Dismiss Notice
Hello, is it beer you're looking for?

Learn more about beer. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for as low as 68% off the single issue price.

Subscribe now →

Green Bullet Triple IPA - Green Flash Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Green Bullet Triple IPAGreen Bullet Triple IPA

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

296 Reviews
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 296
Hads: 2,057
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 31.55%
Wants: 84
Gots: 349 | 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.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 296 | Hads: 2,057
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.

 443 characters

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.

 854 characters

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.

 2,707 characters

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

 970 characters

Photo of jhawth
3.47/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Poured into a DFH snifter. Pours a mostly clear light orange with a frothy two finger head that slowly dissipates.

Aroma: Earthy, herbal-y, spicy hop notes, old bready malt notes, slightly stale character.

Taste: Not nearly as much hop bitterness or flavor as expected for a beer the claims to be a triple IPA. Some hop bitterness up front, then solid malt presence, then some booziness and that strange stale note.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Reasonably carbonated.

Overall: Disappointing. Not enough hop aroma or bitterness to balance out an off-putting booziness and somewhat boring malt presence. Gets better as it warms.

 639 characters

Photo of HattedClassic
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours some creamy white head that dissipates quite quickly. The beer itself is clear orange amber.

A strong hop presence with a sweet malty backbone. The ops appear to be piney and grassy. The smell leans more towards the pine smell than the grassy, which is dominated by the pine smell.

Hop bomb. The hops have a strong resin taste as well as a floral one with a slight alcohol aftertaste. The taste also has a sweet malt backbone that does not balance as it keeps the hops from being too overwhelming.

Medium bodied but on the heavy side and smooth. Biting carbonation.

A pretty decent TIPA (DIPA) but there are much better ones that I'll choose before coming back to this one. The hop intensity is definitely noticeable in this one but more hops does not a great beer make.

 836 characters

Photo of andrewjraab
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
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 -4.1%
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 -3.6%
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 +4.3%
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 +0.8%
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 -6.9%
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 -8.7%
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 -4.3%
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 +4.8%
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 +3.3%
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 -14.2%
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 -20.9%
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 -4.8%
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 +7.4%
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 -15.8%
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 +3.3%
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 +5.1%
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 -1.3%
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 -4.6%
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

Green Bullet Triple IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 296 ratings.