Founders Centennial IPA - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Centennial IPAFounders Centennial IPA

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92
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Reviews: 1,825
Hads: 7,467
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 8.78%
Wants: 338
Gots: 1,396 | FT: 14
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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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Photo of bwan15
5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: a beautiful, deep burnt orange....decent, dirty blonde head that leaves sticky, bubbly legs all over the glass once it's settled down.

Smell: Hoppy manure and a bit of clean hay. A delicious, doughy malt character blossoms through the nose as it warms. 

Taste: Hopped to perfection. The bitter, pungent hops are favored over the sweet, grainy malt flavored in just the right amount. The hops have an almost minty etherealness to them, but the malt sparkles throughout, glimmering here and there even in the aftertaste. The burp is a delightful minty hop. 

Mouthfeel: like most of founders brews, exquisitely balanced and full bodied. Never overstays it's welcome, and after each swallow there is a pleasant astringency tickling the tongue and keeping the palate thirsty for more.  (798 characters)

Photo of DarrellK66
5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I just finished a keg (1/2 barrel) of this beer. Took me about 3 months and never changed taste or appearance. This is my favorite beer. This, in my opinion, is the best beer ever made. The taste is piney, bitter, floral, resin, and oily. Complex yet simple. The smell is piney and floral. Large head on tap pour that last forever. Lots of lacing. HUGE taste. Most of my friends did not like it. They are lager bud light types. If you don't like this beer, it's not the beer it's the style, you won't like any IPA's. They are not for everyone. The beer snobs however will testify that this is one of the benchmarks that is easily obtainable. Excellent beer! (657 characters)

Photo of GCGrant
5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A perfect IPA in my book. Everything you would expect and more. Drinkability is almost endless. I could drink this everyday. Just enough hops to get your attention but still very well balanced with the malty sweetness. I've never had a bad beer from Founders, but this is definately the best. Recently found it on tap at Miles Road Winking Lizard. WOW! (352 characters)

Photo of Jack_Frost79
5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Don't have Founders in Maryland. Was in NY for a conference and bought a 6 of this at a place near the hotel. Blew my mind. I'm not one of those "I never give out a 5 because it doesn't exist, etc." Ok, ok, maybe it's not perfect, but I am going to award a 5 or 2. Out of about 375 beers, I have given about six 5s. This is one of them. (337 characters)

Photo of RedDieselBrewing
5/5  rDev +22%

The guys were at the Irish Craft Brewing festival in Dublin yesterday, I came back to this one several times. Well balanced between the malts and hops without either being overpowering. (185 characters)

Photo of Acks
4.99/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Caramel amber color, cloudy and dense.

S: Smells amazing, a full aroma of hops and caramel.

T: A lot of flavor, a perfect blend of hops with some added caramel flavoring.

M: Heavy, rich, and appetizing without being overally carbonated. Can't go wrong here.

O: Extremely good, lives up to what an IPA should be. (318 characters)

Photo of Avagadro
4.97/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served lightly chilled in an American pint glass. I've had countless bottles of this before but never got around to reviewing it. A very frothy two-finger tan head forms, and remains above 1cm untill beer is completed. Clear and copper in color.You can instantly smell the citrusy/piney aromas that the centennial hops give off through the bubbling head. Amazing in flavor. Begins with a wave of sweet toasted malt, and is overcome by the pleasent centennial hops. Bitter, yet smooth. It has a somewhat thick mouthfeel for an IPA. Not that this is bad at all. Leaves a clean feeling in your mouth. Drinkability is high. I will continue to purchase this beer for as long as it's available to me. This is easily on of my favorite beers, and IMHO, one of the best IPAs out there. (776 characters)

Photo of techlady
4.97/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I don't know what it is about the Founders IPA, but I find it really appealing. It has more character than most IPAs, and is a little softer and mellower than most. Rather than the hard edge of some IPAs, it has richness. I would have it with an aged steak--or, in my case, a small filet mignon--topped with a thin slice of Maytag Blue cheese.. (344 characters)

Photo of Mibeerfan239
4.97/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

i love this ipa. the smell of the freshly poured head is strong and an exact introduction to the taste. great balance of hop bite, full flavor and mouthfeel.

it can easily be consumed 2-4 in a session. but, drink it quickly after purhcase. shelf life is not very long. (269 characters)

Photo of whatthehull
4.96/5  rDev +21%
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! (743 characters)

Photo of PatDreadful
4.94/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pored from a 12 oz bottle into my DFH chalice. Bottled 11/13/2011.

