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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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very good

290 Reviews
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Reviews: 290
Hads: 2,017
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 82
Gots: 325 | 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:
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: 290 | Hads: 2,017
Photo of andrewjraab
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear burnt orange with a fluffy white head with good lacing.

S - Floral, musty and dank, citrus rind.

T - Hop bomb, piney citrus, dank and resinous, finishes with a dry bitter aftertaste.

O - This is a sipper imperial IPA yet it is relatively easy to drink. This is solid, but I'd choose others in this category before coming back. (349 characters)

Photo of Florida9
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Slightly hazy orange-yellow in color. Forms a moderate sized white head. Decent retention. Moderate lacing.

S: Aroma is surprisingly mild, but pleasant none-the-less. Floral notes mix with light citrus notes and a sugar-cookie background.

T: Taste is also surprisingly mild. Light pale malt backbone. Citrus, grapefruit, and citrus pith. Mild pine resin quality. Maybe some faint notes of tropical fruit. Finish is rather quick.

M: Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Rather restrained bitterness. Alcoholic heat on the finish.

O: While I am an admitted hop-head and DIPA lover, I've never been much of a fan of the so-called Triple IPA category, though it is more so because the term simply doesn't mean anything than because I don't like over-hopped, highly alcoholic beers. Now, with that said, this beer is clearly nothing more than a DIPA, and a restrained one at that. The flavors are clean and pleasant, but aside from the alcohol, this beer really isn't packing much of a punch. (996 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bomber from Tipples to my tulip glass. Pours a dark gold almost bronze color, clear, with a nice white one finger head. Definite pine on the aroma, with some nice floral citrus aromatics. Dank for sure. Malt profile provides some additional sweet on the smell. Big bitter pine on this one, but with a nice sweetness from the malt bill. Bitter is up front and all the way down the gullet. Big and slick mouthfeel but plenty of carbonation. Pretty big beer here with the high ABV. Solid DIPA, though heavier than I wanted today. (526 characters)

Photo of BergBeer
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22os for $8

A: Deep orange amber with a cream head. Good carbonation and lots of lacing on this one.

S: Quite a wallop! Can smell it from a couple of feet away! Lots of citrus, pine and sweet malt! Super pungent deep complex smell! Almost feels like it is wetting your nostrils!

T: Hop bomb! Getting blasted with a ton of pine hops up front, grapefruit, orange, lime, lemon, slight mint, tangerine, and almost no malt! Pure hop destruction!

M: Heavy bodied and almost chewy! Resinous and sticky! Fights its way down and coats the whole mouth! Alcohol is there but not over powering for 10.1%! This is a palate wrecker! Hops linger on the tongue long after each sip!

O: Really good IIIPA! Not very balanced but i feel like that was the point. I'm actually really impressed by how close they got to an unbalanced mess and came away with a good brew! People have been trying to compare it to RuinTen but it truly is it's own beast! (934 characters)

Photo of babaracas
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a mostly clear medium orange with one finger thick khaki colored heady with spotty lacing. Smell: pine, floral, nectarine, notes of earth and honey. Taste: pineapple, resinous, sugared citrus, nectarine and white grape juice, biscuit. Low delicate carbonation. Feel is syrupy, almost chewy. Intense. (305 characters)

Photo of Glennlawless
3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a 16 oz Tulip.

A - a dark coppery hazy like orange with a big frothy 3 finger head... and good head retention ...almost a full two minutes has gone by and its barley going anywhere. spotty circular lacing going around my glass as im drinking.

S - Smells of faint citrus notes with a big back bone of bubblegum which is pretty cool I guess. some sweet malt. getting a faint cat pee like aroma too....I wonder if the had a cluster of simcoe in here. some faint pine. just has a sweet, sugary aroma to it...really nice.

T - you kind of can tell there's a high abv right off the bat which isn't surprising and a lot more malt then the nose had, but the alcohol isn't overwhelming at all so don't let that comment scare you away... pretty hoppy and bitter...but SUPER mellow for a triple, holy crap.Its just a complex beer with a lot to it . faint citrus and pine but after the swallow the sweet malts really really balance this out. On the finish the alcohol kind of pinches you reminding you of the abv, but then its gone. pretty drinkable for a triple.

M- low carbonation, slightly creamy feel to it...bitter on the palate but mellowed by malt.

Overall, after drinking the green flash west coast IPA I thought I was in for a hop bomb with this and I was wrong... don't get me wrong its bitter and hoppy...but then it is so mellowed out by malt which was surprising. not what I expected from green flash but also not bad at all either...How to sum this up: its good and worth checking out for sure...get a single bottle...if your expecting a citrus bomb like the west coast IPA, don't go near this. (1,614 characters)

Photo of brewcrew76
3.59/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Slightly hazy orange, copper with a few finger white head that dissipates fairly quick.

