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Founders Centennial IPA - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Centennial IPAFounders Centennial IPA

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6,354 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,354
Reviews: 1,746
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 209
Gots: 695 | 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 TCHopCraver
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

TCHopCraver, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of brownbeer
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

brownbeer, Dec 15, 2009
Photo of RoyalT
4.1/5  rDev -1%
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.

RoyalT, Mar 20, 2004
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Poured into a pinto glass with a good white head. Orangish copper color with slight cloud. Hoppy smell but has a good malt scent as well. More a smell I pick up some citrus and floral scents. Like the smell it's got a great balance between hops and malts with a bitter after taste that lingers. Very floral grassy and slight citrus taste. Medium body with medium carbonation. Fantastic beer!

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Founders Centennial IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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