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RATINGS: 2660   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlashParker (85) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 26, 2011
Bottle. Chicago, Il. Good pour; excellent copper colour, decent head, lots of lacing. Plenty of floral notes in the nose. HUGE floral flavour - not unpleasant at all. Very, very well balanced IPA; I don’t get a ton of pine in this, and the bitterness on the back end is fairly soft. I suppose I can pull some malty smoothness out of the bottom there as well. Not my favorite IPA in the world - I enjoy a hoppier pine character and citrus - but very, very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kjc51478 (441) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - MAY 17, 2011
12 oz Bottle. Appearance is amber color with light, off-white head that has good lacing. Aroma is heavy citrus with a slight caramel sweetness and floral hop notes. Taste has prevalent citrus flavors especially grapefruit and lemon with a sharp, piney hops throughout. Palate is light to medium-bodied, slightly watery, lively carbonation, and a bitter finishing. A very good IPA.

   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 (928) - 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 (9499) - 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.

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