Founders Centennial IPA - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Centennial IPAFounders Centennial IPA

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,828 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,828
Hads: 7,483
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 4.39%
Wants: 338
Gots: 1,405 | 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: 1,828 | Hads: 7,483
Photo of Bitterbill
4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle(rrom temp) a hazy medium gold with a large head of foam that slowly dissipated but was still around for the last sip from the glass. Nice.

The smell is all hoppy and spicy and just makes me go "ahhh". Great start. ;^)

The taste on first sip is all hoppy and bitter but that's almost immediately offset by a sweet malty "injection" that balances this brew *so* nicely. Wow. The finish is actually quite malty! I say...Wow again. This is one hell of a good American IPA...I'm super impressed.

Bottom line: This is an excellent IPA and what I'd consider a great compromise, if I can use that word in its most complimentary form, between the super hoppy American IPAs and the maltier examples of the style offered by our cousins across the pond.
I thoroughly recommend it! (803 characters)

Photo of maddamish
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ap: Little to no head even with an aggressive pour. Spotty lacing. The color is an orangish brown.

Smell: Hops, overripe orange.

Taste: Grapefruit with a hint of orange. It seems they really wanted to "hop-up" this IPA and they did.

Mouthfeel: Perfect. A have partaken of some very watery IPA's lately and this is not one of them. Smooth and full of body.

Drinkability: I could drink these all night.

Good: I solid IPA that stands up there with the best of them.

Bad: Not as bold as some of the great IPA's but that can be a good thing if you are looking for something that is dialed down a bit. (603 characters)

Photo of bearrunner44
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy tea-brown, with an orange tint. Huge head; my bottle practically exploded as I cracked it. Plenty of lacing.

Smell: Sticky hop aroma. Piney. Strong, but still soft on the nose. Lemony, grapefruity citrus twang.

Taste: Heavy, sappy hop flavor. Earthy, and just a little oily. Grapefruit citrus flavor provides sweet, tangy undertones. Zesty overall flavor. It finishes with an earthy, spicy alcoholic flourish.

Mouthfeel: Good, sturdy body. The bite of the carbonation matches up well with the citrus zest in the taste; lively.

Verdict: Heavy and earthy, yet light and sweet; this is a nice, complex IPA. (633 characters)

Photo of neonbrown82
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good IPA. Pours to a slightly hazed golden amber color with a thin white head. Lacing and carbonation are decent.

The aroma is very citric hoppy. Smells like it has a nice malt base to work with as well.

The taste is also very citric hoppy. Very grassy and herbal bitterness. Nice malty backbone. Not too thick and syrupy or crushed aspirin-like as many IPAs seem to be guilty of these days. Very nice.

The body is moderate to full. Not too sweet and sticky, not too bitter. Very good mix. Very enjoyable and highly drinkable. Founders has done it for me once again. (585 characters)

Photo of bignick
4.62/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle @ Sunset Tap and Grille 3/26/06.

Wow, I am very impressed by this IPA. It packs a pucnh with its hop bite, but it is suitably balanced by a caramel-malt backbone. It has a sweet floral aroma, but the taste is very bitter and wonderful hops. I tend only to review beers that I like, particularly IPAs. Looking over the list of IPAs that I have liked, I would have to say that this stacks up with my favorites: Hop Ottin, Hop Devil, Southern Tier, Stone, etc. (467 characters)

Photo of Crosling
3.12/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear light gold in color. Moderate oxidation in the aroma, with a light hint of butter toffee, caramel and lemon zest and grapefruit, derived from the use of 100% Centennial hops. Flavor is lightly oxidized, with caramel and butter toffee and lemon zest from the Centennial. I’ve found that I haven’t been enjoying solely Centennial hopped beer lately, even Two Hearted. (373 characters)

Photo of Derek
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Golden-bronze with plenty of yeasty bits. Off-white head, very little retention, but some nice lace.

