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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Road Warrior Imperial Rye India Pale AleRoad Warrior Imperial Rye India Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States
greenflashbrew.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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!

Added by Wrigleyf on 04-22-2014

BEER STATS
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#2,897
Reviews:
190
Ratings:
1,345
pDev:
9.58%
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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A mixture of a burnt copper and dark red/auburn appearance color wise, this is a darker hoppy beer. The head is an earthy brown as well, 1/3". Aroma should be popping off harder with both Mosaic and Amarillo, seems a lot more CTZ (Columbus) went into this more than any other hop variety. Its pleasant, but not what you think of when you see those heavy hitters in the aroma lineup, but I dunno, seems like Mosaic especially is a little bit lacking.

Its a forest of pine and juniper in the taste, very sticky, hefty malt toffee going on here. There is a significant bitterness to the beer. Again, likely the CTZ. The malt is heavily roasted so you get a mix of coffee and chocolate like notes from the malt. Its dark, but its not really like a red ale or anything despite the malt indicators. Its just got a lot of stuff, lots of malt, lots of hops.

Its not a barleywine, but I would say, if you like Bigfoot fresh, you will probably like this. Its a lot of everything and a decent price around $2 a bottle.

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Photo of 1971bernat
3/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Libeertarian
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From old notes:

Barely clear, deep copper to almost ruby, with an extreme abundance of both larger and smaller particulates throughout. Head is a fluffy, chunky, uneven, tan foam, of excellent retention. Wet but sticky lacing, in large berms. Toasted grain, toffee, resin, sweet orange, dark fruit aromas. Palate of brown sugar, cough syrup, dark fruit, and hops ranging from dank and leathery to perfumey and spicy, well into the aftertaste. Also, pepper and anise in the finish and retro-olfaction. The rye no doubt also contributes to the dankness and spiciness. Extreme flavors, but they pull against each other just enough to create a wonderful balance. Medium-bodied but with a soft, almost creamy, and yet dense effervescence making for a lighter mouthfeel. Fair amount of heat but bitterness and carbonation force you to seek it out.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bammer21
3.62/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of stevoj
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Brewers Haven. Perfect in every aspect. Dark and brooding, malty , hoppy nose, nice lacing. Malt and hops dance together for an overall smooth presentation.

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

Photo of Marklaker
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of MaddDogg84
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of JPadilla
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of soupyman10
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Nice deep amber color, some slight lacing. Nose is spicy dried fruit, some caramel malt, citrusy hops. Love the flavor. Rye spice along with a great mix of the same flavors as the nose - toffee, raisins, some piney hops, rye spiciness. Quite nice. Body is full, slightly syrupy. Really excellent beer.

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Photo of Studfarm69
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DavidS333
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Road warrior is a brew by Green Flash brewing, which after sampling many of their different varieties of brew, I've got to say, is a great brewery.

Road warrior is a darker Pale Ale. There is not a lot of froth per se, to the brew, when poured. The smell has a nice subtle but rich hoppiness to it per se. The color is a nice sort of chestnut brown if one will. The taste overall is great. The initial taste is really nicely hoppy and refreshing, and it sort of fades into a nice rich after taste in the back of the mouth area, which sort of lingers around the center of the tongue per se.

Something that strikes me as sort of unique about this beer, is that as one drinks it per se, it has a rich flavor both in the front and at the back of the mouth, which seems somewhat unique or interesting.

The body is very viscous per se, it flows well, its not too thick at all, and has a nice fluid quality to it. Its not too heavy either, it has a nice medium weight or so, its quite appealing.

Overall a unique, appealing, and satisfying brew.

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

This is perhaps the first rye beer that I have actually liked. Imperial conditioning seems to have smoothed out the harsh rye flavor. It's left the beer with a heavy but welcome malty feel.

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

Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown clear looks almost like a brown ale than an IPA. Hazy opaque colored head a 1/2 inch that takes a bit to dissipate.
S - Piney caramel malts with mild spicy rye.
T - Bitter yet balanced more sweet than I expected with a slightly dry lingering bitterness. Quite good!
M - Smooth medium bodied and chewy but easy to finish.

Overall it's bitter, spicy and sweet with a good finish. I like it!

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Photo of Lobina
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of joesc230
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of KrissyKat6
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Intense. Hits you in the face.

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Photo of golf4collet
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Noble12
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Molson2000
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Road Warrior Imperial Rye India Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 1,345 ratings