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Founders Centennial IPA - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Centennial IPAFounders Centennial IPA

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

7,148 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 7,148
Reviews: 1,838
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 302
Gots: 1,147 | 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: 7,148 | Reviews: 1,838
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4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[Best served in a Shaker glass]

The pour was a murky dark amber with an average (1-2 finger) off white frothy head that reduced to a few puddles and a large collar of residue which created some excellent sheets of lace.

The aroma was of a floral hop, a toasted grain malt and an earthy yeast with notes of caramel, apricot and a good dose of citrus (lemon and grapefruit).

The taste was a light bitter sweet and a bit acidic with a nice malty feel and had notes of caramel throughout, then progressed into this nice hoppy flavor, that had just a tad of sweetness to it with notes of apricot and citrus at the end. The flavor hung around for what seemed like forever, which just increased the pleasure of the tasting experience.

Mouthfeel was right under medium in body with an extremely dry texture and a moderate carbonation.

Overall all I have to say about this brew is: "Now that’s an IPA"...

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

Copper colored and mostly opaque with very little head that fades quickly. Smell is of floral hops with a light note of malt. Taste is bitter but full of other flavors too. Floral, pine, and citrus notes mingle with a faint note of malt. I'm finding this quite delicious.

So far, i've reacted favorably to Founder's beers, and this one is no exception. This one could easily become a regular for me.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had Centennial IPA in a shaker pint.

Appearance- The beer has barely any foam on the pour, just enough white stuff to cover the lid, before dying to a ring. Copper tones are shining out of the glass with no carbonation visible. Slants of lighter gold are visible at the edge of the glass.

Smell- Yep, that is some hoppy action right there. Plenty of citric and grassy scents to go around, even a little stank to it. The nose is not muddled at all. I really enjoy how the citric quality of the nose stands out.

Taste- The palate is pleasantly bitter enough, but it lost some of the citric and grassy appeal of the nose. There is more of a biscuit malt that drowns out what was going on with the hops.

It is not until about mid-drink that the lemon and passion fruit make a run at it, with the finish being loaded with the stank and grassy flavor.

Centennial still tastes great, but it lost potential from what was promised on the nose.

Mouth feel- It is on the light side of things, and does not reach a level of creaminess that goes oh so well with IPA's. The beer is still decently easy enough to drink.

Overall- This IPA is good, and it has a flavor profile that is harder to pull off. With so many IPA's having a huge flash of citrus flavor, something that has a little more personality is hard to come by.

Whether you think that personality works for you, that is something else entirely.

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

Serving type: One 12-ounce bottle. There is a partial freshness date printed on the shoulder of the bottle (probably due to a stamping error) so I cannot make it out. I appreciate the effort, though.

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is a clean, golden copper. Two fingers of dense, buttery, eggshell-colored head dissipated evenly to leave a thin lacing and ring around the edge.

Smell: Maltier than I was expecting, though it does offer seducing citrus notes underneath. Lots of sweet caramel, toasted malts, grapefruit, cara cara orange, lemon, pine, and grassy and floral hops. It is not punch-in-the-nose potent but it is complex.

Taste: It is now time for the hops’ 15 minutes of fame. The full-bodied mouthfeel is almost coarse. At first it tastes grassy, but then the pine, grapefruit, lemon, and cara cara orange take over. Each sip leaves a nice, bitter coating, especially on the middle of the tongue. The hops do not completely outshine the malts, though: caramel and toffee hang out in the background. The booze makes itself known toward the end of the pint, too.

Drinkability: Nice, hoppy stuff. It is not super aggressive, but it does offer a good bite.

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4.39/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a new belgium snifter. no visible freshness or bottling date.

A- hazy, dark amber. very thin white head even with a fairly aggressive pour. Lacing strggling to hang on.

S- pine and citrus in a very pleasing mixture, but I must admit the smell is a little underwhelming. It is a great smell, there just isnt much of it. I am going to call that a good thing for the purposes of this review.

T- Biscuits and grapefruit topped with pine. More bitter than I would have thought for 65 little bitty IBUs. Impressed in fact with the balance. I totally get the malt, but it is so slight and the hops so flavorful that I dont seem to mind the malt this time around. Most brews with any malt at all turn me off. No way I would ever think this brew was over 7% abv. Very well hidden booze.

M- Much more carbonation that I expect from the style, which surprised me after the really thin head. What seems like billions of tiny, exploding CO2 bubbles dance around the mouth and tickle the throat. This is another thing that usually turns me off, but it seems to be perfect in this particular brew.

O- Well done. I bought it on a recommendation from a guy who worked at the store where I bought it. Once I saw the Bros thought it was World-Class, I was excited to try it. Not a let-down at all. Would definitely buy again when I can get two days off in a row.

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

bottled on date of 11/15/2011. Got to this one a little bit late, but it been in the fridge the entire time I have had this beer. It should still taste good though, even though its not fresh as I like this style.

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: hazy golden orange bodied beer with a easily three fingers head that is dence and thick. As head fades it becomes clumpy and remains dense.

Smell: pine, grapefruit, oranges, pineapple and floral notes.

Taste: moderately bitter with a nicely balanced malt profile! Hops taste a little earthy with lots of pine, citris(grapefruit and oranges), pineapple. The malts are bready, biscuity, and mild caramel sweetness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Smooth, balanced, and drinkable IPA. Fairly big IPA at 7.2%, no booze is noticed and it drinks like it 4 or 5%.

Overall: Really nice hoppy beer by Founders. I have passed this beer up soooo many times. What was i thinking! Get yourself a sixer of this its hot out; its a great summer beer for hopheads!

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

A--Burnt orange with a beautiful thick creamy head. Stays around throughout the duration of the beer.
S--Pine trees, orange, honeysuckle...very floral smell.
T--Not an incredibly hoppy IPA. Grapefruit and piney hops with a caramel sort of sweetness in the background. Definitely hop forward, but not overwhelming or overly bitter. Alcohol is very well hidden--could not smell or taste it at all.
M--Creamy, thick, and smooth.
O--Not entirely crazy about IPA's, but I can certainly appreciate how good this one is.

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Founders Centennial IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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