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RATINGS: 2271   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sthlm (1231) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 24, 2008
[Bottle] Pours amber-red with a slightly off-white head. Aroma is alright, strawberry jam, floral hops, light maltiness. Taste is largely malty up front, then a good deal of grapefruit-rind bitterness. Medium mouthfeel, decent finish. A good beer, but not the best IPA I’ve had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CP (124) - USA - FEB 17, 2008
Decent standard IPA. This is a lot like Hazed and Infused except with more hops. The dry finish is the same which is ok. Slight bitterness, but easy to drink and overall a crisp finish. The aroma doesn’t really have much going on with it. This beer is a basic middle of the road IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dchmela (2636) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 12, 2008
Thanks to Acknud for this gem. Pours out a nice deep amber with a thick white head. The huge floral bouquet of earthy citrusy hops is the first thing I take notice of, but once the head settles, a thick caramel malt body is there to balance it. Taste is mild and smooth, lots of malt with nice accents of citrusy hops. The balance is very nice between the hops and malt, its only deep in the aftertaste do you start to get some hop bitterness. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
biggeral (1) - Sperling, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2008 does not count
Another near perfect offering from Founders. Well balanced, but maybe a touch too much malt stealing away from the hops. But then I’d snort hops if they’d let me..

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 2, 2008
Pours a nice slightly clouded orange amber. Nose is perfumed hops, but not a blast to the nose. Nice and even, but firm. Flavor is very nice. Hops are there, but this is no bomb. Just gives a solid hit to the mouth. Lots of pine-y hops. Feel is decent. A bit thinner on the liquid than I would have expected, but a good level of carbonation. Overall very drinkable. I would be down for trying this on tap, or even better, on cask.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - JAN 30, 2008
Bottle, courtesy of alexanderj and possibly kleyland. Orange - copper pour with lots and lots of off-white head. Aroma is grapefruit and citrus; very pleasant. Flavor is also mostly citrus, lemony, and only slightly malty. Somewhat sticky mouthfeel with some resin in the finish. The flavor might be a little too lemony.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pineypower (2504) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - JAN 28, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2010 Pours a nice copper with a moderate creamy white head. Aroma is of citrus hops and some sweet malts. Taste is citrus hops, with a solid sweet malt backbone, slight fruit. Overall well balanced and very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (7797) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 27, 2008
My Bottom Line:
A prolific Centennial hop panorama takes us from minty herbs to citrus fruit, from spicy flower petals to peppery cedar, all while chewy pale malts discreetly build a sumptuous pillow for these alpha vistas to be shown. This is a solid, balanced India Pale Ale with a lot of personality.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A creamy veil of foam resides atop the pale orangey amber.
-This is amazingly well balanced and never overpowering for a relatively strong American IPA.
-Carbonation is cushy and with the nourishing maltiness creates a soothing mouthfeel.
-The cologne-like cedar undertones are truly pleasant.
-The herbal, coniferous hop bitterness is well levelled.
-A gooseberry fruitiness roams within.


   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lb4lb (2532) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 25, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2008 Bottle courtesy of demitriustown. Thanks for this awesome beer!
Slightly hazy reddish amber color with a creamy offwhite head atop. Smell is light, fruity hops mostly with a citusy focus. Taste is somewhat bright, and fruity with a good hop character. Some citrus flavors and an appropriate malt backing. Good mouthfeel and carbonation level round this one out into a really classic and well done IPA. Very fresh tasting and quite drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 25, 2008
1-25-08 bottle.
Nice hoppy smell that is refreshing and a hint soapy - but nice. Bright amber in color - not thick but not thin either. Nice flavor of hops. Quite drinkable. A very good representative of the style in many ways. Fruity and sweet yet perfectly hoppy. Palate is nice and smooth. Very nice and ideal.

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