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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: 2,017
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 82
Gots: 323 | 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 stb08007
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%

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. (1,037 characters)

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
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 (1,625 characters)

Photo of rebel-fist
4/5  rDev +2%

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. (853 characters)

Photo of delta490
3.84/5  rDev -2%
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 (212 characters)

Photo of CTbrew32
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
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. (1,215 characters)

Photo of FredZ
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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 (832 characters)

Photo of brureview
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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. (1,023 characters)

Photo of augustgarage
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%

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. (1,477 characters)

Photo of xmorgan
5/5  rDev +27.6%

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 (355 characters)

Photo of LutherBrau
4.68/5  rDev +19.4%

Appearance: Amber/Orange color. Good Clarity. Medium Lively Carbonation. Medium Head with white coloration and slow dissipation. Very inviting appearance altogether.

Smell: Slightly Vegetal with nice pine notes, mostly Fruit/Citrus notes of Mango and Pineapple especially as the beer warms up.

Taste: Excellent balance of Sweetness, Sour Acidity, and Bitterness; a very dynamic beer

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied especially for 10% ABV. Green Bullet presents a dryness in its long finish that invites the next sip.

Overall: This beer has an excellent malt-balance for its 100+ IBU rating. It is not overwhelmingly bitter and the malt has been used effectively without making it overly heavy. Green Bullet is very refreshing and the 10% ABV comes across in a very subtle way. My verdict: a very well-made beer that is a nice tangent from the typical American Imperial IPA style. (884 characters)

Photo of kkleu357
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%

From notes on 1/15/13

Lots of hop aroma. Basically, all I smell. Poured with a one inch white head and a light orange color. Nice hoppy, hoppy, hoppy taste. Also, light tasting, fruity flower taste hits the top of your tongue. Pretty good. (240 characters)

Photo of mac31
4/5  rDev +2%

Bottle to tulip

Nose: sweet malts. Hop aroma was present at the crack of the bottle.

Dark amber w/ a slight haze.

Big piney, danky, floral, resinous, earthy (dirty) hoppy entry toned down by smooth malts. Smooth, sweet caramel and orange notes slam the door on that big hop kick. Soft lingering hoppy bitterness w/ a floral and grainy, cereal finish. This is a sipper for sure at 10.1%. By the time your ready for the next sip the grains and trace bitterness are the only remnants on the palate. There is some detectable alcohol, which warms you pretty quickly, especially on an empty stomach. Head change. Increased maltiness as the beer gets near room temp. A lovely brew-a must have if your a hop head.

Medium body. Perfect for the style. (750 characters)

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

A: Pours a clear gold with a thin, creamy white head that quickly settles into a thin lacing around the sides of the glass.

S: Aromas of caramel, crackers, and biscuits are joined by strong scents grass, herbs, lemon, and lime.

T: Delicate notes of caramel, crackers, and biscuits are soon overpowered by flavors of grass, lemon, lime, bitter orange, guava, unripened pineapple, passion fruit, peppermint, white pepper, sage, and white onion. The finish is resinous and bitter with grass, lemon, lime, onion, pepper, and herb flavors underscored by delicate caramel and biscuit malt notes and mellow alcohol.

M: Full-bodied and resinous. Carbonation is firm, yet unobtrusive. Alcohol is somewhat noticeable, especially on the fade, though it is not a distraction.

O: A really solid ale. I have been intrigued by the possibilities of such varietals as Pacific Gem and Green Bullet for some time and I think this ale gives me a good idea of what they can bring to the table. I would recommend this DIPA to both fans of the style and individuals intrigued by unique combinations of hops alike. (1,094 characters)

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

Green Bullet is brewed in the style of an American Imperial IPA. Available in 12 oz. 4 packs and on limited draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a tulip glass. Served above 53º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a soft foamy pastel white head over a honey orange body, very hazy with subtle carbonation. Retention is very good, lacing is light and stringy. 4

(Smell) Big hop aromas of grapefruit, citrus peel, lemon, apricot and tropical fruits alongside a solid toasted caramel syrup body. Potency is medium-high. 3.75

(Taste) Very assertive hop flavor with an intense bitterness, flavors of grapefruit rind, lemon peel and subtle tropical fruit tones are joined with peppery, piney and a subtle herbal character. Bitterness is very profound. Caramel body is nice and smooth with a subtle sweetness, plays a supporting role for the hop flavors. Perhaps the biggest downside of the flavor is the alcohol presence, which is quite forward in this beer. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, peppery oily. Carbonation generates a modest crispness. Body is medium/high for the style, medium/high overall. Balance is bitter slightly over sweet. Alcohol presence is medium. There are no notable off characters. 3.75

(Overall) A clean DIPA with a lot of west coast hop flavor, a big bitterness and a solid malt backbone. Although it's becoming increasingly difficult to stand out as an American Double IPA against thousands of contenders and many more on the way, I find Green Bullet very enjoyable and worth a visit. 4

Green Flash Brewing Co.'s
Green Bullet Triple India Pale Ale
3.81/5.00 (1,585 characters)

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.52/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 12oz bottle picked up in a 4 pack

A - A bronze yellow with clarity, 1 finger of head and a touch of lace on the glass

S - HUGE hoppy nose. What hop is this? Its common to all Green Flash IPA's. Love it!

T - Wow...heaven in a glass. Well balanced between floral and bitter, smooth, hidden high abc. Incredible...

M - Medium bodied and well carbonated.

