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Founders Centennial IPA - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Centennial IPAFounders Centennial IPA

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1,836 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,836
Hads: 7,535
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 8.78%
Wants: 357
Gots: 1,464 | 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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Reviews: 1,836 | Hads: 7,535
Photo of HamdenHector
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: crystal clear; bronze colored; 1 finger off white head that receded to a thin, uneven cap; thick rings of lacing that fade quickly;

S: earthy, floral, a little grapefruit;

T: quite floral through mid-palate; that fades a bit at the end; a bit of caramel/toffee in the background; moderately bitter finish;

M: medium bodied; light to moderate carbonation;

O: not very complex; not much malt character; (407 characters)

Photo of PatrickCT
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: A hazy orange honey color. Nice beige colored head and good lacing.

s: I could smell this as I poured it...delightfully fragrant with hops and malt. Very smooth and seductive.

t: A hoppy, fruity, malty brew...all at once. Buttery then bitter finish.

mf: For me, a fuller mouth feel but smooth and drinkable.

o: Extremely balanced. An absolute delight. (360 characters)

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

This is just a great IPA.
I drank right from the bottle...so cant comment on look.
Smell - straight forward
T=outstanding - just right with sweet/bitter/citrus combo
F=very pleasant carbonation - round, full mouth feel.

founders as this one dialed in! (252 characters)

Photo of do_ob
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Canned on 10/19/2014. Sampled and reviewed on March 1, 2015.

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass. Pours a hazy amber color with a 1 finger head of white foam that quickly dissipated into a light film. Mild carbonation. No lacing. Smells of hops, pine, and sweet fruit (oranges, tangarines, citrus, grapefruit). Lots of hops on the taste buds. Bitterness is definitely present but not overpowering. There's a nice balance between the hops and the sweet malt. Heavy-bodied for an IPA, in my opinion. Overall taste is hops upfront with a nice transition into sweet fruit. A slight bitterness lingers in the aftertaste.

Overall, this is a very solid IPA. I'd stand it up to any of the other "big" ones any day. I would've liked a big, frothy head but hey. To me, smell and taste are the biggest factors that determine whether or not a beer is good. I wasn't impressed initially with its appearance but once it hit my tongue, that quickly changed. Although the one I had was over 3 months old, I think the fact that it was in a can made its age irrelevant. Not sure I'd have bought it had it been in a bottle. But yes, good beer.

Edit: March 8, 2015. I tried this beer again, dated January 31, 2015, and it is much better than when previously consumed. I'll up the smell & taste to a 4.5. This is probably going to be my go-to beer for anything but sampling, or special occassions. (1,407 characters)

Photo of thetravelguy01
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I love the overall hop profile. It's not overbearing at all, very easy to drink. The hop taste lingers in your mouth after a drink of this beer. A lot of floral notes. Great IPA. (178 characters)

Photo of SierraFlight
3.02/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into nonic. Hazy orange liquid with a two finger eggshell head. Some lacing. Aroma is caramel, muted citrus fruit, grass, and bready malt. Flavor is caramel sweetness and some grapefruit flesh and peel, bread, and pine hop resin. I expected a more pronounced hop profile based on other reviews. I’ll chalk it up to the fact that this beer was bottled in September and I drank it in February. Medium body, slick but resinous texture, average carbonation, long bitter finish. I’ll try a fresher one and see if it helps. (540 characters)

Photo of tekstr1der
4.44/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden-orange pour with dense finger of white head. Aromas of heavy pine and grapefruit, with some malty sweetness peeking through. Flavor is similar, with hops at the forefront, but by mid-sip, giving way to malt. The retail description is apt regarding the finish - one of the most balanced, cleanest, mellowest of any IPA I’ve had. Well done! (352 characters)

Photo of E-McFarden
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Medium amber color. Floral aroma hop smell with apple hints. Bittering hops run through this brew's veins, and malty sweetness compliments it very well. Great brew (163 characters)

Photo of jimdisser
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful color, relatively dark for an IPA. Smell is not piney or fruity, subdued. Great feel, slightly bitter. Right up my alley really, could accidentally drink a lot of it! ;) (183 characters)

Photo of jcarroll10
3.02/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

I think I've come to the realization that Centennial hops are not my style. This tastes much different than the types of IPAs I prefer. This beer reminded me of why, once upon a time, I didn't like IPA.

Most anything else I've had from Founders has been exceptional, though. (275 characters)

Photo of dbl_delta
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12/03/14 can into frosted stein (in honor of our continuing subzero weather). Pours a pale amber with moderate carbonation. Light tan head, good lacing.

Piney, resiny, citrusy with a subtle malt backbone. Medium body. Carbonation gives a clean, refreshing mouthfeel.

Founders makes good stuff. Centennial is no exception. Recommended. (344 characters)

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)

Founders Centennial IPA from Founders Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,836 ratings.