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Linchpin White IPA - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Linchpin White IPALinchpin White IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

273 Ratings
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Ratings: 273
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 12
Gots: 14 | 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:
Collaboration with Founders.

(Beer added by: notchucknorris on 05-09-2012)
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Hanzo

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

06-03-2012 14:06:07 | More by Hanzo
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Bilco

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +11%

06-02-2012 23:56:02 | More by Bilco
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billab914

Virginia

3.83/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2012 20:27:02 | More by billab914
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prisdefer

New York

5/5  rDev +30.5%

06-01-2012 22:00:40 | More by prisdefer
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JohnLynch


4/5  rDev +4.4%

06-01-2012 03:27:11 | More by JohnLynch
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Chaney

District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Served in a DFH oversized snifter.

A: Lots of suds on that bad boy... about 2-3 fingers, at least. Color of that dense head was cloud white and the liquid below it was uniformly murky and with a bright orange-apricot disposition.

S: I didn't totally get the West Coast influence right off the bat, but after sniffing for a bit, I started to get a bit of that signature pine cone scent. I would say overall, this smelled like a cross between a Belgian IPA and a Farmhouse Saison: The grassiness of the Belgian was there, along with the citrus of the IPA, and the funk of the farmhouse.

T: After the first few sips, the bitterness left really started to heat up, but not in a negative way... more in a "where is this one going; I want to explore more" one. I got the fresh filtered water aftertaste, along with a bit of lawn clipping, melon rhine, orange, farmhouse funk, and really only a hint of grapefruit.

M: Creamy and delectable, with a very over-the-top carbonation bill that worked in this setting. This was highly drinkable, but I wouldn't exactly call it a West Coast hop bomb.... quite the contrary. I got a bit of booze warming in the beginning, but then it subsided after subsequent tastes.

O: I've read some other reviews stating that they paid upwards of $10 for a bomber. However, I paid around $7 for one and I would gladly pay that again for this fine brew!

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2012 23:38:51 | More by Chaney
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gueuzegossage

California

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

05-31-2012 22:01:47 | More by gueuzegossage
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Jimmys

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bomber into oversized wine glass.

A: very hazed, bright yellow/orange body. head is white and very fluffy. good retention and lacing. looks like a saison more than an IPA or a wit.

S: a lot of cantaloupe. peppercorns. wheat. the peppercorn is strong. the malt can be detected through the fruit/hop/peppercorn aroma, but is not too obvious.

T: fruity. orange candies. peaches. a little bit of malt chew. finish is peppery and citrical. i would guess citra hops were used. finish is slightly bitter, but mostly dry. i would say more witty than IPA-y, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.

M: spritely and finely carbonated. a big medium body.

D: a little bit of alcoholic heat on both the nose and the body that is hard to completely ignore. otherwise, very american hop profile on a very wheaty body. cool beer, not sure if i can justify the $10 price tag though.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2012 02:19:41 | More by Jimmys
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wethorseblanket

California

3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2012 01:22:34 | More by wethorseblanket
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chadman7il

Illinois

4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

great colaberation, super excited i got to try it.

taste- definitely can taste the varieties of hops used, starts off with plenty of citrus, then ends with a slight bitter, yeasty taste. but never disappointing.

not really reviewing the rest cuz i didnt even think to smell or check the appearance.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2012 01:28:06 | More by chadman7il
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Cam! Hadn't heard of this beer yet.

Pours a hazy light orange. White head retains decently leaving some lace.

Smell is a little weak, getting Belgian bready/yeastiness and some light American hop notes of the citrus and earthy variety.

Taste is better, the "white"ness takes the lead but there is a good amount of hop flavor as well. Lots of wheat, yeast, sweetish malts and some spice giving it somewhat of a witbier feel. Nice variety of hop flavor there as well with citrus, grassy, herbal, light peach.

Smooth mouthfeel, well-carbonated, no complaints.

