Founders Centennial IPA - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Centennial IPAFounders Centennial IPA

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7,395 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,395
Reviews: 1,887
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 325
Gots: 1,351 | 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: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 7,395 | Reviews: 1,887
Reviews by Greywulfken:
Photo of Greywulfken
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Founders is probably one of the most reliably good brewers out there, so why do they keep blowing me away with their beers?

A: clear pale-to-medium amber beer with a quick 1-2 finger head that slims down into a sheen

S: rich, crisp, deep pine hoppiness sitting atop a hearty, earthy malt base

T: piney and resinous hops to start, more citrusy on the finish; nice robust malt profile, subtle sweetness

M: well-rounded, medium body, great aftertaste, super drinkable

O: sublime.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of TCHopCraver
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of Antg8989
3.45/5  rDev -16.7%
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

Photo of brownbeer
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of BrownAleBollocks
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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.

Photo of RedDevil36
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Loved this beer. Excellent way to end a day.

Photo of CDTDubstep
4.74/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

Photo of Knapp85
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
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!

Photo of Mike_bull
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very Easy drinking iPad, poured into glass from a can

Photo of JaredinOmaha
3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

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.

Photo of oberon
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of tectactoe
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of ExtraStout
4/5  rDev -3.4%
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

Photo of hopsleeroy
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for dob for this Michigan treat!

A-2 inch head on clear amber/copper body, streaming carbo bubble from bottle of Sam Adams imperial pilsner glass. Very nice looking!
S-Citrus/grapefruit and a nice pine aroma.
T-Pine and cirus hope flavor on a fairly seet malt base. As warm, more floral and caramel come through.
M-Nice mouth feel, slightly oily and full in mouth
D-I'm a fan. Could drink quite a few. Not quite a top flight IPA but one I would seek out again.

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep burnt orange pour with a scant head, and little lace to speak of.

S: Sweet malt aromas with citrusy hop nose.

T: Mouthwatering sweet maltiness over whelmed by a citrusy hop bitterness.

M: Sticky, firm bodied brew, with a little slickness to it.

O: Way good, not overpowering, nice tame IPA.

Photo of sgoodship
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a 6 from Binny's

A: Nice hazy amber color. Large bubbles rising. Soft, yellowy cream head. Some nice lacing.

S: Grapefruit and orange hop.

T: Hop bite hits immediately with orange peel bitterness. It's accompanied by some sweeter grapefruit to take the edge off. Nice and refreshing - it ends bitter and dry.

M: Medium body - feels surprisingly full. Plenty of oily hop resin feel in the mouth.

D: I love a killer IPA delivering death blows of hops but with this one, I found myself wanting more caramel malt sweetness. I think the bitterness got too piney for me at times. Having said that, this is a fantastic IPA and I'd drink it any day of the week. Unfortunately there are better and cheaper IPA's available to me.

Photo of blitz134
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge head, almost out of control. Took about 8 pours to get it all in there. Apricot colored body. Just off-white head. Slowly works its way down in lumps becoming as thick as mouse.

Piney citrus hops throughout. Very fruity, even some hints of lemon coming out. Feels like it cleanses the nostrils as I inhale the hop aromas.

Nicely balanced brew. Lots of caramel maltiness. Pine hops really dominate throughout. Only initially bitter then goes down smooth leaving only a hint of flavor upon the tongue. Sweetness pervades the senses a little longer. Finishes with a bit of earthyness. Lots of flavor for an IPA, with a bit more bitterness this could stand up to many DIPAs out there. A bit of alcohol sneaks its way in as well. Reminds me of a Stoudts DIPA but without the alcohol level and bitterness.

Full bodied. Coats the mouth well. A bit too much carbonation as evident by the overwhelming head. Drinkability is good. The flavor seems a bit up front. I'm a hop head but I don't see me having too many of these in a row. A good one per night IPA.

Photo of nickadams2
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A_ Hazy deep orange with a bone white head. Nice lacing.

S_Citrus , pine and hops.

T_ Hoppy grape fruit and pine up front. Strong citrus. Slight malt comes through on the backend.

M_ Sticky and full bodied. Nice carbonation.

D_ Easy to drink. Good go to IPA.

Photo of JasonA
2.95/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Recent trade, thanks john

Pours an amber/copper golden hue into my Saranac pint/pilsner glass. Translucent, a little transparent (unfiltered). Solid 2 fingers of lacing dropping to a single circle. Looks nice

Initial smell is of genious. Complete hop infusion boquet. Must have been instilled in the carbonation (dry hopped) as after the beer settles, I lose the smell. I had it at 5, but since I cant smell the yummies anymore, I dropped it to a 4. I dont get much else smell wise. ABV hidden well.

ABV hit intertwined with the hops. Nothing much to note. There is a bitterness at the end that is displeasing to me, almost of metal. While its hoppy, the after taste doesnt sit right. I wonder if this has something to do with the ABV, as it seems unbalanced. Id like to see a BoD for this brew as the unfinishing hop character makes me think it may have sat around for a while. But with the 7%, it may just be a balance issue.

As noted above, Im not fond of the finish. I almost dont want to taste it. WHile Im not the biggest IPA guy, I dont think real IPA guys want to finish this way.

Id like to say this may be a bad bottle, maybe old, dunno. THe most I taste of this brew, the more that finish tastes like sediment, even though there is no sediment in the bottle. As a HB, I know the taste of unfiltered, its not it.

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

Pale bronze appearance. Nice foamy head. Tight bubbles that persist for as long as it takes to drink it. Good balanced aroma and taste. Flowery up front, hops in the middle, a pleasant hoppy bitterness at the back end with a mellow sweetness to cleanse the palate. An excellent representation of the style.

Photo of sponberg
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy orange-amber with an offwhite head that laces down the glass. Honey-yeasty subnotes to a citrusy hop aroma. Clearly (unclearly?) unfiltered - diggin' it.

If I were in a bar and this were on cask I'd go to this one all night long. Great coarse leafy citrusy (I could list adjectives for a while here...) spicy hoppiness dominates over a honey-caramel maltiness and solid bitterness. Finishes with a mouth-encompassing, refreshing hoppiness. The hoppiness almost has the same tongue-numbing effect as good licorice. Medium mouthfeel helps the drinkability.

I love the way this beer showcases every aspect of this hop. Thanks to FBG Tip Top for the bottle!! :thumbup:

Photo of Beaver13
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden orange with lots of little unfiltered floaties. It has a smallish creamy off-white head that quickly went to a thin film and laced the glass.

Its aroma is piney, orange and grapefruity centennial hops. Pretty sweet and citrusy, a little floral.

The flavor is sweet and malty with lots of citrus (grapefruit, lemon, orange) up front. It follows up with a nice bitter finish, a little more subdued than other IPAs. Well balanced, but I personally would like a tad more bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth and velvety.

Overall, a very fine and drinkable IPA. If I could get this regularly, it would be a standard in my fridge.

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Founders Centennial IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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