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RATINGS: 2498   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT2 (9347) - San Diego County, California, USA - AUG 9, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2009 355 mL. Pours a translucent orange with a two-finger, off-white, rocky head that has great retention and leaves thick, fluffy lacework. Aroma is spice, candi sugar, orange juice, floral hops, and herbal hops. Taste is tons of herbal hops, orange juice, orange peel, a bit of pale malt. Finish is herbal hops. Big time beta acid presence from the dry hopping. Pretty light-bodied for an IPA and very easy to drink. 7.2% is well hidden. Very nice.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - AUG 7, 2009
12oz bottle. Pours a clear, orange-bronze body with a finger-width, creamy, off-white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a veil of lacing on the surface and a streaky, sticky lacing on the glass. Aroma is sweeter pines, pineapple, grapefruit, some peppery and minty florals, and just enough pale caramels. Very aromatic. Flavor is initially some pine and citrus before moving to a floral, resiny, grapefruit middle. A berry-like sweetness and lighter caramel reside in there as well. Finishes with a moderate, herbal bitterness that lingers for a good amount of time. Dry, medium bodied, soft carbonation, and very clean. Overall, a really balanced and drinkable IPA. The herbal bitterness is very nice and never gets excessive. Extremely tasty.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
snakeoilpete (324) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 7, 2009
Bottle in motel room in middle-of-nowhere Indiana. Pours mostly clear orange-amber with a nice off-white head. Great nose of funky pine, pineapple, and grapefruit. Taste is a little more floral with caramel and biscuit malts. Medium bodied with a nice citrus/pineapple hop finish.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
awiseman01 (469) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JUL 31, 2009
1/2 a shared 12oz. bottle. Pours golden, amber mix. Nose is fresh piney, sweet malt. Taste is crisp, fizzy, dry, slightly roasted malt, burnt caramel. There is a rough floral, hoppy, alcohol mix of tastes as well. Overall this IPA is a little too dry and burnt for me. The hops are definitely there, but the overall complexion is not that great. Rough aftertaste. Possible I got a not so fresh bottle. I remember liking it more last time I tried it.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
Weedking4 (33) - Stratford, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 31, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2009 So I got a fresh batch in two six packs. And I have to say, this is not the same beer I had in Detroit back in July. It was bottled in the end of August, but its a clear amber colour. Not hazy or orange or unfiltered at all. What a disappointment. I was so looking forward to this again. My previous bottles had no bottled date on them, so they must have been at least 6+ months old. These are less then a month, and it tastes identical to Southern Tier IPA. Which is a decent beer, but its an average IPA. Big disappointment on this one.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rawhydes1 (3) - , Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2009 does not count
citrus and floral, molasses malty acrid finish. too floral and malty for an elite IPA

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5523) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 30, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2011 Sampled on draft at the Sharp Edge Beer Emporium this beer poured a vibrant orange-amber color with a medium sized soapy white head that faded quickly. The aroma was strongly full of fruity, floral and peppery hop and was somewhat sweet. The flavor was very bitter, sharp and had a strong piney and floral hop character. Rather dry and only faintly malty. The hops really dominate. The finish was medium length floral hops. Medium body. Decent.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - AUG 2, 2009
Via trade with coyotehunter. The pour was a slightly hazy copper color with a robust, off-white head that produced average to below average lacing. The aroma was well balanced between rich malts, light spice and floral and pine hops. Just a touch of citrus. The flavor is malt and earthy, floral and pine notes. Again very limited on the citrus punch. With some more citrus I would have thought this was one of the best around. Mouthfeel is refreshing and no alcohol is notiiced.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lamas (1443) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 2, 2009
Bottle. Bottled: 05/12/09. A hazy amber pour with a smallish light-tan head. Fair balance in the aroma with some caramel and toffee to offset the grapefruit and pine. Medium-bodied. Better balance taste-wise than I had anticipated too. Roasty malts and sweet caramel start things off. There is a quick transition to bitter grapefruits and resiny pine. It all ends with a dryness that lingers.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - AUG 4, 2009
Serving: 12 oz. bottle. Appearance: Slightly hazy amber-orange with a small, fluffy, off-white head. Spotty lacing left behind. Aroma: Great nose that I can smell from a foot away. Strong citrus hops, a little cooked vegetable, and grapefruit. Taste: Grapefruit, light caramel, oranges, and pine resin. Palate: Medium, but very smooth carbonation with a medium, slightly slick mouthfeel and a long, bitter finish. Overall: Nice body and flavor. Sessionable too! Definitely worth trying.


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