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Founders Centennial IPA | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Centennial IPAFounders Centennial IPA

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
65 IBU

Added by beernut7 on 08-13-2002

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Reviews: 1,910 | Ratings: 7,968
Photo of objectivemonkey
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass, pours a lovely copper with golden hues around the edge, nice whitish head that shrinks to a good film and pretty decent lacing down the glass. Need more head? give it a swirl. Aroma is intensely piney and citric, not much room for any malts in here. Taste is kind of the same, an agressive resinous pine hopping with citrus battling for attention, very woody and raw feeling, but not, while a faint bready caramel malt cries in the corner of the room, alone and weak. Mouth is full, smooth and creamy, with good carbonation and a nice, dry finish. A hell of an IPA, very drinkable, I want more, but friggin expensive.

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Photo of Phatz
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a light amber brown with a splash of sunshine orange in the color, mostly transparent. Creamy thick off-white head measures two finger and has great retention. The rings of lacing start at the top and last the whole way down my glass. Impressive.

Smell: It has a gently assertive hop presence in the nose. You know it there but it is pleasing in all respects. Pine lemon and pineapple are present with a sweet sugar glaze drizzled over as well.

Taste: Toasted caramel malt and bold pine hops oils balance perfectly to make a absolutely ideal hoppy IPA flavor, IMO. Smooth butterscotch and caramel follow the grapefruit and pepper but the aftertaste is long lasting minty pine. Terrific.

Mouthfeel: Clean bitterness and well rounded body slide smoothly and easily across the palate.

Drinkability: PERFECT! The warming alcohol presence is restrained at optimal levels, as well as the bitterness and everything aligns for an ultimate drinking beer for a hophead or any IPA loving BA.

Hope this is helpful.

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

Bottle date unknown, just a notch on the bottom right of the label.

Pours clear copper, with a tight, white head of a half inch.
The fine beads of foam settle slowly into the glass, revealing some strings and dots of lacework.
Aromatics are floral, pungent, and grassy. Loads of tangerines, peaches, freshly mown grass, and powdered candy. A smidge of malt is a mere afterthought.
Mouthfeel is creamy and crisp, with a light puckering quality from a resinous bite.
The pallet is hop-driven and crisp, with lots of fruit.
Citrusy and piney, with pixie stix powder and a firm, smooth bitterness.
Shades of marmalade and candied grapefruit come forward as it warms, and finishes juicy but drying.
Another great Founders brew.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.23/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I love Founder's beers, Red Rye and Black Rye in particular. This IPA was not one of my favorites, as it is extremely grassy-tasting, reminiscent to me of Bell's Hopslam.

It pours a red color with an abundant white head. It smells vaguely sour (at least for an IPA) with a cut-grass smell. The flavor is hoppy, but not in a sweet, citrusy, floral, or piney way. Instead, this hoppy taste is slightly sour and tastes a bit like cut-grass, like Bell's Hopslam. I didn't particularly care for this approach to an IPA, although I can see how others might feel differently.

Mouthfeel was good...fine bubbles which denoted the feeling of softness and sophistication.

I won't be drinking this beer again, yet I would recommend it just because it is a bit unique.

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Photo of hckyfn9999
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy coppery orange with all kinds of little things floating around in there. It also leaves some nice lacing. Aromas of citrus hops especially in the form of grapefruit. There is also a little caramel in there too. Taste is more of the same with a lot of citrusy, oily hops and some sweet caramel. The high alcohol is pretty hidden making this a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a bright orange-red color with lingering off-white head and good lacing thru the entire glass. Aroma was floral and grapefruit/citrus. Flavor was more citrus, and the finish was smooth, slightly bitter, and very hoppy. A good beer.

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Photo of Fugazme
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears to be a great beer!

Deep copper... very bright. Smallish head, but great lacing.

Aroma is full of floral notes and hoppy sweetness. Gummy... lavender... spicy... Oh so nice...

smooth on the palate... a smallish touch of burn on the way down the throat.

More balanced than I was expecting... a nice sweetness up front and a good bitter back-end. Lingering bitter in the mouth. Piney.

I like this beer.

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Photo of Matthew
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours a deep cloudy copper/orange color with a small white head. Not much retention, little lacing.
Big citrus aroma, mainly of orange and light touches of grapefruit with a big and very prominent toasted caramel malty backbone.
Acidic citrus orange type flavor up front that is a bit tart, similiar to tart orange juice with some lemon flavor in it. The tart character fades to a toasted maltiness that contains some sweet flavors. Almost a toffeeish malt flavor. Pretty well balanced.
Mouthfeel is a little thinner than I expected for a big abv IPA like this. Carbonation is a little on the light side IMO, but not too bad.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.66/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a lightly hazy, deep red-amber color and is topped by a frothy, yet thinnish, tan colored head that starts out about half a finger thick. The aroma is predominantly hop focused with leading, sweetish grapefruit like note. At times it even smells like candied orange peel, or even orange spice cookies. A bock drop of sweet caramelized malt character accentuate the citrus hop notes. There is also a touch of toasty, biscuit-like notes that add a hint of dryness to the nose.

