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Founders Centennial IPA - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Centennial IPAFounders Centennial IPA

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6,849 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,849
Reviews: 1,763
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 253
Gots: 865 | FT: 12
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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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reviewing from notes after drinking on 3/2/2014. Enjoyed from a 12 oz brown bottle stamped with a bottling date of 2/1/14--this is easily the freshest I've ever had this beer, and I've found in my experience that a month is still a pretty solid timeframe to enjoy a beer fresh. Poured into the Dogfish Head/Sierra Nevada IPA glass from Speigelau.

Appearance - Pours a beautiful auburn brown hue with amber-orange highlights around the bottom and edges of the glass where the light passes through more easily. The color makes it hard to tell, but it looks predominantly transparent, with a sea vent of carbonation bubbles rising furiously to the top, where they replenish a toasted marshmallow colored head. The foam is about two and a half fingers thick and is lush and creamy in texture. Retention is prolonged, with significant rings of sticky lace on the sides of the glass as I begin to drink.

Smell - A wonderful blend of big red grapefruit and orange zest as well as pungent, herbal hops that give it a bit of a stinky--in a good way--aroma. Some notes of basil, lemon grass and pine resin that really have be itching to dive into the liquid head first. Not really much malt presence to speak of upon inhaling. We'll see if it makes an appearance in the taste.

Taste - Does not disappoint, with the citric pungency providing a perfect, juicy complement to the more herbal notes. Grapefruit, orange, pineapple and starfruit are all seemingly present on sip after sip. Faint notes of ester come through in this one, but it doesn't seem unbalanced, due to a nice toasty malt in the background. There is some significant grapefruit pith bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied and high carbonation, with a drying finish that leaves your mouth longing for another swig.

Overall, this is just another outstanding offering from Founders. They are quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries in the country. Duh, you may say, but it's one of those things where I know they have great beer and am still blown away by just HOW good they are each time I crack a new bottle. Centennial isn't up there with the most talked about American IPAs, but it certainly deserves to be.

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Poured into a la Chouffe tulip

Founders centennial IPA

Tasted July 25th 2011 (from notes)

A - copper, two finger head white head and some nice lacing

S - Very sweet yeast, nice malt backbone, tons of flowers, pineapple, citrus and tropical fruits. Sugar, a bit of salt and velvety

T - tons of grapefruit, pineapple, nice sweet malt, sweet yeast, floral hops, slightly earthy, wood and some pungency

M - some what chewy, medium acidity, well balanced, nice bitterness, tons of flavor and nice complexity

D - one of the best ipas I have ever had. Tons of flavor, easy to drink and just enough alcohol. Perfect for any everyday IPA

Fin thought - at 7.2% and an awesome flavor and very refreshing. This beer rules! Thank God for trading!

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Founders Centennial IPA from Founders Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 6,849 ratings.