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Founders Centennial IPA - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Centennial IPAFounders Centennial IPA

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6,343 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,343
Reviews: 1,745
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 209
Gots: 693 | FT: 13
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 DeltaGolfSierra
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%

Color is copper, like a dark apple juice, with a thick white head that lasts through the whole glass and creates a nice lacing. The pleasing scents are a variety of citrus - peach, pear, and a little grapefruit. Grapefruit is prominent in the taste. There's a slight fruity sweetness in front, followed by a surge of bitter grapefruit and pine taste in the finish. Very delicious. Definitely an IPA I'd choose again.

DeltaGolfSierra, Jun 16, 2011
Photo of Star80
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%

No date on beer, but I think the store moves these quickly. Pours out a copper color with frothy head. Smell is of resinous hops, pine and some faint toasted hops. Nice lacing. The taste of the beer is some oily hops, grapefruit, but more pine, and a touch of some lemony citrus in there. Also, the malts are robust enough to make this beer pretty balanced and it has a nice caramel backbone to reel in some of those hops, but the overall aftertaste is a nice puckering, drying hop flavor with some faint herbal characteristics. The mouthfeel is very very smooth and I have found this beer to be highly drinkable. My only gripe is that I do find the hops *slightly* muted for an IPA with 65 IbU's. Which can only lead me to believe this beer might be a bit older than I'd like, who knows with no decipherable date code.

Star80, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of kevinv
3.85/5  rDev -7%

Bottle dated 5/24/11 poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a slightly hazy orange/amber body with about a 1-finger cream colored head. Decent head retention and insignificant lacing.

S - I'm getting more pale and crystal malts in the nose than hops. Not what I expected, but it still smells very inviting. Light notes of caramel. Citrus and floral hop notes of orange peel, grapefruit, and some pine.

T - On the front end is a crisp, moderate bitterness with a mouthful of citrusy hops - grapefruit and some pineapple. A biscuity malt backbone balances nicely with the hops. Nearly all of the bitterness is gone by the finish and you're left with a slightly dry sweetness. Alcohol is well hidden.

M - The body feels a little on the light side. Mild carbonation.

O - Overall, it's a solid offering from Founders that's a year-round stand by for me. It's a pretty easy drinker and it's priced fairly for a 6-pack.

kevinv, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of mjpolzin
3.63/5  rDev -12.3%

I have really grown to like IPAs lately so I really liked this beer BUT it wasn't as good as I had hoped. What I love about an IPA is the bitter hops taste that hits you right away followed by the faint citrus/grapefruit taste that comes after. This one was missing that fruit taste as it went down so I finished it thinking it was missing something. That said, I haven't had a bad Founder's brew so it is quickly becoming a "go-to" brewery for me.

mjpolzin, Jun 14, 2011
Photo of ctfixer
2.65/5  rDev -36%

12 oz bottle poured into a standard flared pint glass

(Served in a pint glass)

A- Copper body with an off white creamy head that is seems to dissipate fairly quickly There is a fair carbonation and although the head is gone there is some lacing.

S- All citrus fruit hops come through with pine notes and all grapefruit finish.

T- Starts off clean and fresh but as it lingers I get an alcohol warming that is not desirable, as well as an after taste that is too much grapefruit and not enough malt. Definitely not a session beer for me.

M- Medium mouthfeel with a harsh alcohol warmth in the finish left me wanting another taste just to make sure.

O- Overall this one is on the border of the style for me and not well balanced. Some good depth and hops character but no support from the malt. It's alcohol finish with bitter grapefruit ending is not smooth or pleasant for my liking in this style.

ctfixer, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of jsprain1
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%

A- Orangish-amber, a good color, but the head is lacking and disappears really quickly.
S- Strong grapefruit aroma. Really citrusy, a bit tropical. Really powerful fruity aroma.
T- Really powerful hop punch. The hops really come through. Citrusy and a bit tropical. A bit of pale malt in the finish. Sweet, but really the focus is on the hops.
M- Full bodied and smooth for the style, but I'd like some more carbonation out of it.
O- A good hoppy IPA that really reflects the flavors of Centennial hops. A worthy IPA.

jsprain1, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of Jazzcrop
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%

Tastes of citrus, oranges, hops, bananas, more hops, steel, sweetness, amber syrup and malt. A good Founders representation for sure. Smells like an average IPA with grapefruit, zest, hops and malt. I like the tangy flavors in this one. Should age okay.

Jazzcrop, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of Kromes
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%

A: nice color, a golden orange with a thick stiff off white head. Lacing all down the glass.

S: Sweet citrus, grass and floral hop aroma. Smells awesome, like candy and flowers. There's a fruitiness to the aroma.

T: There is a sweet malt and alcohol flavor up front that gives way to a mixture of floral and grassy hop. The hop isn't as strong as I would have anticipated. There is an almost "fruity pebble" aftertaste to the beer. Very interesting.

M: Good mouthfeel. Medium body.

O: Very good IPA, up near the top. Highly recommend.

