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Founders Centennial IPA - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Centennial IPAFounders Centennial IPA

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5,972 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,972
Reviews: 1,721
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.36%
Wants: 199
Gots: 533 | 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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Photo of greenmonstah

New Hampshire

4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into DFH snifter.

A - Nice copper with a half finger of white head. Great color. Plenty of carbonation.

S - Sweet and hoppy. Citrus, floral and a bit of pine. Can smell it as soon as you open the bottle. Really quite a treat.

T - A malty sweetness dominates. Not aggressively hoppy, allowing the malts to provide a backbone upon which the floral and citrus hops thrive. Finish is a bitter hop with a dry grain. Was expecting hoppier, but it is still delicious.

M - Medium body with nice dryness. Finish is dry and spot-on.

D - Easy to down. Can't get enough, but probably won't go out of my way to get more. That said, I could drink half a six pack before realizing I'd finished one bottle, it goes down so quick!

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 22:12:54 | More by greenmonstah
Photo of daledeee


4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a beautiful dark orange, nearly clear. White head with lacing.

Nose is floral and hoppy

Taste is good and hoppy with some malt and citrus oil. Very nice.

Mouth feel is pretty good as well with a nice carbonation but a little dry on the finish for me.

Really refreshing and pleasant to drink over all.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 00:37:08 | More by daledeee
Photo of yourchoice

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Cloudy amber color with little head. Little to no lacing.
S- Plums, but a bit sour.
T- Grapefruit, with a bit of bite expected from an IPA. The sourness is prevelant, but not as much as with the smell.
M- A little thin. Maybe a bit acidic.
D- The sourness took away from the beer. Pretty good, but I'd reach for several IPAs before having this again.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 21:50:57 | More by yourchoice
Photo of inlimbo77


3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into standard pint glass. No bottle date, but I assume (from flavor) that it was very very fresh.

A: Nice clear amber color. It says "unfiltered", but very clear. I finger white/off white-ish head. Good carbonation. Lacing was nice.

S: Fruity and piney hops. I can't smell much of anything else, which isn't a problem. Just hops and some alcohol on the back.

T: Nice hop flavor throughout. Fresh and delicious. Crisp finish. Nice bite.

M: Watery. Not as sticky as I was thinking it would be. No real mouth coating.

D: Very drinkable. I sucked this one down and was definitely thinking this was a sessionable brew.

Overall, another solid brew from the Founder's crew. I really seem to like everything coming out of there barn. Wish they were easier to get here in DE.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 16:17:11 | More by inlimbo77
Photo of jayhawk73


4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium copper color with a nice caramel head. Very citrusy, lemony, hoppy smell to this beer. Grapefruit, lemon, and centennial hops rule the day. Same w/ the taste. I get the hops first, followed by grapefruit, quickly followed by lemon. Lemon also is the aftertaste, and it lingers for a long time. Near the end of the beer, the lemon seems to really smooth out. Mouthfeel is good, interesting combination of hops and smoothness in your mouth. This is a really solid beer, maybe not my favorite IPA- but I've really enjoyed it. A good beer by a really good brewery.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2011 01:27:03 | More by jayhawk73
Photo of wmtxbb


4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance: golden amber with a thick head that sticks around.

Smell: Typical citrus/pine scent of a dry hopped beer. Notes of earth as well.

Taste: crunchy caramel, amber malts with moderate bitterness and a strong hop presence. I like the imbalance in this IPA: strong hop flavor, but not too much bitterness along with an interesting malt profile.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2011 22:12:20 | More by wmtxbb
Photo of wheatyweiss


3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a chalice.

Pours a light copper, bright in color. Perfect clarity with a smallish head that dies quickly to skim and laces adequately.

Aroma is of biscuit and floral hops. Very nice there is a bright hop aroma with a mineral aroma. Malt is well represented. Very nice.

Flavor is bready biscuity malt with the middle bringing floral and resinous hops. Mineral flavors in the middle bring a tannic flavor. Finishes dry with a lingering bitter finish. Warming alcohol on the exhale.

Mouthfeel is medium to thin, carbonation is prickly and adequate.

Overall a nice IPA, a bit lacking in the hop profile.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2011 21:43:36 | More by wheatyweiss
Photo of GarrettMD

New York

3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep amber, less than half a finger slightly off white head. Head stays around for a bit. Lots of carbonation rising in the glass. Very nice looking appearance.

S - Sweet smelling, floral hops, a bit of pine, some citrus as well. Malts balance out the aroma, not typical to an IPA. Some sweet caramel aromas.

T - Still very malt-dominated for an IPA. Caramel and light-roasted malts are the backbone with a hint of chocolate... weird. I get mostly bitterness from the hops, not really any flavor. If there is a flavor there and I'm not searching for it, it would be some earthly floral hops.

M - Medium bodied, great carbonation. Finish is slightly dry and bitter with some residual sweetness from the malts. Hints of the floral hops show up well after the sip is finished.

