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Green Bullet (9th Anniversary) - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Green Bullet (9th Anniversary)
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Reviews: 22
Hads: 152
Avg: 3.7
pDev: 36.49%
Wants: 4
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.10% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: HopHead84 on 11-08-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 22 | Hads: 152
Photo of jczn
4.9/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Growler from Hop City, poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours crystal clear with white head. Beautiful golden light color -- looks like cider. (5.0)

S: Delicate, floral aroma. Some sweetness, but not a malty sweetness. (5.0)

T: The hops hit you first, as you would expect at 100+ IBU. They're in-your face, but not overwhelming. After the first impression of hops, you quickly note the alcoholic warmth and the hint a fruit. It's rich, and while on the sweet side, balances well with the bitterness and heat. (5.0)

M: Thick and sweet. (4.0)

D: The most amazing thing about this beer is how drinkable it is at 10% and 100+ IBU. The Dogfish 120 min is a beer that you should try once, but I probably wouldn't buy again. Green Bullet on the other hand I could drink all night (actually I couldn't but I wish I could), and I will be buying it again. Highly recommended, I hope that this becomes a regular release. (5.0)

Edit: After reading some of the other reviews, if you're expecting an IPA, or even a DIPA, you'll be disappointed. This is a different beer altogether, and there's not much to compare it to. As I said above, the DFH 120 is a valid comparison, beyond that, this is closer to a lighter, hoppy barleywine than to an IPA.

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Photo of upton7418
4.34/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a deep golden orange color that begins with a 2 finger head but tapers to a small lace. leave a nice lace on the glass as it disappears

S: super hoppy with light malt presence. hops are a citrus to piney smell

T: Follows the nose. big hop to start with a light bready malt in the middle. finished with a strong pine like hops at the end. aftertaste continues with the hops

M: medium feel with a consistent carbonations that sustains through the drink

O: a good beer with a huge hop presence. overall there is very little malt presence in the drink. it's a good beer to try and i would buy again. the piney hops tends to linger into the aftertaste but its overall a good beer.

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Photo of welldigger888
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured a wonderful orangish hue with an off white head that leaves sheets of lacing down glass and legs to boot.

A muted hop aroma with a nice bready maltiness that is pleasing.

Well, the muted aroma is not inline with the flavor. Tropical fruit the likes of pineapple papaya mango with some melon quality as well. Nice toasty malt in the back ground.

medium bodied BIG brew that goes down like a pale ale, hides the booze and deceives.

Enjoy as this is a once off.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.23/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled On: 08/27/13

A: Pours a deep golden orange color with 2 fingers of head that slowly fades down to a chunky cap that leaves some nice lacing

S: Very hoppy. Mostly citrus and tropical fruit with a hint of pine. Decent malt presence that is lightly bready, but the hops are the main focus

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a big rush of tropical and citrus hop notes balanced nicely by a lightly sweet caramel malt presence. Not really all that bitter. Some pine comes in towards the end. Alcohol almost unnoticeable. Finishes lightly bitter with a lingering tropical fruit note

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Fairly oily and slick

O: A great TIPA with an almost overwhelming hop presence that is actually quite laid back in terms of bitterness. The malts balance very nicely but make sure to give way to the hops. Surprisingly drinkable for 10.1%, but it sneaks up fairly quickly. Recommended

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Photo of smakawhat
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured on tap into a snifter at Churchkey.

Nice off white head, very crystal clear amber orange with some deep bronze color.

Nose has an interesting sugar angle, light and brown with some sweetness of penny candy citrus. Hop front seems to follow the citrus angle, but it is a bit monotone.

Palate brings mellow malts and hop with a light pine air finish. Finish also brings some nice minty closure. Thick malt depth and backbone on this with very hidden alcohol. Palate is very slick. Great chewy hop oils to go with it.

A real nice enjoyable twist. Sugar angle on this is large but surprisingly tolerable and works well in the palate. Nicely done.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: somewhere between deep gold and pale amber with an ivory head as-big-as-you-want-it that'll leave plenty of lace down the glass

S: rich and sweet malts are perfumed with lots of lightly floral and herbal hops with a distinct, like, "clean" aroma - the air-dried linens of the hop world; as it warmed the malts asserted themselves a bit more, bring forth a heartier and chewier, caramel character and sweetness, while the hops remained bitter, suggestive of pine and deep, earthy musk

T: the malts suggest pale fruits and fresh grains from breezy fields with clean air and sunshine; crisp hops are floral, bright, and fresh - everything about this tastes fresh and clean and new

