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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Reviews: 92 | Hads: 288
Photo of julian89
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (732 characters)

Photo of VncentLIFE
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The only knock I have on the appearance is that its not cloudy enough. Its clear light yellow with a huge head of huge bubbles. The smell is definitely Green Flash hopping all the way. Whole leaf bitter hop cones dominate the nose, with hints of tart lemon zest, bitter orange peel, and the spices of a good Wit. Even more orange and coriander.

The hops are definitely there, but pale in comparison to the amped up spices. They do add a bit of bitterness to the extreme bitter coriander and orange peel. Theres a bit of spiciness I think I get from the hops as well.

The hops resonate for a while, leaving a hop bitterness that lingers. I wish it finished more toward the Wit side than the alpha acid kick from the hops. (722 characters)

Photo of kawilliams81
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into Lost Abbey chalice.

A- pours a light golden with a 2" off white head. Large blotches of lacing remain on the glass.

S- big lemon and spices from the Belgian yeast? Some bread, banana and pine as well.

T- bitter pine, lemon, spices, grass.

M- medium body and carbonation. Has a dry finish but drinks fairly easily.

O- nice Belgian ipa. Pretty bitter, grassy beer. (399 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 nrbw23
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a pretty clear gold color for the first half of the bomber and the second half it becomes fairly cloudy when some of the sediment is disturbed. A nice foamy white head is the result of both pours. Head becomes a nice cap and leaves some really nice lacing. Great retention too.

S- Quite a bit of clove, bubblegum, Beligan spices and yeast. A good amount of tropical hops. Malts are pretty low on this one maybe a touch of cracker.

T- Follows the nose really well. The Beligan influence on this one is very evident. A bit of a pepper kick and medicine like.

M- Lighter side of medium in body and carbonation was good.

O- Not really a huge fan of Beligan style/influence on my beer, but this one is pretty solid. (724 characters)

Photo of Mcculler
2.86/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured very nicely by the bartender at Fries Cafe in Cincinnati to create a whipped egg white head, that refuses to go away, over a pale golden body with medium carbonation.

Smells of bubble gum, clover, camomile, grapefruit and lemon, rind and pine.

Grapefruit and lemon rind and pine take a baseball bat to the Belgian influences here. Not even a pretension of elegance. Well done for what it is, but what it is is not that interesting.

Hops! Oh yeah! (sarcasm). (469 characters)

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

After a long day out on the lake, I wanted to get back into the ac and have this linch pin

A- a hazy golden yellow body with a snow top of cake like frosting clenching the glass. While the color is not massively dark, there seems to lighter shades of white

S- very citric and floral in the scent profile. There is a slight wheat and bready scent that has a slight trickled yeast scent.

T- very prickly with grassy, pineapple, and pepper and spices. The hops and spices are so present that you almost miss the pleasing yeasty flavor. Tangy and flavorful. Founders and green flash worked overtime create multiple flavors on linch pin

M- very carbonated and sticky flavor.

O- white ipa or Belgian ipa, this is a spicy sticky flavor fest. Really enjoyed this! (761 characters)

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

Picked up a bomber from the Arrowhead Total Wine in mid-June for $7.99.

Beer poured golden with a wild white head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is Belgian yeast esters; apples and pears with light spices.

Taste is hints of those Belgian esters taken over by a major citrus hop bomb.

Mouthfeel is classic Belgian effervescence, the brew dances lightly across the palate.

Overall a well crafted brew. This style is definitely not for a lot of folks but i certainly enjoy it! (483 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a lightly hazy golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of lemon and citrus hops with coriander, pepper, and other Belgian yeast smells, wheat, and some floral and pine hops.

T - Starts off with a mix of Belgian yeast flavors with some coriander, pepper, and other spices with some fruity esters, lemon peel and citrus hops. Through the middle, some floral and hops hops come through with some bitterness and some wheat. The finish is a mix of Belgian yeast, spices, wheat, lemon zest, floral hops and some mild bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with moderate-plus carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry, spicy, and bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice combination of hops and Belgian yeast flavors. Really nicely balanced. (829 characters)

Photo of Florida9
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Slightly hazy light bright yellow. Forms a fairly large white head that sticks around pretty good. Lots of lacing.

