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

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Ratings: 1,173
Reviews: 172
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 44
Gots: 243 | FT: 0
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California, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Wrigleyf on 04-22-2014

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of MadScientist
4.49/5  rDev +10%
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.

Photo of woemad
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
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 SuomiHobbit
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sweet, limited bitterness, easy to drink

Photo of HopticalDeployment
4.73/5  rDev +15.9%
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 Beaver13
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Photo of Beerswag
3.89/5  rDev -4.7%
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,

Photo of bsp77
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Brownish-copper with decent, light tan head.

Smell: Smells exactly like rye, Amarillo and Mosaic hops. Nice.

Taste: Malt body of caramel, biscuit and toffee. Fairly hoppy as well, tart grapefruit paramount and additional layers of tropical notes, orange and berry. Finish is fairly spicy with lingering grapefruit.

Feel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation. Fairly dry and crisp finish.

Overall: Nice, big Rye IPA. Dangerously drinkable as well.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Deep brown in color with a tightly knit inch thick beige head of foam. Brussels lacing. Aroma of piney hops and spicy rye is prevalent. The flavor is spicy rye malt forward with the piny hops playing a somewhat background note. The mouth is moderately thick,a bit sticky,and dry.

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Brilliant deep amber with a copper tint under a 1” clingy foam cap midway between cream and tan.
S: Spicy rye over hops, grass, pine, faint mint.
T: Very creamy on the attack with rich malt and then the hops come on board with an assertive herbal citrus rind bitterness. Malt flavors moderate, yeast flavors medium low, hop flavors moderate, hop bitterness moderately high.
F: Rich, chewy, some astringency from the hops on the finish, big bitterness. Has the rye body and a slight slickness.
O: Although assertive, well balanced bertween the rye, alcohol and hop flavors.

Photo of MattyG85
4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice.

Appearance: Pours a dark brownish amber red with a lot of rising bubbles. Big three finger off white head with decent retention. Leaves a lot of lacing.

Smell: An earthy, fruity, and spicy hop forward aroma with big hints of citrus, pine, and rye. Earthy and floral hops with good hints of dank pine resin and grass. Citrus hop hints of grapefruit, mango, orange peel, lemon, pineapple, and apricot. Big spicy scent of rye. Toasted malt with hints of sweet caramel, grains, biscuit, cracker, and yeast. A very good ripe and juicy aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a ripe and juicy hop driven taste with big notes of citrus, pine, and rye spice. Floral and earthy hop presence with big notes of pine resin and grass. Juicy citrus hop notes of grapefruit, orange peel, mango, pineapple, lemon, and apricot. Big taste of rye spice that plays well with the hops. Sweet malt backing with notes of caramel, yeast, biscuit, and cracker. Nicely bitter and juicy. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy, oily, and very drying. A little heat is noticeable but its not overly boozy.

Overall: A very good Imperial Rye IPA. Big in your face juicy hops with an equally strong rye presence.

Photo of Jackolope
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Damn! I am very impressed. I like rye beer bread and whiskey so I guess I shouldn't be so surprised, but I usually don't go for Green Flash Beers because I wasn't very impressed with their West Coast IPA and I think their labels are lame. However I decided to try this beer after a recommendation from a Shop Keep at The City Beer store and needless to say I am very satisfied.
This beer starts off with an exceptional hop aroma that you can smell straight from the bottle when you open it and then pours a rusty red color with a nice off white head. The taste is very balanced. It isn't too spicy from the rye and also isn't overly acidic or bitter from the hops. The floral aroma comes through in the flavor and it's dangerously drinkable. So much so that I almost can't believe the advertised 9% ABV. Great Beer.

Photo of Mantooth
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Duckworth's, Cornelius NC.

Oh my - this is a helluva beer... dark amber, hoppy and malty and then the bitterness of the rye kicks in. Minimal head and a thin layer of oily lacing throughout, wonderful balance of hops and rye. Fantastic beer from a brewery known for their use of hops. Definitely try this if you get a chance.

Photo of far333
3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light brown with ruby hues and a low head that settles out to nothing immediately. Aroma of floral and citrus hops, notes of pine and tangerine.

Flavors of citrus hops upfront, balanced with toasted malt, not overly bitter, some rye spiciness, and a bit of a dried leaves rough edge. Slick mouthfeel, but very tingly. Decent beer overall.

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

Really dark I thought, the smell was terrific, sweet. Big bitter taste and a smooth feel and semi lingering bitter aftertaste

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appears a deep muddled ruby caramelized brown color with a big khaki tan head, great texture and body here from the rye additions...head retention is stellar looks like bread rising as the head billows above the rim of my chalice.

Aroma upfront with the pine and citrus qualities from the hop additions, the label mentions Columbus, Mosaic, and Amarillo. Not much in the way of tropical fruit but there's a touch of the cat piss, dankness from the Amarillo maybe even some crushed aspirin medicinal quality. Spicy rye builds complexity with some deep caramelizing qualities in the malt character balancing out the massive hop additions, booze is well hidden amongst everything else going on.

Flavors, actually quite a smooth ride of big malt, spicy rye, and dank hops the hops have some juicy fruit complexity in the middle with dry herbal mary jane dankness with earthy and pine bittering out the finishing components. Alcohol actually shows up to the party here but doesn't offend the palate at all, it just adds into the complexity without any unbearable burn/harshness. I'm getting a bit of blood orange citrus peel in the finish amongst the hop burps that start to come into effect after a few sips.

