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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

1,385 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,385
Reviews: 228
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 36
Gots: 96 | FT: 1
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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metter98

New York

3.98/5  rDev +1.5%

A: The beer is clear golden yellowish orange in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that quickly died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose—oranges and grapefruit seem to stand out in particular.
T: Like the smell, the taste is quite hoppy but is much more complex with flavors of citrusy hops and mangos plus some hints of pine resin towards the finish. A strong amount of bitterness is present from start through finish. Only faint hints of alcohol are perceptible.
M: It feels a little more than medium-bodied and rather crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer delivers bold aromas and flavors of hops. It's hard to believe that this is over 10% abv because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste.

10-04-2013 02:44:24 | More by metter98
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Cramerican

North Dakota

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

10-04-2013 02:32:02 | More by Cramerican
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sgregory

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

10-04-2013 02:26:21 | More by sgregory
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wonothesane42

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2%

10-04-2013 02:15:28 | More by wonothesane42
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jlogan7

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

10-04-2013 02:04:18 | More by jlogan7
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BfloBrewHound

New York

4/5  rDev +2%

10-04-2013 02:03:45 | More by BfloBrewHound
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TrojanRB

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

10-04-2013 01:52:24 | More by TrojanRB
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assman79

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

10-04-2013 00:11:05 | More by assman79
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kojevergas

Texas

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.

D

10-03-2013 23:32:55 | More by kojevergas
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drh1382

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

10-03-2013 23:06:22 | More by drh1382
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buzzy

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2%

10-03-2013 23:03:19 | More by buzzy
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midlifec

Michigan

4/5  rDev +2%

10-03-2013 22:49:47 | More by midlifec
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Beerdudenumberone

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

10-03-2013 22:19:51 | More by Beerdudenumberone
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hnandez

California

4/5  rDev +2%

10-03-2013 16:32:35 | More by hnandez
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Kopfschuss

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

10-03-2013 05:20:42 | More by Kopfschuss
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DerekMorgan

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

10-03-2013 04:13:51 | More by DerekMorgan
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Rollzroyce21

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

10-03-2013 03:51:40 | More by Rollzroyce21
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

10-03-2013 03:37:45 | More by Knapp85
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BeerNDoggerel

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2%

10-03-2013 03:30:59 | More by BeerNDoggerel
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TYLY22

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

10-03-2013 03:17:35 | More by TYLY22
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dedbeer

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

10-03-2013 03:17:00 | More by dedbeer
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pkalix

California

3.81/5  rDev -2.8%

golden, clear, thick white foam on top. nice creamy foam on the sides as I tilt the glass.... sticky white foam on the sides...
a tad 'tropical' in smell. same 'hop aroma' as Stone's 17. curious. is it the IPL or just the hops they use? smells a little like dog urine. sorry. not meant to offend, but that's my take...
taste is a bit like Stone's 17 also... a bitter kind of twang to this, just like these new IPLs I've been tasting lately.... Ironfist has one of them and I think the other was Ballast Point. just something different is all...it says New Zealand hops... maybe that's what is tasting funky. seems everyone is trying to do something different these days. experimentation is cool, but how far can you take it in the realm of BEER? I mean, you can do 'novelties' like chili peppers or fruits or lambics. you can 'barrel-age' it and then it still doesn't come out right unless you monitor and KNOW what you're looking for (many, apparently, have not still... and now they seem to be barrel-aging EVERY-FRICKIN-THING...), or you can blend all your best stuff (reference The Bruery, but they seem to be having more success than failures with it at this point). but I suppose honoring the Reinheitsgbot....whatever the heck it was from Germany is just out of the question as far as creating a decent 'core' brew. experimenting is good; I support that. but let's produce a decent malty ale first before you start throwing your 30 pounds of hops and trying to create the Pliny by mistake, eh? typical America- looking for the quick millions instead of trying the 'tried and true' method of work.
anyway, it's alright...

10-03-2013 01:51:02 | More by pkalix
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LumpkinBrews

Washington

4/5  rDev +2%

10-03-2013 01:48:27 | More by LumpkinBrews
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

3.21/5  rDev -18.1%

Appearance: Clear, slightly burnt orange. Nice and bright. Head is small and white. Drops to a small collar with clumps of lacing. Moderate lacing.

Smell: Alcohol, pine and dank weed. Herbal with a solid hop and alcohol spice. Malts are a touch sweet with some caramel malt and a decent bready component. Some grapefruit zest with some caramelized sugars. Sweet and vaguely tropical. Nicely floral. A rather typical take.

Taste: Grapefruit and flowers. Some herbal hop spice couples with a slight alcohol burn. Malts run a bit sweet with some bready elements and a very mild hint of toasted malts. Cooked and caramelized with a biscuity undertone. Crazy floral as it warms with some juicy grapefruit and orange thrown in the mix. Becomes increasingly floral as it warms as well. Something akin to pear or mango runs through the back. Malts and hops are actually balanced, albeit on the high side.

Mouthfeel: Slick and slightly oily medium pushing full body with a moderate to light carbonation. Slightly dry on the finish, but wet up front.

Overall: Can be defeated with a yellow bullet.

It really tastes like an imperialized West Coast with a slightly modified hop profile. Decidedly west coast in take and style and it does it well, but I'm not sure what makes it triple other than the booze.

10-03-2013 00:56:57 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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IrishColonial

Texas

4/5  rDev +2%

10-03-2013 00:49:57 | More by IrishColonial
Green Bullet Triple IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,385 ratings.