Linchpin White IPA - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Linchpin White IPALinchpin White IPA

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Ratings: 288
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 14
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: notchucknorris on 05-09-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Collaboration with Founders.
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Reviews by QuentinCall:
Photo of QuentinCall
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Porter in the ATL.
This beer arrives as I could best imagine a beer classified as a white ipa would, an effervescent, half-hearted blonde (a sort of neon pale) body capped with a sizable and resilient eggshell hued head. With regard to the nose, while there are the familiar Belgian yeast characteristics, alongside some dank (but ultimately mild) hop florals, the dominate aromatics are of the rich grapefruit/bitter orange citrus order with something brightly vegetal lingering in the background. Conversely, on the palate, this beer is dirty, earthy, full of lemon and proud of its grassy upfront hops. It strikes me almost as an imperial Oberon; faint esters and pungent citrus woven into wheat/grain tones and supported by an appropriately aggressive hop profile. In turn, it is wonderfully bitter -- citrus peel, lemongrass and hop bitterness effectively rounding out the tail end. The feel is another study in multiple personalities, appropriately carbonated and wet enough to be refreshing but still surprisingly plush and supple.
It seems easy to take it for granted (another ipa) , but we've been given a lot here (a beautiful ipa) and, in good faith, what more could we really ask for?

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a large tulip glass a honey tinged medium golden with a very large blooming sticky white head.Sharp citric hops and light yeasty spiced phenols in the nose.Flavors of the sharp citric hops dominate with more assertive yeasty spice in the finish.I like it but the flavors are maybe just to straight forward and brutish,and I gotta say this is much more of a Belgian IPA than an American one,the Belgian yeast flavors are a huge component of the beer.It's a good beer but not my opinion.

Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle w/o freshness info.

Pour fully hazed, light tangarine amber, under a loose and light near white head, that stays and leaves high fine irregular tongues of sheeting, and bits of lace.

The nose is yeasty and infused with lime and light pepper.

Tasty brew more lime and Belgian yeast character shining through. Enjoyable and went well with some fish tacos, but I found it lacked the depth of flavors of the heavy hitters of the style. Worth a try, but nothing to go too crazy about.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jjfoley for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is full of wheat and lemons, with a ton of hop notes coming through. The flavor is similar, with a lot of orange and lemon notes from the hops, as well as some wheat and a medium amount of bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of ehammond1
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2012)

Thanks for opening this with me, Josh!

Cloudy and hazy dark yellow with a moderately sized off-white head, eventually leaving irregular lines and thin webs of lacing down the glass. Very pretty Belgian/white IPA.

Aroma of mild citrus hops (some lemon notes), some undefined herb component (perhaps a coriander?), and wheat combine nice enough. I do believe this has improved since the time I tried it incredibly fresh in May. I remember a distinct soap-like aroma that is all but gone now. While pleasant enough, there's nothing particularly exciting, innovative, or wonderful with this beer's aroma.

The flavor is a nice integration of wheat, mild citrus, herb, and just a bit of grass. Moderate bitterness. A successful white IPA.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Good, but this one has never struck me as overtly special or exciting.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.36/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Came out mostly yellow, a bit cloudy, nothing excessive, great head retention though, about 1" when it poured. Aroma, really didn't allow the hops or wheat to come across. Neutral. No off aromas.

Taste, mildly hoppy, the belgian yeast is the primary flavor delivery vessel here. Big phenolic mouthfeel easily outshines any wheat or hop character. There is a twangy bitterness seemingly delved from the yeast and hops equally. Really this tastes more like a belgian ipa than it does a white ipa. Mild citrus flavor to it. Alcohol minorly stinging.

Just another in the line of this year's trend of beers. Still not impressed. Not a mess, but the beer doesn't seem to have much of an agenda or place that it is taking you.

Photo of tdm168
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - hazy, bright yellow with a huge, soft, dense, white head that has great retention

S - peppery, yeasty, fruity, clove

T - citrusy hops, mild bitterness, peppery, faint yeast and spice

M - light to medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a pretty decent beer. It has a nice Witbier presentation with a balanced, forward hop presence. I t has a refreshing drinkability as well. I enjoyed it.

