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Founders Centennial IPA

Rating: 3.9

Another Founders beer here, this one is another of their year round beers and another American style IPA that is the second such beer from the brewery I’ve had recently. This one follows on from their All Day IPA but comes in a fair bit stronger than that one at 7.2% making it not far off from a double IPA. This beer, along with their Porter, was the beer I was most looking forward to trying when I noticed they were being distributed in the UK for the first time; hopefully this one is as good as that one was, if so it’ll be one I’ll be looking to pick up again in the future.
Founders Centennial IPA

Appearance (4/5): A medium amber colour with some darker copper patches. The head is a thumb-sized, bubbly white one that holds well and has a slightly foamy appearance.
Aroma (8/10): Pine and citrus hops kick things off along with a lot of caramel and some sweet malts. There is some mango and pineapple giving the beer a slightly tropical aroma and I could detect some spice and a few earthy malts right at the end but fresh smells dominate with some grapefruit and lemon in there as well.
Taste (7/10): Caramel and some light, earthy malts to begin with along with the pine and citrus that featured in the aroma. There is some grapefruit and spice with some dry hops and bitterness too.
Palate (4/5): Smooth with a medium body and a well carbonated feel. The beer is a dry one with some citrus and a bit of spice coming before a bitter, pine hop finish.

Overall (16/20): Quite a good IPA and one that was slight more sweet and with more of a malty taste than I had been expecting but this was a nice change to what I am used to. The beer had a good pine bitterness to it like you would expect from the style and plenty of spice too yet overall it had a good balance to it and went down pretty quickly.

Brewed In: Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States of America
Brewery: Founders Brewing Company
First Brewed: Brewery since 1997
Type: American IPA
Abv: 7.2%
Serving: Bottle (355ml)
Purchased: The Good Spirits Co. (Glasgow)
Price: £2.80

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