Green Bullet smells like a lumberyard — cedar siding and pine chips. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. It really depends on how you like your hops. Don’t worry, there is a bright orange citrus flavor that crops up to round out the flavor. Green Flash dry hops Green Bullet with New Zealand hops, the trademarked Green Bullet. Green Bullet hops were first grown in 1972 as a high alpha acid bittering hop. Now they are used for their special wine like aroma, according to For the Love of Hops, I couldn’t smell it.
I’m surprised it’s taken this long for triple IPA to catch on. Pliny the Younger has been a massive hit for years, but only recently have other breweries worked up to the massive IBUs of a triple IPA. Probably because it’s so expensive to brew and near impossible to do with whole flower hops.
Both Pliny the Younger and the more available Elder actually use hop extracts. Otherwise, the kettle would be mostly vegetation soaking up all the wort. Hop extracts have a reputation for being icky, less natural, and identified with massive breweries interested in keeping costs down. Extracts are also more stable, more efficient at getting flavors into the brew, and more expensive. If the trade off for more hop flavor is more hop extract, I’m fine with it, but some others might not be so forgiving.