Green Bullet NZ Hops - Varietal - 65-3-81 is a dual purpose / bittering hop with a spicy “dried fruit” character and solid finish (11-14 % AA).
Released from the New Zealand DSIR (now New Zealand Plant & Food Research) in 1972. Green Bullet is a triploid alpha variety that was bred by open cross pollination of the New Zealand “Smoothcone" variety. The era was one where alpha potential was rapidly being recognised by brewers and the New Zealand alpha varieties were certainly pushing the boundaries.
Selection can be confusing with New Zealand bitter types due to aromatic qualities not usually associated with alpha varieties. The Green Bullet, albeit quite high in alpha, also produces high levels of floral oil that complement and balance the piny resinous hop character.