Green Bullet Triple IPA - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Green Bullet Triple IPAGreen Bullet Triple IPA

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Ratings: 1,996
Reviews: 313
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.96%
Wants: 75
Gots: 314 | FT: 1
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Green Flash Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: KansasBeerLover on 04-30-2013

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Reviews by jhawth:
Photo of jhawth
3.47/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Poured into a DFH snifter. Pours a mostly clear light orange with a frothy two finger head that slowly dissipates.

Aroma: Earthy, herbal-y, spicy hop notes, old bready malt notes, slightly stale character.

Taste: Not nearly as much hop bitterness or flavor as expected for a beer the claims to be a triple IPA. Some hop bitterness up front, then solid malt presence, then some booziness and that strange stale note.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Reasonably carbonated.

Overall: Disappointing. Not enough hop aroma or bitterness to balance out an off-putting booziness and somewhat boring malt presence. Gets better as it warms.

More User Reviews:
Photo of greinkedr
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

This is close to a perfect beer for a hop-head like me. The tropical mango and pine sit on the palate ever so gently, building to a hot, hoppy finish. The '100+' IBU is much deserved on the finish, as this beer is generally only recommended for those like IPAs and then some. If I could have this beer every day, I would, I not for the 10.1% ABV. I would recommend many beers from Green Flash Brewing (more ratings pending.)

Photo of BigBry
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Beer Revolution.
Pours a hazy, golden orange color with a tall head. Foam settled to a small cap, rings of lace lines.
Smell is all hops, citrus and herbal, leafy hop aromas.
Taste is much the same, citrus, herbal, and pine flavors. Lots of hop bitterness, but not as over the top bite as I was expecting. Only the slightest alcohol burn as it warmed.
This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Not oily or sticky like some over hopped beers I have tried.
Overall, this is a pretty good beer. Lots of hops as expected, but still easy to drink.

Photo of --Dom--
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours and orangy opaque with medium to light white head. Smells as you would expect, citrusy pine and sweetness. Opens up predominately pine up front fades to citrus and a good malty sweetness to finish. Mouthfeel is slightly sticky but not off-putting. No alcohol burn present, only slightly boozy. Overall I love it. A huge dose of piney goodness and sweetness to balance. My kind of big IPA. I can understand how the palates of those who don't walk on the wild side of flavor-town might be overpowered by this big luscious beauty. But if you like to get jiggy with the hops....if you like Hoptimum, Resin, Gemini, then you don't wanna miss this one.

Photo of travolta
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly hazy orange in color with a crusty, sticky head with very nice lacing. Retention is very nice.

Nose: Peach, pineapple, green apple, grape.

Taste: Nectarine, banana, little butterscotch and faint alcohol heat. Some hop hotness.

Notes: They pulled it off. This was very good!

Photo of blackcompg
4.41/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours 2 quick fingers of lite yellow eggshell foam, body is a gorgeous translucent orange amber, leaves a nice lace ring after each quaff.

Smell - Really nice subtly sweet tropical, sweet ruby red grapefruit, touches of pineapple and citrus, sweet melon and papaya, and some nice floral hops.

Taste - Much like the nose, there is a nice tropical complexity here that actually leans hard towards melon flavors of honeydew and cantaloupe, right behind this are some strong floral hop flavors that really compliment the melon, and at that same moment I absolutely get a peppery kick (mentioned by another reviewer) along with a fairly assertive hop bitterness that is very much like peach pits. No flavors of alcohol here whatsoever, there is a latent heat that accompanies the potent hop-resin finish.

Mouthfeel - Just over medium as there is a little bit of weight here, and the flavors are perfectly assertive and bold, Carb is on the lower side and extremely smooth, almost slick, with just a few bright edges at the back of the tongue. Dangerously drinkable for a bigger beer like this.

