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Founders Centennial IPA - Founders Brewing Company

Founders Centennial IPAFounders Centennial IPA

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5,274 Ratings

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Ratings: 5274
Reviews: 1676
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.36%

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
65 IBU

(Beer added by: beernut7 on 08-13-2002)
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Photo of Tsar_Riga


4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Dark copper, cloudy transparency, with a short head that fades quickly, but retains a thin film that establishes extensive lacing.

S - Mostly pine and orange zest out front, with caramel malt beneath.

T - The order reverses in the taste, with the malt coming to the front as a sweet, almost like honey, but balanced with pine and citrus zest flavors. The close is mild bitterness, but nothing too harsh or aggressive.

M - Quite drinkable, with moderate carbonation, but a slight oily feel on the tongue.

O - A decent, restrained IPA that focuses on balance over fruit bombs. A good choice if ultra-bitter brews puts you off of modern IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2014 03:29:43 | More by Tsar_Riga
Photo of THE-DUDE


3.84/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am slotting this beer on my #2 IPA shelf, only because I tend to favor more hoppy less malty IPAs. However, this IPA is extremely well balanced. Aroma is of bready malt with a bit of orange and citrus. The taste is very smooth, the sweetness and hops compliment each other nicely. This is a very drinkable IPA, just not one of my absolute favorites.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2014 02:02:42 | More by THE-DUDE
Photo of mabermud


4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer has a great bottle label.

A - Dark amber/Copper, burned orange color. Off white head. This beer leaves quite a bit of lacing on the glass as you drink it down.
S - Light carmel and malt.
T - Smooth hops with more than a malty compliment.
M - This drink swirls in nicely and goes down smooth. Easy carbonation.
O - A subdued, balanced IPA worth

I can tell this is an older school IPA. It is easy on the pine, grapefruit, and zest. This get a high drinkability rating from me. A subdued IPA which would make it a go-to IPA for me. If only they sold it in Washington...

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2014 01:54:50 | More by mabermud
Photo of NCCO

North Carolina

4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured a good inch or so of lasting foam. Slightly turbid orange-amber color.

Smell: Citrus, orange zest, subtle malty/biscuit, fresh cut grass

Taste: Very well balanced between sweet maltiness and citrusy bitterness. More malt flavor up front while the bitterness sticks around in the back of your palate. Pleasantly bitter, not overpowering or absent. Citrus, orange, subtle pine.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, balanced between being sweet/dry.

Overall: Excellent beer that I could sit down and enjoy multiples of. Really enjoyed this one, well balanced IPA that invites me to keep drinking more. Nothing extreme, just an exceptionally solid brew. Highly recommend this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2014 23:49:47 | More by NCCO
Photo of RonaldTheriot


4.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Founders Centennial IPA has a thick, cream-colored head, a clear, amber appearance, with some stray bubbles, and some lacing strings left behind. The aroma is of sweet, juicy, herbal hop oil, and sweet, bready malt. Taste is of all these things, with a bursting juiciness, nice, not harsh, bitterness, pepper, and possibly an onion note. Mouthfeel is medium and slick, and Founders Centennial IPA finishes mostly dry, refreshing, and rather drinkable. This is so wonderful!


Serving type: bottle

04-22-2014 20:41:55 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of hoffhin2


4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Has a solid dark amber color with a medium thick head.

Smell: Strong smell of grass and also has a hint of oranges. Clear hops smell as well.

Taste: Has an initial citrus and floral taste with a spices aftertaste. The hops and bitterness and clearly evident in this beer as well.

Overall: I had this beer for the first time after a round of golf and it was very refreshing. Has a great mix of flavors and an awesome amount of hoppy-ness.

Serving type: on-tap

04-21-2014 12:45:14 | More by hoffhin2
Photo of hopflyer


4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled within last 2 months

Poured slowly, decant. Minimal head. Light pumpkin orange color. Clear.

Aroma is mostly the grapefruit. little bit of bready malt. Nothing really strong in the nose but hints as to what is to come.

Taste again citrus and grapefruit up front. Nice bit of bitterness rounds the hop profile. Bread and crackers on the malt bill among with a touch of caramel sweetness. Back end grassy hops.

Moderate carbonation, and moderate body. A bit syrupy, slick.

This was one of my first IPAs a couple years ago. Glad I got to finally review. This one is an old reliable for me. Hits all the aspects I like. Some sweetness, some citrus, some bitterness. All work together in this beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2014 01:36:44 | More by hopflyer
Photo of humuloner22

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had heard and heard about this beer, I dismissed it for a long while, then tried it. I am not from Michigan but they make some damn good beers in general. In fact I have never even been there, but some UP girls are wild!

