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

Road Warrior Imperial Rye India Pale AleRoad Warrior Imperial Rye India Pale Ale
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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #1,177
Ranked #3,917
4.09 | pDev: 9.54%
Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States
Road Warrior Imperial Rye India Pale AleRoad Warrior Imperial Rye India Pale Ale
Notes: 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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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.68/5  rDev -10%
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.

May 15, 2018
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Libeertarian from Montana

4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Apr 19, 2017
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stevoj from Idaho

3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Nov 18, 2016
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soupyman10 from District of Columbia

4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Jul 17, 2016
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DavidS333 from Virginia

4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Jul 05, 2016
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Homebrewer_Dave from North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Jun 19, 2016
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.2%
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!

May 17, 2016
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hotmailmsn from Canada (BC)

4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

9% abv, 80 ibu, on tap.
A - bit hazy blood orange, one finger head, lacing.
S - fruity, malt sweet, piney, spice, caramel, toffee.
T - welly carbonated, sticky big body. hop forward, more than I expected from 80 ibu. rye malt spice. lingering bitterness.
O - really delicious imperial ipa, more on bitter side, especially Columbus & mosaic. n rye malt characteristic. big favors big hoppy. fresh in summer, warm in winter! will get it again!

Jan 24, 2016
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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated "best by 12 Nov 2015" (so it's a little past its prime) into pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy reddish brown, with a thin tan head. Initial impression is spicy rye and hops. Medium mouthfeel. Very smooth and easy to drink - alcohol is quite well hidden. Slightly dry finish. Really well-balanced. I'd definitely keep this in the fridge if I could find it consistently.

Jan 02, 2016
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rajendra82 from Georgia

4.59/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The body of the beer was a deep reddish shade of amber. The color was very attractive, but the appearance was muddied a bit by the cloudiness typical of beers with a high proportion of rye grains. The head formation was two fingers thick, creamy, and very stable. The aroma was heavenly as the grapefruit and pine from the hops mingled with the spice from the rye. The taste delivered a citric and earthy hop assault, which was followed by an herbal flavor and berry like sweetness, that slowly gave way to a dry, toasty, grainy finish with a touch of spice. The aftertaste was spicy and dry. The beer felt substantial across the palette, and felt like it possessed a body similar to a barleywine. I love this bold rye showcase.

Dec 07, 2015
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Biggiekrock627 from Maryland

4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22oz bomber into tulip glass to a deep burnt caramel with a 1/2 inch head that disappears quickly but leaves good lacing. Large amount of floating sediment and high carbonation. I got this beer as and fellow road warrior and a big fan of rye. Good beer overall

Nov 26, 2015
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Expiration date of 26 Nov 15. Sampled on November, 21, 2015. So I made it by that much!

Very handsome looking mahogany amber pour with a lasting off-white head an great clarity.

Enticing aroma of roasted malts and floral and pine hops.

Medium body.

The taste feels a tad astringent but I get a decent malt character and a forward floral hop character that lingers briefly. Tastes like mulch at the end.

Nov 22, 2015

4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

What can be said. I find most of green flash's offerings delightful. And this is no exception. Gorgeous ruby red color. Spicy rye and hops galore. Bravo.

Nov 09, 2015
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Mike_Aguirre from Mexico

4.79/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours deep copper with red highlights, very mild white foam head. Smell is spicy and hoppy, very good. Taste is great, malty, spicy, hoppy very well balanced with the ABV. Overall a great beer.

Oct 04, 2015
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LennyOvies from Mexico

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L- Bright dark red filtered body. Creamy ivory head with big bubbles hugging the glass. Nice retention.
S- Orange, tangerine, mango, grapefruit, hops. Sweet caramel can barely be picked up.
T- Opens with sweet malts and immediately gets overrun with hoppy grapefruit. Leaves a rich bitter aftertaste, you can feel it in your tongue long after the sip. Booze can be felt in the warm sensation left in the palate.
F- Full, rich, creamy.
O- An amazing DIPA, would probably have loved more balancing malts. A favorite.

Sep 30, 2015
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Wasatch from Colorado

4.49/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. Bottle

Pours a very nice slightly cloudy dark golden amber color, very nice carbonation, with a nice one-finger creamy off-white head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, slight malt note, citrusy, and nice pine notes. The taste is very nice hoppy, nice malt note, very nice citrus/pine notes. Medium body, the ABV is hidden very well. There is a very nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, this is a very tasty brew. Recommend!

Sep 25, 2015
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JackieKu from Taiwan

4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle. Freshness date unknown.

