Green Bullet – Green Flash Brewing

Green Bullet Green Flash Brewing

Tasting: October 5, 2013
Style: IPA (Triple)
Beer #: 493

(C) 2013 popsonhops

(C) 2013 popsonhops

Originally brewed in 2011 to commemorate Green Flash Brewing Company’s 9th anniversary, Green Bullet makes its return to shelves as a seasonal offering. According to the Green Flash website, it will be available this September through December.

Green Bullet is a New Zealand hop variety and as you may have surmised it is the key ingredient in this triple IPA. Hops lend beer three basic characteristics – flavor, bitterness and aroma. Each of these characteristic comes from adding hops at various times in the boiling process. Bitterness is achieved by adding hops at the initial boil of the wort. The long boil releases the hops acidity. The signature citrus or pine-like flavor is achieved by a hop addition within the last 30 minutes (or so) of the wort boil. Lastly, the aroma comes from very late addition of hops to the boil or as the heat is cut off. The late addition keeps the hops oil from boiling off into the steam. While brewers will use different hops for each characteristic, Green Bullet is one of those flexible hops that can be used to lend to all three characteristics.

Initially, Green Bullet shows some wonderful tropical fruit aroma and that follows in up in the flavor. I get loads of pineapple, mango and lemon. It also maintains a nice balance of bitterness and sweetness – at least through the first half of the bottle. At that point, the balance disappears and you are overrun by an increasingly bitter hop that lingers on the palate. It isn’t unpleasant – but I may have to brush my teeth twice tonight to eliminate the taste. So, I’ll give the aromatics a plus, the bitterness a plus, but the flavoring a minus. At first, it reminded me of Green Flash’s Palate Wrecker (93 points) – but Palate Wrecker held that sweetness against staggering bitterness for the entire bottle. Green Bullet is still a nice beer at 87 points. But again, I’d recommend the double IPA – Palate Wrecker.

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