Ration Type: Dinner - Centennial Single Varietal Ale
Southern Tier Brewing Company

Ration Type:  Dinner - Centennial Single Varietal AleRation Type:  Dinner - Centennial Single Varietal Ale
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American IPA
3.53 | pDev: 10.76%
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Ration Type:  Dinner - Centennial Single Varietal AleRation Type:  Dinner - Centennial Single Varietal Ale
Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 73 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a bronzed slight transparency. Slim finger-ed white speckled head left foamy clingy rings. The smell had a big sharp zesty piney spice. Gently letting in some light citrus. The taste was mainly zesty sweet with a slight sharp glossy pine. A mainly piney aftertaste leads to a sweet dry finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation was sharp like an AIPA but a gentle smoothness as it warmed on my tongue. Overall, this was a very good offering from Southern Tier. I’d definitely have it again.

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Photo of soulfly967
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into my trusty Dogfish Signature glass.

Its really been six years since my last review? Damn, does time goes fast. Pours a nice copper with a half inch off white head that faded after a minute or so and pretty decent lacing down the glass. A very floral scent with some lemon for good measure. Medium body and light to medium carbonation. Crisp and clean. The flowery notes really come out at first with a nice dry hoppy finish. Very well balanced. Overall I am quite happy with this beer. I really like seeing brewers showcase a single hop and do it well.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.91/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I feel like I am back in the U.S. Navy, where we never had "Lunch", but were served "Dinner" instead. Breakfast, Dinner and Supper were the order of the day. And Midrats aboard ship. I spied the entire series while on a brief visit to Country Garden 6-Pack today following a haircut and decided to get some chow.

From the bottle: "Brewed with 1 Variety of Hops and 1 Type of Malt".

I Pop!ped the cap and again commenced an aggro pour, producing ~ three fingers of fluffy, light-tan head with moderate retention. The sticky lacing made me cringe as it was going to need a jackhammer to get it out of the glass when I am finished. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was very floral, somewhat sweet, reminiscent of my late paternal grandmother's rose garden with a raspberry bush across the lawn. Fruity and flowery. Interesting. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste really matched the nose! I initially got a rosy, flowery flavor from it, but then I began to also taste red raspberries. This was a really mellow, tea-like flavor for an AIPA, but since it would be my last before hitting the rack, I was really happy with it. At another time of day, it might be said to lack Ooomph!, which is something for which I commonly dun beers. The finish was pleasant, low in bitterness, but not really what I am looking for from the style as a self-avowed hophead.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.84/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this chilled in an IPA glass from the 12oz

The color is dark golden with medium amber and has great clarity with thick pale cap with very good retention with fine bead. The smell has citrus aroma with fruity tropical and slightly floral orange-esque hop smell. The feel has a good body with low sweetness and medium bitterness with light spice and medium carbonation with semi-dry bitter finish.

The flavor begins dry with toasted malt and tangy citrus mix with a hop fruitiness like orange zest and slight spice tinge with a slightly dry bitter aspect and low astringency with a gently bitter flavor in the finish which is mostly dry. Overall A very good centennial pale nice fresh hops and subtle alcohol with just the right level of malt with a nice drinkable quality for a single hop ale-recommended.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.59/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

A- pours a bright amber-orange color with a small creamy white head that reduces, leaving a small layer skimming the top

S- spicy floral hop with some lemon peel/citrus, toasted bread with some earthy must

T- floral hop up front with some earthy spice, underlying toasted malt, citrusy/lemon zest hoppy finish

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a crisp finish

O- nice citrus/lemon hop notes from the centennial, a nice showcase

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Photo of BerkshireGuerrilla
3.18/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Just didn't get there for me; none of the Cration pack did. Like being able to sample the single Varietals but must learn to love. Southern tier is doing good things!

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Photo of MrBoh
4.04/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Second up in the C-Ration exexpedition. some jalapeno poppers and some last minute Christmas shopping between the two, so this should be interesting...

Pours a deep amber just as beautiful as the first. A half finger of tannish white head. I learned my lesson from the first one and poured more vigorously to allow the head to rise. In a couple minutes it disappears into a thin cap, leaving lacing all along the walls of the glass.

