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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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179 Reviews
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Reviews: 179
Hads: 1,304
Avg: 4.07
pDev: 25.8%
Wants: 54
Gots: 301 | 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 Biggiekrock627
4.36/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22oz bomber into tulip glass to a deep burnt caramel with a 1/2 inch head that disappears quickly but leaves good lacing. Large amount of floating sediment and high carbonation. I got this beer as and fellow road warrior and a big fan of rye. Good beer overall

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Photo of puboflyons
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Expiration date of 26 Nov 15. Sampled on November, 21, 2015. So I made it by that much!

Very handsome looking mahogany amber pour with a lasting off-white head an great clarity.

Enticing aroma of roasted malts and floral and pine hops.

Medium body.

The taste feels a tad astringent but I get a decent malt character and a forward floral hop character that lingers briefly. Tastes like mulch at the end.

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4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

What can be said. I find most of green flash's offerings delightful. And this is no exception. Gorgeous ruby red color. Spicy rye and hops galore. Bravo.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.79/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours deep copper with red highlights, very mild white foam head. Smell is spicy and hoppy, very good. Taste is great, malty, spicy, hoppy very well balanced with the ABV. Overall a great beer.

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Photo of LennyOvies
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L- Bright dark red filtered body. Creamy ivory head with big bubbles hugging the glass. Nice retention.
S- Orange, tangerine, mango, grapefruit, hops. Sweet caramel can barely be picked up.
T- Opens with sweet malts and immediately gets overrun with hoppy grapefruit. Leaves a rich bitter aftertaste, you can feel it in your tongue long after the sip. Booze can be felt in the warm sensation left in the palate.
F- Full, rich, creamy.
O- An amazing DIPA, would probably have loved more balancing malts. A favorite.

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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 JackieKu
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle. Freshness date unknown.

A: Hazy brown. Thin head.
S: Intense hoppy aroma. Tropical fruits (pineapple). Moderate caramel.
T: Hoppy caramel. Medium bitterness. Semi-sweet but drying out. A little bit peppery.
M: Nearly full bodied. Creamy.
O: Rich yet under control. Outstanding IIPA.

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Photo of puck1225
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark orange brown with a pleasant fruity aroma. Very citrusy and floral. Nice spice kick from the rye. Thick creamy head with very good lacing. An enjoyable imperial IPA.

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Photo of gshak
4.36/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Best by date of 11/26/15, tasted on 9/10/15. Had been in the fridge for over a month, so it has seen some age.
A - deep amber with some frothing.
S - Fantastic aromas of orange/tangerine, pine, lemon zest, grapefruit peel and pith, peach, pineapple and some mango. I can only imagine that this would have been an absolute beast of an IPA when fresh.
T - Very sweet malts with substantial heft and body. A meal in a glass if you will. Taste opens up sweet, and then the hops trickle, kick and dominate as the liquid flows down your palate. Toasted, lip-smacking, caramel malt that is immediately checked by tangerine rinds (hops), and gradually the hops begin to take over transitioning into grapefruit, finishing dry on your palate with some sweetness clinging on to the sides of your tongue. Coats your lips.
M - Full...very full.
O - A fantastic IPA/DIPA. Would definitely try again.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This isn't on the same level with Green Flash's brilliant west coast ipa, but it's still pretty damn good. The rye brings with it a little bit of pine, which adds a lot to the overall flavor.

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Photo of TeamMathis
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful, dark reddish amber. Nice tan head. Decent amount of sediment. Great citrus smell, a little fruit, big pepper, and just hint of pine. The taste is big, peppery, and piney. Delicious and full. I'd love to have it again.

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Photo of rjd722
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my spiegelau IPA glass, a very nice deep reddish-amber. Smooth, tan head that keeps a thin layer on top throughout. Aroma is a pleasant spicy rye, getting some burnt toast notes coming through. The mosaic hops are a big hit in this one, they go so well with the spicy rye malt. I was worried that the rye might be overdone given that this is an imperial, however, the balance is excellent.

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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 elNopalero
4.44/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a malty caramel colored with a slightly tan tinged cap of foam. There's a lightly bready note to the aroma with some orange marmalade. A great peppery rye spicy kick comes across as its sipped, with a pleasing bitterness. Yum!

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Photo of twage04
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Big darker ipa that hides the booze well but you will feel it. The rye works well with the fruity hops and the high carbonation. Beer isn't terribly sweet but rather is well balanced.

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Photo of TheMarkE
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Dark red copper with a huge head of foam, good lacing, and plenty of carbonation.

Smell: Citrus, pine, and spice.

Taste: Spice, rye, pine, citrus, and hints of caramel.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a big bitter finish. It is 80 IBUs, and it shows.

The Verdict: Good beer. Big bold flavor if you like big bold beers, with a lot of spice. There’s a lot going on in this beer, and it won’t be everyone’s cup of tea (so to speak). A bit too spicy for my tastes, but there’s no doubt this is a very good quality brew.

