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

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

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!

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Photo of tykechandler
2/5  rDev -50.9%

blech. the grain bill here is very rye forward, which is fine. but notes of toffee, caramel, and brown sugar simply do not mesh with the hop profile. in reality, it tastes like a decent homebrew; hoppy, but not balanced at all. seek shelter elsewhere. i drank ~6 oz and poured the rest out. i'm just not a fan of this one from a brewery that i generally enjoy a good deal.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.44/5  rDev -40%

BOTTLE: 12 fl oz brown glass, with a branded black pry-off pressure cap. "Best by 12/05/14." Purchased at Whole Foods HQ yesterday.

Reviewed as an "Imperial Rye India Pale Ale" per the label. 9.0% ABV. 80 IBU.

Expectations are below average given the brewery and style; I'm of the opinion Green Flash is (along with Stone) on the cutting edge of the trend towards direly imbalanced (Imperial) IPAs.

Served cold into a snifter at low altitude in Austin, TX. Reviewed live. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A gentle hiss upon opening suggests apt carbonation.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Pale khaki/off-white colour. Has a fairly creamy nicely thick consistency and a relatively soft complexion, though I do wish it were fuller. Thick lacing clings to the sides of the glass as it recedes. Head retention is above average for the high ABV - about 4 minutes.

BODY: Shallow muddled garnet colour of below average vibrance. Translucent. Nontransparent. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible, though I'm hesitant to say it appears clean.

It leans far more towards an amber colour than expected given the style, which is uncommon but neither unique nor special. I find it generally appealing.

AROMA: Much sweeter than I ever could have anticipated - Green Flash brewed this? Where's the overbearing bitterness assault with wreckless disregard for balance? I pick up on amber malt, deep caramalt, toasty bready malts, sweetbread, and a kiss of rye malt's signature spiciness.

What's unimpressive is the hop character and awkward Christmasy spice. All the hops really evoke is vague shallow fruit and herbs. Boy does Amarillo seem wasted on this.

It's a shallow aroma of light strength, and I find it largely unevocative. Frankly, it's boring for an IPA - let alone an Imperial IPA - and I never thought I'd write this about a Green Flash beer: but where are the hops?

TASTE: The dominant herbal hop character is just plain unsatisfying, and the signature spiciness of the rye barely emerges. I'm not finding any Amarillo character here, which is a damn shame given it's my favourite hop. Even some floral hop character would be better than what little is offered here - let alone some nectary, oily, citrusy, grassy, or resinous hop character. There's some uninteresting vague fruitiness. If the crux of the imperial IPA is/are the hop flavour(s), this beer just plain doesn't deliver.

The malt base is largely amber and caramalt, with a bit of pale malt. A strange foundation for a purported imperial IPA. I do find it slightly too sweet, but I suppose that's a welcome change from Green Flash's usual m.o. of overbearing bitterness.

Not that this is a balanced beer by any means. The hops aren't complemented well by the malts, and while it has a loose cohesion, it's far from a gestalt build.

Do I like it? Not really. In classic Green Flash fashion, it's a mess. Sure, there's a fair amount going on in this flavour profile, but the beer lacks order and focus. It's sloppily constructed. By no means subtle; this is as in-your-face and shallow a flavour profile as you'll find in the style. Not an intricate or pleasant brew. The ale esters are nice, I guess.

As it warms, I do pick up on some citrusy blood orange character, but it's largely eclipsed by the grapefruit, and is ultimately muted by the unnecessary bitterness that emerges alongside it.

TEXTURE: Full-bodied. It's smooth and wet, yet somehow drags on the palate. There's an irritating scratchiness on the back end. Overcarbonated. Alcohol warmth is noticeable, to its detriment.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, or creamy.

Overall presence on the palate is poor; this texture is mismatched to this beer's taste - not that the flavour profile is all that great to start with.

OVERALL: I continue to be confounded by Green Flash's popularity and consistently high beer ratings. I would caution friends against purchasing this. While it wasn't the bitterness nuke I anticipated, its imbalance was still dire. The discerning drinker will be unimpressed. I'll finish the bottle with some effort. I admit I'm a bit confused by the herbal hop emphasis, but I guess I'm glad they're not pushing Mosaic in the marketing like many other breweries might.