Overall - Really an excellent DIPA (okay, it's labeled a "triple ipa") that has a assertive flavors with nice complexity and balance. Really nice transition from tropical sweetness to floral to a nice resiny pucker, just begging the next quaff. A must try imho.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I absolutely love this beer! Fantastic clean hop profile with enough sweet malt to nicely support the hops. Pours a hazy orange with a light head. Nice stank on the nose with strongly herbal hops. The taste replicates this with a deep bitterness joining in and a lingering light sweetness. The finish is long with spicy and piney hops and quite bitter- it just keeps going. Almost a bit prickly from the spiciness in the mouth. This is a superlative beer, and I'm surprised the ratings are so low overall. A definite hop-head's beer.

Photo of MortarPestle
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy deep amber with a light head. The smell of dried fruit soaked in brandy. The hops are up front and lack some balance with the alcohol and malt. Worth a try but not my first choice.

Photo of gc4hokies
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Pours a golden color, filtered. Nice head and lacing. Aroma is a funky, piney. Ok, enough of the bullshit.... This is a big, huge IPA. It's the Camaro ZL1 of beers.

Taste is pure hop deliciousness. The hop resins begin to burn the inside of your mouth almost immediately. Spicy is an understatement. Hop goodness per ounce is almost unbeatable with this one.

Keep in mind, this is a huge beer. If you are expecting an IPA, like Ranger or Rebel, you will be shocked. This is for the big boys. If you think Dogfish 90 is too big, don't buy this. But, if you think... has anyone actually OD'ed on IBUs, because I'm getting concerned... then this beer is for you.

For me, I love it.

Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet slightly hazed menacing looking burnt orange,it just looked like one of them big ballsy brash hop bombs.Aromas of pithy grapefruit and leafy/floral hops with a sweet caramel and alcohol base.I found the flavors to be not as sweet and boozy as I thought they would be but the hops are big and brash with citric and leafy flavors coming in waves over the carame/biscuit base,the alcohol is there but it didn't hit me over the head.A really nice big hopped "triple" IPA as GF calls it,I liked it alot.

Photo of MadScientist
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: An amber beer with good clarity that produces a good head stand when poured. The persistent head is is made of off-white bubbles of compact foam that leave some fine lacing on the glass.

S: A medium-strong hops aroma that is very herbal and tropical fruit with some citrus. Mostly a pineapple and mango sort of hops. There is a light malt sweetness and a hint of alcohol sweetness.

T: An aggressive yet smooth hops bitterness with a strong tropical fruit and citrus hops flavor over a medium malt sweetness. The malt has a slight caramel character and a touch of biscuit. The hops have a strong pineapple and mango flavor. There is a light touch of spice that seems slightly hops and yeast derived at the same time. A long, citrusy bitter aftertaste that remains smooth. The high abv becomes apparent towards the medium-dry finish with a little warmth and some sweetness.

M: A medium-full bodied beer with a medium-strong level of carbonation. A moderate alcohol warmth.

O: An impressive beer that shows off the tropical fruit character of the New Zealand hops and despite being ridiculously bitter is very smooth.

Photo of ynalak
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Very good beer. Hoppy with a grapefruity aftertaste.

Photo of SanFranJake
3.57/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Finally found this in the Bay Area and I must say, while it's good, it's not great.
Not sure when it was bottled but best by date is early year.
Looks great! Perfect golden hue and thick foamy head...but not much else.
Not the flavor profile I was hoping for.
Aroma not what I was hoping for.
Mouthfeel is meh...good but not great.
All in all, it's good, but PLEASE give me Palete Wrecker stat!!!!

Photo of SanDNigel
4.59/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bomber into 8 oz Tulip
A- Looks like a high ABV IPA Gold with disappearing white head
S- The hops and alcohol do battle with each other, to the drinkers benefit. Hops...then booze. Smells delicious. Sweet syrupy malty backbone
T- A very well balanced big IPA is the first thing that comes to my mind. The hops are still the star, but supported by the malty sweetness.
M- Practically perfect size/carb level. Lets you thoroughly taste the beer but doesn't let it stick to your palate
O- This is a great beer.I too often find big IPAs much too syrupy and sweet. That is not the case with this one. I really enjoy it, will suggest it to friends and will most definitely buy it tomorrow

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

In a tulip this beer was a hazy orange color. There was a small white head that left a bit of lace.

