Founders Centennial IPA - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Centennial IPAFounders Centennial IPA

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7,413 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,413
Reviews: 1,893
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 329
Gots: 1,361 | 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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Ratings: 7,413 | Reviews: 1,893
Photo of stompilator
3.85/5  rDev -7%
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.

Photo of thehoppylady
3.67/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Maybe my beer is broken but it's really not that great. I was expecting a more robust flavor but this was rather flat and doughy. Super bummed.

Photo of WanderingFool
3.91/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Photo of Weekiwachee
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice kick. Didn't realize it was this strong.

Photo of Marc280
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of MaximalC
3.19/5  rDev -22.9%
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.

Photo of uvachief
4/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of jongleich
4.1/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of SmashAdams
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very solid. Not very fragrant but very tasty. Malty with a bitter aftertaste. Date was 3 months old. Would probably be better if fresher. Could be a reliable beer. yb

Photo of EmperorBevis
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Oh my, this has it all, big big hops, firm malt backbone & still suppable

Photo of Ryancthomas7
2.91/5  rDev -29.7%
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.

Photo of cglowe
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of squonk45
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I tried to find a few Hoppy ales that had good ratings here and try a single..The founders centennial ipa Is very drinkable not as much hoppy aroma As I like but has a unique pleasant taste sorta grapefruity .. would never believe it a 7.2% goes down smooth I can taste that is it dry hopped on a good way.

Photo of meganrosso
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love IPAs and this one had hints of orange and an earthy taste to it. Very refreshing and good

Photo of CNP
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Looks incredibly dar, smells very strong, but tastes fresh, along with a little fruity flavor afterwards.

Photo of baile208
3.38/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dry IPA laced with citrus and a hint of pine. Very hoppy and fresh. Is dark amber and smell is powerful, mostly with citrus. Flavor lingers after.

Photo of drunkenmess
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Defintley starting to dig these IPAs. I'm from the dark side of beer, if you catch my drift.
Pours very nice dark golden, with a glow of light amber cloudy goodness. Beatiful head thru out full glass, minimal but lasting residual lacing too. Smells of light pine and floral hints, lots of hops yummm. Tastes like an explosion of dry hops n bitterness that finishes off just right with that relaxing after taste. Feels too good going down. Overall I'm dign' it... Cheers

Photo of MasterfulIdiot
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Duvel tulip. The liquid is a dark-ish amber, clear but translucent, and with a few tiny bubbles rising through it. The pour produces a thick off-white head that leaves plenty of lace and has good staying power.

Aroma is lots of citrus, mostly oranges, with a bit of grapefruit thrown in. There's just a whiff of some pine resin, and it's backed by just a tiny bit of bready malts.

Flavor follows the nose - lots of citrus. The flavor adds a bit more pine resin, and a hint of dankness. Swishing it around on your tongue gives it a great, flavorful hop beating. Mid-palate there's just a kiss of bready malts, and then the finish and aftertaste are all hops. Finish is very bitter - much more bitter than some of the newer IPAs, but luckily it balances it with a nice citrusy, hoppy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with heavy, prickly carbonation.

Overall, it's a classic and amazing IPA, and one of the first beers that started getting me into beer, but I think it has been upstaged by some of the newer, more tropical, citrusy, and dank IPAs coming out now. Still, this is great as an old standby, and even as a history lesson! ;)

Photo of BostonBrewRu
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dry, not sweet. A nice malty IPA.

Photo of jamescarlton989
3.87/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Definite pine initial taste as you take a sip, dark cherry notes and bittersweetness as you drink, akin to unsweetened elderberry juice. Citrus notes are overpowered the hops. The hops provide the bitters, but the residual sugars come through with this IPA. The alcohol content is ideal, in my opinion, higher than a common beer but not high enough to have an alcohol aftertaste.

The carbonation is stronger than a typical beer, but not too strong. Everything about this beer is ideal in context, but together they don't taste like they theoretically would. I'm going down this list of "taste, mouthfeel, appearance.." and everything gets an A+ from me, but for some reason the overall taste just isn't "world-class" like it's rated.
Its a 4 star, good, but not perfect.

Photo of Antc2382
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really nice IPA. May not be for everyone though, it has an extremely dry finish

Photo of Prestonmg
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Citrusy, well balanced flavor. Nice Amber color with little head. Very smooth.

Photo of thatsyummy
3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well rounded beer, a little middle of the road for me. A little dissapointed due to the number of high ratings it has received.

Photo of rossracing
3.25/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

maybe got a bad batch but wasnt good at all

Photo of BeerTailor
3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Barely there hops were flat

Founders Centennial IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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