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Founders Centennial IPA - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Centennial IPAFounders Centennial IPA

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7,073 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,073
Reviews: 1,823
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 287
Gots: 1,079 | FT: 13
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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2.25/5  rDev -45.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.52/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A: Clear, medium amber color with one finger of diminishing off-white foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass and diffuse bubbles rise across the column.

S: Herbaceous hops are dank, accompanied by lesser floral qualities. Grain is very clean; rye-like.

T: Begins dry, with robust toasted malt and hop aromatics that taste like very pithy grapefruit peel. Acidity is moderate into the middle, where the clean spiciness of rye from the smell also invades the flavor. Perfume-y floral hops also briefly appear before the finish which is clean, spicy, and only mildly bitter for the style.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, slightly acidic on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This classic IPA recipe seems a bit old-fashioned by 2012 standards, but is strong in ways predictable to a Founders pale ale. Like other similar beers of the same origin, it finds strength in a well-positioned malt profile. Malt similarities make this beer seem, appropriately, like a scaled-up version of Founders Dry Hopped Pale Ale. The world may be ready, however, for the double- or triple dry-hopped version of this beer.

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3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I've edited my review on this beer since the first bottle I had was bad.

A: Coppery in color and clear. There was a finger's worth of white head with some draping lacing.

S: You can tell the beer was dry hopped, but it was not bursting with smell. I could smell a lot of floral and pine with a very sweet malt behind it.

T: Hoppy from start to finish but finishes clean. Very refreshing. There is a floral/herbal like flavor to the beer that matches the smell. There was no bitter aftertaste. It also tasted a little earthy. Digging deep, I could sense just a hint of citrus, maybe grapefruit.

M: It had a medium thickness and was somewhat dry. Not a whole lot of carbonation which gave it a nice, soft tingly feel on the tongue.

O: I had to update my review on this beer because the first bottle I had was bad. Overall, it was a good IPA. Definitely is not my favorite, but it is different than a lot of the others I've tasted. I've never quite had an IPA as floral and herbal as this one and it made for a good drink. I would definitely have this beer again.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is some good stuff. It pours up a magnificent clear copper with a two finger white head, good retention and extensive and elaborate lacing. The smell is citrus and pine. Mouthfeel is perfect with a little carbonation. Taste is grapefruity on the front and bitter hops on the finish, both strong, but perfectly balanced. This is some good stuff, but I already said that.

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3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy, dark golden, almost amber color with a thin white head. Aroma is strong floral and citrus notes. Taste is complex, floral and citrus right away followed by a nice malt sweetness and then a lingering hop bitterness. Very pleasant mouthfeel, medium carbonation and a nice crisp finish. Medium bodied and easy drinking. This is an exceptional IPA, the centennial hop character definitely comes through, mostly in the aroma. The beer is well balanced for the style and is not overbearingly bitter, however the aroma is incredible. I will definitely be having this beer again soon.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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5/5  rDev +20.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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

Thanks to dogdoc for this one! Poured from 12 oz. bottle into CCB pint glass.

A: Burnished gold, bit of haze, and a nice white half-finger head that fades to foam but leaves a good amount of lacing. Not much visible carbonation.

S: Flower and pine hoppiness, a bit of caramel malt, but overall the aroma seems to be lacking somewhat.

T: Follows the nose, but wow, is it better! Pine and tropical fruit hops, and some sweetness from the caramel malts.

M: Medium to slightly thick mouthfeel. A relatively lower amount of carbonation, but the bitter tingly mouthfeel seems to replace it. Only a mild alcohol presence.

O: A solid IPA, one that I would pick up again if it were available. There was no date on this bottle. I don't know if it was old (before Founders was printing on the bottle) or if it just got missed. I do wonder if that would have helped the aroma. Either way, it was good but I don't think that it rises to the level of outstanding in a packed class.

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Founders Centennial IPA from Founders Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 7,073 ratings.