Citrus and pine aroma, some sweet malt. Not as aromatic as I expected.

Grapefruit and pine in the taste. Caramel. Again, not quite as flavorful as I expected.

Hoppy and sweet.

Nice enough beer, but there are better ones out there.

Photo of mverity
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pale orange-yellow with light colored head that dissipated quickly. Aroma is quite tropical, light malt sweetness and some pine as well. Taste is super damn bitter, the hop comes more pine than citrus. Good carbonation and body, but overall not a great brew in my opinion.

Photo of Billolick
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, best by 2/28/14 etched onto the neck of the bottle.

Pours lighter amber, near clear, minor head, film, thin collar and again minor bits of lacing.

Pungent tea leaf hoppy nose with fruits, mint and some lime/boozeness

Full throttle DIPA, big and ballsy, more citric fruit and hop bite with lots more lime, honey and soft but quite present grapefruit. Rich, and velvet smooth on the tongue. Nicely done. If ya like a high quality DIPA (and dont we all?) this one is well worth a try

Photo of Goodytime
4.84/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

One of my favorites I buy it anytime I can find it

Photo of bsp77
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Clear amber with initial decent head that quickly recedes to a thin line.

Smell: Some citrus and sweet malts. Much more subtle than expected for a dry hopped beer, but the alcohol is apparent.

Taste: Quite citrusy over an almost Barleywine malt body of caramel and sweet toffee. Somewhat dank with some other fruity notes, but I can't tell if it is from the hops or malts. Finish is bitter but much of it is hidden by the alcohol. Lots of pine and spice on the finish.

Feel: Fairly full body with carbonation in check. Dry finish, but a little too boozy.

Overall: Despite noticing the alcohol, this is very easy to drink. Overall, there is not quite enough complexity to the hops for this to be a great DIPA, and there is not quite enough complexity to the malts for this to be a great Barleywine. However, the subtle yet bold mixture mostly works, and this is a very good, albeit not outstanding, choice for a high alcohol hop fix.

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours brilliant amber with a light copper tint under a 2” white foam collar that slowly dissipates to a clingy film.
S: Perfumy nose with fruit, citrusy, grain and some grass and hints of wine.
T: Big clean malt flavors, light fruit, a hint of wine, and alcohol are subservient to perfumy, spicy herbal hop flavors.
F: Just a shade above medium body, carbonation is medium to medium low, the alcohol is warming but you only notice it later.
O: Big hops and balanced by just enough malt and alcohol.

Photo of joeworrall
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

in my search for the perfect IPA, I have found a really good one... no bones about it, this is an outstanding IPA!

the label said it's a triple IPA, and I believe it. The hops are more pine than citrus, but there are hints of lemon peel in the aftertast.

I would compare it to Dogfish Head 90 in terms of quality and drinkability, but the taste is distinctive. It's New Zealand hops set it apart from anything else I have tasted. They are grassy, but not overwhelmingly so... It's hard to describe how well balanced the hops are in this brew.

tonight I am comparing it head to head with New Belgium Rampant Imperial IPA and Widmer Brothers Nelson Imperial IPA. Rampant is still my "go to" imperial, this is more expensive and special, lighter in color and with less aftertaste, but so drinkable!

Photo of MattyG85
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice. Bottle says best by 03/10/14.

Appearance: Pours a bright copper golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid two fingers of off white head with decent retention. Leaves a decent amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A big bright hop forward aroma with juicy hints of citrus, grass, and herbs. Upfront citrus hops with hints of grapefruit, orange peel, mango, tangerine, pineapple, apricot, and lemon. Earthy and floral hops with herbal hints of grass and dank pine resin. Sweet malt undertones with hints of caramel, grains, biscuit, cracker, and yeast. Very forward with the hops. A very nice West Coast aroma.

Taste: As big, juicy, and good as the smell is. Big juicy and ripe hop presence with upfront citrus notes of grapefruit, orange peel, mango, apricot, pineapple, tangerine, and lemon zest. Earthy and floral hop notes. Herbal notes of grassy hops and some dank and spicy pine resin. Solid backing of bready malt with some notes of sweet caramel, cracker, grains, biscuit, and yeast. Very juicy and nicely drying bitterness. A very good IPA taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very juicy and nicely bitter and oily. Very drying. Alcohol is hidden well by the hops.