A: Hazy brown. Thin head.
S: Intense hoppy aroma. Tropical fruits (pineapple). Moderate caramel.
T: Hoppy caramel. Medium bitterness. Semi-sweet but drying out. A little bit peppery.
M: Nearly full bodied. Creamy.
O: Rich yet under control. Outstanding IIPA.

Sep 24, 2015
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puck1225 from Texas

4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark orange brown with a pleasant fruity aroma. Very citrusy and floral. Nice spice kick from the rye. Thick creamy head with very good lacing. An enjoyable imperial IPA.

Sep 16, 2015
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gshak from Texas

4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Best by date of 11/26/15, tasted on 9/10/15. Had been in the fridge for over a month, so it has seen some age.
A - deep amber with some frothing.
S - Fantastic aromas of orange/tangerine, pine, lemon zest, grapefruit peel and pith, peach, pineapple and some mango. I can only imagine that this would have been an absolute beast of an IPA when fresh.
T - Very sweet malts with substantial heft and body. A meal in a glass if you will. Taste opens up sweet, and then the hops trickle, kick and dominate as the liquid flows down your palate. Toasted, lip-smacking, caramel malt that is immediately checked by tangerine rinds (hops), and gradually the hops begin to take over transitioning into grapefruit, finishing dry on your palate with some sweetness clinging on to the sides of your tongue. Coats your lips.
M - Full...very full.
O - A fantastic IPA/DIPA. Would definitely try again.

Sep 10, 2015
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BigDaddyWarbuxx from Iowa

3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This isn't on the same level with Green Flash's brilliant west coast ipa, but it's still pretty damn good. The rye brings with it a little bit of pine, which adds a lot to the overall flavor.

Sep 09, 2015
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TeamMathis from West Virginia

4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful, dark reddish amber. Nice tan head. Decent amount of sediment. Great citrus smell, a little fruit, big pepper, and just hint of pine. The taste is big, peppery, and piney. Delicious and full. I'd love to have it again.

Sep 04, 2015
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rjd722 from Maryland

4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my spiegelau IPA glass, a very nice deep reddish-amber. Smooth, tan head that keeps a thin layer on top throughout. Aroma is a pleasant spicy rye, getting some burnt toast notes coming through. The mosaic hops are a big hit in this one, they go so well with the spicy rye malt. I was worried that the rye might be overdone given that this is an imperial, however, the balance is excellent.

Sep 01, 2015
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biegaman from Canada (ON)

4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

What makes Road Warrior such an impressive beer is that it pairs contrasting features with absolute consonance - bitter, pungent hops sign loudly, harmoniously in chorus with sweet, spicy grain. That same kind of contradistinction is also what makes it so interesting visually: a deep, dark-ish amber colour that relinquishes full clarity and a bright glow; a loose head that produces tight lace.

It may sound like rye is the star ingredient in this recipe but the aroma says with no uncertainty it's the hops. I could smell bitter, sticky pine resins and dank, weedy herbals instantly upon prying off the cap. As I type this the glass sits at least 12 inches from my nose and I still have no problem appreciating that bouquet. I bet there's some lovely malt flavour in there too but good luck detecting it!

Fortunately the palate makes room for those elaborate and delicious nutty-sweet notes. One hasn't a hard time at all detecting the distinctive and spicy taste of rye nor the dark caramel and almost syrupy treacle flavours of the crystal malts. For whatever reason the combination of such earthy, dank, pine-y hops also helps create the impression of caraway and maybe even dried dill seeds.

Road Warrior is like an action movie with a clever plot development. How's this for excitement: 9% alcohol, 80 IBU, pungent dry-hopping and a spiciness that hits from two fronts (rye grain and herbal hops). And here's the twist: flavours are absolutely serene and the finish soft as a seat cushion. It has it all! I rarely buy six packs but this one I might even splurge for a case of twelve.

Green Flash is not the first brewery to make an ultra hoppy amber (with or without rye) but they're certainly among the best to so far - the only thing I know that compares is in fact one of the originators, the still iconic Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic. My thoughts on Road Warrior can be summed up by the beer's slogan: "Hop on and enjoy the rye of your life". And damn, I want to "rye" again!

Aug 28, 2015
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elNopalero from California

4.44/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a malty caramel colored with a slightly tan tinged cap of foam. There's a lightly bready note to the aroma with some orange marmalade. A great peppery rye spicy kick comes across as its sipped, with a pleasing bitterness. Yum!

Aug 26, 2015
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twage04 from North Carolina

4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Big darker ipa that hides the booze well but you will feel it. The rye works well with the fruity hops and the high carbonation. Beer isn't terribly sweet but rather is well balanced.

Aug 22, 2015
Road Warrior Imperial Rye India Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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