Green Flash Imperial Red Rye | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Jason on 04-29-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 63
Photo of Duane_Opfer
3.96/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz bottled poured into an IPA glass. No date on bottle.

A - Poured a ruby red in color with less than a ginger of head. Readily apparent carbonation. No sediment/cloudiness. Very little lacing.

S - Rye, black tea, and some citrus.

T - Rye, spice, black tea, nutmeg, and some citrus with a strong malt backbone. Minor bitter spice and tea finish.

M - Crisp and clean with strong carbonation.

O - Although labeled as a Double/Imperial IPA, does not remind me of one. Purchased this after really enjoying Founder's Red's Rye PA and was disappointed. Not a bad beer, but not a repeat purchase either

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Photo of djl531
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Very nice and just what I want in an IPA. More tangy than some and nice and tart. Refreshing and filling and I'll have to agree with all others when they describe the taste. Deep brick red with a bit of cloudness. Not as heavy as others described.
I need a growler of this to share post soccer game. Enjoyed a pint at the Bulldog in Baton Rouge.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.01/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Imperial Red Rye IPA. Served on-tap in a pint. Looks brick red with some haze. Regal foam topper makes up about an inch in head. Laces with some finesse.

Aggressive rye spiciness comes through behind citrusy and earthy hops which lead the pack. Dank grapefruit and pine with a touch of bitter orange and hemp leaf. Bright, which is to say the malts don't come with any sweetness. Just toasty bread notes.

Super bitter, super spicy, and very dank. Grapefruit and citrus rot, orange rind, hop oils, leafy bitterness, pine needle, alcohol, floral flutters, hint of kumquat, and a heavy toast overcast. Has the malts to talk the talk, but the hops are walking. Rye delivers with vigor. ABV might be a little high for the hop/rye offensive. The flavors are all over the map.

Feels hot, like before implied. Good sudsy mouthfeel with a whole lotta body and a whole lotta bite. It even feels remarkably filling.

I can rock out to a ballsy beer like this one. It's huge and bitter, but it tastes pretty damn fine, once you get past the booze and spiciness.

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Photo of Bauzen
4.49/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Drank it from a mason jar. Very little head upon receiving it, so I can't comment on that. Aesthetically, it's a dreamy dark red with less than average carbonation, but it's certainly not flat.

Just by the color, you can tell it's a malty beer, and the smell gives off that vibe. The nose is complimented by spicy notes alongside the grapefruit and pine. A really pleasant aroma.

Flavor is a mix between an Imperial IPA and an American Strong Ale. I catch the rye with every sip, but the malt gives balances the hops nicely. It's bitter, spicy, fruity, and dry on the finish. Thankfully the ABV is right where it needs to be to compliment all the flavors and make the experience memorable.

Outstanding beer... Another excellent offering from Green Flash and my new favorite Rye Pale Ale.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

LOOK: Pours deep copper with a white-ish head that leaves plenty of lace.
SMELL: Citrus hops, fruit, cat pee, herb, and earth.
TASTE: Earthy, a bit spicy, good citrus and herb notes on a caramel malt body. Quite bitter. Rye is peppery and has a grainy sweetness adding a good depth of flavor. There is little to no trace of the alcohol content
FEEL: Medium bodied, well carbonated with a crisp rye/hop bite.
OVERALL: A really good hopped up rye from Green Flash. Refreshing, hoppy, strong and a great addition to the lineup.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in in a tulip glass.

Appearance: A dark amber color, with light bubbles on the body. The head is a tad off-white coming little loose maybe 1/8".

Smell: Has a hardcore grapefruit scent.

Taste: Strong hops with a dose of bitterness that is a bitter sourness that is ridiculously flavorful. Bready, and a feel of piney, floral and did I say grapefruit...mostly skin, very yummy.

Mouth: Medium, little dry hop complaints.

Overall: Quality beer that I have to thank my boy Juan for splitting the growler. Would I buy it again, you bet your ass...I only need this brew to be mass distributed and I'm good. Salud!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.02/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 7/10/13 at Doherty’s East Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep coppery red color, with a short off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

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

T: The taste starts with a strong burst of hops bitterness that is quickly followed by some citrus and caramel sweetness. There’s some spice in the background. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly hoppy.

