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Founders Centennial IPA - Founders Brewing Company

Founders Centennial IPAFounders Centennial IPA

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5,276 Ratings

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Ratings: 5276
Reviews: 1676
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.36%

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

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2006 03:42:14 | More by Sammy
Photo of UCLABrewN84


4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2012 01:16:42 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of BuckeyeNation


4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2004 19:40:15 | More by BuckeyeNation
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South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2007 22:48:27 | More by mikesgroove
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3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
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).

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2011 06:44:05 | More by womencantsail
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North Carolina

4.48/5  rDev +8%
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

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2012 18:02:39 | More by brentk56
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Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2006 15:34:28 | More by Phyl21ca
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2006 15:08:43 | More by BEERchitect
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4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2009 17:42:35 | More by Thorpe429
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New York

4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-04-2010 02:55:45 | More by metter98
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2008 05:19:33 | More by ChainGangGuy
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North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2005 23:12:01 | More by oberon
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3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a shaker pint glass at the VH WhirlyBall.

Somehow I've always skipped over this Founders offering, but I figured, here at WhirlyBall, watching my fantasy football teams fail me miserably, I'd finally give it a shot. It pours a clear amber-copper topped by a finger of slightly off-white foam. The nose comprises grapefruit, flowers, fake grape (sniff a piece of Bubble-Yum grape gum for a proper analogue), and caramel. The taste holds notes of sharp pine, grapefruit, and a nice flow of moderate toffee. The body is a light-ish medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a finish that seems to want to be sticky. Overall, a very nice IPA, no real surprise coming from the people in Grand Rapids.

Serving type: on-tap

12-27-2010 18:22:53 | More by TMoney2591
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4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Delivered to the bar, my pint of Founders Centennial IPA is a mostly clear orange-copper (or perhaps 'amber-bronze') with golden highlights beneath a frothy head of 'antique'-white foam. The head retention is quite good, and it leaves spots and streaks all about the glass.

The nose offers a combination of delicate citrusy hops and softly caramel-tinged malt. I should note, however, that it is clearly more hoppy than malty - it's not a perfectly balanced "combination".

The combination of malt and hop IS more balanced in the flavor though, with the piney and citrusy hops bouncing atop a billowing blanket of gently caramelish and subtly biscuity malt. It reminds me of very crusty bread that, left for one moment longer, might have started to burn. The hops are oddly rounded; a bit raspy, and also a bit citrus-rind chalky, but not particularly citrusy or piney - more of a clouded blend... there are suggestions of grapefruit, pine, pineapple, mango, and melon.

A very solid bitterness backs it, but there's more than enough malt there that it never seems really bitter. It has it's bitter moments, sure, but it's not overly aggressive. It's almost blocky. And I guess that's what makes this beer work. One one side it's got a big ball of malt, and on the other it's got a wedge of bitterness against it. In the middle raspy, piney, and citrusy hops poke out at you. It's balanced, but it's certainly ready to split at the seams.

Big beer! Worth trying.

Oh, and I should mention the strength. Although it does clock in at a solid 7+ %, it never shows it at all.

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2009 21:59:49 | More by NeroFiddled
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Alberta (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, a souvenir from a visit to Michigan a few weeks ago. Seraphim abound...

This beer pours a slightly hazy pale golden amber hue, with two fingers of foamy light beige head, which leaves a decent array of bubble-wrap lace around the glass as it recedes. It smells of muddled bitter citrus, bready caramel malt, and further earthy hoppiness. The taste is tropical fruit, restrained caramel malt, softly bitter citrus peel, and leafy, earthy hops. The carbonation is on the down low, the body medium weight, a wee bit zippy in the way of the hop, but nonetheless generally smooth. It finishes off-dry, the caramel malt subsumed by a burgeoning, if a bit late, overarching citrus/pine bitterness.

A drinkable enough IPA, but kind of lacking in the zazz, the verve, the je ne sais quoi, if you know what my West Coast lurvin' gob is talkin' 'bout...

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2011 01:39:11 | More by biboergosum
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4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, deep amber to bronze color, fine, fuzzy, tapioca-ish head.
Aroma: grapefruit, a whiff of pine, pineapple, softly fruity,never harsh or bitter, but definitely hoppy, on a juicified level, a sweet pleasure to sniff!
Taste: rather mild on the mouth at first, though not unsparing in taste, fruit flavors do a delciious fandango in the tongue, mangoes and melons, grapefruit, and nectarine, with a slice of lime, the bitterness just hangs on the side, never poisons the experiencek merely barks up and nips a little. Again, bitterness is not unpleasant, but full fruity flavor is nothing but!
Medium bodied, zesty, medium-length finish, hangs well and firmly in the mouth. Nice rendition of the style, one I would enjoy again and again, if this were an option!

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2004 10:50:22 | More by feloniousmonk
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Rhode Island

4.78/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light amber color with a large foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The smell is strong, very hoppy and complimented by notes of citrus and caramel.

