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RATINGS: 194   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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“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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Blairgus (2534) - California, USA - MAY 26, 2012
26 may 2012, bottle. very pale yellow, faint haze, steady bubbles, thick foamy head. light lemon peel citrus, some straw, faint yeastiness. thin body and fizzy and very crisp. crisp, bitter lemon rind hops with slight yeasty taste, short bitter finish. very nice blend of styles.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - MAY 26, 2012
22oz bottle. Rating #23. Hazy dark goldish pour with a big white head that left some nice lacing. Big citrus hop aroma, almost a little tropically. Odd flavor, hard to describe it really, citrus and pine, very piney in the finish eith a lasting pine aftertaste as well. Nice stuff, solid. (2382)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kmweaver (3206) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAY 25, 2012
22oz bottle, purchased at Bottle Barn. Pours a deep, tarnished-golden color; creamy, textured white head with excellent retention and lacing. Bubble gum esters, light white pepper, and a citrusy hop aroma that veers toward both pine and tropical-fruit character in turn; nicely melded. Medium to medium-full body; vibrant carbonation; some noticeable sharpness at the tip of the tongue, combining the CO2 and peppery qualities with the strong core bitterness; a modest amount of warming alcohol. The booze is actually a bit too apparent as this warms up, overshadowing a pleasant mixture of bubble gum yeast character, white pepper, and bitter citrus; significant amounts of bitterness ensure this is well into IPA territory, with the wheat additions seemingly doing the work of head retention and lightening the color (and the yeast’s response is quite nice); with toned-down alcohol and a touch less CO2, this would likely be fantastic. Lasting citrusy bitterness in the finish, with dough and pepper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
gorditoabd (622) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 25, 2012
Bomber from Bev4Less. Pours a slightly cloudy golden hue, with ample (2-4 fingers) of fluffy white foam that holds up for several minutes without ever completely fading away. Strong hop presence is still detectable in the nose, even through all that foam, along with a note of light malts and honey. First taste is pretty much standard IPA, except for a MUCH more light and pleasant body and mouthfeel, due, I suspect, to the different grain and malt profile and the dominance of the "C" hops that the description mentions. Citrus zest and white pepper begin to come through in the later palate (and the nose as the foam clears away) and this beer finishes cleanly. Nothing spectacular going on anywhere, but very solid from pour to finish; not to mention unique. Maybe that’s the yeast combo, but whatever the reason, it’s a very, VERY nice brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
larryLSB (410) - La Selva Beach, California, USA - MAY 23, 2012
Poured from bomber, light straw in color, kinda hazy, with a large white head. Slight citrus nose, a a little bread. First tastes were hop forward, but towards the end there was a slight sweetness that came out, maybe as it warmed up. Medium bodied, nice lingering hoppy finish. Overall a nice blend of the Belgian and American.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAY 23, 2012
Well, I tried a "white IPA" from a local brewery today that tasted pretty atrocious, so I’m eager to try this one from a couple of breweries that actually know how to make an IPA, and who probably know that making a white IPA does not mean throwing way too many hops into a witbier.


Bomber from Beer Run. About 60% of the initial pour is head. What beer is there is a hazy lemon yellow. The head is white and frothy. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of toasted bready notes and tons of citrus including orange and grapefruit, as well as some stone fruits. The taste is strong citrus hops, bitter citrus and bready malts. Medium bodied. Quite nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
skmikeg (824) - Poway, California, USA - MAY 22, 2012
pours a yellow-orange with a nice foamy white head. Aroma is of citrus, pine, Belgian spice, yeast, and some bready malts. Taste is similar with a pine, orange peel, lemon, wit spices, and Belgian yeast. has a medium body with a cream mouthfeel and a dry, bitter, but sill sweet finish. overall, a pretty nice hybrid bewteen a wit and a IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (6300) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 22, 2012
Bottle shared by beerboxer. Pours clear yellow with a huge white head and a strong citrus aroma. There is a hearty wheat and pale malt flavor with a bitter finish and a heavy yeast presence. Pretty drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
oRos (1032) - sacramento, California, USA - MAY 22, 2012
Bottle from beerboxer. Has a slight citrus aroma. Has a wheat beer finish. Slight hop begining

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Peacehammer (614) - California, USA - MAY 21, 2012
On tap at Pizza Port OB. Pale gold color, wit like aroma with notes that remind me of Belgian style beers. Also citrus on the nose. Light mouthfeel is almost all citrus, but it’s well executed. Bittering hops are present, but minimal

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