Named for a Variety of Hops from New Zealand

Green Flash Green Bullet Triple IPA

New Zealand Dry Hop, 10.1% ABV, Green Flash Brewing Co., San Diego, CA

The pursuit of ever-hoppier beers has become a sort of arms race among craft brewers. No doubt, growing numbers of hopheads fuel this race, yours truly included. We started out with American versions of India Pale Ales (IPAs), which were once much less common, but over time increased in numbers as well as hop intensity and bitterness levels. This was followed by double IPAs (DIPAs) also known as imperial IPAs. These beers cranked up the amount of malt used to accommodate yet more hops, which also bumped up alcohol levels. As these are now found all over the country, some brewers decided to kick it up another notch or two further, leading to the triple IPA. No surprise that Green Flash is one of them – these guys put out some wonderfully hoppy beers.

So let’s get on with the review!

Hazy, orange blossom honey hue in the glass topped with a generous beige head of thick foam. This slowly fades.

Luscious hop aromas waft from the glass; citrus (notably grapefruit and tangerine), pine, and citrus blossom floral notes.

Fairly full-bodied with a creamy-smooth texture and rounded mouthfeel. Very light, fine carbonation.

Bitter and hoppy from the get-go, with grapefruit and orange oil and floral, perfumey hop notes. Nice caramel malt base does show through in the middle with some biscuity notes, but this is a massively hoppy beer! The malt leads into a lengthy finish with resiny, piney hop character, solid bitterness, and more floral hop notes. Lingering aftertaste. Carries the ABV level admirably; no alcohol burn evident. Bridges the gap between DIPAs and barleywines. Marvelous.

For food pairings, since it’s a pretty hefty brew, I think something light would be in order. A small plate of cheeses, perhaps (bleu, aged gouda, or sharp cheddar), or a small salad of spring greens, herbs, and a light vinaigrette dressing.

Rating:     Appearance: 4/5     Aroma: 10/10     Palate: 5/5     Flavor: 9/10     Overall: 18.7

Green Bullet close-up

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