M: medium-light feeling, ample carbonation, very clean-finishing; crisp and light (in a triple IPA!), with a mellow but undeniably perfect bittering and drying finish

O: awesome - how this is a TIPA is beyond me - there is nothing thick or cloying or heavy-handed about this at all - almost like a marriage between a pilsener and an IPA - dangerously drinkable, extremely tasty - a real delight

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Photo of brewskis
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy, dark orange color with a two and a half finger off white head. Leaves a thin blanket of lacing. Decent carbonation coming off the glass. Smells of slight pine, lemon, lime, melon, grapefruit, floral, and a slight sweet carmel breadiness. A very nice hoppy, yet clean aroma. Taste pretty much follows the aroma. Starts with lots of melon and citrus fruits like lemon and grapefruit. Some floral notes as well. Then the middle brings a some malt presence, as sweet carmel and a bready and grainy quality emerge and balance the hops a bit. The finish is definitely the showcase of this beer. The bready and grainy malts continue to last through the finish, but are overpowered by notes of sweet melon, some type of tropical fruit, pine, grass, lots of clean floral, lemon, and lime. A candy-like sweetness comes through and cuts the bitterness well, which is key. Even so, a dry and lingering bitter finish, which is expected for a west coast triple ipa. Nice warming sensation from the alcohol, but none to taste. High medium body with a creamy, surprisingly crisp (for 10%), and oily mouthfeel. The New Zealand hops add a great layer of complexity to this beer that is missing from many double ipas. Different and well done. Glad this is now a yearly offering.

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Photo of smcolw
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just kicked the keg--very foamy, but it lasts. The liquid is nearly clear with a deep amber color.

Good blend of pale malt and soft floral hops.

Creamy, semi-sweet and strongly bitter. You can taste the alcohol. It warms the saallow. Full body but with high carbonation. The aftertaste is of pine resin and hot pepper.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Golden, glowing orange and yellow with a thin white head that leaves lines and sheets of lacing down the glass. A gorgeous beer.

A huge aroma blitz including pungent, tropical notes, lots and lots of citrus, particularly grapefruit, and tons of pine. This is a huge blast of hop aromas.

The flavor isn't quite as successful, though it isn't far behind. This is highly bitter, highly tropical, with quite a bit of pine notes as well. There is a very warming booze note throughout.

Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation.

A very good "triple" IPA, whatever that means.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Stone Brew

11-05-11 – Bitter Saturday
*10oz tulip

A: Pours a clear and lighter copper color with some foamy white stuff adorned on top. Clingy lace.

S: Aromas are a bit muted here and hard to pull out. From what I can smell is catty with hops. Sort of musky and sweet. Some fruity tart yeast comes through as well.

T: Taste is a direct assault of hops at first. Sticky florals and some hempy herbs. Resinous but gives way to a decent amount of caramel malt backing here. Slight sweetness. ABV’s masked very well at 10.1%. Tasty and kind of reminds me of the Imperial only on malt roids.

M: Medium body to almost lighter feel for a big ol DIPA. Creamy with a sticky resinous hop mouthcoat and a bit of dryness comes out in the finish.

D: This is almost what the Imperial IPA should have been. A bit more chewy caramel body on it with that same intense hoppiness. Lowers the drinkability factor for me somewhat . All in all practices some decent balance at such big numbers.

This is their 9th Anniversary IPA? I guess they are calling it a Triple. Well glad to see Green Flash getting back to their hoppy roots. Not their best showing but a decent DIPA.

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Photo of sholland119
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Yard House, San Diego, 11/5/11.

A-Pours a clear, pale golden honey. The thin white head leaves thick sheets of lacing.

S-Sweet and citrusy in about equal measure.

T-Sweet malt, sweet and bitter hops with a hint of booziness. A bit lacking in depth of flavor for the ABV.

M-Medium bodied, bitterness lingers.

O-A nice brew. A bit short on flavor and quite high in alcohol.


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Photo of emerge077
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Bad Apple, 12 oz. served in a fluted tulip glass.

Bright yellow orange, high clarity with a little bit of visible carbonation. A fingers width of foam, leaving behind random arcs of thin lace in the glass.

Pleasant hoppy aroma, some citrus and tropical notes, somewhat soft and not super pungent.

Flavor is moderately bitter with some citrus peel and grapefruit notes, some earthy green herbals also. Body has a pretty light feel for being 10%, and was pretty drinkable though not especially memorable.

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Photo of TexasBeerGuy
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a golden, orange with a two finger head that quickly recedes. Nice, light lacing on the glass.

S - Citrus hops and sweet malts. Very much like sugar cane.

