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Green Bullet Triple IPA - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Green Bullet Triple IPAGreen Bullet Triple IPA

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,609 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,609
Reviews: 251
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.45%
Wants: 50
Gots: 154 | FT: 2
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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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

hickmancase, Oct 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

pathman, Oct 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

dga278, Oct 15, 2013
Photo of kevanb
3.66/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a 10oz low ball tumbler on tap at Jake Melnick's in Chicago.

The beer pours a clean copper color, hues of orange and gold, clear complexion with a solid finger of white frothy head, good retention and lots of sticky lace, very pretty beer. The aroma is very aggressive, tons of tropical fruits, mango and pineapple before resinous pine, super sticky and earthy, with an almost fishy quality, takes over the beer. The pine does bring out some malt, clean and sweet, but not this is a hoppy nose. The flavors are right in line, oily hops, tropical fruit leads the way, bright and crisp, but pine is a little too dominating, bitter, sticky, sappy, earthy, almost like tree bark at times, with clean, crisp malt, lightly sweet, a little caramely, and a wash of alcohol hits the palate at the finish. The body is nice, a little oily, but the carbonation is perfect, lively yet super smooth, coats the mouth well, finishes easily with a creamy touch and just lightly dry.

Verdict: A big ass TIPA from Green Flash, but one of the better Triple IPAs I've tried. That being said, it's still too aggressive for my tastes, lacks refinement, but for an out and out hop bomb, it's a solid offering.

kevanb, Oct 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

sendbeer, Oct 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

brez8791, Oct 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

zenwatts, Oct 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Greels, Oct 15, 2013
Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Every beer I’ve had that’s labeled as a “Triple IPA” has been too extreme to be palatable. I have faith in Green Flash, though –they brewed Palate Wrecker, and if that’s not a triple IPA, I don’t know what is.

Best by date is five months after the date of this tasting (03/10/2014).

A: Pours a reddish-gold with a wafer-thin layer of white cream on top. There’s tiny chunks of something floating all throughout the body – hop residuals?

S: The nose is absolutely sticky with resin and malt syrup: a hit of chili powder, grapefruit, and Tabasco on a slick base of pure honey. Booze and hoppy pine give it an edge like gin.

T: Hoppy, but not overwhelmingly so – there’s so much malt to cut through that the pounds of lupulin in this glass give only a slow burn. Malts cover the palate with a blanket of dense caramel and honey, interrupted by the occasional dryness of pine sap, astringent black tea, lemon-pepper, and, again, gin-like alcohol. Syrupy, tongue-smacking aftertaste of honey.

M: Thick and slick, making this tough to put down. Carbonation is minimal, so when this gets closer to room temperature, you have a glass of warm, oily malt.

O: Just too much malt; sweet in a way that makes it hard to drink. Not terrible flavor, though; just sweet.

BarryMFBurton, Oct 15, 2013
Photo of TwelveOunces
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip
2013 batch

A- A brilliant hazy orange with a nice white head.

S- A pungent hop nose, not surprisngly. An absolute citrus bomb, some pine and cat piss as well.

T- A strong bitterness at first. A very bold and fresh hop presence. A big orange flavor and a slight grapefruit. A strong cat pee but in a good way. A bit of a pinecone flavor and a resinous herbal note. Not much going on here past the hops but thats ok by me.

M- Bitter but not undrinkable.. A sticky mouthfeel. A big beer but surprisingly drinkable.

O- I really dig this beer. I feel like this is what their Palate Wrecker should have been.

TwelveOunces, Oct 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Moses_Malone, Oct 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

ADTaber, Oct 15, 2013
Photo of Justin_Neff
3.11/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a deep orange body with a bit of haze. Yields a beige colored head with sticky lacing and little retention.

S: Dank. Mega hop forward. Bready malts. Pine.

T: Follows the nose. Don't love the taste that the hops leave. Pine cones.

M: Creamy. Full body. Moderate carbonation.

O: Give me palate wrecker all day. Honestly, I was a bit disappointed. Dank and piney, but a bit one-dimensional and I wasn't a huge fan of the hop choice.

Justin_Neff, Oct 15, 2013
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3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

120z bottle poured into snifter. Cannot make out the best buy date but has the year 2014.

A-Ruby red color. Fingers width foam went quickly to a thin coating of the outer rim of my glass. Lacing is apparent quickly returns to glass.

