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Review of Green Flash/Founders LinchPin

Hi guys.  For today’s craft beer review I’m going to be trying the collaboration beer called LinchPin produced by the Green Flash Brewing Company situated in San Diego, California and the Founders Brewing Company located in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

I found this commercial description of LinchPin from the Founders website, foundersbrewing.com.  However, I think it was brewed at Green Flash, so be sure to check out greenflashbrew.com as well to see some of their other spectacular brews.

“There’s a lot going on in this beer with two yeast strains, copious amounts of wheat malt, and a big focus on ‘C’ hops to deliver a citrus explosion,” explains Green Flash Brewmaster, Chuck Silva. “In fact we lined up more than a dozen hop varieties in the brewery to select three hops with the biggest citrus character to dry hop the beer. “This golden beer pours with beautiful, frothy white beer foam that lasts due to bottle conditioning. Gently rousing the yeast that settles in the bottle will result in a fuller texture and a more cloudy white appearance. The citrus aromas that jump from the glass are largely tangerine up front with other types of citrus notes that mingle with the Belgian yeast esters. Hop flavors of bitter orange zest dominate the brew and linger to the finish with a nice play of American and Belgian yeast combo.” A beer with so many components can be held together with a “Linchpin”. The official “Linchpin” of this beer is the skillful collaboration between the two breweries to create a unique hop-forward brew. Linchpins are symbolic: two simple shapes that combine to strengthen a bond amongst many different pieces.

Sounds good.  Let’s drink.

This beer came in a 22 oz. bottle and it had an ABV of 7.0%.

It poured a hazy, yellow to pineapple juice color with a bright, white head.  The texture was soft, sudsy, soapy and semi-rocky.  It was sized greatly, the retention time was excellent and the lacing was patchy and cobwebby.

The nose released some hints of grapefruit citrus, clean white bread and some floral notes.  I also discovered some fresh grassiness, yeast and lemon along with a slight mineral fragrance.  It seemed well balanced and pleasant to me.  The mineral note was not all that distracting either.

The taste had both the grapefruit and lemon citrus.  Savors of grass and hay as well as the white breads and fresh floral tones.  A very, very light peppery spice tickled on the back side too.  The bitterness was nice, yet the hop bite seemed to be somewhat relaxed.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied.  Dry, crisp, refreshing and thirst quenching.  The carbonation was good and not too lively.  Only a minor amount of warmth was felt and a good deal of flavor was left behind after each gulp.

Overall, I found this to be a very nice beer.  This brew was released back in the Summer and I got to sample it during the late Summer/early Fall, but it probably would be best suited for the warmer weathered season.  I doubt that I would turn it down no matter what the weather if it were offered however.  The drinkability was outstanding. I absolutely killed this bottle in no time flat.  I hope that they make this again at some point because it would easily be worth a try if you didn’t get the opportunity to grab a bottle.  If you did have the chance to try the Green Flash/Founders LinchPin, be sure to leave a comment and tell me of your opinion.  Did you guys like it?  Would you want it to be brewed every year?  

Thanks for reading everyone.  I really appreciate it.

Until next time.  Cheers.

Score:  4.05 out of 5
Grade:  A-

 
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Posted by on January 25, 2013 in Country: USA, Founders, Green Flash

 

Review of Green Flash Rayon Vert

Hello again everyone.  Thanks for checking back in.  For today’s craft beer review I’m going to be trying the Rayon Vert produced by the Green Flash Brewing Company located in San Diego, California.

I’ve really liked all of the Green Flash products that I’ve been able to get my hands on and although I have tried this brew before, I haven’t given it a proper review…. until now.

Let’s get to the website, greenflashbrew.com, and read the commercial description.  Shall we?

If Green Flash were founded in historical Belgium, Rayon Vert would have been our flagship brew. A bold layering of hops finds balance from traditional malts. Bottle conditioning with fresh ale yeast and Brettanomyces finishes the beer, adding a delightful effervescence, dryness and continuously evolving character. Rayon Vert is Green Flash.

Time to pour.

This beer comes in a 12 oz. bottle and it has an ABV of 7.0%.

