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RATINGS: 2685   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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joechristenson (149) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 14, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2012 Re rate, February 2012: my first experience with this beer may have invoked a lesser bottle. Wonderful depth on the finish, lots of interesting grassy, citrusy hop flavor, and a solid slightly sweet gingerbread malt to hold it all down. Very tasty. 12 oz bottle, poured at home. This is a truly beautiful looking beer. When I pour correctly, the head is a classic frothy and soapy texture. I would love a bit more, but itís not an overt fault. The beer has a beautiful opacity to it -- hazy, not foggy -- and the colors range from amber to a deep orange gold. Aroma is hop dominated; grassy earth and floral scents are more dominant than citrus on the nose. There is a definite sweet earthiness in the scent. However, the beer doesnít perform as well on the tongue. Itís not nearly as complex as the aroma suggests. Thereís an off concentration of bubbles and lemon zest on the tongue. Itís too much and I feel like there are more substantive tastes sliding by. The finish is bitter and one-dimensional and I wish the malts had more bulk and presence. Hereís to hoping for some refinement!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shadey (2079) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 13, 2010
Bottle purchased at meijers in Michigan. Pour is a bright clear gold with a soapy head. Aroma is all about the hops, bright and citrusy. A really attractive beer. The flavors are complex and well balanced. I can see how this sets the standard for Midwest IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
gpekar (494) - Florida, USA - SEP 11, 2010
Poured a slightly hazy bright medium amber with a creamy beige head. The aroma was floral with a light amount of citrus. A light amount of carbonation bubbles were seen rising up in the glass. There was a nice roasted malt backbone of caramel sweetness on the initial taste followed almost immediately by a good hop bite with a good pine flavor. Then the hops became more bitter and more of a citrus flavor. The hops remained well into the finish and faded away slowly. The head reduced to about 1/2" during drinking and left some light lacing. Very good combination of sweet and hops. Lots of flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lusikka (7700) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 9, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2013 355 ml bottle @ Olutravintola Pikkulintu. Rated @†4.2.2010.
Pours a orange colour with a frothy white head. Very fresh aroma of orange, apricot, lemon and floral hops. Same thing on the flavour too; hoppy, sweet, wooden and floral. Refreshing and pleasant taste. The palate is smooth and very balanced with soft carbonation. Sweet fruity and hoppy finish. Very pleasant IPA. 8-4-9-4-16 4.1

355 ml bottle.
Pours a golden copper colour with a white foamy head. Aroma of grass, floral notes, gooseberry bush and hay. Flavour of sweet caramel malts, grass, floral hops, gooseberries, biscuit, grapefruit and some tartness. Medium bodied, slick mouthfeel and foamy mouthfeel. Finishes lingering bitter with some mild berryish notes. Too sweet and truly has some unpleasant notes. Nice bitterness, though. Not nearly as good as I though this was. 7-4-8-3-15 3.7.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FreshHawk (596) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - SEP 8, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2010 On-tap. A - Hazy orange/copper color with an average size, creamy, smooth, frothy, white head. Pretty good retention with a nice creamy layer of lace left. S - Pale and just a hint of caramel malt provide a nice background to the hops. Pretty strong grapefruit, orange, and pine resin aroma. A touch of musty floral hops as well. T - Similar to the nose. Some caramel and toffee malt flavors provide a background for the hops and a slight sweetness. Hops are pretty strong with grapefruit, citrus and pine being strongest. A bit of musty herbal/tea hops also are present. A touch of lemony citrus mid sip to finish. Not overly bitter. M - Medium body with a very nice amount of carbonation. Very smooth and creamy. D - Easy to drink, tasty and quite refreshing beer. Mouthfeel is just right and helps it go down even easier. Notes: A nice, hoppy IPA that is refreshing and has a nice level of bitterness. Plenty of hop flavors that are pretty tasty. Doesnít seem like an outstanding beer, but one that I would gladly keep drinking more of.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
changeup45 (1729) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - SEP 7, 2010
Bottle from Vintage Cellar. The aroma shows pine, caramel, grapefruit and herbs. Smells like a good solid IPA. This pours a copper color with a good thick off-white head. Nice lacing. Tasty beer. Soft sweet caramel and doughy malty body underneath the sharp bitter hops. A bit grainy overall. Pine leads the way with lingering resinous hops along with citrusy flavors. Very balanced and drinkable. The word "solid" keeps coming to mind.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
asedzie (786) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 6, 2010
Bottle. Pours amber with thick, off-white head. Nose has light pine, lemon and orange zest notes and doughy yeast. Flavor has quite some depth - hop resins contribute earthiness- lightly bitter orange peel flavors, good grainy background flavors, mildly toasted bread, finishes with just an edge of earthy, piney hop resins.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
bth122 (1499) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 5, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2013 One of my top 5 favorite IPAs. Bottle poured into a 3 oz sampler glass. Nice appearance. Smooth, nicely done IPA. You donít get the sometimes bad bitterness like some low quality IPAs.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
georgekillian (344) - Alabama, USA - SEP 3, 2010
This beer pours out to a nice amber color and has a very complex and flavorful hops. hints of floral in the aroma as well malt. not that bad

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Goodgrief (1997) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - SEP 3, 2010
Good looking honey brown color, smallish head but nice lacing. Sweet malty aroma. Sweet caramel malt flavor, some teabag and a floral hop finish. I love all the flavors. My only criticism is that itís a little too sweet. Not overly sessionable, but tasty nonetheless.

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