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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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Reviews: 290
Hads: 2,016
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 82
Gots: 322 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of MisterGone
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Pour from a 12er into a tulip, as per the bottle's instructions. So, you know a triple is going to be hoppy and boozy. This is. But my hop knowledge is not encyclopedic (nor even that good at all for that matter) and to see the bottle hyping a couple of Kiwi hops made me raise an eyebrow. Pine and citrus, not exactly innovative hop profiles. Yet these are.

Pours a robust, hazy orange with a slight white head. Head drops to level quick but holds lace. As beer warms, it clears. Aroma is of the stated pine and citrus. Resin forward with a lemon back.

The taste is where things get interesting. The 100 IBUs announce themselves well. But the hop profile changes. While pine resin is indeed there, there is also a real lovely grassy-anise flavor. That was cool. Finishes more lime than lemon... and of course a nice boozy warmth. Not to syrupy for a 10.1 ABV. I would imagine that this will be on tap at Raglan and Queensland Public in San Diego... (953 characters)

Photo of stonefan55
4.7/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

cant wait to get my hands on one of these again, awesome gold color, very bitter crisp hoppy aroma with strong tropical fruity notes of citrus then hits you with a nice pine in the middle and lite burn on the end as you would expect from a big IPA. (248 characters)

Photo of beerdedking
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Underrated, Green Bullet is a very fine beer. Triple IPA is a bit of a misnomer as this is smack dab in DIPA country. Not nearly as sweet as some triple IPAs can be, it's perfectly balanced with citrus, tropical fruit and pine doing the waltz on your palate. Bitterness muted, this beer is extremely drinkable for the ABV. World class, yet approachable and simple IPA characteristics... (390 characters)

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

Pours a slightly hazy light orange gold color with white head. Pine, spruce, citrus, and some grass on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with some floral notes. (170 characters)

Photo of deford
4/5  rDev +2%

A total hop bomb....if that's what your looking for, get this. Good head, great golden color and minimal lacing. Citrus, melon and a bit of spice on the nose. Taste is the same with pepper being the spice. Mouthfeel is full with a bitter finish. Overall its a really big beer with a lot going for it....just not my cup of tea. (326 characters)

Photo of LouZ
4.83/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 22oz bottle. Beautiful amber color; pleasant aroma mixed with malt and hops. One of my favorites. It's a big IPA with big hops, but smooth and balanced. An easy drink for such a big beer. (199 characters)

Photo of gc4hokies
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Pours a golden color, filtered. Nice head and lacing. Aroma is a funky, piney. Ok, enough of the bullshit.... This is a big, huge IPA. It's the Camaro ZL1 of beers.

Taste is pure hop deliciousness. The hop resins begin to burn the inside of your mouth almost immediately. Spicy is an understatement. Hop goodness per ounce is almost unbeatable with this one.

Keep in mind, this is a huge beer. If you are expecting an IPA, like Ranger or Rebel, you will be shocked. This is for the big boys. If you think Dogfish 90 is too big, don't buy this. But, if you think... has anyone actually OD'ed on IBUs, because I'm getting concerned... then this beer is for you.

For me, I love it. (689 characters)

Photo of mr-jj
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter from a 12 oz bottle

Color is orange with a two fingers off-white head. Good retention and lacing. Smell is very interesting - some citrus, some pepper and some caramel. Flavor is definitely a hop bomb. Lots of explosive bitterness on the palate that gives way to some peppery caramel. It's hard to describe. Finished with more of the bitterness that lingers. Body is medium with some hop resins that lead to a dry finish.

Overall, it's a big beer with lots of hops, pepper and alcohol. Not for the faint of heart. But I like it. (562 characters)

Photo of blackcompg
4.41/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours 2 quick fingers of lite yellow eggshell foam, body is a gorgeous translucent orange amber, leaves a nice lace ring after each quaff.

Smell - Really nice subtly sweet tropical, sweet ruby red grapefruit, touches of pineapple and citrus, sweet melon and papaya, and some nice floral hops.

