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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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1,047 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,047
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.83%
Wants: 34
Gots: 188 | 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

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of maximum12
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

OK, let's make up for the travesty I put in my mouth last night. Green Flash? Rye? Imperial whatgajob? Sign me up. 12 oz. bottle picked up at Princeton's, the only two I've seen. I hope it's not too good.

The pour is on the red spectrum of lighter ales with well respected carbonation. Plenty of spicy rye in the nose (hallllelllujah!) tempered by a mixed bouquet of pine & floral notes. Light sub-plot of caramel malt. Good.

Road Warrior almost requires a fork & good, sharp steak knife. Terrifically chewy, the caramel malts have to be masticated a few times before I dare swallow. Normally I hate 'malty' IPAs, but here, the caramel is just the set-up man. Spicy rye adds to both the taste & the smokin' hot body, & here, finally, come the hops. Moderate pine bitterness & an herbal element that comes roaring down the stretch. Liquid is disappearing like a I'm sharing it with three people (I'm not).

An exquisite & unusual example of a 'balanced' beer, but in this case, the balance is like six donkeys on each end of the teeter-totter: the balance is tons of extremes. The malt, rye, & hops play together beautifully. I can't find much to criticize. Excellent beer that is close to elite. I'm going to find more.

Photo of derrondover
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of justintcoons
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance
Reddish amber with 1 finger of tan head that dissipates quickly. Excellent clarity with light carbonation.

Nose
Grapefruit, navel orange, rye, caramel, damp earth, and pine needles.

Taste
Lots of spicy rye and caramel maltiness. The Columbus hops shine through nicely with spicy, damp earth and wet pine needles. Amarillo brings in grapefruit zest and lighter notes of orange pith. Not finding too much in the way of Mosaic. Finishes with dried pine needles and some onion.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, oily, silky, sticky, and moderately bitter.

Overall
This really packs a punch of rye and bitterness! Goes down easy for 9.0%.

Photo of t420o
3.5/5  rDev -14%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

Photo of RyanAU
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of barczar
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky deep brown with copper hues and a dense, frothy, lingering tan head.

Citrus and resin dominate the initial aroma, with juicy notes of grapefruit countering fresh cut grass.

Flavor reveals a base that is extremely grapefruity initially, fading to resin and bitterness at the lightly spicy rye finish. There's a good balance of flavoring and bittering hops.

Body is a touch full, with moderate carbonation and light alcohol warmth.

Rye isn't my favorite, but it's not as overwhelming as I expected. Great Amarillo aroma, and the citrus flavoring is lovely.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Road Warrior Imperial Rye India Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 1,047 ratings.