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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.06/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a dark copper color - and I mean DARK. This is the darkest non-black IPA I've witnessed. The head is a finger high, and pale yellow in shade. Retention is quite good, allowing the creamy texture to leave a strong aesthetic impression for a while. Some lacing also sticks to the glass. (4)

Smell: One word comes to mind here - spicy. Spicy rye malt and spicy hops are the order of the day. The Mosaic hops work well here (they usually blend well with darker malts, I'm starting to find), adding a subtle tropical tone without getting overly onion-y. Pungent Amarillo also peeks through. I find the malts a little overdone, but the hops do enough to balance it out without seeming messy. (3.5)

Taste: This is definitely a malty DIPA. It starts off with gentle tropical fruit, before transitioning into piny and spicy flavors. After a while, a touch of fruit esters appear. The problem is, the malty flavors don't seem to blend well with the hoppiness. That rye spice is absolutely pummeling. I will say this, though: the Mosaic hops are utilized well. This one ain't quite for me, sorry. (2.75)

Mouthfeel: The feel is both full and sweet - not surprising considering how malt-dominated this is. The crystal malt creates a finishing astringency; while this keeps it somewhat dry (in conjunction with the hops), after a while it becomes rather syrupy. It also has a long-lasting aftertaste and carbonation on the low side. (2.75)

Overall: Well, it looks great and smells good. Too bad both the feel and the taste are lacking. To me, it doesn't seem very cohesive or refined - individually, the notes are good, they just don't balance at all. On the plus side, it isn't nearly the disaster Silva Stout was! I will keep mentioning that in all my future GF reviews for the time being - seriously, that beer was total shit. Like I said, this is definitely NOT shit, it just isn't all that good to my palate. (3)

3.06/5: Too malty for me, guys

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Photo of rjp217
3.15/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beautiful looking beer. The nose is ok but kind of muted. The problem I have with this one is the spicy rye is overpowering. It takes away the hop profile for me. Kind of a one sided brew unfortunately.

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Photo of Brondeau
3.2/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Wowza. Delicious first sip. And then that bitter after taste... Yikes. Not for me. Or maybe I've been drinking too many smooth stouts lately. But man, the lingering bitterness meant I ALMOST didn't finish the 22 ounce bottle.

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Photo of rand
3.23/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Green flash IMp red

12 oz bottle to pint

A: The brew pours extremely foamy, thought it was a bottle-fermented for a minute. Dark, blood red in color, the giant head never fully recedes.

S: spicy, floral hops are prominAnt, with plenty of boozy volatiles carrying notes of caramel and bread. Strangely the bouquet is fairly subdued.

T: Much more powerful on the palate. Bitter hops right at the tip, astringent and vinous. A huge, nutty malt-backbone quickly pushes back, a little too much, making the end of the sip sticky and chewy. The sweet malted rye borders on cloying, as it finishes longer than it should, with a
sweet sticky residue coating the palate between sips

Another palate wrecker from GF, a bit of a hop bomb, but it's off balance and not the easiest quaff. Probably would've liked this more 4 or 5 years ago but there have been way too many big hoppy beers out of San Diego that are more dialed-in than this.

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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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.47/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a dark orange-tinged amber in the Troubadour tulip with plenty of foam and swirls of suds around the glass. Deep perfumey aromas of fruity hops with pine and orange oil.

Rich and sweet with a hot aftertaste. The alcohol is quite prominent. Flavors of burnt toast and marmalade. The bitterness starts up early and carries on to the last. The fruit is quite massive. I'm thinking of scorched mango with a melon chaser. It has a winey intensity of peach syrup plus the grapefruit peel bitterness.

This is quite full of interesting and pleasing flavors, but it's a total biter hop bomb. Great for a short glass and sipping like whiskey, though. From the 22 oz bottle bought at The Market in Anacortes, Washington.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.49/5  rDev -14.3%

22oz bottle split into taster glassware
Notes taken on 07/06/2014

A: Darker amber body with nice visible clarity and a massive amount of khaki head production up top. Stays forever it seems leaving the glass messy with the sticky stuff. Looks nice with quality ingredients utilized giving plenty of retention.