This beer was a disappointment, I like the style but this one had too much malt, maybe Total wine and the room temp storage killed it.

Appearance: Beautiful, like I said the red ale thing is a thing of beauty but also a sign of mediocrity. I have heard how great this beer was from so many people, but it is not Two Hearted.

Smell: Average at best, sweet, not much in the hop category, I didn't detect any dating on this one but it may have been beyond the best by date. Anyway, it was sweet and nothing special going on in my opinion, I will have to try another, because this one was ho hum.

Taste: About the same as the smell really nothing spectacular, the build up was a disappointment.

Overall: This beer was a disappointment. It was a good beer, but not the level people give it, I have had phenomenal beers and this one was solid average.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2014 01:30:23 | More by humuloner22
Photo of ryan1788a5


4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz can poured into a pint glass.

A: Amber/orange in color, and a few shades darker than the average for the style. Healthy off white head retains well at a half inch. Light rings of lacing.

S: Lemon drop candy, sweet sticky bud, tangerine and other tropical fruits. Juicy fruit gum. Substantial malt base smells of caramel with subtle whiffs of candy shell.

T: Dank and earthy up front, but the hop tastes soon begin to divulge tangerine,lemon head candy, and maybe even passion fruit. Bitterness is firm but gentle. The malt body is a bit big-boned and brings things into balance, which is by no means a bad thing. Caramel, marmalade, light toast, and perhaps a bit of candy apple shell. The finish is very balanced and mellow, but leaves a lot of flavor lingering. Dank earthy hops, tropical fruits, and caramel.

M: Hefty medium body. Malt textures are full, silky, and a bit chewy, though it sits rather lightly in the stomach. Ample carbonation has just a bit of a crisp bite that barley cuts through the malt body. Lightly astringent. Awesome texture, it really glides over the tongue.

O: This is one of those great IPAs that manages to please the drinker with a boatload of hop flavor, yet counter it perfectly with a malt body that holds its own. It strikes the perfect balance between hop bitterness and malty sweetness, and is absurdly drinkable because of this. This is tasting amazing coming from the can.

Serving type: can

04-16-2014 15:48:28 | More by ryan1788a5
Photo of rdilauro


4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a little amber in color with a tiny tight head. There wasn't a lot of bouquet from this one. I expected a bit more hoopy and citrus/grapefruit aroma from this one considering the IBU.

It was very clean and crisp with a light delightful taste. The after taste was clean

Overall a nice beer from founders, cant find anything wrong with it, but on the other hand I cant sing its praise

Tasted this one again from a can. I was more than totally happy and surprise with just how much I enjoyed this beer.
It had a fair amount of hops, nothing over the top, but just enough to give you that pleasant dry flavor. The aftertaste was lingering and totally enjoyable.
This beer moved up for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 06:22:53 | More by rdilauro
Photo of exposd


2.28/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I thought going into it I would love this beer, but... I tried my best to find something about this brew I liked but just couldn't. There's not much nose to this beer whatsoever which is what really kills it for me. Very bland and it tastes just like it smells... Nothing but bitterness with a slight hop taste in there and not much flavor at all.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 04:16:36 | More by exposd
Photo of pkalix


4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

almost a red, but very amber.... with a huge friggin' head.... no 'born on' date....
some citrus in the smell, hops, but muted and bland....
taste is of an almost oily and resinous, slightly sweet, slightly bitter, but very nice tasting IPA. some orange(?), some grapefruit. very well rounded with not much specific flavor, but lots of biscuit maltiness and sweetness and a nice flavor of citric hop.
overall, a very nice brew. not too bitter. not too sweet. still trying all the brews I purchased online because they are not available out here. some seem to have taken a toll for the hardship of the travel, but most are very good. maybe it's time for ME to take the trip and experience the hardship of travel and let the beer remain on its home turf!

Serving type: can

04-06-2014 00:56:31 | More by pkalix
Photo of LambicPentameter


4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewing from notes after drinking on 3/2/2014. Enjoyed from a 12 oz brown bottle stamped with a bottling date of 2/1/14--this is easily the freshest I've ever had this beer, and I've found in my experience that a month is still a pretty solid timeframe to enjoy a beer fresh. Poured into the Dogfish Head/Sierra Nevada IPA glass from Speigelau.

Appearance - Pours a beautiful auburn brown hue with amber-orange highlights around the bottom and edges of the glass where the light passes through more easily. The color makes it hard to tell, but it looks predominantly transparent, with a sea vent of carbonation bubbles rising furiously to the top, where they replenish a toasted marshmallow colored head. The foam is about two and a half fingers thick and is lush and creamy in texture. Retention is prolonged, with significant rings of sticky lace on the sides of the glass as I begin to drink.

