Linchpin White IPA - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Linchpin White IPALinchpin White IPA

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86
very good

92 Reviews
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Reviews: 92
Hads: 288
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 5.5%
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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours slightly murky honey orange with a 2 inch foamy orange-white head that settles to a craggy cap on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace coats the the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, yeast, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and alcohol. Taste is much the same with a more herbal and medicinal bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer for what it is but it doesn't seem too cohesive in my opinion. (521 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A massive cap of foam leaves a curtain of lace; the hazy amber liquid lingers below

Smell: Balanced between the floral citrus (grapefruit and pineapple), wheat bread and coriander elements

Taste: Floral and citrusy, up front, with grapefruit and pineapple forward; the wheat bread emerges and is joined by the coriander at mid-palate; bitter and herbal flavors dominate the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: A nice rendition of this relatively new style; I know some don't care for White IPAs but I like them (563 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
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 great...in my opinion. (508 characters)

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (454 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thought this would be an interesting collab, Founders and Green Flash, both make awesome beers.

Pours a pasty white 1.5 finger creamy head that fades semi slowly with decent lacing, over semi hazy golden orange honey colored beer, with lots of bubbles floating up from the bottom.

Nose has some interesting hops, light resinous musty fresh hop with some light grapefruit, hint of citrus and tangerine, and just a bit of a sweet malty base.

Taste starts fairly bitter, with a nice big hop bite. Starts with some musty resinous hops, slight hop oils with that, and it even gets slightly astringent as it goes along. There are some light grapefruit and citrus hop additions, with hint of tangerine and orange zest bitterness. A light sweet malty base under that tries to prop it up but doesn't go far. The finish brings a slight booze warmth, semi dry, and a long lingering hop bitterness that gets a bit astringent, with light musty resinous hops, and light orange citrus flavor.

Mouth is med to slightly heavier bodied, good carb, light warming booze.

Overall not bad, bit too bitter and astringent, decent resinous hop flavors and some decent citrus and grapefruit, with a light malty base that tries to help but is too little too late and it gets a bit too overpowering. (1,276 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.21/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hoppy beer with the unusual dry wheat base. A little grainy, but different from the rye flavors of that style. Plenty of bitterness with barely a touch of sweetness. Some biscuit taste but overwhelmed by the bitter hops. After some sipping the grapefruit takes over. In the end, it's another deeply bitter beer with a hint of resiny aroma.

Quite a lovely beer poured in the Ommegang chalice, just to be different. Nice foam and long lasting suds give the mouthfeel a near creaminess. Light golden amber in color. A pleasant gulp, but the increasingly harsh flavors stay around much too long.

I suppose this is the beach head for a new invasion of aggressive wheat beers. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Litickers in Ocean Beach ($7.99). (741 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (344 characters)

Photo of tdm168
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
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. (403 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a medium burnt orange, hazy with a full white head, leaving nice lace.

S: Very meadowy, grass springtime. With fresh coriander and citrus peels.

T: Nice hybrid flavours, coriander and orange with a lot of grass, some pine, melon rind. Quite tasty.

M: Crisp, medium-bodied, soft carbonation overall, dry hoppy aftertaste.

O: This is Founders and Green Flash here; I knew it was going to be good. Wasn't great, but it's well worth a pickup. I'd certainly like to see more of this style. (513 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (496 characters)

Photo of billab914
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Mad Fox glass. It poured golden in color with a foamy, sticky white head to it. Great retention and lacing as I drank it.

The aroma mixes a citrusy, juicy, American hop profile with the earthy, Belgian yeast spice. I get some nice notes of orange zest, grapefruit and citrus rind to the hops. Pretty nice aroma to it overall.

The taste shows more of the bitter grapefruit and citrus rind flavors coming out of the hoppiness. The Belgian yeast spice seems to add an earthy, herbal bitterness of it's own as well as some coriander and orange peel flavors. It's a little juicier and peppery up front, but turns very dry and bitter in the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being a little higher than average. Overall, it was a pretty good beer with some nice flavors to it. It wasn't amazing for the style, but I'd drink it again. (888 characters)

Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
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. (473 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Linchpin White IPA
Green Flash Brewing Co.
Style: Belgian IPA
ABV: 7.00 %

Pours a cloudy white/gold color with some sediment. Active carbonation on what appears to be a witbier. Smells of lemons, lemon grass, oranges and floral notes. In the taste, wheat malt with a lemony twang, Belgian yeast, and a nice amount of citrusy hop flavor and a sizable bitterness. Definitely herbal and hoppy but also alot of good wheat flavor. Medium bodied feel with a good level of carbonation. Overall, a pretty nice brew, very wit like, with hops. (535 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great beer- I really like the combination of the delicate wheat malt, which really drys the beer out, and the explosive, but balanced hops. The body is fairly light, so the hops they've chosen to use are big and bitter, but not sticky or piney, and the very clean and bitter hop profile works very well with the clean, light, dry malt. There is a nice citrus finish, without the sweeter malt you usually find in combination with the hops, and the results is more pure hop flavor. Very well done. (497 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

5/20/2012

On tap at Urge.

A: Yellow gold with an inch of white froth.

