Linchpin White IPA | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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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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Reviews: 93 | Ratings: 289
Photo of beergoot
4.65/5  rDev +22%
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...

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.65/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a hazy orange/yellow with 2 fingers fluffy off white head, tons of lacing, great retention. smells of fresh hops blasted into my nostrils as soon as the cap popped. smells of cloves, pine, coriander, grapefruit, smells like an actual hop cone is next to my nose.
slightly bitter up front, lots of sweet malts followed up by a spicy taste (saison style), slight hint of citrus in the finish.. grapefruit, orange, coriander, banana.. this is a hell of a beer.
light-medium body.. refreshing and crisp initially, but once it hits the palate it feels rich, creamy.. moderate carbonation, very crisp/refreshing.
so glad i asked for 2 bottles of this from a trade. totally worth it, one of the best tasting beers i've ever had.

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Photo of swoopdog
4.54/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A - Rumpelstiltskin golden straw color with a huge 3 to 4 fingers worth of billowy white head (pour this over a sink) nice carbonation with some alcohol feet . Sticky long lasting lacing. Awesome looking!

S - Grapefruit hop bitters with some light citrus with sweet tarty lemon notes. Lot more hops are evident if you sniff the neck. Getting a high astringency which I am not surprised by since this is part Green Flash and they are known for the smell of their hops.

T - Lots of citrus like I expected and the hop profile follows the nose nicely. Astringent qualities in the middle of the mouth that smooths out with some of that Belgian yeast taking over. The end of the mouth is lots of earthy tastes maybe some lemon grass.

M - Highly carbonated with a medium body lots of dry effervescent qualities from the hops and lemony zests.

O - I am not sure the last time I had a Belgian IPA if ever but as a White Ale or a Belgian Pale I can say this carries lots of those big west coast hop characteristics over into making this a full fledged IIPA. This is a collaboration between two of my favorite breweries. I think also something should be said for how easy drinking this is despite the higher ABV. Damn good!

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Photo of Neorebel
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Taking a look at the color, it's a brilliant straw color, crystal clear like honey, with a robust cotton-like head that isn't going anywhere. Lots of foamy lacing on the sides of the glass later on. It looks great, but I'm a little thrown off seeing a 'Belgian IPA' with this sort of appearance. I'm instantly sold on the scents coming from this beer... resinous hops, zesty citrus, lemongrass, coriander, flowers, and grainy wheat. What an interesting marriage of styles. There are moments where I am thinking I am tasting a DFH Namaste Belgian White, with wheat breads, herbs, and spices. On the other hand, there is a Belgian yeast flavor and the piny, earthy hops. The beer seems kind of filling and its medium-bodied. Not a very noticeable alcohol presence. Coats the mouth pleasantly, and the only negative aspect I am finding, is that it is a little too sharp and dry to me. I think this is a noteworthy experiment and collaboration, not sure why other review scores are not higher. Give it a try!

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +16%
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.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
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!

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Photo of PeterIngemi
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a duvel glass.

A- pours a hazy orange golden with two fingers of fluffy white head.... Excellent lacing... All the way down, this is a damn good lookin beer.

S- deep resinous citrus, this smells nice and hoppy, I don't really pick up the Belgian yeast much in the nose perhaps there is a light spice blended in with grainy wheat, which I begin to pick up as the beer warms.

T- deep citrus up front blended over a grainy dry malt backbone, turning into slightly resinous pine with a touch of spice on the end, dry and grainy wheat finish, along with a touch of lingering resinous pine. The blend of yeasts and the hop choices here work beautifully together, along with the dry grainy wheat
.... I really love the balance and profile.

M: medium grainy bodies and dry as a bone, the dryness I feel really brings out the hop profile and ties the brew together with the Belgian yeast. If I had to guess id say the American yeast came from founders because it has that creamy founders mouthfeel a lot of their beers have.... And green flash excels with its Belgians.

O: awesome! Love it... I have to admit I was a little skeptical when I read about this brew, but it's green flash and founders.... And they rose to the occasion, this was a different and utterly delicious IPA.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.26/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
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!

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Photo of chadman7il
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of cvm4
4.16/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Love the label on the bottle.

A - Pours golden yellow, slightly cloudy. Definite 2 finger white head. Great lacing.

S - Huge hop presence, lemon rind and orange peel.

T - It's like a cross between a Belgian pale ale and a saison. Huge hop presence meets bready yeast. Lemon zest mixed in with a bitter ending. Very well done!

M - Medium carbonation, seems a bit thin.

O - Loved it, would drink again! Great collaboration here.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of tlazaroff
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of mscudder
4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Served in a pint.

A - Cloudy, grapefruit-orange. One finger pale head. Good retention and quality lacing.

S - Juicy grapefruit among some other sweet fruits. Light Belgian yeasts and a touch of hops.

T - Large grapefruit bitterness. Finishes dry with juiciness from tropical fruits. Both piney and citrus hops.

M - Medium body with good carbonation.

O - An enjoyable white IPA. Not the best I have ever had, but I would buy again if they brewed it once more.

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Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
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 shand
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of Chaney
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
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!

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Photo of tdm168
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
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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Photo of dbossman
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
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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Photo of ocelot2500
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw color with a pillowy white head that fades slowly leaving moderately sized chunks of lacing.

Smells of citrus peel and coriander with a touch of grass.

Tastes of a big wave of hops up front with a Belgian background. Hops lead off with citrus, grass, and a bit of pine. Some sweetness comes in to add to the citrus notes along with some peppery spiciness. Coriander is also present and adds to the citrus as well. Ends with a slightly astringent bitterness.

Mouthfeel is full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is very good, but do not go into it thinking it is a traditional IPA. It definitely has a big Belgian character to it.

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Photo of Kmccabe33
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a very nice looking orangeish goldish hue, with a nice substantial white foamy head. Nice lacing and overall an interesting yet nice color.
S- Has a very noticeable belgian smell but with a hint of hops and floral aromas to show that it is still considering an IPA. Very interesting smell and quite inviting.
T- Just as it smells, very belgian and yet quite IPA. You get the flavor of what I assume is the belgian yeast, almost reminds me of a dubbel and an IPA cross, which I am assuming what it is supposed to be.
M- Very smooth mouthfeel, surprising dryness at the end, but overall quite good, but still seems to be missing something. This is alot better than I was expecting, but still lacking some character.
O- A good example of the style, although I am not sure that I think this style can really be perfected that well. Have sampled a couple other "White Ipas" and this is definitely the best, but still not as good as I think could be possible.

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Photo of Kromes
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw color with a thick white head that looks like shaving cream on top of the beer. Sheets of lacing down the glass. Biscuity malt and a big funky yeast aroma with some herbal and grassy hop.

More of the biscuity malt and herbal hop with a big yeasty funk. Finishes bitter with a lingering alcohol, Belgian spice and herbal hop flavor. Not a bad beer. One of the better Belgian IPAs I've had.

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Photo of cwguy5
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
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

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