The taste is tart up front, but more from the hop character than anything. A solid biting bitterness leaves a tingling sensation on my tongue. The beer seems to taste a bit murky for some reason, though I am not entirely sure yet if this is a bad thing or not. Dusty biscuit-like malt notes and a crystal malt character are in evidence as well. Actually the murky notes seem to stem from the malt character; it is just a bit much for this to work as a pure celebration of the Centennial hops. Not a bad beer certainly, but it could use some bright, clean, sweet malt notes to accentuate the hops a bit more. While the aroma ran towards the sweet side of the citrus hop spectrum, the flavor has more of a tart edge to it. Again it is a grapefruit note that dominates, but there is a touch of sour orange and perhaps even a slight tangerine note. A solid beer, and one which I certainly enjoy drinking.

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Photo of SteveO1231
4.46/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Short fat twist off brown bottle. An illustration of two angels praying to the hop gods, in what looks like a painting style you'd study in an art history class. ...Pours a hazy bright copper with very little head retention and a tiny bit of lacing. What can I say about the aroma? IT'S AWESOME like burying my face is fresh hop leaves, centennials are probably my favorite hop. This brew is loaded with them, aroma is full of that juicy, bitter sweet, grapefruit rind that I love in a good IPD/DIPA. There is definitely enough sweet caramel detected through the hops. Smells like an awesome DIPA really! Full bodied, with a slight slippery texture and a little tingle from carbonation. Chewy caramel malt sweetness up front and a huge juicy-sweet cent hop flavors in the middle, floral, grapefruit. I expected a huge hop bitterness but the levels are just right for the style. The finish is very good, pleasant floral notes and a dry grapefruit rind bitterness that is quite mild but lingers. Awesome aroma and flavor, well balanced, smooth drinking despite ABV, really a good IPA.


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Photo of HopDerek
4.68/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy deep amber/copper color, unfiltered with a good foamy head that slowly fades, leaving good lacing. Smells primarily of citrus with some malt and pine. Taste is citrus up front, mainly grapefruit, followed by some maltiness, almost a bubblegum hint, and then pine. Medium in body with nice light carbonation throughout, very smooth. An excellent IPA, not too dry, nor too overly hoppy.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle that had the dating system based on the location of a notch on the top or bottom of the main label. Was a hazy copper color. Had a good head that settled into a thin film and lacing. The mouthfeel was solid. The aroma was obviously heavy on the hops and had some pine in the background. The taste was classic American IPA and one of the best I've tried in the style. Starts strong and never lets up. Can taste it long after you've taken the drink. Really enjoyed this one and wishe it was available back in Texas. (4, RR, T, Y)

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.33/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my DFH pint glass a medium amber with two fingers of off-white head. Hoppy aroma with the usual grapefruit/citrus notes. Hops are dominant from start to finish, but only slightly. I'm not feeling the malt. Very little balance that I could detect. Does the centennial denote the type of hops used? If so, where did they get this crop from? I'm not getting the signature fruity pebbles/froot loops qualities that I so much enjoy from this hop varietal. This beer does have a nice medium body and carbonation though. I would not seek this out but would drink it on occasion.

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Photo of Oxymoron
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer wasn't aged for a 100 years was it? Wrong centennial. The pour is a very nice coppery color. Not paying attention, there was sediment added to the beer so it did come out cloudy. The head was a white frothy color that remained through the whole tasting.

The nose is hoppy with a citrus centennial appeal. Mostly the nose has a grapefruit nose with some lighter fruity note at the top. Some malty background and also some feint bubblegum phenolics as well. A nice hoppy aroma.

The taste continues with the hops playing more of a noticeable flavor then the malt. The hop taste has a good bitterness with a zing to it and a hint of earthiness in the back ground. The finishing hops have more of a grapefruit essence with a somewhat piney backing. Good balance between the two. The malt is more noticeable then the nose indicated with notes of caramel, honey and biscuit flavors coming out and blending well with the hop flavors. A very nice taste indeed.

The body has a mid feel to it and very easy to drink considering the ABV. A somewhat oily taste but still remains lick-smacking good. The bubblegum isn't an off flavor but does blend well. Overall this is a good beer and well worth a high praise.

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Photo of GolgiIPAratus
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled: 8.20.06

The beer pours a copper orange and sites under a dense 1.5” head. It gives a gelatinous appearance with yeasty bits floating weightless as if in suspended animation. Mucho lacing, hombres.

The aroma is sweet citrus, mostly grapefruit and orange. Hops dominate, but a malty richness peaks through. Subtle hints of barley also reach the nose with further sniffs.

The flavor is citrusy still, but is very balanced out my caramel malts and barley undertones. Bitterness on the finish reminds that it’s still an IPA despite the overachieved balance. Balance in an IPA, to me, is not my favorite style. I like hop prominence. I like citrus, flowers & pine. Maltiness is overrated in an IPA, this has too much in that respect. But stand alone, outside of style, it’s a tasty beer. It’s light in the mouth and middle of the road as far as carbonation.

