Founders Centennial IPA - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,825
Hads: 7,465
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 8.78%
Wants: 337
Gots: 1,395 | 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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Reviews: 1,825 | Hads: 7,465
Photo of CaptainIPA
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presented in a 12 oz., brown stubby bottle without freshness dating.

Pours a rich, ruby amber with a creamy, one-finger head. Cloudy and opaque. Moderate carbonation.

Big, dry-hopped nose followed immediately by caramel malts and a hint of pine.

Well-balanced taste profile with an abundance of sweet malt upfront, followed by citrus hops and a dry, bitter finish. Medium-bodied with a chewy mouthfeel.

Surprisingly quaffable @ 7.2% ABV. Cheers. (450 characters)

Photo of Jayli
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great beer I picked up from a local liquor store. This is a bronzish pouring beer that has a nice head to it (head doesn't last long). The smell is relatively mild which lends to the surprise of the taste. This has the bold bite of an IPA though not quite as in your face as say Sweetwaters IPA. I hope that this is a beer that my local liquor store continues to carry! (379 characters)

Photo of thartman
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured orangish-brown color with a thin head, decent carbontation, not much lacing.

I know this is an IPA, thinking hops, but I am smelling more malt than hop, .... different, but not a bad thing.

Tasting citrus, hops, balanced with malts, nice! A little spicy, yet sweet, with some orange undertones.

Very easy to drink! Alcohol is well hidden, very good! (359 characters)

Photo of demcorhip
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A prototypical IPA as far as looks go. Nice, tigh two finger off white head with great retention. Mildly and finely carbonated. A golden chestnut body, clear with some very fine floaties. Thats what i get for pouring the same day as purchasing. Very nice lacings, somewhat thick sheets eventually break down into clingy webs of lace.

A great aroma as well. Im a big fan of centennial hops. While low in terms of IBU at 46 this brew has a big hop nose of tropical fruit like papaya, pineapple, mango and grapefruit as well as a touch of pine. The malts are not very assertive, but do give nuances of biscuit and caramel.

The malt body asserts itself a little more in the taste, with its flavours of toasted biscuit and caramel. The hops are certainly present, but not as quite as assertive as the nose suggested. Main flavours are grapefruit and pine, the tropical scents are more subdued in the taste.

A great mouthfeel to this brew. A well balanced IPA with surprising bitterness considering the relatively low IBU content. Medium bodied, and creamy feel to help counteract the hops that almost approach resinous and stripping qualities. Finish is somewhat dry with a mild level of astringency. Mild and fine level of carbonation is perfect and helps to enhance the overall qualities of this brew.

Pretty damn drinkable for 7.2% ABV. A very solid example of the american IPA, and a must try for fans of centennial hops. Surprisingly bitter for only 46 IBUs, so perhaps not the most approachable example of the style. Glad i got to try this one, and will definitely be looking for it again. (1,594 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

short 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Slightly cloudy bronze color with an off white head that quickly dissipates and leaves a little streaky lacing.
S: Fresh hop, citrus smell with a little pepper, not overpowering and a little hint of alcohol. Slight sweetness.
T: Creamy medium body with nice carbonation. Bready malt backbone with a bitter, but not biting floral hop taste. Alcohol is well hidden and this is super drinkable. Not quite Racer 5 or Two Hearted for me, but a great IPA. (499 characters)

Photo of Kudashov
3.76/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into DFH pint glass . Founders label is with 2 angels holding " TEN " in Centennial . When poured nice off white head emerges . The pour was aggressive but head did not last long but there is some lacing . For aromas I like the overpowering smell of hops . This brew did not have that . It had some but not much . Nice golden / leathery color . Taste is crisp with pleasant carbonation . With it being very crisp the mouthfeel is a bit slim/ thin . I enjoyed this but the non citrus aromas were a bit disappointing . If it was a bit more bitter then you would have a winner (593 characters)

Photo of TheIPAHunter
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounces of craft enjoyed rather nicely by way of standard pint.

This could be a Lord Byron sequel because she walks in beauty. Medium copper with hints of mahogany, Founders Centennial rests in a ginger haze below 1 finger of ivory crest.

Floral Happy People...this is what shines through. Already bottled, this scent could do just as well in another "bottled" market. Not kidding. Some syrupy malt and a bit of orange peel.

Spices ranging from nutmeg to almost peppery, controlled by its floral esters. Precision bitterness inserted with a nice finish.

Scrumptious feel. Nice carbonation and aftertaste.

This one is way drinkable. Here's a case where the dry hopping allows the ABV to be masked. I can't tell this is 7.2%.

Try it, to believe it. (754 characters)

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint at the Map Room in Chicago
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Hazy orange amber in color with a fluffy white head that leaves behind some sticky lacing.

Smell is of very subdued hop oil. Has a nice fruity hop character layered with toasted malts and a grapefruit hop presence on the back end.

Taste mimics the smell for the most part only with an added bitter bite.

