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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1.75/5  rDev -54.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of bum732
2.84/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

S: Saison like, some grassiness, floral, orange.

L: Hazy, golden yellow, big white creamy head with solid retention and lacing.

T: Phenolic like malt with a spicy like bitterness. Quite bitter with lots of herbal notes. Very saison like throughout. Semi-dry and grassy and hoppy.

M: Medium high carbonation, medium high body

Doesn't really work, I think they were trying for a hoppy saison, but really messy. The saison yeast overpowers everthing except the hops.

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Photo of TenHornsProud
2.84/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a cloudy light orange with a fluffy white head that lingers.

Smells of phenolic Belgian yeast, astringency and some coriander-like spices.

Taste is up front light fruit, peppery spice that goes into a slightly astringent middle before ending more bitter, pine and phenolic finish. Tastes better than it smells.

Medium body and medium carbonation works OK.

Considering the parties involved, this is a huge disappointment. The Belgian phenolic characteristics really clash with the bitterness of the beer and leave me confused.

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Photo of Mcculler
2.86/5  rDev -25.3%
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).

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Photo of bobhits
2.97/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

L. A bright yellow beer with orange hints pulling through. There is plenty of haze, making this beer completely opaque. A good 2 inches of white foam formed leaving lacing that impresses.

S. Aromas of passion fruit, grape fruit, and frankly an amazing amount of overly ripe fruit. This seems to have nailed the white IPA aroma to near perfection with nice caramel sugared sweetness finishing things off.

T. There's a LOT of wheat flavor in this beer compared to other white IPAs I've had. The wheat really adds a sour and tart flavor that doesn't work for me with the wonderful hops. I want to give more description here, but with a cool-cold beer this is just tangy, tart, and there's a lingering bitter hop profile that's being really blown away by the hops. Once the beer warms up the tartness and the hops seem even.

M Extremely well carbonated gives this one a huge feel. At 7% this is a good sized, but hardly a huge beer, but boy does the carbonation make it seem bigger.

O. This is a hard beer to explain. It has the bite of a GREAT IPA, but the tart wheat flavors aren't for me nor do they work well with this beer. It you want a clean malt flavor with some what elements and a hell of a bitter/tart kick this might work well for you. For me, I'm glad to have tried it but I won't be looking for another bottle.

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2.98/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle from Sherlock's (Marietta, GA). 7.99. No apparent bottling date. Served in a Southern Tier snifter.

Pours cloudy straw yellow with three pillowy fingers of off white head leaving large clumps of lacing.

Smells of lemon zest, coriander, orange peel and wheat bread. Interesting, different but not what I look for in an IPA.

Tastes more in line with what something labeled as IPA should be. Starts with lemony citrus, white peppercorns, and faint orange peel. Continues with wheat bread, grapefruit, mild pine and grass. Alot going on here.

Medium body with heavy carbonation. Slightly oily slick. Long dry finish.

Given the quality I've come to expect from both Green Flash and Founders this one fell a bit flat for me. It is an interesting take on an emerging style with a complex and unique flavor profile. I'm willing to concede that perhaps white IPAs are not my thing but it just didn't do it for me and I'll be passing on this in the future.

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of siege06nd
3.18/5  rDev -17%
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.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Cloudy yellow, deft retention of over one inch of head. Aroma didn't impart hops or wheat.

Taste was bitter, super estery belgian yeast dominates. Alcohol prominent. While competent, this beer isn't anything worth a repeat purchase or recommendation.

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Photo of mactrail
3.21/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hoppy beer with the unusual dry wheat base. A little grainy, but different from the rye flavors of that style. Plenty of bitterness with barely a touch of sweetness. Some biscuit taste but overwhelmed by the bitter hops. After some sipping the grapefruit takes over. In the end, it's another deeply bitter beer with a hint of resiny aroma.

Quite a lovely beer poured in the Ommegang chalice, just to be different. Nice foam and long lasting suds give the mouthfeel a near creaminess. Light golden amber in color. A pleasant gulp, but the increasingly harsh flavors stay around much too long.

I suppose this is the beach head for a new invasion of aggressive wheat beers. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Litickers in Ocean Beach ($7.99).

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Photo of sleuthdog
3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured into tulip

Pour: Color is of a light orange hay like color with a huge 3 to 4 finger bright white head that leaves a lot of sticky lacing behind. Settles to a clumpy like consistency on the surface.

Smell: Mild citrus, grapefruit and lemon notes mix with a peppery note. There is a bread like aroma (belgian yeast?) and a faint floral and pine hop.

Taste: Interesting and not what I was expecting. Tastes much like a belgian with a strong yeast component but also a very mild IPA. I get a bit of bitter pine mixed with some faint citrus lemon and grapefruit. Like in the nose I get a pepper taste and some spice.

Mouthfeel: Pretty light actually with a creamy mouthfeel and a decent amount of carbonation.

Overall: Have not had anything quite like this so I personally don't have anything to compare it too. I would not go out of my way to try anything that described it as similar to this. Glad I tried it but thats about it.

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Photo of mrelizabeth
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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