Taste - Much like the nose, there is a nice tropical complexity here that actually leans hard towards melon flavors of honeydew and cantaloupe, right behind this are some strong floral hop flavors that really compliment the melon, and at that same moment I absolutely get a peppery kick (mentioned by another reviewer) along with a fairly assertive hop bitterness that is very much like peach pits. No flavors of alcohol here whatsoever, there is a latent heat that accompanies the potent hop-resin finish.

Mouthfeel - Just over medium as there is a little bit of weight here, and the flavors are perfectly assertive and bold, Carb is on the lower side and extremely smooth, almost slick, with just a few bright edges at the back of the tongue. Dangerously drinkable for a bigger beer like this.

Overall - Really an excellent DIPA (okay, it's labeled a "triple ipa") that has a assertive flavors with nice complexity and balance. Really nice transition from tropical sweetness to floral to a nice resiny pucker, just begging the next quaff. A must try imho. (1,369 characters)

Photo of greinkedr
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

This is close to a perfect beer for a hop-head like me. The tropical mango and pine sit on the palate ever so gently, building to a hot, hoppy finish. The '100+' IBU is much deserved on the finish, as this beer is generally only recommended for those like IPAs and then some. If I could have this beer every day, I would, I not for the 10.1% ABV. I would recommend many beers from Green Flash Brewing (more ratings pending.) (425 characters)

Photo of KornWallace
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Date: 11/10/14
Location: Generously given to by a friend
Draught/Bottle: 12 oz brown Bottle
Glassware: Maine Beer Co Tasting Snifter

Appearance: Bright amber/gold in color and the beer loses it's color and becomes clear at it's edging. Very clear medium brightness. The beige carbonation comes and goes and is never seen again.
Aroma: This is my first time with Pacific Gem and it has such a striking pepper quality. Lots of pepper, some tropical fruits like kiwi, middling hop acid bitterness. The malts are there but they sort of blend and share the aroma of salt and pepper biscuits (w/o the salt).
Taste: The kiwis come forward in the taste but everything is still laced with pepper. From the fruit to the biscuits. The bitterness is middling to high in bitters and resins. There is some alcohol flavoring and warmth.
Mouthfeel: Medium full body which actually has a lot of complexity. It's oily and coats the tongue similar to a high alcohol Barleywine. Middling resins, Medium hop drying, very high spicy and very nice alcohol warmth. The beers mouthfeel is by far it's most exciting aspect.

Notes: Best by 2/1/15 (1,126 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle, best by 31 Jan 2015.

Pouring a clear copper with a dense, white head with nice retention and little lacing, this looks solid. The nose is big, pungent, spicy and mildly green with hops dominating. Mildly soapy and oily wit some resin, there's plenty of tropical fruit, melon , caramel and honey. Malt character is noticeable bit clean. Solid. The palate opens with a big, bruising bitterness, pungent, resiny, piney, oily and fruity. Surprisingly, this isn't astringent, which is nice. Mango, pineapple, papaya, melon, caramel, toffee, mildly burnt toast, spicy garlic and honey are present. Bitter, pungent resin on the finish with a mild sweetness, this is a bruiser. Solid (686 characters)

Photo of archmundo
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome DIPA that will put you on your ass. Citrus-y and a little spicy. A little more syrupy than I'd like, but not among the worst offenders in this category. (162 characters)

Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look- nice white thin foamy one finger head. Slightly hazy burnt orange.
Smell- fresh hoppy goodness with that imperial bite.
Taste- multiple hops bitterness with a small slap on the ass on the way out. Good citrus undertone
Feel- bitter goodness with typical bite.
O- Is the west coast as bitter as their beer? I'm going to find out some day as I visit all the breweries up and down the coast. (404 characters)

Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle with pry off cap and best by date of 02/01/15. Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, golden amber with 1 finger of head

Smell: Citrus and lemon zest

Taste: Bright, the hop profile is a mixture of citrus and earth tones. Certainly does a number on your palate

Mouthfeel: Medium and lots of bitter but has a very manageable finish

Overall: There is a lot of hop power in this but it has a nice finish that isn't as resiny, or sticky as similar beers. I think I enjoyed this more than palate wrecker. (531 characters)

