Centennial Ale | Lengthwise Brewing Company

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Centennial AleCentennial Ale

Brewed by:
Lengthwise Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Mark on 07-20-2003

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Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 70
Photo of JeffBlue
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2/6/16 (22oz, Just Wing It, Bakersfield) Great hop character in both aroma and taste. Very balanced ; not too malty. A great representation of an American IPA.

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Photo of Radome
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber bottle into a goblet.

L - Medium gold color with some orange. Crystal clear. Off-white head is fairly persistent; lots of lacing.

S - Aromas are clean; enticing blend of hops and malt, slightly tilted toward hops. The hops are piney, resiny and a little earthy. The malt is biscuity and slightly sweet behind the hops.

T - Piney hop flavors dominate, not allowing much else to come through. Some low bready malt. Clean, dry finish.

F - Light to medium body. Strong hops bitterness. Low alcohol presence. Full, creamy carbonation.

O - This is a clean, well-made IPA that is hops-centric to the point of being somewhat one-dimensional.

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Photo of IpaBeerDrinkers
2.86/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wasn't very impressed with this. After having ale ya, I guess I expected better. Rather boring tasting, nothing about the hop profile jumps out at you.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I've tried this beer 3 times over the past 5 years and it gets better each time. Really, I don't think my tastes have changed that much to think this beer has improved, rather I think the brewers here are actually trying to improve their beers instead of thinking that they are perfect and know it all. Thumbs up to these guys, really, each time I visit this place the beer is better and the friendliness of the servers stays the same. I am looking for to my next visit already.

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Photo of charlzm
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed January 22nd, 2011 at Caveman Cavey's Pizza in Frazier Park, CA.

Clear dark honey/gold beer. Plenty of carbonation though virtually no head.

I'm going to take a wild guess that what I'm smelling is Centennial hops - citrusy, oily. Fleeting note of crystal malts in the nose.

The beer tastes ever so slightly sweet and is substantially piny and bitter. A trace of crystal/caramel malt and a white pepper component as well.

Slightly watery on the tongue with a clean finish (save for the agreeable, long lasting bitterness).

Not stellar, but certainly quaffable, this went well with a spicy pizza and I would order it again under the same circumstances.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.27/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured on-tap at the brewery into a pint glass, the beer presents with a light golden-copper color, much brighter and lighter than most IPAs. There was no head to speak of. The beer had a tangy hops smell, and gave hints of impending bitterness in the drink itself. The brew did not disappoint. There was a blend of malt and hops flavors, with a bitter, hoppy aftertaste, typical of an IPA. On an interesting note, there was a spicy undertone to the beer, which was very trace and hard to pinpoint (black pepper was my best guess). The beer was light bodied in mouth, and almost seemed to wilt a bit. That, combined with the pepper-y undertones made this one a tough drink, and I typically love a good IPA. I can absolutely appreciate the uniqueness of the brew, but I would not go out of my way to seek this out again.

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Photo of ffejherb
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler into snifter on 10/19/09. Thanks to FooFaa for sharing his phse one GATM growler with me!

A - Dispensed from the clear jug as a hazy, rusty orange/copper-colored body with half a finger of foamy, off-white head that transformed into a swirly retention and deposited spotted lace around the snifter.

S - The Centennial hop proves to be pretty versatile, imparting plenty of citrus aroma as well as earthy tones and woody, herbal notes. Hops are balanced by a backing of sweet caramel malt. Mild burnt sugars and perfumy notes round out the nose.

T - Opens with a sharp grapefruit bite with sweet caramel malt and a sugary sweetness to balance. In addition to the citrus character, some perfumy and earthy notes also develop, especially as the liquid warmed up a bit. Even some light alcohol notes emerged as it reached room temperature.

M - Medium bodied with a syrupy texture and moderate carbonation, resulting in a slight prickly sensation on the tongue. Mouthfeel is quite sticky overall. Finish is dry with a lingering bitter aftertaste.

D - Very good single hop varietal IPA. Overall, I found this to be a fairly complex IPA for only utilizing one kind of hop. I'm glad to have had the opportunity to try something from Lengthwise.

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Photo of LittleDon
4.63/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer was served to me at BJ's in Bakersfield, the same town where it is brewed. Initial inspection reveals an amber color, beautifully dense head with lasting lace, and a fair amount of carbonation. The aroma is distinctly hoppy with little to no noticeable malting. The malt is present in the tasting, as it drinks refreshingly bitter, a nicely balancing the hops, grains, and alcohol. Finish is well hopped, but not overpowering. Medium body.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very big thanks to Mr Solomon for sending this one my way as part of the Growlin BIF. Nothing like a good growler of IPA to work on throughout the day! Served cold and in many a pint glass, this one was consumed on 03/15/2009.