S: Orange/citrus American hop odour with a little bready malt.

T: Hop flavour takes center-stage. It's balanced to the bitter side, but it is exceptionally smooth, and not the least bit harsh. I really like this hop flavour. It's a little more well-rounded (with some saaz-like spicyness as well), and it's not IN-YOUR-FACE like cascade. Some quality pale malt flavour manages to shine through. I would never have guessed the alcohol content was this high.

M: Moderate body and carbonation. Slightly acidic feel. It's a little on the dry side (not at all syrupy or cloying).

D: Exceptional. (707 characters)

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

Clear, medium amber beer topped by a moderately dense, cream coloured head. Great retention and plenty of lacing. Powdery grapefruit and orange hop aromas with a balancing malt character. Solid bitterness that grows through the finish, but never becomes unbalanced. Malt is a bit toasty up front, but disappears behind the grassy grapefruit hop flavours that increase mid-sip. Finishes with a bit of hop resin that lingers for a while. Medium body, slightly creamy, with average carbonation. Overall, this is a well balanced IPA, highly drinkable. Thanks northyorksammy! (570 characters)

Photo of aforbes10
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bronze/amber in color with a massive head. lots of sediment in the bottom that i chose not to pour into my glass (sometimes i like to, sometimes i dont). Wow, that's really a big foamy sticky head. Extreme floral hop odor. citrusy and fresh smelling. Taste is bitter, some maltiness. very hoppy but not overly so...hint of citrus (lemony?). very tasty. Fizzy, good body. nice mouthfeel for an IPA. Good drinkability. high alcohol well hidden. great example of an American IPA. (476 characters)

Photo of bkett01
3.89/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a stubby 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Seems nicely carbonated and nearly overflowed with a 1.5" head which began to die down within a minute or two. Clearly should have left the last splash in the bottle as I can see all kinds of sediment throughout the deep amber color beer & even the head.

Upon smelling this beer, I could detect the hops, but unexpectedly was hit with a very malty smell along with it. Probably the maltiest smell I've come across so far in a high ABV IPA. Citrusy and floral notes rise over the malt.

The great balance of hops and malt subdue the 7.2% ABV. This is a well built beer, and although I was hoping for a bolder hop character, the taste is very smooth and pleasing. I detect citrusy and piney flavors up front with the deep roast malt flavor carrying into the aftertaste.

It has a smooth mouthfeel with typical carbonation. I look forward to the remainder of my 6 pack and would recommend this beer to any IPA fan out there with one piece of advice. Leave the last half or quarter inch in the bottle unless you want the sediment. (1,088 characters)

Photo of Hibernator
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Founders Centennial IPA
12 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

Pours a murky and hazy vibrant orange with a nice looking head. Great trails of sticky lace decorate the glassware.

The nose is floral with a beautiful and impressive aroma of hops, pure hops. Blasts of grapefruit, lime and oranges.

Grainy mouthfeel with a tangy hop sweetness. Lemon pledge hop bite with grapefruit tartness. I knew I really liked this beer after my first hop burp. Whoa.

This is a solid IPA and certainly worth checking out. Seriously drinkable at 7.2% ABV. (569 characters)

Photo of Sammy
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (250 characters)

Photo of snilsen13
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours nutbrown, cloudy, with off white head. Head is thin butreluctant to disappear enitrely, thinly covering surface through most of consumption. Smells like hops, fresh and clean. Tastes hoppy, duh, then warming of alcohol and finishes soon after with a strong citrus rind bitterness. The bitter aftertaste is mostly gone in about 15 seconds.

Mouthfeel is fine, tangy and cleansing of previous flavors. Doesn't overpower food flavors, this is an acceptable amount of bitterness to pair with saucy Chinese (my current meal).

This is a slow drinking beer, but not quite complex enough to merit sipping. There's not much masking of the alcohol in this brew which both limits it's drinkability but contributes nicely to the flavor This beer is worthy of comparison to your favorite strong IPA.

