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Founders Centennial IPA - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Centennial IPAFounders Centennial IPA

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1,846 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,846
Hads: 7,583
Avg: 4.11
pDev: 21.41%
Wants: 359
Gots: 1,512 | 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: 1,846 | Hads: 7,583
Photo of jsantana09
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Great flavor off the bat which turns into a piney bitter taste that lingers for a while. Dry with some malty sweetness. Not the most bitter beer I've had but more than the 65 IBUs would have you think. A very fine IPA.

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Photo of Jack_Frost79
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Don't have Founders in Maryland. Was in NY for a conference and bought a 6 of this at a place near the hotel. Blew my mind. I'm not one of those "I never give out a 5 because it doesn't exist, etc." Ok, ok, maybe it's not perfect, but I am going to award a 5 or 2. Out of about 375 beers, I have given about six 5s. This is one of them.

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

355 ml bottle, Brewers Droop, Bristol - Pours clear amber with a medium white foamy head. Strong carbonation. Nice lacing. Smell - sweet fruity, citrus, grapefruits, light hoppy. Taste - Zesty, malty with dry light finish. Lovely balanced, smooth drinking IPA.

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

Centennial is not my favorite hop but Founders does a good job with this one. Floral, sweet malts, pine, grapefruit, citrus rind. Very drinkable. Don't get any of the 7.2% at all.

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Photo of Jon_Hendricks
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a amber/orange color.

Overall: A very smooth IPA. They balance the beer with just the right amount of sweet malts and bitter hops. Nothing is overwhelming here. Highly recommended. Try it.

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Photo of Cannibalgasm
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle.

A: Pours a goldish amber with one finger of off white head. Retention and lacing are solid.

S: Citrus, orange, mango, grapefruit, sweet bread, and pine like hops.

T: Earthy hops, citrus, orange peel, sweet malts, floral hops and grapefruit on the finish.

M: Medium bodied, mid- to high carbonation, crisp and bitter on the finish.

O: A great IPA that stands out among the crowd. A great beer that enjoy on the regular.

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Photo of breakingbland
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hops are the main player here (of course), but the malt backbone contributes just the right amount of malty sweetness for a perfect balance. As the beer warms, the malt becomes deeper and richer and gives the beer a bit the character of a porter.

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Photo of JaimeLondon
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice IPA of a somewhat transparent amber/orange color and a small beige foam with some bubbles.
Smell is extremely hoppy and fruity (notes of grapefruit, orange, papaya and banana).
Taste is a bit more complex; somewhat crispy and malty with grainy notes. Fruits and hops are still there but are not in highlight.
Body is kind of light and carbonation appropriate. Alochol is strangely hidden - probably by the bitterness that is at high and nice level.
That's a good IPA, but let's not exagerate.

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Photo of CDTDubstep
4.74/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not a big fan of IPAs but picked this up curious to see founders take on the style. What a pleasant surprise, this is the best IPA I've had yet. Malty goodness with a strong hop presence that isn't at all overwhelming like many of the style. Phenomenal.

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Photo of jzlyo
4.01/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The aroma is hops, underlying malts and some citrus and earthiness. The flavor is relatively balanced between the hops and malts, although it does lean towards the hops. Among the easiest drinking IPAs out there, a very solid IPA overall.

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
3.77/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Look: Comes in a semi-hazy reddish brown color with a finger of off white head that leaves rings of lacing all the way down the glass.

Smell: Ruby red grapefruit and pine, and a bit of floral and malt.

Taste: Ruby red grapefruit juice and pine cone upfront. The caramel malt body is heavy, but when fresh, the hops keep the sweetness in check. Finishes semi-dry with a piney aftertaste and a touch of alcohol warmth. Hopped exclusively with Centennial, this is comparable to Bell's Two Hearted Ale, but that is more citrusy and juicy where this is more dry and piney. This actually tastes closer to Sierra Nevada Torpedo.
My only minor gripe is that I would prefer the alcohol be a bit more hidden.

Feel: Medium-bodied, dry and resinous, moderate carbonation.

Overall: This isn't my favorite IPA in the world, but it's still pretty good for what it is. Definitely worth buying if you're in the mood for a nice piney IPA.

