Centennial India Pale Ale
The New Old Lompoc

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American IPA
Ranked #5,420
Ranked #33,757
3.65 | pDev: 11.78%
The New Old Lompoc
Oregon, United States
Very Good
Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 18
Photo of djbreezy
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Brickhouse in Vancouver, WA.

appearance - amber/orange, good transparency, medium head, good retention, some lacing

smell - mild earthy and floral hops

taste - pine hop profile, earthy notes, mild malt backbone, slight bitterness to the hops

mouthfeel - well carbonated, medium body, slightly dry

drinkability - could be a bit more hop forward but i think it's the centennials that aren't as face melting a more grapefruit/citrus style hop, overall not bad but not mindblowing

overall, much much better than my previous growler review...something must have been wrong with that batch. it was flat. this one was not.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.21/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A little darker, ruby and brown, didn't produce what I was looking for in the appearance department, head or retention wise. Aroma, pleasant enough, floral, definite the big boy Centennial crop.

Taste, jeez this is bitter. Would have liked to have picked up more of the centennial aspect of this. Really didn't come through in any way other than the smell. Really bitter, good enough if that is all that you're doing for the night, drinking super bitter, long boil ipa's.

I dunno, all these guys beers taste the same, which, you know, none of them suck, and in fact, they're all worthy, I'd just like to see some variety in these ipas.

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Photo of Docer
3.22/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I actually found a bottle of this at Bottles NW in NE PDX!

- No head at all... pours a very flat ale... caramel, slightly cloudy... orangey yellow west coast looking IPA. If it had a bit more carb.. higher marks...

- Caramel malt, sweet, grassy and herbal hops.... pretty basic scent for an IPA...

- Slightly funky caramel malt.. grassy bitter herbal hop... slight creaminess.. overall kind of blah...

- Watery, chewy, sweet and drying... all kind of what it should be minus the carbonation....

- Very drinkable, but forgettable... they really had more places to go with this being a single hop beer.. and it lost its carbonation along the way somewhere....

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Photo of PDXHops
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a shaker pint at the 5th Quadrant location. Glowing light caramel body with a 1-finger thick and creamy cap of foam. Good retention with some wet patchy lace scattered about.

Smell-wise, a pleasant mishmash of hoppy characteristics: some floral notes, some citrus, some pine, rather pungent. Light honeyish malt in the background. Tastes much as it smells, which is to say, quite good. Malt sweetness asserts itself a little more, and grassy and earthy notes appear here and there. Medium-body, moderate carbonation with a lingering, sticky pungent finish. Nice NW-style IPA combo of gritty feel and lingering bitterness.

Overall impression: Solid brew from a (sometimes overlooked) steady stream of them. Recommended.

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Photo of cbarrett4
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from tap at brewery.

A: Nice IPA hue, pale straw with decent head and fizz.
S: Average IPA nose, lots of hops and hints of citrus.
T: More hops but not anything unique or standout.
M: Medium bodied with aggressive tannins and decent balance.
D: Tends to drink nicely, though as mentioned before, nothing new or noteworthy; a rather good but ordinary IPA.

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Photo of MisterClean
4.45/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at New Old Lompoc.

A - Poured a hazy golden with 1 finger of white head. Dissipates slow and leaves beautiful lacing.

S - Honey, flowers, citrus, pine and light toffee. Fairly complex for an IPA.

T - Honey, flowers, citrus, pine, and light toffee, breadiness, and bittering hops. Note the complexity again.

M - Moderately bodied and hop dominated.

D - Great overall. Would probably have purchased bottles if available.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
3.05/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A rather forgettable IPA that could have potential. New Old Lompoc does malty very very well, this hop forward brew is a bit out of their comfort zone I think.

Pour is a hazy copper color with a thn lacing (no head).

Aroma has some grapefruit in there but I get a pungent onion, garlic, and slight funky cheesiness. (and no I hadn't had garlicy food, or any food with this brew, haha)

Taste is not balanced well, with the hops leaving just bitter high-alpha chewiness without any sweetness, florals, or malt complexity.

A dull name for this brew (named after the hops used) tops off my complaints. NOL needs to reinvent this IPA, tweak the recipe and the name.

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Photo of loren01
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured an orangish color, small white head, slight lacing.
S: Very citrusy, grapefruity. Slight sweet maltiness as well
T: Well balanced, good malt up front with citusy hoppiness, not too bitter.
M: Medium bodied, good amount of carbonation, goes down easy
D: Very drinkable IPA, good balance of malt and hops. Very well done beer

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Photo of ccrida
3.1/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pulled from draught into a shaker pint, the Centennial IPA is a hazy, lighter golden orange color, with a rocky, 1 finger head that is very slow to subside, leaving think lace. The sun pouring through the window really made this beer shine, and got me really excited about what lay ahead.

The brew was only half way to my nose when I caught a big whiff of pungent and fruity Centennial hops reminiscent of apricots. Wow, already I'm really loving this beer, and I haven't even had a sip.

Like spotting a beautiful girl from behind, only to have the fantasy ruined as she turns around to reveal her ugly face, the taste of the Centennial IPA was a huge disappointment. Not nearly as sweet and fruity as the nose, the hops manifest as grapefruit somewhat, but predominantly a ridiculous amount of bitterness. The malt is nowhere to be found, and I really took my time, hoping warming would open it up.

The mouthfeel is pretty light and oily.

This was totally one dimensional, way too bitter, and otherwise bland. No malt, very little hop flavor, just aroma and bittering. I'm really getting tired of the one hop IPAs that smell great and taste like crap. Here's another one that's strongly in that camp.

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Photo of charlatan
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This had a pinkish amber colour with little head. It smelled of citrus and a hint of brown sugar, a little spice and some dish detergent. The last element may be down to poor glass washing but since I was at Lompoc's home they don't deserve the benefit of the doubt here.

The brew didn't taste as sweet as I had anticipated. Instead it had a rather acrid hoppy kick, particularly in the aftertaste. The effect of the malt (a certain degree of sweetness) came through as the beer warmed, but it was still dominated by the hops. The decent taste was somewhat marred by the beer being rather too flat.

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Photo of RedDiamond
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Centennial IPA is a relentlessly hoppy, classic Northwestern IPA. It begins near headless, in rich amber, with a piquant and piney aroma. A casual first sip soon reveals a hop profile that punches hops with iron fists. This profile dominates and defines the beer and is distinctly crisp, vibrant, and complex. The bitterness begins with a sharp, compelling zing, proceeds to a hammering crescendo, and then tapers to a protracted finish.

It is the finish that is perhaps this beer’s most dangerous and defining moment, as it is similarly for a rattlesnake. Though I’ve never had the occasion to be bitten by a rattlesnake, I can only imagine the effect is slightly more exhilarating than the potent manifestation of hops in Centennial IPA.

In all seriousness, the hop flavor here reaches a moment between the initial bittering and long-tail finish that is savory and artistic. Even the belchback is quite aromatic and appealing.

I serendipitously brought in the year 2005 with a pint of Centennial in my hand and moments later pondered the passage of time suggested by the name. Of course, the name also suggests the variety of hops that lend such character to this hearty Portland beer.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.66/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted at the 2002 Oregon Brewers Festival. Red brown color. Small white foamy head. Aroma is spicy and fruity. A big bodied IPA. Malty and fairly juicy hoppy. Full flavored. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is very bitter.

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Centennial India Pale Ale from The New Old Lompoc
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 18 ratings