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Founders Centennial IPA - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

6,379 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 6,379
Reviews: 1,745
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 213
Gots: 701 | FT: 13
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 Sammy
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma of draft IPA, hop leaf and malts, and grapefruit. Simple, citrus juicy. Not astringent rather fruit, melon, juicy fruit gum. Some lace. Initially very large head. A nice smooth drink. Easy mouthfeel, body on the light side. Very very drinkable.

Sammy, Feb 21, 2006
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap for the 4th Anniversary event at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus zest, citrus fruit, and malt. Taste is much the same with a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -3.4%

djrn2, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Orange-amber in color with a cream-colored hear. Good lacing.

S: Lots of hops coming out of this one--mostly citrus with some floral mixed in.

T: Lots of grapefruit hops, obviously of the Centennial variety. Good malt backbone as well. Sightly sweet all around.

M: Medium-bodied with minimal alcohol presence.

D: Another solid offering from Founders. An all-around very solid IPA.

Thorpe429, Apr 29, 2009
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -3.4%

zestar, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

nmann08, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

acurtis, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured clear amber with just a trace of head.
S: Very aromatic with smells dominated by the infusion of hops.
T: Flavors of hops and piney oils dominate the taste, but are well-balanced and not completely overpowering. The finish is a bit dry.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate.
D: Relatively easy to drink; the alcohol content is well masked.

metter98, Apr 04, 2010
Photo of brentk56
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: The clear amber colored liquid arrives at the bar topped by a couple of inches of foam that leave a nice pattern of lace

Smell: Grapefruit pith and pine with a hint of toffee

Taste: The toffee arrives up front and provides the backbone for the dominance of grapefruit pith and pine; crisp and clean with a bitter, citrusy finish though the malts persist underneath

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with crisp carbonation

Overall: My kind of IPA - lots of citrusy hop flavor and just enough backbone from the malt

brentk56, May 20, 2012
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, rich, dark orange-amber. This IPA looks like it means business. The head is dark cream with a hint of orange, is thick and creamy and is long-lived. When it eventually fades, a substantial amount of lace in ragged sheets is left in its wake.

The nose leaves no doubt that this is a serious IPA. Big-time hop esters emanate from the glass. They're primarily of the citrus fruity (grapefruit), tropical fruity (candied pineapple) and floral variety. One deep inhale is all it takes to tell that I'm going to enjoy this one.

This is delicious beer. Centennial IPA is a solid, grapefruit and lemon zestified, hoppy IPA that makes good use of... let's see... Centennial hops? Each mouthful starts with a big burst of hoppiness and then eases into a less bitter, more sweet pale maltiness.

A longer and more lingering finish would be great since the flavor is so enjoyable. The mouthfeel is slightly more full than medium and is creamy and silky smooth. Well done.

Centennial IPA is another solid effort from Founders. I really like Pale Ale and this beer delivers more of what was good about that beer (hops!). I love to find great beer from breweries that I previously didn't know existed. And I have deejaydan to thank for it.

BuckeyeNation, Mar 25, 2004
Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle (courtesy of Hogtownharry): Poured a deep hazy amber color ale with a huge slightly off white foamy head with excellent retention. Aroma of citrus hops is clearly detectable but nice semi-sweet malt presence provides good balance. Taste is also quite strong on citrus hops with nice malt base. Body is above average and I really enjoyed the low filtration level.

Phyl21ca, Aug 24, 2006
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.

BEERchitect, Oct 19, 2006
Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Texasfan549, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of mikesgroove
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a very very hazy orange amber with a huge white pillow like head on top. Very and I mean very slowloy receded and left behind lots of lace down the glass. Big time visible sediment here, bottom of the glass was covered.

S - Smell was a huge hoppy fiesta. Big profile was filled with hints of orange, grapefruit and pineapple. As it warmed a slight sweetness started to come through, but the big name here was hops!

M & T - This was great citrus centric hoppy IPA, my favorite kind. It was smooth as silk going down and left a nice dry tingling aftertaste, left a long lingering flavor that stayed behind for a good 15 mins. This was very nice and seemed to get better as I kept drinking.

D - Overall this was a very nice sessionable IPA. The dry hopping was definatly noticeable and made for a great profile. I definatly would not turn this one down. I am really becoming a fan of the Founders brews and this was no exception.

mikesgroove, Apr 02, 2007
Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

kjkinsey, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -3.4%

GRG1313, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jeff for this one.

A: The beer pours a light amber/dark orange color with a frothy off-white head and nice lacing.

S: Citrus hops with a strong woody, piney character. Some lightly sweet and bready malts. A little bit of grass in there, too. Most of the citrus is grapefruit, which becomes more pronounced as the beer warms.

T: Big time bitterness from the grapefruit peel and pine hop notes. A lot of toasted bread malt flavor in the background, which I found sort of surprising.

M: Medium in body with a medium carbonation and a lingering bitterness.

O: Good, but not as good as some of the other Founders IPAs that I've had (namely Double Trouble and Harvest Ale).

womencantsail, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

ygtbsm94, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

spycow, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: single finger head with a thin rim of retention. Hazy to cloudy crimson with gold hues body. Lots of lacing.

S: very nice floral, citrus and oaky aroma. pretty much perfect.

T: Nice mildly citrusy, woody and floral hop taste. This beer gets all of the flavoring out of the centennial hops used.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: about as good of a centennial hopped beer I have had.

kylehay2004, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev -3.4%

jaydoc, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, orangey body with a small, off-white head.

Smell: Pale malts set against a backdrop of lemons and pithy grapefruit.

Taste: Meager malts and sweetness that jumps right into a pile of citrus. Quite lemony, even a bit citric. Full, sharp hop bitterness. Long, resinous finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation. Oily mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A respectable IPA. It's plenty bitter, so it's got that going for it.

ChainGangGuy, Mar 28, 2008
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!

Knapp85, May 31, 2011
Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev -1%
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.

oberon, May 22, 2005
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 10, 2013
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Founders Centennial IPA from Founders Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 6,379 ratings.