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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
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 KYGunner
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice bright white head with a decent retention and thick lacing. The color holds a light copper color with a radiant haze.

The nose is sweet with a grapefruit and lemon rind presence. The malt is soft and bready with some barley grain. The hops finish with a pine and herbal scent with some aromatic rose flower.

The flavor follows the nose with a pithy bitter grapefruit and lemon. The malt is soft and grainy with a floral rose petal taste.

The feel is light, slightly bitter, easily drinkable despite the 10 pct ABV.

I feel like this is just a step below Palate Wrecker which may not be as big a beer. Even though it's an easy delicious ride. (649 characters)

Photo of JerseyHopHead
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Pours an opaque, sandy brown color. Decent head retention.

SMELL: Crisp scent of hops and spices with the presence of citrus evident.

TASTE: Intensely hoppy with notes of citrus and pine.

MOUTHFEEL: Rather smooth for a Triple IPA. Has some body, but not particularly thick.

OVERALL: Despite it's hoppiness and high alc content, Green Bullet drinks pretty smooth. It has a very crisp feel to it and a complex layer of flavors that goes behind just a hoppy kick in the mouth. (531 characters)

Photo of Ieatlambfries
3.57/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep copper. Thick fluffy off white head. Scant lacing.

Smells of honey, herbal spices, and alcohol.

Citric hop rind flavors of grapefruit and lemon. Spicy herbal notes. Followed by a honey caramel sweetness. Boozy hot alcohol finish.

Mouthfeel is thicker, hot alcohol vapors on the exhale.

Overall a good DIPA. Nice flavor, if not a bit extreme. Not balanced. A bit too hot for my liking. But overall I still liked it better than many others entries of this style. (482 characters)

Photo of lochef81
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This ale pours a handsome copper orange hue with a frothy white head that is long lasting and gives way to a nice lacing. The aroma Of this offering is hoppy abd citrusy bitter but not clean and fresh. There is a definite skunky note to this one; which is displeasing and off for the style of ale. The flavors follow suit. Hoppy and bitter but not so much that it rings out as a true triple. There is a disconjointed nature to this one between the hoppy bitterness abd the malty sweetness. It is a nicely crafted ipa but not one that I will return to often. (557 characters)

Photo of henrichsj
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 - I like hoppy IPAs but this one was hard to finish. Very strong and bitter and not necessarily in an enjoyable way. It's worth a try for anyone who likes double and triple IPAs, but there's better stuff out there. (575 characters)

Photo of AdamBear
4.46/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-cloudy dark gold. Lack of head

S-very strong scent aged hops. A touch of weedyness to it as well.

T-comes in with a great flavor of aged hops. It's a very strong flavor full of weeds and maybe even peppercorn, not so much bitterness though. There's a good citrus flavor to it as well. The citrus is really long lasting. It's good with a noticeable sweetness.

M-medium carbonation with a semi dry finish.

O-this is a really good, strong IPA. It definitely has an extra edge over most double IPAs. The more I drink it, the more bitter it becomes and the stronger the flavors come out. I really recommend this. (613 characters)

Photo of GilGarp
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by March 2014.

12 oz bottle served cold into a goblet.

Green Bullet is a hazy copper orange with thick tight head. It settles slowly and leaves some nice lacing behind.

Aroma is hoppy but not as much as I expected given the "triple" IPA on the label. It has some nice citrus notes and a hint of pine.

Flavor is extremely bold and bitter with just enough sweetness to make it drinkable.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated.

Overall a very good double IPA but needs more in the nose to make it great. (522 characters)

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saw this at ShopRite Liquors and noticed the relatively hefty price tag that it came with. I wasn't sure if it would be worth it, given that I've never had a "Triple" IPA before. This was indeed a hop bomb but because the alcohol was so subdued, this didn't taste as strong as it felt once I had polished this off. It almost reminded me of a Barleywine because of the Rye notes and how filling this was but there was enough here to like for any hophead, without being too potent or overly bitter.

