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Founders Centennial IPA - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Centennial IPAFounders Centennial IPA

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5,792 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,792
Reviews: 1,712
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.36%
Wants: 192
Gots: 468 | FT: 11
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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North Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orangish, hazy amber color with two fingers of foamy head. Great retention. Citrus and floral notes dominate the nose. Nice bready maltiness and solid citrusy, piny, floral hops. Great balance. Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied with just the right carbonation.

Nice, complex IPA that's easily drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 01:16:53 | More by tdm168
Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy


4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep burnt orange pour with a scant head, and little lace to speak of.

S: Sweet malt aromas with citrusy hop nose.

T: Mouthwatering sweet maltiness over whelmed by a citrusy hop bitterness.

M: Sticky, firm bodied brew, with a little slickness to it.

O: Way good, not overpowering, nice tame IPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 23:55:21 | More by ArrogantDeadGuy
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3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy ruby with great white head that sticks around for the whole time drinking.

The smell isn't as hoppy as I'd like. I pick up mostly malt but with a little grapefruit from the hops.

The taste is along the lines of the smell. Very malty. The bitterness is there and overall very balanced but I was hoping for a little more hop flavor on this one. I pick some grapefruit and lemon but it is almost over powered by the malt.

Not a bad beer but not my favorite IPA either.

Edit: Bottle is about 2 months old.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 13:55:56 | More by Eriktheipaman
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4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 6-6-11, so I'll cut it some slack.

Great orange color with a finger and a half of slightly off-white head, good retention. Mesh-like, spotty lace.

Citrus, but a little something more fruit-wise that I can't put my finger on. Some caramel, a little bit of toast.

Grapefruit, the unidentified fruit again. Light caramel and slight toast. Fairly gentle bitterness that spars with the slight sweetness. Given that description, it would seem that there isn't much going on, but this is definitely a case of the whole being more that the sum of it's parts. A complex beer that doesn't hit you over the head, quite nice.

Medium-light bodied with good carbonation.

Damn fine. I miss having Founders as my local brewery. This was always a great draft option at my after-work spot in GR.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 05:29:58 | More by MrOH
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4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a rich copper color with a thick sticky head that clings to the glass.

S: Juicy hop aroma with hints of citrus and pine. Balanced out with some bready carmel on the nose.

T: Big punch of citrusy hops upfront. Ruby red grapefruit, mandarin oranges, and lemon zest dominate. Slight earthy notes and hints of piney resin. Malt is present as well with carmel notes and light bread. Light alcohol as it finishes.

M: For such big flavor and high ABV, this beer is a bit too light.

D: This is a very good IPA. BIg aroma and flavor, but this one is just a bit on the watery side for me. Still great though.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2011 23:40:42 | More by JMD
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3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Underbar, served in a pint glass.

A: Pours a great medium orange with a golden hues intertwined. Nice fluffy white head that leaves a wonderful spider webbed lace down the glass.

S: Nice fruity sweetness, some type of berries, and a little grassy/earthy hop finish.

T: The taste is like nose. Nice citrus fruits with some sweetness and some grassy notes thrown in there as well. Bitter hop finish on the backend.

M: Very drinkable. Medium to light bodied with a nice dry citrus left on the palate.

O: I liked this brew. It had some nice flavors and very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

09-02-2011 16:46:21 | More by Treebs
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4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my New Holland Pint glass. Pours a deep copper with a creamy two fingered off white head that drops slowly leaving a nice cap of foam and some lacing.

Aromas of citric hops, grapefruit with a hint of caramel malt in the background.

Flavors of grapefruit hop bitterness and a nice underbelly of caramel maltiness for balance. Hops dominate in flavor. Finish is long with grapefruit lingering.

Mouthfeel is medium with a long lingering, mouthcoating hop bitterness. Good level of carbonation.

Overall, very nicely done. No complaints.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2011 04:11:13 | More by JamnesCameron
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4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge 3 finger head that melts to a chunky rocky thick head with heavy lacing. Golden light amber color. Looks awesome!

Nose: one of my favorite hops. Citrusy, grapefuit, lemony and a little spicy, yum.

Mouthfeel: creamy, moderate carb, sticky

Taste, grapefuit, lemon, perfect malt balance, nice 65 ibus nice lingering sticky citrusy finish. 7.2% abv. I wish the hops were turned up a little more, but it could be because it's 2 months old. Nose definitely beats taste!

Well balanced, centennial hop highlighted, very quaffable, delicious. I've heard a lot about founders and this is my first chance to try one of their offerings, I'm impressed!

