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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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Reviews: 306 | Hads: 2,101
Photo of LutherBrau
4.68/5  rDev +19.1%

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.

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Photo of kkleu357
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

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Photo of mac31
4/5  rDev +1.8%

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.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
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

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.52/5  rDev +15%
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!

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Photo of iLovehops23
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of JayQue
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of Emnmarko
3.93/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of AustenFB
5/5  rDev +27.2%

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!

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Photo of craftbeerbyob
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.51/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

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Photo of mc4z
3.33/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

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Photo of alanamato
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of JerseyHopHead
3.93/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Ieatlambfries
3.57/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

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Photo of lochef81
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of henrichsj
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.46/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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Photo of GilGarp
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.93/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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