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

Not Rated.
Road Warrior Imperial Rye India Pale AleRoad Warrior Imperial Rye India Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,015 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,015
Reviews: 135
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 30
Gots: 170 | FT: 2
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Wrigleyf on 04-22-2014)
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2/5  rDev -50.9%

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2/5  rDev -50.9%

blech. the grain bill here is very rye forward, which is fine. but notes of toffee, caramel, and brown sugar simply do not mesh with the hop profile. in reality, it tastes like a decent homebrew; hoppy, but not balanced at all. seek shelter elsewhere. i drank ~6 oz and poured the rest out. i'm just not a fan of this one from a brewery that i generally enjoy a good deal.

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2.44/5  rDev -40%

BOTTLE: 12 fl oz brown glass, with a branded black pry-off pressure cap. "Best by 12/05/14." Purchased at Whole Foods HQ yesterday.

Reviewed as an "Imperial Rye India Pale Ale" per the label. 9.0% ABV. 80 IBU.

Expectations are below average given the brewery and style; I'm of the opinion Green Flash is (along with Stone) on the cutting edge of the trend towards direly imbalanced (Imperial) IPAs.

Served cold into a snifter at low altitude in Austin, TX. Reviewed live. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A gentle hiss upon opening suggests apt carbonation.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Pale khaki/off-white colour. Has a fairly creamy nicely thick consistency and a relatively soft complexion, though I do wish it were fuller. Thick lacing clings to the sides of the glass as it recedes. Head retention is above average for the high ABV - about 4 minutes.

BODY: Shallow muddled garnet colour of below average vibrance. Translucent. Nontransparent. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible, though I'm hesitant to say it appears clean.

It leans far more towards an amber colour than expected given the style, which is uncommon but neither unique nor special. I find it generally appealing.

AROMA: Much sweeter than I ever could have anticipated - Green Flash brewed this? Where's the overbearing bitterness assault with wreckless disregard for balance? I pick up on amber malt, deep caramalt, toasty bready malts, sweetbread, and a kiss of rye malt's signature spiciness.

What's unimpressive is the hop character and awkward Christmasy spice. All the hops really evoke is vague shallow fruit and herbs. Boy does Amarillo seem wasted on this.

It's a shallow aroma of light strength, and I find it largely unevocative. Frankly, it's boring for an IPA - let alone an Imperial IPA - and I never thought I'd write this about a Green Flash beer: but where are the hops?

TASTE: The dominant herbal hop character is just plain unsatisfying, and the signature spiciness of the rye barely emerges. I'm not finding any Amarillo character here, which is a damn shame given it's my favourite hop. Even some floral hop character would be better than what little is offered here - let alone some nectary, oily, citrusy, grassy, or resinous hop character. There's some uninteresting vague fruitiness. If the crux of the imperial IPA is/are the hop flavour(s), this beer just plain doesn't deliver.

The malt base is largely amber and caramalt, with a bit of pale malt. A strange foundation for a purported imperial IPA. I do find it slightly too sweet, but I suppose that's a welcome change from Green Flash's usual m.o. of overbearing bitterness.

Not that this is a balanced beer by any means. The hops aren't complemented well by the malts, and while it has a loose cohesion, it's far from a gestalt build.

Do I like it? Not really. In classic Green Flash fashion, it's a mess. Sure, there's a fair amount going on in this flavour profile, but the beer lacks order and focus. It's sloppily constructed. By no means subtle; this is as in-your-face and shallow a flavour profile as you'll find in the style. Not an intricate or pleasant brew. The ale esters are nice, I guess.

As it warms, I do pick up on some citrusy blood orange character, but it's largely eclipsed by the grapefruit, and is ultimately muted by the unnecessary bitterness that emerges alongside it.

TEXTURE: Full-bodied. It's smooth and wet, yet somehow drags on the palate. There's an irritating scratchiness on the back end. Overcarbonated. Alcohol warmth is noticeable, to its detriment.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, or creamy.

Overall presence on the palate is poor; this texture is mismatched to this beer's taste - not that the flavour profile is all that great to start with.

OVERALL: I continue to be confounded by Green Flash's popularity and consistently high beer ratings. I would caution friends against purchasing this. While it wasn't the bitterness nuke I anticipated, its imbalance was still dire. The discerning drinker will be unimpressed. I'll finish the bottle with some effort. I admit I'm a bit confused by the herbal hop emphasis, but I guess I'm glad they're not pushing Mosaic in the marketing like many other breweries might.

D+

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Road Warrior Imperial Rye India Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 1,015 ratings.