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RATINGS: 2265   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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Selected as a benchmark for the Beer Judge Certification Program used in all American based beer judgings. Centennial IPA has quickly become the IPA of choice. Pour yourself a pint of this complex flavorful ale and bask in the frothy headís floral bouquet. Relish the immense citrus accents, achieved by the abundance of dry hopping. This aleís sweet, malty undertones balance the hop character with a finish that never turns too bitter.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dagimp (715) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 30, 2009
From a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours with an inch of thick white head and lots of thick lacing throughout the glass. Aroma was of pine and some floral. Taste was about the same; dominant pine with some floral tastes but no discernible citrus. I thought the carbonation on this on was too intense, it took away from both the mouthfeel and the overall drinkability. Not a bad IPA but I wouldnít seek this one out either.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 29, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2011 Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint. Light clear orange with small head and some lacing. Aroma of floral, citrus hops and sweet toasted malts. Relatively dry malt body with some bittering citrus and pine hops. Mostly bitter at end, but less so than many IPAs. Well balanced, but nothing really stands out. Moderate carbonation, medium body, dry finish. Pretty easy drinking IPA that is fairly standard for me, which still means that I like it quite a bit.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 28, 2009
Canít believe I havenít rated this beer before. From the bottle, pours hazy orange with white head. Aroma is strong citrus and floral hops. Nice malt balance making it a fine IPA. Good grapefruit flavor.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Acetobacter (816) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2009
Enjoyed from a 12oz bottle in a pub glass. The beer pours a light to medium golden color with a moderately-sized white head. The aroma initially appears to have a Simcoe-derived hop presence, despite the fact that it seems none are used. Yet, this fades as the sample warms a bit, and transfers from a danky, resiny character, to a more grassy tone. The palate shows an assertive and complex bitterness, but is again restrained by the grassy notes that are perhaps hallmark of Centennial hops. Overall, good, but not quite the "benchmark" I was expecting.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
acearl (385) - The Ham, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 25, 2009
Been drinking for a long time and missed rating til now, tangerine hue, white creamy lasting head with nice lacing, fresh smell floral hop smell , nice creamy texture, taste of citrus and some pine/resin with a toffee finish, nice and balanced, not too bitter, good mix of hops

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nickd717 (3480) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 19, 2009
Whoa, canít believe I hadnít rated this yet. Tried it again, bottle poured into pint glass. Pours a great slightly hazy orangish-amber color with a two-finger off-white head and good lacing. Aroma is fresh floral and citrusy hops, as well as some sweet malt. Flavor is caramel and pale malt, nice backbone, as long as orange/grapefruit and floral hops. Not too intense, just very well-balanced. Medium body with some lasting hop bitterness. Very good IPA overall.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
brosen561 (70) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 18, 2009
In a tulip. A breath of fresh air IPA. Pours a dark, hazy orange (itís unfiltered) with a magnificent off-white head and laces beautifully. Aroma of citrus and fresh flowers, like a greenhouse. Taste seems unique among IPAs. Citrus (but not grapefruit) like orange, but not as sweet, watermelon, fresh ginger...awesome. Finishes nicely bitter, kind of like rose water. This may be my new favorite.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bikerunbeerman (8) - Grinch Mountain, North Carolina, USA - OCT 17, 2009 does not count
VERY tasty IPA. I absolutely love the citrus flavor that initially rolls across your taste buds (grapefruit and orange). Beautiful dark amber color with some tight lacing. Great overall hop flavor that blends perfectly with the citrus notes. Beautiful beer that you would love to introduce to your friend!. One of my new favorites1

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
evergreen0199 (2005) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 13, 2009
Bottle. Nice amber coloured pour with a decent white head. Aroma of hops and citrus fuits. Tastes hoppy, malty, slightly sweet, citrus fruit, slight bitterness. Quite easy drinking. I really like Founders Brewing beers if only they were widely available here in the UK.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
demdeac40 (299) - Etowah, North Carolina, USA - OCT 6, 2009
Pours a light copper color with a generous white head. Nose is orange zest and just a touch of grapefruit and pine. Not as overpowering as some (which is a plus to me). Nice citrus hop flavor that is balanced nicely by the sweet malt. I like this one.


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