Green Bullet Triple IPA - Green Flash Brewing Co.
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2.15/5 rDev -45.2%
10.1% ABV confirmed per the label. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard Green Flash label art, custom Green Flash etching on the glass, and a branded blue/green pry-off pressure cap acquired as part of a four pack a few hours ago at a bottleshop and served into a Spaten bierkrug in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Best by: 02/28/14. It identifies as a "Triple India Pale Ale" (Not "Triple IPA" as the person who added this put) so I'm reviewing it as an imperial IPA. "New Zealand Dry Hop." Expectations are above average given its current ratings.
Served cold, straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: No bubble show forms as I pour.
Pours a 2.5 finger wide head of white colour. Decent creaminess and thickness. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head slowly recedes. Head retention is good for the ABV - about 6 minutes I'd say.
Body colour is a clear textbook copper; translucent and transparent. Ample rising bubbles are visible, suggesting adequate carbonation. No yeast particles are visible. Vibrance is above average.
An appealing if typical appearance for a beer in this style. It's not unique or special, but there are no obvious flaws. I'd call it inviting.
Sm: Plenty of floral hop character, as well as some grapefruit citrus, light pine, bubblegum, and biscuit. Caramalt, pale malts, clean barley. It flirts with a light soapiness - indicative that it may have spent too much time in primary. Honey. There doesn't seem to be any naked hop bitterness based on the aroma, so the malt/hop balance seems decent - surprising for a Green Flash beer. Resinous and sticky.
No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. There are no off-notes though I'm not a big fan of the bubblegum.
A pleasant aroma of moderate strength. It doesn't seem alive per se, but it's inviting.
T: Lots of floral hop character. Prominent bubblegum flavour is present, and I really can't stand it. Plenty of overdone imbalanced hop bitterness in the second half. Grapefruit. Some vague fruity hop esters. The body has some cloying malty candi sweetness as well as a soapy off-flavour (too long in primary) and the two clash with the rampant hop bitterness. Resinous. Ammonia. Honey. Nectar. The finish is disgusting, with a sharp harsh bitterness accompanied by the dying off-notes. Wretchedly imbalanced and quite poorly built. Tastes like an amateur homebrew attempt at an imperial IPA (I should know; I've made them). It tries for complexity, but there's no subtlety or nuance at all here. Some alcohol presence is noticeable, to its detriment. Quite a poor taste; I'm pretty disgusted.
High intensity of flavour. Average duration of flavour for the style. Shallow depth of flavour.
No yeast comes through.
Mf: Harsh, assaulting, biting, and rough. Sticky and syrupy. Too thick. Good coarseness/smoothness balance. Wet and crisp. Grating and scraping on the tongue. Overcarbonated. Unrefreshing. Has some unwelcome alcohol heat. Poor execution overall. Doesn't suit the flavour profile at all.
Dr: Poor show from Green Flash. Their reckless disregard for balance in an IPA continues, and I continue to be repulsed by it. This is clearly from the perverse "our beer has more hops/bitterness so it's better" brewing mentality that pervades the American market. Difficult to drink on account of its low quality - especially its off-notes. I'll be finishing the other three from my four pack, but only after putting them in the freezer to try to mute the off-notes. I wouldn't cook with this stuff because of the ammonia notes. I'd definitely never buy it again and would caution friends against trying it. Perhaps the worst imperial IPA I've had in the last couple months. Unrefreshing and hard to enjoy. This shouldn't have made it to market with these off-flavours.
10-03-2013 23:32:55 | More by kojevergas
4/5 rDev +2%
Draft at The Blue Monkey in Merchantville, NJ.
Pours a cloudy, deep golden orange color with dark golden yellow edges and a one finger, frothy white head that very slowly settles into a lasting ring. Very good retention with streaks of lacing left behind.
Very dank and floral hop aroma with some grassy, earthy pine and a nice tropical/citrus fruit presence countered by a sweet malt backbone. Resinous oils along with hints of kind bud, fresh cut grass and pine needle followed by grapefruit, mango and orange peel. Some sweet caramel malt along with toffee, biscuit and graham cracker. Malts are subtle however and don't at all interfere with the hop character.
Medium body with a blast of dry hop bitterness that lingers over tropical/citrus fruit and caramel malt sweetness into a bone dry finish. Complex hop profile with dry, earthy bitterness and resinous oil/pine needle flavor followed by juicy tropical and citrus fruit sweetness. Strong grapefruit, pineapple, mango and orange zest character balancing things out with much needed sweetness. Sweet caramel malt backbone with honts of toffee, biscuit, hazelnut and slight dark fruit notes. Some alcohol heat in the finish but overall the high ABV is decently masked. In these high ABV triple IPAs the alcohol/ethanol flavored often kills off the hops but it's nicely integrated into the finish of this beer. Complex, flavorful and decently drinkable for it's strength. A touch too malty for my liking but still a very solid beer.
12-19-2013 02:21:24 | More by corby112
3.13/5 rDev -20.2%
A: Poured a yellowish- orange color with a slight haze, a small white cap left a few bubbles behind after a few sips and minor lacing was observed
S: The major notes were of spruce and pine.
T: Initially the taste buds are hit by a chewy like caramel malt base and then you're hit with some prickly spruce and pine notes. It sordove reminded me of the Alesmith Yulesmith Christmas IPA. The finish was a long, resiny, piney, caramel weirdness. A light vegal note hides in the background.
