Thursday, August 1, 2013

Hopworks Urban Brewery - Centennial Single Hop IPX

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Happy National IPA Day! 

Seriously, who thinks this stuff up? National IPA Day? Somebody actually stood in front of Congress (with a straight face) and made a legitimate proposal to name the first day of August the official celebratory day for my favorite style of craft beer.

Of course, there's also National Doughnut Day (June 7th), National Potato Chip Day (March 14th), and even National Whoopie Pie Day (June 25th). Hell, Google any old anything and there's probably an official "day" set aside to honor it. Is there a National Beer Bloggers Day? Probably, but I'm not going to look it up. Enough grumbling, already, let's get on with the beer review at hand.

Centennial IPX poured from bomber into my pint glass a clear, amber orange color with a massive, foamy, creamy white head. The head came up to two full fingers tall and dissipated slowly. Copious amounts of lacing was left behind all over the glass.

Aroma was citrus and mild pine with light floral notes in the background. Sweet caramel malt in the mix, too.

Taste was indistinct citrus up front: orange and some lemon. Nice bitter hops zing. A spicy, herbal quality with a slightly soapy, lavender flavor. I know that doesn't sound particularly appetizing the way I'm describing it, but it's really tasty. Interesting complexity.

Gimme your beer,
stupid human!
Medium mouthfeel with medium to low carbonation. Smooth, creamy finish, with the hops bitterness left behind on the palate. No noticeable alcohol taste to it.

I like it, and clearly Merry the Wonder Beagle did, too. Check out that drool string. It reached almost three full inches before it landed with a plop on my pants. Yuck, That is some viscous spittle, I'll tell you what.

The favorite sport around our house is Dog Drool Racing. I uncap a beer and we wait around to see how long it takes to attract the dog's super sniffer. She'll get all up in my face and start whining and drooling, if it's a beer she likes, and then here comes the waterworks. She was really getting aggressive over the Centennial IPX. Puddles were left all over the floor. Disgusting, but hilarious. Yeah, that's how we roll.

As I've said in previous posts, the dog has a very discriminating nose for beer. She only likes the smell of fine craft beer and very much prefers big, aromatic hops.

While I'm on the topic of dog drool, and beagles in general, I'd like to take this opportunity to crawl on top of a soapbox and make a pitch for my favorite side interest...

Hundreds of beagles are used as test animals in labs and hundreds more are held captive in puppy mills. In either scenario, many of these wonderful little dogs are subjected to deplorable conditions and disgusting abuse You can help by making a donation or providing a good, loving home to an awesome beagle in need. Check out the good work done by Cascade Beagle Rescue. Okay, enough preaching. Thanks for your time.

As for Centennial IPX, I'm giving this delicious beer a BeerGuyPDX rating of 3 1/2 crushed cans out of 4, and a Droolie.


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