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

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Reviews: 168
Hads: 1,254
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 8.87%
Wants: 51
Gots: 283 | 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 tykechandler
2/5  rDev -50.7%

blech. the grain bill here is very rye forward, which is fine. but notes of toffee, caramel, and brown sugar simply do not mesh with the hop profile. in reality, it tastes like a decent homebrew; hoppy, but not balanced at all. seek shelter elsewhere. i drank ~6 oz and poured the rest out. i'm just not a fan of this one from a brewery that i generally enjoy a good deal. (373 characters)

Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.02/5  rDev -1%

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, red copper light brown with a short off white head that dissipates leaving some lacing, clear

S: peppery and pine, distinct spicy smell from the rye, hop forward with notes of citrus mostly grapefruit

T: heavy on the rye flavors with some slight alcohol flavor, esters present, leather, tobacco

M: quite heavy and coats the tongue, lower carbonation

O: an aggressive rye flavor with heavy hops (446 characters)

Photo of schoolboy
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%

Ah, another great Green Flash brew. This may be the heaviest of theirs that I've had, but they do nanny very well.

Is dark, cause its a rye brew. IPA or aipa don't seem accurate. The aroma is a wonderful citrusy rye boozy smell.

The taste is thick. It's sweet, bitter and boozy, and fairly complex. The after taste I bitter to a high degree. It lingers nicely. This is an over the top brew that has a great balance of loads of bitter with loads of malt. (457 characters)

Photo of coldriver
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

12 oz bottle pours a dark amber with nice head and lacing, Aroma is pungent pine-resin, apricot and grapefruit, with some alcohol. Taste has a sharp rye malt bite, but not overdone. Hops profile is typical Chuck Silva deep pine resin dominated - flavorful but not particularly fruity (so good). Love the way this sticks to the back of the tongue begging you for another sip. This is pretty damn good managing to avoid the higher alcohol over-sweet sugar water taste of many imperial IPA's. (498 characters)

Photo of Nugganooch
3.49/5  rDev -14%

22oz bottle split into taster glassware
Notes taken on 07/06/2014

A: Darker amber body with nice visible clarity and a massive amount of khaki head production up top. Stays forever it seems leaving the glass messy with the sticky stuff. Looks nice with quality ingredients utilized giving plenty of retention.

S: Heavy malt laden nose with loads of peppery Rye spice character and a bit of caramel malt sweetness. One of the more Rye forward beers I have come across. Mild undercurrents of grapefruit citrus and mango there but they are taking the back seat. Not bad but neither the Mosaic hopped RIPA I was expecting.

T: The flavors are very malt forward yet unexpectedly well balanced. Has a big toasted Rye bread and peppery spiciness with some caramel malt sweets to boot. There is a low level of actual hop bitterness that comes with some decent tropical spiced papaya, mango, and grapefruit notes. They just aren’t very stand out amongst all the juicy malts. A bit of alcohol spice kicks in at the finish. Actually tastes more like an Amber Ale should. I think this one might be a little too much Rye for my liking.

M: Moderate to heavier body but with ample carb and a nice creamy consistency. Decent drying towards the finish and slightly resinous but mostly fair and clean.

D: Was not a big fan here. Not particularly flawed just not to my liking. Way heavy on the Rye and too much Crystal malt sweetness to let the Mosaics really shine on. Probably one and done here. A rare miss from Green Flash for me. (1,547 characters)

Photo of SHODriver
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

A: poured into a tulip to a reddish brown with a quarter inch of dense light tan head that is quick to fade to a collar around the edge of the glass
S: smells of citrusy hops and spicy rye
T: taste is tropical fruits, citrus, pine and spicy rye malt with a slight amount of sweetness. swallow is oily pine and citrus with a little residual caramel sweetness and lingering spice
M: somewhat thick and creamy on the palate with carbonation that struggles to come through the thick body of the beer and a oily hop finish that leaves the mouth coated
O: Very West Coast and very good. Plenty of hop flavor and the rye plays a nice supporting role. Definitely a beer for hop heads. (686 characters)

Photo of lordofstarside
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%

12oz to a pint glass, best by date is blank

Pours a very dark golden orange, with some nice red hues, looks almost brown, akin to iced tea. A finger of foam has died down sort of fast, with some moderate carbonation stemming from the sides. Okay lacing, good visibility

Smells pretty good. Strong pine and citrus- grapefruit, lemon, with a few tropical hints. Behind that is a nice spicy malt from the rye with some strong caramel notes. Finishes with a little bit of alcohol

