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Founders Centennial IPA - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Centennial IPAFounders Centennial IPA

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1,851 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,851
Hads: 7,595
Avg: 4.11
pDev: 21.41%
Wants: 358
Gots: 1,523 | FT: 14
Brewed by:
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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Photo of hoppymeal
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours copper in color and cloudy with a cream head that fades quickly. Strong piney hop aroma with a little grapefruit, sweet malts, and boozyness in the nose, although pineyness is most dominant. Taste follows these lines with a some lemony citrus up front, followed by a big piney hops that finish with some peppery alcohol. Medium in body, good malt content, finishes dry and tingles the tongue. Tastes towards the big end of the style spectrum, but very enjoyable.

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Photo of Freshie
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden amber color with nice creamy/frothy head.

Smells of pungent hops. As Ron Burgundy said "Stings the nostrils..."

Taste is strong floral/grassy hops, with some citrus. Some toasted malt characteristics comeout later. The oil hop texture lingers on the palate. Very good bite in the flavour. Very drinkable.

Yay American IPA's

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Photo of Avagadro
4.97/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served lightly chilled in an American pint glass. I've had countless bottles of this before but never got around to reviewing it. A very frothy two-finger tan head forms, and remains above 1cm untill beer is completed. Clear and copper in color.You can instantly smell the citrusy/piney aromas that the centennial hops give off through the bubbling head. Amazing in flavor. Begins with a wave of sweet toasted malt, and is overcome by the pleasent centennial hops. Bitter, yet smooth. It has a somewhat thick mouthfeel for an IPA. Not that this is bad at all. Leaves a clean feeling in your mouth. Drinkability is high. I will continue to purchase this beer for as long as it's available to me. This is easily on of my favorite beers, and IMHO, one of the best IPAs out there.

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Photo of wingman14
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber with a white head and gentle lacing. Smells of many hops and citrus, maybe some pine notes. Taste is very hoppy with a strong bitter finish. Aftertaste is mainly bitter hops with a strong coat on your tongue. The mouthfeel is impressive, a good balance of flavor, carbonation, and undertones. I am not a huge IPA fan but I am a huge founders fan. I couldn't help but try this one out and again founders hasn't disappointed. I would recommend this for any hop fanatic.

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Photo of WeisGuy
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - amber color with a huge fluffy white head, very nice lacing

s - a whole lot of citrus and hops, lots of grapefruit, alcohol present as well

t - just as the aroma would indicate, there is a whole lot of citrus and hoppy bitterness here, big grapefruit flavor, long lingering bitter finish, great combination of sweet and bitter, alcohol noticeable on the finish

m - lots of carbonation, fairly light feeling

d - fairly drinkable, the alcohol is detectible in the taste however, and the hops attack the palate aggresively

Very solid IPA, not my favorite, but a good one that's worthy of becoming a regular in my lineup. Very reasonably priced too.

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Photo of DuqTroops
3.56/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - orangish in color - large white head. very hoppy. needed to let it rest before drinking.

Smell - hop, hop, and more hop! very citrusy.

Taste - little or no malt to speak of, all I can taste are the hops, all of them.

Mouthfeel - bitterness after the taste, but still smooth.

Drinkabilty - not the best IPA I have had, too hoppy to consume a lot of.

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Photo of WeymouthMike
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber with a big white head. Smells of sweet smelling hops and a taste to match with some carbonation but nowhere near overwhelming. I only picked up a single to try but this is something I would definetly pick up a six of in the future.

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Photo of geexploitation
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Founders Centennial pours with a ridiculously massive head. Slightly cloudy in the body, nice deep amber. Smell is outrageously citrusy, with pungent, acidic citrus notes keeping at bay any malt character. On the palate, it's more of the same -- very little malt to get in the way of the huge citrus hop bitterness, although there is a raw alcohol sweetness there. It's unbalanced by pleasantly so, as the hop flavors and hop bitterness that are here are quite good. This is not a smooth beer -- it's extreme all the way. A hophead's delight.

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Photo of Blakaeris
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark apricot with moderate carbonation. Head is thick and viscous, coating the side of the glass.

Smell is sweet caramel malt and mild fruitiness. Hop character is not as harsh as expected. Instead I'm greeted with smooth citrus hop that is fairly balanced with the malt.

Taste is similiar to the nose, but kicked up a notch. Flavors meld smoothly between the excellent hop and malt character. I haven't had an IPA with such subtlty like this before. Very nice.

Mouthfeel is medium full and buttery smooth.