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 22:09:29 | More by ElmerBruisery
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4.97/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

i love this ipa. the smell of the freshly poured head is strong and an exact introduction to the taste. great balance of hop bite, full flavor and mouthfeel.

it can easily be consumed 2-4 in a session. but, drink it quickly after purhcase. shelf life is not very long.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 06:37:06 | More by Mibeerfan239
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4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Rich amber orange with lots of rising bubbles. Solid three finger white head with pretty good retention. Good amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: Strong aroma of citrus grapefruit, floral, and pine hops. Strong presence of resin and sweet caramel malts. Both the hops and the malts smell bold but everything is fairly balanced.

Taste: Starts out with a bright burst of citrus hops with grapefruit, orange, pineapple, and lemon flavors. A solid sweet malty base of caramel rounds things out. Finishes with a piney hop bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste. Pretty good balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Bitter but still pretty smooth and creamy.

Overall: A pretty solid take on a IPA. Hops and malts are bold and nicely balanced.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 05:59:27 | More by MattyG85
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nose: Very hoppy. Strong citrus and a hint of pine. Sugary, but crisp, malts. Very slight hint of golden raisins.

Appearance: Hazy, deep orange, approaching amber. Small head floats on top.

Taste: A lot of hops. Very grassy and a little dry. Very faint fruitiness peeks in at the end and sets a brief intro up at the beginning; but make no mistake, this is a hop cannon.

Overall: They threw out the idea of balance entirely on this one. All hops, all awesome.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2011 01:32:28 | More by sjverla
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4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle from inlimbo77; thanks Bill!

A dark golden/copper color with about an inch of bubbly, frothy off-white head. Smells of hops, caramel, orange, and some toasted malt. Taste is bitter, with the hops dominating the forefront of the taste, but finishes with a delicious toasted malt character reminiscent of an amber. Also noticeable is some faint orange, caramel, and some herbal notes. The caramel really shines through as it warms, though the ever present hops round it out very nicely. Mouth begins with hoppy, bitter punch, smooths out in the middle as it takes on a caramely, creamy texture, and it finishes slightly dry. Overall, a very interesting and delicious brew that I'm glad to have tried! I would surely welcome this one again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2011 01:15:28 | More by eclipse54
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4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Centennial IPA pours out as a hazy, orange into amber colored brew, frothy cream colored head, sheets of lacing. The scent will key you into the fact that this is an IPA that's all about the hops. Grapefruit and citrus hops, fruity. Very enticing scent. Damn, the flavor is big for a beer this size. There is a slight caramel malt start, but that is decimated by the hops. We're talking citrus, lemon, grapefruit, oily, bitter, resinous hops. The malts emerge more as your mouth acclimated to the brew, and they are well blended. You can notice the alcohol a bit if you're looking for it, but that is also very well blended. Medium bodied.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2011 03:41:35 | More by Tballz420
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4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours an amber color with a fairly thick off-white head. The smell is piney citrusy and slightly sweet malt presence. The flavor follows with the citrus and pine hop flavors up front followed by a slightly sweet almost caramel flavor. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with good carbonation. The beer is good but there are ipas inwould go for before this one

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2011 13:06:47 | More by rowingbrewer
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle from the brewery store.

Pours a slight russety amber topped by a decent head. Lays down tight sheets of lacing.

Aroma of citrus peels and caramel with pine and toasty notes.

Tastes the same, like navel oranges and caramel. Bright and fresh tasting with a clean bitterness in the finish that's no where near harsh, only slightly spicy. Malt builds some breadiness with light touches of dark chocolate. Bitterness slowly builds with each sip giving a nice piney bitterness to balance it out.

Mouthfeel is medium, with a slight oiliness about it. Slightly dry in the finish.

Overall a very good and easy drinking IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2011 01:15:03 | More by MeisterBurger
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New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass from bottled brewed on 6-28-11

A: Deep copper color with amber head and plenty of lacing.

S: Bitter citrus and pine hops with a sweetness backing it up.

T: Dry hop flavor, grapefruit, pine, hop resin. Theres also quite an earthy mineral taste lingering in there. Theres enough malt to tell that it's there but it does not even come close to beating out the hop flavors.

M: Medium bodied, nice biting carbonation, bitter but not super dry. Very drinkable for the higher abv.

O: Very tasty, would love to have this on draft. I'll be getting this one again.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 04:45:57 | More by ReelBigwigFish
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South Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear coppery gold pour with a half inch white head and lots of lacing. Tons of pine, grass, and floral hops in the nose. Just barely a hint of the underlying sweetness. Flavor is much more mellow than I expected. Somewhat herbal. Not sweet, but not horribly bitter. It’s a mellow, flavorful bitterness as opposed to an abrasive resiny bitterness. Some nice citrus and sweetness added to the hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is excellent, medium-light body with perfect carbonation. Awesome IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 19:39:36 | More by GeorgeAldi
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3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Golden body, one finger of white fluffy head that retains and laces well.

S/T - Pineapple and pine resin hops up front in both, with a light bready and caramel malt sweetness backing it up, finishing with bitter pine.

M - Nearly full bodied, a little much for the style, but nicely carbonated and creamy, finishing bitter.