As I pour the first glass out I new I had a winner. This was a nice medium amber in color with a big head of white coming up and over the top of the glass and spilling down into a nice cascading and foamy side glass appearence. Rich and mellow hops at the same time, the aroma was full of light orange, pine, hints of butter like notes and a load of grain as I let it warm up to room temp on a few of the pours. Very mellow and drinkable IPA, the hops crept up on you as the medium bodied ale went down super smooth only to let it come back and bite the back of the tongue with a nice hop touch and a mellow and earthy biscuit like malteness. Rich and creamy, this was the drinkers IPA, and I loved every minute of it. I would have no issue with trying this one again any day of the week.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler obtained via Growling at the Moon from Solomon420. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" eggshell head over the moderately cloudy orangey amber brew. Head is quickly down to an uneven layer of bubbles, with exceptional lasting lace. Aroma is grassy hops with an underlying sweetness.

Taste mirrors the nose, spicy hops and sweet maltiness duking it out, with the hops winning in the end with lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel is good, with a pleasing amount of prickliness, and drinkability is good as well. Nice, approachable IPA.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice gold color with a nice thing white head. Nose was sharply hopped and smelled great. The taste was great, well balanced and well hopped. At 6.7% ABV it was smooth and subtle. The beeer was dry hopped with buttloads of Centinennial Hops. Piney, sligtly bitter on finish. Best beer here for sure.

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Photo of sleazo
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A_Pours a slightly cloudy brown with a huge soapy head. The head manages to retain its size and shape fairly well. Sheets of lace cling to the sides of the glass like spider webs.

S_A fairly even blend of malty biscuit dough and piney hops. The symetry is nice but I like a bit of a hoppier edge to the style.

T_The hops stand out a bit more here as the finish is sufficiently pine soaked bitter. The rest of the flavour mimics the smell to a strong degree. A bit of fruity yeast comes into play wit a bit of warmth.

M_Slightly thicker than average with a bit of carbonation lost via the grolwer. It would be more aggressive freshly poured I would imagine.

D_A good west coast IPA. Well made and easy to drink.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy, dark amber body supporting a thin ring of white bubbles.

Smell: A full hoppiness commands the aroma with notes of spice, citrus, pine, and even grass. Only a slight caramel maltiness beneath.

Taste: Caramel maltiness, lightly sweet, and quickly cleansed away by a blast of spring water. Then come to prominence, bringing the same components as with the aroma and a medium-high bitterness that lasts well into the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A fine, finely bitter India Pale Ale.

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours yellow/slightly red in color, slightly cloudy with a small head. Smells of hops, hops, and more hops. Did I say hops? First sip is a trip to hop heaven. A malty backbone nicely compliments the strong hops. A strong bitter finish with above average carbonation. A fine showing.

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Photo of flexabull
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark orange color with a decent white head.

Aromas are somewhat faint. Citrus hops smells, and hard candies.

Flavors are nice, not to strong, but the flavors that are there are tasty. Some nice creamy malts flavors, some tea like flavors, and a nice finish that is bitter with some grapefruit and orange hop flavors.

Nice full mouthfeel with good carbonation.

Drinkability is this beers strong suit. A tasty yet easy drinking American IPA. This will be a easy growler for my friend and I to finish.

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Photo of ojclark
3.42/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From sample glass at brewery. Slightly cloudy amber-orange color. Toward the dark end of the color spectrum for a typical IPA. Slight off-white head with fine carbonation in glass. Muted hoppy aroma with some crystal malt notes.

Fairly sharp bitterness in flavor bordering on astringent. Strong flavors of darker crystal malts. Bitterness and astringency in finish as well

Puckering mouthfeel from moderate astringency. Slickness in finish as well, although i didn't taste or smell diacetyl. Moderate carbonation. Medium body.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draught at the brewpub. Dark amber color with a thin off-white head and minimal lacing. Nice hoppy piney hops aroma, as well as some fruit. Medium-bodied with a hoppy bitter character, as well as some malt and citrus fruit for balance. The finish is bitter with more citrusy hops that linger quite some time. This is probably the best of the beers I tried.

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Photo of BrewMaster
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Served on tap in a pint glass at the brewpub in Bakersfield, CA. $3.50 for a pint and stated to be 6.5% ABV on the menu. The beer has a golden amber color with a thin white head. The bartender intentionally poured off the head and then served it with little head. The head is revived with some swirling and it leaves good, sticky lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell: Light piney aroma and a strong bready malt.

Taste: Very clean hoppy flavor though the whole beerr. Pine, citrus, bark, sand, and an earthy character all describe the hoppiness. Sweet malty finish with a lasting pine hoppiness in the aftertaste. The maltiness of the aftertaste is very much like a saltine cracker.

Mouthfeel: Dry and leaves my whole palate dry. It's well carbonated, medium bodied, and the maltiness is rather chewy.

Drinkability: Very tasty. It's not over hopped but well balanced and refreshing. I think this is probably the best beer in the house. Well done.

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Photo of Mark
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The bartender told me this beer gets the most calls in the pub. Color was a medium amber with a good tan head that laced the glass nicely. The taste lacked something for me and might need some adapting to. The hopping was very sharp and not at all piney or citrusy like most western IPA's. I was wondering if I had it to close on the heels of the Triple Hop Red, and my taste buds were dulled. Any way, mouthfeel good and drinkability is tops according to the clientele. Probably a much better beer than I'm giving it credit for. I'll try it again if I can in the future.

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Centennial Ale from Lengthwise Brewing Company
3.86 out of 5 based on 70 ratings.
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