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 John_M
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at !6 Tons Taphouse last night.

The beer pours an orange amber color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose, this IPA comes across as very, very dry, imparting pine, white pepper, light dry citrus and some dank earth. The flavor profile replicates the nose, and while there's some sweetness in the mid palate, I didn't feel as if it was nearly enough to counter and balance the considerable hoppy bitterness in this beer. So the finish is quite dry and bitter, with a medum bodied mouthfeel. The finish is long and bitter, and while the alcohol seemed to be pretty well integrated into the flavor profile, you could still tell that it's up there a bit.

A decent beer, but I just felt it was a bit overly dry and bitter, to the point I felt like I was sucking on a pine cone with every sip. Can't see myself ordering this one again; the 8 ounce pour at 16 tons was more than enough for me.

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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 puboflyons
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on December 5, 2013.

It has this honey-amber colored pour with a modest cream colored head that fades away slowly.

The nose of piney and earthy but there is a kind of buttery almost garlic-like sensation going on. Garlic sounds a bit off for beer but that was the best description I can give it. Like a Chicken Kiev in beer. Perhaps that is the uniqueness of New Zealand hops.

Medium and smooth body.

The taste begins quickly with breaded malts but those inimitable pine and earthy pound their way forward and take it over with a lingering, bitter finish. Alcohol is very well integrated. I would have this one again.

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Photo of corby112
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of dar482
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.15/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a yellowish- orange color with a slight haze, a small white cap left a few bubbles behind after a few sips and minor lacing was observed

S: The major notes were of spruce and pine.

T: Initially the taste buds are hit by a chewy like caramel malt base and then you're hit with some prickly spruce and pine notes. It sordove reminded me of the Alesmith Yulesmith Christmas IPA. The finish was a long, resiny, piney, caramel weirdness. A light vegal note hides in the background.

M: Medium bodied, a little heavy and perhaps a little low on carbonation.

O: Not at all what I was expecting! I drank this behind a Boneyard Notorious and I was supremely letdown. The combo of hops/malt in this beer just did not do it for me. The beer had a weird feel and taste and I felt the hops were a bit muted. The body was there and I do not object to chewy IIPAs but this was just weird.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a darkish gold, cloudy, great carbonation leads to two finger head with lace patches on top of an intense hoppy aroma, some citric but a good deal of grapefruit and there is a good amount of sweet caramel as well. Don't know why but these are the type of hopped up (triple IPA, though? come on) beers that I like. Strong hop presence, a little chewey/bready, caramel malts add sweetness and there is balance in a medium-to-full bodied beer, and then there is a grapefruit presence that I really appreciate and love to have. Not a hop bomb or overly boozy or "palate wrecker" but a very enjoyable, dangerously easy to sip, high hoppy/boozy IPA that is top notch.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

Pours a slightly hazy golden amber color with an off-white head with good retention and lacing. The aroma is sweet malt and piney hops. The taste like the aroma is dominated by the hops creating a lingering bitterness into the finish. When you get past the hops, there is a sweetness from the malt up front. The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Overall, this is a great hop bomb that is highly recommended if you are in the mood for some hops. There is no balance whatsoever, this is a West-coast IPA through and through.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.51/5  rDev -10.9%
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 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 spinrsx
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle from Bear World Watertown NY for $5

Appearance - Clear gold/amber colour with an average size off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hops, resin, apricots

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and hops. There is also some apricots and grapefruit/lemon and something along the lines of strawberries.

Overall - I wasn't expecting the strawberry/guava like sweetness, and I was hoping for more hops. I love just about everything this brewer does and I had high hopes for this one.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours brilliant amber with a light copper tint under a 2” white foam collar that slowly dissipates to a clingy film.
S: Perfumy nose with fruit, citrusy, grain and some grass and hints of wine.
T: Big clean malt flavors, light fruit, a hint of wine, and alcohol are subservient to perfumy, spicy herbal hop flavors.
F: Just a shade above medium body, carbonation is medium to medium low, the alcohol is warming but you only notice it later.
O: Big hops and balanced by just enough malt and alcohol.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours mostly clear. I must say I poured this beer like a grizzled vet. The beer forms a sticky, white cap of dense foam. Green Bullet laces to a near perfect level.

