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Green Bullet Triple IPA - Green Flash Brewing Co.

Green Bullet Triple IPAGreen Bullet Triple IPA

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very good

1,243 Ratings
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Ratings: 1243
Reviews: 222
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.97%

Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: KansasBeerLover on 04-30-2013)
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4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this brew out of a growler in a Belgian tulip glass.

A: Pours a copper hue with a huge white frothy head that lasts forever and ends in a wispy solid persistent lace.

S: Malty aroma with a solid hoppy background and hints of fruits - mostly grapefruit.

T: Good mix of sweet malt and tart hops with the balance more towards the malt. Same as the aroma there are some fruity hints in there

M: Medium body and Medium carbonation

O: Solid IPA - worthy of a try.

Serving type: growler

11-16-2013 13:01:24 | More by ckollias
Photo of ExaltedNecrosis


3.31/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

Serving type: growler

11-08-2013 23:06:00 | More by ExaltedNecrosis
Photo of dcmchew


4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Passed the best by date, only a few days, so not that fresh.
Pours hazy orange, one finger bubbly white head, gets thinner, really sticky.
Smell of pine, citrus, green grass, some tropical notes with pineapple mostly and faint caramel. Not extremely strong hoppiness, at least not as strong as i expected.
Taste definitely makes up for that. Sweet citrus in the front, with tangerines and sweet grapefruit, followed by nice tropical perffumey mango, pineapple and faint lychee. Pine and green leafiness is next and covers everything up, with a really bitter finish. Hops feel spicy and a tiny bit earthy too. Reading the label ("triple IPA") i expected a more aggressive bitterness, but it didn't really deliver. Sure, it's very bitter, but not necessarily rougher than other American (D)IPAs. Some caramel and toasted malts are hard to find during the taste, but become more apparent in the aftertaste.
Medium carbonation, light and easy to drink. The big abv is extremely well hidden.
I like the fact that, even if it's extremely hop-oriented (duh), there's a flavorful sweet fruity flash at the beginning of every sip, and after the bitter pine festival, in the aftertaste. From start to finish. Didn't live up to its aforementioned level of hops, but it was really good.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2014 13:37:14 | More by dcmchew
Photo of lordofthewiens


3.76/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2014 13:55:06 | More by lordofthewiens
Photo of JayQue


3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Good DIPA. Pours a hazy orange with a good size off white head into a pint glass. Head retention is good and there is plenty of thick lacing on the glass.

Aroma is ok, some citrus hops but not that pronounced in such a strong beer.

Taste is pretty good. Plenty of citrus hops with a little pine resin in the finish. There is some maltiness as a balance but this is a hop forward beer.

Mouthfeel is not all that rich for a high octane beer. It is crisp, the bitterness is good and the alcohol is not apparent.

Good strong DIPA. There are better ones out there but this is pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2014 00:17:12 | More by JayQue
Photo of Emnmarko


3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- This brew pours a hazy bark orange with a huge three finger head. Moderate lacing is left behind on my glass.

S- Pine and citrus aromas hit my nose. Behind that is a mild malt bill.

T- Pine resin and citrus blend with the malt flavors to produce a balanced but hop forward brew. At 10.1% the alcohol is well hidden.

M- Medium bodied triple IPA. A warm spicy lingering aftertaste hangs out for a while. Very drinkable for the abv.

O- Yeah, this is a great addition to the Green Flash Brewing portfolio. Strong bitter hops dominate this one as they should. But there is a pleasurable malt backbone that balances this brew out. I will definitely seek this brew out again in the future. If you like hop forward ipa's with a malt presence then this is the trip IPA for you.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2014 23:40:27 | More by Emnmarko
Photo of craftbeerbyob


4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Green Flash West Coast IPA was my first true craft beer love, especially with how hard it was to find in Chicago! I first had it while visiting my brother in San Diego during his Coast Guard days. When I had a chance to try the Green Bullet, I was definitely excited. I still prefer the West Coast but this was a great beer.

The appearance is an unfiltered golden beer with just a little head. The smell was my least favorite because I enjoy floral IPAs and this has pine and honey notes. The taste was great though, again with pine, honey and strong New Zealand Pacific Gem and Green Bullet hops! The mouth feel is better than most imperial IPAs being that this was less thick and smoother.

For the extra money, I would prefer to buy the regular West Coast but I am sentimental. Green Bullet is a an above average Imperial IPA but not one of the best.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 03:25:51 | More by craftbeerbyob
Photo of Bitterbill


3.51/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 14:22:09 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of mc4z


3.3/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2014 00:15:35 | More by mc4z
Photo of alanamato


3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer was surprisingly smooth in taste given that it's a triple IPA and such a high ABV. I could easily clean off a few and not even realize the damage. When we popped the top, all I smelled was pine trees, but there was nothing piney about the well rounded flavor
Thanks to my buddy for saving me one.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 02:24:19 | More by alanamato
Photo of KYGunner


3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice bright white head with a decent retention and thick lacing. The color holds a light copper color with a radiant haze.

