Green Bullet Triple IPA | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Green Bullet Triple IPAGreen Bullet Triple IPA
BEER INFO

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

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.

Added by KansasBeerLover on 04-30-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,199
Reviews:
324
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
11.7%
 
 
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96
Gots:
422
For Trade:
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3.59/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Newhall Refinery in Newhall, CA.

Pours a hazy golden orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, and spicy herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, herbal, and pine flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that shows more of an intense hop presence in the flavors.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a huge ipa, showcasing the new Zealand hops, a great project this one. it pours hazy burnt orange color, little bits of yeast are visible if you strain the eye, but the overall appeal is lovely, under a robust inch of thick off white foam. the nose is quite bitter, tropical fruity, and full of zest. I smell an acidic mix of fruits from orange to pineapple, but there is a lightness and a brightness to this that is uncommon in such big versions of the style. its clean and sort of oceanic, a great mindset before the first sip. bitterness is obvious right away, and honestly most of the real flavor comes in the aftertaste, where minerals and piquant fruits marry beautifully. I don't get much pine as the label denotes, but I do get a unique hop profile, reminds me of a topaz single hop brew I had in saint Louis, but I know this is different. I am amazed how bitter it finishes for such a fruity flavor. it also comes across a lot lighter than 10.1% abv, although as it warms up its a lot more apparent. good carbonation and a sturdy body on this make it a nice fall ipa. its tropical vibe takes me on a needed vacation, and its alcohol to bottle size ratio allows me to forget all the stresses in my life. a nice escape this one. all green flash beers are brutally hoppy, and this one is the exclamation mark on the lineup. good good beer.

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3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear golden yellowish orange in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that quickly died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose—oranges and grapefruit seem to stand out in particular.
T: Like the smell, the taste is quite hoppy but is much more complex with flavors of citrusy hops and mangos plus some hints of pine resin towards the finish. A strong amount of bitterness is present from start through finish. Only faint hints of alcohol are perceptible.
M: It feels a little more than medium-bodied and rather crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer delivers bold aromas and flavors of hops. It's hard to believe that this is over 10% abv because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste.

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4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Playing semantics, Green Flash's highly hopped Green Bullet clocks in at 10% abv.- putting it well within "imperial" ranges, however there's little about the beer that says its much more potent than a normally strong Imperial IPA. Its slightly elevated alcohol ensures that the taste of ethanol will make a mark on its flavor profile.

The strong IPA opens with a bright copper color and hardly a smidgen of haze. Its near-clarity displays an exuberent carbonated array en route to building a sturdy froth of great retention and concentric lace.

One whiff brings about a burst of fruity hop character. Vibrant grapefruit, freshly zested oranges, lemon peels, melon and juniper. Complementary hop note reside closely behind with earthy chives, fresh-cut grass and sawn pine. With only enough thin malt support, its short honey and caramel notes simply support the hops and give them a lift but without distracting from the hoppy showcase.

Green Bullet's taste starts more sweeter than hoppy as the light caramel taste buffers the palate from its hoppy middle palate. That's when the citrus, tropical and herbal qualities take center stage. Its fruit-forward taste is given a mild candied effect with intertwine of hop flavor and malt sweetness. But as the ale dives head on, it turns decidedly bitter with resinous pine, stemmy, sassafras, gin-like tones. But as the malt sweetness fades, the sharp and biting alcohol asserts its own bitterness and peppery qualities.

Medium-full on the palate, the ale is lifted and creamied up because of mild malt structures and embedded carbonation. But as the sweetness trails, the mild hop-derived astringency and prickly alcohols finish with warmth and bite.

My mind immediately goes to Palate Wrecker as the strong alcohols become part of its story; adding complexity, balance and challenge. I am however, pleased that the beer remains dry and hop-forward and doesn't become a sticky or boozy-sweet mess.

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3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz chalice at Beer Revolution YEGDT.

This beer appears a clear, bright medium bronzed amber colour, with a thin cap of weakly foamy, and generally bubbly off-white head, which leaves a solid wall of thinly painted lace around the glass as it genially recedes.

It smells of rather sugary caramel malt, watery and biscuity toffee, sharp pine needles, muddled orchard citrus pith, and leafy, earthy, and somewhat perfumed hops. The taste is very nougaty caramel and toffee oriented malt, kind of Mars Bar in nature, a touch of misplaced yeast, and still heady creamy citrus, pine resin, and well-soused floral hops.

