Founders Centennial IPA | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Centennial IPAFounders Centennial IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
65 IBU

Added by beernut7 on 08-13-2002

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Reviews: 1,907 | Ratings: 7,934
Reviews by Larrygto:
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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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/tropical 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 Jason
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Sunset Grill

Creamy looking head, hazed from the hops with a tawny hue. Soft hop oil aroma, very fragrant. Clean but pungent citric hop character, warming white pepper alcohol with layers of fruitiness and toasted caramel middle to end. Super drinkable even @ 7.2% abv. This is what American IPAs are all about.

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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 Ikeithbot
4.9/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Not your panty-waste micro/macro brewery IPA catering to those who wish to be "stylish" by drinking an IPA, but a full-bodied India Pale Ale with a hoppy kick and the ABV to match. Easy on the nose and biting on the tongue with cloudy disposition. All in all a very good brew.

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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 mac31
4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sweet, orange hued malty entry. Malts are robust without being syrupy. Bright, citric hops. Grapefruit rind and lemon are what I get. Big, hoppy bitterness without the big cohume bite you'd expect from such a hop forward beer. The hop bitterness smacks you across the palate than falls off fast. There are modest resinous notes that linger, coupled with the cereal grain notes in the finish. The hops are both lightly spiced and lightly floral. A great complement of orange hue malts combined with the citrus from the Centennials that make up this beer. A wonderful balance is struck in this offering. Light bodied. Dry finish. Carbonation and hops seem to embellish one another, but carbonation is appropriate. Super drinkable, gone before you realize it. A well, well crafted IPA. A must grab IF fresh. Check the bottled on date before purchasing. Cheers!

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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 DoubleJ
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Moving up the latter in the Founders world, this 12 ounce bottle makes its way into my residence. On to the beer:

A clean copper body shines below a half-inch of somewhat creamy head which dissipates into a patchy lace. I smell something hoppy, and those Centennial hops are making me smile. I get healthy hits of lemon, citrus, grapefruit and a smack of honey. It somehow gets better, especially now in the era of grapefruit IPA's and Mosaic hopped ales. This ale holds a great hoppiness without going too far. The tastes of lemon, tangerine, grapefruit, leading to a somewhat sweet and citric finish finds a way to keep luring me in. It doesn't features a bitter aftertaste, and is really smooth going down.

Centennial IPA delivers an outstanding, honest IPA flavor. Now that I can buy it in California, I will be drinking some more in the future!

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

Served in a shaker pint glass. Amber color, creamy white head. I don't know how this one isn't classified as a DIPA, personally, it has many of the characteristics: strong and sweet malty backbone; plentiful honeyed floral and herbal hop notes; and a well-hidden ABV that sneaks up on you. I cannot stress what a sleeper this one is. It looks like just another IPA sitting on the shelf, with its muted label and almost generic name. The contents, however, are anything but generic.

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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 Zac88
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Usually I don't take the reviews to serious but I feel Founders beers deserve real review. Pours a nice amber caramel color with a light head. Smells of roasted caramel, maybe a little burnt maple syrup and a mild hop undertone. Upfront the taste is a rich roasted oak, dark roasted malt and a amber mild ale. Then the hops hit and take you back to what the beer is an IPA. I'm working my way into IPAs and I've got to say this is easily my favorite so far. It's not the basic plain IPA I've found most are. I would highly recommend this for someone wanting to relax around and enjoy a complexed beer. It looses some of it's flare as it gets hot tho.

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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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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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Founders Centennial IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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