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Monday, July 5, 2010

Founders Centennial IPA

Founders Centennial IPA:

Unfiltered and dry-hopped, this India Pale Ale has a really nice balance and a bit of zip to it. Less floral and a bit drier than some other IPAs I've had. Centennial has a medium body and refreshing flavor but it's not as citrusy and flowery as, say Green Flash West Coast IPA or Ithaca Flower Power. And as an IPA, the paleness does shine through and isn't completely masked by the hops. Definitely drinkable and not nearly as rich as another Founders classic Double Trouble.

Founders Centennial IPA is a really dry pale ale with hops that remain in the background until the aftertaste. But dry as it is, there is also a malty earthiness that holds the beer together. Not sweet, mind you, but a touch of caramel peeks through. Pretty smooth and drinkable with a nice mouthfeel and just a hint of spice.

Founders has its own style and distinct flavor profile, but if it helps to compare and contrast, here are a few beers I've had recently (and you, good citizen, may be familiar with) that may be in the same ballpark: It's kinda like Sierra Nevada Torpedo meets River Horse Hop-a-lotamus plus a little bit of Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA. All in all, it's a really nice IPA with just enough complexity to keep it interesting. The highlight is its fine accessibility. This brew is worth taking to a barbecue so you can show off your good taste in beer without going overboard.

Founders Centennial IPA:

Representation: .90
Accessibility: .925
Style: .85
Personal Preference: .875

Total Score: 3.55 Flags
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