Saturday, March 6, 2010

249. Founders Centennial IPA

This marks our fourth beer from Founders; this one is a growler we got from the Party Source in Newport, KY. Our previous beers include Black Biscuit, Harvest Ale and Breakfast Stout.

Centennial IPA pours a crystal clear copper with a creamy ivory head that has a decent amount of lacing on the glass. The nose is hoppy, with pine, citrus, and resin hop aromas: not much in the way of malt makes it past the hop aroma, though. Starting with some sweet caramel malt flavor, Centennial IPA moves into a big bitterness in the middle with pine and resin hop flavors and just a touch of light citric tartness before ending with a good dose of lingering bitterness and hop spiciness. There is a fair amount of tongue curling from the hop bitterness in the mouthfeel, and a bit of hop astringency as it warms, although nothing detrimental. Medium bodied, Centennial IPA also has a fair amount of creaminess to it; the carbonation is a bit light, but it does taste and feel like a draft beer—it could use a bit more brightness as it ends, either from the carbonation or in the flavor profile. Centennial is a very American IPA, and a very delicious one as well. We’ll be looking for this one again soon.

Found this at a blog called mcglinch, posted on February 2. Totally awesome.

From the Founders website: “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.”

ABV: 7.2%
IBU: 65


1 comment:

  1. thanks for the photo-op! great reads here one your tastings.

    glad to see you enjoyed my hometown brewery Victory's Baltic Thunder back in December. Next winter get your hands on some Yakima Twilight. You will not regret it.