T - Oranges, tropical fruits and cream followed by hoppy bitterness on the finish, although not as bitter as the nose might have lead on. The alcohol is hidden very well and this is very drinkable, but just a bit too much sugar cane sweetness.

M - Medium carbonation and light body given it's just over 10%.

O - Just a bit too sweet for me. It isn't cloying, but the malty sweetness and hops balance in this just doesn't work for me. Green Flash makes a lot of beers I enjoy, but this one isn't for me.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.54/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Nice shiny penny copper color with a nice inch thick off white head. Light Brussels lacing. Strong aroma of vinous hops with a trace of light grains. The flavor is much more balanced with plenty of deeply pungent vegetal hops with a distinct sourdough bread grain taste. The mouth is fairly carbonated and sticky.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.54/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Green Flash Brewing Company in San Diego, CA.

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps film on top of the beer. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, and herbal hops. Taste is much the same with a citrus zest flavor on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is quite dank all around.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Thin head but still with some scattered lace on a murky deep orange body with copper hues. Aroma of tart citrus, mostly it ages and some grapefruit, candy sugar and hint of earthy hops. Flavor follows with a somewhat medicinal tart orange and even some aspirin quality on a barely perceptible pale malt base. Hints of grapefruit and floral notes. Medium to thick body which coats the palate quite a bit with moderate to high carbonation. I have had better beers fromGF. The major issue was that the medicinal and aspirin quality got worse as I drank it and I couldn't get used to it. Maybe this keg was bad. Had this been a bottle it would have been a drain pour.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3


On tap at Stone.

A: Burnished gold with a finger of white foam. Lots of lacing on the glass

S: Pine, some sort on melon, Sweet bready malt. Lots of grapefruit, orange, and alcohol.

T: Pronounced pine resin with a moderate hop bitterness. Orange flesh blends with grapefruit rind and cantaloupe. Malt provides sweetness and a little caramel. Booze is unabashed, and bitterness increases from the midpalate through the finish.

M: Medium body upper low carbonation. The mouthfeel is sort of heavy and syrupy.

Overall: Big and boozy. An okay beer, just not as dry as I like and the alcohol flavor was a bit too strong. I prefer an IPA to be dry and not blast you with alcohol flavor than to be 10% and like this.

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Photo of cvm4
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - Body has a golden orange hue and a frothy eggshell head.

S - Light citrus notes and slightly sweet malts. Not a huge nose to this on my end as it seems rather muted.

T - Sugary grapefruit and bready malts with a bitter finish.

M - Medium carbonation, light body and a dry finish.

O - Definitely not the best IPA out of the Green Flash portfolio.

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Photo of mactrail
3.08/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A very strange roasted fruit flavor pervades this. Really nutty but not in such a nice way. One someone said it tastes "fishy" I could not get that out of my head. Are they using seaweed now? Or is it Vegemite? Rich but very sharp, bordering on harsh. Dark tinged amber in the tulip glass at Regal Beagle in San Diego.

Out of such a wealth of DIPAs this one is not on the mark. Reminds me of New Belgium's Two Below for that odd nuttiness but this is just too weird.

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Photo of rand
2.93/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Small Bar, poured into short goblet

A: Orange-amber in color, clear...little head or lacing.

S: Huge scents if citrus and ripened tropical fruit, primarily guava. Big guava. Sugary malts back things up, propelled by ample alcohol volatiles. Big nose all around.

T: The tropical/citrus notes hit right away, but the hops are way more bitter than the nose would lead you to think. Astringent...bitingly bitter. The malt-backbone is huge, and very sugary, but doesn't seem to mesh with the hop profile. Resin-y and vinous and rough around the edges.

M: Oily and viscous. Could use a bit more carbonation to wash down the oily residue.

At the front of the first sip I thought this was going to be a delicious brew, but as I parsed the huge flavors I liked it less and less. Aspects of the beer are tasty, but the overall profile is disjointed.

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Photo of notchucknorris
2.91/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Churchill's

A: Golden color with a thin cream colored head.

S: A pretty good amount of citrus hops, but a huge amount of cantaloupe and melon overwhelms it.

T: I really do like Green Flash, but this just wasn't good. Lots of cantaloupe and sweet malt flavors run crazy without anywhere near the hop flavor this beer needs to be balanced.

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Photo of ejimhof
2.55/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - looks like a good dipa with a light orange color

Smell - smells like a good dipa with hops and citrus

Taste - this where things go south this beer tastes very watered down not sure what the brewer was going for

Mouthfeel - again very watered down and almost tastes like a miller lite dipa if they made one

Overall - probably one of the worst beers from Green Flash

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Green Bullet (9th Anniversary) from Green Flash Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.