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Founders Centennial IPA - Founders Brewing Company

Founders Centennial IPAFounders Centennial IPA

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5,238 Ratings

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Ratings: 5238
Reviews: 1668
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 Skidz


4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours out crisp golden amber and sits a foggy orange-amber in the glass with a small off-white head fading to a light skim with a few scant lacings here and there.

Smells thick and foresty, like a pine forest with a few maple and oak trees with leaves turning brown, settling on the forest floor. Zesty lime rind aromas blend with cedar sap to create a sharp and perky nose. Malty core lies beneath, barely pushes through but provides a few hints of caramel and toffee. Apricot skins and ripe granny smiths bring a new level of fruitiness to the nose.

Tastes fruitacular. Imagine your self tied down in the stockyard. From the left, your neighbor pelts you with a bushel of apples, but they are most rewarding as the freshly squeezed juice created from your head acting as a press finds its way past your lips. Oranges from the local minister may make your eyes burn, but they are softer than apples. Grapefruit lobbed at your melon from the schoolkids force you to close your eyes, but you find yourself enjoying this barrage of fresh fruits. Then, out of nowhere, a bucket of pine sap is dumped over top of you leaving you smelling like the inside of a taxi cab. As you are let out of the stocks, you race to the local confectionary to drown your sorrows in a shot of hot caramel. You can't help but feel bitter towards your townsmen, and you swear you can still taste it all, many years later.

Enough of that. This beer is nice and soft, smooth and floats across the mouth with just the right amount of carbonation. Leaves all sides of your mouth coated with a thin layer hop residue, bitterness for every portion of your tougue, even though some parts can't describe the feeling.

I will give up all citrus fruits entirely and will continue to drink fine beers such as this, as I don't think an orange or a grapefruit could hold a stick up to anything like this. Don't think for a second that this beer is over the top from my description, it's completely within the realistic bounds that any IPA should be in For me, this is exactly how an IPA should taste, but I could stand a bit more bitterness and residual hops. A fine IPA by all standards, very, very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2005 04:18:17 | More by Skidz
Photo of meathookjones


4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle on 12-18-04. This poured out a clear amber with about an inch of off white foamy head. Nice lacing was left around the glass for the duration of the beer. Aroma was quite hoppy with citric hops with a soft undertone of sweet malt. Notes of pine were also present. Taste started out a bit sweet with caramel before the expected grapefruity hop rush came into play. This is definitely quite juicy with hops and finishes with a slightly bitter sweet hop bite. Mouthfeel was on par for the style with a solid medium body and a smooth feel. This is definitely drinkable. With a good balance of malt while style letting the hops come through and take stage I could drink this all night. Thanks to tikkigodxxx for the chance to try this.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2004 19:17:17 | More by meathookjones
Photo of rajendra82


3.2/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy orange-amber pour from the brown 12 oz. bottle has a very thin and short lived head. The aroma is grassy, grainy, and slightly yeasty, and is not quite right for the style either. The taste is sweet-sour with a dollop of earthiness, but only a mild to low level of hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is thick and sticky, but aftertaste is quite flat. No hop burps after this timid IPA.

May be I got a bottle past its prime, but there is no way to tell due to the lack of any dates.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2004 05:15:06 | More by rajendra82
Photo of rocketmotor


4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Open bottle and pour into glass and immediately catch the great aroma. Pours a nice, lightly hazed, dark orange, with a decent head, leaves great lacing on the glass.

This beer has an incredible aroma, a great, bright, hops/citrus/grapefruit/floral smell, very strong, but not too much for the style. Great hop dominated flavor, with a decent malt backbone to support the hops, very nice. Leaves a nice hop aftertaste, not too bitter though.

To The Bottom!

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2004 05:47:50 | More by rocketmotor
Photo of mschofield


4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a ruby-amber, topped with a two finger marshmallowy ivory head, leaves rings of lacing with thin webs connecting them.
Great strong hop oil aroma, very herbaceous and floral aroma.
Again the taste is very hop dominant, herbs, flowers, wood and resin, oily, tons of grapefruit.
A nice American style IPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2004 01:13:37 | More by mschofield
Photo of trumick


4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark orange color with a nice head that disapates quickly. Good lacing
Smell is wonderful full of floral hops and citrus.
Taste follows the nose hops and citrus finishes sweeter than I would expect but still dry and grapefruit.
Mouthfeel is light to medium body with nice carbination, perfect.
Drinkability is great, I could finish a bunch of these in one sitting.

This is a great beer. One of the best I have had from Founders.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2004 02:38:42 | More by trumick
Photo of longpondbeerman


3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a robust, hoppy American IPA. It pours a murky gold with an orange tinting topped with a medium tan head. The hops and citrus notes are immediately evident to the nose, and that characteristic grapefruit flavor (see other IPA: Stone, Smuttynose, and Dogfish Head) underlies the initial sweet taste. There's more carbonation that I like, and I was surprised that the alcohol content was so high--I never notice any intrusive alcohol flavor.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2004 18:39:13 | More by longpondbeerman
Photo of CharlesRiver


4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The first major issue with this beer is the HUGE head that is impossible to contain. One inch of beer and four inches of head even with a gentle pour. I can't get it to die. Appearance will be a lower score because of this. Reddish brown in color.

