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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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88
very good

318 Reviews
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Reviews: 318
Hads: 2,169
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 30.79%
Wants: 89
Gots: 409 | FT: 1
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Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: KansasBeerLover on 04-30-2013

With the aim of finding new and unique ingredients, we honed in on New Zealand grown Pacific Gem and Green Bullet hops to create this adventurous Triple IPA. Green Bullet leaps onto your palate with bold, spicy pine and citrus flavors including tropical notes of mango and pineapple. The aggressive yet well-balanced finish will stun the senses of even the most skilled hop hunter.
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Reviews: 318 | Hads: 2,169
Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a huge ipa, showcasing the new Zealand hops, a great project this one. it pours hazy burnt orange color, little bits of yeast are visible if you strain the eye, but the overall appeal is lovely, under a robust inch of thick off white foam. the nose is quite bitter, tropical fruity, and full of zest. I smell an acidic mix of fruits from orange to pineapple, but there is a lightness and a brightness to this that is uncommon in such big versions of the style. its clean and sort of oceanic, a great mindset before the first sip. bitterness is obvious right away, and honestly most of the real flavor comes in the aftertaste, where minerals and piquant fruits marry beautifully. I don't get much pine as the label denotes, but I do get a unique hop profile, reminds me of a topaz single hop brew I had in saint Louis, but I know this is different. I am amazed how bitter it finishes for such a fruity flavor. it also comes across a lot lighter than 10.1% abv, although as it warms up its a lot more apparent. good carbonation and a sturdy body on this make it a nice fall ipa. its tropical vibe takes me on a needed vacation, and its alcohol to bottle size ratio allows me to forget all the stresses in my life. a nice escape this one. all green flash beers are brutally hoppy, and this one is the exclamation mark on the lineup. good good beer.

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Photo of lordofstarside
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz to a specialty pint glass, best before 3/10/14

Pours a dark orange gold with lighter and more yellow hues towards the bottom of the glass. A finger and a half of foam has died down to half a finger over 90 seconds or so. Suspended yeast when you put your face up right next to it. Good lacing when swirled, mild carbonation stemming from the bottom

Smells of pretty floral and herbal hops, a bit of citrus notes and mint follow up on the New Zealand hop profile. Pretty strong malts are accentuated by the earthiness of the hops and have a caramel touch, ends with a well concealed waft of alcohol

Taste is right on the nose. Upfront floral, herbal, and minty hops with some citrus undertones. Robust caramel malty backbone, all with a finish of alcohol. One of the more consistent smell/tasting beers I've had

Feel is a medium body with an initial sweetness that dries up quickly on the palate. Alcohol's concealed, and this thing is pretty bitter. Very easy to drink

Overall I really liked this, reminds me a lot of Stone's 17th anni. That said- 'triple ipa?' absolutely not. Feel quite a bit more like a double, no where near the level of beers like Simtra, Ruinten, or PtY in terms of hoppiness or alcohol. Anyway, picked this up in Sacramento last weekend, hoping some hits the shelves here in Nevada soon. Really like getting to try exotic hops!

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Review taken from notes Early October 2013.

12 oz brown bottle Green Flash style. Beautiful green colored label goes great with an excellent bottle shape. This was poured into a Belgian style stemmed tulip glass.

A - yellowish golden with some bright orange highlights near light copper. White colored head poured fairly well and sits somewhat big before dissolving into a good ring of lacing leaving pretty good stick.

S - hmm, good aroma, but a bit different than other Green Flash dipa's I've had. Unique fruity and floral hop aromas take the nose for a different sort of ride. A hint of fresh grassiness and a quick shot of cool mint leaves. The nose finished off with some alcohol spice and fruit notes.

T - this is when Green Bullet really starts to shine. A juicy bouquet of wonderful fruit notes. Citrus hops with ripe peach and kiwi notes. A touch of sweet pineapple with a few hits of hop spice. The mint flavor gains more depth as the ale warms, but honestly this was so good I didn't allow much warming. The caramel and sweet malts that were nearly nonexistent in the nose do an excellent job of balancing the overall flavor. Finish is fruity with a somewhat lingering bitterness from the hops and alcohol. A true hop head in mind finish.

M - nice feel for an ipa of this size. Texture and thickness is truly Green Flash at its best like most of the ales. There is some warming to the alcohol notes, but its something I call for on a cool night. I actually found Green Bullet to be generous in balancing its juicy flavor and alcohol notes perfectly. green bullet is an ale that even the unfamiliar with hops folks can enjoy.

