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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Reviews: 187 | Ratings: 1,338
Photo of soupyman10
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
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 DavidS333
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
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 +0.5%
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 DrDemento456
4/5  rDev -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!

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Photo of hotmailmsn
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
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!

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Photo of dbl_delta
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.59/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.36/5  rDev +6.9%
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

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Photo of puboflyons
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.79/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

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Photo of LennyOvies
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.49/5  rDev +10%
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!

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Photo of JackieKu
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of puck1225
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of gshak
4.36/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of TeamMathis
4.08/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of rjd722
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of biegaman
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
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!

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Photo of elNopalero
4.44/5  rDev +8.8%
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!

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Photo of twage04
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of TheMarkE
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Dark red copper with a huge head of foam, good lacing, and plenty of carbonation.

Smell: Citrus, pine, and spice.

Taste: Spice, rye, pine, citrus, and hints of caramel.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a big bitter finish. It is 80 IBUs, and it shows.

The Verdict: Good beer. Big bold flavor if you like big bold beers, with a lot of spice. There’s a lot going on in this beer, and it won’t be everyone’s cup of tea (so to speak). A bit too spicy for my tastes, but there’s no doubt this is a very good quality brew.

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Photo of Ksmoove27
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - dark amber, 1 finger head (very light colored), ok lacing

Smell - nice citrus, hoppy aroma

Taste - crisp, with a little harsh bitterness in the hop, but strong hoppy flavor

Feel - Medium body. A good chew.

Overall - Would call this a half step behind AleSmith IPA. Very similar attributes...a llittle darker but not as sophisticated in hop scheme.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.76/5  rDev -7.8%
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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Road Warrior Imperial Rye India Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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