Photo of RobbDogg
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

A dank and slightly boozy aroma...hmmmmm. Surprise! It tastes nothing like it smells. Loads of pineapple, mango, and a hint of spice. The slight thick booziness is offset by a good bitterness. Really nice for a brew with a high ABV. I'm a fan. (243 characters)

Photo of hopflyer
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 2/8/15

Light honey gold color with one finger head that dissipates quickly to a ring around the edge

Mild citrus mango aroma and some biscuity malt. Very tame here. Not much aromatics at all
Mango taste up front and light bitterness. Touch of grapefruit and a little sprucy. Pretty acidic but tasty. Balanced a bit with some cracker flavor malt. 10% abv hidden very well but you do get some burn. Sweetens quite a bit further into the glass.

A bit more than a medium body and a bit more than moderate carbonation. More carbonation than I would expect in a "triple IPA"

Pretty good DIPA and hits the style well. I don't pick up what these New Zealand hops they tout on the label offer that American hops don't. A bit pricey too. Give it a try. I might again next year but no more than a 4 pack because of the price (838 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.63/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a copper color. The head is two fingers high, and pale yellow in shade. Retention is quite good, and the texture is nicely soft. A ring of lacing is left on the glass. (3.5)

Smell: Very candy-like, expected given it's a triple IPA brewed with high-falutin' NZ hops. I'm picking up plenty of mango, berry, and pineapple. What I'm also picking up are some onion characteristics. Given its strength, a bit of alcohol unsurprisingly comes through. I don't know, this one smells over-the-top in all the wrong ways. (3)

Taste: It starts off with HUGE malt notes - again, the vibe is almost candy-like. The hops don't seem that oniony, which is good. However, their tropical flavors are still coming through...as well as a lot of alcohol. It's the clashing between the huge tropical sweetness and the boozy bite that makes this not work for me. Plus, the aftertaste isn't very good. (2.5)

Mouthfeel: Alcohol prickles the tongue and throat a little bit. One good feature is that the booze cleanses some of the finishing sweetness...some of it. It still feels big and heavy, but it's also pretty harsh as well. The carbonation can't save this from feeling like the clumsy beast it is. Pretty much, this is the opposite of drinkable. (2)

Overall: West Coast IPA this is not. This manages to be both too sweet AND too boozy - most triple IPAs are usually one or the other. Simply put, I don't like it: it's too aggressive and too sweet in all the wrong ways. (2.5)

2.6/5: The green bullet misses its target by several hundred feet (1,575 characters)

Photo of MadCat
4/5  rDev +2%

Appearance: Golden amber color, white head with good lacing

Smell: Tropical fruity, piney, floral, and citrusy hops, a bit of malt in the back end

Taste: Tropical fruity, piney, floral, and citrusy, malty, and a punch in the face of bitterness

Mouthfeel: Full body, crisp carbonation

Overall: Good. Not an everyday beer. This will wreck your palate more than palate wrecker. Which I suppose is appropriate since I have poured it into my palate wrecker glass. (465 characters)

Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev +2%

A: poured into a tulip to a deep orange with a finger of dense off white head that retains well and leaves some lacing
S: smells of dank and resinous hops with notes of pine and citrus
T: taste is bitter and hoppy with notes of pine and grapefruit with some slight tropical fruit and floral notes. slight caramel sweetness struggles to break through and the swallow is lingering tropical fruits and floral hops
M: medium in the mouth with soft and slightly prickly carbonation and an oily hop finish
O: A very well made and heavily hopped IPA. Great flavors and excellent complexity. (591 characters)

Photo of SFNC
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

This looks great, a sunset orange with a one inch cream colored head. The smwll is all tropical fruit and resin, as I guess a triple IPS should. The taste is better balanced than I would have thought with all the IBU's and alchohol. Lost of resin and pineapple in the flavor, but the 10.10 alchohol is a tad harsh. All in all, good but not great. (350 characters)

Photo of rdilauro
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

I was very interested in tasting this Triple IPA... I have loved most of the DIPAs I have tried, selective as I may have been.
When I first tasted this, what stood out was the amount of malt in this beer. I had expected a bit more on the hop and bitterness end.
This was very smooth, easy drinking, start to finish (315 characters)