S - Floral hops, pine, bubblegum, caramel malt, strange hops aroma, almost vegetal.

T - Floral hops, pine, grapefruit, bubblegum, big bitterness followed by candy like sweetness. It is like sucking on hop candy and chewing bubblegum at the same time. Very resiny.

M - Sticky with slightly rough resin. I feel like I was chewing on hop cones after about 6 oz.

D - I loved Palate Wrecker. This one seems like a bit of a mess. (519 characters)

Photo of BeerNutz324
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

Ap- pours clear and light amber in color with an off white head about 1/2 inch with really good retention. Poured about 15 minutes ago and the head is still there, light and foamy.

Ar- pine needles, citrus, pineapple, grass...smells great

T- more malty than I expected, very rich flavor, starts out with biscuit malt up front, then the pine and citrus, mainly pineapple hit but neither are very pronounced, almost as if they mellow each other out.

M- sticky as expected, medium bodied, good carbonation

O- solid beer, I think it's a great example of the TIPA. (596 characters)

Photo of pmarlowe
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Best before 03/10/14, so bottled 09/10/14. Tulip glass.

A: Pours a gradiated, somewhat clear golden color with a generous finger of creamy, yellow-tinted foamy head. Very good retention and a thick wall of lace.

S: Rich thick caramel, some floral/grassy and earthy notes, a little spice. Interesting.

T: Malt upfront (crystal, caramel) with some restrained piney and grassy hoppiness, and a little honey. Very smooth and well integrated flavors, with a mild smooth bitterness that is uncharacteristic of Green Flash (though perhaps inevitable given how much malt is in this TIPA). Mostly dry.

M: Medium-full body, actually less body than I was expecting given the style and ABV.

O: Nice, well put together IPA. It's drinkable enough, all things considered, though too high of an ABV to actually drink very much of it. (823 characters)

Photo of roger617
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap poured into snifter.

A: 4.25 Pours a dark golden with a slight amber hue. Less than 1 finger of white head that leaves little lacing.
S: 3.25 For a TIPA, I expect a much more potent hit. The tropical fruity aroma is there, but is very subtle.
T: 4.5 The taste more than makes up for the lack of aroma. Very powerful sweetness and hops up front, with a strong bittering after taste.
M: 4.25 As thick as I expected for the style, carbed well.
O: 4.0 A solid offering from GF. Not many triple IPAs out there, always excited to find one on tap. Much prefer this over the 'silver bullet'. (596 characters)

Photo of jimshoes007
3.37/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Green Lantern, er, uh, Bullet Triple IPA is okay, but not special. Fair aroma, nice taste and strong buzz, but you could never drink more than one at a sitting... and you'd be lucky to finish a full 12 oz. before it got warm. I will finish off the four-pack I bought at the recommendation of the store owner, but I will not be buying any more. (343 characters)

Photo of StaveHooks
3.11/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12oz bottle served in Sierra Nevada IPA glass
Best by 3/12/14
Very fresh: Just hit the stores

A - Honey amber with a massive 3 fingers of off-white head with sparkling 3d lacing down the side of the glass.

S - A glass of crushed hop pellets, sharp pine, dirty citrus, hints crackery malts, floral potpourri.

T - Pungent citrus and spicy hops burst on to the palate. Dank green hops just dominate everything in it's path. As it warms up, orange and floral notes come out of the generic green hop attack. Sweet orange rind, spearmint, and light caramel undertones come out with notions of alcohol toward the end. The finish is bitter with some some resinous sweetness and perfumey alcohol. Fairly dry for the ABV.

M - Medium body, very bitter, semi astringent, lushy feel, but syrupy at times.

If you've ever chewed on a hop pellet than you know what this beer tastes like. It's just an onslaught of potpourri hops of all kind, just clashing together all at once.

Any novice brewer can dump a truck load of hops in a beer but there is something to be said about brewing a 10.10ABV beer and not coming out with a sweet boozy malt bomb. All said, this is just a hop overload that has no layering or flavor distinction. Congratulations on being the hoppiest DIPA.

Edit: just ordered a West Coast IPA on tap from a local establishment and it tasted so off that I went and told them the taps must be dirty. They told me me they accidentally gave me Green Bullet instead. Talk about a blind taste test! (1,503 characters)

Photo of ColdOneKev
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Poured from bomber into a tulip glass. Standard pour produced a thick 1.5 inch head. Dark golden, only the slightest bit of haze with off white head. Moderate lacing.
S - Pine, spice.
T - Follows the nose with pine. Mild alcohol, which is impressive considering the ABV. The sweetness is balance by the bitterness.
M - Very thick. To be expected from a triple IPA. Coats the tongue and gums.
O - Happy to have tried this. Can really only seeing myself having this on special occasions though due to the high ABV. I would recommend. (538 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,401 characters)

Photo of Jimmys
3.31/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into tulip. best by 03 12 14.

