Linchpin White IPA | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Linchpin White IPALinchpin White IPA
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Linchpin White IPALinchpin White IPA

Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Collaboration with Founders.

Added by notchucknorris on 05-09-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 289 |  Reviews: 93
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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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.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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.

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

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.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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.

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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.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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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.

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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.

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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

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4.4/5  rDev +14.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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Linchpin White IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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