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RATINGS: 2758   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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Steeeve (327) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 4, 2010
Clear coppery gold pour with a half inch white head and lots of lacing. Tons of pine, grass, and floral hops in the nose. Just barely a hint of the underlying sweetness. Flavor is much more mellow than I expected. Somewhat herbal. Not sweet, but not horribly bitter. It’s a mellow, flavorful bitterness as opposed to an abrasive resiny bitterness. Some nice citrus and sweetness added to the hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is excellent, medium-light body with perfect carbonation. Awesome IPA. I think I like this even more than Celebration.

3.5
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2010
Clear orange-red, off white foam. Aroma is spicy hops, caramel, light grapefruit. Taste is caramel, spicy hop bitter, some fruity apple.

4.1
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 30, 2010
Appearance: tangerines freshly squeezed with a hint of pith and straw. A billowy head lazily retreats into a mountain of various peaks and cliffs while lace crawled up, down, and all around my glass. clumpalicious.
Nose: orangey, zesty, tangeriny, resiny. Hop resins and pine sap abound, slightly dewdroppped if you pelase and I please. Biscuits and dinner rolls in the back. Whole hop cones are crushed before my eager nose, releasing orange esters and sticky resins.
Palate: sweet and sticky up front with hop orange zest which leads into bitter orange skins and hop leaves. Close your eyes and all around you is row upon row of orange and tangerine trees abloom, an orange must hovering subtly in the air. Stems, roots, branches, and skins are a consistant bitterness which paris well with the hop leaves and sticky resins. More pine sap in the finish, damp and dewy. Overall a full smooth bready moist mouthfeel marked by all the above.
Final Thoughts: a delicious IPA, being a citrus phreak in general I really enjoyed the huge orangey zippy character of her nose and her palate. Balanced and fulfilling, I’d love to have her in my fridge on a very regular basis.

3.5
rand (1700) - SWITZERLAND - NOV 26, 2010
Bottle 355 ml from www.erzbierschof.ch. Hop aroma with floral and lemon tones on malt and toffy. Taste all in strong bitterness bound to a bottom of citrus fruits. Shades of pine, resin and chicory. Solid and without compromise.

4.3
Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 24, 2010
A: Orange-amber in color with a cream-colored hear. Good lacing. S: Lots of hops coming out of this one--mostly citrus with some floral mixed in. T: Lots of grapefruit hops, obviously of the Centennial variety. Good malt backbone as well. Sightly sweet all around. M: Medium-bodied with minimal alcohol presence. D: Another solid offering from Founders. An all-around very solid IPA. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 04-29-2009

4.4
ClubGonzo (5670) - Bergen, NORWAY - NOV 22, 2010
Bottle from Vinmonopolet in Valkendorfsgate, Bergen. Pours a classy looking, slightly hazy deep orange body with a medium, creamy khaki head. Nose is heavy fruity hops; rose water, melon, apricot, peaches, hints of vanilla and spruce. Absolutely delicious. Taste is a fruit basket of flavors: strawberries, peaches, vanilla, spruce and honey, bouncing off each other like synchronized swimmers in a huge pool of smoothie (pardon the imagery). :-P Extremely fresh, yet decently bitter towards the end, with just enough of the grassy, crisp hop bite to make you come back for more. And more. This may easily be one of the best IPAs I’ve ever had. A true American classic within its genre, and a milestone in the IPA tradition in general.

3.3
spilledpint (352) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - NOV 21, 2010
Notes from Thursday, September 9 2010 Ar: Piney hops with just a touch of malty caramel. A bit of citrus as well. Ap: Pours a light copper with a hint of orange when held to the light. 3/4" white head dissipates quickly, leaving a bit of lace. Completely translucent. F: Pine follows into the flavor, while citrus is quite muted. A bit of floral hop in here as well. Nice bitter finish, very refreshing from a larger IPA. P: Highly carbonated, medium body. O: Very good IPA.

4
AlephNull3 (114) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 18, 2010
Pours somewhat cloudy with very small frothy head. Almost sweet hoppy taste. This beer is very lively leaving your tounge tingling from the dry roaste hops. Very suprised with the strength of the inital taste that mellows into a smooth sweet hoppy flavor. Good IPA

4.1
Wolfenkopf (193) - Villa Park, Illinois, USA - NOV 16, 2010
This one’s aroma is brilliantly packed with hops and citrus. Once you stick your nose in the glass you have to taste it. Head is amber and frothy, almost like a good milkshake. Hold it up to the light and you can see the finely ground ingredients floating beautifully. Then there’s the taste, which is even more brilliant than the aroma. Full bodied and intensley hoppy, this one errs on the side of pleasant bitterness rather than folding to the sweetness of citrus. It hits the palate with that hoppy attitude and does not let go for awhile. That being said, it is not an unpleasant bitterness, but a deeply satisfying one. Those that love their IPA’s nasty and unapologetic will love it.

3.7
mackus2 (156) - Edison, New Jersey, USA - NOV 16, 2010
12 oz bottle. Pours a hazy orange, light brown with a little white head. Nose is floral, fruity, piny. Medium body, soft in the mouth but a nice amount of carbonation gives it some aggressiveness. Full taste, floral, piny, grapefruit, citrus. Finish bitter and a little spicy. Nice balance, but definitely towards the hop side. Solid IPA.


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