Green Bullet Triple IPA | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Green Bullet Triple IPAGreen Bullet Triple IPA

Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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 AdamBear
4.46/5  rDev +13.2%
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 TwelveOunces
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip
2013 batch

A- A brilliant hazy orange with a nice white head.

S- A pungent hop nose, not surprisngly. An absolute citrus bomb, some pine and cat piss as well.

T- A strong bitterness at first. A very bold and fresh hop presence. A big orange flavor and a slight grapefruit. A strong cat pee but in a good way. A bit of a pinecone flavor and a resinous herbal note. Not much going on here past the hops but thats ok by me.

M- Bitter but not undrinkable.. A sticky mouthfeel. A big beer but surprisingly drinkable.

O- I really dig this beer. I feel like this is what their Palate Wrecker should have been.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
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 Auraan
4.44/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a gorgeous clear amber with bubble trailing up the glass and a thin ring of white head. Very good looking IPA, classic in appearance. Scents of citrus pith, pineapple, grapefruit, tropical fruit, and pine. A classic West Coast IPA aroma. Taste is of bitter pine, grapefruit pith, a bit of a spicy hop flavor, strong levels of hop bitterness, though not Palate Wrecker level, with a nice sweet malt backbone. Bitter aftertaste. Very good, it's hop forward but not overwhelmingly so, served very well by the malt balance. Mouthfeel was medium bodied with moderate carbonation, about what I expect for a DIPA. Overall this was a great DIPA, it hit all the usual West Coast hop forward flavors, balanced with a bit of malt. I'd go back to it.

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Photo of nick_asian
4.44/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark orange with a hazy with a fluffy off white head.

S: Really solid pine and citrus backbone going on followed by pineapple, grapefruit, and some dried fruits.

T: Very hop forward with the fruits following along. Finish definitely dominates with the bitterness. I'm a big fan of it. The booze is pretty well hidden as well. You get a bit of warmth in the finish but it's nice.

M: Solid medium body. A tiny bit of roughness, but not anything abnormal.

O: I'm definitely a fan. I'll probably end up getting a few more. If you like the more intense IPAs, then this isn't going to bother you at all.

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Photo of moundbz
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nice color with a good two finger lingering head, great scent, nice smooth taste with a big bitter explosion aftertaste to it. Can really feel this beer. Not bad, it will make the wall!

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Photo of Brad007
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slghtly cloudy blonde color with an orange tint and a thick white head into my glass. Very appealing right away.

I can tell right away that it's dry-hopped because there's more aroma than usual upfront and it has a good citrus base. I'm not sure if there's any credence to an actual "triple" IPA but it's certainly hoppy.

Now,t hem's some hops! Citrus-forward with a touch of kiwi and grapefruit. Coats the mouth and the tongue to where all you get are hops.

Ditto for mouthfeel, the best part yet. Savory and bitter and at 10%, you best not chug this one. I do know people who would on a dare though.

I like this TIPA. Heh. Well worth a try if you want hops coating your mouth for hours!

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Photo of jera1350
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden body with fluffy head of foam and lots of lacing. The nose is fresh and excellent with lots of hoppy goodness. The flavor is complex as hell. Piney, citrus, tropical fruits galore with a strong alcohol presence making it known that this thing is 10% abv. Sticky mouthfeel in a medium body. Overall, an awesome DIPA. The complexity is outstanding and even with the alcohol presence, this thing still drinks very well.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.41/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was very impressed by this one. I got it in a growler to take to a dinner party. It pours a golden color with a thin head. Aroma is citrusy and piny; the hops hit you right away. Wonderfully balanced taste. The strong hops will certainly satisfy the hops head ; a great dry bitter hops finish that leaves you wanting more. Yet, there is a sweet malt backbone that I like to balance out the hops. Great feel. Nice stinging carbonation, medium body and quite drinkable. I had like 3 of them and felt quite all right afterwards;)

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Photo of blackcompg
4.41/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours 2 quick fingers of lite yellow eggshell foam, body is a gorgeous translucent orange amber, leaves a nice lace ring after each quaff.

Smell - Really nice subtly sweet tropical, sweet ruby red grapefruit, touches of pineapple and citrus, sweet melon and papaya, and some nice floral hops.

Taste - Much like the nose, there is a nice tropical complexity here that actually leans hard towards melon flavors of honeydew and cantaloupe, right behind this are some strong floral hop flavors that really compliment the melon, and at that same moment I absolutely get a peppery kick (mentioned by another reviewer) along with a fairly assertive hop bitterness that is very much like peach pits. No flavors of alcohol here whatsoever, there is a latent heat that accompanies the potent hop-resin finish.

Mouthfeel - Just over medium as there is a little bit of weight here, and the flavors are perfectly assertive and bold, Carb is on the lower side and extremely smooth, almost slick, with just a few bright edges at the back of the tongue. Dangerously drinkable for a bigger beer like this.

Overall - Really an excellent DIPA (okay, it's labeled a "triple ipa") that has a assertive flavors with nice complexity and balance. Really nice transition from tropical sweetness to floral to a nice resiny pucker, just begging the next quaff. A must try imho.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice. Bottle says best by 03/10/14.

