Founders Centennial IPA - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Centennial IPAFounders Centennial IPA

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,826 Reviews
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Reviews: 1,826
Hads: 7,468
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 8.78%
Wants: 337
Gots: 1,396 | 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
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 1,826 | Hads: 7,468
Photo of hoagzzz
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle was solid 2.5 months old so factor that in. Used to think I liked this more than two hearted but tastes a bit too dry and bland. Not in love with centennial hops in general. (180 characters)

Photo of mattman
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was delicious. I would call this and english style ipa. It has a noticeable malt backbone and copper color. I definitely tasted some caramel notes. The hop flavor and nose are there but subdued compared to a west coast style. (236 characters)

Photo of Beejay
3.74/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

How have I not reviewed this yet!

A: A deep brown amber in the glass, and the off white head is tan.

S: Nice and hoppy with plenty of grapefruit coming though in the nose. There is a slightly earthy and piney note, followed by some malt sweetness, but the grapefruit really shines through.

T: Grapefruit pee, and herbs come right out. The bitterness is aggressive with hints of citrus, and herbal notes. The finish is bready, but with grapefruit peel as the lingering flavor.

M: Medium in body, with a fairly high carbonation.

O: Overall pretty tasty. I don't think I would call this dank, but it certainly isn't a fruity hoppy flavor either. Simply put this IPA isn't messing around and seems fairly straightforward and serious. (744 characters)

Photo of maedhros09
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: Clear amber with a couple finger of head.

Smell: Piney, citrus, kind of weedy

Taste: Dominated by the hops with a good malt backbone that doesn't get too sweet, as is often the case with IPAs.

Feel: Medium body and smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: A traditional but nicely balanced IPA with typical American hop characteristics. Other examples have more interesting and fresher hop notes but as a stalwart the Centennial is pretty solid and has a nice balance. (468 characters)

Photo of JAFoley
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

First I should say I was completely blown away from the first sip. I immediately jumped on BA to confirm that I was not alone in this opinion and was happy to see it so well rated.

A - Clear amber body with nice foamy off-white head. Fantastic retention and nice lacing.

S - Citrus hops and some bread dough

T - Nice crisp pine and citrus hops, dry and bitter. Malts are earthy and just the right level for balance. Alcohol adds some heat but blends in nicely.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Slick and fresh

O - What a fantastic beer. So tasty and drinkable. This will become standard for me now that I can buy it here on the east coast. (661 characters)

Photo of jcance
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Excellent, mild IPA. Low bitterness, fruity notes and crisp, light mouthfeel. Will likely be my new go to IPA when I want something easy to slam with a big meal (160 characters)

Photo of PostRockandCats
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Pours a cloudy, pretty golden yellow with a light tan, two-finger head with large bubbles. There is minimal lacing and the head doesn't stick around.

S: Smells citrusy with moderate tropical fruit up front with some light malt at the end. Very light and refreshing smelling. Pine is present, but very mild.

T: Much more grapefruity and piney than the nose indicated. Very little of the tropical fruit I smelled; just a little bit in passing. Very piney/ resiny at the end.

M: Light and bubbly, but still with a sticky resin viscousness that sticks around. A little over carbonated for my taste, but it's not overwhelming.

O: Definitely hop forward. Not *as* in your face as some American IPAs, but it's still very hoppy. Not one I'd give to a new IPA drinker who is still figuring Hops out. Very nice overall and I'd certainly get again. (845 characters)

Photo of Samuel906
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a fantastically simple, easy going IPA; it's a welcome reprieve from all the in-your-face IPAs that have inundated the market lately. There are not many times that there are legitimately great looking beers too, but this beer looks great in a glass. Brilliant reddish amber, perfectly translucent, with turbid effervescing bubbles. A crown of pillow like head sites atop. Very appealing and appetizing. Smell is sweet hops, honey and pineapple. Rate is extremely well balanced, hops forward with a sweet and earthy finish. Not overly bitter. Feel is light with bright carbonation. Overall one of the most well balanced and easy drinking ipas I've had. (659 characters)