Appearance: Beautiful dark October orange with light caramel edges. A vigorous pour yields a nice 1 finger head with barely any lacing.

Aroma: Simply amazing! Oranges, lemons and a mild woodiness hit you up fron with a faint sweetness that brings it all together.

Taste: Perfect! Hops serve as the backbone but never overpower. The citrus hits you up front with a woody finish as the malt ties the entire package together.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with mid carbination. Simply put, smooth as can be as the ABV is completely hidden.

Easily in my top 10 IPAs. TRY IT! (635 characters)

Photo of jwinship83
4.94/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Very dark orange with a slight white head. Solid lacing, LOTS of sediment.

S-Strong odor of pine/citrus hops.

T-Citrus. Strong bitter hop finish. just what im looking for out of an IPA

M-Nice moderate feel and pretty smooth. perfect carbonation level.

D-A great overall beer that is easy to drink and would be hard to pass up another couple. fantastic year round selection. its something youll find in my (beer) fridge all year. (437 characters)

Photo of WorksforBeer
4.94/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Oh, if only I could get this regularly... I've always been a fan of Stone Brewery products, but when I just happened across Founder's All Day IPA, I was a convert, but their products are hard to find in my area. I found a 12-pack of Centennial IPA on an out of state trip, where the Founder's app on my phone convinced me to try it. Everything you'd want in an IPA, with the right balance of hops and malt. I like Founder's products so much I'm going for a tour of their brewery. (479 characters)

Photo of Heatwave33
4.92/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a Dogfish Head Snifter.

Color: Clear orange-amber with a tan head.

Smell: Mango cam at me first followed by floral hops. Then peach and grapefruit.

Taste: Floral hops is first followed by the mango mango. Peach and grapefruit on the end.

Mouthfeel: Great carbonation, slightly coarse yet still smooth. Has a very nice light dry finish.

Overall: I am totally blown away by this IPA! The citrus and hops are so well balanced and flavorful. Medium bodied. Just an oustanding brew. Cheers. (519 characters)

Photo of inilegna
4.92/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into pint glass. What a beautiful IPA. Nice orangey brown with an inch thick head.

I get amaretto and butter on the nose, with a hint of earthy-ness, like sweet finished compost. The malt also comes through really creamy, adding to the amaretto scent.

Smooth mouthfeel, very light feeling. Goes down very smooth, almost too smooth.

The flavor is amazing -- huge amaretto cookie, a little butterscotch, and very nice mild bitterness.

Sweet and pleasant, could easily drink a few of these without much effort!

Overall, a really nice IPA -- not too hoppy, not too complex -- just smooth, sweet, and seductive. (619 characters)

Photo of schmidtn
4.92/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice amber color with a thin white collar that remained for a good time. Left some nice lacing on the glass.

Strong hops, lighter malt.

Taste of this beer rocks, hops is not lost and there is enough malt to satisfy. Balanced.

Carbonation level is perfect for this brew and the malt dissipates to leave a nice clean feel.

This brew is quaffable. Could become a staple product in my house. A nice product. (409 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.89/5  rDev +19.3%
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!

RJT (479 characters)

Photo of GoldHorde
4.89/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a solid American IPA. I would give this to someone who wanted to know what an American IPA style is like. Bouquet has the nice sharp hop and the flavor follows suit. Appearance was light amber and clear with nice carbonation. Perfect balance of body to hop - with the edge given to the hop as it should be with this style. (330 characters)

Photo of thebrood1987
4.85/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic IPA smell of strong citrus orange like qualities with some pine leafy smells and some candy sugar like smells in there as well. You get the hop bite on the beginning and then the sweet almost chewy candy sugar malt which goes excellent with the citrus herbal pine hops on the finish. It also ends dry but not too dry. The bitterness from the hops is definitely there but isn't that strong considering this has an amazing sweet malt taste to it.

