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Founders Centennial IPA - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Centennial IPAFounders Centennial IPA

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6,257 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,257
Reviews: 1,737
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 210
Gots: 650 | 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 TheSarge


4.38/5  rDev +5.8%

Pours nicely. About two fingers worth of off white head, and has a copper colored body with a mild haze.

Aroma is dominated by a spruce quality, and has a good caramel malty backbone.

Taste wise it is very citrus in the way of an orange, pineapple, and grapefruit mix. In the end there is a sweet toffee character shining through.

A bit chewy and oily in the beginning to near end, but the palate is left moist and satisfied.

03-27-2011 21:15:51 | More by TheSarge
Photo of francisweizen


4.22/5  rDev +1.9%


A: Hazy golden orange with a nice white cap of foam

S: Centennial hops, freshly baked french bread, and capers

T: Up front raw hops, fresh bread, and a distinct maltiness

M: Fresh and spritzy, yet satisfying

O: One of the best expressions of Centennial hops out there

03-27-2011 05:59:28 | More by francisweizen
Photo of muttyd


3.8/5  rDev -8.2%

Pours a clear amber/orange with a thin white head that quickly fades into a faint ring. Aroma is of toffee/caramel malts, some grapefruity/piney hops with some herbal notes. Flavor is rather sweet, very bitter, and finishes with an earthy/herbal hop presence. Some burnt sugar/wood flavors in there as well. I have always enjoyed Founders Centennial IPA: very consistent from batch to batch, available and affordable at $11/6-pack.

03-27-2011 03:24:14 | More by muttyd
Photo of garymuchow


3.6/5  rDev -13%

bottled 2/28/11.
Mild fresh hop aroma with a surprisingly noticable malt character. A crisp toasty quality which also seems to hold a slight cigarette tobacco quality. Considering this is a rather fresh bottle (less than 1 month old) I'm surprised at how tame this is.
Some of the most active bubbles I've ever see. Full rich thick head over a mostly clear amber (golds and oranges) body.
Reasonably complex beer with the bitterness the most prominent flavor, but that's not necessarly bad, its a favorable flavor and enhances the finish. Hop and malt flavor interact and blend strongly. Again a toasty taste and a citrus hop.
Nice feel. Ample carbonation that is soft and lends a creaminess. Moderate body with a soft fullness.
Drinks nicely and a decent everyday beer, but considering the brewery I expected more. This isn't a stand-out.

03-27-2011 01:37:26 | More by garymuchow
Photo of nhindian


4/5  rDev -3.4%

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A - Pours a nice, golden orange color body. It's fairly hazy as well, almost to the point of being opaque. A pretty nice 1.5-fingered frothy head gradually comes to fruition, almost a pure white color. The retention is good as well, lasting for minutes. Lacing is very good, with multiple layers of cascading foam covering the glass.

S - The aroma on this beer is certainly something to behold. It's sweet yet more focused on the floral side of the hops rather than the fruit or pine. After the floral beginning, it begins to meld into slight pine trees and a hint of orange. There's also a good amount of malt backbone as well.

T - The taste is very well-balanced, with the sweetness from the malts upfront going a long way to complement the floral hops in this beer. The hops are there, but aren't in your face and give impressions of slight grapefruit, but mostly orange and mango, which is a nice change of pace. Not overly bitter in the least and has a nice earthiness to round everything out. This isn't a hop bomb, but an easy drinking, mildly sweet, and mostly importantly, balanced IPA.

M - The mouthfeel is moderately light-bodied with good carbonation. Not resiny or heavy, but leaves a lasting impression of sweetness.

D - Drinkability is moderately high. The greatest compliment to this beer is that it is easy to drink. Don't come into this beer expecting something to blow you away with hops, as it is more floral and balanced than many IPAs out there.

03-26-2011 04:34:01 | More by nhindian
Photo of KomodoDragon


4.4/5  rDev +6.3%

A - A cloudy ripe peach colored ale with a long lasting creamy white head provided a picturesque view into my bells anniversary pint glass.Fantastic lacing.

S - Yum, the smells of florals compliment the smells of spring in Virginia (although the forecast calls for snow).

T - A crisp and fruity (maybe cherry) maltness gives way to a long finishing bitterness, and finished with some detection of the 7+% alcohol.

M - Noticebly carbonated, but just right. Quite smooth.

O - Perfect balance in this IPA. Simple flavor but very well constructed (especially as compared to double trouble). Now I have some lacing in the bottom of my glass - better get another.