S: Heavy malt laden nose with loads of peppery Rye spice character and a bit of caramel malt sweetness. One of the more Rye forward beers I have come across. Mild undercurrents of grapefruit citrus and mango there but they are taking the back seat. Not bad but neither the Mosaic hopped RIPA I was expecting.

T: The flavors are very malt forward yet unexpectedly well balanced. Has a big toasted Rye bread and peppery spiciness with some caramel malt sweets to boot. There is a low level of actual hop bitterness that comes with some decent tropical spiced papaya, mango, and grapefruit notes. They just aren’t very stand out amongst all the juicy malts. A bit of alcohol spice kicks in at the finish. Actually tastes more like an Amber Ale should. I think this one might be a little too much Rye for my liking.

M: Moderate to heavier body but with ample carb and a nice creamy consistency. Decent drying towards the finish and slightly resinous but mostly fair and clean.

D: Was not a big fan here. Not particularly flawed just not to my liking. Way heavy on the Rye and too much Crystal malt sweetness to let the Mosaics really shine on. Probably one and done here. A rare miss from Green Flash for me.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.56/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This pours out a dark amber with very little head.
S: Highly citrusy nose underlaid with malty sweetness.
T: Very heavy malt flavor, with sweetness cut by highly citrus hops. Alcohol is apparent in the finish.
M: Thick, with low carbonation.

This is a strong, heavy beer. Unfortunately, the taste isn't really very complex, and it's certainly not interesting.

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Photo of VALIS666
3.57/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to IPA bulb glass. Pours a reddish-brown, medium lace, quickly dissipating head. Smells smokey, a little bready, mild spices and tea leaves. Taste is immediately candyish but not overpowering, then pine hoppy, and this cycle repeats itself in the aftertaste. Nice for a 9%'er, but not something I feel a need to stock up on.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.57/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Yardhouse. I'd been avoiding this in bottles because Green Flash is never fresh but this was not bad. Dark red color. Aroma was slightly spicy and slightly hoppy. Flavor was nice and hoppy, rye, good malts, actually better than I thought it would be.

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Photo of avalon07
3.61/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a copper color and a clear consistency. There was an inch and a half of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. OK lacing.

S: A powerful aroma of hops, pine, and some citrus. A typical DIPA flavor.

T: Tasted of a lot of hops, citrus, malt, and bit of the advertised rye. There was an unpleasantly harsh bitterness to this flavor. One expects a large dose of hops in any IPA, but a balance must be maintained. Not a bad flavor, but a bit overzealous.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a bitter finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is another slightly out of kilter beer. Green Flash is a very consistent brewer, but this one seems a bit off. Worth a shot, though.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.62/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown color with a slight haze. Boozy aroma with brown sugar and a bit of floral hop. Toffee, a touch of grain and alcohol. Aroma is much like a barleywine.

Taste is a nice blend of orange citrus hop flavor, rye sweet and spicy character and caramel malts. Alcohol flavor is stronger than it should be for a 9% beer, no questioning the strength.

Full bodied, full flavored the bottle says, that is correct. Hop citrus, booze and whiskey malt lingers on.

Overall, a pretty average double IPA with rye. Too hot to be considered too class, but could probably smooth out over time and really be a Barleywine.

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Photo of far333
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light brown with ruby hues and a low head that settles out to nothing immediately. Aroma of floral and citrus hops, notes of pine and tangerine.

Flavors of citrus hops upfront, balanced with toasted malt, not overly bitter, some rye spiciness, and a bit of a dried leaves rough edge. Slick mouthfeel, but very tingly. Decent beer overall.

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Photo of dar482
3.64/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The aroma bursts out with huge citrus and tropical. Pure citrus zest, pineapple, kumquats, big sweetness, and bready malt. A bit of earthy dank quality.

