Green Flash – Green Bullet, my first Triple IPA

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green bulletI think it was early August when I first heard about Green Bullet coming out.  Besides Pliny the Younger, this was the only other “triple” IPA I had heard of.

I am still on the fence with the naming idea but what ever it is classed as (rate beer has them both as DIPAs) the beer speaks for itself.

Green Bullet poured a mostly clear orange with a light wife head.  As you can see in the photo it fades pretty quick.  Carbonation is minimal to non-existent.

The nose of was pine, resin, and citrus,  kind of under-spoken. Taste was the same with the malt balancing most of the bitter. The finish was dry.

I was most impressed by the fact that the alcohol is completely hidden on this one.  Given the 10.1% ABV that is quite the feat.

Definitely give this one a go while it is nice and fresh!

 

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8 thoughts on “Green Flash – Green Bullet, my first Triple IPA

    beerbecue said:
    October 12, 2013 at 9:18 am

    Thanks for the linky linky. It goes down pretty easy (for a 10% IIIIIIIIIIPA).

      Bierbattered responded:
      October 12, 2013 at 9:19 am

      yeah when someone told me the ABV i was in shock never occurred to me it was THAT high

    paigeelizabethl said:
    October 12, 2013 at 10:29 am

    Yeah, what is with the name? “Triple” seems like hype to fuel the hops arms race. Three different hops?

      Bierbattered responded:
      October 12, 2013 at 11:30 am

      higher IPB and ABV as far as i can tell. It’s all semantics as far as i can tell. like the porter / stout / double stout / imp stout debate.

    {V} said:
    October 12, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    The alcohol is definitely well hidden; the hop character was unique, too, given the rare hops used (including the eponymous “green bullet”).

    I really think the BJCP needs to update their IPA categories.
    American IPA: 40 – 70 IBUs, 5.5 – 7.5% ABV
    Imperial IPA (aka Double IPA): 60 – 120 IBUs, 7.5 – 10% ABV

    Since the BJCP makes no distinction between Imperial and Double, the question is what do you call something over these thresholds? Green Bullet is greater than 10% ABV (barely). PTY is 11% and has an unknown IBU rating (presumably over 120 and assuredly over 100). Either we need to create a Triple IPA category, or start differentiating DIPAs from IIPAs.

    properpour said:
    October 14, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    Reblogged this on Proper_Pour.

    mrhopsbeertalk said:
    October 14, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    I’d say this is good, but not great. Also, there may be more triples than you might think http://www.ratebeer.com/tag/triple-ipa/ Founders Devil Dancer and Port’s Hop15 are my two favorites. I’d add Bear Republic’s Cafe Racer 15 to the list and give it a solid recommendation as well.

    Pdubyah said:
    October 19, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    You had me at ” a light wife head”. ;). I’ll put this on my wish list should any ever come this way of he world.

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