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Founders Centennial IPA - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Centennial IPAFounders Centennial IPA

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6,236 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,236
Reviews: 1,736
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 209
Gots: 643 | 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 Genuine


4.13/5  rDev -0.2%

Poured from the bottle into my Sam Adams sensory pint glass.

Poured mid cloudy amber in color with a light tan head.

Smell - First the floral scent of the hops hit me first, then detecting some caramel like malts, very clean nose. More citrus in the aroma.

Taste - This one tasted a bit different than what I was expecting. Leaning towards the floral side of hops, instead of the citrus. Floral hops hit the palate first, then comes the very light citrus/pine notes, followed up by the solid malt back bone. I will say that it almost has the same finish as Sierra Nevada's Celebration.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, slick, carbonation closely reminds me of Sierra Neveda's Celebration, which is pleasant and not unwelcomed.

Drinkability - at only 65 IBU's this one is more than drinkable for me. I could have a few of these in one sitting and not get tired of it. This is my first brew from Founders, and I am happy to report that it is a very solid offering from Founders!

02-08-2011 01:33:48 | More by Genuine
Photo of CuriousMonk


3.98/5  rDev -3.9%

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass. Pours a orange color with a beatiful creamy white head which leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Aroma is very floral and a bit perfume like with notes of pine, resin, grass and caramel. Flavour of grapefruit, citrus, pine, flowers, grass caramel and berries. Mediumbodied. Carbonation is lively with lots of small bubbles.

02-04-2011 14:36:45 | More by CuriousMonk
Photo of jrallen34


4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

12oz bottle poured into my De Struise glass... Pours dark orange, semi clear. There is a huge tope head, good retention. The top of the cap is ugly though as its lots of big water bubbles, not a tight enough formation. Poor lacing... The aroma is great, reminds me of a fresh Daisy Cutter. Enough malt character on the front with a hint of caramel and grapefruits to balance the hop pine finish. An almost perfect marriage... The taste is good but a let down from the nose, I was expecting greatness, got above averageness. The front is not very smooth rough and stale citrus, malt character is gone. The hops are really muted, the are present but not as fresh, maybe this is old...The mouthfeel is nice, very full, coats my mouth for several minutes...Quaffable at 7.2%.

Good not great, but I would gladly drink again, wouldn't buy a sixer though.

02-04-2011 00:35:27 | More by jrallen34
Photo of pdoran10


3.95/5  rDev -4.6%

Pours out a medium to light brown with a finger of white head. Not much lacing.

Smell is muted earthy and slightly citrus hops. Not a big nose. Could be a freshness issue.

taste is slightly roasted bready malt. Really nice touch with just enough roast. Earthy and grapefruit citrus hops a bit more noticeable in the flavor. Nice flavors, nothing that wows.

Mouthfeel is creamy and substantial for an ipa with moderate carbonation. Good touch here.

Nice drinkable IPA, could easily enjoy a six pack of these.

02-02-2011 21:08:23 | More by pdoran10
Photo of Auracom


3.43/5  rDev -17.1%

From notes. 12 oz. bottle on January 28th, 2011 in a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

A - Looks like a pretty solid IPA; very golden coloring with a white, foamy head. Slow dissipation down to white lacing.

S - Getting the hop kick, some pine, standard floral notes, but not much malt quality.

T - In-line with the smell. A little more malt characteristic in the taste but not enough to really provide balance. The hops are overpowering and give a big kick on the backend.

M - It feels a bit thin. Good crispness from the carbonation.

D - A bit of a disappointment. Fairly average.

02-02-2011 17:59:21 | More by Auracom
Photo of vapodge


4.2/5  rDev +1.4%

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass

A - Cloudy, orangey amber. Moderate head with a little lacing.

S - Citrusy hops (mostly grapefruit), but not overpowering

T - hops present yet moderate -- decent malt counterbalance?

M - Just right. Zesty on the tongue after swallowing but not zingy

D - A very drinkable IPA -- not overly hoppy which allows you to drink other/more brews without annihilating your taste buds but neither is it a weak IPA.


02-02-2011 04:03:57 | More by vapodge
Photo of BradDurbin89


4.03/5  rDev -2.7%

Nice amber color and nice 1 finger head with standard pour. Head is slightly amber in color.

