ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - APR 9, 2012
A: Pours a slightly cloudy dark amber color with a one finger white head of decent retention and good lacing.
S: Citric, grapefruity hop aroma abounds here. I can also pick up a little breadiness as well if I concentrate.
T: The first sip opens VERY bitterly, even a bit soapy. Thankfully, the bitterness subsides a little bit after subsequent sips are taken. Even still, it gets rather tiring and one-note after a while. There is a bit of crackery malt on the finish, but otherwise, it’s not very balanced.
M: Well carbonated and medium bodied, but rather rough on the tongue. I would have liked a bit more creaminess here.
O: Not so much ’bad’ as it is ’incredibly disappointing’. As much as I can applaud the Centennial hop’s versatility, it works a lot better as an aromatic hop in my opinion. All in all, falls way short next to the other well-known IPA from Michigan, Bell’s Two Hearted. Though I have to wonder...maybe I got a bad bottle of this? For that reason, I’ll try it again...but eh, I’m in no rush to do so. rustbucket0873 (460) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - MAR 31, 2012
pours a nice dark golden color with a white head, which does not dissipate quickly. the aroma is Strong of citrus, pine, and grapefruit. The taste is piney, grapefruit, citrus with a very nice malty backbone! there is bitterness from front to back... this is extremely good. The body is a medium to heavy body with provides a very good mouthfeel to back the hops. Overall I would recommend this to any hophead. Dragonfly1 (500) - Colorado, USA - MAR 30, 2012
Viscous, oily hops, tiring to the tongue, this is a consistently bitter, citrusy, piney combination of dried apricot, orange peel, and pine needles. This one makes you think, complex and subtle, consistent. Cheers to this.
kdm1984 (814) - Missouri, USA - MAR 29, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2013 I’ve commented and re-commented on this quite a bit ever since I first had it, trying to capture its essence in the best way possible. All I will say now, even after so many craft beers through the years, this is still my ultimate go-to IPA. At its *worst*, it tastes like Two-Hearted - lots of Fruity Pebbles citrus and bittering hops. Most of the time, though, it’s the near-perfect blend of citrus, wood, grass, resin, and malt, with arguably the best and most long-lasting finish and aftertaste there is. Equally sessionable and slow-sipping, I will always be a fangirl of Centennial. Easily a top ten IPA. Why it’s not in the top 25 on this site is beyond me. glennmastrange (2899) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2012
Bottle. Moderate malt and hop notes of straw, roasted, caramel and pine, faint soap for the yeast, with wood and hints of pear and cherry in the background. Head is small to average size, creamy, white with good lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is hazy amber/orange. Flavor starts moderately acidic, then finishes lightly acidic and moderately bitter. Palate is medium, watery with a lively carbonation and a crisp and dry finish. No surprise here, one of the better IPAs out there.
tseo (153) - Athens, GREECE - MAR 29, 2012
Smell: Fantastic! Appetizing biscuity malt with a hint of honey, and aromatic spicy, resiny, herbal hops.
Mouthfeel: Full, oily and slightly carbonated.
Taste: Yummy malty taste that reminds of wafer and honey and bread and cookies. Some grapefruit and pine from the hops and earthy notes. Very bitter.
Finish: Gets bitter and dry, begs for some more.
Overall: Being hoppy, but not very bitter, it is not a typical American IPA. I say it’s more like an English Bitter, but surprisingly it’s 7,2% ABV. Very drinkable, a beer for any moment. It’s great! KajII (800) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - MAR 29, 2012
Bottle. The pour was a murky dark amber with an average (1-2 finger) off white frothy head that reduced to a few puddles and a large collar of residue which created some excellent sheets of lace.
The aroma was of a floral hop, a toasted grain malt and an earthy yeast with notes of caramel, apricot and a good dose of citrus (lemon and grapefruit).
The taste was a light bitter sweet and a bit acidic with a nice malty feel and had notes of caramel throughout, then progressed into this nice hoppy flavor, that had just a tad of sweetness to it with notes of apricot and citrus at the end. The flavor hung around for what seemed like forever, which just increased the pleasure of the tasting experience.
Mouthfeel was right under medium in body with an extremely dry texture and a moderate carbonation.
Overall all I have to say about this brew is: "Now that’s an IPA"...
Sask89 (529) - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA - MAR 27, 2012
Pours a clear amber colour with a medium off-white head. Aroma is of grapefruit, orange, and lemon with a nice caramel malt scent present too, and of course centennial hops. Taste is mildly sweet with a slightly more intense bitterness. Light-medium body, average carbonation, and smooth and creamy on the palate. Overall a really enjoyable IPA. jcnielsen (3416) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAR 26, 2012
Bottle. Pours a copper color with a white head. Aroma of citrus, floral, and pine. Piney and grassy flavor. I think this is a great IPA. A great combination of crispness, bitterness, and hoppiness. ADfan (870) - Orange County, California, USA - MAR 26, 2012
Poured into the glass it formed a nice head with a dark amber color. Aroma is big with citrus and floral notes. Taste is bitter with a blend of hops and citrus. Lemon and pineapple come through. There is also a bread taste with a touch of sweetness. Decent finish.