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

Founders and Green Flash collaboration intrigued me. Reviewed from notes.

A- Hazy and yeasty golden orange body with a large white cap. Creamy head retention and small lace patches as I drink it down.

S- Witbier Belgian yeast forward with orange, lemon zest, spicy coriander and grassy herbal notes.

T- Again, a smooth Belgian yeast profile makes up the majority of what is going on here. Herbal hops, coriander, cloves, orange zest, peach west coast hops and some esters.

MF- Creamy light body with moderate carbonation. Clean bitterness rounds it all out on the palate in the finish.

A flavorful and intelligent blend of styles. The hops and yeast work pretty well with each other and makes for a good beer.

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Photo of Viciousknishs
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a golden white color with two fingers of fluffy white head. Amazing head retention with gobs of lacing on the side of the glass.

S- great blend of hop and yeast aromas. Yeast eaters give off peach and apricot characteristics with floral orange hop notes. Backbone of bready wheat on the finish.

T- juicy fruit and orange marmalade flavor hit the palate at first. Wheat breadiness mid-palate. Belgian dusty yeast and substantial hop bitterness on the finish.

MF- fluffy full mouthfeel with a medium body. Good small bubbled carbonation.

D- very bitter on the finish which I don't mind but brings the drinkability down.

Overall an above average beer.

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Photo of SHODriver
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a light orange with a two finger fluffy white head
S: smells of corriander, some citrus zest, and some nice slightly piney hop aroma
T: tastes of pale malt, some grapefruit, corriander, a little bit of that zest, and some floral hop. On the swallow there's a nice kick of citrusy hops.
M: light to medium body with medium carbonation.
O: Good flavors and a tasty beer but doesn't do much to stand out from other white IPAs.

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

A: Almost perfectly clear golden pour with a huge fizzy white head on top. Head fades slowly, leaving good lacing on the glass.

S: Loaded with wheat with tons of orange and lemon. A little coriander. Very refreshing.

T: Orange, lemon and grapefruit hop burst up front. Maybe just a hint of pine too? Wheaty malt kicks in to help balance but the bitterness lasts throughout the entire tasting experience. A little spice can be tasted here and there, coriander at least. A bit of resin in the aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, quite drying in the aftertaste.

O: Decent beer. Basically it's a hoppy witbier. Maybe an "american witbier"? It's a little unbalanced, quite bitter as the hops overload the rest of the beer. Pretty typical of a green flash brew however. It's tasty enough though, I enjoyed it.

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

A: Hazy golden-yellow with a huge, frothy, pillowy, white head. Hangs around for a while but fades into no lace or retention.

S: Belgian yeast, fruity and spicy malt, faint hops at the back.

T: Quite tasty. The two styles have their own flavors and they come together nicely. Yeasty, fruity, bready malt with slightly fruity hops. Starts as a Belgian Wit and finishes with enough American IPA to make this is a solid White IPA.

M: Sweet with medium carbonation. Can be a bit cloying towards the end of the bottle. Very drinkable overall.

O: Enjoyed this collab from two fantastic breweries. Give it a drink if you have the chance.

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Photo of rand
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a couple of 650 mL bombers from the brewery on release day. Poured into a nonic pint glass

A: Light apricot in color, a cloudy haze and effervescent complexion give way to a fluffy, cavernous 2-inch head that is slow to recede.

S: The brew has an interesting aroma as floral fragrances and ripe fruit lean up against pine and citrus notes. It's an almost even give-and-take, although I'm not sure the scents are working with or against each other. There's plenty of spice notes bouncing abount - pepper, orange rind, dash of nutmeg - reminding of the Belgian aspects.

T: Flavors are a little more streamlined than I was fearing. Ripe fruit and drying spice are fairly well situated against a fresh and bitter hop undertone. A dose of malt sweetness keeps the hops from becoming too astringent, and keeps them in a surprisingly supporting role - the Belgian tones of fruit and spice become the distinguishing aspects, especially at the finish. A mix of bitter and drying spice, especially nutmeg and coriander, linger between sips.

M: Medium bodied and well carbonated. The beer has the crisp complexion and mouthfeel of an IPA.

I was pretty satisfied with this brew. It didn't knock me on my ass, but I feared the aggressive aspects of an IPA would dominate, and the nose yields multiple and disjointed layers, but in fact the opposite happened: the floral hops worked as a backdrop for the fruity and spicy elements of a Belgian white.

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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 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 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 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 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 match1112
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: hazy yellow orange body. two fingers of dirty white head last a couple minutes, leaving some lacing.

s: wheat, yeast, corriander, orange, lemon and grapefruit.

t: wheat and yeasty spice, maybe some corriander. loads of citrus goodness and a touch of pine.

m: medium body. ecent carbonation. dry finish.

o: was really wanting the yeast to do a little more and thought it was maybe a little too dry. however i really enjoy it.

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Photo of PatrickSwayze
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly foggy pilsner blonde. Reveals a white frothy forehead 

S: A great fragrance comes from this beer, very mellow but beautifully citrus almost in way like brett.

T: This beer after my first sip really reminds me of the  Deschutes No. 2 Collab that was mentioned below. Strikingly similar, but a slightly hoppier wheat sasion if their was such a thing. Orange and lemon dominate my palate in a wonderful blend of flavors.

M: Perfectly dry and smooth  with just enough hops to gracefully tingle your taste buds.

O: Well that was an excellent beer. Not sure of this was Green Flashes first collab, but if it was it sure is a great start. By the way the beer is 7.0% abv and not. 7.5% as stated in the info

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

Bottle from Korkers in CDM. Enjoyed at weekly cliff-side sunset.

appearance - pours a golden yellow / orange. Very hazy and comes with a fluffy (2) finger head which leaves a really nice lacing on the glass.

smell - citrus and pine. Not overly strong scent

taste - first thought is unique & unexpected. Hops show up in the front and back. strong flavors of wheat and breadiness in the body. Spices come through very strong in the end along with some piney / grapefruit bitterness. Most interesting part was there seemed to be some stronger malt at the end which reminded me of a malt liquor. Seems very well balanced between hops and malt. Not overly complex.

mouth feel - smooth, bitter, and a little sweetness

overall - enjoyed the beer. Solid but not great. Something a little off or unexpected about it. Not as light as other White IPAs I have had. A fun summer beer. Not familiar with Founder's beers but was reminiscent of Green Flash's Rayon Vert.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at O'Brien's. Collaboration between Green Flash and Founders.

A: Slightly hazy brilliant gold color with a one finger white head. Some slight spotty lacing.

S: I get a touch of wheat with some pine and weedy smelling hops. A bit of an earthiness to it as well.

T: A decent amount of hop flavor with a bit of a grapefruit juice like sourness. A touch of wheat and coriander in the middle and a slightly dry and puny finish. The wheat lends a nice thickness to the mouthfeel without making the beer feel too heavy.

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