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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Photo of bum732
2.84/5  rDev -25.5%
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 -25.5%
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 -24.9%
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%
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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Photo of ThickNStout
2.98/5  rDev -21.8%
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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Photo of siege06nd
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
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%
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 -15.7%
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 -15.2%
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 socon67
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
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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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.36/5  rDev -11.8%
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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Photo of RuckusDu
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - nice two fingers of white head. Body is slightly cloudy but wonderful lacing. Color of wheat, soft orange and yellow.

S - orange, coriander, and allspice. Also some slight orange rind.

T - smooth and harsh hops, a little barnyard funk, orange, and candied fruits. Again a little orange rind.

M - strong carbonation and moderate body.

O - very refreshing and easy to drink. The flavor is pretty average for the style but they get the little things right on this one. No complaints.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.43/5  rDev -10%
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.

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Photo of katan
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz into a pint

A - Golden, very clear. Lots of frothy white head. Slow to break down to a film.

S - Spicy, strong - white pepper really dominates. Just the smallest amount of pilsner malts hiding back there.

T - Starts off rather spicy, dry, strong white pepper flavors. Mid-stream gets a resinous hop flavor and a stronger pepper flavor. Almost biting. Almost medicinal. Strange. Finishes with a little bit of citrus hop flavors.

M - Fully carbonated to say the least. Very effervescent.

O/D - Very white belgian IPA - more white than IPA. That spiciness really is good but I just can't get past that strange flavor in the mid -stream. It goes right to the edge of Belgian yeast flavors with strong hopping and then something goes too far.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


On tap at Urge.

A: Yellow gold with an inch of white froth.

S: Perfumy floral notes with coriander, pepper, and orange zest. Peach and tangerine with lesser notes of grapefruit. Heavy on the phenols

T: Peppery up front with orange zest and grapefruit. There's a little coriander in there with orange flesh and band aid. I get some apple as well. Phenolic, astringent, bitter finish.

M: Upper light body with upper medium carbonation.

Overall: Hops battling with phenols makes it difficult for a beer to rise above a certain level. There are pleasant aspects, but the combination is nothing to write home about. If there's one style that didn't need to happen it's the White IPA. That being said, this is a well executed White IPA.

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Photo of popery
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pale gold with a thick white head. Some lacing. Quite hazy. The aroma has musty yeast, grassy hops and witbier spicing. There's also some light malt in there, but it's well in the background. It all blends together fine. It's just a bit underwhelming. The hops aren't juicy or bright enough, and there's a bit too much spicing for my taste. The taste is similar, decent but nothing special. Still too much spice. Mild caramel. A bit too sweet for me, and the hops are a bit bland. Mouthfeel is ok, but I'd prefer it lighter. It's kinda too round, if that makes any sense. It's an alright beer, but other white IPAs have been better. I'm pretty surprised as I'm a big fan of both breweries. This would have benefited with more similarities to Rayon Vert - juicier hops, lighter mouthfeel, drier malt flavor, etc.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1282nd Review on BA
Bottle to Pint

Purchased at El Cerrito Liquor.

App- Really cant call this a white IPA. The color is still mostly of the base yellow for a AAL but has a lot of bubble activity and a 2 finger white head that lasted for a long time. Scarce amount of cling.

Smell- As it warms it was a bit better but it was just okay. Slight hops come wofting up and a small citrus note with a small wheat. A weaker version of Collab #2 from Deschutes/Blvd.

Taste- A bit malty with a stronger hop tinge. As it warmed a bit more of the caramel flavors came into play. Really like a strong wit with more hops to it. Semi-balanced with a bit of a peppery/buttery flavor.

Mouth- A soft medium body with a full medium carbonation. A witbier flavor remains. A bit of malty finish.

Drink- I really wanted to like this more but it was just okay. Still a nice beer for the style, but other IPA options exist.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of argock
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $7.99.

A: Hazy golden with thick, 3-finger of foamy white head with good retention and a lot of wisps of chunky lace all around the glass.

S: Pithy grapefruit, musk, and light lemongrass aromas meet the tangy wheat and light maltiness.

T: The flavor is very tangy like a very hoppy saison but with a lot of pithy grapefruit flavor. The maltiness is very nondescript and stays out of the hops' way. The hops' one-dimensional nature is a bit disappointing. The yeast component is not very prominent other than lending some extra tartness.

M: It is a very dry, almost puckering beer due to the pithy nature of the hoppiness. The body is really nice though with a firm medium body that drinks much lighter. Carbonation is fine and provides some crispness.

O: I think this is a good beer for people who really like the grapefruit pith hops flavor. If they are trying to measure up to Little Sumpin Sumpin, they fell short. They would need a more lush, less astringent mouthfeel and an increase in both malt and hops complexity to get in the ballpark. Not a bad beer though and worth a try.

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Photo of prototypic
3.58/5  rDev -6%
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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Photo of DovaliHops
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden color with a large, fluffy white head that takes a while to go down. Scent is a bit spicy with a mellow hop aroma. Smells more like a Belgian IPA than an American IPA...maybe that's what this new trend of "white IPAs" are supposed to be like. Taste is also similar to a Belgian-style IPA. At first there is a well-balanced blend of pepper and spice with bitter hops. A little bit of coriander with some lemon and orange peel. Leaves a somewhat bitter lingering taste on the back of the tongue. Mouthfeel is light bodied and crisp. Drinkability is high. Overall, a little disappointed by this one. Don;t get me wrong, it is very tasty...but just seems like "Meh" attemt by two amazing breweries. I mean, Green Flash has the hop department down...and Founders knows its way around a barrel and maple syrup... They could have done something a little more interesting is all I'm saying. Good beer though.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is hoppy and yeasty with a sweet citrus hint, not strong but still appealing. Pours a slightly hazy bright yellow with a thick, fluffy, white head. Flavor has a hoppy and rather bitter core, with woody, yeasty and orange tones. Bitterness plus a little citrus sourness equals the drinker making faces! Firm, smooth texture has a decent amount of fizz, leaving a hoppy, yeasty, bitter finish. A bold and distinctive IPA for the strong of heart - and taste buds.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
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 parris
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
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

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Linchpin White IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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