O - Nicely balanced, complimentary hop and malt flavor profiles, and it finishes bitter like an IPA should. Alcohol hidden well. I'd definitely try a fresh bottle of this.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2011 10:52:57 | More by garuda
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4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty fresh bottle, dated 7/29/2011.

A: Amber/copper with a nice inch of white head that stays pretty well. Decent lacing.

S: Bright grapefruit and piney hops. Pretty sweet smelling though.

T:A little sweet upfront, then a healthy amount bitterness. A nice malt balance.

M: medium body, plenty of carbonation.

O: A solid example of the style. Another fantastic IPA from Michigan. This is probably the freshest one I've had, thanks to Founder's new bottle dating.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 16:17:33 | More by J0E
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South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served in a pint glass.

A: Clear amber with a smallish off-white head. Despite the size, the head has good retention and leaves plenty of sticky lacing.

Aroma: very fruity and a bit floral with hints of cotton candy. Smells like it will be sweet but I suspect not.

T - There is a lot of sweetness here, most noticable when the beer first hits the front of the tongue, but then a good hop hit takes over turning the flavor more piney and much more bitter. I found the bitterness, however, under control, thanks to the malt sweetness. Plenty of flavor, including hints of orange peel and red grapefruit. Presents a nice dynamic palette.

M - Full for style. Smooth but with light carbonation tingle and a very slight roughness from the hops or alcohol.

O - An outstanding IPA, although a single hop variety, even if Centennial hops, is not my ideal formulation.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2011 20:46:59 | More by chinchill
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4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours golden color with light head. No retention for the light lacing.

S: Hops, fruit.

T: More hops. I taste fruit like grapefruit and peaches.

MF: Usual IPA bitterness. Not a real hop bomb.

O: A nice IPA for the hot summer day. Really refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2011 01:54:14 | More by BigB415
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3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New beer Sunday and time for a founders centennial IPA. Perfect this hot afternoon, but thankfully finally a respite from the heat and humidity.

Poured into town hall perfect pint, one finger head and nice lacing.
Head with good lacing. Copper golden and smells of pine and slight grapefruit. Nice showcase of the centennial hops clean fresh pine aroma.

Taste is balanced and hits with the nose aromas. Inish us great on this one and lingers really well. This is most quaffable. Good balance of the hops and malt.

Overall a great beer from founders and a regular in the rotation when in season.


Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 23:05:47 | More by Penguin3200
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4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Founders snifter.

Pours a gorgeous, golden-copper with 2 fingers of off white head that sticks around the laces the glass very nicely.

Smells great. Big citrus hops with pine and resin. Lots of grapefruit. Sweet malts and some grassy notes.

Taste is similar to the nose but better. Citrusy hops, mostly grapefruit. Some floral. Pine, resin and sweet malts.

It is a heavier, medium body with great carbonation. Creamy with a dry, crisp finish.

Very drinkable. Very well-balanced. Excellent IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 06:24:46 | More by FourKicks
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4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pour is a dark orangey/amber with a frothy off-white head, fading to a skim layer of long lasting lace. a pleasant aroma of grapefruit and pine. flavor is a mild caramel malt sweetness with some floral notes and the aforementioned grapefruit bitterness on the tail. a go to IPA

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 21:33:26 | More by barleyPops
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4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Standard 12oz brown stubby founders bottle into a snifter. It had a bottled on date stamped along the neck but it looks like there was an issue during stamping because it seemingly printed overtop itself and is illegible. This brew appears a fairly clear color of amber orange. Around the thinner edges it takes on more of an orange to lighter yellow hue and through the body a bit of redness. The cap forms more than a finger strong, slightly offwhite. The head displays some pretty solid retention that lasts throughout the entire duration from rising bubbles of carbonation from the etching in the bottom of the glass. Some patches of lace stick to the glassware.

The aroma of this brew is fresh with a citrus hop element that mixes with a lightly dank to grassy and herbal aspect. There is a fairly bold orange pulp to rind aspect throughout which brings on a bit of a sweeter smelling role to the aroma that gives way to faint floral and other fruity notes. As it warms up, it picks up a touch of pine. Overall this is a well put together and complex aroma of primarily hop characteristics. There is a faint amount of grainy sweetness but that hardly plays a role in the big picture.

The taste is bitter and oily with hop resines. It tastes of pine, orange and grapefruit pulp. A little bit of a mineral aspect is evident that gives way to a grassy taste that is somewhat dank as well. The alcohol is fairly evident for 7% abv, it accents a fruity quality throughout the profile mixed with a touch of flowers. There is a toasty grain to almost caramel grain presence but it provides hardly a touch of sweetness to balance out the resiny bitterness of this brew.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. All in all very well balanced and put together. Founders makes a solid line-up of brews straight across the board and this is no exception. Give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 00:45:45 | More by stakem
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