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Founders Centennial IPA - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Centennial IPAFounders Centennial IPA

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1,867 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,867
Hads: 7,685
Avg: 4.11
pDev: 21.41%
Wants: 368
Gots: 1,606 | 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
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 1,867 | Hads: 7,685
Reviews by DrMalt:
Photo of DrMalt
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ Haute Dish in Minneapolis

Pours an orange/copper colour with a sturdy off white head. Good lacing.

Lots of aroma hop in this IPA

Great flavour profile-citrus, piney but some hot peppery flavours in finish

Good mouthfeel but had a hot touch to it?

Excellent drinkability. Had this beer before in a bottle but didnt review it then.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – Beautiful, dark orange and hazy in color with an awesome, slightly-tanned head that left large pits on top of the liquid and lace along the sides. I literally drooled on my keyboard staring at this wonderful-looking IPA.

Smell – Big but very smooth hops with a serious malty compliment. This is exceptionally balanced with a resiny hop bias. The floral notes and mild caramel sweetness worked well together, too.

Taste – Anybody interested in a little butter? This IPA is just dripping with it. All the aromatic notes from the nose kicked it up for the taste. Big hops, strong malts, huge butter, and a slightly bitter finish. Wow!

Mouthfeel – So smooth it just slides down the esophagus. How they got all these big flavors to go down so well I’ll never know.

Drinkability – This is like none other I’ve had before, and it is my 39th IPA review on the site. What a treat!

Comments – OldFroth has a way of sniffing out the exceptional, and his senses certainly proved accurate here.

Update – It’s been over six years since OldFroth sent me my first bottle of this beauty and I ran into it at a beverage barn in Ohio so thought I’d give it another whirl. It’s as gorgeous and smooth as I remember it with an amazing texture and a wonderful sense of buttery malt/hop fusion.

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Photo of TCHopCraver
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was bottled 2/4/11, so it should be nice and fresh.

Into a standard pint glass, Centennial pours a pretty dark golden-amber with a one finger off-white head. I don't see all that many carbonation bubbles, but what I do see move at a middling pace upward. Lacing on the glass is fair- a little blotchy and curvy.

The smell brings Founders' house smell, fresh, sweet citrus hops, grassy-ness, floral notes, and nice caramel and biscuit malt aromas to my nose. I've always thought that Centennial is one of the more balanced IPAs, while still retaining a solid hop presence.

That malt to hop balance evident in the smell translates almost directly to the taste. Certainly, citrus and floral hops lead the flavor profile, but a great caramel and biscuit taste from the malts rounds out the flavor well. The component ingredients never really fall out of equilirium throughout the sip; even the finish is has a nice earthy, hoppy, dry quality to it, but a malt sweetness remains through the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel has quite a full feel for an IPA... probably on the heavier side of medium. However, a crisp, never-overpowering bite from the citrus and floral hops balances out the fullness of the body for a satisfying feel. Carbonation levels are pretty low, but it fits the body of the beer.

Centennial is one of the more drinkable IPAs I've had. I love how it is balanced without sacrificing a strong hop character, and I find it to be more sessionable than other IPAs. Truly a fine-drinking India Pale Ale.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

While new wave brewers dick around with mango/passionfruit/tropcail juice bomb bullshit, there's this: piney, citrusy, and a brown sugar malt base. This is a delicious IPA that puts a lot of the nouveau IPA stuff to shame. It shared that interesting brown sugar note with some other wonderful brews, notably stuff like Bear Republic's Hop Rod Rye or Red Rocket. Anyway, super satisfying drink that I hope never makes way for the some tropical fruit salad IPA that's so du jour these days.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As far as IPA's go, this one is a bit more balanced than most, having many moments throughout the session where it's indistinguishable whether the bold citrus hops gain precidence or the medium caramel malt govern.

The single 'Centennnial' hopped beer has a tremendous hop fragrance, flavor, and bitterness. A huge burst of fresh oranges, perfume, and candy-crusted confectionate malt aroma swirl into a complex and whimsical aura above the glass.