The smell is very sweet and hoppy. Sour green apples and hops come through and dominate. Very earthy and barky. No trace of alcohol which is nice. Slighty cloudy. A bit too sweet for me but still a great IPA. Dry but still the flavor stays.

I would love to try this beer on tap. The over carbonation is killing me as I can't even pour the entire beer. Truth be told, I really like this beer. You will to if you like big, sweet IPA's.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2004 00:31:31 | More by CharlesRiver
Photo of trancefishy


4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

hazy amber colour upon pouring, with a little head that quickly dissipates. smells of bright hops with a hint of caramel kicking around.
nice bright tasting hops in the immediate flavour, that settle down evenly as it leaves your mouth, dropping your tongue off walking a road between the hops that were and a bit of sweetness that wants to come out after the beer has been swallowed. bitter eventually wins out in the aftertaste.
mouthfeel is fizzy carbonation at first, which turns very silky after a couple moments. very smooth.
this is a good solid IPA by a brewery whose products i enjoy. i've gotten 6 packs of a this a couple times, and recommend it to anyone who likes IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2004 23:33:16 | More by trancefishy
Photo of BierReise


4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle No Date This IPA poured a cloudy orange like colored body with a thick dense head. Big centennial hop aroma and a doughy yeast like note underneath. Flavor is bitter and sharply so with hops giving a floral and slightly citrus flavor as well. Malt is there providing some balance. Body is well rounded smooth and not too thin. This is one decent IPA and would make a great session beer if not for the 7.2% abv which by the way is felt but undetected in flavor. Lacing retains well.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2004 23:45:55 | More by BierReise
Photo of wyllder


4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky amber with a slight beige head and leaves a little lacing as you go.

Nose is a pleasant mix of acidic apple and grapefruit scents.

Flavor on the palate comes in classicly bitter in the beginning. Midsip lets the bitterness recede to reveal a musky acidic apple flavor complimented by bitter citrus flavors and backed up with a candied malt feel. Aftertaste is more biiter, acidic apple flavor.

Mouthfeel is a tad too dry but otherwise ok.

Drinkability is good.

Overall, quite a good IPA I would happily visit again.


Serving type: bottle

08-06-2004 12:27:20 | More by wyllder
Photo of ppoitras


4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
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...

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2004 16:27:59 | More by ppoitras
Photo of SheepNutz


4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a hazy deep red-orange color with two fingers of head. There is a fair amount of lacing left on the glass. The smell is full of citrusy hops. Grapefruit and orange fill the nose. Mmm, hops! The taste starts with a good malt base, just a little sweet. Hops dominate the finish. A very citrusy blast of flavor. The mouthfeel is nice and thick, yet smooth. The drinkability is very good as well. A job well done on this one Founders!

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2004 01:34:47 | More by SheepNutz
Photo of edchicma


4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mmmm....found this as a single in my favorite store in Massachusetts. If this represent Midwestern brew...send more please. Color was a hazy copper with a nice head that dissipated into excellent lacing. Smell was citrusy and yeasty...just what I love in an IPA. Taste was tart with grapefruit notes. Mouthfeel was nicely dry with a great bitter finish. Perhaps a bit too hoppy, but as a hophead, it rates high in my book. Good on the drinkability scale...easy to have another.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2004 22:30:01 | More by edchicma
Photo of tavernjef


3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Color is a chill hazed, light golden peach, thin dusty yellow bubbly cap; minimal lacing.
Aroma is fantastic, this all Centennail hopped IPA is heaven to wiff in. Nice resin filled wood pulp pine, grassy notes deep within. Not much backing of malts on the nose, but who cares.
Whoops, I spoke to soon, the taste cares, thats who. The flavors are actually quite tame, the bittering of pine shows late thank goodness. It does have a little bit of everything wood; pulp, fresh leaves, green, not as resin filled as the smell leads one to believe, there's a bit of a strange tang ensueing as it goes in. Malts are very thin and nearly nonexistent. Leaving it a bit one dimensional as far as balance.
Feel is about medium with a slight pulpy fluffy carbonation, crispness at first but turns to a bit of a more tangy drying as it warms. Not a full on load of hops in the taste, and the balance seems a bit out of whack. The smell is wonderful, but beyond that this wouldn't be one to continue with.
A big U.P. thanks goes to trbeer for the many samples.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2004 02:54:23 | More by tavernjef
Photo of aracauna


3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This zippy little IPA is the color of a middle aged penny if you could get that penny to shine without getting lighter. There's a faint sediment haze, but it's relatively clear. The head is a sturdy one. Pine and citrus zest hops on the nose and a nicely malty body almost balances out the lingering bitter finish.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2004 04:45:53 | More by aracauna
Photo of pezoids


