Friday, July 13, 2012
A Rare Whiff
Linchpin White IPA, a collaboration between Green Flash Brewing and Founders Brewing wasn't a bad beer, but I'd call it a boring and mediocre beer. It's unique in that it's not only a wheat IPA, but it's also a Belgian IPA. You don't find too many wheat IPAs, I can't think of another, and after Linchpin I see why. I didn't find it that hoppy, nor did it have much Belgian yeast flavor. The best I can say is that it was a hoppy wit. As with most wits I drink, a little bit goes a long way, and I grew tired of Linchpin long before I finished the bottle.
A couple of issues worked against Linchpin. I drank the bottle during the Lakers' elimination game against the Thunder, which soured my mood. I also have such high regard for Green Flash, I'd come to believe it couldn't brew a bad beer, or in Linchpin's case help brew a mediocre beer. If Linchpin was brewed by another, lesser brewer, I probably would have had a better opinion of it, which is a ridiculous bar I've set for Green Flash. Maybe I should just blame Founders, whose beers I have never tried. If I see Linchpin on draft somewhere I'll give it another shot.