S: Aroma is rather tame. Pale malts and some yeasty Belgian spice, but little else.

T: Flavor is much nicer. Sort of a hoppy Americanized version of a BPA. Light Belgian biscuit malt, toast, then lemon and citrus with lots of yeast derived spices.

M: Body is on the lighter side of medium. Good carbonation. Mild spiciness and a moderate bitterness.

O : A rather nice variation on the style. Definitely Americanized and much hoppier than the typical BPA. Paired nicely with food. (602 characters)

Photo of cwguy5
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
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 (512 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 shand
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
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. (758 characters)

Photo of LiquidCucumber
4.01/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a gigantic head. Looks light amber to hay-colored and very cloudy.

S - A bouquet of American hops and Belgian yeast with a small hint of spice (that could definitely could come from the yeast).

T - Oranges, mangoes and bubblegum. Lots of sweet fruit and some interesting spice (coriander I think).

M - Pretty light due to the high carbonation.

O - A really tasty brew, but not sure I think this is really very different from a standard Belgian IPA. Very happy these fantastic brewers created this collab though. (531 characters)

Photo of macrosmatic
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy dark yellow, with a huge white head but very little visible carbonation.

S: Pine, citrus and flowery hops with some fruity yeasty aromas.

T: Citrus and pine hops, Belgian yeast, a little fruity. Overall moderate bitterness.

M: Smooth mouthfeel, certainly not over-carbonated. A bit thicker than expected. Dry finish.

O: This was a good beer, a nice mix of IPA & Belgian characteristics. I very much enjoyed this one, although it may not be an everyday beer. (535 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 Phelps
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This collaboration between Founders and Green Flash was enjoyed in a snifter at Tops.

Pale whitish-gold, a goldenrod hue with slight haze. Atop is a fuzzy, one-finger head of pure white that does a good job of both sticking around and sticking to the glass.

The brewers have said that they lined up more than a dozen hop varieties in the brewery, then selected the three hops with the biggest citrus character to dry hop Linchpin. The result: a very fruity nose, both from the Belgian yeast and the hops. Bright pears and banana blend with sharp lemon as well as more tropical stuff, like mango and pineapple. A touch of biscuits and honey are noticeable below. Don't see how a white IPA could be much better.

In the flavor: big, pithy bitterness contributed by lemon and lime peel. Belgian fruits are milder here — just a splash of pear and pineapple, with a suggestion of banana at the finish. A good amount of alcohol here too. Clean, grainy finish.

Viscous medium body; moderate pinching carbonation; just a little hit of fizz. Appreciate the bigger body here. Alcohol is perhaps a bit too large for the beer, flashing hot in the throat.

Not bad. I’m not the biggest fan of the style, but this is at least fairly well-balanced, mixing bitterness with fruity esters. (1,280 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 beergoot
4.65/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sweet, spicy, lemony-clove aroma wafts over a crystal clear, yellow body and thick, chunky white head. Great carbonation...

Beautiful light malt sweetness wrapped aggressively with spicy hop bitterness. Light in feel, clean and dry in the finish.

An world-class effort. It's relatively soft and light mouthfeel belies its assertive yet well-balanced hop characteristics. Well worth checking out... (399 characters)

Photo of CHickman
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
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. (1,699 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Beertopia in Omaha, NE
No botled on date
Poured into a tulip glass

The Founders/Green Flash collaboration produces a beer clearly in line with the Green Flash hop intensities developed in Palate Wrecker and their West Coast IPA. Because of the hop intensity, I felt that little of the Belgian character or the wheat malt really was able to show through. While this was still a very drinkable "white IPA," I was disappointed that more of the "second yeast strain" and the "copious amounts of wheat malt" weren't able to shine through as much as I would have liked. Overall, it's a good IPA, but I don't see a need to buy another $8 bomber of it.