03-26-2011 01:32:39 | More by KomodoDragon
Photo of NODAK


4.33/5  rDev +4.6%

Had an aroma with a definite piney, tinny hoppiness to it. That said, it isn't particularly pungent.

Pours a dark blonde in the glass, with a nice head to it.

Taste has a good dosing of fruity hops upfront, though not incredibly aggressive. There is also a definite biscuit presence there as well that's paired with a pretty good, sweet malt profile as well. A lot of sweet, biscuity goodness on the body of this beer. The finish has a decent dose of resiny bitterness, and a little bitterness lingers around after the swallow.

Pretty good IPA all around. Sometimes it can be hard to tell IPA's apart, but the heavy biscuit here is a welcomed touch. Also, this is rather restrained compared to what I would have guessed from Founders. That's something I appreciate, though some may not. Very balanced.

03-25-2011 01:50:32 | More by NODAK
Photo of ebby82


4.43/5  rDev +7%

Pours a light amber into a pint glass. There is a very significant two finger head which dissipates quickly.

A- a great aroma of hops, very sweet and almost fruity. The aroma reminds me a bit of Two Hearted.

T- Wonderfully smooth, floral hops, bitterness is not severe. A very slight astrigency in the aftertaste.

M- Light, smooth, extremely drinkable.

No surprise here, this is a great IPA.

03-24-2011 20:47:19 | More by ebby82
Photo of Kelly88


4.1/5  rDev -1%

Had on tap at the lackman in over the Rhine. Served in a standard pint glass.

A- a nice orangutan orange. Slippery white head that transforms into an archipelago of tan skimmy lace.

S- very piney with some citrusy twang to it. A slight bready maltiness that is nice with all of the hops

T- bitter and citrusy that leaves a nice flavor On the palate. Some earthy and resiny hops that slam you mouth with ipa flavor. Nice and tasty.

M- nice and crisp. Tingles on the the tongue and delivers some Nice flavor. About medium to light bodied.

Overall a wonderful brew That is appropriately hoppy while being balanced enough to have a few of.

03-20-2011 03:37:40 | More by Kelly88
Photo of FattyJLE


3.73/5  rDev -9.9%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A - Poured a nice translucent orange/amber color with a beautiful thick, off-white, creamy head that left good lacing. Very characteristic of the style.

S - To me, by far the best part of this beer. Strong aroma of fresh fruits, most notably mandarin oranges with a hint of candy.

T - Heavily present malt-sweetness from the start, almost toffee-like, and offset by a mild bitterness. This is followed by a slightly boozy, earthy bitterness with hints of burnt sugar. The bitterness hits hard on the end and lingers. The tastes of sweet malt and hop bitterness do not seem to blend in this beer. I taste one and then the other. Also, not as much hop flavor as I was expecting, especially after the smell, just bitterness.

M - Moderate carbonation and solid body.

D - I would consider this a relatively easy drinking beer. The alcohol is pretty well hidden and the flavors are solid. I would consider it more drinkable if the beer was a bit more balanced.

All in all, I consider this an okay brew. However, I was expecting much more. The hops just don't seem to shine through the malts with the flavor complexity I would prefer. This beer seemed pretty one-dimensional. Again, if you like bitterness, you'll like this beer, but that's about it. Perhaps if the beer had been consumed in a "greener" stage, my review would be much different. We'll see next time.

03-19-2011 03:34:44 | More by FattyJLE
Photo of nickshep7


3.93/5  rDev -5.1%

Pours a nice amber/orange color. Nice 2 finger head that sticks around for a bit. Smell is hoppy orange citrus with some sweet bread in the background - a little faint though. Taste matches nose and finishes fairly dry. Like this brew a lot. It comes off as rugged and unfiltered. Wish I didn't have to leave the state to find it.

03-18-2011 00:01:49 | More by nickshep7
Photo of engagechad


3.85/5  rDev -7%

This bottle was purchased as a sixer from Whole Foods in Richmond VA - poured all six into ma DFH snifter - fresh

Pours good with perfect head, doesn't hang around long and the brew itself is murky but a pretty amber ruby.
Smells like centennial! Honestly it's a lot like Two Hearted but without the earth aromas. Big hops in the nose
Tastes wonderful and complex, very bitter and not too much burn
The ethanol burn gets a little unpleasant as it warms and because of this the drinkability suffers a little but overall it is a very solid brew and for the Two hearted fans out there, get this if you cant find two hearted

03-16-2011 14:43:36 | More by engagechad
Photo of Sideswipe


4/5  rDev -3.4%

12oz Bottle into a pint glass. Received bottles of this from both dfh and memyselfandi recently. Huge thanks to both.

