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Linchpin White IPA - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Linchpin White IPALinchpin White IPA

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very good

286 Ratings
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Ratings: 286
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 15
Gots: 17 | 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.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.26/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy light amber with a fluffy white head that laces. The nose is a bold bouquet of yeast, citrusy hops, and...more yeast. The taste is fresher squeezed citrusy hops with a little spice in the aftertaste. It's sweet, but very well balanced. The beer is one of the best white/IPA fusion colabs with a both a predominant yeastiness and outragesous hoppiness. The mouthfeel is a beautiful citrusy hoppiness that lingers for a minute after drinking, but it's hard to wait that long in between sips.
Highly recommended and worth picking up/trying on tap.

Photo of parris
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma - Lemon or coriander, wheaty, some orange.

Appearance - Hazy gold, average carbonation, thin head. I really like the color for some reason

Taste - Tastes like a hopped up wit, think Alagash White taste with a shot of bittering hops. This is as advertised, very tasty, but I notice it's a bit on the fusely side.

Mouthfeel - Strong carbonation, I like it, medium bodied, surprisingly crisp for the amount of hops.

Overall - This is my first white IPA, but I think beats the black IPA, which I've never liked. Overall it's pretty good, but I was hoping for a little more with Founders and Green Flash on the label.

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of rootbeerman
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of beergorrilla
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Zaphog
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of VonZipper
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Bogforce
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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 BigPlay1824
3.64/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a nicely hazy light yellow color verging on a dark hay color with a very nice amount of carbonation bubbles working their way around and a two finger head that is pure white and very fine in character with a slight creaminess on its top, lingers very beautifully before dissipating and leaving a ton of lacing
S: a very nice fresh and floral hop aroma which has nice citrus character, not much in the area of Belgian notes
T: nice hop notes up front, slightly citrusy but more floral than anything, then backs in a bit of nice wheat character and finishes with a very grassy note which is in solid contrast to the rest of the brew
M: solid carbonation tingle, very silky and almost foamy as it slides across the palate, leaves the mouth noticeably dry
O: i find this to be a pretty solid representation of the style, very nice complexity, smell was a bit lacking but the rest made up for it, nicely drinkable

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 lvoutlawjlh
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of UpToMeBeer
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Hanzo
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Bilco
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of billab914
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of prisdefer
5/5  rDev +30.5%

Photo of JohnLynch
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Chaney
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!

Photo of gueuzegossage
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Jimmys
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.

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 chadman7il
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of Chico1985
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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.

Linchpin White IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 286 ratings.