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RATINGS: 2685   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

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fiercepanda (615) - Missouri, USA - JUL 2, 2011
A clear reddish amber colored beer with a medium white head that fades to just a small crown. The aroma is very nice, with grassy, citrus, peach, and melon notes. The flavor is very fruity, lots of pine and citrus, with a mild hops bitterness and a pretty good palate. Like most Founders beers, exceptionally good.

3.7
bittermestupid (247) - Canton, Ohio, USA - JUL 2, 2011
Pours brownish orange with a nice 1" thick white head. Smells of pine, grapefruit, mango, caramel malt and grass. Pine, grapefruit, lemon and floral notes come through on the bitter end but this also has a great malt profile. Mouthfeel is medium and finish is long citrus and pine bitter.

4.1
Ryano_ps (3) - Virginia, USA - JUL 1, 2011 does not count
A hazy, golden orange pour results in a light but frothy head with nice lacing that follows. floral and citrus notes with hops for days. Bitterness from cirus/hop combo is complimented nicely by the malty sweetness. Nice bitter tingle on the tounge and sweet finish make it easy to drink.

4.1
jlruthven (612) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 30, 2011
Bottle, pours hazy orange-amber with thick, fizzy head that never completely goes away. Nose is massively hoppy, but the caramel malt presence levels it out nicely. Same with the taste: hop explosion on the tongue, with orange, clementine, some peach and slight pine rounding things out. Very crisp mouthfeel, very slight tingle-burn in the finish. Does nothing to hide the ABV, and I like that! Reminds me of a more bitter Two Hearted Ale. Very nice.

4
albinotron (36) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUN 29, 2011
Very impressed with this one. Medium head with tons of lacing. Lots of little bubbles and an amber color. Aroma is floral with the malt hiding in the background. Medium body, slightly oily with a bitter finish that lingers, but not too long. Taste is is a mixture of sweetness and bitterness in balance. I prefer a lighter bodied IPA, but this isn’t bad at all.

3.4
brokensail (16601) - Dublin, California, USA - JUN 20, 2011
A: The beer pours a light amber/dark orange color with a frothy off-white head and nice lacing. S: Citrus hops with a strong woody, piney character. Some lightly sweet and bready malts. A little bit of grass in there, too. Most of the citrus is grapefruit, which becomes more pronounced as the beer warms. T: Big time bitterness from the grapefruit peel and pine hop notes. A lot of toasted bread malt flavor in the background, which I found sort of surprising. M: Medium in body with a medium carbonation and a lingering bitterness. O: Good, but not as good as some of the other Founders IPAs that I’ve had (namely Double Trouble and Harvest Ale).

3.5
Rustyham (1836) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUN 19, 2011
Sample at a tasting at IlliniSmitty’s house, poured through a home-made randall. Aroma was sweet citrus, flavor was light, bitter, flowery (hibiscus). Nice and really pleasant.

4.1
bowlnman1990 (94) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUN 16, 2011
Bottle at home. Aroma: floral, not overpowering, sweet. Appearance: deep gold, medium head. Taste: malt, sweet, citrus, bitter in the finish but well balanced. Palate: average carbonation, medium bodied, long slightly bitter finish. Overall: very enjoyable, probably the best IPA Ive tasted so far, not overly bitter or complex, highly recommend.

4
Ktwse (5233) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 16, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2014 Re-rated after several more cans, after a free for all against Ska Modus Hoperandi IPA and Sierra Nevada Torpedo IPA. This one is very nice. Grapefruit, resin, mango, ripe tropical fruit, citrus, hops and caramel in the aroma. Taste is very rich yet balanced, you get fruit and caramel sweet notes up against pine and resin bitter, then a mellow balanced finish. It pours cloudy orange amber with low white head. Body is light and smooth with soft carbonation. This is a very, very drinkable IPA. Maybe not quite up there with the best (Sculpin, AleSmith IPA, Racer 5 etc) but still very good.

4.3
Benzai (16151) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUN 15, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2013 Sampled from bottle at CBC 2013. Clear, a bit rusty orange color, small to medium sized off-white head that lasts for a decent while. Aroma of malts, grapefruit and hops. Taste lightly malts, hops, a lovely (grape)fruityness, tropical fruits and nicely bitter. Very nice beer indeed. (Re-rate, original rating was an early amateur rating from 6/15/2011)


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