4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden orange amber color with a thin layer creamy white foam topping this brew off. Only slightly hazy, but bright and clean overall. As I am a hop aroma freak, the aroma here is very appealing to me with hints of all sorts of goodies including sweet apple cider, pine, sour fruits, yeast, and even a hint of caramel and chocolates. The taste is lightly sweet from the malt and flavorful with a soft bitterness that tickles the tongue. There’s a decent body of fruity sweet malts and has a sticky bittersweet finish that coats the tongue and stays with you for a while. Very nice overall. Thanks to Tikkigodxxx for this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2004 16:02:48 | More by pezoids
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - hazy dull orange with fine sediment top to bottom. Thick creamy head melts down to a clingy covering, sticky lacing down the glass.

Aroma - a blast of fruity, piney hops. One of life's little pleasures is sniffing a wonderfully aromatic brew such as this, take your time with a half dozen good lungfuls here.

Taste - a basic, not very noticeable malt start, very basic and only there as a platform for the Centennial hops. Lots of citrus character, a below average bitterness for what most expect from an IPA. It's very tasty and finishes dry, with some grapefruit rind flavor that is easygoing, not harsh at all.

Mouthfeel - creamy, oily mouthfeel. Right on. A bit thin which waters the taste down a bit, but I don't mind. Makes 'em drink faster actually.

Drinkability - a great session beer, I could make an evening of these.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2004 16:47:57 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of Mitchster


4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in the company of Mike and Tim at the brewery.

Slightly hazy deep copper in color, forming a light-beige head with average retention and lacing. Mild to moderate carbonation. Aroma is intense with fresh, green, oily, leafy, floral hops...like walking into a hop cooler and smashing your face into the bag. Taste begins with some mild caramel notes, a ton of floral and semi-citric hops, some moderate bitterness, and counterbalanced with mildly sweet malt body. Toffee and vanilla in the finish.

Amazing stuff this is. One of the finest IPA's I've ever had. Up there with Two-Hearted and Hop Devil. Just a little rough around the edges keeps it from getting some 5.0's.

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2004 23:50:44 | More by Mitchster
Photo of beergeek279


4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in the 12 oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The color is golden, with a foamy head with nice retention. The smell is a nice citrusy hoppiness. The taste is a nice citrus hop and maintains a nice balance with a good maltiness. Mouthfeel is average. As for drinkability, I definitely could have quite a few of these.

Thank you to trbeer for sending this gem. A fantastic IPA, with a good citrus hop and a better balance. Up amongst the better IPAs out there, and certainly one I'll have again.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2004 02:22:25 | More by beergeek279
Photo of Sixpack595


3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hoppy brew. Thats it. Copper color with a meagre whit head that dissapears quickly. Aroma is grapefruit and pine hops. Flavor is...guess what...hops. There is a malt base that gives little flavor, but keeps the bitterness within bounds. The hops provide a great deal of flavor without going overboard with the bitterness. Very well done. A one trick pony, but a good one.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2004 09:25:20 | More by Sixpack595
Photo of LuckySevens82


3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz stubby bottle.
Pours a lovely orangy amber with a rather small head for an IPA. I was unaware that this was bottle conditioned, however, so the nice yeast cloud that filled the brew was a nice surprise.
Smell is spicy and floral, very nice.
Taste is exceptionally citrusy. This beer is not exceptionally bitter though. There is a definite citrus presence in every fascet of this brew. There is a little bit of sweetness to the beer, but it is mostly canceled out by the overwhelming cirtus hop flavor.
Overall, this is an above average IPA, I'm not sure i like all the citrus flavor, but this is a decent beer. I would have another.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2004 01:45:23 | More by LuckySevens82
Photo of feloniousmonk


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
Photo of hustlemuscle


3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Centennial IPA pours a nicely carbonated reddish gold, with a mild head. Not suprisingly, it smells like hops, nice flowery mild hops. That is pretty much how it tastes too, a bit more flowery than some. Comes with typical IPA cheek pucker and oily mouthfeel. It is as easy to drink as any other IPA, and may get another chance. Too many other IPAs still to try before this one's number gets called again though.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2004 00:40:00 | More by hustlemuscle
Photo of cretemixer


4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky honey gold in color, with a thin off-white head. There is a fair amount of unfiltered goodness suspended throughout.
The aroma is a knockout. Fresh piney hops jump out right away with a hint of a caramel sweetness. Very inviting.
A well rounded beer greets the tounge. Plenty hoppy, but with a hint of malt sweetness too. The hop bitterness isn't as "bitey" as a lot of IPAs, more of a juicy mouth-filling experience. Very nice.
Medium body with a refreshing, prickly carbonation. A solid offering from a brewery that seems to be a real up and comer.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2004 02:36:37 | More by cretemixer
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