The look almost doesn't matter because of the intesity of aroma and flavor. But the beer has a simple and staple look with a medium golden-sunkist color, good head formation, fair retention, and a mild dry-hop haze. It looks like a lot of other IPA's.

Although the look is quite average, the outstanding aroma transfers to an outstanding taste. Juicy ripe orange-hop flavor set the tone as secondary notes of grapefruit, pineapple, appricot, and mangos dance on the periphery. Quite tropical fruit dominant with the hops and sublte esters. Confectionate sweetness gives a light caramel, powdered sugar, sweetheart candies that seem to evaporate in the mouth. The balance is both bold and delicate. No frills, just greatness.

The body is exquisitly drinkable with a lightly efforvescent tone that is effortless to drink. Initially creamy and rounded, but whisps away with a sweetly powdery, dry texture. Bittered late for great balance, and perhaps a little extra kick with an orange zest, grapefruit acidity.

Generally the single-hop beers are a great exercise in understanding hop flavor but usually suffer with a lack of depth and complexity. This beer does no such thing. An abundance of fruit juices, acidity, and variety offers a new flavor in every sip. IPA's just don't get better.

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Photo of CDTDubstep
4.74/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not a big fan of IPAs but picked this up curious to see founders take on the style. What a pleasant surprise, this is the best IPA I've had yet. Malty goodness with a strong hop presence that isn't at all overwhelming like many of the style. Phenomenal.

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Photo of Antg8989
3.45/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Definitely a good IPA, not sure if I'd classify as outstanding or world class

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Photo of brownbeer
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours orange-amber with good head retention.

A dank, resinous, hoppy nose in front of a big, sweet malt backbone.

Full, with nice malt character balancing the onslaught of floral hop flavor and bitterness. It has a fairly short finish and alcohol bite.

This is a very well crafted IPA. One of my favorites in the Founders lineup and probably my favorite that they make year around.

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Pour is a deep copper with a two finger fluffy white head. Aroma is piney, citrus hops with some malt sweetness. Taste follows with pine, citrus, resinous flavors balanced by a touch of malt sweetness and biscuity malt. Mouthfeel is medium and very drinkable. Overall an earthy ipa with balance.

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Photo of BIll_Currie
3.66/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Great color out of the growler. I found this at a rsndom liquor store on tap. I was pretty excited to find this on tap. Unfortunately the lady pouring it didn't seem to know how to get it in the growler. I got it home and it was pretty flat. The smell was good and it did taste great. I just wish it wasn't flat

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Photo of hopphead31415
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I’m trying a variety of different beers today and this 7.2% ABV IPA happens to be among the mix. I am glad to be reviewing this one, because I tried it years ago before I was into reviewing and now I have the opportunity to attempt to describe it in all its glory. Founder’s is a great brewery and you should try this one and also their All Day IPA.

Look-Pours a pretty clear amber color with copper hues in the light. The head is almost nonexistent due to the sugar content, but leaves a slight lacing on the glass.

Smell-It has a nice malty aroma with plenty of earthy resinous hops that appear in the nose. It has been awhile since I got these aromas on the nose instead of the tongue. The resin comes through nicely and maybe a caramel and amber malt tinge to it also.

Taste-The flavor has more of a malt profile than the nose picks up on. The hops sneak up on you after a while and are mostly piney and earthy, but somehow it is unique and not like every other brew. I think they manage a hop variety that is high in resins and pine which somehow play well with the malts to make for a drinkable variety that is sufficiently distinct from every other IPA.

Mouthfeel-I get a strong sticky and syrupy feel that forms a nice coating on the tongue.

Overall-If you don’t pay attention then it might seem run of the mill, but for those advanced drinkers, you will appreciate the nuances of this one.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this for a second time and found it to be a lot better the second time around. This pours out as a nice yellowish gold color with a decent looking white head on it. The smell is heavy with pine and some citrus. The taste is wonderful, it's very strong with hops and just relentless on the tastebuds. The mouthfeel is surprisingly light but still has a great body to it. Very good beer!

