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Founders Centennial IPA - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Centennial IPAFounders Centennial IPA

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5,930 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,930
Reviews: 1,718
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.36%
Wants: 198
Gots: 520 | FT: 11
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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4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this ipa poured a dark copper hue. a little haze with a modest head up top. beer might have been shelved too long.

smells of clean pine and hops, a little citrus, some astringency, and bread or malt.

taste is a bit astrigent but mainly floral. good malt backbone. great floral and citrus notes on the palate. mouthfeel is a touch sticky, which isn't a bad thing.

good drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2009 00:06:11 | More by skrib09
Photo of Ek0nomik


4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured In: Pint Glass
Had At: Bodega (La Crosse, WI)

I think this is my first beer from Founder's. I've been meaning to try this for so long, but I didn't want to pick up a six pack of it until I tried a bottle. My opportunity presented itself this weekend.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a hint of copper. A nice finger of head sits on top of my glass and stays for a handful of minutes. Sheets of lacing are riding from top to bottom of my glass.

Smell: Could it be... centennial hops? Some sweet sticky caramel malt shows its face, followed by a nice blend of citrus hop aroma. Grapefruit and orange peel. A little bit of earthiness presents itself as well, including some pine and grass.

Taste: As the nose revealed, the palate detects the same. First up is some sweet caramel malt to hold up the hop flavor. The malt flavor quickly moves into a great hop blend. Some more earthy hop flavors like pine and grass show up first. On the aftertaste the citrus hops show up presents some grapefruit rind and orange peel. Surprisingly, a little bit of alcohol shined through at the very end.

Mouthfeel: A medium bodied beer. Perfect amount of carbonation right off the bat. Those lovely centennial hop oils are coating my tongue, teeth and gums.

Drinkability: An incredibly easy to drink beer. A nice malt backbone, but an even better hop flavor and aroma. The body and carbonation of the beer make this easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2009 05:18:17 | More by Ek0nomik
Photo of beerman207


4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice orange color that you can see through.

S: Very fruity floral hops coming through in the nose. Fantastic.

T: Great malts and hops present in this one. When I think of an IPA, this is what I want to have.

M: Very smooth and creamy. Perfect.

D: I would like to have several of these. The alcohol is well masked.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2009 04:12:17 | More by beerman207
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4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy medium amber color with a decent off-white head that retreats slowly to just a ring but does produce some lacing all the way.

The aroma is grapefruit, pine needles and sweet malt.

The taste is right in line with the aroma, starts and finishes with some nice pine and grapefruit notes with a slightly sweet caramel malt along the way with some mild fruitiness and pepper notes thrown in, nicely balanced, not at all overbearing on the hops and the alcohol content is well hidden.

Medium bodied, smooth and very drinkable, a really nice IPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2009 03:04:27 | More by whynot44
Photo of Stigs


4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, poured into DFH signature glass. revisiting this one since my original review was a little skimpy...

A - poured almost an inch of big and frothy slightly off white foam, already leaving small patches of lace around the glass as the foam falls to a big floating pillow in the middle of the glass. the beer is slightly hazy, darkish orange colored.

S - like an air freshener of centennial hops. abundant amount of brown sugar and caramel malt underneath...quite sweet. the hops are a bit earthy, grassy...just a touch of spice.

T - earthy hop bitterness, nicely balanced by an ample amount of malt. hops are of grass, small amount of grapefruit, slight pine sharpness towards the back of the mouth. quite balanced - but still an assertive IPA.

M - nice tight and prickly carbonation that isnt overdone. medium bodied and definitely on the creamy side. only a very subtle alcohol presence.

D - a solid IPA, excellent representation of the Centennial variety. nicely balanced but will still satisfy the bitter-seekers. goes great with some spicy Mexican cuisine or just to sip on a warm summer day.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2009 02:46:18 | More by Stigs
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3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Clear, bright reddish-amber body supporting a half-inch of eggshell foam; average retention and lacing. Beautiful color, but looks like it could be a tad under-carbonated; never mind, a good swirl garners nearly a full inch of denser froth than came from the original pour, and it sticks around better, too - just got bumped from a 4 to a 4.5.

S: Pine and floral hops up front, with a noticably toffee/cinnamon-like maltiness filling out the middle; very balanced and appealing, but doesn't deliver as much as a hop kick as I would have liked.