EDIT: I've had this beer a few times since I submitted this review and its not as good as I remember it being. I don't choose it, there's much more going on in the world of IPAs than what this beer presents. (1,004 characters)

Photo of blitz134
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge head, almost out of control. Took about 8 pours to get it all in there. Apricot colored body. Just off-white head. Slowly works its way down in lumps becoming as thick as mouse.

Piney citrus hops throughout. Very fruity, even some hints of lemon coming out. Feels like it cleanses the nostrils as I inhale the hop aromas.

Nicely balanced brew. Lots of caramel maltiness. Pine hops really dominate throughout. Only initially bitter then goes down smooth leaving only a hint of flavor upon the tongue. Sweetness pervades the senses a little longer. Finishes with a bit of earthyness. Lots of flavor for an IPA, with a bit more bitterness this could stand up to many DIPAs out there. A bit of alcohol sneaks its way in as well. Reminds me of a Stoudts DIPA but without the alcohol level and bitterness.

Full bodied. Coats the mouth well. A bit too much carbonation as evident by the overwhelming head. Drinkability is good. The flavor seems a bit up front. I'm a hop head but I don't see me having too many of these in a row. A good one per night IPA. (1,062 characters)

Photo of bjohnson
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy amber orange color with a one finger white foamy head.

S: Aromas of sweet fruity hops. Very refreshing smell.

T: Citrus or grapefruity taste with a slight bitter but floral ending. Well balanced and fresh that leaves you with a clean feeling. Carbonation is perfect and excites your tongue. The high abv is not noticeable.

M & D: Mouthfeel and drinkability are pretty high on this offering from founders. Very smooth drinking and refreshing IPA with a nice aftertaste and a bit of warming action in your belly. Would definately have this one again. (576 characters)

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

One of the better IPAs I've had in my short time on earth. Very similar in some respects to Bell's Two-Hearted, but comes up a little short by my own personal measure.

Pours an immaculate deep gold/copper in color, quite hazy with a creamy ans resilient head. Nose is incredibly hoppy, the centennials are certainly here in force as you'd naturally expect. Taste is quite similar, floral, juicy and strong hop character. There is a decent malt backbone, no doubt, but it's simply along for the ride, so to speak.

A very drinkable and likable IPA, I'm sure I'll be back for more.

Slàinte! (598 characters)

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

Pours a dark orange almost brown with suttle tangerine highlights throughout leaving a thin beige lace that bubbles away quickly. The nose is lemon, orange rinds, that are sauteed in brown butter and the candied (Sugar added). The taste on the palate is balanced, it starts with a grapefruit bitterness, followed by a slight carbonation that brings with it some caramel sweetness then finishes with a fruity gummy candy taste. (426 characters)

Photo of Bones54
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer of the month on-tap at a Winking Lizard. This is a quality brew!! I'm partial to IPA's, and this is another favorite. Strong hoppy presence, and the ABV does not override the taste.
The problem with IPA is that the stong hop presence makes it difficult to drink a lot of these without putting the tastes buds in shock. However this beer goes down smooth, be it the first or the fifth. (390 characters)

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

Picked up a single at Riley's in Madison for $1.59 (minus a 10% six-pack discount).

Poured into a pint/tulip glass. Left about 1cm of white head. The beer is a pretty hazy orangy rust color.

Whooaaa! Smells like hop juice! Pure, unadulterated floral/piney hops. Maybe a bit sweet too. Unfortunately, it doesn't smell like much else.

The taste was underwhelming based on the smell. It's hoppy, but I was expecting really really hoppy. Rather washed-out and one dimensional. I would classify it as "hop juice," but not very intense. A good bitter taste, but underwhelming.

Feels good in the mouth. Gently carbonated, medium body.