A: a slight haze on an orange body. head is bright white and very frothy. its presence is to be reckoned with. great retention and lacing.

S: a whole lot of resin. overwhelming almost. there is an odd sweetness in here that reminds me of cinnamon. I just wrote that and it makes no sense, but really that is what I am smelling. I think it is actually the malt backbone that is misleading me to cinnamon.

T: similar to the nose, an initial blast of raw hop resin. alcohol heat immediately follows in the middle. a little bit of cereal in the finish. a real unpleasant plastic-like flavor. almost metallic.

M: a little bit of fizz. full bodied brew.

D: I gotta say I am a little disappointed with this brew. not impressed with these new Zealand hops or what green flash has done with them. green flash does some beautiful things with hops and this really fell short. (916 characters)

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

The brew poured a clear amber with a small white head that instantly gave off the aroma of hops. The aroma was of tropical fruit and dank hops with a hint of pine underneath that gave it a spicy aroma. The first taste had citrus rind hops with more of the dank tropical fruits and a spicy pine finish. The hops were appropriately aggressive and leave you with a strong bitterness on your tongue. The malt did give the Green Bullet a somewhat sweet finish, but the overload of hops definitely kept it in the background. The brew was easily one of the hoppier beers out there and the huge hops keeps the high alcohol at bay. If you want an assault on your palate the Green Bullet will definitely leave you in hoppy happiness. (723 characters)

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

While I'm not a huge IPA fan, this beer surprised me, with its smooth, fairly mellow hop taste and great feel. Very refreshing and very easy to drink. Quite shocked at the abv for its smooth and balanced taste. This could easily be a regular drinker for me, although I admit the hops do get to be a bit fatiguing for my taste, as nearly all IPAs do for me. Still, an excellent example and one which shows DIPAs (because of abv?) seem to suit me more that a single motor-hopped brew. Good job, Green Flash. (505 characters)

Photo of jzeilinger
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a crystal clear copper color riddled with tiny floaties, a nice white layer of foam that goes down after the pour but never goes away.

S - Spicy tropical citrus and a caramel backbone. The aroma isn't as intense as I was expecting which is a little disappointing for a big hopped up beer like this.

T - A slight amount of caramel base comes out at the beginning before it's totally swallowed up by hops and booziness. Nice spicy tropical fruit bitterness in the form of grapefruit rind some orange, and pine bitterness round out the beer. The ABV is not at all shy in this beer and creates a considerable amount of warming on the way down the hatch.

M - Medium to full medium body.

O - Nicely done but incredibly boozy. (733 characters)

Photo of BB1313
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best by 4/1/14. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy golden with a small white head that fades quickly, but leaves nice retention and decent lacing. The aromas are kind of unique. It has a quality that I can't quite put my finger on and haven't come across to my knowledge. Am i picking up rubber? I know that sounds weird, but that's what I'm getting. Flavors are very resinous. There's alot of pine. Some black pepper in the mix. Decent amount of caramel. Lots of malts. Subtle amounts of grapefruit. Overall it's not very fruity. Bittersweet. Slightly spicy. Mouthfeel is full-bodied. It has active carbonation and is relatively smooth. Alcohol goes unnoticed for the most part. It makes a nice sipper and I will admit that it's somewhat complex.

Interesting and unique take on the style. The aromas are weird and it carries on to the flavors. I'm not saying that's a bad thing, it just takes a bit of getting used to. It's well crafted and I can appreciate it. Huge Green Flash fan here, but this isn't one of my favorites from them, but it's still good. I can still dig it. Very solid stuff nonetheless. I can definitely see the appeal. (1,151 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had an amber color and a slightly hazy texture. There was an inch of foamy, very long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: The pine is very noticeable the second you open the bottle, but there are also notes of hops, malt, and fruit as well.

T: Tasted of a large amount of hops, lots of fruit (pineapple especially), malt, and big dose of pine, also. A well crafted flavor that's complex and hoppy, but never out of balance.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Another solid outing from Green Flash. A well made, easy to drink beer. (601 characters)

Photo of cbutova
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured from the 12oz stubby bottle to a standard tulip glass with a clear, dark amber-red body. Small white cap, maybe about one finger high, forms but has only decent retention falling to a creamy ring and some hazy clouds in the middle of the beer. Webs of lace stay on the glass here and there.

S- Starts out for me largely with a big caramel malt base, honey sweetness and a bit of hops with that. Hops are pine, grapefruit, citrus zest and a tiny bit tropical.

