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Founders Centennial IPA - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Centennial IPAFounders Centennial IPA

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5,978 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,978
Reviews: 1,721
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.36%
Wants: 199
Gots: 535 | 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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4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Bottle to chalice. God bless Founders.

A: The Centennial IPA has an illustrious coppery-orange hue, medium value and the body is crystal clear. The frothy head is white, average size and lasted long enough for me. Lacing was decent.

S: This beer showcases the Centennial hops and does them a great service. They are particularly clean, very grassy, mixed with some woody pine & spruce, and definitely floral. The malts know their role and back up the hops accordingly providing a caramelly/grainy backbone.

T: The hops and malts make their way to the palate. And what a tasty combination. Centennial very well may be my favorite hop. A peachy pineappley flavor comes through, along with some honey & vanilla. There is a hint of cardboard and some medicinal notes as well. This is such a well balanced brew. And the flavor could not be improved. Perfectly sweet and perfectly bitter. Founders Centennial IPA would be a very useful tool for converting non-craft beer drinkers.

M: The mouthfeel is pretty passive and wasn't much better or worse than average in any department. The body was medium, the texture not thick nor thin and the carbonation was pretty average.

D: Shame on you if you don't already know how fantastic this brew is. Suitable for all day imbibement...so get to it!

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2010 21:38:34 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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South Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark orange with a thick off white head that sticks, and leaves a very nice lacing. Smells strongly of hops. Grapefruit and flowers invade the nose, and I immediately surrender. The taste is truly something to behold. Hops attack then subside with a beautifully sweet aftertaste. Alcohol is not too present at all, and could sneak up on me if I had too many more. This is a high quality IPA not to be missed. Once again, Founder's has given us a great quality brew that I recommend to all

Serving type: on-tap

01-07-2010 18:36:17 | More by jamiesessions
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4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Brass Rail Deli in campbelltown, PA.

A very clear medium amber/dark golden shade w/ thick beige cap w/ tight beading. A good amount of lace clings and carbonation is clearly visible - a very attractive looking IPA

S - A great floral and orange-spice nose, the centennial is full in the aroma - very vibrant and green with lots of citrus and fruity scents

M - The feel is slightly sweet w/ tinges of spice and mild bitterness which builds to moderate and has a mild astringent texture -the body is medium and finish is semi-dry

T - A very crisp, lemony hop taste w/ subtle spice and light malt sweetness. The taste has a hint of citrus rind and lots of grapefruit flesh taste w/ subtle pepper notes. There is mild caramel malt notes w/ a subtle alcohol presence as it finishes

D - A great, absolutely tasty and very drinkable IPA! Refreshing and smooth w/ clean fermentation and great bitterness levels w/ a hard to detect 7.2% abv -highly recommended!

Serving type: on-tap

01-05-2010 19:53:23 | More by Slatetank
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4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this into a pint glass; hazy dark amber color and left a 1/4" white head. Left behind some lacing. Smell is very piney and crisp. Taste is all orange and piney hops. Bit of an alcohol bite to it almost like gin. I'm actually surprised this comes in at 65 ibu, it's quite bitter. Carbonation is right for an IPA. This is a very good example of the style but I would say Stone Brewery does a very slightly better job. Great beer though. I can't wait to try this at their bar in Grand Rapids.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2010 01:55:18 | More by thedrewski86
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3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Founders Centennial IPA has a copper colored body with a few strands of carbonation bubbles moving around. The white head is only about a finger thick but has pretty good retention and leaves a little bit of lacing behind.

Centennial IPA has a ton of hops in the aroma; bitterness, citrus, grapefruits. It matches hop bitterness and hop sweetness pretty well to make an aroma that is a little bit like some sort of perfume.

The flavor is a good mix of potent hops and sweet malts. The hops have a lot of biting bitterness to them along with a sharp grapefruit aroma. The malt is lightly sweet and only in the background.

The mouthfeel is oily, but pretty light in body. Moderate carbonation.

Founders Centennial IPA is another good beer from Founders, and it is pretty drinkable also.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2010 06:20:50 | More by Hojaminbag
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New York

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

A - Pours a ruby copper color, with a small and short-lived eggshell head that leaves lots of lace as it falls away

S - Hop dominant, but not too complex. None of the floral characteristics of some of the better IPA's, but rather just a strong, one-dimensional hop profile.

T - Matches the smell. Nice and hoppy bitter, but again not too complex.

M - Average

D - A solid IPA, but not one I would seek out over many others.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2010 05:00:53 | More by NYCWheatFanSC
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3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy copper with two finger, off-white head. Smell is exceptional - a burst of sweet fruity aromas that I could have my nose to all day long. Taste didn't exactly live up to my expectations though - hops are less pronounced, malt has a much bigger presence than I would have anticipated, and the lasting bitterness just doesn't seem right without the matching hops flavor. Medium body that goes down smooth, but certainly thinner than I would have expected.

