I have heard about Green Flash Green Bullet Triple IPA for weeks.  I had read about it from BeerPulse, saw it advertised in the West Coaster and also saw it posted in forums.  There seemed to be some hype on this Imperial IPA that touts using New Zealand Green Bullet Hops and is a strong 10.1% ABV.  So I went to one of my favorite bottle shops,Boulevard Wine and Spirits and picked up a 4-pack of Green Bullet to see what the hype was about.

Appearance:  I poured the beer into a (Firestone Walker) pint glass and noticed a deep golden color with a fluffy white head that dissipated down to a small ring after 2 minutes.  There was really no lacing, and the head became non-existent after about 5 minutes.

Smell: Holding this up to my nose made me struggle to smell anything.  I had to wait for it to warm up a bit then I noticed scents of fresh cut grass, mint, light fruit, floral and alcohol.

Taste: This is a good tasting beer that does not overdo the bitterness. I was able to taste kiwi, mint, spicy, citrus, caramel malts,  pineapple, and a little peach.  The finish is hop bitter and light fruit.

Mouthfeel: This beer is very alcoholic warm.  The carbonation is medium and what you would expect from this style.  It also has a slight chalky feel, from what I am guessing is the hops.

Overall:  I think this is a pretty interesting beer but the green bullet hops do not cover up the 10.1% alcohol.  It’s a shame because I think this could have been a great beer, but just doesn’t cover up the booze enough for me to get much of the flavor.  I think it would have worked better in an IPA in the 6 to 8% range where the alcohol can more easily be masked.  I do enjoy strong beers but I like them to taste less like alcohol and more like beer.  I would recommend pouring into a tulip, instead of the pint glass (like I did) to give you better enjoyment of the aroma. Give Green Bullet a shot.  It’s definitely up there with Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA or 120 Minute IPA but don’t expect to be blown away by the hops, like many of us San Diego locals are so accustomed to.

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