Ernesto987 (5289) - Arizona, USA - FEB 18, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2011 Very nice aroma and bold IPA flavors, not unbalanced bitterness, great value
efdejesus (93) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle poured into a tulip. Aromas of virus hops. Initial taste is loaded with hops but balanced well with malty sweet backbone. Hops linger in the finish. An excellent ipa
KUEric (922) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 16, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beer at the office is bittersweet - you are doing something you shouldn’t and you didn’t pay for it. But it also means it’s 9pm and you are still at the office.
Founders Centennial IPA however, is also bitter sweet. Bitter dry hops ever so slightly, but more sweet caramely flavors almost a toasted chocolate flavor somewhere hidden underneath coming out. But the majority of the taste is sweet citrus hops for you to enjoy.
Beeronaut (176) - Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bought this for the hell of it, really liked there Double Trouble IIPA, Old Curmudgeon barrel aged and old ale. So thought I’d try something a bit more tame from the brewery. 355ml bottle. Pours out rich golden/amber. Small/medium off beige head with good retention at first, slowly fades to leave decent lacing and thin froth. Classic knock out aroma, loads of fresh citric hops, lemon peel, some pine and tangerine notes. Good amount of sticky caramel balancing the floral aromatic aromas. Flavour is a little lacking in my opinion, not as well balanced as the aroma would imply, fairly gassy mouth feel with good carbonation, lots of citrus, grapefruit and ripe orange to start, turns more lemony in the mids with floral bitterness kicking in, which takes you to the finish which is fairly abrupt and dry with cut grass and perfume. The body isn’t as silky smooth as I had expected from the aroma, I expected a little more in the way of creamy caramel to carry along all the hoppiness, so could feel better on the palate, it also comes across as a little thin when once again compared to the initial aroma. Not convinced by the finish, could be a little loner with more fruitiness and a tad more sweetness. All in all though, a solid IPA which shows off the centennial hop variety well, and also is a perfect example of why people call Centennial the "beefed up Cascade variety" as it is in many ways a higher alpha acid, slightly more spicy.
woodychevy (799) - - FEB 3, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2015 One of my top 3 IPA’ s in the country. In a word- balanced. Hoppy- but not too hoppy. Citrus- defined but not overpowering. Sweet, but not overly. Totally holds my interest from the first sip to the last. If it were up to me, I would issue one of these to every non craft beer drinker out there and watch the revolution take place.
On tap at jack of cups folly beach. Still so good. Tons of pine and flowers. Somewhat resiny. Fairly bitter on the finish. Pleasantly lingering. Solid. Solid.
DruncanVeasey (7999) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JAN 31, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bright gold, steady carbonation feeding a fine, low white collar. Soggy, shortbread sprayed with peach air freshener aroma. Flavour same as; watery and sherbet-dabbed, like artificially sweetened peach and grenadine scooped into a flat, soda stream lemonade. Has that soggy, chalky, Turkish delight floweriness I don’t like in IPAs. Jarring, shampoo finish. Very bitter, yes, but all the hop character of a fake peach-flavoured Belgian ladybeer. Perfumed, astringent and annoying. Big disappointment.
SamP01 (650) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 29, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a burnt orange / amber with a nice beige head. Aroma of sweet citrus fruitiness with some floral hops, and some sweet malts. Taste is citrusy floral hops with some caramel malts. Palate is nice med to full bodied, with very good carbonation. Finish is citrusy hops, some fruitiness followed by sweet caramel malts to take the edge off the hoppiness, ending with a dry nutty bitter sweetness. Overall a very nicely balanced IPA.
bialover (10) - Virginia, USA - JAN 28, 2011
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is one of my favorite IPA
Great hoppy aroma
Great flavor of piney fresh grapefruit
And well balance of malt
QuezXLV (415) - Virginia, USA - JAN 28, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Awesom hop aroma. Great cloudy amber color. For an IPA, the hops are strong, but not too pwoerful with a sweet aftertaste.
soltisnk (7) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 26, 2011 does not count
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The aroma of this beer is so wonderful. Smells exactly how an IPA should, at least in my opinion. The nice lively bitterness really wakes up the tongue with a nice bitter finish.