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Photo of Jeffrey-Pulver
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A fine IPA. Not as good as Stone's but its up there. Full of flavor that lasts, dry mouthfeel, and a very nice dark golden color. Give this one a shot

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Photo of Pdemaras
2.44/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I just tapped a keg of Centennial today, and not impressed with it at all. It is one dimensional with little aroma, and moderate lingering hops at the end. I have read some other reviews about the delicate malts giving way to the hops. I couldn't disagree more. It didn't "give way," it simply wasn't there to begin with. Because of this, Centennial is at best just another bland beer trying to make up for that with an obscene amount of dry hopping. IBU of 65? It sure seems to finish higher, but I guess when it has nothing else going on, 65 would be about right. Looks like a perfect candidate for my "Kill The Keg" discount program.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.07/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

This IPA is defying logic by giving me all of the hops aftertaste, but very little in the initial flavor. It's a tough pill to swallow, and is outdone by Sierra Nevada's Torpedo, which has the same level of IBUs and is significantly more flavorful.

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Photo of Beertsipper
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Burnt orange in color with small white head that dissipates quickly. Twelve ounce can poured into a pint glass. Smell is faint bread, pine, citrus. Taste follows the nose and finishes malty and dry. For 65 IBU it drinks higher than that. Good carbonation and very refreshing. This can get you in trouble quickly on a hot day. The fact that this beer comes in 12 pack cans and is carried by my grocer down the street is a big plus.

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Photo of NonSnob_BeerSnob
3.25/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Not seeing this one, this didn't taste like an ipa to me. It did get better as I drank it, but I would take Founders All Day IPA over Centennial every time.

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Photo of stompilator
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz. glass into a snifter.

A - Pours a clear, copper orange, light, off-white head.

S - Fresh, juicy, piney hops.

T - Follows the nose, but to more extreme extents; hops are very fresh and lively, with slightly fruity, but mostly floral notes. Nice buttery malt backbone to give this a slight sweetness on the finish to counteract the bitterness a bit.

M - Smooth, medium-bodied.

O - The malt character is what really makes this beer stand out. The sweet, delicate malt really lets the hops shine. If only more IPA's had this kind of balance.

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Amber colored ale with a creamy head and thick lace. Mild citrus aroma. Smooth body with flavors of citrus, bread, and tropical fruits. Mild bitterness. Easy drinking, tasty beer.

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Photo of Marc280
4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a golden copper colour with a yellow/white head. Some others say it doesn't last long but for me it hung around till I almost finished the beer with lacing down the glass. I get citrus hops smell that is quite plesent. I think the taste is really good! Fairly bitter but not overly so and you don't notice the alcohol content. Carbonation is spot on for me. I really like this beer and would happily have it again.

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Photo of MaximalC
3.19/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a translucent amber color with a moderate head of lemon meringue froth that doesn’t last long. Aroma smells of grapefruit and pine resin with perhaps a whiff of tropical fruit.

The taste follows the nose, with industrial strength pine resin overriding the grapefruit. Any malt sweetness is very difficult to discern. The mouthfeel is quite curious. It stands up alright at first blush, but the bottom drops out on the back end, leading to a nearly watery finish. Carbonation is on the weaker side, which doesn’t help.

Overall, this is the epitome of the generic IPA as I currently conceive of it--overpowering bitterness with little to no balance. I love Founders, and I can enjoy an IPA if it’s really stellar, but unfortunately this just doesn’t do it for me.

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

Draft into a chilled pint glass. Little to no head. Some lacing. Looks like organic apple juice. Smells of hops and citrus. Taste is mild. Not bitter but not a lot of citrus either. Pleasant and drinkable. Guessing a dry hopped ipa. Decent abv at 7.2% with zero burn. More citrus would have put it over the top.

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Photo of jongleich
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent , full-bodied but not sugary higher % IPA,. At 7.2% I got a lot less alcohol than I was expecting - very smooth, tasty and sessionable than anticipated.
That said, I found it to be a little dry - lacking citrus which would have put it over the top for me.

Overall - great beer. Definitely worth it- they go down easy, so...easy now.

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Photo of SmashAdams
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A very solid beer. The smell is honey and melon and pine. The taste is sweet caramel and Fresh hops with a lingering bitter aftertaste. First time I had this it was a few months old and I was not impressed. I had it again 1 month old and it's so much better. Could be a go to beer in 12 packs. yb

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Photo of Ryancthomas7
2.91/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Unfortunately, this was a drain pour for me. I was really looking forward to this beer. I think this beer might have been on the older side (couldn't find a bottled date). Hopefully I can get my hands on another and update the review if things are different.

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

Poured into pint glass. Not much head, thin lacing.

Nose is citrusy, pleasant. Refreshing.

Taste is pretty outstanding. Citrusy hops, very refreshing. 7.2% alcohol is masked perfectly.

Carbonation is on point. Feels full bodied.

I've had plenty of Founders stuff, but haven't really ventured into their IPAs. I'm a big fan of this one and will likely pick up more later in the summer.

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Founders Centennial IPA from Founders Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,846 ratings.