T: Follows the nose exactly: light hops and rich, complex malts, followed by a pleasantly spicy and dry finish, with just a hint of alcohol peeking through. Very tasty indeed, although also a bit underhopped for my tastes.

M: Maybe a tad on the light side of medium-bodied, with light and ticklish carbonation; not bad, but nothing special either.

D: A balanced flavor and an appealingly dry, biting finish keep me thirsty for more; not the most drinkable IPA I've ever had, but not the least by any means.

Notes: I got this one as a single on my recent Julio's run (since Founders doesn't distribute to CT), and it was definitely worth a shot; I'm not kicking myself for not picking up a sixer, though. Solid, if unspectacular IPA, it JUST edged out SN Torpedo in tonight's 7.2% IPA head-to-head.


Serving type: bottle

11-02-2009 02:19:42 | More by woosterbill
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3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

We can finally get Founders locally and I had high hopes for this one after all I've heard. It was pretty good but not great.

Poured from bottle, golden with amber, average head with some lacing.

Aromas of grapefruit mostly, with some other citrus.

Tastes of tangerine and grapefruit, a little spicy pepper very smooth and well balanced, not that bitter at all, a lot of aroma hopping here.

Easy to drink, maybe a little weak tasting, which is suprising considering the ABV. Worth a try, maybe not the hype.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2009 21:26:34 | More by MOShepp
Photo of Lunch


3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass at ChurchKey in Washington, D.C. (10/30/09) at an appropriate temperature.

Appearance: Pours a nice hazy, golden, orange color with two fingers of a foamy white head. Decent head retention with some lacing left on the side of the glass.

Smell: A floral hop scent along with grapefruit.

Taste: Not nearly as full-flavored as I was expecting, but the palate is hit with a watery floral hop that is fairly dry. The finish is pleasantly dry and bitter.

Mouthfeel: Thin and watery with nice carbonation.

Drinkabilty: Very drinkable as this beer is surprisingly quite mild. The 7.2% abv is hidden very well.

Overall I was expecting a lot more from this beer as I have read/heard so many good things. This is a decent IPA, but certainly nothing that stands out in the style as it is populated with so many great beers. I will revisit this in the future. Worth a look.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2009 19:49:11 | More by Lunch
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4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle received from Davey. Poured into my tulip glass.

Poured with a nice orange body with a good off white head that has lasted a while, great lace. The smell could be stronger. Not getting much out of it a little citrus fruits but nothing overwhelming. Tastes amazing and very easy to drink, not overly hoppy. Very balanced.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2009 03:26:33 | More by mugglesandhops
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4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample at Alan's HSC initation. This brew is a hazy orange color with a medium light beige head that dissipates steadily. Stringy lacing on the glass. Herbal, floral hops aroma with notes of citrus. Medium-bodied and moderately bitter with floral hops and pine flavors, along with some sweet malt and candi in the background. The finish is hoppy with a lingering zesty citrus aftertaste. Well done all around.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2009 01:36:52 | More by Dogbrick
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4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. Bottled on 8/24/09

(A)- Pours a hazy golden yellow/orange color that produced a 1+finger white fluffy head with great retention. Is leaving behind tiny bits of lacing as it is consumed.

(S)- Lots of lemon, lime, and pineapple citrus in front of a piney wood with light creaminess.

(T)- Rather dry with the piney wood taking center stage followed by some lemon & lime citrus.

(M)- Has a good balance with good carbonation. Really really dry pine, but great fruits too. Among some of the simpler, but refined IPAs I have had.

(D)- Overall, a solid IPA that ranks well in the drinkability department. Nothing fancy or over-the-top, just another winner from Founders!

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2009 21:25:01 | More by sweemzander
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4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a tap at home into a nonic pint glass. This beer was an uber fresh keg.

A: A medium amber orange color with a one finger white fluffy head. Nice full (I mean full) glass lacing sticks forever.

S: I've had this beer many times before, but this is the first time I got these really fresh citrus smells on it. Huge smells of fresh hoppy citrus, mainly tangerine and orange. A faint bready malt sweetness mixes in.

T: Wow, the hops on this are blowing me away. The fresh citrus fruit with flavors of orange, tangerine, pineapple, lemon, a bit of grapefruit prevail with some slighter deeper pine flavor. The sweet bready malt flavor mixes in to provide a balanced beer, but it never get the chance to fully showcase itself. Still, the malt provides a sweetness that allows the hops to be oh so fresh, crisp an enjoyable. Finish is lasting bitterness that just lingers on and on. Wow, what a beer when fresh.