It poured a cloudy, deep orange to light/medium amber color.  A huge, soapy, rocky, fluffy, white head was formed from a relatively easy pour.  It had a combination of both tightly compacted smaller bubbles and loose larger ones.  The retention time was awesome.  The foam stuck around forever.  Once it finally decided to subside a bit it left a ton of clingy lacing on the sides of the glass.  A very inviting looking beer I must say.

The aroma was beautifully funky and barnyard”y”.  It had a slight ammonia hint and a medium strength sourness.  Touches of spicy pepper and lemon citrus coalesced well with a stab of wild yeast and grassy hops.  Very nice.

The taste wasn’t quite as forceful as the aroma, however it still presented a worthwhile dose of the barnyard funk.  Savors of green apple and lemon citrus along with further implications of spicy pepper.  The sourness seemed very relaxed and easy going.  An additional relish of yeast and grassy hops completed the flavor and helped it in being harmonious with the bouquet.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied.  Dry, snappy, crisp, refreshing and thirst quenching.  It had a lively, prickly and enjoyable carbonation.  A solid amount of flavor was left behind on the palate after each sip, however it began to get just a wee bit watery toward the end of the drink.  Oh well.

Well, Green Flash has brewed another very good beer here.  It would be splendid for Spring and Summer.  It’s very easy to drink and is filled with enough aroma and flavor to satisfy most any craft beer drinker.  It started rather strong then settled in nicely as it opened up.  I’d say if you like the funky, “Brett” type of beers, give the Green Flash Rayon Vert a try.  It may not blow you away, although I think that it will give you a very pleasing and enjoyable drinking experience.  Feel free to let me know your opinion if you have tried it.   

Thanks for reading and commenting everyone.  I really appreciate it.

Until next time.  Cheers.

Score:  4.15 out of 5
Grade:  A-  

 
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Posted by on September 11, 2012 in Country: USA, Green Flash

 

Review of Green Flash Le Freak

Hi guys.  For today’s craft beer review I’m going to be trying Le Freak produced by the Green Flash Brewing Company located in San Diego, California.

I’ve really been enjoying everything that I’ve been able to get my hands on from this brewery.

Let’s get to the website, greenflashbrew.com, and see what kind of info we can find out about this beer.

An ‘out of the box’ modern ale crafted by converging two beer styles, Belgian Trippel and American Imperial IPA. Dry-Hopped and Bottle-Conditioned – it’s a zesty brew with enticing American hop and fruity Belgian yeast aromatics.

Let’s give it a go.

The Le Freak comes in a 12 oz. bottle and it has an ABV of 9.2%.

It poured a cloudy, deep orange color.  The crown was off white, kind of soapy and sudsy, however it was sized nicely.  The retention time was mostly average and it left some ok lacing behind as well as a thin skim of clear alcohol on the sides of the snifter.

The nose brought out hints of lemon citrus and spices of coriander and pepper.  Further fruity hints of grapefruit along with a very floral component.  It seemed to have a solid backbone of bread, wheat and yeast too.  This beer smelled pretty good.  It was balanced well I thought.

The flavor was quite citrusy and spicy.  A very manageable medium strength bitterness from some grapefruit was combined with a “bitey” pepper and coriander.  A little bit of a lemongrass hop profile intermingled well with a sturdy bready/yeasty core.  Not bad at all.  Rather pleasing to be honest.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied.  Very bright, lively, snappy, crisp and dry.  Kind of refreshing also.  The carbonation was near perfect for the style I thought.  Just a smidgen of warmth was felt and a good amount of flavor was left behind after each sip.

Overall, I thought this was a very good brew.  Very nice for warmer months, but could probably be enjoyed no matter the season.  I’ll tell ya, I am really liking the products that Green Flash is churning out.  We’ve only been able to get their stuff for about the last 6 months or so and we are a little bit limited on the number of beers that we can get from them, so I’m hoping they start sending a few more our way.  Anyway, have you guys ever tried the Green Flash Le Freak?  If not, pick it up and give it a whirl.  Be sure to leave a comment and tell me all about your experience too.

Thanks for checking back in on another review guys.  I appreciate it.

Until next time.  Cheers.

Score:  4.05 out of 5
Grade:  A- 

 
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Posted by on August 1, 2012 in Country: USA, Green Flash

 
 
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