This is an interesting IPA. Extremely smooth and easy to drink. Very nice.

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Photo of hoffman
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours up with a nice two finger head that lingers and lingers if you let it sit you can see where the larger pockets of air break and leave indentions in the head. An amazing lace clings to the glass from top to bottom. The smell is nice, bright hops, foreward malts, and a nice grapefruity citrus aroma. The taste is also very nice, fruity up front, orange and lemon zest. Some piney notes in the middle, very nice, and a sweet herbal hop kick in the end...even the exhaust is bitter....nice. The mouthfeel was initially, I felt, too water but on second taste it is quite creamy if not a bit undercarbonated. Damn drinkable, and at over 7% abv, maybe a bit dangerous.

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Photo of SethB2
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Beer looks like an IPA. Hazy orangish color with a decent 1.5 finger head and very good lacing. Smells of grapefruit hoppiness with a very slight sweetness backing things up. Taste is good. A little different than I was expecting after the smell. Toasted bitternes with a sweetness that melds very well. Finishes a little on the dry side. Mouthfeel is decent as well as drinkability. Nice IPA.

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Photo of ultralarry2006
3.66/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Leaves nice tan foamy two finger head with very nice retention, and some good lacing. Color is a hazy, almost cloudy orange-red-copper amber.

Smell - pine hops are very prominent. Slight aroma of citrus hops, also. Hint of bready, caramelly malt. Some alcohol also.

Taste - like the nose. It's pine, and more pine upfront. The malt is barely hanging in there. Finishing with more piney bitterness, and also slight alcohol spiciness and warmth. Dry, bitter pine aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - full, slick, drying, and bitter. Low carbonation.

Drinkability - this goes down easy, is a good beer and would be a good session beer.

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Photo of jhammerly
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thaks to bkett01 for the trade.

After experiencing a volcano of suds after opening, I started to pour into a Imperial Pint glass, which quickly filled up two-thirds of the glass with a frothy foam head that took about five minutes to settle. Lots of lace clinging to the sides of the glass and a big, cloud-like clump of foam sitting on top of what remains of the head. Reminds me of a root beer float minus the ice cream.

I couldn't get a clean whiff of the aroma since I had to kind of let the beer trickle from the bottle so I wouldn't disturb the head anymore. I do smell a clean hop aroma that has notes of citrus. The hops seem a little subdued, not as bitter as expected (could be that I waited too long to try this one). Also has a little alcohol that lets you know that this is a strong brew, but doesn't flex a lot of muscle. A hint of grapefruit in the finish. Medium body that is pretty drinkable. I would really like to try this one again sometime soon. Even though this is a good beer, I don't think that I tried it at its best.

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Photo of gmcfarre
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into Sammy Smith pint glass.

A - Cloudy ruby tinted orange with good 1 inch head that rests at less than a cm. Lacing is moderate.

S - Lots of dry hops, slight malt, but nothing else is too noticeable.

T - Hops are predominant and mostly overpowering of anything else that may be lurking. Ok, maybe there's a touch of grapefruit and spice.

M - Strong hop bitterness, and that's about it.

D - I would prefer a more balanced IPA, but if just want a hop bomb this could be pretty tasty

Note: Consumed after trying a DFH 60 minute, and this was by far the hoppier brew (and less complex).

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4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle courtesy of mlh1227.

A - 1/2" off-white head that lasts about a minute and retains well as a cap. Very nice lace left all the way down the glass. The IPA is a slightly hazy orange color.

S - Big citrus nose full of ripe orange and lemon peel. There is also an extra floral characteristic in the nose here. Like walking through the floral department at the grocery store. Good whiff of some caramelly malts ties it all together.

T - Pine. Citrus in the front, earthy malts mid-palate, followed by a very nice bitter edge in the finish. Such a well balanced IPA. It is very smooth and doesn't lean to either extreme (hops or malt). I guess from the name that this is a single-hop IPA. I would not have been able to pick out a centennial hop if I tried, but after this I am a big fan!

M - Full bodied mouthfeel. Relatively dry in the finish. Bready and bitter in the end. Mid-level carbonation that is perfect in this beer.

D - The drinkability is outstanding! I know it is 7.2% but I would try like mad to session this one. Excellent! Thank you mlh1227!!

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Photo of kdmorse
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Orange. Some floaters at the bottom, with hazy body. 2 fingers of gorgeous, white head.

S: Damn, I can smell it from here (2 feet away). That's what Centennial hops smell like. Most pine with highlights of citrus.