On the flavor, a touch citrus peel and tropical hits in the front, but only so slightly. In general, there’s lots of chewy bready malt, a big earthy and an enormous rye spicy character on the back. A touch of alcohol.

This beer drinks extremely easily, but is mostly bland of that malt and rye character.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Best by Oct 13, 2014.
It pours a very dark golden brown with a smallish head of foam but the lacing left behind is pretty impressive.

The smell is of very spicy hops. Once I get past that, some light fruit peeks through but just getting past that huge hop profile is a chore.

The beer is dank. Dank and spicy. Dank and spicy and semi sweet; the malt must be kicking in a bit. How aboot the booze, Bill? Yep, the 9% abv is kicking it on all cylinders.

To me, this is one of those brews that exceeds my comfortable level of bitterness. I do love hoppy beers but the combo of rye and that level of bitterness....I DO see how this beer would be well rated by the supreme hopheads out there.

Close if not full bodied, perfect carbonation.

I'm glad this comes in 4 packs and not 6.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.74/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 10.99/ 4 pack. No date stamped next to the "best by" on the label but this just hit shelves in late April/ early May. Served in a goblet.

Pours a rich, clear, cherrywood brown with a three finger pillow of biege head. A nice cap lingers and deposits huge, thick sheets of lace.

Big hoppy nose of pine, citrus zest, rye malt spice and a touch of caramelly sweetness.

An interesting blend of hops assault the palate. Definately a big pine presence, bitter dried orange peel, rye grain, pepper, currants, a mild peach/mango soft pitted fruitiness, an earthy floral quality, slight dankness and only a whisper of alcohol popping up ocassionally. Plenty bitter with enough rye spice cahracter and malt sweetness to put a pleasant spin on the style. Drinks dangerously easily for it's 9% abv.

Oily, medium body with moderately low carbonation. Rye, pine, grapefruit and oranges really linger for a long, dry and bitter finish.

I'd call this less a DIPA and more a strong new entry to the imperial red family with a big rye presence to help differentiate it. A flavorful and welcome seasonal release, particulary considering the adundance of light, mild offerings that typically turn up in the spring and summer.

Note: despite it's appeal, I'm rating this slightly lower. As an imperial red this is outstanding but as an imperial IPA it's "only" very good. Picky, I know but I'd put this closer to 4.2+ among imperial reds.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.74/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Westbrook pint glass.

A: Very dark bronze, fairly hazy, with a thick two-finger dense tan head that has great retention for a hoppy beer. Modest visible carbonation. Darker than I had anticipated, but it's pretty.

S: Resin, citrus rind, and bready spicy malts...pretty much straightforward for the style, and as expected.

T: Bitterness hits you up front – thick resin and very bitter grapefruit pith hops, thick toasted rye-bread malts in the middle, then more lemon and pine tree bitterness with some vegetal and floral aspects around the edges. It finishes out with some alcohol heat, and some faint residual malt sugars fighting against the lingering bitterness.

M: Fairly heavy-bodied, low carbonation sensation. The alcohol is noticeable though doesn't seem overdone.

O: Tasty, but this is big – the big big ABV taste, the big malt bill, and big bitterness. An in-your-face west coast IPA for sure in IBUs, but it lacks the interplay of the hop flavor profiles that the more interesting ones have. Almost a heavy-handed Stone bitterness quality at the end. Enjoyable, but nothing I'd wish they would make year-round.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a snifter

Appearance – The beer pours deep copper mahogany color with a small one finger head of a just off-white color. The head fades relatively quickly leaving a bit of foamy lace islands on the surface of the brew.

Smell – A mainly bready and grapefruit aroma greet the nose. These are mixed with some lighter rye aromas which contain with in some spicy peppery smells. Rounding out the smell are some other hop aromas of a pine nature as well as a moderate sum of a caramel and fruity aromas of peach and apricot.