O - As good as a DIPA or TRIPA can get. Green Flash knows hoppy beers. Well done! (442 characters)

Photo of iLovehops23
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Cloudy, copper red-orange in color; not much head (could be because of the age of the keg) but thick regardless

S - Nice smell, very fruity and citrusy up front

T - VERY STRONG; lots of citrus, tropical flavored hops; Very in your face flavors but not as delicious as the smell would have implied

M - Bitter, heavy, and strong, with a dry aftertaste

O - Dece brah, I liked it mucho. (391 characters)

Photo of dcmchew
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Passed the best by date, only a few days, so not that fresh.
Pours hazy orange, one finger bubbly white head, gets thinner, really sticky.
Smell of pine, citrus, green grass, some tropical notes with pineapple mostly and faint caramel. Not extremely strong hoppiness, at least not as strong as i expected.
Taste definitely makes up for that. Sweet citrus in the front, with tangerines and sweet grapefruit, followed by nice tropical perffumey mango, pineapple and faint lychee. Pine and green leafiness is next and covers everything up, with a really bitter finish. Hops feel spicy and a tiny bit earthy too. Reading the label ("triple IPA") i expected a more aggressive bitterness, but it didn't really deliver. Sure, it's very bitter, but not necessarily rougher than other American (D)IPAs. Some caramel and toasted malts are hard to find during the taste, but become more apparent in the aftertaste.
Medium carbonation, light and easy to drink. The big abv is extremely well hidden.
I like the fact that, even if it's extremely hop-oriented (duh), there's a flavorful sweet fruity flash at the beginning of every sip, and after the bitter pine festival, in the aftertaste. From start to finish. Didn't live up to its aforementioned level of hops, but it was really good. (1,274 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

In a tulip this beer was a hazy orange color. There was a small white head that left a bit of lace.

Citrus and pine aroma, some sweet malt. Not as aromatic as I expected.

Grapefruit and pine in the taste. Caramel. Again, not quite as flavorful as I expected.

Hoppy and sweet.

Nice enough beer, but there are better ones out there. (334 characters)

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

Good DIPA. Pours a hazy orange with a good size off white head into a pint glass. Head retention is good and there is plenty of thick lacing on the glass.

Aroma is ok, some citrus hops but not that pronounced in such a strong beer.

Taste is pretty good. Plenty of citrus hops with a little pine resin in the finish. There is some maltiness as a balance but this is a hop forward beer.

Mouthfeel is not all that rich for a high octane beer. It is crisp, the bitterness is good and the alcohol is not apparent.

Good strong DIPA. There are better ones out there but this is pretty good. (587 characters)

Photo of Emnmarko
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- This brew pours a hazy bark orange with a huge three finger head. Moderate lacing is left behind on my glass.

S- Pine and citrus aromas hit my nose. Behind that is a mild malt bill.

T- Pine resin and citrus blend with the malt flavors to produce a balanced but hop forward brew. At 10.1% the alcohol is well hidden.

M- Medium bodied triple IPA. A warm spicy lingering aftertaste hangs out for a while. Very drinkable for the abv.

O- Yeah, this is a great addition to the Green Flash Brewing portfolio. Strong bitter hops dominate this one as they should. But there is a pleasurable malt backbone that balances this brew out. I will definitely seek this brew out again in the future. If you like hop forward ipa's with a malt presence then this is the trip IPA for you. (776 characters)

Photo of AustenFB
5/5  rDev +27.6%

I love this beer! Bright, crisp and clean, and very well balanced. Not a bit of funkiness as found in some other imperial IPAs (like Ska Decadent and Sneaky Pete). I can't say enough good things about Green Bullet and highly recommend it! (241 characters)

Photo of craftbeerbyob
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Green Flash West Coast IPA was my first true craft beer love, especially with how hard it was to find in Chicago! I first had it while visiting my brother in San Diego during his Coast Guard days. When I had a chance to try the Green Bullet, I was definitely excited. I still prefer the West Coast but this was a great beer.

The appearance is an unfiltered golden beer with just a little head. The smell was my least favorite because I enjoy floral IPAs and this has pine and honey notes. The taste was great though, again with pine, honey and strong New Zealand Pacific Gem and Green Bullet hops! The mouth feel is better than most imperial IPAs being that this was less thick and smoother.

For the extra money, I would prefer to buy the regular West Coast but I am sentimental. Green Bullet is a an above average Imperial IPA but not one of the best. (855 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
3.51/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Best by May 5, 2014 stamped on the bottle.

Nice golden pour of beer, 2 finger head of foam(served nearish room temp) lots of lacing.

Aromas of a really pungent hop character with mild malt smell in the background. Big grapefruit, hints of tropical fruit.

Very bitter flavours up front. Pine is there, mild malt sweet tones show up but don't really balance things out...as expected from a brew calling itself a triple IPA.

The bitter wears on me about half way through the bottle but there's no doubt that I'll finish the bottle and the other 3 from the 4 pack.

A very slick mouthfeel. Okayish drinkability. Not my cup of tea, so to speak. (644 characters)

Photo of mc4z
3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Toronado (SF) in a tulip. This looked great, cloudy and orange with a decent head. The smell is strong pine and citrus but also sweet. The taste is strong pine and bitter at the front and really sweet at the end. The mouth feel is syrupy and there's a strong alcohol presence. Overall I think this beer completely missed the style. For a triple IPA, the sweetness of the malt should never dominate the beer. This is definitely my least favorite Green Flash beer. (472 characters)

Photo of alanamato
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer was surprisingly smooth in taste given that it's a triple IPA and such a high ABV. I could easily clean off a few and not even realize the damage. When we popped the top, all I smelled was pine trees, but there was nothing piney about the well rounded flavor
Thanks to my buddy for saving me one. (306 characters)

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