Appearance: Pours a bright copper golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid two fingers of off white head with decent retention. Leaves a decent amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A big bright hop forward aroma with juicy hints of citrus, grass, and herbs. Upfront citrus hops with hints of grapefruit, orange peel, mango, tangerine, pineapple, apricot, and lemon. Earthy and floral hops with herbal hints of grass and dank pine resin. Sweet malt undertones with hints of caramel, grains, biscuit, cracker, and yeast. Very forward with the hops. A very nice West Coast aroma.

Taste: As big, juicy, and good as the smell is. Big juicy and ripe hop presence with upfront citrus notes of grapefruit, orange peel, mango, apricot, pineapple, tangerine, and lemon zest. Earthy and floral hop notes. Herbal notes of grassy hops and some dank and spicy pine resin. Solid backing of bready malt with some notes of sweet caramel, cracker, grains, biscuit, and yeast. Very juicy and nicely drying bitterness. A very good IPA taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very juicy and nicely bitter and oily. Very drying. Alcohol is hidden well by the hops.

Overall: Another great imperial West Coast IPA. Good mix of citrus and grassy hops with a nice caramel malt undertone.

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Photo of --Dom--
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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Photo of ISmith87
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is a nice golden amber color with about 3 fingers of fluffy white head on top that's sticking around (probably the result of aggressive pour). I love the Green Flash bottles, they have a character to them that always sticks out on the shelf.

Smell is crazy, with tons of citrusy.juicy hops, almost like orange juice. Piney, grapefruit, pineapple, citrus zest, orange, mango. Barely any bready malt balance in the background but it's there, and is appropriate for the style.

Taste is like the smell - citrusy/juicy/piney hops, orange juice, grapefruit, pineapple, mango, citrus zest, like a tropical fruit orgy. Bready malt is present in the background but mostly covered by the intense hops.

Mouthfeel is light-medium. aftertaste is intense bitter hops (piney/grapefruit) that sticks around forever. Alcohol is mostly covered, although the warmth can be detected at 10.1% ABV.

Overall, this is a great beer. The bottles I got were really fresh, even though it was tucked all the way back on the shelf @ tw. By comparison to the other high ABV IPAs I think it ranks right up there with the rest of them (RuinTen, Enjoy By, Hoptimum, Hopslam, etc).

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
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 DoubleJ
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Kiwi hops, in a Green Flash beer? Well, I heard that Green Flash does that hop thing well, so how could I go wrong? 22 ounces, on to the beer:

The color is dark apricot orange, topped with a half-inch of creamy head . Lots of lace clings around as the beer's level drops. Eyes are happy, and so is the nose. It smells great, with notes of melon, tangerine, pine, pineapple, and a vague fruit salad. Oh, there's also an accent of solvent alcohol which takes a little of the mood out.

Attractive aroma, even more attractive taste. The Green Bullet is one that I wouldn't mind to hit me. A fruity juicy Triple IPA with tangerine, toasted malt, mangoes, assorted tropical fruit, a drizzle of resin, and a touch of alcohol. I sure love those Kiwi hops. Good call with the hop bill Green Flash. Body-wise, it's full bodied, and brings a bittersweet aftertaste which is very smooth.

Great beer. Well done. Keep the hype train rolling...

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Photo of DaveBlack
4.36/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really solid beer. Hazy orange, little head. Smell tells you what to expect, and the taste delivers. Lots of piney hops balanced with a heavy hit of citrus. Enough of a malt backbone to stand up to the intense hop flavor. Mouthfeel is thick, just short of chewy.

Another solid beer in the IPA family from Green Flash.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.36/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This is a thick, cloudy orange in color with a gorgeous white head. It is very thick.

Smell – The aromatics aren’t huge here and the malt is lazy. It has a nice aroma but muted for a beer that bore a sense of sensationalism in its name.

Taste – The self-made Triple IPA moniker is proved out at the taste. This is a monster on the tongue. You get that classic mix of huge resin and coy but persistent sweetness at the finish.

Mouthfeel – Though not full-bodied this will leave your mouth bone dry. I truly enjoyed the drying here as this has got to be pushing 100 IBUs.

Drinkability – I don’t know that I’d call it a unique style. This is just a really stiff and sophisticated DIPA. I really enjoyed it though and that 10% is completely unnoticeable until you try standing up.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.34/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a huge beer that you get amazingly used to very quickly. That's dangerous - you could drink two or three, and then you will not feel alert enough to pour the fourth.

It looks great, with a slightly darker orange IPA color. The head is moderate. The aroma is really outstanding. Beautiful. The taste opens with a ton of things going on - all kinds of malt and hops.

The aftertaste is bitter, but really nicely so, and you quickly become used to it, and numb to the big booze content. Dangerous brew. Put the car keys away.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.34/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cool find at Beer Revolution in Calgary, 12 oz. glass on tap. A light golden orange color with a finger of very creamy white head that leaves a sheet of lacing on the glass.

