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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Review 22: Founders Centennial IPA

Review 22
Founders Centennial IPA: 7.2% abv

The first thing that stood out about this beer was the balance of the fragrances. It can be noted that in an IPA, generally a floral, bitter, grapefruit nose comes through, but the floral bit can be quite overpowering. In this one, it isn't. The nose contains lemon, pine, sugarcane, malt, pineapple and honey as well as the previously mentioned characters. It is a fresh nose and extremely well balanced and complex. As far as the taste goes, it is disappointingly less complex. The grapefruit, lemon, and honey stick through to the taste, but unfortunately the taste lacks depth. Other tasting notes include juniper berries, and cherry on the arrival. The finish is bitter as an IPA finish is, with primarily lemon and grapefruit concluding. 
Not bad, not my favorite. The complexity in the nose leads to a higher expectation of flavors in the taste, in my opinion. 
Score: 8.0/10

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