M: Medium bodied, a little heavy and perhaps a little low on carbonation.
O: Not at all what I was expecting! I drank this behind a Boneyard Notorious and I was supremely letdown. The combo of hops/malt in this beer just did not do it for me. The beer had a weird feel and taste and I felt the hops were a bit muted. The body was there and I do not object to chewy IIPAs but this was just weird.
10-05-2013 16:34:42 | More by barleywinefiend
4.5/5 rDev +14.8%
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.
12-03-2013 00:58:54 | More by Georgiabeer
4.1/5 rDev +4.6%
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
09-18-2013 01:40:36 | More by Billolick
3.76/5 rDev -4.1%
Served on-tap at The Jeffrey Craft Beer and Bites in New York, NY
A: Pours a crystal clear copper to amber in color with very light amounts of active visible carbonation and some golden yellow highlights. THe beer has a finger tall dense foamy off-white head that reduces to a thick film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrus/orange rind and citrus/grapefruit hops over the top of light amounts of caramel malt sweetness.
T: Upfront there are light flavors of sweet caramel malts that is quickly followed by an aggressive hop flavors - citrus/orange rind followed by citrus/grapefruit pith. There is a moderate amount of hops bitterness that lingers for a long time and some light to moderate amounts of alcohol in the finish.
M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness and alcohol warming.
O: A little too aggressive with the bitterness and not quite as strong aromas and flavors from the hops while slightly showing it's 10.10% ABV makes this one a definite slow sipper.
10-22-2013 13:48:32 | More by dbrauneis
3.45/5 rDev -12%
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.
09-19-2013 01:18:07 | More by Zorro
4.39/5 rDev +12%
Kiwi hops, in a Green Flash beer? Well, I heard that Green Flash does that hop thing well, so how could I go wrong? 22 ounces, on to the beer:
The color is dark apricot orange, topped with a half-inch of creamy head . Lots of lace clings around as the beer's level drops. Eyes are happy, and so is the nose. It smells great, with notes of melon, tangerine, pine, pineapple, and a vague fruit salad. Oh, there's also an accent of solvent alcohol which takes a little of the mood out.
Attractive aroma, even more attractive taste. The Green Bullet is one that I wouldn't mind to hit me. A fruity juicy Triple IPA with tangerine, toasted malt, mangoes, assorted tropical fruit, a drizzle of resin, and a touch of alcohol. I sure love those Kiwi hops. Good call with the hop bill Green Flash. Body-wise, it's full bodied, and brings a bittersweet aftertaste which is very smooth.
Great beer. Well done. Keep the hype train rolling...
10-22-2013 17:35:59 | More by DoubleJ
4.2/5 rDev +7.1%
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 1/10/2014. Pours moderately cloudy orange amber color with a 2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of huge mango, passion fruit, pineapple, tangerine, peach, lemon zest, orange rind, floral, grass, pine, light caramel, and floral earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great complexity of tropical/citrus hop notes with a fair amount of malt balance; and great strength. Taste of mango, peach, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange rind, floral, pine, light caramel, and floral earthiness. Good amount of earthy floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of mango, peach, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange rind, floral, pine, light caramel, and floral earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity of citrus/tropical hop flavors with a fair amount of malt balance; and no cloying bitterness present after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a lightly slick, crisp, and very sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent DIPA! All around great complexity of citrus/tropical hop flavors with a fair amount of malt balance; and quite smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.
10-11-2013 04:21:12 | More by superspak
4.08/5 rDev +4.1%
Pours a hazed, dirty blonde color with a well retaining creamy head.
Aroma of dense tropical citrus hops, big sweet malt and some booze.
In the flavor, herbal, piney and earthy, with some oranfe and grapefruit smoothy notes. Solid bitterness, as this big beer does not finish sweet. Malt is caramel like and adds to the body of the brew. Full bodied, smooth and satisfying. Carbonation is at a medium-low. Overall, this is a really good brew. Very hoppy and easy to drink despite the strength.
10-26-2013 19:53:50 | More by Stinkypuss
District of Columbia
4/5 rDev +2%
The beer is clear and golden with a thin, bubbly white head. The aroma brings mint, cops, herbal tea, earth, mushrooms, citrus, pine, floral scents. A touch of alcohol in the nose. Hop forward with a mint tea character throughout. Alcohol is present but generally unobtrusive. Moderately low carbonation and tad sticky on the palate. Citrus, particularly oranges, soaked and alcohol. A solid beer, albeit best in small quantities.
11-01-2013 01:15:22 | More by Huhzubendah
4/5 rDev +2%
On tap at !6 Tons Taphouse last night.
The beer pours an orange amber color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose, this IPA comes across as very, very dry, imparting pine, white pepper, light dry citrus and some dank earth. The flavor profile replicates the nose, and while there's some sweetness in the mid palate, I didn't feel as if it was nearly enough to counter and balance the considerable hoppy bitterness in this beer. So the finish is quite dry and bitter, with a medum bodied mouthfeel. The finish is long and bitter, and while the alcohol seemed to be pretty well integrated into the flavor profile, you could still tell that it's up there a bit.
A decent beer, but I just felt it was a bit overly dry and bitter, to the point I felt like I was sucking on a pine cone with every sip. Can't see myself ordering this one again; the 8 ounce pour at 16 tons was more than enough for me.
09-26-2013 15:33:51 | More by John_M
Green Bullet Triple IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,393 ratings.