D - Very good drinkability. Not too high of an ABV, but alcohol still isn't noticeable. Finish makes me want to go back for more. Despite the beer not being as hoppy as expected, it's still very good. I may be under-rating it due to my expectations from west coast IPAs, but I could be wrong.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2011 03:26:44 | More by GarrettMD
Photo of GallowsThief


4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade with HeadyHops81 (thanks Frank). Poured into my tulip.

A - Pours a deep amber color. Pure white head was just very slight and settled away quickly.

S - Good solid piney smell. Citrus grapefruit as well. Floral.

T - Great bitter taste as expected. Very hoppy. Finishes off with just a touch of sweetness that balances it out nicely.

M - Nice carbonation. Light bodied. Leaves a nice tingle on the tongue.

D - Yes sir this one is drinkable. Could easily have a couple.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2011 00:43:14 | More by GallowsThief
Photo of turfy


4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a SN tulip. Robust, creamy white head that did not readily dissipate. A solid film lasted throughout the drink with very nice lacing. Color was a slightly cloudy deep orange/amber. The smell was a somewhat muted piney/floral aroma. Taste was upfront bitter hops but also a significant amount of maltiness, so very well balanced. A bright, clean taste with a bittery aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel. Two - three of these would be a good session when you are in the mood for a very well made IPA. Everything about this beer signals quality.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2011 01:05:16 | More by turfy
Photo of russwbeck


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

A: Pours a clear amber color with a thick off white, almost tan, head that is pretty stubborn an laces decently.

S: Piney hops, but pretty tame overall.

T: Very well balanced between a nice hoppiness laid along a subtle malty finish. Not much of a dry aftertaste, but pretty refreshing.

MF: Light with a bit of carbonation.

D: Very high, the balance is remarkable. It makes the beer extremely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2011 21:27:51 | More by russwbeck
Photo of Genuine


4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into my Sam Adams sensory pint glass.

Poured mid cloudy amber in color with a light tan head.

Smell - First the floral scent of the hops hit me first, then detecting some caramel like malts, very clean nose. More citrus in the aroma.

Taste - This one tasted a bit different than what I was expecting. Leaning towards the floral side of hops, instead of the citrus. Floral hops hit the palate first, then comes the very light citrus/pine notes, followed up by the solid malt back bone. I will say that it almost has the same finish as Sierra Nevada's Celebration.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, slick, carbonation closely reminds me of Sierra Neveda's Celebration, which is pleasant and not unwelcomed.

Drinkability - at only 65 IBU's this one is more than drinkable for me. I could have a few of these in one sitting and not get tired of it. This is my first brew from Founders, and I am happy to report that it is a very solid offering from Founders!

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2011 01:33:48 | More by Genuine
Photo of CuriousMonk


3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass. Pours a orange color with a beatiful creamy white head which leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Aroma is very floral and a bit perfume like with notes of pine, resin, grass and caramel. Flavour of grapefruit, citrus, pine, flowers, grass caramel and berries. Mediumbodied. Carbonation is lively with lots of small bubbles.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 14:36:45 | More by CuriousMonk
Photo of jrallen34


4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into my De Struise glass... Pours dark orange, semi clear. There is a huge tope head, good retention. The top of the cap is ugly though as its lots of big water bubbles, not a tight enough formation. Poor lacing... The aroma is great, reminds me of a fresh Daisy Cutter. Enough malt character on the front with a hint of caramel and grapefruits to balance the hop pine finish. An almost perfect marriage... The taste is good but a let down from the nose, I was expecting greatness, got above averageness. The front is not very smooth rough and stale citrus, malt character is gone. The hops are really muted, the are present but not as fresh, maybe this is old...The mouthfeel is nice, very full, coats my mouth for several minutes...Quaffable at 7.2%.

Good not great, but I would gladly drink again, wouldn't buy a sixer though.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 00:35:27 | More by jrallen34
Photo of pdoran10


3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a medium to light brown with a finger of white head. Not much lacing.

Smell is muted earthy and slightly citrus hops. Not a big nose. Could be a freshness issue.

taste is slightly roasted bready malt. Really nice touch with just enough roast. Earthy and grapefruit citrus hops a bit more noticeable in the flavor. Nice flavors, nothing that wows.

Mouthfeel is creamy and substantial for an ipa with moderate carbonation. Good touch here.

Nice drinkable IPA, could easily enjoy a six pack of these.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 21:08:23 | More by pdoran10
Photo of Auracom


3.43/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From notes. 12 oz. bottle on January 28th, 2011 in a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

A - Looks like a pretty solid IPA; very golden coloring with a white, foamy head. Slow dissipation down to white lacing.

S - Getting the hop kick, some pine, standard floral notes, but not much malt quality.

T - In-line with the smell. A little more malt characteristic in the taste but not enough to really provide balance. The hops are overpowering and give a big kick on the backend.

M - It feels a bit thin. Good crispness from the carbonation.

