HoppyBudgie (606) - SOLA, NORWAY - MAR 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wet pine, grapefruit in nose. Caramel, herbal, catty in taste (From tasting of all Hop series Cardinal 11. March)
maekchu (1698) - Hirakata, JAPAN - MAR 12, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (discounted) from Five Points Bottle Shop (Lumpkin St.) in Athens. Caramel and some kind of fruit juice. Slightly cloudy copper color, with a 1-cm head. Quite sweet initial / hops emerge with a vengeance, with some toffee in the background / finished with a small hop burn, and the balances. Thin-medium body. Pretty good. The balance has held up here. Centennial seems to be a hardy fellow.
nuplastikk (4090) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Deep murky orange-brown body. Massive foamy off-white head. Sweet, almost what I associate with sticky, classic US brewpub IPA. Piny, syrup covered grapefruit. Accentuates the caramel malt notes...or maybe that is the earthy tone from the dry hopping. Centennial tastes like 1990s IPA to me. Captures a nice fruit tone, approaching a black, purple fruit undercurrent. I can see why they don’t filter this series, but once again, this is very malt forward and yeasty.
Kinz (3159) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 26, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Richmond 19th. Medium orange, Aroma of caramel and primarily grapefruit citric hops. Flavor is a match. Nice. Still think I would reach for a Two-Hearted before this one if I want to really highlight Centennial.
Japalo (1026) - DENMARK - JAN 21, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle@home. Amber hazy. Beige two finger foam. Pine fresh resin aromas. Some green grass as well. Moderate bitterness. Medium finish. Nice expected more citrus maybe its evaporated.
Butters (3661) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at the Richmond Gathering 19. Slightly hazy amber with small particulate and faint offwhite head. Smells and tastes of old musty earthy hops similar to the cascade, but more stinky. Faintly citrus, but that has faded for the mostpart. More sweet and ’reddish/orange’ flavor. Pretty good.
obguthr (3388) - Lynchburg, Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Rosehip nose. Clear amber with floaties, medium head. Rosehip flavor, some cracker notes. About what I expected, albeit not terribly fresh.
tia (849) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
RG 19. Bottle. Hazy orangey with thin head and moderate lacing. Grapefruity and a hint of caramel. Sweet and then pithy. Moderate bitter finish.
HopTsing (400) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From the bottle poured a light brown brew with a thin white head. Malty aroma. Medium bodied with a flavor that starts out malty and then turns grapefruity, and hoppy.
Drake (7843) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from State Line, shared at the 19th Richmond Ratebeer Gathering. Aroma of clear amber color with a large frothy tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of citrus, herbal, earthy, catty hops. The taste is herbal, citrus, resin, citrus and minty hop. Pale malts.