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Founders Centennial IPA - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Centennial IPAFounders Centennial IPA

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6,961 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,961
Reviews: 1,795
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 264
Gots: 971 | 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:
Beer added by: beernut7 on 08-13-2002

65 IBU
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3.52/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at J. Ryan’s in Syracuse, NY. Poured to 10 or 11oz flute-ish mini-pint kind of glass—whatever the less-than-a-pint standard glass they use at J. Ryan’s is. Point is, it was clean and appropriate for the serving size.

Appearance (3.0): Clear, mid-range reddish amber. Bone-white head, relatively thin. Some lace, but not much.

Smell (3.5): Bit of a green, vegetal scent . . . bit of an orangey character. Mild, but not bad.

Taste (3.5): Same interesting spicy-vegetal note—can see why people say onion, but not necessarily in a bad way. Strong toasted grain character, very dry—no sweetness found here. Moderate but good bitterness, with a very neutral yeast presence, true to style. Lasting, somewhat vegetal finish again.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Smooth, light to medium body. Fluffy carbonation on the tongue, filling out the body nicely. Rather dry.

Overall (3.5): Maybe Centennial hops aren’t my thing. (I’m assuming they’re the namesake of this brew.) Don’t particularly dig the onion character, I guess. This beer hits the style well, if you like the hop character—decent beer, and I can understand why a lot of people like it, but it’s not for me.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quaffed a few pints of this at The Kinsale yesterday with UncleAl prior to the Bs game...

Shaker pint glass, filled with a clear, richly copper-hued liquid. Head was thin and wispy, some fine white bubbles hanging on the edges, with traces of lace here and there. Nose is replete with rindy citrus action, a precursor of things to come. Medium-bodied, this IPA was also fairly smooth on the tongue.

Taste had some toasty malt adding some lightly sweet caramel flavors to the mix. Then there was lots of hoppy bitterness, with rindy, pithy notes along with a strong load of citrus. A solid, west-coast style IPA. Prosit!!

4/5 rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of WYVYRN527
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours slightly hazy, with a rich copper hue and a frothy white head that has excellent retention. Sticky lacing coats the glass and dries quickly.

S: Pungent hop aroma consisting of citrus, pine and some herbal notes, along with sweet notes of caramel and toast.

T: One of the most balanced IPAs out there. Sweet notes of caramel, toffee, and fresh bread up front, with a blast of floral, citrusy hop overtones. Finish is dry and fruity, with just a hint of sweet malty lingering behind.

Notes: Medium in body, with a slick, resinous mouthfeel that coats the palate and sticks around for some time. Drinkability is superb! Two-Hearted move aside. This Michigan IPA reigns supreme!

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3/5  rDev -27.5%

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4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - Side poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass. Pours a nice light copper or rust color with a thin white head. Not a ton of lacing, decent head retention. Packaging is ok, nothing fancy but not too bland either.

Smell - Just as you would expect from an American IPA. Grapefruit, citrus, pine, nice pure hops. A nice smelling AIPA as a whole.

Taste - The hops come right at you with the grapefruit and citrus flavors. There is a hint of pineapple in there as well, and a decent malty backbone. Very good flavor, not too much hops but enough to let you know what you are drinking.

Mouthfeel - Nice dry, carbonated finish. A good hoppy kick at the end. Very good

Overall - This is a very good brew from top to bottom, front to back. It tastes of an AIPA and has good hop flavor, but it doesn't go overboard like some beers do with the hop bitterness. You could realistically use this to introduce a noob to the IPA, as it isn't too aggressive. Very well balanced, highly recommended.

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle purchased locally, ($9.99/6). Bottle dated 11/15/11, 52 days ago. Poured into tulip glass.

A: Clear gold/copper, with glass-cresting 1-1/2"+ billowy, off-white head that settles very slowly and leaves scattered, thin lacing; steady effervescence.

S: A whiff of pine; malty, then tangerine and lemon citrus; slight floral.

T: Sweet caramel malt; sharp citrus, esp. grapefruit; pine resin brings growing, emphatic bitterness that lingers; alcohol presence.

M: Medium body, rich & resinous; low/medium carbonation; slightly prickly feel; dry finish; warming.

O: Straight ahead IPA with distinct sweet and bitter phases; quite delicious; a solid offering.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This is a very nice looking beer. its not a very clear beer that is a dark copper in color. The head is white and not very thick. It leaves a lot of lace on the glass.

S: I am getting a little bit of malt and strong amount of hops. A very nice smell.

T: Such a delicious controlled hoppy flavor.. The hops linger for a while and turn to a nice malty sweetness.

M: This is one of the best mouthfeel of any beer I have ever had. It is very smooth and has just a tiny bit of crispness. I love how this feels.

O: This is a very nice beer. One of the best IPAs on the market IMO.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 10/21/11

A - Pours a hazy orange, can hardly see through it, white, .5 finger head that dissipates quickly but leaves a decent amount of lacing.

S - Mostly citrusy, but has some notes that reminds me of a cologne. Some flowery hops, apple, and grapefruit.

T - Taste is a tad subdued, but pleasant. Starts a bit sweet before fading into a mixture of grassy and citrus hops. Finishes with a kick of sweetness.

M - Clean and smooth, a bit thick in the throat.

Overall - A solid IPA here. I'm not sure if freshness might be an issue because it was all a little subdued for my tastes. Was expecting a little bit more of a hop kick than what I was getting.

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3/5  rDev -27.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Founders Centennial IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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