Kromes, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of twiggamortis420
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%

12 oz bottle with a bottling date of 02/05/11 courtesy of brees6221. Pours surprisingly dark, copper color almost with a massive cap of white head. Lacing is ridiculous.

Hops are very citric, with some pine and tropical thrown in for good measure. Caramel and biscuit make up the malt aroma.

Hop flavors stand out for me more than bitterness, consisting of pine and lime pith. Malts are not sweet, really, but have a caramely aspect and some toast. Mouthfeel is smooth and nice, not a surprise knowing it is a Founder's product. It is one of those IPAs that is hop-leaning, but yet has plenty of malt backing that doesnt get too much in the way. They complement each other...thats the phrase I was looking for. Very drinkable...my bottle is a few months old, I'd love to taste an uber-fresh tap pour of this sometime.

twiggamortis420, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%

(Served in a pint glass)

A- This beer pours a deep copper body with an antique white head the is creamy and last for a good bit. There is a gentle carbonation gliding to the surface.

S- The juicy citrus hops come through with pine notes to follow and an orange hard candy hop aroma that finishes.

T- The green citrus hop flavor has some woody green notes to follow. There is a pale malt note with some light toasted malt hint underneath. As the beer opens up there is a soft caramel sweetness that fades to a woody bitterness of hops that lingers for a bit.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a soft alcohol warmth in the finish.

O- This is a solid tasty IPA with some good depth and hops character and nice support from the malt. It is a bit high in alcohol to have more than one as it goes down pretty smooth.

rhoadsrage, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of cthulu81
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%

After a too long drought of Centennial, it finally is back in stock and it is fresh(awesome addition of bottling dates Founders!)! Gleams a lovely rich burnished gold in the glass with a fluffy ring of lacing topping the noble pour. There is a sharp, peppery, herbal aroma with the tell-tale grapefruit citrus of delicious centennial hops thrumming just under the surface. Ahhh, just as good as I want to remember it being- a medium body of balanced malt that is enrobed in sharp, grassy, piney bitterness that culminates in a bountiful mouthful of grapefruit rind, cilantro, mild peppercorns and a supportive clover honey sweetness. A medium body and clean finish give this beer sessionable drinkability. Thanks for finally getting some Centennial back in NoVa Founders. And just a few days before my birthday too. Yum.

cthulu81, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.58/5  rDev -13.5%

Taken from notes on 4.6.11

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a dark orange with a slight tan head.

S - Slight citrus tones, and sugar sweet malts.

T - Malty sweet, with a hoppy pine finish.

D - Drinks smooth, but way sweet.

O - Way too sweet for me. Not what I look for in an IPA.

HuskyinPDX, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of threeviews
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a chalice (courtesy of Chimay)

A- Pours a dark golden colour with a small head (that may be due to an insignificant pour) but it did not last long...less than 1 minute

S- Citrus with hints of pine and malt...very enjoyable and in-line with what a great American IPA is all about.

T- Pine is the first flavor to hit followed by citrus. The finish is quite long, malty and a bit heavy (especially as it warms up)

O- I think this is a great brew, but would like it consistently cold to eliminate the syrupy finish. I will however, recommend this brew to anyone who appreciates a bold american IPA/Double IPA. If this is the only American IPA on the market, this would be my staple...go and try it!

threeviews, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of jifigz
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

I have already had a few glasses, so forgive me if my review is a little skewed.

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Lovely orange/copper color. The head that formed was rather small but it didn't want to go anywhere, so that's always a good sign. Beautiful lacing occurred the entire time while draining the glass.

S: Citrus-like hop aroma very noticeable as well as a decent malt base. Many other fruity esters are there to be deciphered as well.

T: Delicious. Very spoiled fruit-like sour twinge with a bitter note from the hops as well. The malt sweetness that remains is nicely balanced with the hops. This is a good one. The aftertaste is a dry feeling with the main taste notes lingering.

M: The beer is medium bodied and rather creamy. It goes down really, really smoothly.

O: I love the rich spoiled fruit flavors that are present in this beer. This is some good stuff. The ABV is right around perfect in my opinion and well masked with wonderful flavor. This seems to be a rather complex tasting IPA. It is easily one of my favorites and my first offering from Founders. I must find more of their beers and give them a try. A great IPA.

jifigz, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of JayS2629
4.43/5  rDev +7%

A nice creamy yellow beer with a thick white creamy head that leaves nice lacing and good retention. The nose is full of floral and citrus. Loads of grapefruit, orange zest, sticky pine. Lots of centennial hops, grassy and floral elements. The taste has a crisp cut with citrus notes and lime zest. Great IPA.

JayS2629, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%

Had this for a second time and found it to be a lot better the second time around. This pours out as a nice yellowish gold color with a decent looking white head on it. The smell is heavy with pine and some citrus. The taste is wonderful, it's very strong with hops and just relentless on the tastebuds. The mouthfeel is surprisingly light but still has a great body to it. Very good beer!