Photo of timontheroad
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Reddish Amber color, clear. One inch oatmeal colored head that receded to a quarter inch,
Smell: Big grapefruit smell up front, with some nice sweet malty back notes
Taste: Nice piney, resiny flavor and good malt backbone.
Mouthfeel: Pretty thick-bodied for an IPA, but nice. Crisp, dry finish.
Overall: Nice IPA, held up very well considering it was almost two months old. (386 characters)

Photo of cfalls
3.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Copper color. Fairly high carbonation. Oily feel. One finger head with average retention.

Quite good overall. My main complaint is that the hop flavors tend toward onions and dank rather than grapefruit and flowers. (220 characters)

Photo of illpass78
3.81/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a Libby stem glass.

Appearance: Pours a semi-cloudy amber with a one-finger white head that recedes to film fairly quickly. Carbonation seems heavy-ish.

Aroma: Hops, grapefruit, lemon and pine are all there.

Taste: It's a very hop-forward beer with some pine and apricots. Gets prickly and more bitter as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Numerous commenters have described this beer as oily and I tend to agree. It's also fairly sturdy and full-bodied for an IPA. Some booze burn, too.

Overall: Nice flavorful IPA. Not sure about world class - would take MBC's Lunch over this for sure - but it's quite good. (627 characters)

Photo of Tim-reed
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

look : golden to amber
smeel: floral and hoppy
taste : amazing not too hoppy but still bittered citrus backed
mouthfeel: semi dry
over all a nice ipa (152 characters)

Photo of Taybeh
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a single, 1 month old, into an imperial pint

A: hazy bronze, great head, great lacing
S: melon, grapefruit, earthy notes including pine resin, balanced with some big caramel and bready malts, too.
T & M: follows the nose; really well balanced and solidly hoppy. Low to Medium carbonation, full bodied and delicious, moderately crisp and dry at the very end.

Overall: Great beer that isn't shy. Even better on tap, in my experience. In the battle of the great Michigan IPAs, I'll take this one over Two Hearted, 3 out of 5 times; the latter is more delicate whereas this is more of a boss. (598 characters)

Photo of MonkeyBread
2.79/5  rDev -32%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12 oz Bottle into a tasting glass.

Looks fine, orange Amber color. Darker than your normal ipa. Smell is faint but of onions, pine and resin. Taste is scarcely bare able. Strong astringent onions and garlic. Terrible syrupy pine sap and pine cones linger on the palate. I've heard a lot of people comment that Founders Centennial IPA would struggle with west coast distribution bc it can't stack up to west coast IPAs. It's even worse than that, this is just a poorly crafted ipa that tastes like from an amateur brewery. Really a challenge to finish. (553 characters)

Photo of Dr_Leafy_Green
3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle, a fairly deep amber color, almost copper, with a nice one inch head. It has a strong fresh hop aroma that suggests quite a bit of dry hoping. I found the taste more piney than citrus with little malt flavor. It has a lingering bitter mouthfeel. A good solid IPA. (279 characters)

Photo of hotpauko
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle. Very good IPA, worth a 6 pack, almost sessionable. 99 Bros rating surprised me, but it is well balanced. Not too hoppy, a bite of malt, and not too sweet. (174 characters)

Photo of psu-murph
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Delicious overall! The only reasons I didn't rate even higher are the fairly strong citrus/grapefruit flavors and a bit of a weak hop nose. But these are simply nits on an otherwise awesome ipa! (195 characters)

Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is certainly not a world-class brew, but I do like it. It has a strong hops forward taste. I enjoy the bitterness on the mouthfeel. It certainly ranks up there with other IPAs. I would definitely buy again. (215 characters)

Photo of PA-hunter
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter. 7.2% abv

Appearance- Pours a medium amber and is semi-transparent. Fluffy white head with good retention.