The nose is sweet with a grapefruit and lemon rind presence. The malt is soft and bready with some barley grain. The hops finish with a pine and herbal scent with some aromatic rose flower.

The flavor follows the nose with a pithy bitter grapefruit and lemon. The malt is soft and grainy with a floral rose petal taste.

The feel is light, slightly bitter, easily drinkable despite the 10 pct ABV.

I feel like this is just a step below Palate Wrecker which may not be as big a beer. Even though it's an easy delicious ride.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2014 01:27:48 | More by KYGunner
Photo of JerseyHopHead


3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Pours an opaque, sandy brown color. Decent head retention.

SMELL: Crisp scent of hops and spices with the presence of citrus evident.

TASTE: Intensely hoppy with notes of citrus and pine.

MOUTHFEEL: Rather smooth for a Triple IPA. Has some body, but not particularly thick.

OVERALL: Despite it's hoppiness and high alc content, Green Bullet drinks pretty smooth. It has a very crisp feel to it and a complex layer of flavors that goes behind just a hoppy kick in the mouth.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 00:48:31 | More by JerseyHopHead
Photo of Ieatlambfries

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep copper. Thick fluffy off white head. Scant lacing.

Smells of honey, herbal spices, and alcohol.

Citric hop rind flavors of grapefruit and lemon. Spicy herbal notes. Followed by a honey caramel sweetness. Boozy hot alcohol finish.

Mouthfeel is thicker, hot alcohol vapors on the exhale.

Overall a good DIPA. Nice flavor, if not a bit extreme. Not balanced. A bit too hot for my liking. But overall I still liked it better than many others entries of this style.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 20:55:11 | More by Ieatlambfries
Photo of lochef81


3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This ale pours a handsome copper orange hue with a frothy white head that is long lasting and gives way to a nice lacing. The aroma Of this offering is hoppy abd citrusy bitter but not clean and fresh. There is a definite skunky note to this one; which is displeasing and off for the style of ale. The flavors follow suit. Hoppy and bitter but not so much that it rings out as a true triple. There is a disconjointed nature to this one between the hoppy bitterness abd the malty sweetness. It is a nicely crafted ipa but not one that I will return to often.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 05:11:08 | More by lochef81
Photo of henrichsj


3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy, copper red-orange in color; not much head (could be because of the age of the keg) but thick regardless

S - Nice smell, very fruity and citrusy up front

T - VERY STRONG; lots of citrus, tropical flavored hops; Very in your face flavors but not as delicious as the smell would have implied

M - Bitter, heavy, and strong, with a dry aftertaste

O - I like hoppy IPAs but this one was hard to finish. Very strong and bitter and not necessarily in an enjoyable way. It's worth a try for anyone who likes double and triple IPAs, but there's better stuff out there.

Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2014 19:09:01 | More by henrichsj
Photo of AdamBear


4.46/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-cloudy dark gold. Lack of head

S-very strong scent aged hops. A touch of weedyness to it as well.

T-comes in with a great flavor of aged hops. It's a very strong flavor full of weeds and maybe even peppercorn, not so much bitterness though. There's a good citrus flavor to it as well. The citrus is really long lasting. It's good with a noticeable sweetness.

M-medium carbonation with a semi dry finish.

O-this is a really good, strong IPA. It definitely has an extra edge over most double IPAs. The more I drink it, the more bitter it becomes and the stronger the flavors come out. I really recommend this.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 00:10:49 | More by AdamBear
Photo of GilGarp


3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by March 2014.

12 oz bottle served cold into a goblet.

Green Bullet is a hazy copper orange with thick tight head. It settles slowly and leaves some nice lacing behind.

Aroma is hoppy but not as much as I expected given the "triple" IPA on the label. It has some nice citrus notes and a hint of pine.

Flavor is extremely bold and bitter with just enough sweetness to make it drinkable.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated.

Overall a very good double IPA but needs more in the nose to make it great.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2014 03:01:18 | More by GilGarp
Photo of JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saw this at ShopRite Liquors and noticed the relatively hefty price tag that it came with. I wasn't sure if it would be worth it, given that I've never had a "Triple" IPA before. This was indeed a hop bomb but because the alcohol was so subdued, this didn't taste as strong as it felt once I had polished this off. It almost reminded me of a Barleywine because of the Rye notes and how filling this was but there was enough here to like for any hophead, without being too potent or overly bitter.

Nice pour to this, as it had a dark apricot hue, relatively deep head, and several rings of lacing left as I worked my way through it. Lots of earthy, metallic hops in the nose and even more so in the taste, along with a fair amount of rye and alcohol. No, it didn't feel as strong as it's 10+% ABV but I could notice the booze in the aftertaste. There was enough grapefruit and white chocolate-like sweetness in this to keep things fresh and for a beer this strong, this was a relatively easy sipper. Some amber and resin made this mouthfeel a bit thick, and the carbonation was spot-on, which helped this beer live up to it's highly-rated West Coast counterparts.