T/M: Balanced fairly well with citrusy/piney hops. Malt
is sweet (slightly caramel) with good amount of hops sweeping it away. A little bit syrupy for a single IPA, but who's counting.

D: A little "hot" for an IPA, but maybe this is a 1 1/2 IPA. Love drinking it, but there is a lot of alcohol.

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Photo of Vancer
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another Founders winner! Hazy (unfiltered) grapefruit red, tan head, slight lacing. No bottle date – bummer.

Citrusy and malty in the aroma and taste. Somewhat raw and earthy notes as one quaffs ‘er down, along with a slight kick of floral hops.

Full bodied brew, crisp and really easy to sip on (ya better, the 7%+ will sneak up on you, not noticeable in the beverage). In fact, it really grows on you as you make it through a bottle or two.

A solid “dry hopped” brew.

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Photo of mcallister
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A dark amber pour with a large puffy off white head that produces very sticky lacing.

A somewhat subdued citrus or laid back, with pine notes, and hops. Some malt can also be detected and the main citrus proponent being grapfruit and starfruit.

A nice delicate mouthfell upon entry of toasty, buttery flavors, than the hop kicks in more piney with a little grapefruit, but the hop leave a rather uninviting mouthfeel. Somewhat grainy but not to an extent that is making me dislike this beer. Much the opposite actually I like it very much. Good malt balance and decent complexity. Finish seems to never end.

Does take a hit in mouthfeel resulting in a hit in drinkability.

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Photo of nmyers
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

With a nice amber-orangish color and nice head on it that was present the entire time I was drinking the beer. The strong aroma of hops and spices was very present in this good beer.

The first sip of the beer was a blast of hops that was countered by something sweet that I have yet to figure out. This beer has great flavor and is one of my favorite American IPAs.

If you like IPAs give this one a try.

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Photo of ghostwalker
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What could be more appropriate for my 100th review than Centennial IPA?

Reddish-orange body with suspended particles. Huge frothy off-white head.

Nose is a spicy but sweet slice of fresh grapefruit.

Flavor is spicy up front melting into sweet citrus. There is a light malt backbone, but the taste is hop-dominated. Really tasty and very good. The head is smooth and creamy and adds something to the wonderful flavor.

Mouthfeel is silky and creamy, for an IPA. Still, it has enough tooth-strippiness to maintain its reputation.

Drinkability is really, really high. I only have one, and am trying to make this one last, but it's a losing, (but delicious), battle.

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Photo of shbobdb
2.58/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Founders makes some truly amazing, inspired beers. This is not one of them.

It certainly *pours* looking good. The delicious amber of an IPA whose malt will make its presence known before cruel hops cut through it, delicately topped by a thick dishwater head.
But then you raise the glass to your nose . . . chalky? The citrus notes have to fight against a strange, earthy, chalky smell. I like noble hops, but this is not the fine summer's dirt of Hallertauer, this is the smell you get when you fall face-first into a puddle of mud.

Taste follows smell -- it is dominated by the strange chalky presence and the 7% alcohol makes itself more felt than it ought be.

I live in 3F country, so perhaps I am merely spoiled by their expert use of hops (I did have a fresh Dreadnaught yesterday) but this beer just wasn't that good.

Founders makes a lot of really good beers. Drink those, not this one.

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Photo of ypsifly
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undated 12oz stubby with a twist off cap. Purchased at Cloverleaf in Southfield and poured into a pint glass.

Slightly hazed amber orange under a tall head of bleached bone. Very good retention with wispy rings of lace.

The nose is mostly grapfruit and pine with just enough malty sweetness underneath. Mouth watering.

Bold but not overpowering flavors of the centennial hops with just enough malt backbone to keep it teetering off balance. The taste is just like the nose in that the hops have a lot of juicy bitterness. Dry, almost puckering finish.

Good mouthfeel on this one, but it gets a bit too puckery in the finish. Otherwise this is a bold and flavorful version of the style that I highly reccomend.

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Photo of Chadbrew
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I received this via BIF Across America from Jay23, thanks.
Definitely an unfiltered beer here. Big beautiful head and a murky amber color.
It smells like Centennial hops, that's pretty much all I can smell. The flavor is really hoppy also, the initial sensation is of grapefruit and then the aftertaste is very piney. There is a residual bitterness that makes its presence known in between sips.
The body is big and chewy and you can tell it is very viscous just from swirling it in the glass, there is a ton of lacing.
I definitely enjoyed this and would certainly pick more up if given the opportunity.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.58/5  rDev +11.4%
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!

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Photo of maddamish
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Founders Centennial IPA from Founders Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,851 ratings.