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Founders Centennial IPA - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Centennial IPAFounders Centennial IPA

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

6,843 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 6,843
Reviews: 1,762
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 253
Gots: 858 | FT: 12
Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
65 IBU

(Beer added by: beernut7 on 08-13-2002)
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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5/5  rDev +20.8%

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3.43/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap

2012 Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest
Paso Robles, CA

Clear orange with a small off-white head that leaves some irregular lacing.

Mild citrus and earth components make up a somewhat simple, though pleasant enough aroma.

The flavor is similar to the aroma, with mild citrus, big bitterness, and flavors of earth and leaves coming through strongly.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Good enough, though I don't feel like I need to seek this one out again.

Photo of soccerfancooch
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of ToasterChef
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A slightly chilled bottle dated 05/21/12 is poured into a pint glass.

A clear copper liquid fills my glass. Plenty of clinging carbonation can be seen in the upper half of the vessel. The top inch is filled with a light tan foam head. The occasional bubble rises up from the bottle of the glass.

A strong hop aroma can be detected while the beer is poured. Getting closer to the glass, I can smell big juicy citrus hops. Floral notes are in abundance. It's an enticing bouquet.

The beer has a strong caramel malt base that holds up under all of the hop flavors. Bitter oils are present through out each sip. It is mostly floral, with a little bit of pink grapefruit. After swallowing, an earthy/pine hop flavor remains. This is a big, bold IPA. I feel as though I can taste every one of the 65 IBU's.

The beer has a full body and low carbonation. There isn't too much stickiness, but I can feel some on both my lips and the roof of my mouth.

Big IPAs always seem to come from near the coast (whether it be East or West), so it is refreshing to have such a top notch IPA coming out of Michigan. I tend to associate Founders with it's malty offerings (stouts, Scotch ales, old ales, etc.), this is my first exposure to one of their hop-centric beers. I am impressed. I'm really glad I can now buy their beers here in Maine. I feel that I'll be enjoying many bottles of it.

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5/5  rDev +20.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of MicroBeerMan1980
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A deep golden color. It has a white airy head that dissipates after a few minutes. It leaves a very fine lacing around the glass.

S: Blasting with citrus and zest. Orange peel, grapefruit and lemon zest. Intoxicatingly floral! There's malt in there somewhere, but my olfactory glands are too busy huffing the Centennial hop explosion.

T: This is a thoroughbred malt and hop beer. The hops pound your tongue and enliven your palate. The malt profile is clean and simple, bready and brisk. It has a distinct floral bite that dictates the front, middle and finish of this beer.

M: It's not as astringent as you might think. It's docile, yet heavy and charasmatic on the tongue. There are some tannins, but this is to be expected with an ale of this nature.

D: Great beer. Very drinkable.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass:

A: orange amber colored body with a small one finger off white head that dies within ten seconds. Some minimal lacing follows and no carbonation is seen.

S: the hops in the front with some citrus following nicely. A bit of honey comes out as the beer warms.

T: centered around the hops and a bit of pine comes out. The citrus comes out more so in the finish. Malts come out slightly.

M: medium with an average carbonation. There is nothing out of sorts, not dry or wet, just good.

O: this is a good IPA. The ABV is hidden well. I would definitely have this again and am hoping more Founders offerings are headed east for me to try.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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3/5  rDev -27.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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3/5  rDev -27.5%

Photo of BostonHops
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottler served in a standard shaker pint.

bottled 12/06/10. pours a slightly hazy gold/copper with a 1/2 to 1" off-white head. decent retention and lacing.

nose is fairly aromatic, offering a nice citric hoppy base. grapefruit, lemon zest, and orange peel all come to mind. taste-wise, citrus hops come charging out of the gate and basically persist through the finish. there is a touch of malt evident, but make no mistake this is clearly a hop-forward brew, as it should be. throughout the hops are primarily of the citrus variety though i do get a bit of pine mid-palate. alcohol well-hidden.

crisp, medium-bodied mouthfeel with medium carbonation. good drinkability; overall a very nice, enjoyable IPA, though not quite transcendent.

originally reviewed: 03-01-2011

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of augustgarage
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 4/16/2012; poured from a 12oz bottle into a Central Waters shaker pint.

Not-quite-clear amber body with a light ivory slick and pearling collar. Pasty lacing.

Bright aromatics are dank, herbaceous, and suffused with citrus zest. Hints of crystallized ginger, spring onions, and other delicate complex notes as well.

Bracing bitterness assails the palate but is quickly assuaged by caramel and honey. Mint, wildflowers, and grapefruit come forward as well, leading into a crisp refreshing finish. Warmth from the alcohol feeds into the bitterness in a pleasing manner as well.

Active brisk mouth-feel suggesting menthol; good carbonation.

An excellent and unique IPA - very hop-forward but gently balanced by malt as most IPAs from the region seem to be.

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Founders Centennial IPA from Founders Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 6,843 ratings.