Pours a fluffy, 2cm, cleanly white head, composed of small bubbles with about average retention. Eventually, the head settles to a 0.5cm cap atop the beer. Lacing is copious and hangs on the sides of the glass in all manner of shapes and swirls. Body is a pale orange-yellow color, transparent, and with light bringing out the yellow highlights. Streams of carbonation are visible along the sides and bottom of the glass. In the tulip glass, this is one good-looking beer.

Without sediment: Aroma is bright, full of citrusy flavors reminiscent of well-balanced sweet and bitter tangerine, grapefruit, and orange flavors. There is a faint bit of wheat malt sweetness underneath this all. Adding sediment: Belgian character is noticeable now, with some pineapple and sweet Belgian yeast esters present. In general, though, the Belgian component to this is overwhelmed by the ale yeast and C-hops.

Taste opens with wheat malt sweetness and some candied orange peel, the front of the palate intensifying this and also adding a bit of bitterness, akin to candied orange peel alongside grapefruit zest. Mid-palate brings in intense bitterness with bright, refreshing citrus flavors such as grapefruit, orange, and tangerine. Closes out with lingering tangerine notes, ethanol, and continued bitterness. Long-lingering aftertaste of strong grapefruit bitterness. Really of palate destroying levels.

Beer is medium-bodied with mid-level carbonation, creating a smooth and slightly creamy-foamy mouthfeel. Ethanol appears in slight warming of nostrils and throat, becomes more noticeable as beer warms, mingling with a mild spiciness from the Belgian yeast. Finishes with an expected dryness and little stickiness on palate and lips. (2,386 characters)

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

Smells wonderful! It's like a blast of fresh Sumo Orange, starfruit powder (used for making smoothies), honeydew, and well, fruit salad. There is a confetti cupcake-like quality to the scent too, like the sweet lemon frosting that comes on the top. The hops smell so fresh, I was looking for them in the bottle.

The beer looks phenomenal! It pours a hazy medium straw color. The head is a pure white, soapy looking thing that has excellent retention and leaves lacing that is beyond beautiful.

Fresh hops right upfront on the palate bring a firm bitterness and a swath of citrus flavors. Midpalate the bitterness and hops continue but add a light bready flavor that rounds out the beer nicely on the finish as well.

Medium bodied and highly carbonated. Overall it looks like a Wit, but smells and tastes like an IPA, this beer is an amazing experience to behold. Seek it out, you won't be disappointed. (905 characters)

Photo of siege06nd
3.18/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a standard pint...

A. Pours a mostly clear goldenrod color with a massive three and a half finger eggshell head. Seriously aggressive head and lacing on this bad boy with fantastic retention. They call it a White IPA and this resembles that, with an almost Hefe-like head characteristic but an IPA color and clarity. Very tasty looking.

S. Citrus, including lots of orange zest and pineapple, maybe some subtle hints of mango. And then some very prominent Belgian spice and yeast notes. The bready and candied characteristics of the Belgian yeast combined with the spicy citrus qualities of the hops give this almost a lemon sugar cookie smell.

T. Less appealing. This drinks like orange juice after brushing your teeth, or like the canned orange juice if it's not shaken up really well. It's a lot of bitterness and spiciness where you expect something sweeter and smoother. None of these flavors really play together too well, but the finish is unabashedly and harshly bitter. Not very good.

M. Light-medium bodied and well carbonated. Nice crispness. Flavors, however, lack some balance.

O. An interesting experiment that ultimately fails. To be fair, I'm not sure it's really possible to accomplish what they tried to here, because the hops are just way too strong and completely clash with the Belgian yeast. It creates an overly bitter, harsh finish when it should be smooth, creamy, and spicy. I really liked the idea of this on paper, but it didn't work out. "A" for effort, though. (1,507 characters)

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 prototypic
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
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. (2,059 characters)

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