Smell - A wonderful blend of big red grapefruit and orange zest as well as pungent, herbal hops that give it a bit of a stinky--in a good way--aroma. Some notes of basil, lemon grass and pine resin that really have be itching to dive into the liquid head first. Not really much malt presence to speak of upon inhaling. We'll see if it makes an appearance in the taste.

Taste - Does not disappoint, with the citric pungency providing a perfect, juicy complement to the more herbal notes. Grapefruit, orange, pineapple and starfruit are all seemingly present on sip after sip. Faint notes of ester come through in this one, but it doesn't seem unbalanced, due to a nice toasty malt in the background. There is some significant grapefruit pith bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied and high carbonation, with a drying finish that leaves your mouth longing for another swig.

Overall, this is just another outstanding offering from Founders. They are quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries in the country. Duh, you may say, but it's one of those things where I know they have great beer and am still blown away by just HOW good they are each time I crack a new bottle. Centennial isn't up there with the most talked about American IPAs, but it certainly deserves to be.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2014 05:44:58 | More by LambicPentameter
Photo of whatthehull


4.96/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured into a la Chouffe tulip

Founders centennial IPA

Tasted July 25th 2011 (from notes)

A - copper, two finger head white head and some nice lacing

S - Very sweet yeast, nice malt backbone, tons of flowers, pineapple, citrus and tropical fruits. Sugar, a bit of salt and velvety

T - tons of grapefruit, pineapple, nice sweet malt, sweet yeast, floral hops, slightly earthy, wood and some pungency

M - some what chewy, medium acidity, well balanced, nice bitterness, tons of flavor and nice complexity

D - one of the best ipas I have ever had. Tons of flavor, easy to drink and just enough alcohol. Perfect for any everyday IPA

Fin thought - at 7.2% and an awesome flavor and very refreshing. This beer rules! Thank God for trading!

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 19:27:26 | More by whatthehull
Photo of Duhast500

Rhode Island

3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Sierra Nevada Celebration pint glass.

The color is a hazy Orange with yellowish highlights. There is a finger and a half of foamy white head and some nice lacing left on the glass.

The smell is earthy hops with a spicy pine aroma on the edges. There is a slight dankness here in the nose.

The taste has a nice sweetness at first with a citrus flavor that is mixed with tangerine and a slight hint of cherry. the bitterness comes out toward the back of this beer and pushed forward till there is bitterness building as it finishes.

The feel of this beer is lighter then most IPAs and is pretty drinkable. This beer is quite refreshing and a pleasure going down.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 03:08:27 | More by Duhast500
Photo of fscottkey

New York

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Amber/honey color. Pours with a thin white caps that dissipates slowly.

S: Pineapple, pine, hops and some citrus.

T: Slightly different than the nose. Citrus up front. Some pine flavors late.

M: Smooth up front with the right amount of carbonation - Slight dry feeling late.

O: Pretty solid brew. Could easily consume a few of these on a hot day.

Bottled - 12/17/13

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 02:35:47 | More by fscottkey
Photo of Bouleboubier


4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: nice, compact, 1/2" foam stand... deep, coppery amber - legs-y in glass... clear, until drop of sediment (dry hop?) falls in... lovely and inviting glow... doesn't hold head well (again, sediment?) - surprising - meager lace, though it holds a thin cap throughout

S: like it was hopped out the ass... subtle banana, mango, slight gingery spice - fruity-floral... perhaps some pineapple and caramel as well... certainly has some medicinal alcohol coming through... bright, punchy, spicy... real clear resin character, like taking a deep, quick whiff of a handful of hop cones

T: initial toasty-spicy hit, spiciness follows through, lingers in the warm rush of the finish... resiny finish with medium intensity of perhaps C 80-90... sort of a vague pancake and syrup aftertaste... the flavor and quality of the spiciness comes across like acidic ruby red grapefruit juice, washing out all else

M: kind of medium-bodied, kind of viscous, resiny... residual resins coat the mouth - the sharp zip of the hops balances that out well, appearing to dry things out... but it does leave the palate a tad slick... absolutely ideal flow for those who dig beers with some body

O: amazing, the color and dimension within what seems like a relatively straight-forward, simple recipe.... if this is in fact a single hop beer, what a schooling it is in the flavor of Centennial hops!... I recognize their taste now and won't soon forget it... not something I would drink all the time, but this is truly a fantastic hoppy ale... recommended!