Mouthfeel, a bit astringent big bodied slightly chewy texture, mild to moderate carbonation works here. Loving the slick hop oils to lubricate the palate with each sip, finishes nice and dry with enough malts/juicy mango tropical notes in the middle to remain smooth with each sip.

Overall, a well made deeply thought out and well constructed complex imperial rye IPA from the San Diego brewers at Green Flash Brewing...bravo!!!

Photo of chinchill
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
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 hagbergl
4.49/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance (4.25/4): Dark amber, almost maroon in color. Road Warrior, off of a fairly vigorous pour, produces a voluminous, off-white, tightly bubbled head. Gorgeous. A good start.

Smell (4.5/5): One whiff and I get a ton of gloriously fresh, juicy, citrusy hops: orange and grapefruit predominate. They are complemented nicely by a touch of black pepper from the rye and a slight caramel malt note. This beer has the kind of bouquet that hop heads fantasize about.

Taste (4.5/5): Flavor bomb! Big candied orange and grapefruit mixed with a resinous sweetness from the caramel malt backbone. That is followed by a wonderful spicy rye note that gives a great additional layer of complexity to the beer. The rye also dries the beer out a bit; the beer finishes with a pleasant dryness with the rye spice marrying nicely with the candied orange and grapefruit pith. Put the three components–big hops, sweet malt backbone, and spicy rye malt– together and you get a formidably tasty beer.

Mouthfeel (4.5/5): The mouthfeel is full with a good medium carb that befits the style. The caramel malts and hops lend a resinous feel to the foretaste, while the beer transitions to dryness quite nicely in the finish.

Overall (4.5/5): Green Flash pulls out another winning hoppy beer. I love the how each component in the beer plays off the other: the juicy hops are accented nicely by the rye's drying effect; and the sweet malt backbone helps to accent the hops' juicy, fruity characteristics. An impressively cohesive beer.

Photo of samtrillo
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
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 ONovoMexicano
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From the bomber into a snifter.

The color here will surprise you, or at least it surprised me. It's a dark, grainy brown color with a bit of cloudiness that reminds me of dunkelweizen or a kellerbier. A massive foam results from the pour and the head takes its time in receding. Scattered lace streaks around the glass.

Now here's a unique smell fa ya. Spicy rye meets orange juice is what I'm essentially getting. Think rye bread with an orange marmalade. Something pungently sweet, like a sticky bun I'm thinking, wends its way to my nose. Hop resin provides some additional bite.

When rye met citrus... Wow. This is tasty. There's a near-perfect consistency in the aroma to the taste. I continue to get something that suggests a sweet, citrusy pastry, but one made with a rye dough. Vanilla, some astringency and caramel all find their way across my tongue. There's simply a wealth of rich flavors going on here.

I have to ding the beer a bit for the booziness, it's pretty intense and could be toned down considerably. But that's really my only critique, as this beer is creamy, sweet, spicy and aggressively bitter at the finish. The alcohol level and hops contribute to a dry, long finish.

So many unique features to this beer, so that's really a plus. It's a beer that really stands out to me. I'm officially a fan. I'd just warn that the booze may throw off some, but if you can get past that, this beer is delectable.

Photo of biboergosum
3.86/5  rDev -5.4%
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 joeseppy
4.59/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich garnet pour with a beige copious head and big bubbles popping. Very sticky lacing and throughout. Yea, I ran my finger inside the chalice to dig out the smattering and smoked it.

Aroma is very robust. Leading the way is pronounced grapefruit followed by malt rye spice, and a tarry resinous pine. Spicy malt overlays a tropical fruit blend. There's an earthiness to it like wafting the outside of a freshly picked pineapple. Delightful!

Tongue numbing hop that makes its way to the top of the palate. Rye and pines go to the back like atomized mouth spray. Mosaic delivers delicious fruity citrus. Columbus delivers extremely well with the higher bitterness, that is not overwhelming, and the herbal sensation. Subtle sweetness. Rye malt is shining and spectacular here.

Mouthfeel is not cloying, not slathering nor too thick. Rather a refreshing DIPA with juz nuff stickiness and oil to keep it real.

Daring, robust and bold no doubt. Plenty of comfort in one bottle on the abv side. Really a successful endeavor and a winner. Tremendously tremendous!

Photo of augustgarage
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
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 Fatehunter
4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a finger of head on a clear dark straw colored body.
The aroma is pine, spice and a little grapefruit. Pretty nice.
The taste starts off malty then picks up with a big pine/grapefruit bitterness that goes through to the end. Long pine bitter finish with a touch of dank to it.
The texture is thicker with moderate carbonation.
Quite enjoyable.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.41/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a wine glass.

Appearance - Deep reddish brown. Small off-white head, but it doesn't last long. Just ends up as a thin collar and a few surface wisps.

Smell - Lots of rye. Grapefruit hops. Herbal hops. Caramel sweetness.

Taste - Every flavor seems subdued by a toffee malt sweetness. First the grapefruit hops, although the lend a hint of bright orange now, then then herbal grassy hops. Both get pushed out of the way by toffee. The rye manifests itself throughout, but really lingers in the finish in that spicy rye kinda way.

Mouthfeel - Aggressively bitter. Medium heavy body. Pretty sweet.

Overall - I like rye. Maybe not inherently because of its flavor, but perhaps because it's a different flavor from the standard malt. That's probably why I like this, because the hops and malt character are otherwise unimpressive.

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Road Warrior Imperial Rye India Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 1,173 ratings.