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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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jjgmd (1358) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - DEC 27, 2012
Beautiful hazy golden yellow appearance with a frothy sudsy white head. Nose is citrus and fresh florals, quite pleasant. Taste is citrusy and pine, and light and drinkable, Finish is bitter sweet and short, carbonation medium with a mild to moderate texture. Flavorful, would not expect anything less from two great microbreweries. Quaff Score 9 / 10

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
zgaier (1315) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - DEC 27, 2012
Pours golden with a white head and aroma of hops and floral notes. Taste is well balanced, of fresh hops, citrus, floral notes, and malt with a bitter, smooth finish. Very drinkable, tasty brew collaboration

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7813) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Draft (the week it came out, massive backlog). Pours with a hazed golden-yellow hued body with a large white head. Aromas are medium phenolic, estery, stone fruit, straw and hay. Flavors are grassy, bready, noble like hops, citrus, zesty, marmalade, bready, wheat, lightly earthy. Phenolic. Medium bodied, medium-medium high carbonation. Dry.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Palidor19 (2917) - Brandon, Florida, USA - DEC 4, 2012
to astringent, its looks like a nice Belgian wit beer. definitely has some spicy and high bitterness. it taste too bitter to enjoy the rest of the beer.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
nick76 (4170) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 4, 2012
The aroma is very hoppy and sweet with spices and citrus. The appearance is golden with a foamy head. The taste is like the aroma and quite bitter. The palate is smooth. Overall this is good but really bitter.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT2 (8157) - San Diego County, California, USA - NOV 27, 2012
651mL from Norm’s in Vienna, VA. Last bottle of theirs I think. Late to the bandwagon on this one. Pours cloudy, glowing orange. Enormous, billowing white head. Huge webby lacing and volcanic retention. Nose is pomelo, white grapefruit, chamomile, mild dusty/woody/barrel, biscuit, pale wort. Soft, herbal, not stale. Taste is similar- dusty, herbal, quite dry with some spices, melon rind, bitter grapefruit juice. Very enjoyable even if not super fresh. Maybe this is the secret to IPA longevity: Black IPAs and White IPAs.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
StormCoat (106) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 7, 2012
Picked up a bomber bottle at Best Damn Beer Shop in San Diego, CA. Tasted from a tulip glass. Pours golden with a slight haze and a big frothy off-white head. Nice, large bands of lacing. Aromas of piny/citrusy hops, citrus, and spicy yeast. Sweet, lemony flavors, combining with a light maltiness and the wonderful zestiness of the hops and yeast. Medium-bodied, with a long, resinous, lightly bitter finish. A very interesting beer. Excellent.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kabsetter (103) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 21, 2012
Bomber. Big, frothy white head, lasting. Aroma of citrus, grass, grapefruit, toasted grain, lemon. Notes of resin. The taste starts with lemon, citrus but turns bitter grapefruit The finish is lightly to moderately sweet and moderately bitter. Bitterness lingers well into the finish. Different. Fairly clean and nice. Id want this over most all IPA’s I’ve had.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FlacoAlto (3759) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 17, 2012
A steady pour into my Bruery tulip produces a three finger thick, just barely, pale-tan colored head; this prodigious head slowly recedes with some light, layered lacing and a structural mesa in the center of the glass. The beer is a nice gold color with some light amber notes to it, when held up to the light the beershows an almost clear, bright, yellow-gold hue. The aroma has an up-front vibrant hop character that is made earthy and spicy from the yeast and spices used. Specific notes of lychee, tangelo zest, guava, musty black pepper, sweet ginger, a green grassy herbal note, and supporting malt notes of dried hay, wheat like cracker character, and an earthiness that is brought out by the malt, the yeast character and the more base level hop notes.

The beer is served lightly chilled, this accentuates the fizzy carbonation and a phenolic, spicy finish that leans towards peppery and medicinal. This has a solid biting, hop bitterness to it, thought this isn’t overly aggressive, and the phenolics in the finish accentuate the raw, herbal / woody hop notes. The pale malt / wheat contributes a supporting, linger grassy, wheat cracker flavor and perhaps a bit of rounded, rustic white bread character. The beer is fairly dry, which downplays the fruity hop notes, but they are still quite substantial here; lots of ripe citrus zest flavors, floral tropical fruit and peach notes, definite lychee notes, and some kumquat like flavors as well. The finish can be quite sharp, bitter, and astringent between the yeast character, light spice notes, and ample hop character. This has an earthy spiciness to it that also leans towards peppery, as well as a touch ginger like. Touches of higher alcohols provide some heat to the finish. The body of this beer is quite light, especially for a “standard” IPA of this strength, but this lightness makes sense for a Belgian-influenced beer; if it wasn’t for the spicy, alcoholic notes in the finish this would be eminently, and dangerously quaffable. My second pour that came with some yeast, as well as being a bit cooler, is softer, rounder somehow, and with a bit more yeast flavors.

Not bad, in fact quite enjoyable; the hop character and the yeast contributions definitely clash a bit, especially in the finish, but on the whole this beer works.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Daveh (14) - - OCT 3, 2012
Golden color with a subtle hint of citrus. Very nice white frothy head. Clean on the palette.


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