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Founders Centennial IPA - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Centennial IPAFounders Centennial IPA

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7,145 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,145
Reviews: 1,838
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 302
Gots: 1,145 | 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: 7,145 | Reviews: 1,838
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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a honey color with reds around the edges. There is about a half finger puffy light khaki head that takes awhile to settle. There is very little lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is a perfect balance between citrus and pine. I also get a touch of caramel from the malt.

T: This beer has a quick sweetness right up front, but the grapefruit and piny hops show themselves immediately after. The hoppy bitters linger through to the finish.

M: Medium bodied beer. Sweet start, followed by big hops in the middle. The finish is resiny and the bitter linger on the palate for some time.

O: Solid beer. This is definitely something I'll be returning to again and again. Thank goodness it's finally available in Buffalo.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 6/25/12 poured into a pint glass.

Pours a Crystal clear burnt orange/amber with a slighty off white head, about 1/4 inch that thins out very small around the top. Big hops all over this thing, pungent floral hops strike the nose followed by grassy hop notes an touch of pine, a bit of a peppery feel found in the smell as well. Floral,and fruity hops with a bitter bite on the tongue, so very flowery and peppery. Medium bodied, light carbonation, leaves the mouth very dry and bitter. For only being 65 ibu's this has got a pretty strong bitter punch. This is a fucking great AIPA, the hops are so juicy and floral, very easy drinking for the alcohol content as well.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Bottled 6/25/12, drank 7/10/12.

Appearance: Free pour yields a 1 inch fluffy white head that dissipates quickly leaving a tight ring of lacing. Pours a clear orange and leaves a few spots of lacing.

Smell: Floral and fruity, with slightly lemony grapefruit highlights. Low magnitude, but really beautiful character.

Taste: Citrusy sweetness up front, then pine and grapefruit as the high apparent bitterness kicks in along with some bready malt, finishing soapy and hoppy. ABV seems to provide a heft to everything that would be welcome in other beers, but here sort of puts an exclamation point on a sentence that ought to have a period.

If that metaphor is too stupid, I mean that this is a beer whose balance is nice (though the malt backbone could be stronger, especially given how great Founders is at designing a grain bill for IPAs; see Double Trouble), but flavors this light and clean don't need the boldness that the ABV is providing. The bitterness comes off as a little much too.

It's a good display of Centennial hop flavor, and it deepens somewhat with time (some tangerine notes start popping up in the finish, and the floral character stays interesting). Still, my first reaction to most of these flavors is that they'd really sing at a lower ABV.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Excellent soft feel, with moderate carbonation. Finishes semi-dry, crisp and clean. World class feel.

Overall: The flavors are a bit out of whack with the alcohol and assertiveness, but a top notch mouthfeel like this goes a long way. Despite my mild taste complaints, this is a very good beer. I wouldn't buy it often, but I'd be happy to revisit it now and then.

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Scents of citrus, sweetness and the slightest kiss of floral hops.

Plenty of bitterness in this one, but there is an awesome sweetness that keeps everything in check. Fruity and delicious.

Highly drinkable, leaves lacing as you sip, truly a treasure to drink.

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This is an extremely well-crafted IPA. A new favorite of mine that I wouldn't mind drinking anywhere, anytime. Outstanding.

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Founders Centennial IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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