Monday, April 18, 2011

Founders Centennial IPA

Dan of joins me via Skype to review a beer made in his backyard - Founders Centennial IPA. This is a beer made with ONLY one type of hop. I don't think I've ever reviewed a single-hopped IPA on Chad'z Beer Reviews before. Well, now is as good a time as any to begin, eh?

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chad9976 (627) - Albany, USA - JUL 16, 2011
India Pale Ale is probably my favorite style of beer due to the inherent robustness and attractiveness beers of this style tend to have. Most are brewed with various types of hops to create for different flavors and aromas. Founders Centennial IPA is one of the rare "single hopped" IPAs on the market today, meaning it uses only Centennial hops for everything including aroma, kettle, and dry hopping. The result is a very impressive beer that is packed with flavor, smells great, and is highly drinkable all around. How’d they do that?!

I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy marmalade/flame hue with little carbonation, but produces a big, fluffy, white, frothy head. It retains very well and leaves plenty of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Orange, tangerine, mango and guava with light floral undertones. There’s also a candy or perfume-like sweetness.

Taste: IPAs are supposed to be bitter, but they’re also supposed to have genuine flavor and Founders Centennial IPA has both all the time. As soon as the beer hits my lips I get quite intense dry bitterness. This sensation lasts until shortly after the beer has exited my mouth. This bitterness is delivered via a tropical fruit juice-like flavor which is very tasty and even a little refreshing while it’s in the mouth. The hops linger on my tongue and create for a very chalky/doughy flavor, but the juicy components of the palate somehow stick around as well. I also notice a powdered candy-like sweetness (i.e. Smarties, Sweet Tarts) that goes hand-in-hand with the bitterness. The malts are most likely creating for this taste, which is slightly biscuity - a flavor not often found in American IPAs of this caliber.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with low carbonation but never feels "flat" or tepid.

Drinkability: For such an overtly bitter and dry beer, Centennial IPA is surprisingly smooth. The hops definitely linger here and dry out my tongue. Probably an idea beer to have with dinner. The 7.2% ABV seems right as it definitely made itself known on my system after just one bottle.

Overall, an impressive beer for many reasons and one of the few brews that finishes as strong as it begins. A must-drink for hopheads

Grade: 9/10

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