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

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a good beer to drink for a long time.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes. Had on tap at The Independent. Served in a pint glass.

A: Clear, dark brownish red, with a one-finger off-white head and moderate visible carbonation.

S: Bready malts, grassy, pine and citrus hops, and just a little spiciness.

T: Bready malt, citrus and pine hops with hints of grass and tropical fruit, and some rye spiciness. A fair amount of hop bitterness at the end, but not overly so. The grassy hop character grows as the beer warms.

M: Chewy mouthfeel, and the body is a bit on the heavy side. Alcohol is noticeable but integrated. Good carbonation.

O: Solid, quite enjoyable. There's nothing in particular to really make it stand out, but it does everything it does well. I would prefer this one over many (all?) of the Rye IPAs I've had recently.

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Photo of joeseppy
4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Deep ruby garnet with a rosy dense head that lasts. Stratospheric lacing.

Smell is incredible. Huge juicy grapefruit, mangoes, lemons, hoppy, malty sweetness and rye presence is dominant and welcome. Unassuming but yet so alluring.

Goodnight Irene! Immediately you are transcended to a first class ticket to hop-rye paradise. Resinuous pine, juicy slices of mango, bits of grapefruit, and oh does the rye ever sparkle!. The balance is impeccable. Keeping this simple and real--it is great.

Mouthfeel is chewy, full-bodied and sticky sweet. Rye lingers accentuating the Mosaic. Stayed carbonated throughout.

Best in show. I just loved swishing this beast around during my session. A tremendously tremendous craft. This is crushable in every way. My personnel top 5. To this I say amen!

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Photo of ccrida
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On draught at Bailey's, Green Flash's Imperial Red Rye is a bright garnet with an olive tinged head leaving foamy lace.

Smells is pleasantly sweet malt, robust candied citrus hops. Super fresh - something I don't always mention, but inherently rank against, and just realized I should more clearly call out...

Taste is also rather pungent hops, but the sweet spicy red rye malt base really confluences admirably. This is some serious IPA beer candy.

Mouthfeel is chewy and dry, sticky sweet, with a medium-light body.

Drinkability is super high for me, this is a great example of why I'm such a huge Green Flash fan. Massive hops, tasty malt concoctions, clean as it gets, and the first sip immediately makes me regret not having time to drink another! Even with the fan-boy bias, this is a great beer.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at Sam's in Durham. Poured into a green flash pint glass.

Pours a dark copper color, darker than a normal IPA but not so dark to be called a "dark beer" or red. Slight head. Smell is hops. Its got that rush of hops that you'd expect from a typical west coast DIPA. From the nose i expected it to taste like an IPA as well, but..not quite. Taste is quite refreshing. Hops are more mild than on the nose and are blended with a great taste of rye and other "red" flavors. I was really digging the taste and i had a hard time putting it into words. Mouthfeel is typical for an IPA, very easy to drink and smooth. Medium carbonation and medium->light bodied.

Overall another impressive offering from Green Flash that fans of IPAs and reds and rye beers alike should give a go. its a great blend of all 3 and it works quite nicely. Give this beer a go if you see it offered in your go to establishment.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at The Local Miami. Served in a Bell's pint glass.

A- Pours a ruby red color with a 1/2 inch tan head that retains decently before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a light sheet of surface foam. Thin, semi-resilient cobwebs of lacing.

S- The usual west coast hop aroma per the Green Flash signature bouquet but there's a mild rye spiciness lingering beneath.

T- Medium-high bitterness that's similar to other hoppy reds but then there's that moderate complementary rye. Very smooth for the ABV. Balanced, easygoing, very good.

M- A bit sharp and dry. Medium carbonation and a body that's on the fuller side.

O- A simple but delicious red that's so drinkable one might actually call it sessionable but knocking back 3 or 4 pints of this could end badly.

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Green Flash Imperial Red Rye from Green Flash Brewing Co.
4.22 out of 5 based on 63 ratings.
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