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Founders Centennial IPA - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Centennial IPAFounders Centennial IPA

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

7,249 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 7,249
Reviews: 1,852
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 318
Gots: 1,243 | FT: 14
Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: beernut7 on 08-13-2002

65 IBU
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Ratings: 7,249 | Reviews: 1,852
Photo of MasterfulIdiot
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Duvel tulip. The liquid is a dark-ish amber, clear but translucent, and with a few tiny bubbles rising through it. The pour produces a thick off-white head that leaves plenty of lace and has good staying power.

Aroma is lots of citrus, mostly oranges, with a bit of grapefruit thrown in. There's just a whiff of some pine resin, and it's backed by just a tiny bit of bready malts.

Flavor follows the nose - lots of citrus. The flavor adds a bit more pine resin, and a hint of dankness. Swishing it around on your tongue gives it a great, flavorful hop beating. Mid-palate there's just a kiss of bready malts, and then the finish and aftertaste are all hops. Finish is very bitter - much more bitter than some of the newer IPAs, but luckily it balances it with a nice citrusy, hoppy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with heavy, prickly carbonation.

Overall, it's a classic and amazing IPA, and one of the first beers that started getting me into beer, but I think it has been upstaged by some of the newer, more tropical, citrusy, and dank IPAs coming out now. Still, this is great as an old standby, and even as a history lesson! ;)

Photo of BostonBrewRu
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dry, not sweet. A nice malty IPA.

Photo of jamescarlton989
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

It's good, but I don't understand what the "world-class" hype is about. The flavor is complex; it's sweet initially with a dry finish, the higher-alcohol content is buffered by its initial sweetness. The look and smell aren't outstanding, and frankly, aren't noticeably different from any other good IPA i've had. It's a good beer, i'd recommend it. It isn't world-class.

Photo of Antc2382
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really nice IPA. May not be for everyone though, it has an extremely dry finish

Photo of Prestonmg
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Citrusy, well balanced flavor. Nice Amber color with little head. Very smooth.

Photo of thatsyummy
3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well rounded beer, a little middle of the road for me. A little dissapointed due to the number of high ratings it has received.

Photo of rossracing
3.25/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

maybe got a bad batch but wasnt good at all

Photo of BeerTailor
2.25/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Barely there hops were flat

Photo of Csikic93
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Piney in the beginning with a smooth finish.

Photo of Roby923
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tasty and well balanced. Hops are present but not overbearing. Will not disappoint.

Photo of mageek52
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Excellent. Nicel balanced hops and malt. Linger is silky.

Photo of Michelleluw
4.62/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Founders Centennial is a great beer from Founders Brewing Co. The Centennial hops give this beer an exotic taste that I always recommend. Founder's does a great job of giving their beer a unique taste, and these specific hops really make the beer unique.

Photo of croixian1
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I cracked an ice cold bottle and made my way to the living room. Halfway there I took a sip and stopped in my tracks, my brain reeling from the flavor intensity. Lots of hops, but also a deep, roasted chocolate flavor and a high, almost grapefruit note. Beautiful amber color with a lack of a head, but I didn't mind.
I returned to the kitchen and poured the rest of the beer in a proper glass, this one is too good to suck out of a bottle. One of the most delightful beers I've had since Bell's Two Hearted. A world class beer.

Photo of Paul432_1
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Crisp, IPA bitter aftertaste but not to overwhelming. Recommend

Photo of NapOnTap
4.41/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in an IPA glass. Great color and smooth finish. Hard to find a good IPA in Nashville and this is the best so far.

Photo of mr-jj
3.37/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a tumbler from a 12 oz bottle. Bottled on 12/20/14 so it's not as fresh as I would hope.

Color is dark gold, almost amber. It's hazy with a one finger cream head that dissipates into clumpy islands. Decent lacing. Smell is earthy hops and biscuit. Smells like a hops cookie. Taste is similar - it has a lot of sweetness that balances the earthy hop flavors. Finish is mildly bitter. Body is lighter than I expected with ample carbonation. Overall, it's very drinkable, but being a hop-head it's a little on the sweet side for my tastes.

Photo of Dithyramben
3.14/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bronze-coloured, very malty, too strong for me.

Photo of NSXAG
3/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I don't really LOVE it...

Photo of Jbreeze0588
4.76/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Excellent taste from start to finish. One of my favorite IPAs

Photo of BeerBob44
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Born on 12/16/14, gone 03/16/15. Not overly appealing on the smell. The taste is what did it for me - a real smooth one that stays with you. Glad I splurged a bit to try this one.

Photo of HamdenHector
3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: crystal clear; bronze colored; 1 finger off white head that receded to a thin, uneven cap; thick rings of lacing that fade quickly;

S: earthy, floral, a little grapefruit;

T: quite floral through mid-palate; that fades a bit at the end; a bit of caramel/toffee in the background; moderately bitter finish;

M: medium bodied; light to moderate carbonation;

O: not very complex; not much malt character;

Photo of TheWiredDJ
3.15/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

First and only beer I've ever tried that gave a distinct taste that I can only describe as "Windex."

Photo of HansFranz1
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amazing, excellent feel and smooth. Pizza and fish.

Photo of Mwb
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Weak aroma, on the malty side

Photo of PatrickCT
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: A hazy orange honey color. Nice beige colored head and good lacing.

s: I could smell this as I poured it...delightfully fragrant with hops and malt. Very smooth and seductive.

t: A hoppy, fruity, malty brew...all at once. Buttery then bitter finish.

mf: For me, a fuller mouth feel but smooth and drinkable.

o: Extremely balanced. An absolute delight.

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Founders Centennial IPA from Founders Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 7,249 ratings.