S-For a 'Triple IPA' the nose is fairly tame. Floral and candles citrus hops. Sweet clementine flesh hops. Soapy hops too. Also some green onion and maybe even some bubblegum? Lightly breach and caramelly hops. Booze is restrained.

T-Oniony, herbal and minty hops. Its big but well composed. Finishes with caramel and bread. I really get a zesty hop flavor that gives me an almost Summit-like hop flavor.

M-Pretty resiny and oily. Booze is sneaky but it heats up the cheeks. Bitterness is deep.

O/D-I enjoyed this beer. I haven't had a hoppy Green Flash beer that hasn't kicked ass. The whole 'Triple IPA' thing is kinda dumb I think. DIPA, TIPA, QUIPA (Quadruple IPA...probably will come to fruition at some point unfortunately), who cares its an awesome Imperial IPA, no need for the verbal pissing contest.

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Photo of barczar
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant copper with a dense cream head that dissipates slowly, leaving sheets of lacing.

Grapefruit and dank hops form the initial aroma. Fresh cut grass, pine, and sweet caramel malt are accompanied by floral hop notes.

Fairly sweet in flavor, the underpinnings of muted grapefruit and soft fruity notes add contrast, carrying into a moderately bitter, dry finish. Notes of onion, reason, and pine emerge late.

Body is full and rich, with moderate carbonation and noticeable alcohol warmth.

On the sweet side, but the bittering hops don't overwhelm, which pleases me. The citrus notes were somewhat muted, which was a bit disappointing. Borderline cloying, so it's weighing heavy on my palate.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had an amber color and a slightly hazy texture. There was an inch of foamy, very long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: The pine is very noticeable the second you open the bottle, but there are also notes of hops, malt, and fruit as well.

T: Tasted of a large amount of hops, lots of fruit (pineapple especially), malt, and big dose of pine, also. A well crafted flavor that's complex and hoppy, but never out of balance.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Another solid outing from Green Flash. A well made, easy to drink beer.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a crystal clear copper color riddled with tiny floaties, a nice white layer of foam that goes down after the pour but never goes away.

S - Spicy tropical citrus and a caramel backbone. The aroma isn't as intense as I was expecting which is a little disappointing for a big hopped up beer like this.

T - A slight amount of caramel base comes out at the beginning before it's totally swallowed up by hops and booziness. Nice spicy tropical fruit bitterness in the form of grapefruit rind some orange, and pine bitterness round out the beer. The ABV is not at all shy in this beer and creates a considerable amount of warming on the way down the hatch.

M - Medium to full medium body.

O - Nicely done but incredibly boozy.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy light orange gold color with white head. Pine, spruce, citrus, and some grass on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with some floral notes.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle, best by 31 Jan 2015.

Pouring a clear copper with a dense, white head with nice retention and little lacing, this looks solid. The nose is big, pungent, spicy and mildly green with hops dominating. Mildly soapy and oily wit some resin, there's plenty of tropical fruit, melon , caramel and honey. Malt character is noticeable bit clean. Solid. The palate opens with a big, bruising bitterness, pungent, resiny, piney, oily and fruity. Surprisingly, this isn't astringent, which is nice. Mango, pineapple, papaya, melon, caramel, toffee, mildly burnt toast, spicy garlic and honey are present. Bitter, pungent resin on the finish with a mild sweetness, this is a bruiser. Solid

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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 Stevedore
3.69/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Medium-light orange-yellow body, half finger white head with fair retention time. Sticks around a bit, leaves a few rings of lacing here and there, and then it's gone.

S- Mild raw onion aromas mixed in with plenty of tropical fruit, grapefruit and even a bit of pineapple. Sweet bready malt rounds it out. Not terrible smelling, although the onions detract a little bit.

F- Grapefruit, pineapple and even a bit of canteloupe. Plenty of bready malt, but nowhere close to the amount of hops in this beer. Sweet but more aromatic and hoppy, as it should be. More than solid hop profile. Not too bitter.

M- Medium bodied, smooth and lower in carbonation. A bit sticky, but not thick or syrupy. Reasonably drinkable for a big IPA like this.