Photo of socon67
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Paul and folks at SKI for sharing this at the Double Windsor.

A - Golden in color with a white foam. Not particularly clear. Minimal lacing.

S - Some scent of citrus, but very faint. Has a smell of fresh grain as well.

T - Taste of citrus is more noticable. A bit of peppery spice as well.

M - Has a dry finish like a pinot grigio. While this made the beer more unique I found it a little disturbing.

O - This collaboration is a bit less then memorable, but anyone who likes a dry finish in their beer would enjoy this. Still glad to have tried.

Photo of prototypic
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Linchpin pours a lighter gold color. It looks rather hazy. A little light brightens its appearance a bit. Carbonation looks extremely active, yielding a head that stands about two fingers tall. The cap popped with some force, too. Retention was very good. It stuck around for quite a while. Lacing was definitely on the thick, sticky side of the fence. Good lookin’ stuff.

The nose is alright. It’s an interesting collision of spicy yeast and hops for the most part. Spicy yeast is definitely noted up front. Smells like pepper and perhaps light clove. The yeast definitely smells Belgian in character. It’s not bad. Hops smell relatively strong, as well. Citrus grapefruit and orange are noted. There might be some light pine and grass that follows. There are some light, sweet malty notes lingering in the background. Alcohol is light.

The flavor is just about on par with the nose. It’s interesting, but not great. The malt base is a little sweet, but isn’t very prominent. Spicy yeast is definitely the focal point. Pepper, coriander, and orange peel are all noted. There might even be a touch of clove, as well. The spicy yeast works alright with the citrus and piney hop flavors, but I wouldn’t say they really work together. Grapefruit and orange are the most notable hop flavors. It’s definitely a little bitter and dry. Alcohol is blended well. It’s a tad noticeable, but doesn’t come through all that strong. Finishes spicy, bitter, and dry.

Linchpin has a medium body. Carbonation is definitely active, but it still feels soft and smooth. It goes down alright. If the flavor were a tad better, this would be super drinkable.

I suspected this collaboration between Green Flash and Founders wouldn’t quite live up to expectations. It was a tough task. Linchpin IPA is definitely an interesting beer nevertheless. It’s pretty good stuff. The only thing really holding it back is its strong spicy yeast flavor. It’d be interesting to see how it is if that’s toned down a tad. Definitely worth checking out in any event.

Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a tulip glass at Valhalla in Midtown West. I'd say this leans more toward Belgian IPA (a Belgian strain is used) with the fruity esters mixing with an extra spicy finish. The body wasn't heavy, but the flavor was rich enough that this made a fine sipping beer on a rainy day. The malts are largely hidden under the array of dry, biting citrus hops. It's a fruity beer, but not at all juicy, and a great example of how both wheat and Belgian yeast can be used in an IPA.

Photo of dbossman
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Lightly cloudy, golden hue with a huge bubbly head and decent lacing

S: This was a burst of citrus hops as I opened it: lemon and grapefruit and orange mingle with banana and other fruits from the yeast--so citrusy and fruity with some grains underneath

T: Such a nice combination of fruity Belgian yeast and bitter citrusy American hops and on a grassy wheaty grainy backbone; this is tasty

F: Fairly creamy; perhaps a touch thin on the back end but pretty well balanced mouth feel

O: This is a solid collaboration; I should have known that Green Flash and Founders would make one tasty beer

Photo of bum732
2.84/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

S: Saison like, some grassiness, floral, orange.

L: Hazy, golden yellow, big white creamy head with solid retention and lacing.

T: Phenolic like malt with a spicy like bitterness. Quite bitter with lots of herbal notes. Very saison like throughout. Semi-dry and grassy and hoppy.

M: Medium high carbonation, medium high body

Doesn't really work, I think they were trying for a hoppy saison, but really messy. The saison yeast overpowers everthing except the hops.

Photo of mscudder
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Served in a pint.

A - Cloudy, grapefruit-orange. One finger pale head. Good retention and quality lacing.

S - Juicy grapefruit among some other sweet fruits. Light Belgian yeasts and a touch of hops.

