Flathead Lake Brewing Co. The Centennial IPA – American IPA at 7.3% ABV | 53 IBU

Flathead Lake Brewing Co. _The Centennial IPA_ American IPA at 7.3% ABV | 53 IBU _(C$2.69 at Brix Bottleshop, 355 ml, no packaging date or best before, acquired 22-Oct-2018, reviewed 28-Oct-2018)_

Appearance: clear pale amber with one finger of thin pale ivory head diminishing rapidly to a thin cap & ring, spotty lacing. (3/5) Aroma: citrus, earthy pine, caramel and buttery toffee, floral. (7/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter. (7/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, slightly sticky medium plus duration bitter finish. (3/5)

I always like local flavour, so I was pleased to see the name was in fact in honour of the 100th anniversary of Glacier National Park, and not a pretentious claim to being the authoritative interpretation of the hop. Which, let’s be honest, it isn’t. (Not that Centennial tops my list of favourite hops at the best of times, being distinctly floral and old-fashioned, verging on Noble in my opinion.) So, yeah – bonus points for a clever idea, but the base material prevented this from being an unqualified success, as did the structural issues. (13/20)

6.5/10 #ryansbooze

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