Taste – The taste begins with a thick bready flavor with lot so sweeter flavors of a caramel and lighter fruit (tropical, peach and apricot) nature that has a moderate showing of rye. Upfront the hop flavors are rather light with the sweet and bready flavors really dominating. This changes however as the taste advances due to a lessening of both the sweet and bread flavors and a rather strong increase in the hop flavors of the brew. The grapefruit hop comes in first, starting out weak and but really ramping it up toward the end. The pine, while absent upfront, comes very swiftly to the tongue more toward the middle to the end mixing rater nicely with the slightly drier but still rather bready flavors of the beer. The spicy rye is enhanced a bit toward the end of the taste and is joined by some other light hops of an earthy nature to end up leaving a still moderately sweet and spicy rye, but very nicely hopped flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. Both are fantastic for the big bready sand sweeter flavors upfront as well as nice for the robust abv. and blend of hop flavors.

Overall – A rather tasty imperial rye. Big and malty with a moderate rye flavor and sweetness and a good blend of hop flavors.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.76/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a dark amber color with light brown hues around the sides of the glass. A light foamy to bubbly white head started and dissipated within about forty seconds. Some light clingy lacing ran
around the glass.
The smell had a big sweet to spicy rye about it. I really liked how the rye showed a sweetness and a spiciness. That tells me its pretty authentic. Light pine and citrus grace the background and allow a bitterness that ends up running nicely into a caramel sweet backup.
The taste takes the previously mentioned flavors and contains them mostly to a nice all around sweetness. Bitterness does end up coming in to balance with some citrus rind and pine.
The mouthfeel is about a medium bodied with a sweet crisp sessionability about it. Alcohol tries to hide itself. Carbonation runs mild.
Overall, wish Green Flash would put dates on their beers. Eh, but for the most part, that rye really does hold up with the hops. Somehow, I think I had an older bottle. Would definitely revisit.

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

On-tap 8/3/2014 at Doherty’s Ale House in Warwick, RI served in a tapered pint glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a large dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains citrus, floral hops and caramelized rye malts.

T: The taste starts out with a harsh hops bitterness that is followed by some mildly sweet flavors of caramel and citrus. The malt character is hearty and brings some balance. There is also some background spice flavor. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly bitter.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, it’s a solid beer but there are other choices in the style that I would pick first.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Original straight 4 rating, review bottle (no date) on 4/28:
Pours clear amber with a decent frothy/creamy head that lasts long into the pour.
Smell is lightly grainy, little spicy, and hints of alcohol. Outside of a generic beer scent, I do get a hint of rye, and the lightest orange note, but that's about it for me.
Taste is a hard fruit candy taste (strawberry lollipop) - though obviously not as sweet; there is also a honey note, like it replaced the corn syrup in the candy. Feel is thick, and the rye spice grows from the late early taste. Body is rather full, the feel gets dryer and dryer up to the end. The bitterness it light, but the grassy notes combined with the rye makes it seem a bit more bitter to me.
I recall enjoying this more on tap. The sweetness up front is a tad more than I recalled. The flavored still work decently well together, but I recalled it being a little smoother in the past.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Capone's.

Dark reddish-brown pour with a small cap of off-white head that retained well and left dabs of lacing on the glass. Nice looking beer. In the nose, resinous hops, oily citrus, toasted rye bread. The taste was similar, nice rye profile, piney with an assertive but not overpowering bitterness, grapefruit pith, toasted caramel sweetness in the background. Nicely balanced. Medium body, crisp mouthfeel, a good drinker overall.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into my Schlafly tulip.

Appearance: rich amber brown hue with no haze and a light effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy ivory foam with a nice lace. Pretty attractive!

Smell: big, lemony hop aroma atop a sweetish malt base. There's a little hint of the rye in the aroma as well. Not especially complex, but enticing.

Taste: big caramel malt flavor with citrusy, earthy and slightly dank hops. Bitterness is pretty balanced. The flavors are good, but the whole thing is a bit muddled. Not bad, but a bit unrefined.

Mouthfeel: medium-rich body with a good carbonation and a very good creaminess for the style. I like it.

Overall: this is a tasty beer, although I feel it lacks finesse. A decent drinker, but I don't think I'll seek this out again.

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Road Warrior Imperial Rye India Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
4.07 out of 5 based on 1,342 ratings.
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