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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Style:
American Imperial IPA
Ranked #904
ABV:
9%
Score:
91
Ranked #3,426
Avg:
4.09 | pDev: 9.54%
Reviews:
191
Ratings:
1,346
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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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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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

For those on the road, the trenches for the Green Flash sales team- those long hours and distant mileage can certainly sting a little. And marking the appreciation for those folks, this spicy ale with classic West Coast hop bitterness and supportive sweetness is their thanks for a tireless job done well.

Its rich amber hue is like dark honey as it pours with creamy viscosity- preparing the palate for bread, toast and deeply caramelized sweetness as well as hoppy grapefruit, pineapple, tomcat and chive to the nose. Underneath the malty sweetness and perfumy hops, a piercing husken peppery grain flavor emerges from rye, even early on in its taste.

Its richer than normal taste continues its sweet and bready trek across the middle palate although these malt flavors begin to slowly retread as the taste gains steam toward finish. This makes way for the bitter hops to trend grapefruity and herbaceous, and foregoing its more delicate floral and tropical character. But that toasted rye flavor becomes bolder, sharper and oh-so earthy with sod and soil.

Where drier and a bitter-forward tilt is preferred, Road Warrior relies on persistent toasty malt sweetness to balance not only the hops but the prickling sensation from rye. Finishing malty-dry and with subtle warmth, its complexity and balance is smooth and even- even if off prescription from even imperial IPA.

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

A: The beer is hazy dark amber in color and appears brownish when viewed from afar. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles in the center and some lacing on the remainder of the surface and down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of mangos and citrus are present in the nose along with some notes of pine.
T: The taste generally follows the smell, except that the piney flavors are a bit stronger and there are spicy flavors of rye, which linger into the finish. The hops contribute a moderate amount of bitterness. The mango flavors become stronger as the beer warms up. Little if any alcohol is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied and quite crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This Imperial IPA has a lot of complex aromas and flavors imparted by the hops and rye. The contrasting sweetness of mangos and spiciness of rye is rather interesting.

Serving type: bottle

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

A medium copper colored ale with very good clarity. The head is a mix of compact, creamy bubble and larger, soapy foam. The head is amber to tan colored with a long lasting head retention.

A outstanding, pungent citrus and floral hops aroma with a fair amount of rye spice. There is also some pine and earthiness to the hops along with a low caramel malt sweetness. Some esters of an American ale are hanging out under all that.

The citrus and tropical fruit hops flavor dominate along with the rye spice flavor. There are some hints of tropical and earthy hops flavors. A medium-low malt sweetness with a light caramel flavor are braced against an aggressive hops bitterness make for a balance that is very bitter. The finish is dry with an aftertaste of citrus hops and rye.

A medium bodied beer with a medium-strong level of carbonation. A medium-strong level of creaminess.

An extremely flavorful Rye IPA that is very bitter without being harsh and featuring some interesting hops character. The Mosaic seems to bring some tropical fruit and earthiness to the citrus and pine of the other American Hops. A lively and enjoyable beer.

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3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry’s in Spokane for $3.29. According to the label, this is best by December 12, 2014 (oops), although it’s so faint I almost couldn’t find this information.

Poured a hazy, dark mahogany color, with a big, creamy khaki-colored head. Said head subsided after a couple of minutes in a frenzy of bubbles, and left lots of lace on the sides of a Bristol Mass Transit Ale pint glass (Thanks again for the glassware, Connie!).

Lots of piney and citrusy hops and spicy rye malt notes. I could detect a little caramelish sweetness as well. It’s not often I can detect the non-rye malt when drinking a beer brewed with rye malt, but this time I can – just.

The malts are as big as the hops, but the hops ain’t too shy, despite being about 3 ½ weeks past the best-by point. Maybe the hops would be a little bit more dominant if this was fresher, but everything seems very well balanced. Things end with a pleasingly dry zap to the palate.

Medium bodied, with a somewhat oily mouthfeel.

I’ve had some IIPAs, rye or otherwise, that are barely drinkable malt bombs, where drinkability has been sacrificed to the twin gods of IBUs and ABV. This is full flavored, but very drinkable, despite being a little past it’s prime. Once again, Green Flash rocks.

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4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Surprisingly deep Amber. From the bottle poured with an off white head with lots of staying power.
Smell: fresh , clean, not at all overpowering with hops, but instead the grains are the start here. Really nice.
Taste: rye, bitter (but not silly), hop pallet more floral or toward the lime end of citrus. Not acidy or astringent.
Feel: really nice. Rolled oats??? Hangs on the glass hangs on your tongue. Dang close to perfect.
Overall: I find this beer to be exceptional.. I was surprised to see it on the menu in Michigan, and thrilled to taste it. Just ordered a second.

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4.12/5  rDev +0.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

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4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

650 ml bomber poured into a tulip. A cloudy reddish toffee color with two fingers of voluptuous frothy yet creamy beige head. Keeps its shape nicely.

Huge citrus rind aroma, orange and grapefruit, with some floral black tea, caramels, and dusty peppery spice. Good old rye. Pungent resins and a whiff of tropical melon. Rather powerful and boozy on the palate, at least initially, with tons of green spicy hop notes, brittle flinty rye, and tannic strong tea. Less sweet than expected. Juicy grapefruit and Seville orange. Musky blueberry and sour kiwi blink though the dark spicy base. Robust pine needle oils from start to finish. I am undecided as to whether the hops or the malts are winning this particular battle ... I'm leaning towards the former but just by a hair. A certain nuttiness emerges late. A few raisin notes. The hops are getting floral. The booze mellows out into a classy rum-like sweetness.

Rather hefty body and silky smooth, with low end carbonation. Finish is on the dry side, copious citrus rinds and peppercorns, but with some lingering brown sugar sweetness. Yep, still a huge Green Flash fan. This is a great rye PA that reveals its complexities over time. There is just enough spicy rye and caramel malt sweetness to provide balance while still letting the hop power shine forth.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.25/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.31/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.48/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: pours from a bomber a dark copper colour with a good amount of lacing.

S: big dank hops, somewhat fruity too. Very aromatic with some spicey/herbal notes. Noticeable, but not overbearing, malt presence.

T: very interesting. Hoppy of the bat, lots of dank piney notes and some juicy tropical fruit. Some sweetness too. In some ways, the hop forward competent of this beer seems to share some parallels to the gf imperial ipa, namely the pineapple notes, followed by the herbal and oniony notes that come through as it warms. However, beneath this lies alot of complexity that gives it it's uniqueness as a spicy ryness comes through (not excessively, but noticeable) alongside a good amount of bitterness and a solid malt backbone. All of these components work very well in unison.

M: Medium to full bodied but remarkably easy to drink. Hoppy with muted spicyness from the rye. Alcohol is very well hidden, and strong malt backbone balances. but does not overpower the hop flavors going on.

O: I was very impressed with this offering from green flash. Generally I tend to steer clear of rye IPAs having yet to find one that has really does it for me, but i found this is unique and enjoyable. The imperial ipa side of their beer reminded me of elements of both green bullet and imperial ipa which I liked a lot, but the rye and malt bring complexity and compliment/enhance the hop flavors admirably well. Glad I took a punt with this, definitely worth the typically steep gf price tag if your into trying something a little different on the ipa scene.

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4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Road Warrior Imperial Rye India Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 1346 ratings