An interesting beer that accomplishes its goal, nice combo and balance of a Belgian witbier and American IPA. Kinda reminds me of of some the American "wheat IPAs" I've had.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2012 15:27:52 | More by Chico1985
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cbutova

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2012 01:37:21 | More by cbutova
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Swervine44

California

4/5  rDev +4.4%

05-29-2012 01:18:54 | More by Swervine44
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Soneast

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

05-29-2012 00:32:27 | More by Soneast
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Viciousknishs

Virginia

3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a golden white color with two fingers of fluffy white head. Amazing head retention with gobs of lacing on the side of the glass.

S- great blend of hop and yeast aromas. Yeast eaters give off peach and apricot characteristics with floral orange hop notes. Backbone of bready wheat on the finish.

T- juicy fruit and orange marmalade flavor hit the palate at first. Wheat breadiness mid-palate. Belgian dusty yeast and substantial hop bitterness on the finish.

MF- fluffy full mouthfeel with a medium body. Good small bubbled carbonation.

D- very bitter on the finish which I don't mind but brings the drinkability down.

Overall an above average beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2012 23:17:33 | More by Viciousknishs
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ambruns1979

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

05-27-2012 09:25:27 | More by ambruns1979
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SHODriver

Louisiana

3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2012 17:41:32 | More by SHODriver
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marine1975

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -21.7%

05-26-2012 13:18:32 | More by marine1975
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Dope

Massachusetts

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

A: Almost perfectly clear golden pour with a huge fizzy white head on top. Head fades slowly, leaving good lacing on the glass.

S: Loaded with wheat with tons of orange and lemon. A little coriander. Very refreshing.

T: Orange, lemon and grapefruit hop burst up front. Maybe just a hint of pine too? Wheaty malt kicks in to help balance but the bitterness lasts throughout the entire tasting experience. A little spice can be tasted here and there, coriander at least. A bit of resin in the aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, quite drying in the aftertaste.

O: Decent beer. Basically it's a hoppy witbier. Maybe an "american witbier"? It's a little unbalanced, quite bitter as the hops overload the rest of the beer. Pretty typical of a green flash brew however. It's tasty enough though, I enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2012 03:53:34 | More by Dope
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DovaliHops

California

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

Pours a hazy golden color with a large, fluffy white head that takes a while to go down. Scent is a bit spicy with a mellow hop aroma. Smells more like a Belgian IPA than an American IPA...maybe that's what this new trend of "white IPAs" are supposed to be like. Taste is also similar to a Belgian-style IPA. At first there is a well-balanced blend of pepper and spice with bitter hops. A little bit of coriander with some lemon and orange peel. Leaves a somewhat bitter lingering taste on the back of the tongue. Mouthfeel is light bodied and crisp. Drinkability is high. Overall, a little disappointed by this one. Don;t get me wrong, it is very tasty...but just seems like "Meh" attemt by two amazing breweries. I mean, Green Flash has the hop department down...and Founders knows its way around a barrel and maple syrup... They could have done something a little more interesting is all I'm saying. Good beer though.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 07:13:21 | More by DovaliHops
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kevgod

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +11%

05-24-2012 04:39:02 | More by kevgod
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nickfl

Florida

2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

05-23-2012 20:10:30 | More by nickfl
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popery

California

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2012 06:06:58 | More by popery
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jenray

Texas

3/5  rDev -21.7%

05-23-2012 01:46:30 | More by jenray
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Gatch

Massachusetts

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

A: Hazy golden-yellow with a huge, frothy, pillowy, white head. Hangs around for a while but fades into no lace or retention.

S: Belgian yeast, fruity and spicy malt, faint hops at the back.

T: Quite tasty. The two styles have their own flavors and they come together nicely. Yeasty, fruity, bready malt with slightly fruity hops. Starts as a Belgian Wit and finishes with enough American IPA to make this is a solid White IPA.

M: Sweet with medium carbonation. Can be a bit cloying towards the end of the bottle. Very drinkable overall.

O: Enjoyed this collab from two fantastic breweries. Give it a drink if you have the chance.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2012 08:13:31 | More by Gatch
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