“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!”
From this impressive us brewery comes this imperial rye IPA, using Columbus and mosaic hops, spicy rye, and then dry hopped Amarillo and mosaic. Pours a 1-2cm head which retains beautifully, but even more impressive is the rich ruby red/Amber hues in the shaker glass. There is good carbonation bubbling up. First whiff elicits booze, mixed with herbaceous resinous hops and caramel. Notes of pine also. There is a solid beer emerging here as we drink as its full bodied, there is a warmth from the alcohol content (9.0%) but it’s well contained by the spiciness or pepper like hit from the the rye and the caramel malt. This beer has an IBU of 80 but it’s so damn smooth you can’t really tell. Mouthfeel is full and almost chewy but this is an imperial so we expected this. More subtle flavours of grapefruit, rye bread, caramel, and a booze backbone. Virtually no lacing on the glass. We are noticing that all the great DIPA’s have this unbelievably smooth and contained bitterness with hidden booze burn and this beer sits in that category. It’s a brilliantly brewed beer and another feather in the cap for green flash.