Arizona Centennial Ale | Sonoran Brewing Company

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Sonoran Brewing Company
Arizona, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Phelps on 08-31-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 5 |  Reviews: 3
Reviews by philerman:
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2.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bomber into a sorta' pint glass. Bomber was from the local Safeway in Fountain Hills for my last day in AZ. Kind of wished I went to the Fry's here which at least has individual bottles for sale. Don't believe the Safeway allows you to break a 6 (and they had some canned stuff that looked sorta' interesting). Further annoyance is Arizona's random law about not printing ABV on the label (untappd says 4.8 which seems about right). As the other review says this is the "official" craft beer of AZ's Centennial which is pretty half-assed because of the state being so broke, so I imagine not that much effort went into this. Was also kind of surprised to learn that this brewer is a affiliated with a rather mediocre restaurant (Pinnacle Peak Patio) though the contract brewing they did for Papago (see my previous review) is might fine. Anyways, pours a clearish pale gold with about an inch head and lots of carbonation. Slight corn smell--not terribly off-putting, but not entirely pleasant either. Drinks fairly easy and might go fine in the warmer months---but the Centennial is in February. They could have been far more adventurous with this.

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Photo of AlexChillton
2/5  rDev -27.5%

Photo of illtexzona
3/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Phelps
3.41/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So, the Arizona Centennial Commission named Sonoran Brewing Co. the "Official Craft Brewery of the Arizona Centennial" and told them to brew up a special beer for our hundredth anniversary of statehood. Sonoran, ever the overachievers, came back with a pair of beers: Arizona Centennial Ale, a filtered wheat ale, and Arizona Centennial Copper Ale, an ESB. Collectively known as "The Hundred Year Beers," the pair premiered August 26.

Arizona Centennial Ale gleams pale gold and, though filtered, is clouded by a soft, haziness.

Wheat lends aromas of both fruit and grain, with apple and subtle hints of cotton candy blending with cereal.

The flavor expands upon the nose, showcasing honey-drizzled wheat bread and soft suggestions of apples, banana and pear before a sweeping dry finish. Needlepoints of carbonation prick the tongue with zest, complementing the clean flavor and crisp finish.

American wheats are light and insubstantial by nature, and Arizona Centennial Ale probably won't turn any heads, but it's refreshing. Pop it open when the heat gets in the obscene triple-digit range, and you'll feel like it's only somewhere in the 90s. Brr!

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Photo of drabmuh
2.83/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Beer served in a snifter from a 22 ounce bottle. Beer is yellow with a mild haze and a big white head, slightly over carbonated, the head has decent retention and some lacing, looks good.

Aroma is a little weak and immediately gives itself away as an inferior American Pale Wheat beer. Such a bummer.

There was no information on the label I could locate as to what style of beer this is but I had it pegged as an American wheat ale from first sniff. This grainy mess of a beer has this old grinding hoppiness to it that is pretty rough to get through. I drank about 6 ounces and decided I had had enough. Happy Birthday Arizona, I'll brew a 100% Centennial hop APA / IPA in honor of deserve a much much much better beer than this.

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Arizona Centennial Ale from Sonoran Brewing Company
Beer rating: 2.76 out of 5 with 5 ratings