Green Bullet Triple IPA - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Green Bullet Triple IPAGreen Bullet Triple IPA

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88
very good

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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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Ratings: 1,996 | Reviews: 313
Photo of Ego
3.24/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

eyes...
best by 5.5.14 (really? I doubt it)
3 full fingers of the white foam, a veritable maelstrom of bubbles cavorting like some tornado of carbonation, slightly burnt orange and clean hue, super nice lacing (the head really sticks together and rolls like a tide in the glass), good looking brew

nose...
muted herbal hops with some pine twinge, plenty of malt aroma mixed with a splash of orange... overall pretty simple and seemingly less than what I would expect from a triple IPA... but generally some new zeal hops do have that mango-ish tinge rather than the alpha hop burst of the turbo driven american alpha monster hops.. I prefer to buy american

taste etc...
nice silky feel immediately, the IBUs here can not be too high, this is lacking a major punch, triple means three times... I would hate to see what this is multiplied by to get to three... I had some of their other beers and I know they were hoppier than this, the alcohol is well hidden behind the malts which shows the brewer's deft use there (as 10% is not that easy to hide), further on the glass now the hops have become a little more forward but still not blowing me away.. they are sort of lingering in the back and lend an OK bitterness hanging out in the back side quadrants of my tongue

verdict?
good use of malts to back up the high ABV, but the hops are way too subtle for me, I want my hops to kick me in the teeth. this is not a bad beer but a tripel IPA should bring a bit more IMO... maybe I am a hop snob, damn straight

Photo of smaddock
3.28/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Too much pine overwhelms the other flavors

Photo of Jimmys
3.31/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into tulip. best by 03 12 14.

A: a slight haze on an orange body. head is bright white and very frothy. its presence is to be reckoned with. great retention and lacing.

S: a whole lot of resin. overwhelming almost. there is an odd sweetness in here that reminds me of cinnamon. I just wrote that and it makes no sense, but really that is what I am smelling. I think it is actually the malt backbone that is misleading me to cinnamon.

T: similar to the nose, an initial blast of raw hop resin. alcohol heat immediately follows in the middle. a little bit of cereal in the finish. a real unpleasant plastic-like flavor. almost metallic.

M: a little bit of fizz. full bodied brew.

D: I gotta say I am a little disappointed with this brew. not impressed with these new Zealand hops or what green flash has done with them. green flash does some beautiful things with hops and this really fell short.

Photo of mc4z
3.33/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Toronado (SF) in a tulip. This looked great, cloudy and orange with a decent head. The smell is strong pine and citrus but also sweet. The taste is strong pine and bitter at the front and really sweet at the end. The mouth feel is syrupy and there's a strong alcohol presence. Overall I think this beer completely missed the style. For a triple IPA, the sweetness of the malt should never dominate the beer. This is definitely my least favorite Green Flash beer.

Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
3.35/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Growler filled at Big Hops in San Antonio, TX.

A - Clear golden amber with 2 fingers of foamy white head.

S - Very sweet smelling with grapefruit, pine, and sugar.

T - This is super sweet. Instead of the typical grapefruit bitterness, it's super sweet grapefruit along with pine, caramel, and sugar. It's almost cloying.

M - Moderate body which is very sticky. Moderate carbonation as well. The grapefruit sticky sweetness lingers a while in the mouth.

O - I usually love west coast grapefruit and pine IPAs, but this one missed the mark for me. It was way too sweet and sticky with not enough balance.

Photo of powpig2002
3.36/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Smell for me dictates taste and for this one, not a good thing. Rotting fruit? Glad I tried it but wish the store had it as a single. One time deal on this one. No date info so no idea on freshness. Don't usually buy IPAS without dates. Took a chance. At 10% it does the job. That's about all I can say

Photo of jimshoes007
3.37/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Green Lantern, er, uh, Bullet Triple IPA is okay, but not special. Fair aroma, nice taste and strong buzz, but you could never drink more than one at a sitting... and you'd be lucky to finish a full 12 oz. before it got warm. I will finish off the four-pack I bought at the recommendation of the store owner, but I will not be buying any more.

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: hazy straw. Modest off white head.
Smell: grapefruit and pine. I expected more malt with the high abv but nope, it's all hops in the nose.
Taste: much like the nose. Hop assault. Grapefruit and some floral, a lingering dry and bitter finish.
Overall: truth in advertising. This is no high abv American barley pretending to be a dipa (or triple ipa).

Photo of Tony49er
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type- in a Tulip Glass from a tap

Appearance- Golden Yellow hue, like a high quality Triple IPA should looks, off white head, alot of alcohol legs

Smell- Big pine aroma, fresh cut hops, dank, fresh citrus, tropical fruit

Taste- Big bold hop aroma, a slight bitter finish, very good, crisp and clean

Mouth feel- very nice, smooth

Overall- one of my favorite IPA's around I love all of Green Flashes IPA's this one is very good

Photo of willwise667
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Worth it for how alcoholic it is, if you're into getting drunk off a few brews like I am.

