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Entries in Founders Brewing Company - Centennial IPA (2)

Tuesday
Oct052010

Founders Brewing Company- Centennial IPA: I love you a hundred ways…

So… I kind of disappeared for a couple weeks because I had to move to a new apartment. I consider moving to be one of life’s most annoying tasks. But now, I live with my girlfriend, my place is awesome and I am looking at buying a new car. To keep it simple, life is good and I am happy, really happy. So I am going to cheat on my review tonight by reviewing a beer I have cherished many times, but have never found the time to write up: Centennial IPA by Founders, from my lovely home state of Michigan.

Centennial IPA pours like a glass of golden/ amber mead with a punchy floral hop bouquet that could make you cry. The creamy foam laced my cup as the body of this beauty settled in and took command of my glass. Centennial has a very sweet air about it. She is like that girl in high school that you knew you probably could have had if you tried but the fantasy was just more fun. This IPA is gorgeous but not intimidating, kind of like Zooey Deschanel.

The flavor of Centennial is a work of vivacious liquid art. Founders has masterfully mixed a sweet and full amber maltiness with an oily, dry and earthy hop. It really is freaking perfection. It finishes dry, hard, sweet and satisfying; like a K.O. punch to your mortal enemy’s eye. This is one of the top five greatest IPAs in the world, I don’t care what anyone else says. You can trust me; I am on a roll right now!

ABV: 7.2%

Consumed: Pint Glass

Verdict: Buy a Keg!!!

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Friday
Feb122010

Founders Brewing Company- Centennial IPA: Centuries Of Hoppy Goodness

This one has been sitting in the pile for a while and its turn is now.  A centennial is defined as, “lasting a hundred years.”  Well I didn’t wait that long to try it, I’ve had a few previously but never sat down to truly ponder this brew.  The beer of which I speak is Founders Brewing Company’s Centennial IPA.

Founders Brewing Company classifies this beer as an India Pale Ale and their website describes Centennial India Pale Ale as follows, “Get ready to bask in the glory of the frothy head’s floral bouquet. Relish the citrus accents from the abundance of dry-hopping. This one’s sweet, yet balanced. Malty undertones shake hands with the hop character for a finish that never turns too bitter."

Centennial IPA pours a cloudy maple/orange color with a ¾” tan head with a balanced hop/malt aroma and comes in at 7.2% ABV.

Don’t think that having a name like Centennial IPA means you can only drink this every 100 years.  This beer is meant for you to enjoy daily as if it was a celebration of the new millennium.  This unfiltered, dry hopped beauty has a nice bite in the beginning with a nice smooth finish that has an ever so slight fruit taste to it.  With a 7.2% ABV, downing a six pack will have you partying like it is 1999.

ABV: 7.2%

Consumed: New Belgium Globe Glass

Verdict: Buy A Twelve Pack

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