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Founders Centennial IPA - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Centennial IPAFounders Centennial IPA

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1,849 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,849
Hads: 7,592
Avg: 4.11
pDev: 21.41%
Wants: 358
Gots: 1,521 | 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: 1,849 | Hads: 7,592
Photo of SmashAdams
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A very solid beer. The smell is honey and melon and pine. The taste is sweet caramel and Fresh hops with a lingering bitter aftertaste. First time I had this it was a few months old and I was not impressed. I had it again 1 month old and it's so much better. Could be a go to beer in 12 packs. yb

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Photo of Ryancthomas7
2.91/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Unfortunately, this was a drain pour for me. I was really looking forward to this beer. I think this beer might have been on the older side (couldn't find a bottled date). Hopefully I can get my hands on another and update the review if things are different.

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Photo of cglowe
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass. Not much head, thin lacing.

Nose is citrusy, pleasant. Refreshing.

Taste is pretty outstanding. Citrusy hops, very refreshing. 7.2% alcohol is masked perfectly.

Carbonation is on point. Feels full bodied.

I've had plenty of Founders stuff, but haven't really ventured into their IPAs. I'm a big fan of this one and will likely pick up more later in the summer.

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Photo of squonk45
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I tried to find a few Hoppy ales that had good ratings here and try a single..The founders centennial ipa Is very drinkable not as much hoppy aroma As I like but has a unique pleasant taste sorta grapefruity .. would never believe it a 7.2% goes down smooth I can taste that is it dry hopped on a good way.

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Photo of drunkenmess
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Defintley starting to dig these IPAs. I'm from the dark side of beer, if you catch my drift.
Pours very nice dark golden, with a glow of light amber cloudy goodness. Beatiful head thru out full glass, minimal but lasting residual lacing too. Smells of light pine and floral hints, lots of hops yummm. Tastes like an explosion of dry hops n bitterness that finishes off just right with that relaxing after taste. Feels too good going down. Overall I'm dign' it... Cheers

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Photo of MasterfulIdiot
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Duvel tulip. The liquid is a dark-ish amber, clear but translucent, and with a few tiny bubbles rising through it. The pour produces a thick off-white head that leaves plenty of lace and has good staying power.

Aroma is lots of citrus, mostly oranges, with a bit of grapefruit thrown in. There's just a whiff of some pine resin, and it's backed by just a tiny bit of bready malts.

Flavor follows the nose - lots of citrus. The flavor adds a bit more pine resin, and a hint of dankness. Swishing it around on your tongue gives it a great, flavorful hop beating. Mid-palate there's just a kiss of bready malts, and then the finish and aftertaste are all hops. Finish is very bitter - much more bitter than some of the newer IPAs, but luckily it balances it with a nice citrusy, hoppy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with heavy, prickly carbonation.

Overall, it's a classic and amazing IPA, and one of the first beers that started getting me into beer, but I think it has been upstaged by some of the newer, more tropical, citrusy, and dank IPAs coming out now. Still, this is great as an old standby, and even as a history lesson! ;)

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Photo of kbwalters
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured cold into a tulip glass.
Look = 4.0 Pours a deep, mostly opaque amber/orange color with only .5 fingers of off-white head which fades to a ring. Weak spotty lace but great retention of what head it does have.
Smell = 3.5 Hop aroma hits you first. Floral, pine and citrus hops. As it warms the sweet malty backbone becomes more apparent. Overall a pretty balanced aroma.
Taste = 4.0 Slightly hop forward but overall pretty balanced. Pine and citrus hop flavor with some sweet malt in the middle. A nice sharp bitter bite at the end with carryover into the after taste. Not overly bitter though.
Feel = 4.0 Medium bodied but with high carbonation. Crisp, fizzy and refreshing.
Drinkability = 4.5 This is a highly drinkable, well rounded IPA. The 7.2% ABV is well hidden and the balance seems perfect for a refreshing IPA.
Overall = 3.925 Aroma was lacking a little this time around but with a solid taste and mouthfeel and at 7.2% ABV, this balanced IPA is totally enjoyable.

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Photo of jamescarlton989
3.87/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Definite pine initial taste as you take a sip, dark cherry notes and bittersweetness as you drink, akin to unsweetened elderberry juice. Citrus notes are overpowered the hops. The hops provide the bitters, but the residual sugars come through with this IPA. The alcohol content is ideal, in my opinion, higher than a common beer but not high enough to have an alcohol aftertaste.

The carbonation is stronger than a typical beer, but not too strong. Everything about this beer is ideal in context, but together they don't taste like they theoretically would. I'm going down this list of "taste, mouthfeel, appearance.." and everything gets an A+ from me, but for some reason the overall taste just isn't "world-class" like it's rated.
Its a 4 star, good, but not perfect.

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Photo of Roby923
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tasty and well balanced. Hops are present but not overbearing. Wasn't sure what to expect from this brewery, but was pleasantly surprised. Will not disappoint.

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Photo of Michelleluw
4.62/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Founders Centennial is a great beer from Founders Brewing Co. The Centennial hops give this beer an exotic taste that I always recommend. Founder's does a great job of giving their beer a unique taste, and these specific hops really make the beer unique.

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Photo of croixian1
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I cracked an ice cold bottle and made my way to the living room. Halfway there I took a sip and stopped in my tracks, my brain reeling from the flavor intensity. Lots of hops, but also a deep, roasted chocolate flavor and a high, almost grapefruit note. Beautiful amber color with a lack of a head, but I didn't mind.
I returned to the kitchen and poured the rest of the beer in a proper glass, this one is too good to suck out of a bottle. One of the most delightful beers I've had since Bell's Two Hearted. A world class beer.

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Photo of mr-jj
3.37/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a tumbler from a 12 oz bottle. Bottled on 12/20/14 so it's not as fresh as I would hope.

Color is dark gold, almost amber. It's hazy with a one finger cream head that dissipates into clumpy islands. Decent lacing. Smell is earthy hops and biscuit. Smells like a hops cookie. Taste is similar - it has a lot of sweetness that balances the earthy hop flavors. Finish is mildly bitter. Body is lighter than I expected with ample carbonation. Overall, it's very drinkable, but being a hop-head it's a little on the sweet side for my tastes.

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Photo of BeerBob44
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Born on 12/16/14, gone 03/16/15. Not overly appealing on the smell. The taste is what did it for me - a real smooth one that stays with you. Glad I splurged a bit to try this one.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.53/5  rDev -14.1%
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;

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Photo of PatrickCT
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of bassboneman
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
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!

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Photo of do_ob
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of thetravelguy01
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.02/5  rDev -26.5%
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.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.44/5  rDev +8%
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!

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Photo of E-McFarden
4.15/5  rDev +1%
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

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Photo of jimdisser
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
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! ;)

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Photo of jcarroll10
3.02/5  rDev -26.5%
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.

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Photo of dbl_delta
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of hoagzzz
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Founders Centennial IPA from Founders Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,849 ratings.