Overall: Another great imperial West Coast IPA. Good mix of citrus and grassy hops with a nice caramel malt undertone.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12oz bottle with a BB of Feb 2015, so it's slightly out of date. Purchased recently from Trembling Madness in York. The label describes it as a Triple IPA with more than 100 IBUs. Hopped with NZ varieties Pacific Gem and Green Bullet.

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip. A bright orange-amber hue with faint haze and medium carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding to a patchy surface layer. Slight lacing.

S: Aroma of insanely spicy hops with hints of dank weed, pine resin, grass/hay, subtle herbs, leafiness, a twinge of orange peel, caramel malt, mild earthy yeast and stewed hops. Incredibly hoppy and quite complex. Good stuff.

T: Tastes of intense aromatic hops with an overwhelmingly bitter finish. Notes of dank weed, pine resin, orange peel, leafy herbs, grass/hay, caramel malt, earthy yeast and stewed hops. For a brew packing 10% the booze is well hidden. Slightly sweet, followed by a palate-stripping bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with prickly carbonation and a nice thick body. The hop oils stimulate the tongue and destroy the palate. Seriously astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of bitter aromatic hops, weed/pine, spice and caramel malt.

O: Boom! This is unbelievably hoppy - a true palate wrecker. Looks good, while the aroma and flavour are stuffed to the gills with notes of pine, weed and grass. Underpinned by subtle caramel malt. Nice body. An intense experience; only hop-heads need apply. If IBUs are your thing then seek this out.

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excited for this one since I heard about the release.

Poured into snifter; clear honey-orange with a nice fluffy white head that leaves incredibly fine lacing as it recedes into a nice cap of foam.
Smells awesome; loads of dank herbal hops, spicy pine and bitter citrus hops everywhere, overtop of a bit of booziness (10.1%, understandable).
Taste is surprisingly clean malt for the %abv, followed by a wallop of citrus and pine hops that finish very dry and incredibly bitter. There are also some more subtle tropical fruit flavors that emerge as it warms. Bitter aftertaste sticks around forever, literally minutes after each sip.
Mouthfeel is relatively thin for the %abv, and surprisingly clean. Finishes very dry.
Overall, I was hoping for a bit more complex hop profile from this one, but I'm still pleased with it. A very strong, very hoppy, very bitter beer. Awesome stuff for a hophead.

Photo of hagbergl
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Twelve ounce brown bottle served into my Beer Geek Nation tulip glass (of course).

Appearance (4/5): Copper, A beautiful, tightly bubbled, bone white head. Three fingers. Lots of lacing on the glass.

Smell (4/5): Beautiful clean tropical fruit smells: mango, peach, some ripe pineapple. That strangely funky gym sock dankness. An interesting smelling beer.

Taste (4.25/5): Green Bullet's taste follows the nose. Sweetness from the tropical hops hits first: peach, nectarine, apricot, and mango. It's lightly reminiscent of Southern Tier Unearthly in this respect. The malt backbone is quite substantial. Barely any alcohol presence. Major piney and grapefruit bitterness in the finish. Seems like a mix of the tropical and classic West Coast IPA hop profile/flavors. I, for one, think it works very well, though I would not say the flavor is as outstanding as some of Green Flash's other IPA's, particularly the Imperial IPA and Palate Wrecker. But hey, this sucker is as fresh as it gets and tasting very nice.

Mouthfeel (4/5): Good medium body and carbonation is at the appropriate level for a beer this big and resinous. Resinous in the early going, extremely dry in the finish. The alcohol is hidden very, very well. I taste not a single drop of alcohol.

Overall (4/5): Green Bullet is an outstanding beer in its own right, despite not quite reaching the level of greatness that other hoppy beers in Green Flash's lineup do. I heartily recommend it, since it is certainly tasty and unique enough to make it worth buying. Enjoy the hops!

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Green Bullet Triple IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,996 ratings.