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Old 04-30-2010, 12:50 PM   #11
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Centennial late hops give me some citrus but mostly floral and peppery.

Bells 2hearted is extreme in the floral/peppery flavor and Founders Centennial IPA seems very peppery.

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Old 04-30-2010, 01:01 PM   #12
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The first time I used centennial, I remember saying, "Ewww- this tastes like f***ing flowers!" but it mellowed with a bit of time in the bottle and it ended up with a floral citrus note that I loved. I became a centennial fan right then, about 4-5 years ago.

It'd definitely got a citrus note to it, but not like cascade or amarillo.

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I've made some IPAs with all Centennial and to me it's pure grapefruit. As they age the citrus calms a bit in favor of h floral/spice, but its nowhere near as perfumy as cascade IMO. Centennial is probably my favorite variety.

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Old 04-30-2010, 01:08 PM   #14
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I've made some IPAs with all Centennial and to me it's pure grapefruit. As they age the citrus calms a bit in favor of h floral/spice, but its nowhere near as perfumy as cascade IMO. Centennial is probably my favorite variety.
I have made a few IPA's blending Centenial with Amarillo and they were yummy !!!!! The 2 work well together.
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Old 04-30-2010, 03:30 PM   #15
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Does anybody find centennial to come out a bit "catty"? I got some major notes of cattiness in the last IPA I brewed with centennial and I was wondering if the hops alone were responsible, or the malt-hops combination just happened to be catty?

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Old 04-30-2010, 04:02 PM   #16
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Does anybody find centennial to come out a bit "catty"? I got some major notes of cattiness in the last IPA I brewed with centennial and I was wondering if the hops alone were responsible, or the malt-hops combination just happened to be catty?
I've described warm Schlitz as tasting like hair, but I have no idea what "catty" means as a flavor.
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Catty, as in cat urine. Chinook and Simcoe are sometimes described as catty. I got a distinct cat pee aroma from Chinook in the past.
I never got that from Centennial. Just tons of grapefruit and some floral and spicy aroma. Mostly strong grapefruit though.

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It must have been the hops and malt combination that gave off the strange aroma. I am growing some centennial so I'll be looking forward to trying this hop fresh.

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I make a lot of beers with centennial and I never seem to get much 'grapefruit' flavor or aroma. Always seems like spicy-peppery, flowers. Though I recently brewed a batch of rye ipa with 100% centennial and the beer has a very intense honey aroma.

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