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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Ratings: 1,174
Reviews: 172
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 44
Gots: 243 | FT: 0
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Green Flash Brewing Co. visit their website
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 Cobrito
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle, no date. Purchased at Tower Atlanta. Test market?

A--Dark red-orange, with stout-like foam and solid lacing.

S--Surprisingly hop-forward, with plenty of Columbus, but with some pleasantly pungent rye notes in background.

T--Wonderfully complex: Initial West Coast IPA meets rye taste gives way to a very strong Mosaic-Amarillo hop finish.

M--Incredibly drinkable with very little alcohol bite despite 9%.

O--It's more about the hops than the rye, which is just fine with me. But the rye provides a nice unique background for a tremendously balanced, ridiculously drinkable 9% IPA. Definitely a West Coast IPA, and a damn good one.

Photo of iTunesUpdates
5/5  rDev +22.5%
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 Flash09
5/5  rDev +22.5%
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....

Photo of Mikefriedman90
4.92/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Great beer, strong but drinkable. Wheelers in ct had on tap. Exceptional selection!

Photo of Norvelljeff
4.89/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Really good beer but nothing special. Always love what green flash does.

Photo of tkolterman
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Super hoppy, boozy and bitter. VERY nice beer. Go buy it.

Photo of claminat420
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

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.

Photo of Tomasipoi
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

An IPA done well.

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 Brad007
4.71/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

Photo of martyl1000
4.65/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap at JordanS Big Ten pub for that crraft beer week. Totally pleased with this one.

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 SawDog505
4.56/5  rDev +11.8%
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!

Photo of JackieTH
4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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 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 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 MarkQ617
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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 coldriver
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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.

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 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 KarmicSkrambl8
4.49/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of davet100
4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Photo of 1ale_man
4.46/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Photo of ZAP
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
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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Road Warrior Imperial Rye India Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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