Tastes like how it smells, run down with citrus undertones making it more like a shandy than an IPA honestly, either way I'm not complaining. It leaves a nice hoppy aftertaste which is nice given the mouth full is a little less than ideal.

3.5 beer easy- not bad, not great.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.44/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

rb

Brewer's Haven in Boise has 12ozers and 22's... Glad I only got a small bottle. Great looking brew... 2 finger off white head atop a clear dark golden liquid... nice lacing and retention.

Nose is all onion/garlic hoppiness... thick and a bit offputting IMO.

Flavor mirrors the aroma with a thick bitterness that lasts and lasts.

Body is expected thicker side of medium but plenty of small bubble carbonation abounds too.

Okay, but just not my cup of beer... I just don't appreciate the onion/garlic hoppiness nor the burps that continue for 30 minutes after the bottle is gone.

4.25/3.25/3.25/4/3.5

Photo of jmdrpi
3.46/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. stamped "Besty By 3/12/14" on the neck.

fairly clear golden copper color, with thin off white head. big fruity hop aroma - pineapple and grapefruit. just enough malt flavor in the taste to hold up the massive hop flavor and bitterness. hop flavor is fruity and floral. medium body, oily, slick. medium carbonation.

overall - certainly a big IPA, but the particular hop flavor doesn't overlyimpress my taste buds.

Photo of jroberts8811
3.46/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A- orange with half finger white head. Nice lacing
S- piney, citrus, earthy, onion.malt, honey.
T- definitely oniony, resinous. Boozy, malty. Not balanced. A lot of upper end notes. Hops are well ingrained In this one and don't come across as fresh as I'd like.
M- medium to full bodied.
O- disappointed. Good but not great. Way too boozy without the balance. Glad I bought only one.

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.

Photo of JohnnyJam
3.49/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at O.S.H.O. Brewery in Phoenix, AZ. Served in a snifter.

A: Slightly hazy, orange, golden color with a small head that dissipates quickly to more than a covering on the top of my glass that dissipates to only a film at the end. Lacing is just a little and less than I expected.

S: I was expecting something but there is very little. Yeast, biscuit, and that's about it. Maybe a little pine.

T: Sweet and a little bitter. Disappointing. I guess I expected more.

M: Light to medium-bodied and medium carbonated.

O: I had a Double Jack and this caught my eye. This isn't even close to Double Jack. There are plenty of other beers out there that are better. It's not bad but not up to the hype that my server made it out to be.

Photo of rdilauro
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

I was very interested in tasting this Triple IPA... I have loved most of the DIPAs I have tried, selective as I may have been.
When I first tasted this, what stood out was the amount of malt in this beer. I had expected a bit more on the hop and bitterness end.
This was very smooth, easy drinking, start to finish

Photo of Zorro
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The TIPA has arrive where will the insanity end?

Clear amber colored beer with a good sized white colored head. The color fits the description of IPA Orange.

Smell is all STRONG Northwestern style hops. Strong citrus and pine aromas. Strong tea and eucalyptus scents. In other words it's a Hop Bomb.

Starts out strong and savory, my taste buds are stunned by the first sip and just can deal with it. Starts out bitter with a faint onion flavor. Mildly sweet but after three tastes my tongue still isn't locking in on the flavors. Can't say it is super bitter but my tongue can't pick out any nuance at all. Damn near an oral anesthetic, and I'm a pretty hardcore Hop Head.

Mouthfeel is thick.

Overall this is OK. It isn't hard to drink but it is at a level where my tongue just says "To hell with you I can't deal with it." 10.10 power not detectable at all.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.51/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a snifter

Appearance – The beer pours a very lightly hazed and lightly reddish tinted deep amber color with a small white head. The head fades rather rapidly, leaving some foam islands on the surface of the beer with a light level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a very piney and grapefruit citrus smell. Along with these aromas are some tropical fruit aromas of mango, tangerine, and pineapple. Rounding all the aromas out is a little bit of heat, with a somewhat boozy aroma making its presence known.

Taste – The taste begins with a big grapefruit hop flavor right from the start. There is a rather strong breadiness present upfront mixed with a bit of a tangerine fruit sweetness. The tangerine fades more toward the middle being replaced by a little bit of caramel. Along with the caramel the grapefruit fades ever so slightly but is replaced and surpassed by other hop flavors. A rather potent and resinous pine flavor becomes the dominant hop flavor at the end of the taste. This pine is accompanied by a lighter earthy hop flavor and a moderately strong spicy and hot alcohol flavor, with the mix of flavors leaving a bready and resinous bitter and boozy flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is rather thick and chewy with a carbonation that is on the slightly lower side. The thick and chewy body really accentuated the resinous and boozy flavors of the brew well while the lower carbonation only furthered these two flavors along.