Great nose. Hop nose is strong with a light caramel and citrus .

Great bitter taste. There is a slight amount of sweetness and the bitterness lingers. Really good.

Medium body and medium carbonation, slightly low carbonation, but good.

This beer is very good. I will definitely buy this beer again.

02-02-2011 03:48:37 | More by BradDurbin89
Photo of jbertsch


4.38/5  rDev +5.8%

Amber/mahogany in color. Half-finger of white sudsy head. Nice floral aroma of grapefruit and pineapple mixed with a little sweet malt to provide a multi-layered flavor profile not always found in an IPA.

Flavors of bright citrus hops at the forefront, slightly honey-like malts on the back of the tongue. Then finishes pleasantly bitter.

Smooth mouthfeel. Almost thin, but not quite. Drinkability is addictive due to its hops/malt
interplay. A more malty take on an IPA where the malt doesn't take the place of the hops, but rather compliments it.

01-31-2011 14:41:47 | More by jbertsch
Photo of PhageLab


4.45/5  rDev +7.5%

Poured into a weizen glass.

A - Dark amber coloration that produced a massive head of froth. Retention and lace were excellent. Beautiful brew.

S - Big floral hop aroma with some strong grapefruit notes. Take this one in for a moment, it will water your mouth.

T - Initially flowery and bitter. A nice sweetness balances it out, but it is still very hoppy. Absolutely delicious.

M - Light to medium body, crisp carbonation level, slightly oily, and it tingles the tongue.

D - Outstanding American IPA. I've managed to stretch this sixer out a while, but it's become apparent to me that I need to procure another. Worth seeking out.

01-30-2011 18:47:10 | More by PhageLab
Photo of Neecee513

New York

4.58/5  rDev +10.6%

Poured bottle into pint glass.

A: Amber, slight head, some lacing

S: Heavenly! One of the best ever. Sweet citrus scents over caramel malts.

T: Not overtly hoppy at all, very pleasant citrus hops paired well with some caramel malts. Just the right amount of bitterness on the finish.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, finish is pleasant, not dry.

D: Caramel malt character balanced with some subtle citrus hops create a wonderful brew, one of the best I've had!

01-30-2011 00:43:35 | More by Neecee513
Photo of Schneic8


3.95/5  rDev -4.6%

Bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Deep amber color with a nice carbonation. Nice head that lasts and is slightly amber in color.

Smell: Great smell. Strong hops smell with caramel and citrus scents.

Taste: Very good taste that has a refreshing bitterness to it. It has a slight sweet taste and the bitterness lasts well through the finish.

Mouthfeel: Mild carbonation with a medium body. Carbonation is less than average but not low and it finished slightly dry.

Drinkability: Very drinkable beer. The smooth texture makes it go down easy. It is good but not great but I would definitely try again.

01-29-2011 22:26:06 | More by Schneic8
Photo of Franz4


4.03/5  rDev -2.7%

Beer Review #100, I thought the Centennial would be appropriate-- here's to the next 100.

A- Nice copper color with an offwhite head that sticks to the perfect pint glass as it settles. An unfiltered IPA with very fine sediment that is only visible when held to the light.

S- All hops with lemon and pine shining through.

T- white grapefruit up front, followed by a pleasantly striking aftertaste are the first things I notice. Also get notes of toastiness that make this seem balanced.

M- medium bodied, some residual carbonation, finishes pretty dry.

D- Another solid regular offering from Founders, a very nice unfiltered IPA, I'll definitely pick this one up again, or better yet find a place around here to try it on tap.

01-29-2011 22:23:50 | More by Franz4
Photo of Samp01

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev -1%

Pours a burnt orange / amber with a nice beige head. Aroma of sweet citrus fruitiness with some floral hops, and some sweet malts. Taste is citrusy floral hops with some caramel malts. Palate is nice med to full bodied, with very good carbonation. Finish is citrusy hops, some fruitiness followed by sweet caramel malts to take the edge off the hoppiness, ending with a dry nutty bitter sweetness. Overall a very nicely balanced IPA.

01-29-2011 22:13:11 | More by Samp01
Photo of mbusster88

New York

4.35/5  rDev +5.1%

poured from 12oz bottle into pint.

