Founders Centennial IPA - Founders Brewing Company
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 5,046 | Reviews: 1,658 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by WAN2RIDE:
4.33/5 rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
12 oz pour into Dogfish Head contoured pint glass. Bottle date, yes a bottle date on a Founders weird I know, is 01/03/11 10 days old.
Pours a crystal clear honey brown with a one finger head that leaves nice spotty lacing as the level drops, and it drops quite fast with this beer.
Smell is a bit faint but is of light somewhat pale malts with a bit of Centennial hops citrus flower. Nice but I wish there were more.
Taste is very nice with a plewasant hop bitterness up front followed by a sweet hop flavor. Not the plethora of tropical flavors to be found in other Centennial hopped IPAs, but more of a citrus leaf/flower flavor with ever so slight green grass/leaf essence. A nice though ligher malt flavor than was indicated by the color. Lighter in roastyness not amount of flavor. Reminds me of the base malt in Founders Red's Rye without the rye bite. Extremely well balanced!
Mouthfeel is good for the style, lighter than some, well carbonated, but not watery at all.
Very drinkable, hops are not too lingering or overpowering nor is it too heavy.
I've had this beer many times, but this is by far the freshest and it really perks up being this young. It's hard not to compare it to the neighboring Bell's Two Hearted which is also a single hopped Centennial IPA. While I love the tropical goodness of Two Hearted and I would still (barely) rate it ahead of this beer, I think I would drink more of the Founders durinng a night out. It's the more balanced mature drink in my opinion. Leans a little more to what I percieve the english style to be as opposed to some of the american, completely unbalanced, hop monsters.
Excellent beer I highly recommend it!
Serving type: bottle
01-14-2011 00:21:20 | More by WAN2RIDE
More User Reviews:
Founders Centennial IPA from Founders Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 5,046 ratings.