ContemplateBeer (1946) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUN 12, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sweet caramel nose with dark citrus hops, almost smells like rum. Appearance is translucent, unfiltered dark gold with creamy tan head. Flavor matches the nose, with a wonderful caramel malt backbone, Grassy, slight liquorish hop presence is perfectly balanced here. Palate is bubbly and creamy. Really, one of the most fantastic American beers that has touched my lips.
BOLTZ7555 (3014) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 10, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle acquired via trade with Tanger...thanks Jon. Bright copper penny pour with a nicely formed 1/2 inch ivory head. Aroma is fruity, with candied citrus and a hint of pine. Flavor shows orange peel, caramel, and honey...a tad sweet but overall pretty well balanced. Ample carbonation.
Gr0ve (2177) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 10, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
355 ml bottle. Dark amber with reddish notes. Very small floaties. Thick creamy off-white head. Fruity and hoppy aroma with orange rind and lemon. Bitter hops, endives and grass. Meaty flavours with quite a bit of bitterness. Medium-bodied. Lots of hops and a lot of hop flavours. More orange zest and bitter lemon. Quite challenging to drink in amounts.
jarow (237) - Massachusetts, USA - JUN 4, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a light clear amber with a medium white head. Nose is a little sweet, big hit of hops - floral and citrus, some piney stuff too. Taste has some sweetness up front and a hit of floral hoppy bitterness supported on a big malt backbone. Great balance going on in this one, wonderful stuff. Finish is a long subtle sweet hoppy bitterness.
rking (100) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 29, 2010
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I love Centennial hops. Great rendition of what they can do for a beer, just not as good as Two Hearted and its all Centennial balance...
DalzAle (2020) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - MAY 28, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Clear pumpkin pour, little carbonation and nice hopy apricot nose. Flavor is bitter orange, sweet hops, vanilla and finished a little dry and long lingering bitterness. Well done beer, although still doesnít beat Bells Two Hearted.
Brandman (2663) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 28, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
355 ml bottle. Clear copper body, no to very tiny head. Citrussy hoppy aroma. Has nice aroma, but thereís a hint of something not so pleasant in hoppiness. Surprisingly smooth palate, dry. Grapefuit with some malty sweetnees in backbone.
dylan88 (223) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 25, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
33 cl bottle. Pours honey/amber with a small and white head. Aroma is fresh, with floreal, piney and citrus notes. Taste is quite similar to the aroma and well balanced with hops malts, piney, floreal, fruity and citrus notes. Body is medium, with a dry finish.
teorn88 (5878) - Out of the EU, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 25, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle. pours orange with medium off white creamy head. medium lasting foam. aroma is stunning: hoppy floral and spicy notes are sorrounded by an uncommon sweetness for the style. Lots of yeasty and malty notes for a simple IPA. Taste is great: lots of complexity with a spicy bitterness softened by a sweet sensation. Lots of grassy-spicy flavors. Alcohol is almost unperceivable. Body is quite full and carbonation a bit low for the style. Overall, a great IPA, way sweeter than usual IPAs, probably approaching to a lower-alcohol version of a DIPA. Anyway, wonderful.
koopa (338) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: Pours a hazy dark orange with a massive 3 finger off white head. Not quite syrupy but it looks chewy.
Smell: A multitude of hops dancing in front of your nose and causing excitement in my brain. Lots of citrus and floral representation to enjoy. A feast for the nose! Grapefruit, candied orange, and a touch of lemon zest are easy to pinpoint.
Taste: Taste is almost as good as the nose and completely hypnotizing in its own right. Bold blast of hops up front with a lemon dominant transition into a sweet malt profile. Honestly this transition is one of the nicest Iíve ever experienced in an IPA. Usually either the malt is to strong or too absent after the hop blast. In such typical situations I prefer a transition into less malt over one into more malt. However Founders Centennial IPA has blown me away.
Mouthfeel and Drinkability: A touch chewy but the lush carbonation really helps. Its delicious and easy to kick back!
Iím lucky that I just found out that BuyRite in South Plainfield carries this as I will be coming back to it with an open mouth and eager palette.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 11-16-2008