Taste deviates a bit. Might be the age of the bottle but the malts stand out quite a bit more than the nose. In a roll reversal, strong spicy caramel is now backed up by pine and a bit of grapefruit, finishing with some alcohol

Feel is a medium body with moderate bitterness and a dry finish. Alcohol hidden well, drinks easy enough

Overall not a bad beer, I don't know whether or not the flavor is supposed to balance this way seeing as the age of the bottle was left blank. It's the new label though so it can't be too old. There are just some things man isn't meant to know (1,057 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
3.57/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Yardhouse. I'd been avoiding this in bottles because Green Flash is never fresh but this was not bad. Dark red color. Aroma was slightly spicy and slightly hoppy. Flavor was nice and hoppy, rye, good malts, actually better than I thought it would be. (264 characters)

Photo of gonzo000
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a. Nice three finger head. Beautiful brown color.

s. Rye and malt and pine

t. Wow - Rye and pine and malt. Super balance.

m. Excellent balance. Very very good for a 9% beer.

o. This is a super beer. Might be my favorite Green Flash so far. Outstanding beer. (263 characters)

Photo of Bone53
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Mad Mex

Appearance: Amber.color with an egg shell colored head

Smell: Citrus fruits upfront with malt

Taste: citrus, malt, slight spices and alcohol. Somewhat astringent

Mouthfeel: Medium body; Goes down smooth and silky

Overall: I've been having top tier IPAs lately and this one doesn't stack up against them. It has some nice citrus notes, but other than that its sort of run of the mill for me. Its not juicy and smack in your face with hops which I prefer, and expect when I'm looking for a highly rated and potentially favorite beer. Considering the price ($14 four pack), its definitely not worth it for me. (630 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (485 characters)

Photo of JAFoley
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep amber hazy body with nice dense tan head. Really nice retention but not a lot of lacing

S - Tons of hop citrus, lime and grapefruit

T - Hop upfront are dry and less citrus than the aroma would suggest. Hops are more pine and floral, and balanced really nicely with sugary malts. Alcohol is obvious and adds nice heat.

M - Medium body with fine moderate carbonation. Sticky and tacky

O - Another great beer from Green Flash. Hop forward but nice malt balance. Will certainly be picking this up again. (512 characters)

Photo of TheSSG
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dense, resiny, off-white head that has great persistence. A nice, subdued citrus hop aroma. Radiant, slightly turbid burnt umber color. A nice, spicy rye flavor with bitter, citrus hops. Builds into a slightly more spicy rye flavor while the bitterness slowly peaks. Finish is grapefruit hops and rye spice lingering.

This is really, really nice. (355 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
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. (833 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
3.56/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This pours out a dark amber with very little head.
S: Highly citrusy nose underlaid with malty sweetness.
T: Very heavy malt flavor, with sweetness cut by highly citrus hops. Alcohol is apparent in the finish.
M: Thick, with low carbonation.

This is a strong, heavy beer. Unfortunately, the taste isn't really very complex, and it's certainly not interesting. (363 characters)

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From the bomber into a snifter.

The color here will surprise you, or at least it surprised me. It's a dark, grainy brown color with a bit of cloudiness that reminds me of dunkelweizen or a kellerbier. A massive foam results from the pour and the head takes its time in receding. Scattered lace streaks around the glass.

Now here's a unique smell fa ya. Spicy rye meets orange juice is what I'm essentially getting. Think rye bread with an orange marmalade. Something pungently sweet, like a sticky bun I'm thinking, wends its way to my nose. Hop resin provides some additional bite.

When rye met citrus... Wow. This is tasty. There's a near-perfect consistency in the aroma to the taste. I continue to get something that suggests a sweet, citrusy pastry, but one made with a rye dough. Vanilla, some astringency and caramel all find their way across my tongue. There's simply a wealth of rich flavors going on here.

I have to ding the beer a bit for the booziness, it's pretty intense and could be toned down considerably. But that's really my only critique, as this beer is creamy, sweet, spicy and aggressively bitter at the finish. The alcohol level and hops contribute to a dry, long finish.

So many unique features to this beer, so that's really a plus. It's a beer that really stands out to me. I'm officially a fan. I'd just warn that the booze may throw off some, but if you can get past that, this beer is delectable. (1,435 characters)

Photo of rand
3.23/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Green flash IMp red

12 oz bottle to pint

A: The brew pours extremely foamy, thought it was a bottle-fermented for a minute. Dark, blood red in color, the giant head never fully recedes.