The aroma is not as obvious when being poured as breakfast was. Major players here are pine, citrus and floral. A light sourdough scent caps it off. Mainly a bitter musky scent, with just a touch of sweetness. One word to describe it: dank

wow. A wonderful blend of dank pine and bright orange zest. It's like a completely new beer, probably because it is. Finish is full of pine and sourdough. Much less perceived sweetness than the last, and much more of a resiny bitterness. Not much complexity, just simple, balanced and fresh tasting. It works.

Mouthfeel is very similar to the last. It's light bodied for the most part, but oily and can still be a bit chewy. The carbonation stimulates the taste buds long after each sip.

Probably a touch better than cascade. It's simply good. A light pale ale with a heavy hop kick, drinkable and fresh.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

LOOK: Pours a deep golden color with a soapy white head and plenty of lacing. Pours mostly clear with a chill haze.

SMELL: Aroma is zesty and herbal. Not so much fruity, more towards sappy pine and lemongrass.

TASTE: The flavor is very bright and citrusy, herbal, piney and fresh. Good hop flavor and solid bitterness, this has a lighter profile than the other two in the series, and further solidifies the Centennial hop as a tried and true American IPA classic.

FEEL: Medium bodied, well carbonated, crisp, clean.

OVERALL: A solid session ale, this is the standout of the Ration series. All the hops were well received and it was a beer nerd delight to try these pilot bottles from the different varieties. This could certainly be a mainstay for me if readily available.

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Photo of TheSSG
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Pours a soapy, white head that has good persistence. A nice, piney hop aroma. Copper, red color. Starts with notes of pine. Builds to a medium-high bitterness with more notes of pine. There is a touch of malt sweetness that comes through as a more citrus-rind bitterness is left lingering.

This isn't so bad. Definitely my favorite of the three.

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Photo of Omnium
3.71/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is only a little different, its still rather weak though, definitely more citrus and a little grassy and bright.
Flavor is distinctly citrus and grassy with bright tones, pale crackery malt is nearly undetectable which is better.

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Photo of Kendo
3.41/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Body is coppery-orange with a small whitish head that leaves a little bit of lace on the glass.

S: Mildly sweet with a touch of piney hops. Also some cat pee I think.

T: First impression is how thin and watery this feels. That translates to the taste too - feels like there's no malt foundation at all, then some pine needle bitterness. There's something else that doesn't quite mesh right - minerally bitterness, I think, on the back portion of the tongue. Oddly enough, after a few sips, I find some sweetness lingering on the aftertaste too.

M: Like I said, it's watery and thin. And on top of that, the carbonation seems too sharp - which may be the case because the heft is unable to keep up with it.

O: This may be my least-favorite beer I've ever had from Southern Tier.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

A - Less head than the other session beers. Color is a vibrant amber brown clear.
S - Again less aromatic than the other beers but it does smell rather hoppy and somewhat sweet.
T - As others said pretty much hop water. Very little hop presence or lingering hops and hardly no balancing body making it less a beer.
M - Watery and light really disappointing.

Overall skip this one and buy the other two unless your looking for a tick.

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Flying Dog chalice

A: Burnished copper, with the slightest head that maintains itself for a modicum of time and with some lacing.
S: That's Centennial all right. Ripe mango with a side of pine cone.
T: Watery and light. Comes across as hop water.
M: Light carbonation, and quite watery.
O: Not as good as the Columbus Supper Rations. It grows on you as you drink it though.

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Photo of cavedave
2.98/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Clear, honey colored beer, topped briefly by a couple fingers off white foam. Not much in the lace department, and the head relaxes to a nice island and ring.

Low strength aroma of pine and grapefruit with neutral sweet backing it up.

Pine bitter and some soapy citrus hold hands, as neutral sweet leads the sip to end with the herbal bitter aspects of it taking charge.

Nicely resinous, a bit overcarbed despite its look, and a finish that could be a bit cleaner.

Decent enough beer for what it is, but not recommended except as a tool for trying to learn hop varietal characteristics

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Ration Type: Dinner - Centennial Single Varietal Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 73 ratings