Smell- Citrus notes abound, with grapefruit and orange prominent. Earthy pine aroma as well.

Taste- Some malt in the beginning fades quickly into a huge blast of citrus and pine. Not very malt forward for an IPA which is fine. Grapefruit flavor is heavy. Oily in nature, which screams hops. The earthy bitterness lasts in the palate for some time after, telling you this beer is generously hopped.

Mouthfeel- On the thicker side for this style. Oily/resinous.

Overall- A great IPA. Full of flavor and fresh tasting. Nice balance between the sweetness/bitterness. An all around flagship IPA for Founders. (748 characters)

Photo of CelticBelly1
4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

from a 12oz btl into a pint glass, bottled 9.29.14
l - a soft orange color, slightly hazy - nice 1" head, cream colored, that dropped after about 3 minutes, leaving a small ring of lacy foam
s - notes of bread, caramel, and pine open up to floral scents, citrus, grass
t - malty grapefruit at first, then a nice rush of hops and citrus. It finishes for a few minutes, revealing layers of citrus, malt - the alcohol (7.2 abv) is barely noticeable. Extremely well balanced
f - smooth and even, almost no astringency, refreshing
o - this is a great ipa, even though this was a little long in the tooth it held up extremely well. (628 characters)

Photo of BrownAleBollocks
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Pour is a deep copper with a two finger fluffy white head. Aroma is piney, citrus hops with some malt sweetness. Taste follows with pine, citrus, resinous flavors balanced by a touch of malt sweetness and biscuity malt. Mouthfeel is medium and very drinkable. Overall an earthy ipa with balance. (299 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/29/2014. Pours slightly hazy orange/amber color with a 2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pineapple, pine, floral, grass, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of bright citrus/floral hops and light-moderate malt balance; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pineapple, pine, floral, grass, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon/orange zest, pineapple, pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity and balance of juicy citrus/floral hops and light-moderate malt balance; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible IPA. All around outstanding complexity and balance of juicy citrus/floral hops and light-moderate malt balance; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering. (1,497 characters)

Photo of oldglory78
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Got this in a bottle for a change from my normal IPAs. Pours a nice orange dark with some aroma of malt and bread. Not very grapefruity or citrusy like some IPAs. No head as such after beer settles. Nice balanced taste and not too bitter or sweet. In my brain I'm probably comparing this to Sierra Nevada Torpedo and all in all a very nice beer at a nice price and nice easy drinker (maybe too easy). Would definitely recommend and will try again (446 characters)

Photo of Glennlawless
3.41/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice cloudy dark orange....frothy half inch head.

Smell - Getting a lot of earthiness and sweet malt...not detecting so much citrus here. Some spice to it as well maybe.

Has at the signature Founders earthy floral hop burst at the beginning and after the swallow sweetness takes over....follows the nose to a tee....pretty good beer.....tastes like All Day IPA on steroids. Some earthy hop bitterness is lingering on the tongue as well which i like.

nice creaminess and carb to it as well.

Coming from a hop head...I have had better IPA's.What this one has going for it, is that it is super balanced and drinkable....my opinion of course..no doubt this is a good beer but i would not put it into the world class category by any means. (747 characters)

Photo of vickersspitfire
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%

Appearance:
Clear amber body with plenty of carbonation at first, but then settles down. The head is light and foamy with gap here and there, but it does stick around for a bit. There is a thin lacing around the glass.

Smell:
Strong hops and floral aromas come through, grapefruit zest and caramel all smell good.

Taste:
Strong hops up front and bitter through out, the malts come in mid tongue and then a slight alcohol flavor in the aftertaste along with some mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel:
Medium bodied and lots of carbonation and very smooth.

Overall:
It looks really inviting upon first sight, the aromas really make you thirsty and its smoother than expected. This is a great IPA and you shouldn't skip out on this one. (728 characters)

Founders Centennial IPA from Founders Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,826 ratings.