Beers named after bullets have a bad reputation. For far too long, budding beer drinkers have gotten a bad impression of beer thanks to a certain ballistically-nicknamed macrobrew. It’s physically impossible to watch an American sporting event without celebrities and scantily-clad women trying to convince you that Coors Light is how beer is supposed to taste. While the “silver bullet” has nowhere near the power of its werewolf-killing namesake, Green Flash released a bullet of their own on Tuesday, and it’s definitely a much higher caliber.
Chuck Silva, Green Flash’s award-winning brewmaster, first created Green Bullet Triple IPA for their 9th anniversary in 2011. “While looking for new and unique hops for our 9th Anniversary brew, I turned my focus to New Zealand and discovered a hop called Green Bullet,” said Silva. “Given Green Bullet’s brightly floral, piney, pungent and spicy characteristics, it seemed almost tailor-made for Green Flash.”
Green Bullet pours a rich orange color with a sweet citrus hop aroma. The flavor matches the aroma at the beginning, but finishes dry with a pleasant amount of bitterness. This is a surprisingly drinkable beer despite its 10.1% alcohol content.
While small batches of Green Bullet popped up at Green Flash’s Mira Mesa tasting room over the years, Tuesday’s release is the beginning of a nationwide release. Green Bullet will be available on draft, in 4-packs of 12oz bottles, and 22oz bombers through the end of the year. Just be sure to share that big bottle with a friend, because this is one bullet beer with an appropriate amount of bang.