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

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Reviews: 175
Hads: 1,280
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 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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Photo of metter98
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is hazy dark amber in color and appears brownish when viewed from afar. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles in the center and some lacing on the remainder of the surface and down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of mangos and citrus are present in the nose along with some notes of pine.
T: The taste generally follows the smell, except that the piney flavors are a bit stronger and there are spicy flavors of rye, which linger into the finish. The hops contribute a moderate amount of bitterness. The mango flavors become stronger as the beer warms up. Little if any alcohol is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied and quite crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This Imperial IPA has a lot of complex aromas and flavors imparted by the hops and rye. The contrasting sweetness of mangos and spiciness of rye is rather interesting.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of StonedTrippin
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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Photo of BEERchitect
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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Photo of biboergosum
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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Photo of jlindros
3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.47/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a dark orange-tinged amber in the Troubadour tulip with plenty of foam and swirls of suds around the glass. Deep perfumey aromas of fruity hops with pine and orange oil.

Rich and sweet with a hot aftertaste. The alcohol is quite prominent. Flavors of burnt toast and marmalade. The bitterness starts up early and carries on to the last. The fruit is quite massive. I'm thinking of scorched mango with a melon chaser. It has a winey intensity of peach syrup plus the grapefruit peel bitterness.

This is quite full of interesting and pleasing flavors, but it's a total biter hop bomb. Great for a short glass and sipping like whiskey, though. From the 22 oz bottle bought at The Market in Anacortes, Washington.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
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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Photo of kojevergas
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.


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Photo of Rifugium
3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Capone's.

Dark reddish-brown pour with a small cap of off-white head that retained well and left dabs of lacing on the glass. Nice looking beer. In the nose, resinous hops, oily citrus, toasted rye bread. The taste was similar, nice rye profile, piney with an assertive but not overpowering bitterness, grapefruit pith, toasted caramel sweetness in the background. Nicely balanced. Medium body, crisp mouthfeel, a good drinker overall.

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

A nice hearty ale. Thick mix of hops, rye, and malt. The malt seems a bit more noticable than I would hope for, but it's a good drinker. I'd be fine with another of this one.

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Photo of russpowell
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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Photo of WVbeergeek
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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Photo of smcolw
4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Light brown color with a hue of rubies. Clear. Solid, thick head that settles very slowly. Excellent ring lace with a blanket between each ring.

A touch of earthiness with a muted, neutral hop bitterness. Perhaps some sage notes as well.

I taste lavender, crystal malt and bittering hop. The swallow brings out the 9.0% abv with warmth to the back of my throat--it's akin to a dry liqueur. Full bodied but with ample carbonation to bring balance. Looong aftertaste of white pepper.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating, but is a recent release. Pours fairly crystal clear deep ruby red/copper color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big tangerine, grapefruit, peach, mango, pineapple, orange peel, caramel, spicy rye, bread, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate caramel/rye malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, orange peel, caramel, spicy rye, bread, floral, grass, pine, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, orange peel, caramel, spicy rye, bread, pine, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity and robustness of juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate caramel/rye malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately creamy and lightly slick/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent rye DIPA. All around great complexity and balance of citrus/tropical hops and caramel/rye malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of chinchill
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.

Poured with a light tan head that had great retention and left a surprisingly complete coverage on the glass. Deep amber body is surprisingly dark for style.

Aroma: sweet, spicy and hoppy. As suggested by the dark body, there seems to be a generous load of rye and malted barley in this.

Flavor: a hop bomb with added spicy rye and enough malt to temper the still moderately high bitterness.

Feel: near full body; very smooth; mild, soft, medium carbonation.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.41/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a wine glass.

Appearance - Deep reddish brown. Small off-white head, but it doesn't last long. Just ends up as a thin collar and a few surface wisps.

Smell - Lots of rye. Grapefruit hops. Herbal hops. Caramel sweetness.

Taste - Every flavor seems subdued by a toffee malt sweetness. First the grapefruit hops, although the lend a hint of bright orange now, then then herbal grassy hops. Both get pushed out of the way by toffee. The rye manifests itself throughout, but really lingers in the finish in that spicy rye kinda way.

Mouthfeel - Aggressively bitter. Medium heavy body. Pretty sweet.

Overall - I like rye. Maybe not inherently because of its flavor, but perhaps because it's a different flavor from the standard malt. That's probably why I like this, because the hops and malt character are otherwise unimpressive.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.62/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown color with a slight haze. Boozy aroma with brown sugar and a bit of floral hop. Toffee, a touch of grain and alcohol. Aroma is much like a barleywine.

Taste is a nice blend of orange citrus hop flavor, rye sweet and spicy character and caramel malts. Alcohol flavor is stronger than it should be for a 9% beer, no questioning the strength.

Full bodied, full flavored the bottle says, that is correct. Hop citrus, booze and whiskey malt lingers on.

Overall, a pretty average double IPA with rye. Too hot to be considered too class, but could probably smooth out over time and really be a Barleywine.