S: spicy, floral hops are prominAnt, with plenty of boozy volatiles carrying notes of caramel and bread. Strangely the bouquet is fairly subdued.

T: Much more powerful on the palate. Bitter hops right at the tip, astringent and vinous. A huge, nutty malt-backbone quickly pushes back, a little too much, making the end of the sip sticky and chewy. The sweet malted rye borders on cloying, as it finishes longer than it should, with a
sweet sticky residue coating the palate between sips

Another palate wrecker from GF, a bit of a hop bomb, but it's off balance and not the easiest quaff. Probably would've liked this more 4 or 5 years ago but there have been way too many big hoppy beers out of San Diego that are more dialed-in than this. (933 characters)

Photo of JackieTH
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Deep ruddy amber beer topped with an inch creamy khaki foam. Big lacing. Very attractive. Smells of pine and citrus pith, rye, toffee, earth. Nice. Creamy on the palate with nice full throttle bitterness complemented with an earthy spicy character, citrus pith and pine. Toffees and a hint of rich almost burnt molasses smooth out all the rough edges. Medium body is velvety and holds together well. A pithy bitterness resurfaces into the finish. This is a big beer. Excellent. (477 characters)

Photo of VALIS666
3.57/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to IPA bulb glass. Pours a reddish-brown, medium lace, quickly dissipating head. Smells smokey, a little bready, mild spices and tea leaves. Taste is immediately candyish but not overpowering, then pine hoppy, and this cycle repeats itself in the aftertaste. Nice for a 9%'er, but not something I feel a need to stock up on. (331 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

650ml bomber poured into tulip 23/7/14

A clear ruby red liquid when held to the light, two fingers of tan foam has good retention and leaves lots of random polka dot lace

S lots of tropical citrus, pineapple, tangerine, lemon, grapefruit, plenty of burnt brown sugar, some pine, just a hint of booze and spicy malt

T slightly more brown sugar, the spicy rye malt come out stronger then the nose, some lime, more rind then fresh fruit, tastes solid but the nose has a slight edge

M heavy side of medium, very bitter, some grit, faint heat, spicy rind lingers strong

O lots of hops and spicy malt works well for me, no real complaints and goes down easy for 9%

I'd buy this often but the 11$ price tag might be a little steep, definitely worth a try but I doubt I'll buy another at that price (797 characters)

Photo of arizcards
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a four pack from Total Wine in early July for $11.99. Bottling date is illegible. Web site says the availability window is May-August.

Beer poured a reddish brown with a nice off white head that left a nice ring trail.

Nose is full of citrus and hints of rye.

Taste is a caramel malt base that is quickly overrun by the 80 ibu of alpha hops used. Citrus, pine dominate with rye malt leaving its stamp in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly smooth.

Overall this is a pretty cool brew, can't remember seeing an imperial ipa with rye. Definitely get this if you like your rye bread and alpha hops! (627 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
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. (778 characters)

Photo of fitrock2112
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured Road Warrior Imperial Rye into a Pint glass.

A - Pours a cloudy amber with a half finger of off white head.

S - On first sniff I'm getting citrus, grapefruit, pine. A little spicy rye in there as well.

T - Thank god. Fantastic flavors of grapefruit, citrus, rye, pine. Mid palate getting even more spicy rye with some dankness. Aftertaste is smooth pine needles and more rye. Delicious!

M - Smooth medium to low carbonation with medium to heavy mouthfeel.

O - I like Rye IPA's, and this one is top notch. Highly Recommended! Cheers! (545 characters)

Photo of ZAP
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Burnt orange..perfect head.

S-A lot in this aroma...ganja...pine....blackberries...blueberries...toasted carmel...some spicy notes as well....awesome smelling beer.

T-Malty up front with spicy characteristics....hops lend more of a piney/floral impression on the taste...

M-Big bodied but clean and dry on the finish....

O-Very enjoyable beer with many layers of flavors and aromas. (388 characters)

Photo of brewskifan55
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter

A: Dark brown with a tan half finger head that stays. Frothy lacing.

S: Grapefruit and rye to a tarantella.

T: Smooth, rye in the eye. Grapefruit hops. Not so bitter. Juicy and citrus-y. Could sip this one all day. Didn't really feel the 9%; sneaks up on you later.

M: Medium with medium carbonation. Dry finish.

O: A terrific rye IPA from Green Flash. Now I see why it's getting so much praise. Lots of pop. (437 characters)

Road Warrior Imperial Rye India Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 168 ratings.