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

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Ratings: 1,067
Reviews: 147
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.83%
Wants: 36
Gots: 197 | 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

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Beer added by: Wrigleyf on 04-22-2014

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Ratings: 1,067 | Reviews: 147
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of KnowYourCraft
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a deep amber/burgundy color, and leaves a thick tan colored head and really nice lacing on the glass, this is the most unique looking IPA I have ever seen, looks amazing!

S: Loads of Spice! Citrus tropical fruits, pine, and some sweet malts. It smells pretty good, the rye spices really make the nose vibrant.

T: Lots of spice up front mixed with tropical and citrus fruits, the middle is spice and pine, then it finishes with a mix of everything, spice, tropical/citrus fruits, pine, and a hint of sweet malts. This beer has a ton of spice to it, a bit too much IMO, but this beer still has a great flavor profile, easily one of the better rye IPA's on the market still

M: For an IPA this is kind of thick, but it still has a crispness to it, leaves your mouth pretty dry, I like the thicker mouthfeel to this beer, it makes you sit and appreciate the beer a little more, it gets better the more you drink it too

O: Pretty solid beer, wish there was a little less rye spice, it kind of overpowers the hops a bit, but it is still very tasty, curious to see how this beer is on tap. Definitely recommend this beer if you like rye IPA's

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

Appears a deep muddled ruby caramelized brown color with a big khaki tan head, great texture and body here from the rye additions...head retention is stellar looks like bread rising as the head billows above the rim of my chalice.

Aroma upfront with the pine and citrus qualities from the hop additions, the label mentions Columbus, Mosaic, and Amarillo. Not much in the way of tropical fruit but there's a touch of the cat piss, dankness from the Amarillo maybe even some crushed aspirin medicinal quality. Spicy rye builds complexity with some deep caramelizing qualities in the malt character balancing out the massive hop additions, booze is well hidden amongst everything else going on.

Flavors, actually quite a smooth ride of big malt, spicy rye, and dank hops the hops have some juicy fruit complexity in the middle with dry herbal mary jane dankness with earthy and pine bittering out the finishing components. Alcohol actually shows up to the party here but doesn't offend the palate at all, it just adds into the complexity without any unbearable burn/harshness. I'm getting a bit of blood orange citrus peel in the finish amongst the hop burps that start to come into effect after a few sips.

Mouthfeel, a bit astringent big bodied slightly chewy texture, mild to moderate carbonation works here. Loving the slick hop oils to lubricate the palate with each sip, finishes nice and dry with enough malts/juicy mango tropical notes in the middle to remain smooth with each sip.

Overall, a well made deeply thought out and well constructed complex imperial rye IPA from the San Diego brewers at Green Flash Brewing...bravo!!!

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of MattyG85
4.39/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice.

Appearance: Pours a dark brownish amber red with a lot of rising bubbles. Big three finger off white head with decent retention. Leaves a lot of lacing.

Smell: An earthy, fruity, and spicy hop forward aroma with big hints of citrus, pine, and rye. Earthy and floral hops with good hints of dank pine resin and grass. Citrus hop hints of grapefruit, mango, orange peel, lemon, pineapple, and apricot. Big spicy scent of rye. Toasted malt with hints of sweet caramel, grains, biscuit, cracker, and yeast. A very good ripe and juicy aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a ripe and juicy hop driven taste with big notes of citrus, pine, and rye spice. Floral and earthy hop presence with big notes of pine resin and grass. Juicy citrus hop notes of grapefruit, orange peel, mango, pineapple, lemon, and apricot. Big taste of rye spice that plays well with the hops. Sweet malt backing with notes of caramel, yeast, biscuit, and cracker. Nicely bitter and juicy. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy, oily, and very drying. A little heat is noticeable but its not overly boozy.

Overall: A very good Imperial Rye IPA. Big in your face juicy hops with an equally strong rye presence.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Hoptometrist
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a mug.

A- Poured a red color with off-white frothy head that left chunky lace.

S- Big pungent grapefruit, floral, and some piney hops.

T- Lots of floral, grapefruit, and some piney hops with some spicy rye character and some light caramel sweetness.

M- Big alcohol warming and pretty big burn, sticky, full bodied, and low carbonation.

O- A very hop forward DIPA with some nice rye character. This beer is definitely on the boozy side and doesn't strive for balance so it is a nice hop bomb.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this thing is great, deep copper hued, nice haze, lasting inch of tan head, soapy and thick. the nose is remarkable, very mosaic hop heavy, probably a dry hop addition, and the spice from the rye is dialed in, robust but not overpowering to the hops. there is good bitterness in the taste, i mean, pronounced hop bitterness as it swallows, but not at the expense of the unique mosaic hops and the grapefruit notes from the columbus. full body and great carbonation, it shocks me that this is 9% abv, drinks like six, but you definitely feel it after a couple of them. rye is intense, as distinct as it is in almost any other beer ive had, nice high percentage of the grain bill must be. caramel malt in the 60 srm range is there too, adding body and a little sweetness just in the final instance of the finish. green flash does excellent hoppy beers across the spectrum, but this may be my favorite, a real gem, and affordable as a four pack. one of the better beers ive had from them in awhile, top notch and still somehow refreshing for how big and sturdy it is. a must try for the rye guy (or gal).

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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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.

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