S: Perfumy floral notes with coriander, pepper, and orange zest. Peach and tangerine with lesser notes of grapefruit. Heavy on the phenols

T: Peppery up front with orange zest and grapefruit. There's a little coriander in there with orange flesh and band aid. I get some apple as well. Phenolic, astringent, bitter finish.

M: Upper light body with upper medium carbonation.

Overall: Hops battling with phenols makes it difficult for a beer to rise above a certain level. There are pleasant aspects, but the combination is nothing to write home about. If there's one style that didn't need to happen it's the White IPA. That being said, this is a well executed White IPA. (747 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
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. (361 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Beautiful creamy white had with stelar lace and retention. Bright, crystal clear wheat gold body - almost pilsner like.

S - Nice bright nose. Fruity, orange marmalade, lemon, green hops, and just a touch of pine resin.

T - Quick bitter pith opening. Huge, sharp, acidic, woody pine flavor through the center. Light honey, net dry finish with a strong lingering bitterness.

M - Medium body with a nice smoothness.

O - One of the drier White IPAs I've had to date, and definitely one of the more bitter forward takes on the style. (536 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.36/5  rDev -12%
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. (722 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a yellow color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch of creamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A lot of hops in the aroma, along with a good shot of citrus as well.

T: Tasted of hops (a fairly large amount), citrus (orange, tangerine), a little malt, and some yeast. An interesting flavor that's almost an IPA, but also almost a Belgian beer.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a bitter, somewhat slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a slightly oddball beer, but worth a shot. Drinkable. (558 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.59/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is hoppy and yeasty with a sweet citrus hint, not strong but still appealing. Pours a slightly hazy bright yellow with a thick, fluffy, white head. Flavor has a hoppy and rather bitter core, with woody, yeasty and orange tones. Bitterness plus a little citrus sourness equals the drinker making faces! Firm, smooth texture has a decent amount of fizz, leaving a hoppy, yeasty, bitter finish. A bold and distinctive IPA for the strong of heart - and taste buds. (466 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Geneva Ale House - Geneva, IL

Pours clearer than expected, golden with a frothy, white head that fades to a foam leaving plenty of chunky lace on the glass. Aromas are fresh and citric with orange zest, lemon zest, coriander, wheat, and yeast. Tastes are complex with notes of orange and lemon zest, coriander, tangerine, Belgian yeast, and some pine. Body is medium, creamy, slightly resinous, finishes somewhat pungent, bitter, and semi-dry with a dash of white pepper on the end. Overall, very good white IPA. Quickly becoming a favorite style of mine, although there is no official style of white IPA! (620 characters)

Photo of popery
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pale gold with a thick white head. Some lacing. Quite hazy. The aroma has musty yeast, grassy hops and witbier spicing. There's also some light malt in there, but it's well in the background. It all blends together fine. It's just a bit underwhelming. The hops aren't juicy or bright enough, and there's a bit too much spicing for my taste. The taste is similar, decent but nothing special. Still too much spice. Mild caramel. A bit too sweet for me, and the hops are a bit bland. Mouthfeel is ok, but I'd prefer it lighter. It's kinda too round, if that makes any sense. It's an alright beer, but other white IPAs have been better. I'm pretty surprised as I'm a big fan of both breweries. This would have benefited with more similarities to Rayon Vert - juicier hops, lighter mouthfeel, drier malt flavor, etc. (817 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into an Allagash cervoise glass.

A: Four fingers of huge head settle and have no intention to budge. The beer is a hazy, lightly bubbly affair that lives up to the 'white' moniker. Translucent pale straw-gold. Heavy, scattered lacing.

S: Belgian yeast? Subtle but dominant American hops, citrus-heavy. Light and delicious. Grapefruit and lime(?).

T: Belgian yeast. Spicy and light. Huge citrusy hops trample over anything than gets in the way. The beer is, at times, a bit thin, partially due to the astringent hops. Bitter -- in the way a strong IPA should be -- but with orange peel accents, especially on the aftertaste. Dry hop finish.

M: I can see the wheat influence. The paradoxical lightness of heavy malt base and the way it's complemented by bright citrus hops. Ideal, spritzy initial carbonation. Well done!

O: Interesting and worthy, I detect a bit more Green Flash influence than Founders (which probably contributed heavily to the hop character...Centennial IPA anyone?). Great beer, and one I would have repeatedly. Recommended! (1,079 characters)

Photo of cbutova
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (714 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1282nd Review on BA
Bottle to Pint
22oz

Purchased at El Cerrito Liquor.

App- Really cant call this a white IPA. The color is still mostly of the base yellow for a AAL but has a lot of bubble activity and a 2 finger white head that lasted for a long time. Scarce amount of cling.

Smell- As it warms it was a bit better but it was just okay. Slight hops come wofting up and a small citrus note with a small wheat. A weaker version of Collab #2 from Deschutes/Blvd.

Taste- A bit malty with a stronger hop tinge. As it warmed a bit more of the caramel flavors came into play. Really like a strong wit with more hops to it. Semi-balanced with a bit of a peppery/buttery flavor.

Mouth- A soft medium body with a full medium carbonation. A witbier flavor remains. A bit of malty finish.

Drink- I really wanted to like this more but it was just okay. Still a nice beer for the style, but other IPA options exist. (910 characters)

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Linchpin White IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.