It is not every day I come across a triple IPA. Doubles sure, they’re all around. But from my admittedly limited experience, triples are a sort of rarer breed. To date, the Devil Dancer from Founders is the only other I’ve come across. While I’m certain there are others, presented here before me is the Green Flash Green Bullet.
At 10% ABV, the Bullet may seem to be a little bit of a monster in respect to IPA fare. Two points lower than the Devil Dancer and an even match with the Harpoon Leviathan, it is something which, to the average beer drinker, would come across as an even and easy one-and-done sort of brew. To the above average drinker, one, maybe two or who knows how many may happen, followed by who knows what and a wake up somewhere other than one’s own bed. Anything is possible.
However not to give the impression that the higher ABV is the central theme to this triple, it’s now time to dive into its dynamics.
To begin with, it is a darker brew than many IPAs. A rich copperish hue, it allows for the same sedated head one might expect from such a heavier beer. With a nose of a full, floral and almost grassy appeal, the sip is one of directly tangy citrus and almost tropical zest. A somewhat unique IPA, the zesty notes of their New Zealand hops, combined then with the smooth but weightier mouthfeel are served well in equal measure by the subtle bite of the boozy alcohol content.
Following the recent flurry of recent imports from Green Flash – amongst which have been the Soul Session, Citra Session and 30th Street IPAs – the Green Bullet arrives as what I’ve come to learn as a returning old friend who we simply haven’t seen in some time. Weightier than its contemporaries both in terms of gravity and general impression, the Bullet maintains a rather enjoyable consistency with the rest by way of its tropical, somewhat tangy notes and subtle piney profile.
As smooth as it is, I’m almost tempted to call the brew dangerous as with this glass now halfway drained, I already feel as though I could take on another. This may not be a sensation shared by everyone, as many a time when referencing higher gravity brews to customers or friends which I enjoy for flavor, eyes of wide terror meet my own gaze at the mention of the double digit alcohol content and descriptions of their various bites.
However, the overall flavor profile – as well as mouthfeel and relative palate weight of the Green Bullet – is one which I believe transcends the worries over corrosive boozy taste and presents the drinker with an honest and straightforward strong IPA. Though at this point, my invocation of seasons in respect to brews may be almost cliché or worn out, I am somewhat compelled to regard this as a perfect addition to the late summer and early autumn. Between its weight and texture, the Bullet serves to bridge the gap between summer sessions and cold weather sippers.
If you want something with some kick that has a rich flavor to enjoy alongside it, the Green Bullet may be just the solution to your wonder.
While the brewery may have provided the product mentioned above for free, I was not required to write a positive review, I did not receive any monetary compensation, and the honest opinions I have expressed are my own.
Nicholas Goroff is an actor, writer and craft beer reviewer at EveryJoe.com. Certified as a Cicerone beer server, he is working towards obtaining certification as a beer judge while employed at Bert’s Better Beers in Hooksett, NH. When not reviewing beer, wine and spirits, he is typically writing political essays, screenplays and short fiction. Follow him on Twitter @wizardofcause.
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