Nice pour to this, as it had a dark apricot hue, relatively deep head, and several rings of lacing left as I worked my way through it. Lots of earthy, metallic hops in the nose and even more so in the taste, along with a fair amount of rye and alcohol. No, it didn't feel as strong as it's 10+% ABV but I could notice the booze in the aftertaste. There was enough grapefruit and white chocolate-like sweetness in this to keep things fresh and for a beer this strong, this was a relatively easy sipper. Some amber and resin made this mouthfeel a bit thick, and the carbonation was spot-on, which helped this beer live up to it's highly-rated West Coast counterparts.

To be fair, this was strong and one in a sitting would be more than enough. There was more than enough flavor to enjoy and while this wasn't "Triple" in anything more than name, it's a good example of what a Double should be. Strong fruits, hop bitterness, and body combine for a tasty beer that almost rose up above its counterparts, but came up just a bit short. If you're into other offerings from Green Flash or similar breweries (Stone, Sierra Nevada, etc), this one won't disappoint. (1,654 characters)

Photo of ocelot2500
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy, golden orange color with a tight, white head that leaves a nice sheet of lacing.

Smells of floral and fruity hops.

Tastes of pretty big hop notes accompanied by a strong malt backbone. Hops lead off with grapefruit, pine, and some tropical fruits. Not particularly bitter. Malts come in with some caramel and sugar sweetness. Pretty balanced overall.

Mouthfeel is full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a good DIPA with plenty going for it. (478 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 1/12/2014 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub, in Pawtucket, RI served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a strong hops bitterness comes in along with a strong booziness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy creating a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, very strong kick, decent representation of style, this beer is an example of bigger not always being better as a I much prefer some of Green Flash’s other “weaker” IPA’s to this one. (865 characters)

Photo of Big-Frog
2.53/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

As a Triple it was middle of the road for me. It reminded me a lot of Ommegang Brewery's Three Philosophers. So if you like that beer, you will most likely enjoy this one. I'm learning I'm just not a big fan of the triple in the first place so perhaps my rating is a little unjust, but for the price I paid, I was unsatisfied. (326 characters)

Photo of reebtaerG
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 10oz short wide mouth glass at Lures

A-pours a copper with a slight haze with a dense foamy white head good lacing

S-great aromas citrus hops and pine

T-a lot of pine and citrus hoppiness hit the palate, accompanied by tropical notes of mango and pineapple.

M-mouthfeel is a little silky,well balanced sweet at first then ending with a moderately aggressive, bitter finish.

O-nice TIPA very well balance hides the ABV well not very hoppy (456 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a glowing deep amber orange color with a fluffy 1 finger head. A really nice looking beer.

The aroma is very West Coast with tons of orange, grapefruit, some pine. A bit of cat piss in there along with tons of caramel malt breadiness. As it warms up, definitely getting that onion and garlic hop in there.

The front is tons of grapefruit and a bit of pine surrounded with tons of toasty grainy breadiness that gives the beer body and pushes it towards recognizing the beer is 10.1%. After the initial hit, there’s a bit of a tropical note of mango, nectarine, and apricot.

The finish is hugely drying. Lots of pine, lots of grapefruit pith, a bit of white wine.

The alcohol is really hidden on this one. Possibly a hint of booze on the back, but there’s tons of bitterness to hide it. It doesn’t taste this beer at all. It definitely warms going down. Definitely a good job at doing the triple IPA style. The highlight of this beer is the bitterness for the hopheads and how well this beer hides its size by being light and not too cloying. (1,068 characters)

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

I did a blind review of Lagunita's Sucks, Long Trail Limbo, Victory Dirt Wolf, and Green Flash Green Bullet. These notes and ratings were recorded before I knew which beer I was drinking.

A - Pours a slightly hazy, medium-dark amber color, with one finger of frothy head. Heavy carbonation quickly rising to the surface.

S - sweet. Light citrus. Orange?

T - Not a strong flavor, with some sweetness. Decent bitter finish.

M - Medium body with excellent carbonation.

O - This isn't the most flavorful beer, but it is very easy to drink, and what flavor there is, is pleasant. Considering the ABV, it's very drinkable. (621 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at the Blind Tiger in New York City.

Pours a very hazy cloudy orange, with tints of red. Very large head. Very strong lacing, like tree rings, all the way down the glass.