I would have preferred a more pronounced hop flavor as the initial smell was misleading. Definitely a quality IPA, but I'd look to Two Hearted or Furious before coming back to this.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2010 00:25:55 | More by mchlipala
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4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Brass Rail Deli on 1/1/10.

A - Clear effervescent amber/copper-tinged body with creamy one-finger eggshell cap that reduced to about a half inch thick bubbly patch and deposited swatches of sticky lace down the sides of the glass.

S - Fresh and aromatic with plenty of citrus hops and a backing of sweet, sticky pine. Sweet caramel and toasted grainy malt balanced the hop-heavy nose. Mild alcohol notes also emerge as the liquid reached room temperature.

T - Flavor is a little more sharp than the aroma with a dominant piney character paired with some juicy citrus fruit, especially grapefruit notes. Finishes with plenty of hop bitterness but balanced by a toasted grainy malt character.

M - Medium bodied with an oily, fairly sticky texture and slightly watery mouthfeel. Carbonation is moderate, providing a hint of prickle on the tongue. Finishes with a warm alcohol presence and a somewhat dry, moderate bitterness that lingers on the palate for a bit.

D - This definitely borders DIPA territory. At 7.2%, the alcohol is definitely noticeable, but not dominant. Nose reeks of fresh hops, which is why this reminded me of a DIPA. I enjoyed this much more than I had remembered, but it doesn't surprise me it's so tasty, because it's from Founders.

Serving type: on-tap

01-02-2010 21:22:58 | More by ffejherb
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4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy dark gold with a big persistent head. Smells amazing- huge sweet citrusy hops. Grapefruit and peaches. Taste has a lot of sweet malt. Good citrusy hop flavor but not as pronounced as in the nose. Pleasant bitterness in the finish. Full bodied. Easy to drink. Overall a solid, and particularly great smelling, IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2010 03:47:42 | More by burnstar
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger medium-thick looking off-white head with great retention. Mahogany or tawny orange in color, clear, with medium carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a good film cap with a bubbly frothy ring. Splotchy wisp remains until the end and leaves some lacing down the sides.

SMELL: Pale and toasted malt, and a good dose of citrus grapefruit hops. Notes of lemon and faint touches of pine as well. Decent strength here as well.

TASTE: Pale and toasted malt again, with mild grapefruit and piney hops though the middle. Not as bold as the nose had suggested. Moves into a bitter, piney hop aftertaste that is quite bold and long lasting. Not much malt sweetness in this one really. The aftertaste is definitely bolder and more impressive than the initial taste.

PALATE: Medium body, creamy smooth on the palate. Goes down smooth, no bite, ,and finishes slightly dry on the palate. Nice feel.

OVERALL: A good IPA for sure, and quite drinkable as well. Unfortunately the initial taste lacked somewhat and I didn't get the malt backbone that some other reviewers allude to. This one is like a milder version of Double Trouble, which, if you ask me, is not all that necessary. A good beer, but not one worth writing home about.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2009 13:30:02 | More by Jeffo
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3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Always interested in Founder's offerings when I'm back east. Always interested in IPAs too.

Appearance- A nice rich orange/copper color. An inch of soapy head that laces nicely. Good lookin.

Smell- Some nice citrus, especially grapefruit, with some pineapple. Hint of pine as well.

Taste- Nice sweet malt. A little caramel. A tad bready on the finish. There is a malty sweetness at the end. Balances the hops nicely. Wish that citrus would come through more.

Mouthfeel- A tad on the thin side. Otherwise fine.

Drinkability- Pretty good, but maltier than I'd prefer.

A pretty good offering, but nothing special. Would drink it if served, but would probably try something else on the menu.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2009 01:32:52 | More by callmescraps
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South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm definitely going to miss founders in SC, I'll weep a little into my pint as I review this. Pours a golden hue with amber edges and a thick head that laces well.
Pine and citrus dominate the nose and mouth backed up by a solid malty back. Maltier than most, delicious.
Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, easy drinking, a bit too boozy to be sessionable. I love founders.

Serving type: on-tap

12-26-2009 19:23:46 | More by grayburn
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4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured mildly aggressive in to a tulip glass.

A: A purdy fluffy off white head fades quickly to a thin cap that seems to hold strong throughout the session. An orange hazy ale that has a strong level of carbonation. Many trails of bubbles race to the the surface.

S: Sweet grains sneak their way into the floral power of this ale. I find myself plunging my nose into the glass with each sip I take and sometimes in between mouthfuls. Hops are the main attraction but the balance of floral, citrus and carame lamaze me.

T: This IPA has quite a presence of caramel and roasty grain. centennial hops take the main stage but there is an odd balance to this IPA. Floral hops upfront combing with sweet grain to finish with a sharp citrus twist on the finish.