The carbonation is quite laid-back in its low-end supportive frothiness, the body a dense medium weight, and generally smooth, a wee soupcon of hop and polite alcohol ingress tainting things ever so slightly. It finishes on the sweet side, natch, the booze-fueled malt kind of winning that tug-of-war with the hefty lingering west coast hops.

A more or less genial double, disguised as a 'triple' IPA. With its well obfuscated 20-ish proof alcohol, I guess one can't really complain all that much, especially given the big hop and malt 'hire me now!' presentation.

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2.23/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

10.1% ABV confirmed per the label. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard Green Flash label art, custom Green Flash etching on the glass, and a branded blue/green pry-off pressure cap acquired as part of a four pack a few hours ago at a bottleshop and served into a Spaten bierkrug in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Best by: 02/28/14. It identifies as a "Triple India Pale Ale" (Not "Triple IPA" as the person who added this put) so I'm reviewing it as an imperial IPA. "New Zealand Dry Hop." Expectations are above average given its current ratings.

Served cold, straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a 2.5 finger wide head of white colour. Decent creaminess and thickness. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head slowly recedes. Head retention is good for the ABV - about 6 minutes I'd say.

Body colour is a clear textbook copper; translucent and transparent. Ample rising bubbles are visible, suggesting adequate carbonation. No yeast particles are visible. Vibrance is above average.

An appealing if typical appearance for a beer in this style. It's not unique or special, but there are no obvious flaws. I'd call it inviting.

Sm: Plenty of floral hop character, as well as some grapefruit citrus, light pine, bubblegum, and biscuit. Caramalt, pale malts, clean barley. It flirts with a light soapiness - indicative that it may have spent too much time in primary. Honey. There doesn't seem to be any naked hop bitterness based on the aroma, so the malt/hop balance seems decent - surprising for a Green Flash beer. Resinous and sticky.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. There are no off-notes though I'm not a big fan of the bubblegum.

A pleasant aroma of moderate strength. It doesn't seem alive per se, but it's inviting.

T: Lots of floral hop character. Prominent bubblegum flavour is present, and I really can't stand it. Plenty of overdone imbalanced hop bitterness in the second half. Grapefruit. Some vague fruity hop esters. The body has some cloying malty candi sweetness as well as a soapy off-flavour (too long in primary) and the two clash with the rampant hop bitterness. Resinous. Ammonia. Honey. Nectar. The finish is disgusting, with a sharp harsh bitterness accompanied by the dying off-notes. Wretchedly imbalanced and quite poorly built. Tastes like an amateur homebrew attempt at an imperial IPA (I should know; I've made them). It tries for complexity, but there's no subtlety or nuance at all here. Some alcohol presence is noticeable, to its detriment. Quite a poor taste; I'm pretty disgusted.

High intensity of flavour. Average duration of flavour for the style. Shallow depth of flavour.

No yeast comes through.

Mf: Harsh, assaulting, biting, and rough. Sticky and syrupy. Too thick. Good coarseness/smoothness balance. Wet and crisp. Grating and scraping on the tongue. Overcarbonated. Unrefreshing. Has some unwelcome alcohol heat. Poor execution overall. Doesn't suit the flavour profile at all.

Dr: Poor show from Green Flash. Their reckless disregard for balance in an IPA continues, and I continue to be repulsed by it. This is clearly from the perverse "our beer has more hops/bitterness so it's better" brewing mentality that pervades the American market. Difficult to drink on account of its low quality - especially its off-notes. I'll be finishing the other three from my four pack, but only after putting them in the freezer to try to mute the off-notes. I wouldn't cook with this stuff because of the ammonia notes. I'd definitely never buy it again and would caution friends against trying it. Perhaps the worst imperial IPA I've had in the last couple months. Unrefreshing and hard to enjoy. This shouldn't have made it to market with these off-flavours.

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4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a three inch cap that leaves lots of spotty lacing

Smell: Nothing but the hops - pink grapefruit and pine and floral/tropical tones

Taste: Big hop character with more tropical fruit than what I detected in the aroma; after the swallow, both the sugary malt and the high ABV make their presence felt; still, a lot of IBUs and a rather grassy finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I was excited to try a new hoppy beer from Green Flash, particularly as this is super fresh, having just arrived in our market

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3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Green Bullet Triple IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
3.93 out of 5 based on 2,199 ratings.
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