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: 1,165
Reviews: 168
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 44
Gots: 238 | 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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Ratings: 1,165 | Reviews: 168
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 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 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 harrisonpainter
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Everything Green Flash does is good. This Rye IPA is fantastic.

Photo of T-34-85
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap in pint glass.

Excellent beer with good aromatic nose, and an even better taste with the added punch of the rye.

very pleasant look with a deep mahogany color and a light tan head.

Photo of Bunman3
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow. This beer is not messing around. It is not overly amazing to look at, but as soon as it gets near your nose, you know something is special. The sweetness of the nose is completely offset by the bitter, resin-laden flavour and finish. What makes this so different is the variety of sensations you experience from pour to swallow. For me, very few brews are enough to satisfy me after one bottle. Road Warrior is one of those beers - I fear that if I drank more than one bomber, I would be going to war for fuel and doing my worst Mel Gibson impression...

Photo of jancona
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

An intense rye malt smell - taste has a wonderful sweet malt foundation with floral and citrus hops. This is a complex and tasty sipper.

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 Brondeau
3.2/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Wowza. Delicious first sip. And then that bitter after taste... Yikes. Not for me. Or maybe I've been drinking too many smooth stouts lately. But man, the lingering bitterness meant I ALMOST didn't finish the 22 ounce bottle.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Half Pint Pub in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a dark orange-ish brown, with a quarter inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

This one smells like grapefruit, rye, orange, and a bit of baked black bread.

This is pretty good, but it's got that trademark Green Flash hop flavor that I don't always love- super brash, piney, and bitter grapefruit pith. It's a bit perfumey, with a little bit of caramel sweetness, and more dark bitterness from the rye, spicy and peppery.

This is medium bodied, and fairly crisp, with a moderate level of carbonation, and a somewhat creamy mouthfeel. No alcohol feel at all, which is pretty nice.

Like most Green Flash, this isn't my favorite IPA I've ever had, but it's somewhat well-crafted and I easily finished the pint.

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 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 JohnGalt1
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
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.


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 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 MortarPestle
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly hazy deep chestnut with a nice head and lacing. A nice malt backbone falvor with well balanced hop bitterness. A good example of the style.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.62/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

Photo of CHickman
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark copper/amber color with a thick foamy to creamy looking 2 finger tan head that was full of tiny bubbles and faded very slowly, leaving great foamy rings as it went down with the foam being quite thick.

Smells spicy up front with the rye, floral hops and piney hops leading the way, and then allowing the malt backbone to bring caramel, cracker, toffee and toasted grains to the party as the citrus hops and grapefruit then settle down the spices with some sweetness. Pretty well balanced and the sweet fruity flavors mesh well with the spices.

Like the nose the flavor is spicy up front with the rye, floral hops and piney hops jumping out along with some juniper, spruce and pine needles. Then the sweetness kicks in with tropical fruit, caramel, brown sugar, citrus hops, grapefruit, orange, tangerine, pepper, lemon, coriander, toasted grains, wheat bread, graham cracker, light booze like rum and what seems like a cross between buttered rye toast and french toast. This is really complex but the spices keep coming in waves and letting the rye, pepper and floral hops act as the stars of this show. The sweetness does a very good job of containing the 9% ABV and limits the bitterness.

Mouthfeel is thin and on the watery side, but the body is medium with a thicker feel that lets the sweetness slide down and then almost dry your mouth with the chalky spice residue. Not too bitter, not too spicy, the sweetness fades and leaves an aftertaste like yeast or rye bread. Overall this was very good, a nice change of pace and certainly a beer I'd have again.

Photo of outdoor7or24
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle purchased from green's in Columbia SC. Poured into snifter.
A: pours a rustic copper color, lite off white golden tone color foam head, stingy Lacing, carbonation
S: best part of brew, deep notes of caramel malt leading to sweetness, rye, orange, honey, mango
M: medium creamy body, carbonation slight sticky resin on the tongue
T: orange peel, intense rye, grain, alcohol burn, pepper, slight metallic in the finish
O: great brew from green flash, the rye is really strong in this one.

Photo of cambabeer
3.89/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I thought this would be better. Good beer, but nothing noteworthy, pretty cookie cutter DIPA.

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 beerthulhu
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of mothmanscott
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, rich, deep amber producing 2 fingers of somewhat lived, beige, finely bubbled head that leaves spidery strings of lacing. Aroma is spicy rye & dark malt, pumpernickel bread, grapefruit, tropical fruit & floral hops with some caramel, brown sugar. Taste is bready rye forward, rye spice, caramel, brown sugar, with a low grapefruit/tropical fruit hop intensity for the style. Sweet but with a lively bitter finish & alcohol spice that lingers in the aftertaste which becomes increasingly drier. The only truly bitter portion of the sip. As with some rye beers a metallic note emerges in the background & becomes most prominent in the aftertaste but is not detracting . Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, lightly prickly, creamy but also a little syrupy & slick, moderately chewy. This puts me in mind of what an Imperial Amber Ale, with rye added, might taste like.

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 RblWthACoz
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Road Warrior Imperial Rye India Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 1,165 ratings.