A: Pours dark orange color with nice 1 finger head. Some good carbonation coming off the bottom of the glass.

S: Good hop profile evident in the nose, I get more pine than citrus. A little bit of malt in the nose as well.

T/M: Really good hop character with great pine and resine flavors. Good citrus in the back of the palate. Also get some good malt and biscut flavors in the taste. Good dryness in the back of the taste.

D: I would definitely get this one again. Really good hop character and malt profile.

01-27-2011 23:49:53 | More by mbusster88
Photo of ToAzwethinkweizm


4.15/5  rDev +0.2%

Date: 26 January 2011
Glass: Standard 10oz snifter
Type: 12fl oz snifter

Poured aggressively, 2-finger head holds firm for a while, color is red-orange, lacing is a little runny. Aroma of fresh tropical-fruit-like hops, and a touch of bread and fresh cookie....very interesting but very excellent. Taste of smooth bitter hops, but without a large lingering bitterness on the palate. Very enjoyable IPA.

01-26-2011 21:19:00 | More by ToAzwethinkweizm
Photo of airheadmtrcycle


4.03/5  rDev -2.7%

Pours opaque amber/orange with a big foamy head that leaves tons of lacing.

Aroma of citrus and sweetness. Grapefruit hops dominate the taste, but are balanced nicely by a honey-like sweetness. Great bitter finish on the back of my tongue begs another swig. Not really a complex beer, just great tasting and well balanced. The advertised 65 IBUs seem quite conservative. More bitterness than Hop Stoopid's claimed 102 IBUs.

Medium mouth feel with moderate, refreshing carbonation. Super drinkability. Two or three of these in a sitting would definitely be doable. A very good IPA. Recommended for anyone who enjoys hoppy, bitter IPAs.

01-26-2011 03:30:40 | More by airheadmtrcycle
Photo of HOPPYKC


4.33/5  rDev +4.6%

Poured into a pint glass. No bottled on or bb date on the bottle.

A- The appearence is great. Nice dark golden brown that is almost amber. Gave a nice full inch of head that is thick and cake like and seems to not die down at all.

S- I get alot of hops in this brew. Alot. I get a nice all around malt character as well. A bit of bitter citrus that seems overwhelmed by the hops but still a note.

T- The taste is great. I love the bitterness to the centennial. Alot of great hop character that it seems like only Founders can put together so well.

M&D- This is a very drinkable beer. The smooth texture of the brew just seems to go down easily. It give a full texture that makes you want to drink more. There is a descent amount of carbonation that tickles the throat and goes down well.

01-24-2011 00:12:46 | More by HOPPYKC
Photo of mavbrew


4.1/5  rDev -1%

A: Pours a deep orange/amber color with a finger thick, creamy white head that slowly dissipates leaving some nice lacing.

S: The scent has some nice citrus hops present that really draw you towards the beer. There is also some sweet caramel malts in the nose as well, smells just like I like it.

T: Major bitters from the hops up front and they continue to linger throughout. The sweet caramel malts mix in the middle and they compliment each other nicely. The finish is bitter as mentioned above.

M: Medium bodied with light carbonation, crisp and smooth in the palate with bitters that last long after the beer has passed.

D: This is a good beer, it almost drinks like a DIPA, which to me, makes it better. It's very hoppy but the sweet malts work well to compliment the bitters. It's very smooth and a well balanced, drinkable IPA.

01-23-2011 22:24:09 | More by mavbrew
Photo of harrymel


4.3/5  rDev +3.9%

Thanks to Czoch75 for this one!
Bottled Dec 10, 2010
Reviewed 1/20/11
Poured to NB globe

A: Amber-orange ale pours beautifully to fill a nice single finger linen cap that dissipates over the coarse of several minutes. The bubbles hug the sides desperately, no area is left uncovered when ale approaches and makes contact. Looks sticky. Low haze in the beer.

S: Beautiful! So much citrus, pine, peppercorn. Man, when I smell this I expect the beer to be a DIPA, not an IPA. Wow, so fresh. Have no interest in the malt here, the beer is dominated by the generous dry hopping.

T: Enough is enough. I might as well stop reviewing this beer. IT IS GREAT! The nose divides the sectionals of flavor here. Nice bitter middle palate helps the hops' diplomacy for partnership in the mouth. I find myself thinking: maybe I should just buy some Centennial hops and start dumping them into every beer I drink and brew.