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 18:05:25 | More by Bouleboubier
Photo of SavvyStudent


4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: 25% transparency with a small head on the poor. Unfiltered so makes it a cloudy light golden color.
S: A berry smell on the front with Grapefruit citrus and other strong citrus notes finishing
T: Grapefruit, some pine but not very much and just a really refreshing taste
M: Medium to Medium-heabvy with medium carbonation
O: Really, really fresh IPA that I could drink on any summer day

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2014 13:57:33 | More by SavvyStudent
Photo of BoonebreW420


4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

at first poured into a snifter glass, not a good idea for this beer, it does a lot better in its bottle, to the point that im going to drink the rest of the 6pk out of the bottle. sorry for the short review but i jus had surgery on my hand, peace out

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 20:17:44 | More by BoonebreW420
Photo of BeerZombies1


3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Centennial IPA - Founders brewing

American IPA
7.2 ABV 65 IBU

APPEARANCE: Pours a nice golden copper, with tangerine and orange hues. Thick right khaki colored head that settled nicely.

AROMA: Nice nose with a few layers in it. Starts off very expected with the hops and citrus but the huge bready maltiness takes over. Kinda unusual for an American ipa but I like it.

TASTE: Follows the nose to a T, bright citrus, floral, hopiness. Nice change detecting no grapefruit. The malt from the nose comes in and give that great grainy sweetness. Got a little honey on the end.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium bodied with a nice medium carbonation. Slightly bitter finish not overwhelming. I did feel it got slight more bitter towards the end of the glass.

OVERALL: Thought this was a great very drinkable ipa. Nothing to extreme or to mellow just a solid right down the middle great beer!

RATING: 3.9/5 Zombie Heads!

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 00:30:00 | More by BeerZombies1
Photo of Boozermurfin


4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - looks like a beer. Poured aggressive into a snifter yielded a full 2.5 finger head. Lacing was fantastic til the end.

S - good but not outstanding. Seem to pick up a little more depth from the centennial two hearted. But still pick up nice citrus and earthy notes from pour to finish.

T - delicious easy drinking. Nicely balanced malty backbone with bitterness that doesn't linger long.

M - smooth and very creamy just the right amount of carbonation. Really great.

O - will revisiti this review after I've had a few more. Maybe worthy of slightly higher score. As I wrote this feeling like I want another.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 02:51:43 | More by Boozermurfin
Photo of Omnium


4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can > Pint Glass

A - Dark orange, amber color, with a finger of white fizzy head, medium lacing.
S - Big pine and citrus, very classic west coast style, some caramel malts, orange juice.
T - Well balanced, not overly bitter, a little grassy, medium pine, citrus zest and a sweeter caramel orange malt.
M - A little sticky sweet, and chewy, but medium.
O - This is best fresh on tap, in bottles and cans its decent but doesnt compare. Still this is a solid year round offering

Serving type: can

03-02-2014 21:13:48 | More by Omnium
Photo of tmzl


4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Pours with average size, off-white (light orange hue), medium sized bubbles. Slow retention, leaves a sticky, thick layer. Light but fair, sticky lacing. Colour is clear golden orange with very light haze. Some carbonation visible. Looks like it should.

Smell: It fills the room when you pour it. Pine is the most dominant, citrus (orange), fruits (goes towards tropical, mango?), and floral (roses). Caramel sweetness. Fresh. Sweetness goes with the hop character very smooth and tasty, really builds up, you have to try it.

Taste: Pine, floral goodness. Pine still the most dominant. Light middle caramel backbone connects everything well. Pine with sweetness imitates that bitter forest (chestnuts) honey. Citrus zest (lemon, grapefruit even orange) notes towards the end. Ends with medium hop bitterness, it lightly stays after a sip for a while.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, lively carbonation keeps it alive and fresh, still smooth tho. Dry finish. Easy, it goes down too fast.

Overall: Superb, good focus on the pine character, makes it a mature, well made and balanced representative of the American IPA style. Well worth the time.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 18:09:25 | More by tmzl
Photo of y2jrock60


4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Deep orange with an off-white head that laces beautifully.

S- Slightly sweet and very floral. There are also hints of pine and grass.

T- Piney, resiny, and spicy upfront. There is a burst of sweetness in the middle followed by floral and grassy flavors. Raw hop flavor comes through at the finish. The finish is clean and mild, it doesn't leave an overly bitter lingering flavor on the tongue like most IPAs.

M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O- An amazing one hop IPA. Not as sweet as Two-Hearted, but just as delicious.

Serving type: can

02-23-2014 20:23:53 | More by y2jrock60
Photo of cambabeer


4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer does everything I want a good American IPA to do and does it well.
Nice golden yellow orange body with a creamy white head and lace that doesn't go away. Fresh hops and spices through the nose, very thick. Taste is a wonderful display of hop character, a little grapefruity and a little sweetness somewhere hidden. Malt can't break through and the aftertaste is a nice oily hop resin bitterness all over the palate. Very drinkable, ABV very well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 05:35:11 | More by cambabeer
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Founders Centennial IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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