M: Medium and coating, but crisp. Finish is bitter, but the beer feels perfect in the mouth. It's crisp, but full flavor. Nice.

D: High, damn high.

Overall I have had this beer many times. I have finally come to realize that it is best served very, very fresh. This and Bells Two Hearted are beers that take on a whole different flavor when fresh....for the better. The orange citrus on this keg was amazing, truly a thing of beauty. I will no longer underestimate this beer, it is truly a work of art when drank young. Kudos to Founders.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2009 17:13:22 | More by Kadonny
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4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a hazy amber color with a fluffy off white head that leaves lots of lacing behind.

S: Upfront hops; pine and citrus. Malts are also apparent in the nose; there is somewhat of a buiscuity sweetness.

T: Resiny piney hops taste, a bit of malt sweetness to balance, but this is hops all the way.

M: Great balance and mouthfeel, just about perfect.

D: Very good, I want another one right now.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2009 17:43:51 | More by spartanfan
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4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale golden color with a rocky white head and a nice amount of lace hanging around. Good amount of citrus and pine aromas that are pleasant and enticing. The aroma carries through on the flavor and is definitely flavorful but could use a tad more balance. A nice dry quality on the finish leaves me satisfied and there's a lively carbonation that is very refreshing. Overall a very drinkable IPA and worth a try. There are certainly better but this is a valiant effort.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2009 03:59:13 | More by apbarwood
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4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired two bottles of this in a recent trade with hopsleeroy. Thanks Lee! Shared with Swimsum.

Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: A gentle pour yielded a mushroom cloud of froth. Seriously, there was a good five fingers of thick, sticky, head on top of this beer. Great retention and tons of lacing too. Scary. Body was a hazy and bright apricot in color. Light carbonation could be seen near the edges of the glass.

Smell: Caramel malt, lemony/piney Amarillos, light grapefruit, and earth. Sweet, fresh, and hoppy.

Taste: Toasted grains, leafy Amarillos, lemon, and butter. Tasted clean, but at the same time oily (if that makes sense). Great balance.

Mouthfeel: Again, very balanced. Clean and effervescent with a pleasant, mild aftertaste. Medium bodied. Felt very soft on the palate.

Drinkability: A very well-crafted IPA. All aspects of the beer worked well with each other. A very easy drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2009 22:40:42 | More by ThreeWiseMen
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4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap at the brewery yesterday during my visit there into a clean, clear pint glass.

A Copper translucent body with creamy head with great lace left on the glass after repeated sips. 4.0

S Muted hops to the nose, some malt to balance them out. 4.0

T Hops, malt sweetness, very nice balance. This, along with Crooked Tree from Dark Horse, is one of the best IPAs that I have had. 4.5

M Full with hops, malt competing for supremacy. The great balance of sweet malt and bitter hops is tremendous. 4.5

D Good drinkability which, for me, is not always the case in an IPA. 4.0

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2009 02:29:58 | More by adamette
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4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange with sticky, aromatic head. The nose is powerful but balanced between the big, fresh hops that one would expect of this style but also a strong but overly sweet maltiness. The taste is remarkable. The hop/malt balance that was on the nose persists on the palate, with a fascinating interplay of citrus and resinous hops, each of them strong but neither overwhelming, with caramelly and other malts; not a bad amount of yeastiness, neither. Finishes long with an orange zest and notes of sweet and sour. Highly drinkable both alone and with a heap of grub.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2009 03:04:40 | More by droomyster
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3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: light orange color with an amber hue, nice creamy head and good lacing.

S: Citrus and pine are the forerunner with hint of biscuit/malts

T: Well balanced with a taste of citrus/pine.Has a sweet but bitter aftertaste

M: Very smooth with a light to medium body

D: A good IPA that goes down nicely and easy to drink. I'd buy this again

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2009 17:45:56 | More by Tee76
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4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Pizzeria Paradiso in Dupont Circle in Washington DC.

Pours a cloudy copper color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of bright citrus and tropical fruit hop aromas with a solid pale malt backbone.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Robust pale malt flavors up front are soon overtaken by loads of citrus, tropical fruit, and floral hop flavors. Midway through the sip the grainy pale malt flavors reappear and carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more of these.

Overall I was more impressed with this beer on tap than I was the bottle version, however that may be a result of the freshness. Still, both versions are worth a shot but if you see it on-tap I recommend you be more inclined to order one.

