Tuesday, February 14

Beer Review: Cascade Lakes Brew Co. Centennial IPA

"Brewed to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the city of Redmond, this beer boasts almost all Centennial Hops and 100 I.B.U.’s which makes this limited specialty beer a favorite of our locals.

Grains: 2-Row, Munich, Crystal
Hops: Warrior, Centennial
Available seasonally in 22 oz bottles, draft

100 IBUs
6.5% ABV"


Picked up a bomber for $6.05 at Northwest Liquid Gold.

Appearance: (4.0)
- A very clear light copper penny color with fluffy fingers of light off-white head which has settled to a spotty thin blanket and lace all about the glass. Looks purdy.

Smell: (3.5)
- Pretty big caramel malt aromas. Sweet biscuity grain, light brown sugars, Grass herbal hops with a fruity touch. Little too husky and grain-like.

Taste: (3.5)
- Lightly sweet caramel malts. Fruit salad, husky grains, super light fruity bitterness with a side of earthiness and grassy lawnmower. Biscuit touch.. but a little too much on the caramel side of things for my taste.

Mouth Feel: (4.0)
- Light to medium bodied brew, well carbonated, easy to drink, and a bit drying from its nice bitterness. Very thin creamy feel to it as well. Overall this is at least easy to put down.

Overall: (3.5)
- This beer has some really high marks with the aftertaste, and bitterness/aromas combinations.. but the malt kind of brings it back down a notch. I'm thinking the hop bill is about perfect, but I prefer my IPA's to be far away from a big malty caramel profile. It's solid, and would maybe drink it if it were on tap somewhere.

3.58/5 rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
(BeerAdvocate.com Rating Scale)

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