Cliff (398) - Avon Lake, Ohio, USA - SEP 28, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
holy centennials, batman. this is a good brew, rich orange color, strong citrusy hop aroma, great malt/hop balance. smooth mouthfeel that coats the tongue, and a solid finish. an excellent IPA.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 24, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
WOW! This brew wanted to be unleashed! The slightest pressure from the opener and the cap popped off! Whips were escaping everywhere from the mouth, I immediately feared an overflow. But, it sudsided and I only poured about a quarter of the bottle before my New Belgium bulb filled to the rim with a rocky, clinging, cavernous off white head. It finally sudsided to reveal an amazing nose. With still about a finger of head, the aroma has notes of 7-up citrus, floral, oranges and caramel, So far this is really nice from all angles. The palate doesnít dissapoint. Medium to full bodied with a sticky sweetness and a bitter tingling finish. Good enough balance for a style totally accented towards the hops. The malts are caramel and tasty. Lively and carbonated as all get out! Second glass got well more than half the beer into the glass before the mountainous head took over. This is really good. The palate is so smooth until the last minute then the bitter hops smack you around, but itís short lived and the residual finish is light toffee and citrus. Finally..the dregs. The last quarter still produced three fingers of head. And the mucky sediment is just trapped in the bottom of the glass. The head still smells of syrupy 7-Up. Peppery, spicy flavor. This has all the components of a supreme IPA! Much to my liking because the victorious abundant hops still allow the mild malts to sweeent and lighten the bitterness! This is a champion!
gws57 (1271) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - SEP 24, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks Arnie!! Dark orange pour with a thick, beige head, with plenty of hops, roses and lemongrass in the nose, finishes clean. A very good sample of the style.
Arnie (274) - Chicagoland, IL, Illinois, USA - SEP 23, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Golden color, clear bitter hops on nose. Nice bite of hops on finish.
holdenn (2060) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle pours golden yellow and an over the top white head. Floral hopped aroma with a little bit of carmel. On the tongue its very carbonated and citrussy. Carmel undertones and a bitter hop finish. A simple IPA but tasty none the less.
LeopoldStoch (201) - Green, Ohio, USA - SEP 20, 2006
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Another great beer from Founders. I may not like the football in Michigan...but man do they know how to make beer there. This beer has a great floral hoppy smell with a hint of spicyness to it. Great aroma! The beer has an off white head that sticks around for quite a while, and the beer itself is a very nice copper gold color. Man do I love the centennial hop, it gives great characteristics to this beer. Very smooth on first sip backed by a good bitter hop presence, but not too much. Overall a very good ipa, a good example of centennial hops, and a good showcase of what the brewers in michigan are capable of.
realale420 (399) - west covina, California, USA - SEP 19, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle (thanks to black95tt) poured a hazed orange color with a small off white head and nice lacing. The aroma had an awesome floral hop nose with some nice caramel malt balance. The taste was bitter upfront with a big hop character all the way through with a small amount of warmth from the alcohol. A nice treat to sip on, only wish I could get more of it around my area. I see why they picked this one as the benchmark.
1FastSTi (3217) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 13, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours to a hazy coppery body with noticeable particulate. Perhaps itís some trub picked up? A creamy white head sits ontop. The aroma is grapefruit, graham crackers, nice Centennial hops. The flavor is much the same. Bitter grapefruit and graham crackers. Smooth and sweet and nicely hoppy. Nice palate. Itís malty, lightly oily, good body, nice texture.
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - SEP 13, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy golden color with a nice medium white head. It has a medium body that leaves some decent lacing on the glass. Has a floral aroma with a hint of grapefruit and hops. Has a nice balanced smooothness to it and slight sweet malty taste. Finishes with out a bittier bite to it. This is a wonderful beer!
MrChris (110) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 12, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet hoppy on the nose. Golden orange in color with a light tan head. Flavor resides way back in your mouth with no bitter after taste. None. Where is that IPA bite? Head disappears rather quickly. Use to IPAs with a stronger bitter ending. Ow there it is. Kinda sneaks up on you. Has a light syrupy mouth feel with no carbonation. Bitter ending increases as the glass drains away.