The beer pours a translucent orange color with two fingers of off white foam atop it. The head fades quickly leaving a wispy coaster and some pretty darned good lacing for a single IPA. The aroma is of wet, dank hops backed by a tinge of sweet malt. Taste follows. Dank hemp and a mild bitterness nicely balanced by a biscuity malt presence. The beer never gives in to intense bitterness or sweet maltiness, but maintains a pleasant compromise that works in it's favor. The finish is bittersweet and lush with juicy citrus notes. A medium body lends itself to the very nice feel of this brew. Carbonation is appropriate for the style giving the beer a somewhat creamy texture as it warms. Drinkability is quite good given the pleasing balance and great taste of this offering from Founders. I like it!

03-15-2011 04:02:20 | More by Sideswipe
Photo of babaracas


4.08/5  rDev -1.4%

Pours a clear orange with two finger creamy off-white head that fades to a quarter inch leaving thin rings of lace. Smell: earthy and green with spicy and citrus rind notes, over a cantaloupe + toffee base. Taste: sweet biscuit + caramel upfront with lemon and grapefruit edges then a spicy and earthy bitterness that stays and is rejoined by grapefruit in the finish. Light-medium body, lowish carbonation. Good tasting IPA that leans towards balanced.

03-13-2011 02:10:16 | More by babaracas
Photo of Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

3.68/5  rDev -11.1%

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 3/10/11
*From notes

A: Brazen amber. A 1/5 finger head on a standard pour. Thick lacing surrounds the walls of the glass.

S: Sweet fruit rind and alcohol esters, which I find a bit different for a 7.3%ABV AIPA.

T: Mellow and well balanced. A good amount of centennial hop profile, with a grassiness that persists from beginning to end.

M: Thick, creamy and showcasing a perfect level of carbonation.

O: Another high quality brew from Founders. Their Centennial IPA is good drinking, and a cornerstone of any craft drinker's fridge.

03-12-2011 22:07:42 | More by Rhettroactive
Photo of Brunite


4.45/5  rDev +7.5%

A - Pours dark orange color with 3 finger head. Some good lacing.

S - Subdued hop profile evident in the nose. More mild citrus than "in your face" grapefruit. I nice change form the IPAs I've been drinking lately. A little bit of bready malt in the nose as well.

T - Nice. The hops take back seat to the malt. Not sweet. But a pleasant biscuit flavor with just a touch of lingering sweetness. Also some dryness in the back of the taste.

M - Medium body.

D - I would definitely get this again. A nice change of pace IPA for me. Balanced and not all hop-forward.

03-12-2011 04:38:08 | More by Brunite
Photo of HopDiggityDawg

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -7%

poured into a snifter

golden amber, nice frothy 1 finger head
smell is all floral
taste is fruity - grapefruit, nice hop profile that stays within it's boundries. Kind of an IPA that doesn't color outside the lines - very neat, well done, but nothing that knocks your sox off, which is ok.
very well done ipa, nice smooth, creammy mouthfeel.
Drinkability seems very high which may get you in trouble at 7.2%. This beer is becoming a familiar staple in my rotation. Founders is a very solid brewery imo.

03-11-2011 01:42:11 | More by HopDiggityDawg
Photo of caddybuyer

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev -2.7%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass

A-Rich mostly clear copper with an ample slick eggshell head that laces very nicely.

S-Hello C-hops! Mostly floral, largely citrus of the sweeter variety and some malt backbone behind it all.

T-Interesting, and not what I was really expecting. Floral hops predominate in the taste, and in fact, I'm not picking up much citrus here at all. A little bit of a letdown, as I was hoping for that mouthpuckering hop explosion that I would expect from this brew. I have had this before and remember it differently. Not bad at all...far from it.

M-Well balanced overall.

D-Good beer, but not a great one. Will have to try this again as I remember this being much more of a citrus and pine bomb and not so floral.

03-07-2011 23:36:03 | More by caddybuyer
Photo of AwYeh


4.15/5  rDev +0.2%

12oz bottle poured into tulip pint glass.

A: Pours a cloudy, golden-copper color, with one finger of foamy off-white head and lots of lacing.

S: Tons of hops here; grapefruit and orange are most clear, along with a decent amount of pine. Light caramel malts do manage to poke through.

T: Once again, extremely hoppy; a bit of light caramel sweetness, with what almost seems like a butterscotchy flavor hanging in the background.

M: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation, and a lingering, sticky, bitter finish.

D: Solid IPA, good job Founders.

