Linch Pin White IPA

I’ve been looking forward to this beer since I heard about it in May, and thanks to Beer Soaked Erik, I had the opportunity to partake of its cloudy goodness today.  Linch Pin is a  collaboration between Founder‘s and Green Flash breweries brewmasters; Jeremy Kosmicki and Chuck Silva respectively.  The grog pours a cloudy gold with a good size head and lacing.  Appearance wise it compares to an unfiltered hef.  A good hearty sniff gives you a nose full of citrus; orange and grapefruit to be specific.  Taste wise this beer is interesting to say the least.  It starts with the aforementioned citrus, but the wheat malt is prominent with a noticeable but not overbearing note of clove.  My favorite part of this beer however is the finish; a dry, spicy pepper bite with that lingering hop tang that stays on your tongue for the next 30 minutes.  I also noticed this beer was carbonated higher than expected, but that’s not a bad thing, I think it lent to the dry finish.  I’ll finish by saying that I couldn’t help but think of this beer as a hoppy hef and I really enjoyed it.  4 beer caps for you Linch Pin, and 5 for you Erik.  Thanks for the birthday beer.

Linch Pin – White India Pale Ale

So in honor of American Craft Beer Week I decided to try a new beer, and a new style of beer. Today I had my first White India Pale Ale.

Linch Pin – White India Pale Ale

A collaboration between Founders and Green Flash

It pours a light yellow, with a nice fluffy head. It looks very much like a hefeweizen in the glass. Then the hops come through in the nose and anticipation sets in. The flavor has got a breadiness to it with a delicate hop profile. This would be a great entry into the world of IPAs if you’ve got some fizzy yellow beer folk in your life. I’d compare it to a wheat beer with more hops. A great collaboration between Founders Brewing and Green Flash Brewery. It’s a fantastic beer and I’ll be on the lookout for more of this, you should too.


Beer Soaked Erik


Crow Burger Kitchen – Newport Beach

So I thought I’d mix things up on the site with a restaurant review now and then. But only if they have craft beer on the menu!

The Crow Burger Kitchen is a hip burger joint in the Balboa Peninsula area of Newport Beach, California. This place definitely does not disappoint in terms of craft beer selection. Check their website before you go for the current beer offerings as they rotate their taps regularly and have a nice selection of bottled brews. It has a very cool atmosphere with both indoor and patio seating. It has TV’s throughout, (great for sports fans), I watched Sunday night football from the patio. And for kitch factor the waiters take your order with an iPad. Either that or they play Angry Birds while pretending to take your order. Continue reading