To be fair, this was strong and one in a sitting would be more than enough. There was more than enough flavor to enjoy and while this wasn't "Triple" in anything more than name, it's a good example of what a Double should be. Strong fruits, hop bitterness, and body combine for a tasty beer that almost rose up above its counterparts, but came up just a bit short. If you're into other offerings from Green Flash or similar breweries (Stone, Sierra Nevada, etc), this one won't disappoint.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 23:53:41 | More by JerzDevl2000
Photo of ocelot2500


3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy, golden orange color with a tight, white head that leaves a nice sheet of lacing.

Smells of floral and fruity hops.

Tastes of pretty big hop notes accompanied by a strong malt backbone. Hops lead off with grapefruit, pine, and some tropical fruits. Not particularly bitter. Malts come in with some caramel and sugar sweetness. Pretty balanced overall.

Mouthfeel is full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a good DIPA with plenty going for it.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 02:34:57 | More by ocelot2500
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 1/12/2014 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub, in Pawtucket, RI served in a tulip glass.

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

S: The aroma contains floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a strong hops bitterness comes in along with a strong booziness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy creating a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, very strong kick, decent representation of style, this beer is an example of bigger not always being better as a I much prefer some of Green Flash’s other “weaker” IPA’s to this one.

Serving type: on-tap

01-13-2014 00:09:25 | More by TheManiacalOne
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2.53/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

As a Triple it was middle of the road for me. It reminded me a lot of Ommegang Brewery's Three Philosophers. So if you like that beer, you will most likely enjoy this one. I'm learning I'm just not a big fan of the triple in the first place so perhaps my rating is a little unjust, but for the price I paid, I was unsatisfied.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 03:28:36 | More by Big-Frog
Photo of reebtaerG


4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 10oz short wide mouth glass at Lures

A-pours a copper with a slight haze with a dense foamy white head good lacing

S-great aromas citrus hops and pine

T-a lot of pine and citrus hoppiness hit the palate, accompanied by tropical notes of mango and pineapple.

M-mouthfeel is a little silky,well balanced sweet at first then ending with a moderately aggressive, bitter finish.

O-nice TIPA very well balance hides the ABV well not very hoppy

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2014 16:05:58 | More by reebtaerG
Photo of dar482

New York

4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a glowing deep amber orange color with a fluffy 1 finger head. A really nice looking beer.

The aroma is very West Coast with tons of orange, grapefruit, some pine. A bit of cat piss in there along with tons of caramel malt breadiness. As it warms up, definitely getting that onion and garlic hop in there.

The front is tons of grapefruit and a bit of pine surrounded with tons of toasty grainy breadiness that gives the beer body and pushes it towards recognizing the beer is 10.1%. After the initial hit, there’s a bit of a tropical note of mango, nectarine, and apricot.

The finish is hugely drying. Lots of pine, lots of grapefruit pith, a bit of white wine.

The alcohol is really hidden on this one. Possibly a hint of booze on the back, but there’s tons of bitterness to hide it. It doesn’t taste this beer at all. It definitely warms going down. Definitely a good job at doing the triple IPA style. The highlight of this beer is the bitterness for the hopheads and how well this beer hides its size by being light and not too cloying.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2014 16:48:02 | More by dar482
Photo of ScotNH

New Hampshire

4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I did a blind review of Lagunita's Sucks, Long Trail Limbo, Victory Dirt Wolf, and Green Flash Green Bullet. These notes and ratings were recorded before I knew which beer I was drinking.

A - Pours a slightly hazy, medium-dark amber color, with one finger of frothy head. Heavy carbonation quickly rising to the surface.

S - sweet. Light citrus. Orange?

T - Not a strong flavor, with some sweetness. Decent bitter finish.

M - Medium body with excellent carbonation.

O - This isn't the most flavorful beer, but it is very easy to drink, and what flavor there is, is pleasant. Considering the ABV, it's very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 00:13:39 | More by ScotNH
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New York

4.34/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at the Blind Tiger in New York City.

Pours a very hazy cloudy orange, with tints of red. Very large head. Very strong lacing, like tree rings, all the way down the glass.

Intense smell- stings the nostrils with pine and citrus zest. This is going to be one of the hoppiest beers I've ever had.

Tastes even more intense- an absolute hop blitz. So much pine needles, citrus peels, citrus zest. There is a very biting stinging alcohol burn. There is a lingering, persistent astringent bitterness that lingers throughout the session. Quite possibly the most bitter beer I've ever had. It's great, but I can't imagine having more than one of these bad boys. The beer is pretty successful because it is incredibly high alcohol, but stays pretty dry and doesn't become sickly boozy sweet. A very warming beer.

Medium bodied, strong carbonation.

An extreme beer if I ever saw one- but I loved it. Hop heads need to try this one- Green Bullet Hops pack in some intense flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2013 06:21:25 | More by GreesyFizeek
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Green Bullet Triple IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,243 ratings.