I could drink many of these, but it's a bit pricey and it's underwhelming for what it is. I don't object, as long as someone else pays. (779 characters)

Photo of unklesyd
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After having so many IPAs that the thought of another one just makes me bored, this is quite a pleasant surprise. Brought to me by a friend, unrequested, another nice surprise.

What really strikes me about this one is the outstanding blend of hops. I'd imagine that Founders must use more than "just" centennial hops in order to get a distinct peachy flavor. Nice citrus notes blended with an herbal undertone. Solid malt backbone with a hint of sweetness that helps to showcase the hops.

Very well done, something to get me excited about IPAs again. (556 characters)

Photo of kmo1030
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

hazed copper with a thin light tan head. laces pretty well.
stinkin with hops. resinous floral grapefruit, an interesting fruity lime-like aroma, caramel malt. this is gonna be good.
excellently balanced flavor. lots of big but not overpowering citrusy hop flavor with the interesting lime demension in there too. clementine like sweet citrus in there and an array of other tangy fruit, lemonade, peach, a hint of pear. bitterness never overpowers the flavor here, like i said it's excellently balanced. the caramel underneath it all contributes.
the mouthfeel is medium bodied with delicate, but lively carbonation. very smooth and easy drinking.
good drinkability the 7.2 abv doesn't show itself very much. i'm regretting getting just the single. a sixer is definitely in order for this beer. an excellent american IPA. (825 characters)

Photo of tastybeer
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nicely murky amber copper tones with a decent head. I thought my lacing was going to stick a lot more like it was at first but maybe next time. Looks tasty nonetheless. Smell is really full and smooth. I feel surrounded by hops. Theres a nice maltiness underneath with bits of tantalizing caramel. Taste is similarly awesome. So many hops over a nice malt back. Moderate hop bitterness in the finish and just right carbonation. Mouthfeel is real good, sticky and mouthwatering. No problem at all with drinkabiity.

Hops everywhere. Great IPA. (544 characters)

Photo of wedge
4.57/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a murky copper with a silky turned bubbly white head. Nice well balanced aroma of sticky hops - citrus / fruit, pine - and malt. The flavor is also supremely balanced - citrus and fruit with a solid lightly sweet malt backbone. Mouthfeel is smooth and suprisingly full - very clean bitterness. This is 7.2%?! Get right the hell out of here.

Yeah this is good stuff. Let it warm up a little before you pour it to bring out the best of this beer. Its nice to have an IPA with such enjoyable fruity characteristics and great balance. This is a pleasure to drink. Very well done. (584 characters)

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

This is a hefty little ipa. I like the balance found in this beer. No one makes a claim about "double" or "imperial", however it does clock in a little high on the abv. Naturally, I must note the taste, which is a citrus and toast combo. The mouthfeel is very dry, as a result of the huge amount of hop presence. Drinkability is good, considering the abv.

Nice IPA, Founders! (379 characters)

Photo of Sudmissle
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Light hazy yellow. Nice 1/4 inch head that remained for about 10 minutes.

Smell: Very hoppy with hay and citrus notes.

Taste: Next to Bell's Two Hearted and Minneapolis Town Hall's Masala Mama, the best IPA I've had. Strong aroma hops for the smell and deeply flavored bittering hops for the taste. Most IPAs claim to have hops, but it is usually false advertising. I've had most of the best IPAs on BeerAdvocate on tap and in the bottle, and this makes a rare list.

Mouthfeel: Thicker than the vast majority of IPAs. When you burp, it scorches your nostrils, like a real IPA should.

Drinkability: Outstanding.

Overall impressions: Many U.S. microbreweries try to copy the British beers, but most that are successful can only do the stouts worth a damn. Usually they fall flat on their face with the IPA style and I can only recommend these few after traveling around the country and jumping the pond a few times:

Bell's Two Hearted Ale IPA
Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery Masala Mama IPA
Dogfish Head 90 minute IPA
Founders Centennial IPA
Stone Brewery IPA (1,089 characters)

Founders Centennial IPA from Founders Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,828 ratings.