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 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 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 jlindros
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thought this would be an interesting collab, Founders and Green Flash, both make awesome beers.

Pours a pasty white 1.5 finger creamy head that fades semi slowly with decent lacing, over semi hazy golden orange honey colored beer, with lots of bubbles floating up from the bottom.

Nose has some interesting hops, light resinous musty fresh hop with some light grapefruit, hint of citrus and tangerine, and just a bit of a sweet malty base.

Taste starts fairly bitter, with a nice big hop bite. Starts with some musty resinous hops, slight hop oils with that, and it even gets slightly astringent as it goes along. There are some light grapefruit and citrus hop additions, with hint of tangerine and orange zest bitterness. A light sweet malty base under that tries to prop it up but doesn't go far. The finish brings a slight booze warmth, semi dry, and a long lingering hop bitterness that gets a bit astringent, with light musty resinous hops, and light orange citrus flavor.

Mouth is med to slightly heavier bodied, good carb, light warming booze.

Overall not bad, bit too bitter and astringent, decent resinous hop flavors and some decent citrus and grapefruit, with a light malty base that tries to help but is too little too late and it gets a bit too overpowering.

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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 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 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 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 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 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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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 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 avalon07
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a yellow color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch of creamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A lot of hops in the aroma, along with a good shot of citrus as well.

T: Tasted of hops (a fairly large amount), citrus (orange, tangerine), a little malt, and some yeast. An interesting flavor that's almost an IPA, but also almost a Belgian beer.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a bitter, somewhat slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a slightly oddball beer, but worth a shot. Drinkable.

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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 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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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 billab914
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Mad Fox glass. It poured golden in color with a foamy, sticky white head to it. Great retention and lacing as I drank it.

The aroma mixes a citrusy, juicy, American hop profile with the earthy, Belgian yeast spice. I get some nice notes of orange zest, grapefruit and citrus rind to the hops. Pretty nice aroma to it overall.

The taste shows more of the bitter grapefruit and citrus rind flavors coming out of the hoppiness. The Belgian yeast spice seems to add an earthy, herbal bitterness of it's own as well as some coriander and orange peel flavors. It's a little juicier and peppery up front, but turns very dry and bitter in the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being a little higher than average. Overall, it was a pretty good beer with some nice flavors to it. It wasn't amazing for the style, but I'd drink it again.

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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 Jimmys
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bomber into oversized wine glass.

A: very hazed, bright yellow/orange body. head is white and very fluffy. good retention and lacing. looks like a saison more than an IPA or a wit.

S: a lot of cantaloupe. peppercorns. wheat. the peppercorn is strong. the malt can be detected through the fruit/hop/peppercorn aroma, but is not too obvious.

T: fruity. orange candies. peaches. a little bit of malt chew. finish is peppery and citrical. i would guess citra hops were used. finish is slightly bitter, but mostly dry. i would say more witty than IPA-y, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.

M: spritely and finely carbonated. a big medium body.

D: a little bit of alcoholic heat on both the nose and the body that is hard to completely ignore. otherwise, very american hop profile on a very wheaty body. cool beer, not sure if i can justify the $10 price tag though.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy bright yellowish orange with a tremendous 3-finger white billowy head which leaves picture puzzle lace.

N: Citrus/lemon, bready yeast, floral notes, banana/wheat.

T: Yeasty bread up front with floral and citrus lemon/lime hops on the finish.

M: Medium body and lots of carbonation. Semi-bitter, dry hop finish.

O: A bit too much yeast and wheat for me, although it is refreshing. An interesting combination of styles that kinda works.

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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 Chico1985
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Cam! Hadn't heard of this beer yet.

Pours a hazy light orange. White head retains decently leaving some lace.

Smell is a little weak, getting Belgian bready/yeastiness and some light American hop notes of the citrus and earthy variety.

Taste is better, the "white"ness takes the lead but there is a good amount of hop flavor as well. Lots of wheat, yeast, sweetish malts and some spice giving it somewhat of a witbier feel. Nice variety of hop flavor there as well with citrus, grassy, herbal, light peach.

Smooth mouthfeel, well-carbonated, no complaints.

An interesting beer that accomplishes its goal, nice combo and balance of a Belgian witbier and American IPA. Kinda reminds me of of some the American "wheat IPAs" I've had.

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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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