T - Large grapefruit bitterness. Finishes dry with juiciness from tropical fruits. Both piney and citrus hops.

M - Medium body with good carbonation.

O - An enjoyable white IPA. Not the best I have ever had, but I would buy again if they brewed it once more.

Photo of ocelot2500
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw color with a pillowy white head that fades slowly leaving moderately sized chunks of lacing.

Smells of citrus peel and coriander with a touch of grass.

Tastes of a big wave of hops up front with a Belgian background. Hops lead off with citrus, grass, and a bit of pine. Some sweetness comes in to add to the citrus notes along with some peppery spiciness. Coriander is also present and adds to the citrus as well. Ends with a slightly astringent bitterness.

Mouthfeel is full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is very good, but do not go into it thinking it is a traditional IPA. It definitely has a big Belgian character to it.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Andrew for sharing this bottle.

A - Medium yellow. Cloudy. Half a finger of white head.

S - Belgian yeast and some citrus. Not overly complex or interesting.

T - Dry throughout. Belgian yeast, cloves and light banana flavours accompany a decent bitterness and some sweet bready/grainy malt flavours.

M - Light to medium body. Light carbonation.

Photo of SHODriver
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a light orange with a two finger fluffy white head
S: smells of corriander, some citrus zest, and some nice slightly piney hop aroma
T: tastes of pale malt, some grapefruit, corriander, a little bit of that zest, and some floral hop. On the swallow there's a nice kick of citrusy hops.
M: light to medium body with medium carbonation.
O: Good flavors and a tasty beer but doesn't do much to stand out from other white IPAs.

Photo of ThickNStout
2.98/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle from Sherlock's (Marietta, GA). 7.99. No apparent bottling date. Served in a Southern Tier snifter.

Pours cloudy straw yellow with three pillowy fingers of off white head leaving large clumps of lacing.

Smells of lemon zest, coriander, orange peel and wheat bread. Interesting, different but not what I look for in an IPA.

Tastes more in line with what something labeled as IPA should be. Starts with lemony citrus, white peppercorns, and faint orange peel. Continues with wheat bread, grapefruit, mild pine and grass. Alot going on here.

Medium body with heavy carbonation. Slightly oily slick. Long dry finish.

Given the quality I've come to expect from both Green Flash and Founders this one fell a bit flat for me. It is an interesting take on an emerging style with a complex and unique flavor profile. I'm willing to concede that perhaps white IPAs are not my thing but it just didn't do it for me and I'll be passing on this in the future.

Photo of Kmccabe33
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a very nice looking orangeish goldish hue, with a nice substantial white foamy head. Nice lacing and overall an interesting yet nice color.
S- Has a very noticeable belgian smell but with a hint of hops and floral aromas to show that it is still considering an IPA. Very interesting smell and quite inviting.
T- Just as it smells, very belgian and yet quite IPA. You get the flavor of what I assume is the belgian yeast, almost reminds me of a dubbel and an IPA cross, which I am assuming what it is supposed to be.
M- Very smooth mouthfeel, surprising dryness at the end, but overall quite good, but still seems to be missing something. This is alot better than I was expecting, but still lacking some character.
O- A good example of the style, although I am not sure that I think this style can really be perfected that well. Have sampled a couple other "White Ipas" and this is definitely the best, but still not as good as I think could be possible.

Photo of Kromes
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw color with a thick white head that looks like shaving cream on top of the beer. Sheets of lacing down the glass. Biscuity malt and a big funky yeast aroma with some herbal and grassy hop.

More of the biscuity malt and herbal hop with a big yeasty funk. Finishes bitter with a lingering alcohol, Belgian spice and herbal hop flavor. Not a bad beer. One of the better Belgian IPAs I've had.

Photo of cwguy5
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - deep straw yellow with a thick off-white head that settled to a 1/4 inch thick cap; lots of spotty lacing left on glass

S - Belgian yeast spiciness; very clean overall with a touch of piney hops and pale malts

T - pale malts with some resinous hops; semi-dry overall with a fair amount of Belgian yeast notes

M - light bodied with ample carbonation; fairly long bitter aftertaste

D - nice refreshing beverage for the hot summer season; enjoyed this offering and found it to be a good example of the style

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy bright yellowish orange with a tremendous 3-finger white billowy head which leaves picture puzzle lace.

