Serve in Shaker, Tulip


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RATINGS: 2648   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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 head’s floral bouquet. Relish the immense citrus accents, achieved by the abundance of dry hopping. This ale’s sweet, malty undertones balance the hop character with a finish that never turns too bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
neuromatt (1225) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 15, 2011
On tap at The Big Hunt in Washington DC on a visit with THL, served in a shaker. Pours clear amber with a small white head. The head mostly remains and leaves a small amount of fine lace. The nose has big aromas of grapefruit and pine, with biscuit malt, flowers, licorice and a touch of lemon. The flavour is quite bitter throughout with citric notes, toasted malts and a floral accent. The finish is long and medium bitter with a toasted malt accent. On the palate, it is medium in body with a smooth, watery texture and soft carbonation. Overall, an excellent well-balanced IPA. The citrus notes are very nice. 2011-05-12

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrooHa (121) - New York, USA - MAY 11, 2011
Pours a deep, copper hue. Slightly cloudy. Malt and piney hops in the nose (a little grassy too). Fairly full mouthfeel. Caramel maltiness, sweetness. More hops. Slightly sharp finish but lingering sweetness- almost like the Jolly Rancher candy finish in Dogfish Squall that I like. But this is a little heavier and maltier, I think. A very good IPA. I’m happy they’re in NY now.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
blazingspiral (170) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - MAY 9, 2011
12 oz. bottle from Whole Foods in New York City. Appearance is totally clear copper, containing big bubbles and topped by a small head. Aroma is piney with some lemon. Flavor is big on the hops and has a sharp bitterness. There is a dry finish and minimal sweetness. This iPA really exceeded my expectations. Awesome brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HartManSam (74) - Indiana, USA - MAY 9, 2011
Bottle Very drinkable ipa. Spot on bitterness with a touch of malt. Will repeat soon. =)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JAF737300 (1291) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 8, 2011
A true benchmark. Pours light amber with perfect notes of fruit/citrus on the nose with a very nice bitterness that is throughout the experience to the finish with a good base of malt that props up the hops.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bookman10 (900) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - MAY 3, 2011
I can see why this was chosen as a "benchmark" beer. Just about perfect as far as IPAs go. This poured a deep golden yellow with a thick, white, creamy head that stayed up and pillowy for ever and a day. Nice mix of grapefruit, piney hops, and that IPA bitterness, underlaid by a very welcome sweetness. Very nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffMan (9201) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 29, 2011
Bottle @ Guidos. Clear Orange amber, low off white head. Spicy citrus and light resin aroma. Beautiful spicy Centennial hop showcase, lots of nice fruity character, smooth mouthfeel, medium bitter finish. Very tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oOJUXEOo (303) - Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2011
Bottle, A very nice, well balanced IPA. Aroma and taste is citrusy, and malt is too. Another great Founders beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mad_Ferret (976) - SWEDEN - APR 28, 2011
Bottle. Hazy (when bottle fully poured) amber with a thick soapy creme white head that leaves good traces. Sweet aroma with lots of caramel and flowery hops, tropical fruits like peach, mango and grapefruit. Lots of sweet malt with caramel and cookie in the taste too (i like that). Makes the bitterness quite smooth. Grapefruit, pineapple, peach, resin and pineneedles. Sweet and quite smooth but ends fairly bitter. Medium body with small light bubbles. Sweet and smooth ipa with a fairly mellow bitterness. I like it though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 27, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2011 12oz bottle. Amazing orange color; it might be because I nearly knocked the glass over but the bubbles are really lively. I had some brew-pub IPAs that were way too bitter last night, but the drinkability of this one compared to those is like night and day. It still has a bitter flavor, but it’s not excessive. Texture is perfect, not overly carbonated like Flying Dog’s IPA seems to be... Nice and crisp tasting. Pleasant floral hops taste that makes the aftertaste a welcome feature. One of the top 3 IPAs I’ve ever had, wish this one was easier to find.

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