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

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Reviews: 176
Hads: 1,281
Avg: 4.07
pDev: 25.8%
Wants: 53
Gots: 293 | 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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Photo of Flash09
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this beer in a snifter. This beer is simply delightful... Cherrywood red in color. Nice thick head...Dry hoppy mouthfeel and strong malt presence...Dry finish with the hop lingering.. Very smooth a perfect beer for any hop head out there....Great beer! Green Flash never disappoints... Two thumbs up....

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.79/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours deep copper with red highlights, very mild white foam head. Smell is spicy and hoppy, very good. Taste is great, malty, spicy, hoppy very well balanced with the ABV. Overall a great beer.

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Photo of claminat420
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

A for appearance- [on a hardy pour] somewhat transparent amber colored. nice frothy off white
head that leaves alil bit of lacing.

A for aroma- a spicy floral aroma. caramel malt is definitely detected.

T-* this is awesome solid malt hophead loving goodness*. wish I could try this on tap. spiciness
snaps with with hops which were slight grapefruit mixed with tropical fruit. as it's not fresh and
by months the caramel malts really shine. the abv is pretty hidden with the malt.

M- medium/ heavy body. good carbonation.

DRINKABILITY<<< bring it back!- about to be on the 4th out of the four pack. plan on getting more.

Overall- I would get this for another month and maybe one more. seeing as it came out in may this
beer might be getting past it's prime. seeing the specialty malts really shine with this brew is
what you want in a rye ipa. I would like to try this beer fresh next year to see how much the
hops showcase compared to the aged malt creeping goodness which it's now. like I said in taste
this beer is more for the hophead who wouldn't mind malt showing up to the party.

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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.

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Photo of Brad007
4.71/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a sexy bright amber with a huge head into my glass. I knew that this was something that I hadn't already had.

Notes of spicy rye mingle with mango and grapefruit in the nose. This is a monster in the nose!

Lots of juicy grapefruit, spicy rye and mango all in one. It really comes to life here.

Boozy with a spicy, buttery quality at the back and just enough of the citrus flavors as well.

This beer kicks my ass! Worthy.

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Photo of joeseppy
4.59/5  rDev +12.8%
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!

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Photo of SawDog505
4.56/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 13 oz tulip, best by 11/13/14. Pours a beautiful reddish orange, with a nice two inch white head that leaves behind webs of lace.

Smell is tangerine, pine, biscuit, caramel, grapefruit, and pineapple.

Taste follows perfectly, so well balanced with nothing dominant, lots of sweet malts lead to citrusy hops, a little rye, but it hardly noticed.

Body is medium large, excellent amount of life, a touch dry, and scary drinkable for it girth.

Overall this is a treat, maybe the best Rye IPA I have had. Well done again GF!

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Photo of JackieTH
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Deep ruddy amber beer topped with an inch creamy khaki foam. Big lacing. Very attractive. Smells of pine and citrus pith, rye, toffee, earth. Nice. Creamy on the palate with nice full throttle bitterness complemented with an earthy spicy character, citrus pith and pine. Toffees and a hint of rich almost burnt molasses smooth out all the rough edges. Medium body is velvety and holds together well. A pithy bitterness resurfaces into the finish. This is a big beer. Excellent.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of Jackolope
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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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.

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Photo of coldriver
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

12 oz bottle pours a dark amber with nice head and lacing, Aroma is pungent pine-resin, apricot and grapefruit, with some alcohol. Taste has a sharp rye malt bite, but not overdone. Hops profile is typical Chuck Silva deep pine resin dominated - flavorful but not particularly fruity (so good). Love the way this sticks to the back of the tongue begging you for another sip. This is pretty damn good managing to avoid the higher alcohol over-sweet sugar water taste of many imperial IPA's.

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Photo of MadScientist
4.49/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Photo of hagbergl
4.49/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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

12oz. Bottle

Pours a very nice slightly cloudy dark golden amber color, very nice carbonation, with a nice one-finger creamy off-white head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, slight malt note, citrusy, and nice pine notes. The taste is very nice hoppy, nice malt note, very nice citrus/pine notes. Medium body, the ABV is hidden very well. There is a very nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, this is a very tasty brew. Recommend!

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Photo of davet100
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: pours from a bomber a dark copper colour with a good amount of lacing.

S: big dank hops, somewhat fruity too. Very aromatic with some spicey/herbal notes. Noticeable, but not overbearing, malt presence.

T: very interesting. Hoppy of the bat, lots of dank piney notes and some juicy tropical fruit. Some sweetness too. In some ways, the hop forward competent of this beer seems to share some parallels to the gf imperial ipa, namely the pineapple notes, followed by the herbal and oniony notes that come through as it warms. However, beneath this lies alot of complexity that gives it it's uniqueness as a spicy ryness comes through (not excessively, but noticeable) alongside a good amount of bitterness and a solid malt backbone. All of these components work very well in unison.