O - just a solid take on the big ipa style. Green Bullet is tasty, beautiful, and balanced. It's definitely something worth seeking out again and just another fine example of how good Green Flash really is.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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...

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of dheacck11
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is a coppery gold color. Pretty clear. Not much head to speak of.

Nose is like wet sticky hop. But surprisingly soft and not potent at all.

Taste is pretty big and hop predominant. Some grapefruit, some hay, lots of dank, and a little dry bitter finish.

Feel is pretty medium full. Not syrupy though.

TrIPA? Good DIPA. But honestly falls a little short in the potency department. Something like Enjoy By has a lot more hop freshness and punch. Still worth a drink though.

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Photo of Brad007
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slghtly cloudy blonde color with an orange tint and a thick white head into my glass. Very appealing right away.

I can tell right away that it's dry-hopped because there's more aroma than usual upfront and it has a good citrus base. I'm not sure if there's any credence to an actual "triple" IPA but it's certainly hoppy.

Now,t hem's some hops! Citrus-forward with a touch of kiwi and grapefruit. Coats the mouth and the tongue to where all you get are hops.

Ditto for mouthfeel, the best part yet. Savory and bitter and at 10%, you best not chug this one. I do know people who would on a dare though.

I like this TIPA. Heh. Well worth a try if you want hops coating your mouth for hours!

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Photo of mcflypie
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The unique Triple India Pale Ale!

A: Somewhat golden ale, with limited bubbles, ok lacing.

S: Citrus, piney, & slight resinous.

T: Light & dry with hops to back. Not overpowering, smoother towards the end, with a hop bitter kick up front.

M: Citrus, resinous, and wet (says my friend).

O: Very good beer. Pleasant IPA. My first taste was filled with intensity, every one after was smooth and excellent. Refreshing. Hoppy.

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Photo of MadScientist
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: An amber beer with good clarity that produces a good head stand when poured. The persistent head is is made of off-white bubbles of compact foam that leave some fine lacing on the glass.

S: A medium-strong hops aroma that is very herbal and tropical fruit with some citrus. Mostly a pineapple and mango sort of hops. There is a light malt sweetness and a hint of alcohol sweetness.

T: An aggressive yet smooth hops bitterness with a strong tropical fruit and citrus hops flavor over a medium malt sweetness. The malt has a slight caramel character and a touch of biscuit. The hops have a strong pineapple and mango flavor. There is a light touch of spice that seems slightly hops and yeast derived at the same time. A long, citrusy bitter aftertaste that remains smooth. The high abv becomes apparent towards the medium-dry finish with a little warmth and some sweetness.

M: A medium-full bodied beer with a medium-strong level of carbonation. A moderate alcohol warmth.

O: An impressive beer that shows off the tropical fruit character of the New Zealand hops and despite being ridiculously bitter is very smooth.

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Photo of vkv822
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz : tulip
best by: 03/10/13

Very lightly hazy golden-copper color with a foamy off white head.

Fruity, floral, woodsy hop notes all balance wonderfully together. Complex.

More woodsy, spicy, resiny hops, with a sweet, fruity backing.

Medium+ body, foamy carbonation. Slight warming finish from the alcohol.

Certainly a unique beer. The hops give a really huge resiny, woodsy spice factor, as well as a modest amount of sweet, fruit notes. A tad bit more balance between the two could have helped the taste, but I didn't rate it lower as it still works well for this beer. It holds the ABV well.

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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.

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Photo of MikeWard
4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Best by date of 03/10/14. Think I'm okay here.

Poured a beautiful hazy golden yellow with a strong one finger slightly off white head. Carbonation was good, head slightly dininished but retained all the way down. Lacing was delicate, but widespread.

Smell was some fruit, some hops, and a slight pineyness.

Taste. Wow. Loving this beer. The only other triple IPA i've had was extremely bitter (not that I mnd that) This is much more subtle. The hops and non citrusy fruit come through first, but the bitterness slowly builds up. Tried to hold back on this beer, since it's a 10.1, and it just built up to a delicious bitter end.

Mouth was above medium, with a clean fruity wash on the top of the tongue and that excellent bitterness, not overwhelming mind, along the sides of both mouth and tongue.

Overall, an excellent brew. Some Green Flash beers I love, some I don't care for at all.This one makes the top of the list. Might well be the most drinkable double digit abv I've ever had, sessionable even, if I had a death wish. So watch yourself with this one. Three more in the fridge. How long can I hold out?

