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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Reviews: 160
Hads: 1,213
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 48
Gots: 266 | 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 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)

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

On draft at Duckworth's, Cornelius NC.

Oh my - this is a helluva beer... dark amber, hoppy and malty and then the bitterness of the rye kicks in. Minimal head and a thin layer of oily lacing throughout, wonderful balance of hops and rye. Fantastic beer from a brewery known for their use of hops. Definitely try this if you get a chance. (338 characters)

Photo of ocelot2500
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep amber color with a tight, sandstone head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of rye and citrus hops.

Tastes of the rye malts with plenty of supportive hops and toasted malt. Big rye notes lead off with spicy notes. This gives way to hops characterized by citrus, tropical fruits, and herbs. More malt adds in a toasted bread note and a touch of caramel sweetness. Some more rye spice sweeps in and lingers at the end.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with slightly crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is tasty and full of rye. (543 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. Area where Best By date goes is blank.

A- Pours a light brown color with a 1/2 inch light tan head that retains well before slowly dropping to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves a thick ring behind.

S- Musty hop aroma combines with sturdy, toasty malts. Slight citrus note with more of a grassy, herbal hop presence.

T- Rye spiciness joins forces with the hops and makes for a solid punch of bitterness and toasty malt flavor. Pretty smooth for the ABV. The bitterness lingers a bit but the malt does a good job to distract the palate from the heavy hopping. Sort of a barleywine sweetness comes into play after a few sips.

M- Slightly sharp and quite dry with medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- A heavy hitting RIPA that hits all the right notes and then some. (890 characters)

Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Caramel apple red. Half-inch head that lasts, with good lacing.

S - Piney, herby, not sweet or pungent.

T - Dry, piney, woodsy, herby, not at all sweet. ABV very well hidden.

M - Medium carbonation, not creamy or rich.

O - I appreciate his high ABV because there's no sweetness you associate with high ABV IPAs. It's very dry and definitely quaffable. (359 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: clear; deep amber, almost brown; with a fairly aggressive pour, a 2 finger light brown head that receded slowly; moderate lacing;

S: herbs; dank pine with floral in background;

T: pine resin; spruce; bittersweet chocolate and mocha in the finish with moderate bitterness; as it warms; rye spiciness and caramel malt become more noticeable in mid-palate; ABV is well hidden until it warms up;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: very interesting flavors; complex; hops are clearly dominant until it warms; (518 characters)

Photo of humuloner22
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Rye beers are hit or miss with me. This was a hit. It had enough of the floral West Coast hoppiness going on to balance out the spiciness of the rye.

Appearance: Typical of an IPA, bronze leaning on the side of straw yellow.

Smell: Rich, full of spiciness from the rye, and a good amount of floral from the hops. Almost a bit dank, but it was a great beer.

Taste: Spicy, rich flavors, although I have not tried the palate wrecker yet, I imagine this to be similar because that is exactly what it is, anything that you drink after it is a light beer. At 9 % be careful but you could drink a several of these, I would suggest drinking them on the back end of your session.

Overall: Better, probably because it was fresher, than the West Coast IPA I tried before, I may give it another go, should the opportunity present itself, which it probably will. (853 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.02/5  rDev -1%
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. (679 characters)

Photo of 57md
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a brownish copper with over a finger of off-white head that takes a good long while to dissipate. Rye spiciness and hop notes can both be found in the nose. The body is thick and the mouthfeel is sticky. The malt profile is quite bold with both rye and hops coming on in the finish. There is also a subtle touch of sweet at the very end.

The only problem with this offering is that it is too hot. Basically, the alcohol presence messes with the various flavors and makes the whole thing less enjoyable. I bought two bottles and I am committing the second to aging. I know that aging IPAs is considered an anathema, but I am looking forward to trying this when the alcohol is a bit more muted. The problem is that I think the other flavors might fall off as well. Oh well - it is worth a try. (799 characters)

Road Warrior Imperial Rye India Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 160 ratings.