Founders Centennial IPA - Founders Brewing Company
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4.2/5 rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
This was bottled 2/4/11, so it should be nice and fresh.
Into a standard pint glass, Centennial pours a pretty dark golden-amber with a one finger off-white head. I don't see all that many carbonation bubbles, but what I do see move at a middling pace upward. Lacing on the glass is fair- a little blotchy and curvy.
The smell brings Founders' house smell, fresh, sweet citrus hops, grassy-ness, floral notes, and nice caramel and biscuit malt aromas to my nose. I've always thought that Centennial is one of the more balanced IPAs, while still retaining a solid hop presence.
That malt to hop balance evident in the smell translates almost directly to the taste. Certainly, citrus and floral hops lead the flavor profile, but a great caramel and biscuit taste from the malts rounds out the flavor well. The component ingredients never really fall out of equilirium throughout the sip; even the finish is has a nice earthy, hoppy, dry quality to it, but a malt sweetness remains through the aftertaste.
The mouthfeel has quite a full feel for an IPA... probably on the heavier side of medium. However, a crisp, never-overpowering bite from the citrus and floral hops balances out the fullness of the body for a satisfying feel. Carbonation levels are pretty low, but it fits the body of the beer.
Centennial is one of the more drinkable IPAs I've had. I love how it is balanced without sacrificing a strong hop character, and I find it to be more sessionable than other IPAs. Truly a fine-drinking India Pale Ale.
Serving type: bottle
02-27-2011 23:32:36 | More by TCHopCraver
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