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

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Ratings: 1,047
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.83%
Wants: 34
Gots: 188 | 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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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy dark orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, rye, citrus zest, and herbal and vegetal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet rye, citrus zest, and slight herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a nice balance between the rye and citrus forward hop qualities.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -32.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this thing is great, deep copper hued, nice haze, lasting inch of tan head, soapy and thick. the nose is remarkable, very mosaic hop heavy, probably a dry hop addition, and the spice from the rye is dialed in, robust but not overpowering to the hops. there is good bitterness in the taste, i mean, pronounced hop bitterness as it swallows, but not at the expense of the unique mosaic hops and the grapefruit notes from the columbus. full body and great carbonation, it shocks me that this is 9% abv, drinks like six, but you definitely feel it after a couple of them. rye is intense, as distinct as it is in almost any other beer ive had, nice high percentage of the grain bill must be. caramel malt in the 60 srm range is there too, adding body and a little sweetness just in the final instance of the finish. green flash does excellent hoppy beers across the spectrum, but this may be my favorite, a real gem, and affordable as a four pack. one of the better beers ive had from them in awhile, top notch and still somehow refreshing for how big and sturdy it is. a must try for the rye guy (or gal).

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3.86/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 8/3/2014 at Doherty’s Ale House in Warwick, RI served in a tapered pint glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a large dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains citrus, floral hops and caramelized rye malts.

T: The taste starts out with a harsh hops bitterness that is followed by some mildly sweet flavors of caramel and citrus. The malt character is hearty and brings some balance. There is also some background spice flavor. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly bitter.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, it’s a solid beer but there are other choices in the style that I would pick first.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
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!!!

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Road Warrior Imperial Rye India Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 1,047 ratings.