Intense smell- stings the nostrils with pine and citrus zest. This is going to be one of the hoppiest beers I've ever had.

Tastes even more intense- an absolute hop blitz. So much pine needles, citrus peels, citrus zest. There is a very biting stinging alcohol burn. There is a lingering, persistent astringent bitterness that lingers throughout the session. Quite possibly the most bitter beer I've ever had. It's great, but I can't imagine having more than one of these bad boys. The beer is pretty successful because it is incredibly high alcohol, but stays pretty dry and doesn't become sickly boozy sweet. A very warming beer.

Medium bodied, strong carbonation.

An extreme beer if I ever saw one- but I loved it. Hop heads need to try this one- Green Bullet Hops pack in some intense flavor. (986 characters)

Photo of crc1935
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type - 12 oz. bottle, poured in a tulip glass.

Appearance - Half-inch head and 'sticky' lacing on the side after every sip. Color was bright orange.

Smell - Fresh...piney scent.

Taste - Juicy and smooth. Nice bitter aftertaste hits you in the back of the mouth.

Overall - Great taste without any hint of alcohol. (325 characters)

Photo of Swift989
2.67/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

On draft in a 13 oz wide tulip glass.

I had intended on ordering a taster as I thought this would be strong and I ended up receiving a full pour, but regardless I was excited to try this west coast beer on draft on the east coast.

A: hazy thick golden orange. similar to their imperial ipa that is served in 22oz bombers. thick white head with a hint of orange lasted for at least 15 minutes as i let it warm.

S: i was extremely disappointed in this beers nose. it was probably served at the correct temperature of 45-50 degrees. it opened up a little bit as i sipped and let it warm, but i have had pale ales with more character. it really didnt smell like much of anything

T: I have never had a beer (400+!!!) that I couldnt get through but this one beat me. something about it was just too assertive in all the wrong ways. I kept waiting for the nose to open up and lead me into a hop bomb complex and bitter but it never happened. Maybe a bad keg or something. it had an interesting creamyness to it on the finish that i enjoyed but then a longer lingering bitterness and sourness that took over that just was too much without water.

M: Heavy and course. just strong and lingering.

O: this beer lingered on my pallate my entire 10 minute walk home, and I only drank a 3rd of it. Just not an enjoyable beer worth ordering more than 4oz. I appreciate what they were trying to do experimenting with new hops and organic oats, but this is not a production beer. (1,468 characters)

Photo of Ego
3.24/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

best by 5.5.14 (really? I doubt it)
3 full fingers of the white foam, a veritable maelstrom of bubbles cavorting like some tornado of carbonation, slightly burnt orange and clean hue, super nice lacing (the head really sticks together and rolls like a tide in the glass), good looking brew

muted herbal hops with some pine twinge, plenty of malt aroma mixed with a splash of orange... overall pretty simple and seemingly less than what I would expect from a triple IPA... but generally some new zeal hops do have that mango-ish tinge rather than the alpha hop burst of the turbo driven american alpha monster hops.. I prefer to buy american

taste etc...
nice silky feel immediately, the IBUs here can not be too high, this is lacking a major punch, triple means three times... I would hate to see what this is multiplied by to get to three... I had some of their other beers and I know they were hoppier than this, the alcohol is well hidden behind the malts which shows the brewer's deft use there (as 10% is not that easy to hide), further on the glass now the hops have become a little more forward but still not blowing me away.. they are sort of lingering in the back and lend an OK bitterness hanging out in the back side quadrants of my tongue

good use of malts to back up the high ABV, but the hops are way too subtle for me, I want my hops to kick me in the teeth. this is not a bad beer but a tripel IPA should bring a bit more IMO... maybe I am a hop snob, damn straight (1,509 characters)

Photo of PlinyThePiney
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: golden amber in color. Little to no head with 0 retention. Cloudy but a little dull.

S: very sweet, with a citrus floral background.

T: Carmelly with a subtle roastyness and a lot of citrus.

M: light and watery, but coarse. Very flat, practically no carbonation

O: decent, one of my favorites from Green Flash, though i haven't tried a lot from them. I'm a fan of dry hops, so that could be it. (403 characters)

Photo of Mises85
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip glass at around 45 degrees.