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Photo of dcmchew
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%

Dark amber pour with a nice fluffy head, that even tho is small, is not in any rush, slowly receding to the long-lasting thin, sticky lace.
Spicy rye keeps the hops under control on the nose, with some grapefruit and light tropical notes passing through. Caramel, some floral honey notes, bread, leafy hops.
Taste serves up sweet honeydew melon, pineapple, peach, faint mango and tangerine, quickly shoved aside by spicy toasted rye bread and grassy hops. Grapefruit develops and lingers, with a nice lifting caramel note, pinched by a small floral note. Some black tea, pine and rough leafy hops finish it up, really bitter.
Dry tobacco lingering to the aftertaste, a bit of peppermint, light citrus, hop oils and the rich rye bread. Medium body and carbonation, with an abrupt conversion from sticky sweetness to bitter dryness.
A roughly hopped Imperial IPA, nice spicy rye. Manly, but unpolished.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a dark, vibrant, amber coloring with a tall, dense, frothy, off-white head. Nose of citrus sweetness forward, with a toasted grain backbone, spicy notes, caramel highlights, and a solid resinous character. Wow! Very layered aromas. Flavors are roasted and richly sweet forward, with caramel notes, highlighted by spicy rye grain characteristics. Hops burst through on the palate next, with a solid citrus blend of tart lemon and grapefruit, as well as a piney, resinous pitch flavor. Some orange notes, as well. Smooth, robust bodied, with a citrus and resinous aftertaste. Slick, slightly dry, bitter finish. This is a beast.

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Photo of biegaman
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

What makes Road Warrior such an impressive beer is that it pairs contrasting features with absolute consonance - bitter, pungent hops sign loudly, harmoniously in chorus with sweet, spicy grain. That same kind of contradistinction is also what makes it so interesting visually: a deep, dark-ish amber colour that relinquishes full clarity and a bright glow; a loose head that produces tight lace.

It may sound like rye is the star ingredient in this recipe but the aroma says with no uncertainty it's the hops. I could smell bitter, sticky pine resins and dank, weedy herbals instantly upon prying off the cap. As I type this the glass sits at least 12 inches from my nose and I still have no problem appreciating that bouquet. I bet there's some lovely malt flavour in there too but good luck detecting it!

Fortunately the palate makes room for those elaborate and delicious nutty-sweet notes. One hasn't a hard time at all detecting the distinctive and spicy taste of rye nor the dark caramel and almost syrupy treacle flavours of the crystal malts. For whatever reason the combination of such earthy, dank, pine-y hops also helps create the impression of caraway and maybe even dried dill seeds.

Road Warrior is like an action movie with a clever plot development. How's this for excitement: 9% alcohol, 80 IBU, pungent dry-hopping and a spiciness that hits from two fronts (rye grain and herbal hops). And here's the twist: flavours are absolutely serene and the finish soft as a seat cushion. It has it all! I rarely buy six packs but this one I might even splurge for a case of twelve.

Green Flash is not the first brewery to make an ultra hoppy amber (with or without rye) but they're certainly among the best to so far - the only thing I know that compares is in fact one of the originators, the still iconic Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic. My thoughts on Road Warrior can be summed up by the beer's slogan: "Hop on and enjoy the rye of your life". And damn, I want to "rye" again!

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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 JohnGalt1
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25


Draft at Bittercreek... Pours clear deep amber/red... Off white head sticks around for a while leaving good lacing. Nose is customary big citrus and lesser floral hoppiness.. rye is more than present... Flavor is bitter up front and moves into pithy orange hops... rye comes across as dry earthy toasty.. very SoCal hop profile never drowns out the rye.. Surprisingly well done.


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Photo of beerthulhu
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

- spiegelau ipa glass.

A: Strong effervesce within a glazed candy apple red colored body. Strong sense of clarity, almond colored, marshmellow fluff textured head is two inches and holds steadily. Meaty lace deposits sticks well to the glass walls.

S: Lightly dry peppery rye and barley with dry citrus grind. Light to medium sense of awareness.

T: Big, bold peppery start of the rye, dry citrus grind, dry pine and fennel spicing. Licorice and lingering peppery citrus fade. Silty black tea touch on the tongue with background nuances of dried banana-bubblegum yeastiness. Earthy scorched tree bark, some alcohol and rosy, pungent columbus hop flowers.

M: Spritzy carbonation factor, creamy medium body with a good malt support that turns chewy.

O: Overall big bold peppery rye presence that doesn't hold back, big toasted citrus and dry toasted malt support with a malty backbone and dry finish. An very good example of a rye based ipa.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into my Schlafly tulip.

Appearance: rich amber brown hue with no haze and a light effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy ivory foam with a nice lace. Pretty attractive!

Smell: big, lemony hop aroma atop a sweetish malt base. There's a little hint of the rye in the aroma as well. Not especially complex, but enticing.

Taste: big caramel malt flavor with citrusy, earthy and slightly dank hops. Bitterness is pretty balanced. The flavors are good, but the whole thing is a bit muddled. Not bad, but a bit unrefined.

Mouthfeel: medium-rich body with a good carbonation and a very good creaminess for the style. I like it.

Overall: this is a tasty beer, although I feel it lacks finesse. A decent drinker, but I don't think I'll seek this out again.

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Road Warrior Imperial Rye India Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 175 ratings.