03-07-2011 08:06:02 | More by AwYeh
Photo of diddyb


4.15/5  rDev +0.2%

This was a 12oz bottle from a sixer I picked up at Bourbon St Liquors in Phillipsburg, NJ. Bottled on 12/16/10. Opened with my trusty Homer Simpson bottle opener and poured into my favorite beer mug.

A- Hazy light copper color that pours with a tremendous head

S- For an IPA the sweet malts almost seem to overpower the piney hop scent.

T- This one is a taste changer. I've found that if it's my first pour of the night, its excellent and everything I'd want in a well balanced IPA. However, If I'd already had something with more powerful hop flavor, then the sweetness of the malts win out. It's like 2 beers in one!

M- medium bodied with some mild carbonation

D- This was exactly what I expected from Founders. Complex, smooth and downright tasty

03-06-2011 10:30:37 | More by diddyb
Photo of corby112


4.47/5  rDev +8%

Pours a dark golden coppery orange with burnt orange hues when held to a light and a 1.5 finger yellowish off-white head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Sporadic rings and chunks of soapy lacing left behind.

Slightly earthy, floral aroma with lots of dank, resinous piny hop character along with hints of sweet citrus and subtle malt. Aside from the piny notes there's lots of grapefruit, pineapple, mango and orange peel countered by faint caramel malt which gives off hints of toast, biscuit and toffee.

Medium bodied with a blast of dry, earthy bitterness up front that lingers throughout over the sweet citrus and caramel malt flavors into a slight dry finish. There's a prominent resinous pine hop presence up front that gives this beer it's wonderful dry bitterness. This is wonderfully complimented by a subtle citrus character that gives off hints of grapefruit, pineapple and orange rind. Underneath, there's a subtle malt backbone that provides excellent balance without killing off the hop flavor. Not as toasty or prominent as the aroma suggests with faint hints of caramel as well as some biscuit and graham cracker. The ABV is excellently masked with only faint alcohol flavor toward the end of the swallow, making this beer dangerously drinkable. The ABV is too high for it to be considered a session beer but it's so well balanced and quaffable I could see myself drinking a bunch of these in one night.

03-06-2011 08:14:35 | More by corby112
Photo of IceTrey9785


4.3/5  rDev +3.9%

Once again -- never had a bad beer from Founders.

A: Poured the beer into a pint glass. Really rich copper/mahogany color. Not the light, opaque, and cloudy yellow that you get from Smuttynose, or even a HopSlam.

S: I'm very surprised. I don't get a generous amount of hops on the nose, but a slight citrus flavored spice. Mostly it is the caramelized bready yeast that I notice. Hints of toffee and cocoa, rounded out with some pine resin and a bit of grapefruit.

T&M: Rich and creamy, with a very pungent, white pepper spice that hits on the mid-palate. Good fruit, mostly citrus, but the malt character really shines in this beer -- hoppy but not too intense. Well-balanced and full of flavor...

Founders really doesn't make a bad beer, some just happen to be better than others. I like this IPA it is bold, balanced, and complex. I feel that some hopheads might be a little disappointed, but I for one, am very happy that this is one brew I can find all year long.

03-06-2011 02:04:55 | More by IceTrey9785
Photo of schmidtn


4.93/5  rDev +19.1%

Nice amber color with a thin white collar that remained for a good time. Left some nice lacing on the glass.

Strong hops, lighter malt.

Taste of this beer rocks, hops is not lost and there is enough malt to satisfy. Balanced.

Carbonation level is perfect for this brew and the malt dissipates to leave a nice clean feel.

This brew is quaffable. Could become a staple product in my house. A nice product.

03-05-2011 21:46:36 | More by schmidtn
Photo of Chico1985


4.13/5  rDev -0.2%

On-tap at Apollo Grill.

Pours dark orange, 2-finger or so off-white head turns to a thin cap, leaves good lacing.

Smell was pretty faint, but grapefruit+pine very apparent along with strong malt.

Huge grapefruit in this, with resiny and piny hops being almost as strong, some floral in there as well. Biscuity malt provides a solid backbone while letting the hops shine. A little high on carbonation but solid mouthfeel overall. Quite bitter as expected, but in a good way.

An IPA I've overlooked...this is easy to find on-tap around here and I've always passed it up for something else for some reason. This is a great beer to have around regularly.

03-04-2011 23:05:28 | More by Chico1985
Photo of THECPJ


3.93/5  rDev -5.1%

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: amber orange with fingerhead

smell: floral, citrus, hops, sweet malts,

taste: fruity, citrus, hops

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, smooth,

Drinkability: this is well balanced ipa, and founders did it again with another quality brew.


the Cpj

03-03-2011 15:55:09 | More by THECPJ
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