M: Medium to full bodied but remarkably easy to drink. Hoppy with muted spicyness from the rye. Alcohol is very well hidden, and strong malt backbone balances. but does not overpower the hop flavors going on.

O: I was very impressed with this offering from green flash. Generally I tend to steer clear of rye IPAs having yet to find one that has really does it for me, but i found this is unique and enjoyable. The imperial ipa side of their beer reminded me of elements of both green bullet and imperial ipa which I liked a lot, but the rye and malt bring complexity and compliment/enhance the hop flavors admirably well. Glad I took a punt with this, definitely worth the typically steep gf price tag if your into trying something a little different on the ipa scene.

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Photo of 1ale_man
4.46/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into oversized flute. Dark brown color. Smelled hoppy and rye with caramel and spice/pepper. Tasted great. All of the smell came through on the taste. Nice and thick feel for me. Like a port wine. Really loved it.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.44/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a malty caramel colored with a slightly tan tinged cap of foam. There's a lightly bready note to the aroma with some orange marmalade. A great peppery rye spicy kick comes across as its sipped, with a pleasing bitterness. Yum!

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Photo of Antg8989
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bold taste. Definitely works as an imperial rye IPA. Pours a rich dark amber with a frothy copper head. Aroma is a hoppy rye with hints of dark fruit. A warming but smooth and light feel on the palate. Sweet and bitter at the same time, like an imperial IPA should be. A solid brew.

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Photo of ZAP
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Burnt orange..perfect head.

S-A lot in this aroma...ganja...pine....blackberries...blueberries...toasted carmel...some spicy notes as well....awesome smelling beer.

T-Malty up front with spicy characteristics....hops lend more of a piney/floral impression on the taste...

M-Big bodied but clean and dry on the finish....

O-Very enjoyable beer with many layers of flavors and aromas.

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Photo of Fieldzy27
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light brown with cranberry highlights when held to the light. Head is dark khaki which contrasts very well with the reddish beer. Head is rocky and leaves globs of sticky bubble lace. Very nice.

Lots of pine and grass in the aroma mostly resinous with some citrus. Some vague all spice , biscuit dough and a hint of alcohol.

Pine resin bitterness strikes with fury on pallet entry. Waves of bitter backed with grapefruit and more conifers throughout. This is a happy beer. Unbalanced but I could honestly care less as this hop profile was chosen so well. There is a little bread , caramel, and spicy fennel notes at the end but the hops linger on the tounge long after the swallow. An amazing example of a hop forward beer that still has a discernable flavor other than just bitterness. As it warms grapefruit becomes more prevalent and hops tone down slightly but clearly still a DIPA.

Carbonation and body hold the beer together nicely. The carb level is lively and keeps the hop flavors dancing across your tongue. Finnish is clean and dry, no oily mouth coating. Viscosity is great. Not too full not too thin. Impressive.

Overall a great beer. I'm a sucker for anything rye but this one delivers on all fronts.

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Photo of BNLTandem
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of maximum12
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

OK, let's make up for the travesty I put in my mouth last night. Green Flash? Rye? Imperial whatgajob? Sign me up. 12 oz. bottle picked up at Princeton's, the only two I've seen. I hope it's not too good.

The pour is on the red spectrum of lighter ales with well respected carbonation. Plenty of spicy rye in the nose (hallllelllujah!) tempered by a mixed bouquet of pine & floral notes. Light sub-plot of caramel malt. Good.

Road Warrior almost requires a fork & good, sharp steak knife. Terrifically chewy, the caramel malts have to be masticated a few times before I dare swallow. Normally I hate 'malty' IPAs, but here, the caramel is just the set-up man. Spicy rye adds to both the taste & the smokin' hot body, & here, finally, come the hops. Moderate pine bitterness & an herbal element that comes roaring down the stretch. Liquid is disappearing like a I'm sharing it with three people (I'm not).

An exquisite & unusual example of a 'balanced' beer, but in this case, the balance is like six donkeys on each end of the teeter-totter: the balance is tons of extremes. The malt, rye, & hops play together beautifully. I can't find much to criticize. Excellent beer that is close to elite. I'm going to find more.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, "best by" on the label, but then a blank space following.
L - huge frothy beige head holds excellent retention atop a deep amber/copper colored ale; lacing down the glass is impressive
S - earthy rye, bready caramel malt, dank citrus and pine, faint fruitiness
T - dank citrus and pine, spicy earthy rye, pepper, rye bread crust, caramel
F - full body, very creamy, pine resin sticks to the palate, pleasant carbonation, finishes dry and very bitter with pine lingering
O - wow, really nice rye DIPA. I'll be buying this again very soon. All flavors are complimentary and work wonderfully together. Awesome!

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Photo of MattyG85
4.39/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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