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RATINGS: 2218   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 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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - AUG 29, 2007
This brew pours an apricot honey color w/ a modest froth. Residual lacing is just a thin ring. Aromas of sweet malts and snappy hops. Medium full nectar weight w/ mellow cotton effers. Nice balance right up front. Malts meet Robo Hop half way and join forces to create an ensamble worthy of a Grammy. In my book IPAís need to meet the minimum abv of 7% to qualify for classic status and this one hitís the mark. Itís not as complex as some but definatley worthy of itís attention. The finish is bittered w/ citrus rind and leaves the palate dry. Overall: this is one solid IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5539) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 28, 2007
350 ml bottle mailorder from archerliquors. Golden amber with a fizzy white head. Floral grapefruit aroma. Malty citrus taste with only a slight bitterness.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jstraw (1906) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 26, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2007 Cloudy orange-amber with decent, creamy tan head / Medium body with lush hops and finish / Bright citrus nose / Flavors of orange, grapefruit, peaches, and pine / A near perfect ipa.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
arjoseph (639) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2007
On tap, Map Room, Chicago. Looks: hazy low-saturation red with a medium, pretty long-lasting foam ecru head with lace creeping up the sides. After the first sip, the lasting impression is of the nicely bitter and crisp finish. The finish is delayed, however, which makes the beer seem like a disappointment until it kicks in. The flavor is one dimensional, dark hops with a very momentary malt presence. Texture is dirty, dry and somewhat fizzy and prickly. The flavor seems like itís close to the IPA-ESB border, the hops being more British than west-coast and it lacking much malt character. As the beer warms, the malts become more evident, but arenít that impressive, all floating unintegrated sugars, like crushed Club crackers with some brown sugar. The finish takes on some brusselsprout flavor: dark, kind of bitter in an herbal, leafy way, and dry. Smells like sugar, soup crackers, and flowery hops; kinda nice. 8/4/7/4/13

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stine (1490) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 20, 2007
Tap at the Brew Kettle. Very hazy, bright golden orange. Aroma is darker than expected. Black cherry syrup and pine nuts - generally earthy, strong, heavy. Unique flavors of lingonberries and cranberries with a bright citrus glaze and ground rose petals. Alcohol is a bit too noticeable. Palate is somewhat heavy as a result Ė and its delicate floral construct suffers from this. Careless erosion wrought on a lovely natural landscape. A little tempering and this would be a standout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CelticBrew (752) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - AUG 15, 2007
Pours medium copper colour, forming little to no foam. Aroma is of pines, malts, apples(?), and caramel covered resins. Flavor is of sweet pine resin and malts. Extremely smooth beer. Truly does come across with a floral bouquet flavor and quenches a thirst for good IPA. Really good beer! (thanks Matt, see below [DrBayern] for the beer).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - AUG 15, 2007
12 oz. bottle. Beautiful clear burnt orange pour under a nicely developed medium off white head with good durability and lace. Fresh hoppy aroma of citrus and spruce with support from some fruity sweet malt. Quite smooth for an IPA, without any harshness. Nice medium body and light carbonation. Very well balanced between caramel flavors and bitter citrus zest. Refreshing, nothing is overdone, and a nice example of the American version of the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
strangaj (250) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - AUG 4, 2007
A dark copper with a bit of haze. I can smell a bit more malt in the aroma than I expected, but the hops is there to boot. Flavor boast a strong malt and hops presence with a dry bitter finish. I very nice IPA for those who really enjoy the style and its strong flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
valis57 (2) - USA - JUL 31, 2007 does not count
Love this IPA, but I truly miss itís earlier incarnation a few years ago when it was truly unfiltered. Todayís Centennial canít really qualify as unfiltered, as it advertises.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ghouseguy (20) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 31, 2007
Bottle. A friend brought this beer back from a beer festival in Michigan. Poured into a chilled glass and the aroma was right there. This beer tastes big and balanced. Nice sweet malt flavor with plenty of hops to balance well.

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