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
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

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4.08
pDev:
9.56%
 
 
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look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy dark orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, rye, citrus zest, and herbal and vegetal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet rye, citrus zest, and slight herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a nice balance between the rye and citrus forward hop qualities.

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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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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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3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
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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3.86/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle, an ode to the brewery's sales force, and not, as I initially imagined, to Mel Gibson's 1980s magnum opus.

This beer does me the displeasure of foaming and spouting right out of the bottle upon cap poppage (so, in a bit of perfect musical interlude, let's have Korn have the last word on this matter - 'And fuuuuuuck you too...'), and after more than a bit of table top cleanup, appears a hazy, dark red brick amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and broadly bubbly ecru head, which leaves some decent sudsy cubbyhole lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of zesty West Coast hops - edgy orange, white grapefruit, and lemon pith bitterness - pinecone and pine needle green esters, earthy yeast, acrid alcohol, semi-sweet bready caramel malt, a grainy rye spiciness, and further floral, well-perfumed hops. The taste is gritty, grainy pale, caramel, and rye malt, all showing off their individuality with due aplomb, a still heady SW Cali hop contingent - orange, lemon, kiwi, and red grapefruit bitters representin' - among some agreeably swirling metallic alcohol, and a further green forest floor flora acerbic character - y'know, pine, but some of its harder to describe friends, as well.

The bubbles are actually pretty sedate, their frothy inclinations hardly worthy of worrying about, the body a dense medium-full weight for the style, and not particularly smooth, both the rye spice and the overall hoppiness really making a dent here. It finishes off-dry, the now well-blended malt taking hold in an apparently defensive measure against the regrouping bitter hop cabal.

Yup, just as I might have suspected, a rye-inflected IIPA from this brewery is nothing more than a malt bill adjusted version of their venerable West Coast IPA, or its bigger brother - whatevs. I'm generally down with this, even as my inner dialogue continues to pester me with the lingering question of why the fuck, why the fuck - given my particular disposition to the guest grain - do I subject myself to this. Oh, yah, right. Hops - the bastards.

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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.

D+

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3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating, but is a recent release. Pours fairly crystal clear deep ruby red/copper color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big tangerine, grapefruit, peach, mango, pineapple, orange peel, caramel, spicy rye, bread, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate caramel/rye malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, orange peel, caramel, spicy rye, bread, floral, grass, pine, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, orange peel, caramel, spicy rye, bread, pine, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity and robustness of juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate caramel/rye malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately creamy and lightly slick/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent rye DIPA. All around great complexity and balance of citrus/tropical hops and caramel/rye malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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