M: Medium body with medium carbonation. The beer dances heavily on the tongue. Not too impressive, but thoughtful in it's approach.

D: This is a perfect beer for me when I don't want the punch of most Impy and DIPA's. Great nose, taste, mouthfeel. I would happily purchase a bunch of this if I could. They should distribute to WA state.

01-21-2011 09:55:36 | More by harrymel
Photo of oline73


4.1/5  rDev -1%

Bottle was purchased at the brewery and poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Beer pours amber in color with a half inch white head. Some head remains throughout.

Smell: I first notice citrusy hops with mild floral notes, after that comes sweet caramel malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a mildly dry finish. Carbonation is on the low side, but definitely not under carbonated.

Taste: Hops dominate initially with hints of citrus peel and herbs. There are also mild floral notes. Sweet caramel malt then shows up and mixes with the hop bitterness quite nicely. The hop bitterness remains throughout the finish of each sip.

Drinkability: This is a very good IPA. I would definitely be willing to drink a few of these in a sitting, and will come back to it in the future.

01-21-2011 01:24:52 | More by oline73
Photo of aepb1


4.33/5  rDev +4.6%

A- Opaque orange body with a small white head and good lacing

S- Hoppy, but not overly so, decently fragrant

T- Citrussy hops, spices, caramel malt middle and sweet finish, a fun ride

M- Light-bodied, good average level of carbonation

D- Very easy to drink and the complex taste makes it great to return to

01-19-2011 17:52:30 | More by aepb1
Photo of madvermin


4.22/5  rDev +1.9%

Shoutout to my main man AwYeh for this. Poured a sap brown, with a touch of orange; average amount of pillowy white head formed and didn't retain well.

Aroma was strongly floral more than any citrus or bitter hop smell. Did get some grapefruit and orange, overall really nice nose.

Taste is similar, with no overload of hops, a great amount of citrusy sweetness that balances the bitterness perfectly. Malt is quite nice as well in the background.

Has a great weight in terms of palate which makes you want to keep drinking this.

01-18-2011 09:14:22 | More by madvermin
Photo of negroobserver

New York

4.33/5  rDev +4.6%

C: Clear Golden Brown color.

S: HOPS! HOPS! HOPS! and more HOPS!!!! with sweet undertones.

T: Very hoppy with mild sweetness.

M: Medium body w/ moderate amount of carbonation.


HBDYWA?: 6/7 of 10


Great beer. My first time trying it and I'm very impressed. The future will reveal more.

01-17-2011 20:55:49 | More by negroobserver
Photo of StoutHunter


4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

I bought a single of this the other day because for some reason I always overlook this IPA, well not any more, lets see how it goes. Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a pint glass.

A- Poured a nice looking light copper color with two and a half fingers worth of creamy white foam that faded to a thin ring that left a good amount of lacing.

S- The aroma is a nice balance between the pale malt backbone and the very citrus and piney hops.

T- The taste is very similar to the aroma with the pale malts sticking out at the start and offering a nice base for this beer. The malts are followed by tons of citrus fruits like grapefruits mixed in with a little bit of pine. The finish is crisp and bitter but not overly bitter.

M- Medium light bodied with nice carbonation.

D- For an IPA I consider this beer pretty drinkable, its not so bitter that it will scorch your taste buds and the flavors are on point and balanced well.

Overall this was a damn good IPA, no complaints here. The balance between pale malts and citrus hops was great and it did not finish overly bitter. I don't know why I overlooked this IPA but I damn sure wont do it again. Good beer founders, you guys always impress me.

01-16-2011 04:17:31 | More by StoutHunter
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North Carolina

3.05/5  rDev -26.3%

By far the best Founder's beer I have had, yet it still falls short of their ever present hype. Pours a pretty yellowish orange color with a thick white head and a little bit of lacing. Smells of some caramel malts, and a good amount of hops and maybe some citrus. Tastes of citrus/leafy hops, a little grapefruit, and then an explosion of malts (maybe a pale malt.) Far too sweet for an IPA. Mouthfeel is medium and has a little carbonation. Drinkability is medium.

01-16-2011 00:25:38 | More by TheKingofWichita
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