Serving type: on-tap

10-16-2009 02:48:29 | More by glid02
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Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Jul 31, 2009 Updated: Sep 26, 2009
So I got a fresh batch in two six packs. And I have to say, this is not the same beer I had in Detroit back in July. It was bottled in the end of August, but its a clear amber colour. Not hazy or orange or unfiltered at all. What a disappointment. I was so looking forward to this again. My previous bottles had no bottled date on them, so they must have been at least 6+ months old. These are less then a month, and it tastes identical to Southern Tier IPA. Which is a decent beer, but its an average IPA. Big disappointment on this one. What did you do Founders?

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2009 01:23:19 | More by WeedKing4
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4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to projectflam86 for the chance to sample this brew!

A - attractive hazed honey w/ a silky ivory colored velvet-like head that shimmers like a halo over the body of the beer.

S - pungeant smell of dank and sticky "killer nugs" and big whiffs of tangerine, mango, peaches and apricot. Not to be overlooked are boatloads of expressive floral and citrus hops. This is one hell of a nose.

T - exceptional! the hops bitterness is kept in balance by a huge does of fruity and malty sweetness. they play together well and produce a harmony of flavors.

MF - smooth and creamy, almost velvety-feel that never gets to sticky or oily

D - balance is the key to this beers success. In every sense: smell, feel and taste.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2009 01:26:23 | More by bonsreeb85
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North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A vigorous pour into my favorite snifter leaves a a cloudy gold/orange color with a thick, cloud-like head. The aroma is mildly sweet and floral. There are both floral and citrus notes in the flavor, and although it is fairly well-balanced, the hop bitterness lingers in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is bright and refreshing despite the big, bitter flavor. A solid IPA.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2009 22:20:24 | More by devilben02
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4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

IPAs are probably my favorite type of beer and the availability makes it even better. For me the more hops the better. This IPA has a nice hoppy flavor but not as hoppy as I prefer.

Make sure to pour this beer because it is unfiltered. I like unfiltered beers because I feel that you can lose some of the flavoring from a filtered beer. But unfiltered IPA are still a little new to me. (The only other one I've ever had was Crooked Tree) The beer has a nice reddish/ orangish hew to it. There is a nice amount of head that remains until the beer is gone.

The beer has a nice sent of hops to it. You can smell where this beer is from. Taking a smell of this beer and you can imagine the hop fields and all. Speaking of hops the beer is definitely a west coast IPA due to the nice refreshing citrus taste. There is a subtle maltiness to it, which creates a grapefruit flavor, but not in an overwhelming sense. It has a nice bitterness to it but finishes smooth, perfect for drinking at anytime I feel, even though it has over 7% alcohol.

It is a good IPA, I've had better, but then again I'm a hophead so this beer doesn't live up to those standards but is still enjoyable. Again this beer is unfiltered so make sure to pour it.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2009 23:26:08 | More by jamescain
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4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Wow, what a beautiful beer. A full head rises, then quickly dissipates. Tons of lacing. The beer is ever-so-slightly cloudy, and a nice mix of brown, red, and yellow colors. Simply gorgeous. Nice hop aroma too.

The taste is fantastic, and very similar to a SN Torpedo IPA. Very bitter and hoppy up front, then a smooth finish with hints of toffee and vanillla (I think). Tastes great.

Mouthfeel is a little watery, but perfectly (that is, lightly) carbonated.

I could drink a lot of these. Nearly as high an ABV as Ruination, but much more drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2009 01:55:40 | More by rickmick
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North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a stemless tulip glass with two inches of ivory head that dissipated within a minute or two. leaves heavy lacing along the glass with striations that create some beautiful patterns on the top of this tawny-ruby body. tight bubbles remain on the top as the drink progresses making for an all out beautiful ale.

this ones super fragrant. lots of citrus and pine but some subtle dark fruits and sweetness linger - almost like wafts off a belgian triple.

taste is damn good. i prefer super aggresive west coast ipa's and this one lacks the crispness and the bite. what it lacks in west coast aggressiveness it makes up in elegance.
super delicate hop intricies and an incredible creamy smooth body. like an outstanding english ipa with high heels and a sexy dress.

i just can't find a founders beer i don't like. if i had to be uber-critcal i would wish this one wasn't quite so heavy. but...

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2009 00:40:18 | More by paulieatworld
Founders Centennial IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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