Photo of StoutHunter
2.9/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I picked up a bottle of Green Flash Brewing's Green Bullet Triple IPA last week for $3.39 at The Lager Mill. I have yet to be impressed by a beer from Green Flash, but since I'm in the mood for something very hoppy tonight I thought I would give this Triple IPA a chance, so lets see how it goes. Best by 02/08/15. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks ok, it's very similar to the brewery's other labels and I don't think it's that eye catching. It poured a cloudy orange color that didn't change when held to the light and it had two fingers worth of of creamy off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some spotty and patchy lacing behind. This was a pretty nice looking beer, the head and color were both nice.

S- The aroma starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness with the hops being the first to show up and they impart a complex hop aroma of spicy, piney, fruity, citrus rinds and green onion hop aromas with the green onion sticking out the most and the other aspects show up in the background. Up next comes the malts which impart a big sweet malt, bready and caramel malt like aromas with some doughy yeast coming through in the background. The aroma was just ok, I didn't like how the sweetness and green onion hops stuck out the most.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but a little lighter and it starts off with a slightly lower amount of high sweetness with the hops still being the first to show up and they impart the exact same hoppy aspects that it did in the aroma, this time they are a little lighter, but the green onion hops still stick out the most with the other aspects showing up in the background. Up next comes a noticeable alcohol flavor that's a little warming and it goes right into the malts which impart the same aspect that they did in the aroma, but they are also lighter and it's the sweet malts that seem to stick out the most. On the finish there's a higher amount of medium sweetness that doesn't linger and it had a watery malt and hop aftertaste. This wasn't a great tasting beer, the sweetness and green onion hops stuck out the most and I didn't like the watery finish.

M- A little smooth, a little warming, not too crisp, a little sticky, on the very thick side of being medium bodied with a lower amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel wasn't bad, but i wish it was smoother and not sticky.

Overall I wasn't a fan of this beer and I thought it was a very average example of a Tripel IPA, it had some big hop flavors, but the good aspects only showed up in the background and the flavors that stuck out the most weren't that great. This beer didn't have good drinkability, it was a little smooth, a little warming, not too crisp, a little sticky, a little filling and the taste didn't do a good job at holding my attention, one is more than enough for me, no way I would want to drink another one in a row. What I liked the most about this beer this beer was the appearance, this was a pretty nice looking beer. What I liked the least about this beer was the taste and drinkability, there weren't that good and they really held this beer back from being as good as it could be, the sweetness and green onion hops were my biggest problem with this beer. I wouldn't buy this beer again, it's very easy to find a better tasting strong hoppy beer. I wouldn't recommend this beer, it just isn't a great example of the style, but if you like lots of sweetness and green onion hops it may be worth a shot. All in all I didn't like this beer, it just wasn't for me and it got hard for me to find the good in this beer the more I drank it. It reminds me of the Devil Dancer that was released a couple years ago that was very green onion like. IT's now my least favorite Green Flash beer and my least favorite Tripel IPA. Better luck next time guys, this beer just isn't for me. I'm starting to lose motivation to try new beers from this brewery, I keep on getting disappointed. (4,038 characters)

Photo of Mikus
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz into my snifter. Excited to try some of these NZ hops. Beautiful tangerine hue in the glass, very little head. Had wonderful, clean lemon and piney aromas... and I am stunned to say definite mango as well. I am not used to such a distinct 'citrus' smell, it is usually a bit more general of a smell to me. Mango. The mango notes were also in the taste, along with a harsh bitterness (100+ IBU after all, but in a good way), a fresh piney hit, and not a bit of sweetness. Hop heavy. Hid the ABV very well. Clean and refreshing mouthfeel, medium. Very good feel for a DIPA. Such a great nose, I really like this. Will have to buy again some time. (663 characters)

Photo of stouts4me
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Aroma on this one is very pleasant. Taste is very hop-bitter forward, nice malty support, this is very enjoyable, was $11.99 a four pack, price supports the 100+ IBU's that wil light up your palate. (198 characters)

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