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Photo of JaredinOmaha
3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

A little too earthy for me, I'm not a huge fan of centennial hops, but this one does well for what it is. Not great, a little overrated in my opinion, but not bad.

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Photo of oberon
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep burnt orange with a fluffy white head that leaves this sheets of lace as it settles,I love in your face hoppy aroma big pine and spruce along with some lemon pith makes the mouth water.Big hoppy piney flavors hit ya right off the bat along with some lemon rind but a nice caramel maltiness really intermingles well with the big piney,citrusy hop.Big and hoppy but extremely well balanced the alcohol is well hidden making it to easy to drink.Very nice.

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Photo of mojohawk21
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Glass Nickel Pizza served in an American Pint Glass. Goes down good with garlic cheese bread.

Appearance: Permahazed, bronzed amber, with a creamy head. Plenty of bubbles.

Aroma: Grapefruit and Pine. Both, big and bold. Very juicy and aromatic. Easy to smell from a foot or more above the glass.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Bitter but not blistering, it seems to make the whole mouth come alive without numbing it to tropical fruit parfait found within this beer. I get mangoes, pineapple, and nectarine just to name a few. Sweet pale malt is there. Medium to full bodied, smooth, creamy, and yummy.

Drinkability: Quite good. I down this puppy pint after pint whenever I go to eat at Glass Nickel.

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Photo of beerhunter13
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of DanGeo
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of Turbo
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of tectactoe
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Founder's Centennial IPA pours a deep copper-amber color with a slightly orange tint to it. A decently sized off-white head leaves pretty nice lacing all the way down the glass. The nose... the nose is great. It hits you with so many things at once while remaining in a perfect harmony. Not only that, the profile develops noticeably as the beer warms up, remaining consistent and elegantly balanced all the way. Full of hops, very floral and oily, also very fruity and citrus-like; grapefruit and orange being the most dominant at first. Upon closing my eyes and taking a deep whiff, it can actually be very reminiscent of a bowl of Fruit Pebbles (with, of course, hop accents). As it warms up, lemon starts to come out in the citrus flavors and it garners a bit of lemon grass tea type aromas. So simple, yet very complex.

Upon tasting, the palette is hit with a profile not far from the aroma concoction - the flavor is full of hops and hop oils, a touch of floral elements, and heavy citrus, including grapefruits, oranges, and lemon zest. The fruit and citrus hits you first, followed closely by the floral flavors from the hops which take over halfway through. Although mildly undetectable on the nose, near the end of the sip (and the warmer the beer gets), some malts and caramel-like sweetness start to come out. You're left with a 50-50 mix of fruitiness and bitterness on your tongue which work so well together, you won't believe it until you try it. Medium-thick body. slightly chewy, leaves a mild stickiness in your mouth.

This is what should define an American IPA. Never has another AIPA wowed me so much with it's complex-yet-simple flavor and aroma profiles quite like this one. At a perfectly tamed and masked 7.2% ABV, it remains so drinkable, also partially due to the wonderful checks-and-balances in flavors. I love this beer. The one major drawback, is that the beer must be very fresh. After 8 weeks from the bottling date, the hops really start to fade and the malt becomes overpowering. This is true for most IPAs, but I feel like it's more prominent in this one. It really shines when it's super fresh.

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Photo of Max3
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of ExtraStout
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Get ready to bask in the glory of the frothy head's floral bouquet. Relish the citrus accents from the abundance of dry hopping. This one's sweet, yet balanced. Malty undertones shake hands with the hop character for a finish that never turns too bitter.

7.2% ABV & 65 IBUs

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Photo of DavyJones
3/5  rDev -27%

Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of OhioBobcat
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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Founders Centennial IPA from Founders Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,867 ratings.