Knapp85, May 31, 2011
Photo of JAYAR1
4.43/5  rDev +7%


JAYAR1, May 30, 2011
Photo of match1112
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%

looks like most others of this type in the glass, except this one had a big three finger head that stuck around for a while with good lacing. smell was like a big bouquet of hops, citrus, floral, pine all mixed well with lots of malt to balance. taste follows te nose on this one, tastes like it smells, which is awesome. this one wasnt overly dry or bitter, cant wait to finish off this six pack.

match1112, May 30, 2011
Photo of PicoPapa
3.85/5  rDev -7%

12oz bottle with a Bottled On Date of 05/16/11. Pours a translucent light amber color with a half inch of white head. Fair amount of lacing. Great hoppy aroma. Floral, piney and some citrus hops. Taste is piney and floral. Nice bitter bite to it. Piney bitterness at the end. Nice amount of dryness to this beer. Nicely drinkable and a good balance of bitter hops. Overall, this is a really good IPA worth buying often.

PicoPapa, May 30, 2011
Photo of tigerbass
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%

I have been on a hop kick in my mind, but seem to have been drinking anything but hoppy beer lately so I picked up a 6 pack of this to celebrate Memorial Day sunday.
Pours a nice golden amber color with just a little head, less than a finger for me.
The aroma was not strong, but of very fresh hops lightly squeezed in your hand. Some mild citrus and pine if you thought about it.
Very nice and hoppy in the mouth, and a nice alcohol and citrus burn in your throat as you swallow it. A GOOD burn that is.
This is what I am after in an IPA and Founders as always delivers! There is really nothing I dislike about this IPA AT ALL! Very, very good.
I would love to try this on draft, so looks like a road trip will be happening this summer!

tigerbass, May 29, 2011
Photo of secondtooth
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Attractive amber-orange. Substantial head. Thick and detailed lacing. Superlative!

Delicious and mouth-watering aroma of sweet citrus, floral, and pine notes.

Taste comes across with strong pine hoppiness, with a slow slide into the firm malty backbone. There's a lingering bitterness, too. Thick mouthfeel.

Quite a delicious IPA, and one I'll be picking up again for sure.

secondtooth, May 28, 2011
Photo of haddon
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%

pours a dark orange-amber. The head is dark cream with a thickness that is long-lived. lacing coated the tulip long after the beer was gone.

serious IPA from the nose. pineapple & orange peel all over the place. very nice.

grapefruit, zested lemons & grass dominate the flavor. if you ever wonder what Centennial hops taste like, here's your standard. there is a sweet malty backbone that mutes the bitter bite and brings a very nice balance.

medium to almost full body. creamy and heavy for an IPA but I ain't complaining.

Founders just keeps cranking out the hits. Centennial IPA is a great sample of a class of beer that doesn't feel like it has to go over the top. could drink this a while without getting palate fatigue (almost like a great pale ale brings with drinkability).

haddon, May 28, 2011
Photo of daveytheformer
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%

into a nonic pint

Pours a cloudy golden amber with a thick off white head.

Smells like pine, citrusy hops, and flowers. Lots of lemon and grapefruit.

Tastes crisp and bitter in a light pleasant way. Some more pine and citrus as well as a light caramel malt aftertaste blending perfectly with the hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light to medium with great carbonation.

Overall is really good and I could certainly see buying 6 packs of this if it were available to me.

daveytheformer, May 27, 2011
Photo of axeman9182
3.35/5  rDev -19.1%

16oz pint glass at the Rattle n Hum.

Centennial IPA pours a crystal clear amber-to-orange, depending on how well lit it is. There's a little bit of white foam topping the beer, and it sticks around for a quick minute before leaving a solid amount of lacing down the side of the glass. The nose is surprisingly sweet, but once I get past that the requesite grapefruit citrusy aromas shine through. There's big caramel up front with each sip, despite being brewed in Michigan this beer's get both feet planted on the east coast side of the US IPA map. From there a brief interlude of bitterness leads to the citrusy close. This part tastes a bit off to me though, it's a very harsh grapefruit flavor. It's what I'd imagine would happen if someone wasn't paying attention and zested a bunch of the pith in with the grapefruit skin while cooking. Unsurprisingly, the body is more to the full side for the style, not nearly as bone dry as some of its west coast counterparts. The carbonation admirably cuts through that to let the hop flavors pop. I don't know if it's the particular hop combination/schedule that Founder's uses or what, but the hop profile just rubs me the wrong way. Probably not an IPA I'd reach for again if others were available.

axeman9182, May 27, 2011
Photo of Tripphop
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%

Orange glow in the light, the color is a hazy reddish orange. A fine carbonation rises and sits for a few minutes, no lacing in the glass, but a layer of tiny bubbles float during the whole beer. Aromas are of hop and apricot. Flavor is hop forward but nicely balanced, big citrus fruits and apricot with a light but refreshing bitter finish. Mouthfeel is light and crisp with a pleasant lingering citrus hop flavor. Very tasty brew, always in the fridge.

Tripphop, May 25, 2011
Founders Centennial IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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