Oct 27, 2008

Founder's Centennial IPA

According to the Founder's website this Michigan made brew is benchmark brew amongst the US of A beer judges when it comes to IPA's. It's easy to understand why.
Unfiltered so a cloudy burnt orange in color even when held up to the light. A buttery toffee aroma accent the scents of grapefruity centennial hops, roasted malt and something that has this reporter thinking a dash of honey. A slight head dissipates pretty quickly, leaving a slight film at the top of the beer along with a decent amount of lacing.
A sweet yet tart hop zing is the first thing noticed in the taste. Very much citrus-like with a bunch of earthy notes. The malts follow it up with a caramel sweetness smoothing out some of the zesty bitterness with creamy qualities. Here's an IPA that ends with a dryness that is something almost wet and tart. I know that not make much sense but it's the only way I can think to describe it. The more than average ABV, 7.2% to be exact, isn't all that noticeable until it brings a nice warming effect in the finish. My love for IPA's is no secret and this, in my opinion, is one of the best ever. All in all-PERFECTION!

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