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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

306 Reviews
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Reviews: 306
Hads: 2,101
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 31.04%
Wants: 91
Gots: 383 | 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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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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Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev +1.8%

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.

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Photo of SFNC
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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.

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Photo of rdilauro
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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

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Photo of StoutHunter
2.9/5  rDev -26.2%
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.

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Photo of Mikus
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of stouts4me
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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.

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Photo of stb08007
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%

A: Deep apricot, nearly amber hue. Gently bubbling. Creamy inch tall head dissipated to a half inch and held nicely. Sticky lacing remained on glass after finishing. Quite clear, could see through the glass.
S: Sweetness, citrusy hops wafting up. Some booze.
T: The booziness for me was right up front at 10.1%; not unpleasant but I wouldn't say hidden by any means. Piney, high-alpha hops sting the tongue. Fruity sweetness as well, tasting citrusy and tropical - mango, orange, grapes. Obviously a hop-forward beer, but htere is enough malt sweetness toward to be pleasant.
M: Finishes sticky. Spicy pine and hints of tropical fruit rest on the palate with a long finish. Medium body that feels oily from the hops, and really sticks.
O: A nice sticky, resinous sipper. Love the sweetness at the finish, which adds complexity. If you love their West Coast IPA, this will be its step-up, beefier brother. It's intense, but with some balance from the malt sweetness. It's a big, quality example of a West-coasty IPA with a boozy kick.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

(best by 02/08/15 - kept out to around 50-55 F, then poured into a fat Brasserie D'Achouffe tulip glass)

L: cottony, doughy crest of foam atop a clear, yellow-orange liquid... foam has killer retention, with a jell-o jiggle to boot... surprisingly little lace

S: really busy array of multiple aromatics - mostly citrus oil and fresh wildflowers with an almost orange-creme donut/cake-y nuance that I've previously encountered in their West Coast IPA... bit of bubblegum... no boozy notes

T: holy s#!t - wasn't expecting some of these flavors... more green, leafy-ness, with the clove-like bubblegum notes more forward... sort of a vodka-like booze in the middle - phenolic (and warm), but integrating nicely with the dominant candy citrus... I could pinpoint it before, but the citrus flavor seems to be a combo of grapefruit and lemon pixi-stick... more green, semi-dry grass hop flavor and bitterness comes through as it goes along... good bit of cookie-toasty malt comes through in the middle... ends up having a relatively well-balanced malt-to-hop orchestration

M: warming booze with a softened zing, enhanced by the electric hum of hop pith-y hop bitterness... as soft and as dry as a shammy... so damn smooth...

O: the 'triple' part is, in my mind, wholly attributable to the medicinal-strength alcohol character that doesn't always poke through cleanly, but when it does, likely kills all the germs in your mouth as well as fights gingivitis... all-in-all, this is wonderfully constructed and elegantly smooth... just lovely!... up there with and perhaps finer and certainly more alive and flavorful than ol' PtY

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Photo of rebel-fist
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Poured 12oz into a pint glass

Crystal clear, no cloudiness at all. Orange amber color, 1 finger of head quickly dissipating.

Smells of fruits mostly, some malt sweetness but mostly tropical fruits and some hop funk.

Flavor is exceptionally sweet first, like a fruit candy. The hops present themselves in the same fruity way with a nice bitter punch to round it out. Not an entirely balanced beer, way more malt sweetness than hops.

Like the flavor, its sticky in the mouth like taking a bite of mango. Carbonation is spot-on, masking a bit of the sticky sweetness. The ABV doesn't make itself known until well after the sip is concluded, almost on the way to the stomach

Overall, I enjoyed it quite a bit. It's certainly not the "triple" IPA they claim, but a hell of a beer anyway. A nice slow sipper that will please anyone with a sweet tooth.

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Photo of delta490
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a barely clouded orange-amber with a thick creamy white head. The head settles down to a light disc and leaves some tight sticky lacing. The aroma is mild but with some nice fruity hops notes. The taste is

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Photo of CTbrew32
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- This has a bright copper/dark orange color to it. Pretty visible through out with very little haziness. Pours a two finger foamy head and leaves a decent amount of lacing

Aroma- Big nose on this with lots of pungent tropical fruits, pine, and sweet bready aroma to round it out.

