexities over time. There is just enough spicy rye and caramel malt sweetness to provide balance while still letting the hop power shine forth.

Photo of woemad
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry’s in Spokane for $3.29. According to the label, this is best by December 12, 2014 (oops), although it’s so faint I almost couldn’t find this information.

Poured a hazy, dark mahogany color, with a big, creamy khaki-colored head. Said head subsided after a couple of minutes in a frenzy of bubbles, and left lots of lace on the sides of a Bristol Mass Transit Ale pint glass (Thanks again for the glassware, Connie!).

Lots of piney and citrusy hops and spicy rye malt notes. I could detect a little caramelish sweetness as well. It’s not often I can detect the non-rye malt when drinking a beer brewed with rye malt, but this time I can – just.

The malts are as big as the hops, but the hops ain’t too shy, despite being about 3 ½ weeks past the best-by point. Maybe the hops would be a little bit more dominant if this was fresher, but everything seems very well balanced. Things end with a pleasingly dry zap to the palate.

Medium bodied, with a somewhat oily mouthfeel.

I’ve had some IIPAs, rye or otherwise, that are barely drinkable malt bombs, where drinkability has been sacrificed to the twin gods of IBUs and ABV. This is full flavored, but very drinkable, despite being a little past it’s prime. Once again, Green Flash rocks.

Photo of markgugs
3.1/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Outlier my ass, this was a malt bomb. 91 is a joke.

Photo of biboergosum
3.86/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle, an ode to the brewery's sales force, and not, as I initially imagined, to Mel Gibson's 1980s magnum opus.

This beer does me the displeasure of foaming and spouting right out of the bottle upon cap poppage (so, in a bit of perfect musical interlude, let's have Korn have the last word on this matter - 'And fuuuuuuck you too...'), and after more than a bit of table top cleanup, appears a hazy, dark red brick amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and broadly bubbly ecru head, which leaves some decent sudsy cubbyhole lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of zesty West Coast hops - edgy orange, white grapefruit, and lemon pith bitterness - pinecone and pine needle green esters, earthy yeast, acrid alcohol, semi-sweet bready caramel malt, a grainy rye spiciness, and further floral, well-perfumed hops. The taste is gritty, grainy pale, caramel, and rye malt, all showing off their individuality with due aplomb, a still heady SW Cali hop contingent - orange, lemon, kiwi, and red grapefruit bitters representin' - among some agreeably swirling metallic alcohol, and a further green forest floor flora acerbic character - y'know, pine, but some of its harder to describe friends, as well.

The bubbles are actually pretty sedate, their frothy inclinations hardly worthy of worrying about, the body a dense medium-full weight for the style, and not particularly smooth, both the rye spice and the overall hoppiness really making a dent here. It finishes off-dry, the now well-blended malt taking hold in an apparently defensive measure against the regrouping bitter hop cabal.

Yup, just as I might have suspected, a rye-inflected IIPA from this brewery is nothing more than a malt bill adjusted version of their venerable West Coast IPA, or its bigger brother - whatevs. I'm generally down with this, even as my inner dialogue continues to pester me with the lingering question of why the fuck, why the fuck - given my particular disposition to the guest grain - do I subject myself to this. Oh, yah, right. Hops - the bastards.

Photo of HopticalDeployment
4.73/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Biscuity toffee essence, laced with a sticky imperial hop forward flavor profile.

When I consume an IIPA or DIPA (or should I say, "am consumed by..."), I expect and search for a biscotti like biscuit profile, enriched by an undeniable, smooth yet inappropriately hop aggressive start and finish.

Bravo green flash... bravo.

Photo of samtrillo
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a deep and mysterious mahogany. What's going on in here?

Brioche and pine nose.
First thing that hit me from the first sip was the soft and rounded mouthfeel. Followed by graham cracker malt and a bitter forest finish. The rye really adds a quality complexity to this brew. I wanted a little more from the hops, though. Getting mostly bitter pine with some citrus.

Photo of chinchill
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.

Poured with a light tan head that had great retention and left a surprisingly complete coverage on the glass. Deep amber body is surprisingly dark for style.

Aroma: sweet, spicy and hoppy. As suggested by the dark body, there seems to be a generous load of rye and malted barley in this.

Flavor: a hop bomb with added spicy rye and enough malt to temper the still moderately high bitterness.