Very crisp and dry. Medium bodied, very satisfying.

The crisp, dry nature of this one makes it very drinkable. (491 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy but clear, amber-colored. The head falls flat a bit quicker than I'd like, but it does leave behind a bit of wispy lace.

Smell: Very citrusy; lemon, grapefruit and a bit of orange. Pretty hop-oriented with little discernable malt presence beyond a hint of honey-like sweetness.

Taste: Pale bready malts appear first, laying the foundation for bold hop flavors of grapefruit and lemon rind. A touch of caramel sweetness appears briefly before being swept away by the bittering hops. The finish reveals a moderate spicy hop smack, nothing too sharp; just right for an easy-drinking IPA.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and semi-dry while still maintaining a respectable malt backbone. Excellent balance; any more malt and this would be too sweet for me. (763 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (453 characters)

Photo of cookin420
3.26/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a tulip.

Light amber in color with a yellow tint to the head. Unimpressive head but it lingers and remains thick around the edge of the glass. Runny coating of lace. Pretty hazy but still very attractive.

Smells like floral hops. Centennials have a slightly metallic aroma.
Moderately tart and only hints of malt.

Taste is a somewhat of an assault. Pretty intense but not all that bitter. Malt is underlying and outshined.

Mouthfeel is acceptable with near perfect carbonation. A bit thin leading to an undermalted effect.

A solid IPA but a bit harsh to quaff. Centennials need an accompanying hop, but this is fairly well done as an example of a single hop Cent. IPA. (698 characters)

Photo of maximum12
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brought back from the great state of Wisconsin as a single bottle...now I wish I had another.

Pours with almost no head & an off-orange color. Smell is awesome. The taste - hops, hops, hops, but the bitterness is well-masked & not nearly as aggressive as some of my favorites like Hopslam or Furious. The smell is much less subtle, the taste seems a little less 'extreme'.

M&A is good. The alcohol is present when it starts to warm up my tummy, not so much on the tongue. Very smooth. I could see bottles of this disappearing in one sitting without noticing much.

Really, really good IPA. Also my first Founders brew, which has left an excellent impression & an unfulfilled yearning for more. Oh, why did I only buy a single? Why, gods, why! (747 characters)

Photo of srandycarter
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured hazy orange honey, not much head or lace.

S - Oily, hoppy citrus, light biscuit type bread.

T - Light malt, cracker like, taken over by orange and grapefruit bitter finish.

M - Medium body, medium coating and carbonation.

D - I like this one. (257 characters)

Photo of Lothore
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a hazy, peachy orange with an excellent 2 finger, creamy head which looks amazing.

S- Smells very sweet, citrusey fruits, a bit perfumey.

T- Taste starts off very biscuity and moves to a orangey, grapefruit hoppiness at the end. Pretty significant bitter finish.

M- Medium viscosity, perhaps a tad too much carbonation.

D- Very drinkable IPA. Reminds me a lot of Leatherlips IPA. A nice change of pace from west coast ipas. (436 characters)

Photo of Atron67
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

P- 12 oz bottle with a screw top green lable like in the picture. poured into a tulip glass

A- poured an almost brown amber with a reasonable sized off white fluffy head. clear body, slight tinge of red up to the light. as the head fell a thin film remained and a light lacing was left behind

S- grassy piney flavors, hoppy, delicious smelling. malt is also present which isnt surprizing for a 7.2%'er but is nice and balancing. no sweetness really noticable. just a good dry hopped scent.

T- starts of with a nice thick feeling maltiness which almost instantly turns into a building hop bitterness which is pretty damn good. the bitterness caps off about mid way through then the dry-hop flavors start kicking in, citrusy, piney charachter comes out and then fades into a nice lingering light bitterness that reminds me of what was just there and makes me want to drink more. might become my standard IPA its pretty good and always around

M- pretty full body, medium/high carbonation, lingering mouthfeel

d- awesome (1,021 characters)

Photo of sleazo
4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A_Pours a slightly hazy orange brown with a nice two finger fluffy head. Staying power and lacing are both fantastic.

S_Clean smelling with a nice grapefruit and tangerine hop kick. Slightly biscuit-like malt.

T_Grapefruit hops in the front and back with a nice slightly sweet, mostly bread like malt in the middle. The aftertaste is a really nice white grapefruit.

M_Medium bodied with a tight bracing carbonation which is really needed because there is a certain oily mouthfeel. This is the way it should be done as it is real well rounded but allows the hops to coat the tongue without completely drying out the mouth.

D_This is an absolute killer IPA. I would love to have this around the house on a regular basis.
Thanks to pimpp for this one. (752 characters)

Photo of JDV
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of demitriustown. Thanks for this awesome beer!
Slightly hazy reddish amber color with a creamy offwhite head atop. Smell is light, fruity hops mostly with a citusy focus. Taste is somewhat bright, and fruity with a good hop character. Some citrus flavors and an appropriate malt backing. Good mouthfeel and carbonation level round this one out into a really classic and well done IPA. Very fresh tasting and quite drinkable. (442 characters)

Photo of jeremyd365
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured burnt orange and pretty hazy with a medium head.

