Green Flash Green Bullet Triple IPA
Brewed by: Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer Classification and Specs
- Style: IPA
- Variation: Triple
- Limited: Sept-Dec
- ABV: 10.1%
- IBU: 100+
Brewer’s Notes and Ingredients
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.
Hops: Pacific Gem and Green Bullet
Artwork: Follows their new branded label template, with a green gradient background and beer name in block letters.
Color: Light copper, semi-opaque.
Aroma: Cream soda and pineapple smoothie with pepper.
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Arrived in: 22 oz. Bottle
Served in: Pint glass
This is the first Triple IPA we’ve ever reviewed, so why shouldn’t it be one of our favorite brewers — Green Flash.
Not like there’s a lot of triples to choose from, making Green Bullet Triple IPA an early entry into this unpopulated nook of the India Pale Ale market.
What is a Triple IPA anyway?
Unfortunately there’s not a clear cut definition, so here’s what we’re going with, while thinking out loud here:
- A Double IPA qualifies as an imperial at 8% ABV, so the benchmark for a triple must sit at over 10%. This was confirmed by a Green Flash beertender.
- Some doubles are over 10% as well, so it might have to do with the concentration of pounds of hops per barrel. It might not necessarily be straight up triple the amount of ingredients used, but at least a modest increase over the level to brew the same beer as a Double IPA.
- Maybe a triple IPA is hopped 3 times? Hoptimum is, but Sierra Nevada still calls it a double.
- Obviously more hops equals a higher final IBU count. So could a Triple IPA be when the IBUs cross over the 100+ mark? Hop-15, and Hoptimum both meet the 10/100 criteria, but again, both are considered a double.
In conclusion, (and then back to the Green Bullet review), we believe an ABV over 10%, along with an IBU index over 100 are the grounds for Triple IPA classification. With exceptions to the rule like Hoptimum and Hop-15, their respective brewers chose not to split hairs with double vs triple designation.
This leads us to believe the brewers themselves are still trying to re-define their own criteria into this niche IPA market. Also, in the booming craft beer market, attaching “Triple” to your beer name can’t hurt your sales or marketing.
Now back to the Green Bullet…
Immediately we noticed this IPA’s aroma was one-of-a-kind. Heavily hopped IPAs typically have pine, floral, or citrus notes. Green Bullet featured a creamy aroma, like a pineapple smoothie, with a peppery hint at the end.
Green Bullet foamed up on the pour, but there was not much carbonation to be seen through its semi-opaque body. The ale was fairly static, but less effervescence made for an extremely smooth IPA, much less a Triple IPA.
Cleverly billed as a “high caliber Triple IPA”, which was some truth in marketing. After a few sips Green Bullet’s high powered ABV was more than evident.
We love overly hopped beers, but honestly a few Triple IPAs we have tried have been raw, or borderline over-the-top in hops. However, Green Bullet left a sense of balance, which was quite enjoyable.
It was not an excessively hop forward, brute force of an IPA, but it was complex in flavor. Much like the aroma, Green Bullet offered a unique experience on the palate.
It exuded sweet and tropical elements, like cream soda with mangoes and pineapple. More specifically, like an Orange Julius if you’re old enough to know what that means.
After the creamy sweetness and fruit, pine or evergreen emerged with a hint of pepper. As it warmed in the glass, the spiciness developed more.
We enjoyed this tropical IPA vacation, and look forward to Green Flash’s more intense, hop forward next release — the Palate Wrecker.
Final Score: 4/5
Green Flash Green Bullet left us impressed with how exceptionally smooth it was, especially for a Triple IPA. It maintained a great balance between the power you expect to find in a Triple IPA, and drinkability.