Taste- Right off the bat the first sip reveals big hop bitterness paired with pine and mango, but this quickly transition from dank and bitter to bright fruity flavors like pineapple, kiwi, and melon. I feel some double/triple ipa suffer from being sweet from the malt, however, this has a nice toasty bread malt that shows itself in the finish and provides great balance.

Mouthfeel- A little sticky and resinous, but nothing that lingers too long. Medium/big bodied with pretty easy drinakbility, but the malt is definitely a little dense.

Overall- Definitely an interesting beer with a good amount of complexity between the wide array of tropical fruit flavors, initial dank hops, and bready/caramel/toasty finish. A little intense on the hop bitterness and the hop flavors are a bit off to me. Overall, its a good beer, but it has a few noticeable drawbacks for me personally. Certainly worth the try though.

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Photo of FredZ
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

A- orangish yellow with a white head. Excitingly orange and full of character. The head is pure white and seems to settle nicely without dissipating.
S-holy pine...upfront pine notes to the nostrils with a sweet tropical fruit overtone to soften the senses. Then pine ends up being well balanced by tropical fruit,
T- not quite hoppy enough to hide the alcohol. As the beer warms, the taste settles into a solid offering, Far from a session beer, this 10+% offering is night cap worthy,
M- syrupy to be honest...the subtle mango fruits and hops cannot mask the slippery, slimy feel of this beer going down
O- my local distributor hyped this up to me but I feel it is overly alcoholic and doesn't do enough to be an enjoyable ipa...my hop fix is temporarily appeased but not satisfied and the syrupy feel doesn't help it's cause

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Photo of brureview
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Best by: 1/2015

Poured in a Spiegalgau glass. The label recommends another style of stemware, but this glass works better for an Triple IPA.

Color: Golden, with a 1 finger head. Nice lacing. Clear, carbonation bubbles from the bottom of the glass.

Aroma: quite different in regards to citrus: there is a resiny pine aroma coupled with citrus. The citrus from the New Zealand hops is different than American hops. Pacific Gem hops may give it an intense earthy aroma.

There is an unusual taste in this beer different than West Coast IPAs. The citrus is different- and very piney- a resinous pine. This is a different piney aroma-taste than a Heady Topper, and a different citrus than West Coast IPAs. No grapefruit. more on the mango side. Very pronounced.

The finish is exceptionally hoppy-bitter and spicy- which may be contributed by the Green Bullet hops.

Best to drink this beer on the warm side. The spiciness, the pine resin, the unusual citrus stand out.

An unusual beer and a good direction for Green Flash.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a generic goblet. Best by 2/7/2015.

Was expecting Nelson hops from the "New Zealand dry hopped" label, but discover there are two varieties contained within that I haven't tried before. Despite the hefty price, I decided it was worth a try.

Orange peel liquid glows a bright, clear, nearly uniform amber when held to the light. A thin off-white head dissipates quickly to a thin but lasting collar. Fine sandy lacing, delicate legs, and average retention.

Dank, herbaceous, almost savory hop aromas suggest grapes, blackberries, marijuana, passion fruit, amongst other things...weedy with a deep and unusual fruitiness that is hard to pin down.

Stewed peaches, vanilla, dandelion greens, scallions, garlic, burnt sugar, guava, fine aged balsamic (not oxidation), and caramel malt show up at various points in the flavor profile. Complex, interesting, with a growing and lasting bitterness. Fruity yet dry finish.

Unapologetically warming from the alcohol, though not excessively so. Medium-bodied, faintly oily, but with a nice biting kick from the hop assault.

A unique, flavorful, slightly challenging (the less charitible might say "challenged") beer - worth trying, though I wouldn't go out of my way to have it again. Reminds me of some well balanced yet over-the-top home-brew I've sampled more than it does most commercial styles. Compared to Green Flash's other offerings, I'll stick with Palate Wrecker, especially for the price.

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Photo of xmorgan
5/5  rDev +27.2%

Had at a Kewl place in MLPS. New Bohemia.
Excellent version of a super hoppy 10.1% Triple IPA!
Appearance copper
smell complex
Taste come. And well balanced
Overall nice not hot and well balanced.
This review is Kurt as it is an afterthought. I shall update nxt time one is in front of me.

The beer is worthy of praise as is most beers from Green Flash

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Green Bullet Triple IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 306 ratings.