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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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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

859 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 859
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.83%
Wants: 30
Gots: 119 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Wrigleyf on 04-22-2014)
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Sammy, Aug 03, 2014
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4.18/5  rDev +2.7%

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.

UCLABrewN84, May 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

djrn2, May 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

zestar, May 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -14%

nmann08, Jun 21, 2014
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3.81/5  rDev -6.4%

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.

BEERchitect, Jun 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Texasfan549, Jul 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

kjkinsey, Jul 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

ygtbsm94, Jul 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

kylehay2004, May 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

jaydoc, May 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Knapp85, May 24, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev -6.6%

oberon, Sep 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -14%

westcoastbeerlvr, May 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

largadeer, Jun 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

zeff80, May 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -14%

JAHMUR, Aug 11, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -32.4%

SocalKicks, May 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

TheManiacalOne, Aug 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

nickfl, Jul 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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!!!

WVbeergeek, Jun 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Kegatron, Jun 23, 2014
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3.89/5  rDev -4.4%

Pours a ruby hued orange with 2+ fingers of dense tan head. Stellar lacing & good head retention

S: Pineyness & a little grapefruit & leafy hops

T: Follows the nose, dryness up front & a little bit spicy pumpernickel bread. grapefruit & a little pineapple, some spicy rye as this warms & dryness. finishes with peppery notes, pineyness, a little dryness & a bit of roastyness

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation, nice balance, some prickly rye notes here

Drinks easy, a nice variation on the DIPA theme

russpowell, May 14, 2014
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4.05/5  rDev -0.5%

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).

StonedTrippin, Jun 05, 2014
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3.88/5  rDev -4.7%

Thats unfortunate, there is a best by area on the label but no stamp. Should be fairly fresh though.

Pours a smaller but decent for the abv fluffy fizzy head covering that fades fairly quickly, bit of lacing, decent legs too, most clear chestnut cranberry colored beer with a column of streaming bubbles in the center.

Nose brings earthy heavy hops, grassy and earthy, mostly bittering it seems, mild fruity note probably from the rye, as well as a little spicy rye note, caramel candy reddish malts, smells fairly sweet and candy like, mild toffee, hops turn a bit spicy and bring a faint hint of orange rind and candied orange peel. Fairly muted all things considered.

Taste starts with sweet malts, creamy smooth caramel and toffee, reddish candy, etc, almost dessert like creamy candy, little creme brulee almost, but not quite. Then hops kick in, spicy chewy earthy hops, quite bitter, with a touch of candied orange peel and a little caramel apple like fruit, little fruity rye note, and a little spicy rye as well. Then back end brings a touch of booze and appley esters. Finish is like pure candy, it attempts to dry but only brings out more of the candy flavors, alcohol and bitterness... nice smooth caramel mixes with a little toffee and nutty notes, a hint of booze warmth, a little spicy rye but more like caramelized rye, and lots more earthy spicy hops with a touch of candied orange peel.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, little smooth and creamy, just a hint of warming booze hidden fairly well, nice carb.

Overall not bad, booze is hidden fairly well but pokes its head out when it should, nice candy flavors, caramel and toffee with fair sweetness without being a big sweet beer, I think this is more of an imperial red ale than IPA, with all the candy, some hops but less than I expected, but still pretty good all around. Rye is there but also not as much as I expected.

jlindros, May 22, 2014
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Road Warrior Imperial Rye India Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 859 ratings.