D - A bit of a disappointment. Fairly average.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 17:59:21 | More by Auracom
Photo of vapodge


4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass

A - Cloudy, orangey amber. Moderate head with a little lacing.

S - Citrusy hops (mostly grapefruit), but not overpowering

T - hops present yet moderate -- decent malt counterbalance?

M - Just right. Zesty on the tongue after swallowing but not zingy

D - A very drinkable IPA -- not overly hoppy which allows you to drink other/more brews without annihilating your taste buds but neither is it a weak IPA.


Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 04:03:57 | More by vapodge
Photo of BradDurbin89


4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice amber color and nice 1 finger head with standard pour. Head is slightly amber in color.

Great nose. Hop nose is strong with a light caramel and citrus .

Great bitter taste. There is a slight amount of sweetness and the bitterness lingers. Really good.

Medium body and medium carbonation, slightly low carbonation, but good.

This beer is very good. I will definitely buy this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 03:48:37 | More by BradDurbin89
Photo of jbertsch


4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber/mahogany in color. Half-finger of white sudsy head. Nice floral aroma of grapefruit and pineapple mixed with a little sweet malt to provide a multi-layered flavor profile not always found in an IPA.

Flavors of bright citrus hops at the forefront, slightly honey-like malts on the back of the tongue. Then finishes pleasantly bitter.

Smooth mouthfeel. Almost thin, but not quite. Drinkability is addictive due to its hops/malt
interplay. A more malty take on an IPA where the malt doesn't take the place of the hops, but rather compliments it.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2011 14:41:47 | More by jbertsch
Photo of PhageLab


4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a weizen glass.

A - Dark amber coloration that produced a massive head of froth. Retention and lace were excellent. Beautiful brew.

S - Big floral hop aroma with some strong grapefruit notes. Take this one in for a moment, it will water your mouth.

T - Initially flowery and bitter. A nice sweetness balances it out, but it is still very hoppy. Absolutely delicious.

M - Light to medium body, crisp carbonation level, slightly oily, and it tingles the tongue.

D - Outstanding American IPA. I've managed to stretch this sixer out a while, but it's become apparent to me that I need to procure another. Worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 18:47:10 | More by PhageLab
Photo of Neecee513

New York

4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured bottle into pint glass.

A: Amber, slight head, some lacing

S: Heavenly! One of the best ever. Sweet citrus scents over caramel malts.

T: Not overtly hoppy at all, very pleasant citrus hops paired well with some caramel malts. Just the right amount of bitterness on the finish.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, finish is pleasant, not dry.

D: Caramel malt character balanced with some subtle citrus hops create a wonderful brew, one of the best I've had!

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 00:43:35 | More by Neecee513
Photo of Schneic8


3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Deep amber color with a nice carbonation. Nice head that lasts and is slightly amber in color.

Smell: Great smell. Strong hops smell with caramel and citrus scents.

Taste: Very good taste that has a refreshing bitterness to it. It has a slight sweet taste and the bitterness lasts well through the finish.

Mouthfeel: Mild carbonation with a medium body. Carbonation is less than average but not low and it finished slightly dry.

Drinkability: Very drinkable beer. The smooth texture makes it go down easy. It is good but not great but I would definitely try again.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 22:26:06 | More by Schneic8
Photo of Franz4


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

Beer Review #100, I thought the Centennial would be appropriate-- here's to the next 100.

A- Nice copper color with an offwhite head that sticks to the perfect pint glass as it settles. An unfiltered IPA with very fine sediment that is only visible when held to the light.

S- All hops with lemon and pine shining through.

T- white grapefruit up front, followed by a pleasantly striking aftertaste are the first things I notice. Also get notes of toastiness that make this seem balanced.

M- medium bodied, some residual carbonation, finishes pretty dry.

D- Another solid regular offering from Founders, a very nice unfiltered IPA, I'll definitely pick this one up again, or better yet find a place around here to try it on tap.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 22:23:50 | More by Franz4
Photo of Samp01

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a burnt orange / amber with a nice beige head. Aroma of sweet citrus fruitiness with some floral hops, and some sweet malts. Taste is citrusy floral hops with some caramel malts. Palate is nice med to full bodied, with very good carbonation. Finish is citrusy hops, some fruitiness followed by sweet caramel malts to take the edge off the hoppiness, ending with a dry nutty bitter sweetness. Overall a very nicely balanced IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 22:13:11 | More by Samp01
Photo of mbusster88

New York

4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from 12oz bottle into pint.

A: Pours dark orange color with nice 1 finger head. Some good carbonation coming off the bottom of the glass.

S: Good hop profile evident in the nose, I get more pine than citrus. A little bit of malt in the nose as well.

T/M: Really good hop character with great pine and resine flavors. Good citrus in the back of the palate. Also get some good malt and biscut flavors in the taste. Good dryness in the back of the taste.

D: I would definitely get this one again. Really good hop character and malt profile.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2011 23:49:53 | More by mbusster88
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