T- Hops are a bit stronger than the aroma here for me but alcohol notes come into play, ABV not well hidden at all. Hop profile is strongly pine, spruce and earthy with some nice hints of oranges, grapefruit and flowers as well. Big caramel, sugar, honey and malty sweet base.

MF- Thick bodied for the style with a smooth, creamy overall texture. Hops are pretty bitter in the finish and alcohol is quite warm on the palate.

Decent hop profile but pretty strong alcohol, not well hidden at all for 10%. Hops are either trumped by the strength or muddled, nothing really stands out for me as great. (1,070 characters)

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excited for this one since I heard about the release.

Poured into snifter; clear honey-orange with a nice fluffy white head that leaves incredibly fine lacing as it recedes into a nice cap of foam.
Smells awesome; loads of dank herbal hops, spicy pine and bitter citrus hops everywhere, overtop of a bit of booziness (10.1%, understandable).
Taste is surprisingly clean malt for the %abv, followed by a wallop of citrus and pine hops that finish very dry and incredibly bitter. There are also some more subtle tropical fruit flavors that emerge as it warms. Bitter aftertaste sticks around forever, literally minutes after each sip.
Mouthfeel is relatively thin for the %abv, and surprisingly clean. Finishes very dry.
Overall, I was hoping for a bit more complex hop profile from this one, but I'm still pleased with it. A very strong, very hoppy, very bitter beer. Awesome stuff for a hophead. (899 characters)

Photo of artoolemomo
3.03/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Appearance- Pours up a decent amount of head that, at the moment, seems to have pretty good retention. The head is pure cotton white while the body is a medium amber which appears as a pale amber when held up to the light. Some lacing with some sheeting extending from the remaining head.

Nose- Starts off with lots of pine which seems to fade quickly into citrus- orange and lemon. There is a touch of honey as well. The bottle also shows this with a small dollop of caramel. Slight hints of grapefruit and matchstick around the edges.

Taste- Starts off with a little bit of honey and caramel while hop bitterness rises around the edges. Somewhat woody, with a little bit of matchstick and grapefruit, which moves into earwax, burnt caramel, and strong matchstick. Lots of pine and resin. Very spicy but lacks balance to the point of being abrasive. The pine has a lot of linger and right now, is making this beer a bit unpalatable for me. I like some woodiness, some pine in my IPAs and DIPAs but I don't ever want to feel like I'm drinking a tree. Some tropical fruit but the pine really clashes with any profile note that tries to rein it in. At this point, I really have to agree with another reviewer- this is almost all pine and if that is your thing, this is your beer. It is not mine. Mellows a bit but this is still mediocre at best.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with what seems to be less than acceptable carbonation that still seems to sting. Probably a suggestion of the dominant pine.

Drinkability- Fortunately, no heat but this is a bit of trial. Around 3 bucks should be a steal for an IIPA but this is definitely not a repurchase.

Overall- Average at best and a failure for its style. Unless you like pine bombs, I would not purchase this. It's only redeeming quality is the high alcohol. (1,810 characters)

Photo of IPAdams
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- pours a cloudy, golden/orange color with a small head that recedes quickly. Little visible carbonation.

Smell- Lots of green fruit scents. I get some kiwi, green apple, grapes and some candy sweetness.

Taste- Follows the scent. A good bitterness at first, then followed quickly by a candy sweetness and flavor again of green fruit. Tasty but not very complex.

Mouthfeel-Body is heavier side of medium, good carbonation. Leaves a slick feeling after swallowing.

Overall- Pretty good beer, a bit sweet for being a "triple IPA" but did have a good bitterness to back it up. (586 characters)

Photo of RoamingGnome
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Green Flash Brewing Co. Green Bullet

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a CBS snifter. Served chilled...

A) A nice looking amber with a little haze. Maybe a finger of soapy head. The head settled quickly to a dusting, which remained for the duration. Decent lacing. Quite an attractive looking brew.

S) Tropical fruit sweetness is quite prominent on the nose, and very enjoyable. There is a whiff of pine, and very distant onion. You get a little booze too.

T) The nose is a pretty good indicator here. That tropical fruit sweetness is the first thing you taste, accompanied by a little citrus. Then you get a heavy dose of bitter hoppiness, mainly pine. The alcohol was well hidden, considering the 10.1% ABV.

M) Full bodied and moderately carbonated. Your mouth will be completely coated by the bitter hops finish. Perhaps a very light alcohol tingle.

O) This is a pretty nice beer. As for high octane IPAs I would compare this with, I enjoyed this more than The Oracle, but like Devil Dancer just a teeny bit better. I will say, if you play fantasy football, and by chance you just lost your best player to a season ending foot injury. Well then, a Green Bullet goes nicely with scouring the waiver wire, and sulking about your season being over. Glad to recommend this brew... (1,287 characters)

Green Bullet Triple IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 290 ratings.