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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Ratings: 289 |  Reviews: 93
Photo of freduardo
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear, super clear. Bright gold. Head is fluffy, creamy, bright-white with a tight carbonation. Nice sheets of lacing. Pours with a lively carbonation. Bright and happy.

Smell: Oh Belgian yeast strains. Hits hard to clove and bubblegum. Massively sweet bubblegum. Nice ripe banana and a faint spiciness in the back. Hops are big and citrusy and help cut through the yeast. Crackers. Almost cotton candy-like sweetness. Malts are mellow. Super pale and clean.

Taste: Super clove. Rough spice edge. Belgian yeast adds a big layer of spiciness. The bubblegum aroma barely pulls a flavor, letting the clove dominate. Hops are herbal and with a faint pepper kick. Pale malts offer no balance, but help mute things a touch. Cracker and white bread crust. Floral like roses. Aspirin like bitterness on the back. Earthy.

Mouthfeel: Clean with a lingering bitterness. Medium body with a slightly above average carbonation. It works here. Dry.

Overall: I was expecting something a bit more aggressive. It looks like Founders helped reign in the Green Flash hop aggression. Nice balance of flavors, if a bit heavy on the Belgian influence.

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Photo of pburland23
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

So, white IPAs are hot this year. I wasn't a fan of the black IPA craze, let's see how this one goes.

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into my CBS snifter.

Appearance: Beer pours a hazy light orange with two fingers of voluminous bright white head. Some good looking lacing Nice looking pour but nothing spectacular.

Smell: Belgian yeast notes dominate the aroma. Clove, bananas, and a general earthy fruitiness. Light and refreshing smelling beer.

Taste: Several layers of flavor going on here. Sip starts off with floral hops notes. Then I pick up some tropical fruits mostly noticeably some melon rind. The finish is dry and full of Belgian yeast flavors. The flavors work together well and I'm enjoying the taste here.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and highly quaffable. A high level of carbonation which adds some creaminess to the body.

Overall: I love IPAs but I don't usually drink them in the warmest weather months because they just seem a little too big for warm temperatures. This beer bridges that gap for me. Its hoppy but light and drinkable. I enjoyed it and will explore the style more as a result.

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Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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 AlexChillton
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of ConorThomas
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Stumpy29er
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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 IheartTomorrow
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of channels321
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of hlaus
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of timwardjr
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of vrbulldog22
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of keenanite21
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of ucsbmullet
5/5  rDev +31.2%

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 portia99
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into an Allagash stemmed glass.

A - Pours a bright orangey golden color with good clarity...not quite as light in color as I thought this would be. Four thick fingers of fluffy white foam sit on top of the beer and show excellent staying power. Thick lacing is left on the glass almost entirely coating the surface.

S - Citrus - oranges, lemons up front, coriander, touch of cloves, touch of bubble gum, a bit on the sweet side, tons of wheat.

T - Tons of citrus, fresh grapefruit, grapefruit rind, lemons, lots of wheat. Sharp bitterness that takes over and lingers far past the swallow. Gives an overall dry impression without any residual sweetness able to penetrate the hops. Some spiciness gets thru too with cloves and coriander most noticeable.

M - Lightish to medium body with a medium/high carbonation level. Crisp, bitter, very citrusy, incredibly dry. Intense flavors linger past the swallow a long, long time.

O - Good, but mostly could be called one dimensional. Heavy handed citrus hops and intense bitterness...really no residual sweetness. A bit of a harsh feel, not really quaffable although not a slow sipper either. Good, but lacking the nuances of the best out there.

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Photo of marshmeli
2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

Photo of chugalug06
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Massive, five-finger, milky white foam head. Brew is light yellow with nice clarity, even with lots of wheat. Orange hues too. Elegant circular lacing.

Whoa, super Belgian nose; banana, clove, apples, pears, and pine. Interesting, nice and light. Smells a bit more like a Tripel then an IPA, but still a nice scent.

Perfect light bitterness mixed with Belgian yeast, surrounded by banana coated wheat. Too heavy on the carbonation, but other aspects make up. Nice sweetness from the wheat and hops. Hops provide nice sticky pine resin.

Awesome White IPA... The scent is a bit "off", but it sits very nice once consumed. Recommended for a refreshing change to your "typical" hopbomb IPA.

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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 mmmaaattt
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of justinlaz
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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 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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Linchpin White IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
3.81 out of 5 based on 289 ratings.
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