It’s drinkability is surpassed only by its price tag. Here in Boston it was a hair under $10 for six. But I’m glad I tried it. Delicious balanced beer, but not outright IPA enough for me to justify for regular consumption over my favorites.

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Photo of gpcollen1
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a gorgeous golden amber into my imperial pint. Deep sweet hoppy aromas overflow the glass and meander up to my nose.

Tastes a hint of sweetness that quickly bitters and moves on to a dry finish. A medium bodied IPA that is nice on the tongue with mingling flavors of citrus and pine. This is a complex IPA yet easy to drink. Cheers to Founders!

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle thanks to nflmvp

Pours a murky orange-amber with a mountainous eggshell head that rises above the rim of the glass. Thick, sticky lacing on the glass.

Citrusy and fruity aroma with a light malty background and a mild yeasty aroma.

Citrusy hops upfront that lead into a caramel malty flavor with a very evenly balanced bitterness. Finishes with both malty and citrusy hop flavors, and exits quite cleanly.

Medium body, abundant carbonation.

Much less hoppy and much more balance than expected. Very drinkable brew.

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

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a golden amber color with a two finger soapy looking head Smell is of citrusy hops, grapefruit, pine and a very slight nose of alcohol. Taste is initially sweet, with the citrus notes coming out with a hoppy pine dry finish. The alcohol is well hidden, very enjoyable. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, with a good amount of carbonation. Overall I would have to say that this is an extremely drinkable beer, I would never guess there's 7.2% in this bad boy. Stop reading this and go out and get one for yourself!

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Photo of weeare138
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a dense, hazy, ripe peach toned orange. CO2 bubbles slowly rise in plentiful amounts to the small ivory cap. Gentle amounts of spotty and streaky lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of citrusy, orange, tangerine, caramel, and biscuits mixed with creamsickles and a dash of spice.
Taste is of the same aromas with a moderate amount of caramel, toasty nuts, biscuit, and citrusy goodness coming together.
Mouthfeel echoes the wonderfully done aromas and flavors. Balance is superb with a nice touch of creaminess, sweet caramels and biscuit, bitters of citrusy grapefruit, moderate carbonation, all in a medium bodied, balanced brew.
Friends, it doesn't get much better than this for an IPA. From the enticing visuals, to the lovely aromatics and sticky, sweet caramel flavors...she's a winner.

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Photo of HopasaurusRex
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy medium amber color - lots of floating particulates. Clearly bottle conditioned.

Spicy citrusy nose of the characteristic Centennial. Some grapefruit and dank hop aroma.

Prevalent hop character from first sip through the finish. Not a one-note beer, however. It is nicely balanced by grainy, smoky malt.

Overall, a well-balanced American IPA that exudes pungent Centennial hops. Another fine effort from those folks in Michigan.

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Photo of bruachan
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i hear great things about this daddy, and i love me some centennial

the head isn't as dominant as i expected, but the body is a peachy amber

centennial nose. oh man, i love that hop. it's not a huge bouquet, but oh so therapuetic

earthy, prickly, piney, tangy hop flavor. there's plenty of malt to hold onto, however. the hop finish is slightly sweet; almost in the same way that i revile in simcoe...double standard i guess

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

A beautiful clear yellow-orange with a thin white head in my nonick pint glass. Smells of dry, floral hops - not syrupy like alot of the West Coast IPAs. A clean crisp finish - a good drinker. I can only compare it to a not as "in your face" Hop Wallop. I would definitely pick up a sixer if they presented themselves in PA.

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Photo of scott
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful hazy apricot body covered by a lace drawn head that at first consisted of two fingers.
That peculiar centennial hop freshness that drives you crazy - yes, that's the smell. Floral, intense, and just down-right dirty, because it makes you want to drink it. Slut.
It is a near perfect IPA. Why it is not classsified as perfect...The finish isn't exact. That's all I'll say.
I have six of them, and that is six times I have to fall in love and recite poetry to a new best friend. Very drinkable.

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

Poured a copperish orange color with a magnificent head that retained well and left great decoration lacing on my glassware.

Smells of citrusy and piney hops with a good sweet malt backbone to it.

Taste is extremely balanced between the hop punch and the maltiness. Much grapefruit in the finish, nice and citrusy, with the malt fighting its way throughout the flavor. Nice brew!

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated.

Very drinkable IPA despite its hig halcohol content which may hinder the drinkability for most. Despite that, as said, everything else is there to make you want to have one after another...just be careful, it will creep up on ya! Great IPA from Founders...I'd expect nothing less form them.

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Photo of cameraman
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A copper/orange color, with an off white head, that is a quater of an inch thick. The aroma is an incredible blend of fragrant hops, with citrus, pine, earthy, scents. A well balanced flavor, with the hops announcing themselves right off the start, followed by a strong malt flavor, then the reappearance of the hops right at the end. A light to medium bodied feel, it has a nice dry finish. Very drinkable, fantastic flavor and scent, I am left wanting more.

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Founders Centennial IPA from Founders Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,910 ratings.