S - Very hoppy with a bit if citrus.

T - A pretty strong hoppy taste with a bit of a bitter finish.

M - Thick and only slightly bubbly.

D - This is a very drinkable IPA and would definitely recommend. (265 characters)

Photo of SaucyA
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - 1 finger white head. Bronze with sunset orange highlights. Hazy but not opaque...obviously unfiltered. Lacing all over the glass.

S - Flowery, citric hoppiness. Not overly complex, just clean, pure hops.

T - Wonderfully tea-like affects. Not overly bitter but definitely not shy. Clean and easy drinking. Leaves a heavy/oily finish. Quality, if not slightly (and I emphasize slightly) boring.

M - Perfect? Perfect. Medium carbonation, heavier body. Thick but not syrupy.

D - Perfect? Nearly. This is a staple IPA for us Michiganders.

I drink this nearly as much as Two-Hearted. (587 characters)

Photo of mmmbeer
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. stubby with no visible freshness date; unfiltered, with 46 IBUs. According to Founders website, the BJCP has chosen this brew as a benchmark for the American IPA style. It pours a toasted orange/amber color, with low carbonation and two fingers of off-white head that sticks quite well. Caramel and citrus in the nose (most notably orange and grapefruit), with spicy hops and maybe a touch of nuttiness. Very similar on the palate - hefty citrus backed by lots of malts - with a large, but manageable bitterness, and just a touch too much malt sweetness for my liking. Very dry, medium body imparts lots of coating hop oils that last and last. Definitely an IPA worth checking out. (688 characters)

Photo of Tilley4
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the first Founders brew I've ever had and I'm looking forward to this.

Wow, this is one beautiful IPA! Coppery orange with a fluffy white head.. This is darker than many IPAs I've had.

Ok, two for two. Those hops are extremely pungent in the aroma. I feel like I've stuck my head in a barrel of sap covered pine needles. Aroma seems a little stronger than Two Hearted.

Sort of a strange taste sensation with this one. An earlier post mentioned a tea aspect and I think that's a good analogy. The hoppy bitterness comes really late on this one. I was expecting a super juicy hop blast that never really came, just the late bitterness. Its not a bad thing but Two Hearted is simply tastier.

Overall, I enjoyed the brew but maybe not quite as much as I thought I might. Still, worthy of a good score. (813 characters)

Photo of kbeals
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally, my first beer from Founders. Beer pours out a caramel/amber color. A decent head, although it disappeared rather quick, good lacing though. Smell was earthy with a hint of citrus and maybe a touch of alcohol. Taste was outstanding, the hops come through nicely. The beer was also pretty smooth with a good amount of carbonation. Drinkability is also excellent, I wish I had another one. I'm looking forward to trying more beers from this brewer. (454 characters)

Photo of pwoods
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. stubby brown bottle, purchased at Jungle Jim's, poured into al pint. Founders dating system is retarded.

A: Pours an orangy amber with good clarity. 1 1/2 fingers of off white head forms on the rocky side but holds nicely. Good lacing throughout.

S: The Centennial's are so damn powerful. Very fruity and acidic with lots of peppery pine. Some sweet malts pop out in the back just a bit.

T/M: Bitterness is at a comfortable level. The citrus seems to be covered up just a little bit by the strong spicy pine character. I love the pine but it needs to be in balance with a good citrus flavor(IMHO). Nevertheless, tasty. Malts play a nice role in this; sweet, malty, bready. Near the end and through the finish, the bitterness steps up a bit more and dries the tongue.

D: Tasty, drinkable(7.2%? Really?), and different from the others. Founders might be my favor brewery. (879 characters)

Photo of LeftonJackman
4.76/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

part of the WTofB at the Winking Lizard

A:Amber pour, thin head
S:Hops, pine, citrus... Wonderfully complex. Almost flagship for an American IPA
T:Grapefruit, melty caramels. Great hoppy presence.
M:Very much a live, present mouthfeel. Not overpowering.
D:Surprisingly drinkable for an American IPA with 7.2 abv. Will enjoy again! (331 characters)

Photo of HardTarget
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle Inspection: Dry hopped and unfiltered, nothing else.

Aroma: I'm pretty sure those are hops. Given the name; Centennial hops. There is a bready sweet base under them as well, and a perfumed alcohol note.

Appearance: Copper orange with a thin dirty head that collared and laced.

Flavor: Hops come with grapefruit rind and earthy leaf. The malt is pretty subtle but keeps the total flavor from going too bitter. There is a firm tea element as well.

Mouthfeel: Oily texture, moderate body, low to moderate carbonation.

Overall Impression: Nice IPA. The tea element got a little old, but I liked the hop level and the lower carbonation helped drinkability. (664 characters)

Founders Centennial IPA from Founders Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,825 ratings.