Overall – A rather resinous and boozy brew. If that is what you are looking for this is a fantastic choice but if looking for something easy drinking or balanced, then you may want to pass on it.

Photo of Bitterbill
3.51/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Best by May 5, 2014 stamped on the bottle.

Nice golden pour of beer, 2 finger head of foam(served nearish room temp) lots of lacing.

Aromas of a really pungent hop character with mild malt smell in the background. Big grapefruit, hints of tropical fruit.

Very bitter flavours up front. Pine is there, mild malt sweet tones show up but don't really balance things out...as expected from a brew calling itself a triple IPA.

The bitter wears on me about half way through the bottle but there's no doubt that I'll finish the bottle and the other 3 from the 4 pack.

A very slick mouthfeel. Okayish drinkability. Not my cup of tea, so to speak.

Photo of jfugeman
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber in color with a latent, frothy bone-white head. Aroma is slightly sweet with notes of biscuit and a bit of an acidic twinge. Body is creamy and malty up front but transitions to a prickly, somewhat spicy and almost herbal finish. A bit boozy with maybe hints of tropical fruit. A nice change of pace as it has a bit different flavor profile compared to many imperial/DIPAs but probably not a go-to.

Photo of cbutova
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured from the 12oz stubby bottle to a standard tulip glass with a clear, dark amber-red body. Small white cap, maybe about one finger high, forms but has only decent retention falling to a creamy ring and some hazy clouds in the middle of the beer. Webs of lace stay on the glass here and there.

S- Starts out for me largely with a big caramel malt base, honey sweetness and a bit of hops with that. Hops are pine, grapefruit, citrus zest and a tiny bit tropical.

T- Hops are a bit stronger than the aroma here for me but alcohol notes come into play, ABV not well hidden at all. Hop profile is strongly pine, spruce and earthy with some nice hints of oranges, grapefruit and flowers as well. Big caramel, sugar, honey and malty sweet base.

MF- Thick bodied for the style with a smooth, creamy overall texture. Hops are pretty bitter in the finish and alcohol is quite warm on the palate.

Decent hop profile but pretty strong alcohol, not well hidden at all for 10%. Hops are either trumped by the strength or muddled, nothing really stands out for me as great.

Photo of andrewjraab
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear burnt orange with a fluffy white head with good lacing.

S - Floral, musty and dank, citrus rind.

T - Hop bomb, piney citrus, dank and resinous, finishes with a dry bitter aftertaste.

O - This is a sipper imperial IPA yet it is relatively easy to drink. This is solid, but I'd choose others in this category before coming back.

Photo of ccrida
3.54/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On draught at Baileys, Green Bullet is clear orange with a small white head that light white foamy lace.

Smell is pungent and intense. This sucker is really dank and oily. And boozy. Orange zest, oily. Too much really, but I suppose that's the intent.

Taste is similar, this is closer to hop tincture made with a distillate than an IPA. A bit of an exaggeration with the strength, it's noticeable but really accentuated by the sharp pine and intense tangerine hops more than anything. Pretty clean for the size, but it's sooo big.

Mouthfeel is oily and dry, resinous.

Drinkability is okay, it's interesting to see how far you can take the IPA, but at the end of the day, it's too far to really want to have another in a sitting.

Photo of CFHMagnet
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I get almost a finger of boring, taupe head, over a surprisingly orangey/copper body. There seem to be very few bubbles in this beer, and no lace.

I smell a little malt up front, then the nose is dominated by juicy citrus and pine.

The flavor is much more bland than I expected for a "triple" IPA. It has a little bready malt up front. This is followed by pine, weak grapefruit and a little boozy warmth with a hint of banana. None of these flavors really "wow" though, they are just there.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied. Surprisingly easy going for the alcohol content and style.

*Edit* Bottle claims it is best by 03/21/14

Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Syrupy orange-amber, thick white head with a slight yellow tinge, globs of lacing.

S: Strong sweetness, agave syrup, caramel, good dose of pine, dried pineapple.

T: Can't speak for freshness, the date was rubbed off. Big, sweet, candy-like malt up front. Caramel, even taffy-like. The hops come running behind; sticky, sap drenched pine hop flavor, a lot of tropical fruit, namely pineapple (candied at that), citrus in the background. A lot of alcohol, not well hidden.

M: Full, syrupy, but well carbonated. Alcohol burn is a little much.

O/D: A one and done kind of beer. It's too sweet and too pungent, to the point where it's not entirely enjoyable, but still has some great flavors. Good for one of those "extreme" styles.

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