Tasting: September 25, 2014
Style: IPA (Triple)
Beer #: 620
While the state of Washington is the hop capital of the United States, there are some interesting international hop varieties from the other side of the globe that are receiving the top billing in American IPA. One hop comes from New Zealand comes to mind – Nelson Sauvin. This hops have claimed the marquis in beers like Alpine’s Nelson and Against the Grain’s Rico Sauvin. California’s Green Flash Brewing company uses a couple of other New Zealand hop varieties called Green Bullet and Pacific Rim. You guessed it – the featured hops in Green Flash’s triple IPA – Green Bullet.
I don’t recall seeing it in year’s past but Green Bullet is an annual fall release. The label indicates an International Bittering Units score of 100+ and an alcohol content of 10.1%. Bright golden pour and you can just smell the resiny hops. Green Bullet’s flavor pops with bright lime citrus and pine over some tangy pineapple sweetness. Has a resinous mouthfeel – Green Bullet is fairly balanced – maybe the scales tip a little on the hoppy bitter side but all in all a nice triple IPA – 88 points.