Appearance: orange color with 2 inch head that dissipated quickly.

Smell: Mainly pineapple although I get pine needles, some citrus and orange.

Taste: Now this is where I am mixed. I get a classic IPA taste but whether it is "triple IPA" is debatable. I can see double IPA since midway through the palette, I got some alcohol punch, and big hop flavor. More Pine (oily) and citrus.

Overall: Solid beer but I would not call it a triple IPA. Imperial IPA sounds better but the punch from the hops doesn't come until the middle-end. (579 characters)

Photo of snaotheus
4.36/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a large sniftter. Best by date is 05/05/1?. I'm assuming the last number is a 4, but it's rubbed off.

Pours very clear coppery amber with a medium white head. Little visible carbonation. Smell is piney, sweet, flowery. Nothing terribly specific for me, but it reeks of hops, which is attractive.

Taste is surprisingly mellow and sweet. Lots of honeysuckle, more and more pine as I sip it, providing more and more bitter character. Very good.

Mouthfeel is light, airy, smooth. Overall, this is a very good beer. (537 characters)

Photo of corby112
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at The Blue Monkey in Merchantville, NJ.

Pours a cloudy, deep golden orange color with dark golden yellow edges and a one finger, frothy white head that very slowly settles into a lasting ring.  Very good retention with streaks of lacing left behind.  

Very dank and floral hop aroma with some grassy, earthy pine and a nice tropical/citrus fruit presence countered by a sweet malt backbone.  Resinous oils along with hints of kind bud, fresh cut grass and pine needle followed by grapefruit, mango and orange peel.  Some sweet caramel malt along with toffee, biscuit and graham cracker.  Malts are subtle however and don't at all interfere with the hop character.  

Medium body with a blast of dry hop bitterness that lingers over tropical/citrus fruit and caramel malt sweetness into a bone dry finish.  Complex hop profile with dry, earthy bitterness and resinous oil/pine needle flavor followed by juicy tropical and citrus fruit sweetness.  Strong grapefruit, pineapple, mango and orange zest character balancing things out with much needed sweetness.  Sweet caramel malt backbone with honts of toffee, biscuit, hazelnut and slight dark fruit notes.  Some alcohol heat in the finish but overall the high ABV is decently masked.  In these high ABV triple IPAs the alcohol/ethanol flavored often kills off the hops but it's nicely integrated into the finish of this beer.  Complex, flavorful and decently drinkable for it's strength.  A touch too malty for my liking but still a very solid beer. (1,521 characters)

Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.58/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark, cloudy amber color. Thin foamy head with small amount of lacing along the glass. Has a citrus, apple type of smell. Very malty taste with citrus. Strong piney hop finish. The malt persists throughout. Strong bitter aftertaste. There is a sweet aftertaste. Caramel maybe. Hides alcohol very well. Good for an after work wind down. (341 characters)

Photo of Tony49er
3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type- in a Tulip Glass from a tap

Appearance- Golden Yellow hue, like a high quality Triple IPA should looks, off white head, alot of alcohol legs

Smell- Big pine aroma, fresh cut hops, dank, fresh citrus, tropical fruit

Taste- Big bold hop aroma, a slight bitter finish, very good, crisp and clean

Mouth feel- very nice, smooth

Overall- one of my favorite IPA's around I love all of Green Flashes IPA's this one is very good (438 characters)

Photo of secondtooth
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a semi-cloudy copper/amber, with a big, thick head of off-white carbonation. Gorgeous and detailed lace.

Nose seems subdued -- not the usual hoppy snap I'm used to, but maybe my sinuses were off.

Taste is big, however. I get a heavy, almost harsh attack of green hops with plenty of tropical fruit notes -- mango, pineapple, and citrus. There's does seem to be a bit of alcohol heat in there, as well, not surprisingly.

This is, simply put, a big walloping hop bomb, pure and simple, and tailor-made for hop-hounds. I enjoyed it, but overall this one seemed a little too heavy on the palate. Maybe I'll have to revisit it another time. (644 characters)

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