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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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167 Reviews
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Reviews: 167
Hads: 1,251
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 8.87%
Wants: 48
Gots: 281 | 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

Our Imperial Rye IPA is brewed in the name of our Road Warriors—the sales team who tirelessly hit the streets, traveling from town to town and pub to pub sharing the Green Flash experience. Road Warrior™ charges full flavor forward. Columbus and Mosaic hops, rich crystal and spicy rye malts pave the way for Mosaic and Amarillo dry-hopping to boldly shine through in the finish. Raise a glass to those who never settle!
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Reviews: 167 | Hads: 1,251
Reviews by KAF:
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

For those on the road, the trenches for the Green Flash sales team- those long hours and distant mileage can certainly sting a little. And marking the appreciation for those folks, this spicy ale with classic West Coast hop bitterness and supportive sweetness is their thanks for a tireless job done well.

Its rich amber hue is like dark honey as it pours with creamy viscosity- preparing the palate for bread, toast and deeply caramelized sweetness as well as hoppy grapefruit, pineapple, tomcat and chive to the nose. Underneath the malty sweetness and perfumy hops, a piercing husken peppery grain flavor emerges from rye, even early on in its taste.

Its richer than normal taste continues its sweet and bready trek across the middle palate although these malt flavors begin to slowly retread as the taste gains steam toward finish. This makes way for the bitter hops to trend grapefruity and herbaceous, and foregoing its more delicate floral and tropical character. But that toasted rye flavor becomes bolder, sharper and oh-so earthy with sod and soil.

Where drier and a bitter-forward tilt is preferred, Road Warrior relies on persistent toasty malt sweetness to balance not only the hops but the prickling sensation from rye. Finishing malty-dry and with subtle warmth, its complexity and balance is smooth and even- even if off prescription from even imperial IPA. (1,376 characters)

Photo of MadScientist
4.49/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A medium copper colored ale with very good clarity. The head is a mix of compact, creamy bubble and larger, soapy foam. The head is amber to tan colored with a long lasting head retention.

A outstanding, pungent citrus and floral hops aroma with a fair amount of rye spice. There is also some pine and earthiness to the hops along with a low caramel malt sweetness. Some esters of an American ale are hanging out under all that.

The citrus and tropical fruit hops flavor dominate along with the rye spice flavor. There are some hints of tropical and earthy hops flavors. A medium-low malt sweetness with a light caramel flavor are braced against an aggressive hops bitterness make for a balance that is very bitter. The finish is dry with an aftertaste of citrus hops and rye.

A medium bodied beer with a medium-strong level of carbonation. A medium-strong level of creaminess.

An extremely flavorful Rye IPA that is very bitter without being harsh and featuring some interesting hops character. The Mosaic seems to bring some tropical fruit and earthiness to the citrus and pine of the other American Hops. A lively and enjoyable beer. (1,140 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is hazy dark amber in color and appears brownish when viewed from afar. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles in the center and some lacing on the remainder of the surface and down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of mangos and citrus are present in the nose along with some notes of pine.
T: The taste generally follows the smell, except that the piney flavors are a bit stronger and there are spicy flavors of rye, which linger into the finish. The hops contribute a moderate amount of bitterness. The mango flavors become stronger as the beer warms up. Little if any alcohol is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied and quite crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This Imperial IPA has a lot of complex aromas and flavors imparted by the hops and rye. The contrasting sweetness of mangos and spiciness of rye is rather interesting.

Serving type: bottle (971 characters)

Photo of BNLTandem
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Surprisingly deep Amber. From the bottle poured with an off white head with lots of staying power.
Smell: fresh , clean, not at all overpowering with hops, but instead the grains are the start here. Really nice.
Taste: rye, bitter (but not silly), hop pallet more floral or toward the lime end of citrus. Not acidy or astringent.
Feel: really nice. Rolled oats??? Hangs on the glass hangs on your tongue. Dang close to perfect.
Overall: I find this beer to be exceptional.. I was surprised to see it on the menu in Michigan, and thrilled to taste it. Just ordered a second. (593 characters)

Photo of woemad
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (1,295 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of Tiernan
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of woodchipper
3.25/5  rDev -20%

Photo of SanFranJake
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of SuomiHobbit
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sweet, limited bitterness, easy to drink (40 characters)

Photo of sabitu
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of HopticalDeployment
4.73/5  rDev +16.5%
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. (329 characters)

Photo of danthehopslamman
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dandaugherty1221
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of freshflesh
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of DaftPatrick
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of warnerry
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Jardbark
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Beaver13
3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours clear ruby copper red with a huge creamy off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is spicy rye, sweet nutty caramel malts, and resiny piney hops. Fades as it sits in the glass.

The flavor is spicy rye and sweet caramel malt with a big resiny, slightly charred hop bitterness. Some plastic notes come out as it sits. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, a nice hoppy double red with some rye. Better a little cold, fades as it sits. (502 characters)

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4.96/5  rDev +22.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +17%

Photo of Doomcifer
3.25/5  rDev -20%

Photo of Beerswag
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle pours not a black,yet dark brown. head is light khaki. looks light in color,. lacing is medium and head is minimal yet present .nice carmel look, but not what I expected out of a BIPA... smell is ok. not intense, buddy, taste is slightly sweet and fruity with enough hop, for the style, with much balance. good amount of rye which adds another depth of spic and earthiness. mouthfeel is a highlight, with a lot to offer, light to medium body and exceptable smooth and creamy on the palate. overall would like to revisit on tap.. fish and chips are good here, however salmon fish might be better. french onion soup, something with body and richness. bacon wrapped scallops. the spice of the rye seems to compliment spicy food such as buffalo wings or thai chili/food, (779 characters)

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Road Warrior Imperial Rye India Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 167 ratings.