N: Citrus/lemon, bready yeast, floral notes, banana/wheat.

T: Yeasty bread up front with floral and citrus lemon/lime hops on the finish.

M: Medium body and lots of carbonation. Semi-bitter, dry hop finish.

O: A bit too much yeast and wheat for me, although it is refreshing. An interesting combination of styles that kinda works.

Photo of julian89
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this and Frangelic Mountain Brown ale from Founders at work today.
Appearance: Pours a hazy opaque yellow much like a traditional saison. A glorious small bubbled foamy white head of about two inches with amazing retention. Quite a pretty Belgianesque IPA.
Smell: Excellent fresh green hops smell. With a flowery light citrus smell.
Taste: I taste strong white grape flavors. It's very fresh, but pales in comparison to the Jai Alai I had last night that was bottled last week. The citrus and belgian roots to the beer come through in a strong backend taste.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with fantastic carbonation.
Drinkability: It is a great beer that I would love to return to. A good way to celebrate National IPA day.

Photo of CHickman
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy yellow gold color with a huge fluffy 3 finger foamy snow white head that faded slowly leaving good lacing and foamy rings. The second half of the bomber poured much cloudier than the first half.

Smells of grapefruit, citrus hops, coriander, lemon zest, orange peel, fresh citrus fruit, light yeast, grains, piney hops, herbs, wheat bread, candied sugar, mild spices and some floral notes. The citrus starts off the nose but then gives way to the grainy wheat notes, which works well together and is on the sweet side.

Tastes like grapefruit, citrus hops, coriander, lemon zest, orange peel, yeast, lightly roasted grains, piney hops/pine cone, herbs, wheat bread, candied sugar, hay, mild spices like pepper, and some more bready flavors like biscuit or a very dry cracker like a saltine; the citrus flavor faded quickly and this brew turns into an odd hybrid that’s not an IPA and not a Belgian or a wheat beer. It almost works well and hides the ABV well, but the IPA portion takes a back seat as the flavor lingers on, leaving a chalky almost medicine flavor on the tongue. This tasted good, but I thought that it would taste much better based on the aroma and the other beers by these brewers. The floral and grainy notes provide good balance, but the grains inadvertently suppress the citrus hops that made the nose so inviting.

Mouthfeel was light, crisp and zesty, almost like a light beer, with zippy light carbonation, a medium body and a smooth feel as it slides down.

Definitely a summer beer, this might be worth a try again on a hot day with the beer chilled very cold, but I doubt that I’d seek it out again. Nice effort from two powerhouse breweries.

Photo of shand
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a shaped pint.

This brew pours out a golden color with a rather large head. The aroma is a rather nice mix of a witbier and an IPA, with the slight yeast aspect blending well with the citrus hops. The balance is a bit tilted to the witbier aspect, but it works. The taste is tilted a little more to the IPA side of the scale, with the slightly sweet citrus hops actually working well with the Belgian yeast character. The hops are up-front, yet well balanced, letting both sides of the coin shine through. The mouthfeel is well-carbonated and fairly light, and the drinkability is very good. Overall, this is one of the better Belgian-influenced IPAs I've had. It's got a great balance between the IPA and the witbier aspects.

Photo of cbutova
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Founders and Green Flash collaboration intrigued me. Reviewed from notes.

A- Hazy and yeasty golden orange body with a large white cap. Creamy head retention and small lace patches as I drink it down.

S- Witbier Belgian yeast forward with orange, lemon zest, spicy coriander and grassy herbal notes.

T- Again, a smooth Belgian yeast profile makes up the majority of what is going on here. Herbal hops, coriander, cloves, orange zest, peach west coast hops and some esters.

MF- Creamy light body with moderate carbonation. Clean bitterness rounds it all out on the palate in the finish.

A flavorful and intelligent blend of styles. The hops and yeast work pretty well with each other and makes for a good beer.

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Linchpin White IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 288 ratings.