O- Pretty decent stuff, a bit on the weaker end for a triple IPA but that's not a terrible thing as there isn't that much of an alcohol bite to it that are typical of triple IPAs.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 9.26.13

A - Pours a slightly hazy, medium orange with a small light tan head with good retention.

S - Dark, earthy, grassy.

T - Same as the nose, bitter alcohol finish.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body.

O - Dark earthy and heavy ipa with an alcohol finish.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Mostly orange appearance, smallish white head on it, looks good. Hops were poppin' but not pungent. Plenty of tropical fruit aroma for sure.

Taste was hoppy, not heavy malt, avoided 'balance' thankfully. Mouthfeel was great, hid the alcohol, stayed light and dry despite 10% abv territory. Cool new hops, 12 oz bottles are were its at.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.46/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. stamped "Besty By 3/12/14" on the neck.

fairly clear golden copper color, with thin off white head. big fruity hop aroma - pineapple and grapefruit. just enough malt flavor in the taste to hold up the massive hop flavor and bitterness. hop flavor is fruity and floral. medium body, oily, slick. medium carbonation.

overall - certainly a big IPA, but the particular hop flavor doesn't overlyimpress my taste buds.

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Photo of cbutova
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured from the 12oz stubby bottle to a standard tulip glass with a clear, dark amber-red body. Small white cap, maybe about one finger high, forms but has only decent retention falling to a creamy ring and some hazy clouds in the middle of the beer. Webs of lace stay on the glass here and there.

S- Starts out for me largely with a big caramel malt base, honey sweetness and a bit of hops with that. Hops are pine, grapefruit, citrus zest and a tiny bit tropical.

T- Hops are a bit stronger than the aroma here for me but alcohol notes come into play, ABV not well hidden at all. Hop profile is strongly pine, spruce and earthy with some nice hints of oranges, grapefruit and flowers as well. Big caramel, sugar, honey and malty sweet base.

MF- Thick bodied for the style with a smooth, creamy overall texture. Hops are pretty bitter in the finish and alcohol is quite warm on the palate.

Decent hop profile but pretty strong alcohol, not well hidden at all for 10%. Hops are either trumped by the strength or muddled, nothing really stands out for me as great.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - hazy tangerine-amber body with a creamy but fairly thin ivory head that fades to a foam atop the ale
S - definitely a dank hop nose full of pine, grapefruit, some tropical notes with a caramely, bready malt presence
T - wicked bitter and wicked flavorful hops: spicy, tropical mango, pine, citric orange and grapefruit - a palate punisher. Caramel, toasted grain, and bready notes don't balance this at all, but I expected that going in.
M - full body, creamy and smooth, a little resinous, finishing semi-dry and sharp with lingering bitterness.
O - good to try, not sure why it needs to be called a "Triple" IPA. Probably wouldn't bother to buy it again.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.51/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a snifter

Appearance – The beer pours a very lightly hazed and lightly reddish tinted deep amber color with a small white head. The head fades rather rapidly, leaving some foam islands on the surface of the beer with a light level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a very piney and grapefruit citrus smell. Along with these aromas are some tropical fruit aromas of mango, tangerine, and pineapple. Rounding all the aromas out is a little bit of heat, with a somewhat boozy aroma making its presence known.

Taste – The taste begins with a big grapefruit hop flavor right from the start. There is a rather strong breadiness present upfront mixed with a bit of a tangerine fruit sweetness. The tangerine fades more toward the middle being replaced by a little bit of caramel. Along with the caramel the grapefruit fades ever so slightly but is replaced and surpassed by other hop flavors. A rather potent and resinous pine flavor becomes the dominant hop flavor at the end of the taste. This pine is accompanied by a lighter earthy hop flavor and a moderately strong spicy and hot alcohol flavor, with the mix of flavors leaving a bready and resinous bitter and boozy flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is rather thick and chewy with a carbonation that is on the slightly lower side. The thick and chewy body really accentuated the resinous and boozy flavors of the brew well while the lower carbonation only furthered these two flavors along.

Overall – A rather resinous and boozy brew. If that is what you are looking for this is a fantastic choice but if looking for something easy drinking or balanced, then you may want to pass on it.

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Green Bullet Triple IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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