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RATINGS: 198   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (11943) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 27, 2013
(22oz bottle / draught) Pours a clear yellow body with a small white head. Aroma of citrus, pineapple, yeast, and florals. Flavor of citrus, pineapple, wheat, yeast, and pine with a dry, bitter finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11535) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 7, 2012
Draft. Hazy apple juice body, medium white head. Aroma is medium sweet, cardamom, some grapefruit, light straw. Taste is medium sweet, grapefruit, cardamom, some straw. Light-medium body, some acidity.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11095) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 18, 2012
Bomber from the Davis Beer Shoppe. Pours dishwater orange gold with a 4 finger creamy white head. Primary aroma through the froth is yeast/spice. Sort of golden Belgian ale aroma. Near full bodied. There’s a lot of citrus hop, but if that’s taken out of the equation this starts earthy like a saison, but with a bit too much yeast/spice, and then that 50% NW hop aspect has to be dealt with. This is one really good beer. Yeast/spice into the finish, with a lot of hop riding along. Malt, yeah there’s a substantial backbone, but this is all about spice and hop. Brilliant effing ale.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcwattsrugger (11083) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAY 18, 2012
preCBC tour on tap @the brewery-pours hazy yellow/gold with a tight white head and heavy lacing. Aroma is yeast, lemon, light malt. Taste is lemon/spice hops, yeast, light malt.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (11034) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 28, 2012
Bottle shared at Sander’s place in NYC during an evening of heavy drinking. Pours lightly hazy gold with a big, foamy head. Sugary citrus nose with some lemon and melon highlights. medium sweet flavor with pale malts, white sugar. Medium to full bodied with average, creamy carbonation. Well and hoppy on the finish, with lots of dry citrus, some white bread, mild yeast, faint anise, big sweetness. Very well balanced. I like it.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 12, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2012
Name: Linch Pin
Brewery: Founders Brewing Co
Date: July 01, 2012
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, First Sunday
Appearance: cloudy orange, frothy off white head, sudsy lace
Aroma: musty and tart aroma, lemon and orange
Flavor: sweet pale malt flavor, lots of citrus, fruity orange, nice spicyness
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3.1/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: ** /4

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (9830) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 16, 2012
Bomber poured a hazy gold with a lasting white head. Aromas of wheat, yeast, spice, pine, light grapefruit and light earthiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of wheat, yeast, spice, earthiness, light pine and light grapefruit with a smooth dry bitter lingering citrus finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (9701) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - AUG 10, 2012
Bottle. Pours lightly hazy gold with a large, frothy and creamy white head, long retention with excellent lacing. Aroma is biscuit and straw malt, heavy spices of pepper, coriander, and grains of paradise with light tropical fruity esters and fragrant citrus and pine hops. Flavor is heavy hops and bitterness, medium fruity esters, heavy Belgian yeast spices, supporting malt and a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
hopscotch (9163) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 19, 2012
Bottle… Hazy golden ale with a large, fluffy, white head. Good retention. The aroma is equally citrusy and spicy – clove and coriander; orange and lemon peel. Medium to full-bodied and creamy with airy carbonation. The flavor is “assault-rifle” bitter followed by even more bitterness. There’s also an off-flavor in here that I can’t quite wrap my head around. Finishes scorchingly bitter and fairly dry. Meh. Bottle courtesy of richiesd!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (9115) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 13, 2012
Gold/apricot pour, white head. Citrus hops and the belgain yeast shine in the nose. The flavor is hoppy, citrusy, good yeast notes and some good spice notes in the background. Good.


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