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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.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance
Slightly hazy golden orange with 1 finger of white head that dissipates quickly.

Nose
Papaya, nectarine, tangerine, mango, bread and caramel.

Taste
Papaya rind, mango, tangerine pith and grapefruit zest. Even a bit of plantain? Good amount of resinous florals that lead into some notes of onion. Bready and biscuity malts with notes of crushed sugar cookies.

Mouthfeel
Medium-plus bodied, slick, sticky and oily.

Overall
Well balanced. The alcohol is hidden extremely well. Nice tropical and citrus notes but the onion-esque flavors throw it off for me.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Green Flash Green Bullet has a thick, off-white head, a hazy, orange appearance, some bubble streams, and good, moderate lacing left behind. The aroma is of strong citrus or hop oil, malts, bread, and sweetness. Taste is of those elements, with a sharp, but not overdone, bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy and slick, and Green Flash Green Bullet finishes semi-dry, refreshing, easy going, and not at all alcohilic, which is a surprise, with it being a 10% beer. Although I can't really see how this is different from their other standard IPAs, I guess it can be described as run-of-the-mill awesome. I rate it as being most excellent.

RJT

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Photo of Auraan
4.44/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a gorgeous clear amber with bubble trailing up the glass and a thin ring of white head. Very good looking IPA, classic in appearance. Scents of citrus pith, pineapple, grapefruit, tropical fruit, and pine. A classic West Coast IPA aroma. Taste is of bitter pine, grapefruit pith, a bit of a spicy hop flavor, strong levels of hop bitterness, though not Palate Wrecker level, with a nice sweet malt backbone. Bitter aftertaste. Very good, it's hop forward but not overwhelmingly so, served very well by the malt balance. Mouthfeel was medium bodied with moderate carbonation, about what I expect for a DIPA. Overall this was a great DIPA, it hit all the usual West Coast hop forward flavors, balanced with a bit of malt. I'd go back to it.

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Photo of SanFranJake
3.57/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Damn
Finally found this in the Bay Area and I must say, while it's good, it's not great.
Not sure when it was bottled but best by date is early year.
Looks great! Perfect golden hue and thick foamy head...but not much else.
Not the flavor profile I was hoping for.
Aroma not what I was hoping for.
Mouthfeel is meh...good but not great.
All in all, it's good, but PLEASE give me Palete Wrecker stat!!!!

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Photo of maximum12
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Another good brewery arrives in MN & the shelves get correspondingly more crowded. But I'm willing to bet Green Flash is one that's here to stay. Because they're stuff is good, & not too outrageously priced. Best by 3/10, so I'll bet this is about a month old. 12 oz. bottle poured into my oldest, most battered pint glass, just 'cause.

Pour is a clear, light orange with seriously amped carbonation. Nose is pretty weak for the cool-sounding "Triple IPA" category, a bit of earthy hops & pine. And had to grab a spade to detect that much.

Green Bullet slides down the throat like greased soap. Mouthfeel is what pops out: slick, oily as any RIS, with enough hop resins to make a St. Bernard cringe from across the room. Actually leaves behind a residue on the mouth & gums. The hop bomb implodes as the beer warms after nearly half an hour. Strong, smooth pine sap set against a rural backdrop of harsh bitterness, back-of-the-throat alcohol, & a contrasting malt sweetness that adds to the mayhem rather than holding it back. Finish is a liquid smile. 10.1%. No problem. I don't have to get up for another nine hours or so.

Not wild about this at first, but after an overly long warming period, this beer really cracked me upside the head, & the oil slick impression is one I have never experienced in a big IIIPA. Winner. Excellent beer. Happy to have y'all here!

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Photo of CloudStrife
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a hazy golden amber with a bubbly off white head. Spots of lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Very nice hop aroma on this one, a blend of citrus and earthiness. Bit of a fermented feel going on in the background with the malts.

T: Certainly a hop forward beer, real nice earthiness to it that almost creates a farmhouse like profile. Citrus from the hops and a bit of herbalness. Malts in the background are light which keeps the hops in the spotlight.

M: Medium to full body with low carbonation. For the amount of hops in this one it isnt overly sticky. Alcohol is pretty well hidden.

Overall I'm impressed with this one. Real strong and serious triple IPA that isnt laden with malt. Give this one a shot.

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Photo of kevanb
3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of Justin_Neff
3.15/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

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Photo of mikem0487
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3/5  rDev -23.7%
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.

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Green Bullet Triple IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 318 ratings.