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Founders Centennial IPA - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Centennial IPAFounders Centennial IPA

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1,866 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,866
Hads: 7,683
Avg: 4.11
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 368
Gots: 1,604 | 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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Reviews: 1,866 | Hads: 7,683
Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle (courtesy of Hogtownharry): Poured a deep hazy amber color ale with a huge slightly off white foamy head with excellent retention. Aroma of citrus hops is clearly detectable but nice semi-sweet malt presence provides good balance. Taste is also quite strong on citrus hops with nice malt base. Body is above average and I really enjoyed the low filtration level.

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Photo of Prufrock
3.64/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

nice copper orange with some rising bubbles and a fluffy layer of white head that leaves thin rings of lace.

dynamite hoppy aroma. grassy, floral notes at first, but sweeter elements of grapefruit, peach, and pineapple come out more as the beer warms. touch of sugary malt as well.

stiffly hoppy, weedy taste. finishes very hoppy with an oily bitterness and the barest hints of sweet fruits. medium carbonation and a decent drinkability, though the palate's ruined for anything else.

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Photo of MDekker
4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this one on-tap at Founders, 12oz in a tall pilsner glass. Dark orangish in color, it didn't have much head. I was hoping for more. The aroma was heavenly - flowery, fruity, and hoppy. Yum. It tasted like, well, an IPA - slightly sweet to start, with a lingering, satisfying bitter finish. Especially good after downing an old ale first. It was mostly well-balanced, but felt just a little watery and the carbonation was just barely irritating. Overall, it drank easy and I could have had more.

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Orange dirty russet hue with a 2 finger fluffy head that reduces to a thin cap, but comes right back with a gentle swirl. Lots of lace is left down the side of my pint glass.

S - Citrus, pine, pepper, and OFF brand bug-spray. That sounds like a bad thing, but that bug spray smell really brings back memories of camping as a kid. So I like it. This is really leafy and a bit spicy in it's hop profile.

T - Sweet Gran's biscuit malt backbone with overtones of mandarin orange, tangerine, and peach. A wonderfully fruity and citrusy hop flavor.

M - Moderate carbonation, perfect balance between sweet, bitter, and dry. Nothing spectacular, but feels good in the mouth.

D - Extremely quenching and balanced. This is a great example of what an IPA should be...extremely balance, while still focusing on citric piney hops. Outstandingly drinkable. Perhaps THE most drinkable IPAs IMHO (I have a hard time sessioning IPAs due to the bitterness...I love them for that bitter flavor, but I usually can't bring myself to drink three or four of them...but I could drink a sixer of this!)

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Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.16/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a pale golden orange with decent clarity and passing retention. Two fingered white head, dense in consistency, leaving light but sticky lacing. Weak american hop nose, some citrus and pine needles, nothing else. Toasted two-row sweetness upfront, followed by a hint of butterscotch. Semi-dry aftertaste; grassy with citrus hop notes. Medium carbonation and light-medium body. The mouthfeel turns buttery but not quite slick near the end. Finishes pretty clean by IPA standards, and very drinkable. The flavor is simple and balanced, but also timid. Good choice for a session ale, but not the best choice if you are looking for a hop bomb.

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Photo of CraftAle
4.82/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My favorite IPA, and I've tried many. Smell and taste are both complex, much more than just hop's bitterness. Sorry, Im not going to use a bunch of fruit, vegetable or farm smells to describe the brew. I don't believe it's helpful to someone else with completely different smell and taste buds. I will repeat, that the smell and taste are complex and much more than bitterness.

Good as this is in bottles, it is even better on draft at their beer pub as you would expect.

I read that the brewery is expanding capacity, and that may mean wider distribution. For all you IPA fans, that will be especially good news.

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

A - Pours a nice darker golden yellow, nice carbonation, small head, nice lacing throughout the drink.

S - Scents of hops, citrus, and slight caramel.

T - The taste is just awesome of sweet hops.

M - Medium body.

D - Very drinkable. Glad to have had a chance to check this one out, very tasty.

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Photo of mynie
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased at Eagle River Liquor in Fulton, Illnois: The best beer store no one shops at.

Excellent pint glass pour sticky honey orange with a gigantic, retentive head that laces and laces and oh my goodness it is so pretty.