The sweet malt taste and even the hop taste kind of reminds me of some other IPA's I've had mostly Heavy Seas Loose Cannon and maybe some of Lagunitas beers mixed in with a little bit of Stone (because I know they like to use that Centennial hop) For being a single hopped beer it has plenty of kick and flavor. The malt bill is really what makes it shine. Who knows maybe they made the malt sweet and candy like because of only having one hop variety in there. Whatever they do they do it good and this beer is on the top of the list when it comes to IPA's. (1,015 characters)

Photo of chinning
4.84/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is my first beer review, so please bear with me...

I had this beer in a bottle, so I can't say much about appearance. This beer is very hoppy, with a distinct citrus aroma. After the first bottle, my impression was WOW! This is the most outstanding IPA I have ever had! After the second, third, fourth... I was even more convinced! For an IPA, this beer goes down extremely well. Go get some! (398 characters)

Photo of emmasrue1
4.83/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Smooth, great cold. drank in a stein and the aroma and mouth taste was excellent. would buy again.
I also tried Crudmudgeon and this was so much better. I would recommend this beer any time of the year. I like the tidy bottle also.

It is a very respectable beer and one of Founders best. (288 characters)

Photo of dmamiano
4.83/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hazy orangish color with a small, off white head. Lacing surely eveident.
Bottle conditioned.
Earthy, sweet and floral notes hit the nose fast. I know just from the smell that this is one special beer.
Taste is malts, caramel sweetness accentuated by copious amounts of hops.
Hint of orange rind, full malt balance and a "whisp" of alcohol leads this into an amazing beer.
One of the best! (389 characters)

Photo of sarahspat
4.82/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When this beer is at its best, it's definitely one of my all-time faves, but it seems like this one varies more than Founders other beers. When it's good, though, it's sooo good. This review is based on one of the best pints of Centennial IPA that I have ever had.

It was served to me today at Founders with about an inch of frothy white head. The liquid is a dark amber color with some orangish hues to it.

Strong, sweet flowers dominate the nose and play a large role in the taste as well. Also present in the taste is a bit of piney bitterness, citrus fruits, and a nice caramel malt backbone to support all of those glorious hops. The finish is very bitter, and what I want to call crisp. The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium, which is fine for the style; moderate carbonation. This is one tasty, tasty brew. Very drinkable, but it does make you thirsty. I kind of wish it could taste this good all the time. Not that it's ever really not good... this pint was just exceptional. Nice job, Founders. (1,013 characters)

Photo of nortmand
4.82/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks like I might be the 100th reviewer. Go Founders!
Pours orange-red with a very slight haze. Very little head, but that may be pourer (i.e. me) error, so I split the difference.
Dry hops! is the definitive smell of this brew. Beneath the citrusty hop presence is a bit of sweet, supportive caramel. Awesome smell to this masterpiece.
Citrusy sweet flavor that ands in a grapefruit bitterness and a nudge of alcohol burn for good measure. Smell is slightly better, but taste is a definite 5 and there is no 5.5 for smell, so...
Slight, natural carbonation supports the silky smooth character of this brew as it glides across the tongue.
OK, between Devil Dancer and this, these folks have the art of the IPA figured out. Congrats to them for making probably the best balanced brew I've ever tasted. Sometimes balance is boring, but sometimes, there's a beer, well, its the beer for its time and place. It fits right in there. (933 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
4.82/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a dense 1/2" off-white head above a quite cloudy orangey-amber brew. Head lasts, and laces well. Aroma is initially of citrus, but quickly gives way to some piney hops character. As in the nose, the taste has citrus and hops fighting for dominance, with the hops winning out in the end, but oh, what a flavor that is formed by their competition. Mouthfeel and drinkability are superb. Not sure if this is really the best IPA I've had, but it sure feels like it right now... (596 characters)

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Founders Centennial IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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