Aroma is sharp, pungent, but not harsh. Fresh fruits (apples, white grapes, peaches, pineapple, grapefruit) but less citrus than expected, menthol, cotton candy. Almost deceptive, hints at the power within but nothing over the top.

Palate is redolent with ripe grapefruit and tangerine, pineapple, white grapes, blackberry, tobacco, bubble gum, green banana like tannins, and nectarine with a subtly sweet butterscotch backbone. Massive alcohol flavor but this does not mask the intricacies of the hops. Impressed by the raw hop potency but nothing coarse or overdone. Refined strength but strength nonetheless. Menthol cough drop note is much stronger in the cleansing, bitter, slightly woody finish than it is up front, where fruits predominate.

Mouthfeel is prickly from the carbonation and hop resins. Slightly chalky. Makes the nose and sinus cavities tingle. This is a beast of a beer and the hop flavors are rather unique at times, going beyond the typical citrus and tropical elements although these are present and accounted for. Obviously some prior hop experience is a must in order to fully appreciate. Its a hot one from hops and booze perspectives. However, I could have enjoyed another, which must be testament to some degree of restraint from the fine folks at Green Flash.

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Photo of joeworrall
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

in my search for the perfect IPA, I have found a really good one... no bones about it, this is an outstanding IPA!

the label said it's a triple IPA, and I believe it. The hops are more pine than citrus, but there are hints of lemon peel in the aftertast.

I would compare it to Dogfish Head 90 in terms of quality and drinkability, but the taste is distinctive. It's New Zealand hops set it apart from anything else I have tasted. They are grassy, but not overwhelmingly so... It's hard to describe how well balanced the hops are in this brew.

tonight I am comparing it head to head with New Belgium Rampant Imperial IPA and Widmer Brothers Nelson Imperial IPA. Rampant is still my "go to" imperial, this is more expensive and special, lighter in color and with less aftertaste, but so drinkable!

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Photo of thecheapies
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy rich peach color with hues of deep red-orange. Beautiful autumnal look with a quietly fluffy bone-colored topper of froth. Exquisite.

Hoppy aromas, all of grassy and floral and pithy, with dank and resinous undertones. Candied fruits, chiba, tropical fruit, peach, and grassy orange. Has some caramelly malt base that takes its diminutive position in the backseat. Light grapefruit insinuates C-hops, like Cascade and Centennial, but there's familiar odors of floral lemon and Simcoe pine skank. What a plethora of aromas!

Big time hoppiness without all the crushing bitterness. Tempered by steeped maltiness, true humulus flavors shine in swatches of wildflower tea, lemon rind, grapefruit, starfruit, kiwi, orange, sandalwood, hemp, peach, and bitter melon. There are hints of pine and there's a lovely herbaceousness that pairs well with a lime-y citrus note in the middle, but this is quite fascinating in what the taste has to offer. Mostly dry, but still beating with some encouragement from caramel malt. The alcohol isn't dominating, like in a Hopslam or Devil Dancer, and the smoothly bold representation of it supports a good mouthfeel of a cautiously potent drink. The body is never syrupy and dangerously medium in its pace and swallow. Carbonation provides a longer, more stable, ride-out with intoxication creeping in closer than you'd might expect.

An uncanny hop bomb with medium (sturdy) bitterness and a latent spicy bite. At 10.1%, Green Bullet is nothing to play around with; and, with the hop complexity and drinkability on its side, it's a damn fine Triple IPA to have around on cooler and lonelier nights. A surefire sipper. A dream ale. Delicious stuff from the hop masters over at Green Flash.

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Photo of mechamifune
4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

(going to review this one a little differently because doing the typical IIPA review has gotten a little redundant)

I'm not really sure why this is being called a "triple IPA", as there is nothing that really differentiates this from most IIPA's in terms of its strength. Three things about this beer really stand out for me. One, the hop profile is pretty distinct from most big IPA's on the market. There is a distinct coconut aroma and flavor to this beer (far more distinct than stone's "coconut ipa". It took a little getting used to for me but ultimately I found it pretty pleasant and not overwhelming.

Two, for all the obvious hoppyness to this beer, the bitterness is pretty much kept in check. Don't get me wrong, it's still an IIPA, it's still bitter, but for the amount of hop aroma and flavor present, it's not nearly as bitter as I would have expected. Obviously a whole lot of dry hopping has gone into this one.

Third, for the abv and hop level of this beer, the drinkability is very well done. This isn't nearly as syrupy as I would have expeceted and its relative drinkablilty shows a lot of skill on the part of the brewer. Give this one a shot for sure.

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Photo of beerdedking
4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Underrated, Green Bullet is a very fine beer. Triple IPA is a bit of a misnomer as this is smack dab in DIPA country. Not nearly as sweet as some triple IPAs can be, it's perfectly balanced with citrus, tropical fruit and pine doing the waltz on your palate. Bitterness muted, this beer is extremely drinkable for the ABV. World class, yet approachable and simple IPA characteristics...

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Green Bullet Triple IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
3.94 out of 5 based on 2,198 ratings.
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