Smells of big, layered hops. Orange, grapefruit, fresh flowers, dried roses, and brown sugar. Wonderful!

The nose comes through perfectly in the taste! Starts with a bittersweet, floral hop, that moves into the more bitter and sour citrus and grape fruit middle and segues almost perfectly into a strong brown sugar caramel malt. The balance is damn near perfect.

Yet another excellent beer from the folks at Founder's. The perfect balance makes this one of the easiest-drinking IPAs I've ever come across.

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Photo of Erdinger2003
3.81/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a nice little head that falls leaving lacing behind and a dark ruby color with sediment.

Smell is very fuity and hoppy with caramel.

Taste is very bitter and hoppy with sweet fruitiness of caramel and

Mouthfeel is nothing but bubbles in the mouth and a little smoothness.

Overall it's a little different, but worth a second try. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of Cresant
4.77/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured this 12 oz. into an IPA glass. An assertive pour created two fingers of off-white chunky head. Body was semi-transparent with "fish food" flakes of yeast swirling around. The color was an appealing orangy-amber.

The aroma was very nice. A yeasty floral citrus bouquet. As it warmed hints of alcohol appeared.

Taste was bold and fantastic. Hops. Large sweet grapefruit. Juicy combination of sweet and bitter. Fantastic.

Mouthfilling and mildly tingly.

I will find this one again!

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Photo of badbeer
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice amber color with a white head that slowly falls but still sticks around and leaves nice rings of lacing around the glass. Good caramel backbone mixed with earthy and citric hops in the nose. Smell was very good, it just didn't jump right out at me. Earthy hops with caramel to balance it off, then a soft citric bitterness sets in for the finish. High carbonation and medium bodied. Damn good mouthfeel, maybe a little stickier or heavy and it'd be perfect for me. Doesn't get much better than this, a damn fine brew. I'll be picking this up again.

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

Poured with an orange-amber hue and a nice, rich frothy head. The nose was quite fresh with flowery hops wafting up from my pint glass. The taste was sharp and intense with classic hoppiness one would expect, and then golden spices surround the easy but lengthy finish. The hops are a tad bit over the top at first taste, and easier on the back end. I could see myself drinking 4 in a sitting, but probably not more due to its intensity. A damn fine brew and I'm glad it's finally in Mass.

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Photo of taez555
4.64/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer poured golden orange body with a white head.

Nose was insanely fresh. Cascade hops and then some. This beer as a nose almost smells like it's been dry hopped with a a randall. Very very very fresh dry hopped smell. Dry citrus hops with touches of caramel.

Medium bodied with a thick chewy taste from beginning to end. A nice round caramel taste. Hops are very fresh and very in your face but not overbearing at all. Citrus, citrus peel, pepper, grapefruit peel, almost some touches of rye. Bitterness is well balanced and large but not so over the top that it's distracting. Ends with a mild dry hoppy finish.

What a damn fine IPA. This beer is what the future of American IPA's is going to be. SNPA up one step. More please.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours a thick one finger head with a great thick foam retention through the entire beer. The bubbling was real slow and methodical to the top. Brussell's lacing was consistant and strong.
Color was a great IPA color of amber/copper/bread crust.

Smell- Zesty floral hops with some mildly sweet amber malts.

Taste- Starts with a mix of citrus and earthy hops. The middle is more devoted to hops than anything else. More of a grapefruit peel mix with some real light malt sweetness. The finish was a lightly roasted citrus peel with hintys of rye bread crust.

Mouthfeel- Real clean and fresh. A good bitterness with some well incorporated malts. The finish liongered long enough but didn't overstay it's welcome.

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

Murky amber with tiny yeasties floating in suspension. Creamy vanilla head that leaves abundant lacing. A good bit of carbonation bubbles.

Very nice floral/piney hops aroma. That's about it. Maybe a little malt but not much.

Banana in the taste suprisingly. Hop and pine perfume stings your tastebuds. Very bitter initially that fades to give way to the malt and banana aftertaste. Finishes very clean surprisingly.

Mouthfeel is nice...medium body. A little too much carbonation, though. Not an incredibly balanced beer, but it's not really difficult to drink.

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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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Founders Centennial IPA from Founders Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,866 ratings.