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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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296 Reviews
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Reviews: 296
Hads: 2,049
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 31.55%
Wants: 85
Gots: 347 | 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: 296 | Hads: 2,049
Photo of --Dom--
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours and orangy opaque with medium to light white head. Smells as you would expect, citrusy pine and sweetness. Opens up predominately pine up front fades to citrus and a good malty sweetness to finish. Mouthfeel is slightly sticky but not off-putting. No alcohol burn present, only slightly boozy. Overall I love it. A huge dose of piney goodness and sweetness to balance. My kind of big IPA. I can understand how the palates of those who don't walk on the wild side of flavor-town might be overpowered by this big luscious beauty. But if you like to get jiggy with the hops....if you like Hoptimum, Resin, Gemini, then you don't wanna miss this one.

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Photo of mactrail
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Handsome orangey amber with a fine-textured foam in the big Petrus goblet. Vast aromatics. The distinctive fruity New Zealand hop is unmistakable.

Sweet malt greets the lips. Hot with alcohol. Seriously spicy. Warm amber malt flavors with some roasted grain. But it's a little caramel washed over by the tangy hops. Moderate bitterness; it's really more hot from the booze than bitter. However, it's enough bitterness to nail this down. Funky with carnations? what an aroma!

A huge hop experience that manages to be perfectly drinkable. Make that sippable. I think people who crave the biggest hop brews should try this. I have tried all the Green Flash regular brews but this one has escaped me. I'm adding it to the shopping list when I run out of my stash of Stone's Enjoy By 12-31-14. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Liticker's Liquor in Ocean Beach.

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Photo of FLima
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear amber color with a thin thick head with short retention.
Nice aroma with tropical notes and bold pine, with hints of passion fruit, caramels, mango, spices, cantaloupe and nectarines.
Bold flavor with notes of caramels, strong pine, spices, toasted malts, pineapple juice, grass, grapefruit, mango, cantaloupe and resins. Dry aftertaste with a strong long lasting bitterness. Its 100+ IBUs passed the sneeze hop test.
Medium towards full body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 10.1% abv is there but well tamed by its flavors.
Big DIPA (or Triple IPA as they call it), I liked the fact that is relatively not too malty balancing towards a spice piney and tropical hop profile. As great beers it sure improves through the degustation, I had to keep raising its score. A must for hop addicts.

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Photo of powpig2002
3.36/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Smell for me dictates taste and for this one, not a good thing. Rotting fruit? Glad I tried it but wish the store had it as a single. One time deal on this one. No date info so no idea on freshness. Don't usually buy IPAS without dates. Took a chance. At 10% it does the job. That's about all I can say

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Photo of bman13
5/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite DIPA, (or Triple I suppose). Very piney and citrus flavors and aromas going on. This one is NOT a malt bomb it is extremely bitter but balanced, which an ipa should be... Awesome!

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Photo of MickeyTheHead
3.13/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This is a beer to experience. Definitely one to try out when you're feeling adventurous and or needing to feel numb. I really enjoyed this beer the first time I tried it; the second time I just thought the IBU's were overpowering. This would be a good beer to drink while smoking a cigar. Overall I'd say this is a good beer when you're in a bold mood and still want to relax.

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Photo of MisterGone
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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...

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Photo of stonefan55
4.7/5  rDev +19.6%
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.

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Photo of beerdedking
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
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...

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of deford
4/5  rDev +1.8%

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.

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Photo of LouZ
4.83/5  rDev +22.9%
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.

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Photo of gc4hokies
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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.

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Photo of mr-jj
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of blackcompg
4.41/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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Photo of greinkedr
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

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.)

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Photo of KornWallace
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
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

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
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

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Photo of archmundo
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

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Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of RobbDogg
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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.

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Photo of hopflyer
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
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

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.63/5  rDev -33.1%
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

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Photo of MadCat
4/5  rDev +1.8%

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.

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