Feel: near full body; very smooth; mild, soft, medium carbonation.

Photo of MarkQ617
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Had this poured into a pint glass, my second Green Flash review. I should preface review saying that imperial ripas are my favorite, and this isn't exception. Rich copper color. Plenty of fresh hop flavor with that nice rye bite on the finish. Outstanding.

Photo of jellikit
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Bottle.
Appearance: ruby red. Hazy. Thin head. Nice thin lacing.
Smell: grapefruit. Pine. Sweetness like caramel. Floral.
Taste: slightly roasted malt. Pine. Citrus. Black pepper. Alcohol
Mouthfeel: medium carbonation. Big body. Sweet.
Overall: yum.

Photo of augustgarage
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Unibroue tulip. Best before December 15th, 2014.

A a cloudy, ruddy, burnt orange body is sealed by a lasting peach finger. Sandy lacing, thin tears, superior retention.

Potent aromatics, the nose suffused with spicy, herbaceous, resinous hops balanced by woody faintly grainy malt/rye notes. A slight orange-water floral element sneaks in as well, maybe from dry hopping with Amarillo.

Intensely sweet but with a forward complex bitterness that stands up to the malt bill. Grass, toast, pine, forest floor, peppercorn, jasmine, etc. The rye comes through in the dry earthy finish. Very good.

Rich medium bodied mouthfeel with good carbonation. A touch warming from the alcohol, but still refreshing.

A big, substantial, rewarding flavor bomb, if a bit sweet.

Photo of dcmchew
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%

Dark amber pour with a nice fluffy head, that even tho is small, is not in any rush, slowly receding to the long-lasting thin, sticky lace.
Spicy rye keeps the hops under control on the nose, with some grapefruit and light tropical notes passing through. Caramel, some floral honey notes, bread, leafy hops.
Taste serves up sweet honeydew melon, pineapple, peach, faint mango and tangerine, quickly shoved aside by spicy toasted rye bread and grassy hops. Grapefruit develops and lingers, with a nice lifting caramel note, pinched by a small floral note. Some black tea, pine and rough leafy hops finish it up, really bitter.
Dry tobacco lingering to the aftertaste, a bit of peppermint, light citrus, hop oils and the rich rye bread. Medium body and carbonation, with an abrupt conversion from sticky sweetness to bitter dryness.
A roughly hopped Imperial IPA, nice spicy rye. Manly, but unpolished.

Photo of Sam-VW
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

A - A ruby/brown with a foamy medium white head that sticks around leaving rings of sticky lacing

S - Lots of rye, Citrus, bubblegum and pine. Some toffee.

T - starts with pine and rye, going on to citrus and tropical notes. Bubblegum and some caramel on finish

M - Carbonation is medium and finishes medium dry

Photo of Tomasipoi
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

An IPA done well.

Photo of macrosmatic
3.74/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Westbrook pint glass.

A: Very dark bronze, fairly hazy, with a thick two-finger dense tan head that has great retention for a hoppy beer. Modest visible carbonation. Darker than I had anticipated, but it's pretty.

S: Resin, citrus rind, and bready spicy malts...pretty much straightforward for the style, and as expected.

T: Bitterness hits you up front – thick resin and very bitter grapefruit pith hops, thick toasted rye-bread malts in the middle, then more lemon and pine tree bitterness with some vegetal and floral aspects around the edges. It finishes out with some alcohol heat, and some faint residual malt sugars fighting against the lingering bitterness.

M: Fairly heavy-bodied, low carbonation sensation. The alcohol is noticeable though doesn't seem overdone.

O: Tasty, but this is big – the big big ABV taste, the big malt bill, and big bitterness. An in-your-face west coast IPA for sure in IBUs, but it lacks the interplay of the hop flavor profiles that the more interesting ones have. Almost a heavy-handed Stone bitterness quality at the end. Enjoyable, but nothing I'd wish they would make year-round.

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

A - Amber red, a touch of clarity, and sticky lace left all over the glass

A - Citrus and pine hops, sweetness.

T - toffee, grapefruit, citrus, bread, and a boozy aftertaste. Well balanced, tasty as hell

M - Medium bodied and well carbonated.

O - GF knocks it out of the park, like usual. Awesome brew!

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Road Warrior Imperial Rye India Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 1,075 ratings.