S-A dank fruitiness of pineapple and mango mixed with hints of alcohol warmth and caramelized sugars.

T-At the beginning the hops are very juicy and with those citrus flavors coming in and some pine elements as well. Towards the back end the hop resins come through and the bitterness takes over and lingers. Alcohol is noticeable at the finish but not distracting all the other flavors.

M-Full bodied, sweet finishing 3x. Nice carbonation.

O-Good 3x ipa that does not drink like a 10.1% beer. Could have a couple of these and not realize the intoxication until I would stand up. Very good offering from Green Flash.

mikem0487, Oct 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Shnanign, Oct 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

JimmyFlatRock, Oct 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

bigfnjoe, Oct 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

whiteysacto, Oct 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Gotti311, Oct 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

sitarist, Oct 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

eawolff99, Oct 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Chaosfiend, Oct 14, 2013
Photo of falloutsnow
2.94/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From: Piccadilly, Champaign, IL
Date: Best by 2014-03-12
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

Green Bullet is a hop and ethanol bomb, mostly just a mess in terms of overexpressive ethanol and underperforming hops, neither of which seem to be as complex or interesting as the brewery would like you to believe. Further, when the malt is present, it's cloyingly sweet. Regardless of this being $3.50 per single, this is not a beer I'd return to.

Pours a 1.5 cm head of off-white foam, made up of small to medium-sized bubbles giving a sponge-like appearance. Retention is average, about one minute, as it declines to a thin cap of lace remaining atop the body of the beer. Lacing is present, but minimal, a few small dots and lines cling to the sides of the glass. Body is a medium-dark copper orange color, with light bringing out pale orange hues. Carbonation is visible through the transparent body,

Aroma is certainly hoppy, like practically sticking your nose into a bag of non-European hop pellets. Scents of: mango, tangerine, with citrus (grapefruit and orange) and a surprisingly-present pale malt sweetness and less surprising spicy ethanol (particularly as the beer warms and the hops drift off). Good, but not particularly different from any other double IPA, and the ethanol obviousness here is a bit disappointing as well.

Flavor is less pleasant, a big mix of ethanol meets bitter hops and the occasional peek-through of a candy-like sweetness with a harshly unpleasant and herbal aftertaste. Front of palate finds strong hop bitterness with pine, intensely dry herbs, and concentrated grapefruit rind, the sweetness buried heavily behind the mess of hops. Mid-palate of continued hop bitterness and flavors (same pine, heavy grapefruit rind, and dry herbs) except now with spicy, white pepper-like ethanol and syrupy-sweet pale malt peeking through occasionally. Back of palate experiences continued strong hop bitterness and flavors (same as above), spicy ethanol, and a surprisingly detectable, though rather cloying, syrupy pale malt sweetness in the background. Aftertaste is of strong bitterness with unpleasantly lingering harsh dry herb and spicy ethanol qualities.

Beer is medium-heavy to heavy in body with carbonation of medium intensity, leading to a bit of fizziness before this settles to a smooth foamy feeling moving across the palate. Ethanol easily felt on the back of the throat and in the nostrils as warmth and burn, not exactly pleasing. Closes semi-dry, which is surprising as I would have expected something much drier with this many hops. Heavy stickiness remains on the lips and palate. Again, fairly average for the style, nothing surprising in a positive sense here.

falloutsnow, Oct 14, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Beerswag, Oct 14, 2013
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark tan to orange in color, some chill haze but mostly clear, head and lace were ok.

Aroma and taste are plentifully endowed with lots of hops. Pine, earthiness, some grassy hops notes are all detected, with a somewhat resinous feel. there's a sweet malt backbone to offer some balance, but this one is heavily skewed towards the hoppy side of the force.

Body is pretty full for any IPA, but it's still quite enjoyable. The rather high alcohol isn't very noticeable. In fact, this is my third of a four pack, and I didn't realize it was 10.10% ABV until I clicked here to do the review. The alcohol is masked by the intense hoppiness.

It's not far off from what I expected from Green Flash on a bottle that said "triple india pale ale." Hop heads will like it. Englishmen who think an ESB is a strong tasting beer, and who think that American IPAs are over-hopped abominations probably won't. It's a matter of taste on this one, and the taste is all hop-head-heaven.

AlCaponeJunior, Oct 14, 2013
Green Bullet Triple IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,609 ratings.