T: The taste is extremely balanced from start to finish. The combination of hops bitterness, caramelized malt and citrus sweetness blend together excellently. The hops flavor is the slightly more dominant one and comes out a little bit in the after-taste, but that’s to be expected.

M: Very smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, clean & dry finish.

O: This beer has all of the elements to be the one that you stay with all night long. It’s very tasty, has a good kick, not-too-filling and is another one of those beers where you just keep craving the next sip.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2006 03:43:39 | More by TheManiacalOne
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3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It looks exquisite...tons of creamy foam and spindly webs of lace. Rings form as the glass is drained.

This IPA seems to have a bigger bready pale malt presence than others. Hop aroma is floral and subdued. A funky grain aroma competes a little with the cleanliness of the hops.

Flavor is bready and crackery, less bitterness than I was expecting. Centennial seems to be the steady, even-keel hop to the more brash and in-your-face varieties. The malt is equally showcased, adding body to the middle, with a drying finish. Aftertaste is clean and lightly herbal. It would be easy to have several in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2007 02:12:00 | More by emerge077
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4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After getting some fresh I'm bumping up taste & mouthfeel, smell & drinkability a .5 each. This is way better fresh...

Pours a chill hazed apricot with a finger of sand colored head. Hazing never completely clears, impressive lacing & pretty good head retention

S: Slight breadyness & pineyness, plus some tangerine

T: Pineyness & grapefruit up front, grainy bread & lemon as well. Slight apricot mixes with grapefruit, flinty dryness & a bit of saltyness as this warms. Finishes a bit tart/crisp with grapefruit with some salt sprinkled on it

MF: Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, slightly grainy, skews hoppy balance-wise

Drinks easy, hides the ABV well. A decent AIPA, but kind of disappointing for a Founders product IMO, hopheads may disagree

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2009 00:01:41 | More by russpowell
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New York

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy dark gold/amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice malty scent that boasts of pale, light, crystal, and Carapils malts along with a wonderful hop aroma. There seems to be a slight breadlike character as well. The taste is good. It has a very bitter hop flavor along with a solid malt base that goes down with ease and warms on the finish. The hops are well pronounced and piney; just the way I like them. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking IPA. It's got excellent malt and hop character. Another solid offering from Founder's.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2007 21:11:13 | More by WesWes
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4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was my first venture into Founders Beer. I hope to do a lot more. This was a good IPA. I have to say to begin, this is not my favorite IPA, but I would definitely drink it again. This beer has this apple-ish flavor. It pours dark yellow, slightly hazy but mostly clear. Thin head, doesn't quite cover the top of the beer. Aroma was strong to begin and fell away as the head fell away. This is a very drinkable IPA, bitterness builds as you drink it. Never overwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2009 21:33:31 | More by drabmuh
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4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to RBlaszak and djrn2 for each sending bottles of this beer. I appreciate it guys.

The beer pour a hazy orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma is oranges, papayas and pine. Very hoppy smelling. The flavor is a mix of orange and grassy hops with some bready and toffee malt. Low to medium bitterness. All things considered, this is a fairly balanced IPA that has a lot of flavor from the hops and malt. Very drinkable. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2010 01:30:33 | More by Mora2000
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4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out an amber/reddish color with a small, white head. It was cloudy and left a little lace.

S - It smelled of tons of hops and grasses. Also, a sweet malty nose.

T - The hops were a little understated considering the powerful smell. A nice sweet caramel malt taste is also very present.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - A pretty good IPA. It is not overly hoppy, but nicely blended/balanced.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2007 01:35:17 | More by zeff80
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3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a lightly hazy, deep red-amber color and is topped by a frothy, yet thinnish, tan colored head that starts out about half a finger thick. The aroma is predominantly hop focused with leading, sweetish grapefruit like note. At times it even smells like candied orange peel, or even orange spice cookies. A bock drop of sweet caramelized malt character accentuate the citrus hop notes. There is also a touch of toasty, biscuit-like notes that add a hint of dryness to the nose.

The taste is tart up front, but more from the hop character than anything. A solid biting bitterness leaves a tingling sensation on my tongue. The beer seems to taste a bit murky for some reason, though I am not entirely sure yet if this is a bad thing or not. Dusty biscuit-like malt notes and a crystal malt character are in evidence as well. Actually the murky notes seem to stem from the malt character; it is just a bit much for this to work as a pure celebration of the Centennial hops. Not a bad beer certainly, but it could use some bright, clean, sweet malt notes to accentuate the hops a bit more. While the aroma ran towards the sweet side of the citrus hop spectrum, the flavor has more of a tart edge to it. Again it is a grapefruit note that dominates, but there is a touch of sour orange and perhaps even a slight tangerine note. A solid beer, and one which I certainly enjoy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2006 19:53:08 | More by Gueuzedude
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4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2011 04:55:15 | More by Knapp85
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Founders Centennial IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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