Founders – Centennial IPA

Tasting: June 16, 2011
Style: IPA

I’m sure everyone has a list of beers that they intend to try but somehow never get around to actually buying it. This one is definitely that beer for me — I can also say that Stone’s Levitation is another that has surprisingly missed my shopping basket. I’m glad John chose this as one of his swap contributions. I’m looking forward to this one as I’m a big fan of most Founders offerings.

From the label — 7.2% ABV and 65 IBU. Pours a cloudy reddish brown with an off white head. Surprisingly strong hop aroma. Not picking up anything but citrus and some alcohol. The taste is pure hop — initially not much of a malt signature at all. I have to say that the 65 IBU is surprising — I would have guessed closer to 85. But that hop taste is crisp, citrus/grass quality — over what I’ll call a moss/earthiness. On the back end do you pick up some subtle caramel from the malt. The hop is strong — but doesn’t wear out its welcome. This is a classic IPA — I love it so much, I’m popping open the second bottle right now. Funny, the second bottle reveals a bit more malt in the form of molasses – I love it, 92 points. I won’t be walking past this one in the future.

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