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Photo of Ksmoove27
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - dark amber, 1 finger head (very light colored), ok lacing

Smell - nice citrus, hoppy aroma

Taste - crisp, with a little harsh bitterness in the hop, but strong hoppy flavor

Feel - Medium body. A good chew.

Overall - Would call this a half step behind AleSmith IPA. Very similar attributes...a llittle darker but not as sophisticated in hop scheme.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.76/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a dark amber color with light brown hues around the sides of the glass. A light foamy to bubbly white head started and dissipated within about forty seconds. Some light clingy lacing ran
around the glass.
The smell had a big sweet to spicy rye about it. I really liked how the rye showed a sweetness and a spiciness. That tells me its pretty authentic. Light pine and citrus grace the background and allow a bitterness that ends up running nicely into a caramel sweet backup.
The taste takes the previously mentioned flavors and contains them mostly to a nice all around sweetness. Bitterness does end up coming in to balance with some citrus rind and pine.
The mouthfeel is about a medium bodied with a sweet crisp sessionability about it. Alcohol tries to hide itself. Carbonation runs mild.
Overall, wish Green Flash would put dates on their beers. Eh, but for the most part, that rye really does hold up with the hops. Somehow, I think I had an older bottle. Would definitely revisit.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Deep dark amber with thick tan head that fades slowly and leaves nice lacing. Aroma is fruity and bready. Really like the flavor of this beer. Caramel malt combined with light fruit flavor and then piney and grapefruit hops. The end is spicy from the rye, just the right amount. Dry finish. I am a little partial to rye beers. This one is very well done.

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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 Antg8989
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bold taste. Definitely works as an imperial rye IPA. Pours a rich dark amber with a frothy copper head. Aroma is a hoppy rye with hints of dark fruit. A warming but smooth and light feel on the palate. Sweet and bitter at the same time, like an imperial IPA should be. A solid brew.

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Photo of rjp217
3.15/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beautiful looking beer. The nose is ok but kind of muted. The problem I have with this one is the spicy rye is overpowering. It takes away the hop profile for me. Kind of a one sided brew unfortunately.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.06/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a dark copper color - and I mean DARK. This is the darkest non-black IPA I've witnessed. The head is a finger high, and pale yellow in shade. Retention is quite good, allowing the creamy texture to leave a strong aesthetic impression for a while. Some lacing also sticks to the glass. (4)

Smell: One word comes to mind here - spicy. Spicy rye malt and spicy hops are the order of the day. The Mosaic hops work well here (they usually blend well with darker malts, I'm starting to find), adding a subtle tropical tone without getting overly onion-y. Pungent Amarillo also peeks through. I find the malts a little overdone, but the hops do enough to balance it out without seeming messy. (3.5)

Taste: This is definitely a malty DIPA. It starts off with gentle tropical fruit, before transitioning into piny and spicy flavors. After a while, a touch of fruit esters appear. The problem is, the malty flavors don't seem to blend well with the hoppiness. That rye spice is absolutely pummeling. I will say this, though: the Mosaic hops are utilized well. This one ain't quite for me, sorry. (2.75)

Mouthfeel: The feel is both full and sweet - not surprising considering how malt-dominated this is. The crystal malt creates a finishing astringency; while this keeps it somewhat dry (in conjunction with the hops), after a while it becomes rather syrupy. It also has a long-lasting aftertaste and carbonation on the low side. (2.75)

Overall: Well, it looks great and smells good. Too bad both the feel and the taste are lacking. To me, it doesn't seem very cohesive or refined - individually, the notes are good, they just don't balance at all. On the plus side, it isn't nearly the disaster Silva Stout was! I will keep mentioning that in all my future GF reviews for the time being - seriously, that beer was total shit. Like I said, this is definitely NOT shit, it just isn't all that good to my palate. (3)

3.06/5: Too malty for me, guys

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Photo of BNLTandem
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Surprisingly deep Amber. From the bottle poured with an off white head with lots of staying power.
Smell: fresh , clean, not at all overpowering with hops, but instead the grains are the start here. Really nice.
Taste: rye, bitter (but not silly), hop pallet more floral or toward the lime end of citrus. Not acidy or astringent.
Feel: really nice. Rolled oats??? Hangs on the glass hangs on your tongue. Dang close to perfect.
Overall: I find this beer to be exceptional.. I was surprised to see it on the menu in Michigan, and thrilled to taste it. Just ordered a second.

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Photo of MisterGone
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz into tulip (twice just to be sure... probably not needed, but...). Deep amber with a beige head (as opposed to khaki or taupe or latte or...).

The aroma was really, really nice on this one. As advertised. You get some piney and citrussy hop bitter with that distinct rye malt, which I didn't expect to get until the taste - but man it was indeed present. The flavor was as the nose promised, with some extra resinous bite in those hops and the rye really shone through. Got a little stickier as it warmed (which I thoroghly enjoyed). As Rye DIPAs go, this one nailed it for me. Good stuff. Will likely have the other two tomorrow.

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Road Warrior Imperial Rye India Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.