M: The level of carbonation is where this brew is held back from the game winning home run. Its not the consistency of this ale, when the beer approaches room temperatures CO2 escapes faster and give a bump to mouthfeel. I would also like to add that it still remains tasty at warmer temps, more caramel comes out and the citrus unfolds faster on the tongue.

D: If I were to stumble upon Centennial IPA on draft I may find that I could drink quite a few of these. For what ever reason I crave a Two Hearted Ale after this brew every time so while the drinkability is good... only if I am out of Two Hearted... NEVER!

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2009 04:02:12 | More by llllDrGONZOllll
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South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice golden brown with a tan head.

S: A nice blend of hops and malt.

T: Not overwhelming taste but a very nice subtle, hoppy taste. Not quite as bitter as most IPAs.

M: Surprisingly light. Nice malty feel on the tongue.

D: Very drinkable! The best IPA that I have found that I can drink regularly.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2009 03:19:00 | More by ATraurig
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4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours orange-amber with good head retention.

A dank, resinous, hoppy nose in front of a big, sweet malt backbone.

Full, with nice malt character balancing the onslaught of floral hop flavor and bitterness. It has a fairly short finish and alcohol bite.

This is a very well crafted IPA. One of my favorites in the Founders lineup and probably my favorite that they make year around.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2009 01:29:57 | More by brownbeer
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4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- poured an amber color with the slightest off white two finger head. medium lacing.

S- just the centennial hops.

T- just alil caramel malt surrounded by the centennial hop overload.

M- light to medium bodied. nice carbonation.

D- could knock down four or five out of the six cuz of the abv.

Overall- this is a solid ipa for any hop fan. for the abv this brew doesn't put you out to quick. on an empty stomach three will do.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2009 05:46:08 | More by claminat420
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New York

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on cask at Sheffield's in Chicago. pours a deep amber color with two fingers of slowly settling creamy tan head that has solid retention and leaves thick lacings.

aroma is of spicy and piney hops with a nice concentration and a solid and subtle malt base that doesn't take away from the hops. very well put together in the nose.

taste is more of the same with a solid character and a wonderful cask quality. a healthy hop presence is just rich enough to become the dominant note, while still allowing the malts to be present. nice.

mouthfeel is medium bodied and very smooth on the palate, along with a finish that has the same hop notes lingering after the fact.

drinkability is great. very easy drinking on the palate with a generous hop profile that is very sessionable. cheers!

Serving type: cask

12-06-2009 16:05:55 | More by botham
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4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a snifter... Starts with a 1/4 inch of fizzy head that recedes slowly down to almost nothing... leaves some lacing. Beer itself is a bright amber color with tiny pieces of sediment in it

S- Smells very balanced with a definate hoppiness as well as sweet malts

T- Tastes as it smells... starts out a bit malty sweet, and turns hoppy and bitter mid swig through the finish

M- A tiny bit lighter in carbonation than the typical IPA IMO... medium bodied, smooth

D- Very easy to drink and desirable... bit high in alcohol to be considered sessionable


Serving type: bottle

12-05-2009 20:40:50 | More by bbeane
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3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear yellow orange beer with thin streams of bubbles on their way up from the bottom and it appears that there are bubble like particles suspended in the beer. The head is thick and white and it laces the glass rather well as you drink.

I'd consider the nose weak in today's world of IPA's. It has some citrus and tropical fruit scents but nothing bold or staggering that I've come to expect in this style of beer. Sharp grains are also around with hints of sweetened bread and even some woody, earthy scents.

Taste is again solid but not far above par. Lemony and grapefruit hops are flanked but a bready grain bill. Warm but still sharply bittered with pungent centennial hops.

The mouthfeel really compliments the style with a hearty bitterness and a crisp hoppy bite that strips a nice layer of enamel off my teeth. An enjoyable beer with a light body and very drinkable. There are better ones but this is a good solid brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2009 21:36:21 | More by jbphoto88
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4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

-gold in color, but not much lacing. okay head

-a sweet type of hops that i am picking up mostly

-hops, but could be a bit more bitter for my taste

-good enough for a straight IPA

-pretty darn drinkable. not a top IPA or anything, but definitely orderable

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2009 19:27:40 | More by juhl31
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear and copper in color with a thin lacy white head. Light citrus hop aroma is spilled out by the highly moderate levels of carbonation. The light body is full of a semi-tart, citrus hop bitterness. Well balanced, sweet, and deliciously light. Fades slightly tart with the citrus hops and fades slowly, smooth, and clean.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2009 19:42:01 | More by manahansf
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4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into pint glass.

A - Pours a great slightly hazy orangish-amber color with a two-finger off-white head and good lacing. Head gets clumpy after a minute or two.

S - Aroma is fresh floral and citrusy hops, as well as some sweet malt. Very nice.

T - Flavor is caramel and pale malt, nice backbone, as long as orange/grapefruit and floral hops. Not too intense, just very well-balanced.

M - Medium body with some lasting hop bitterness.

D - Whoa, this one went amazingly fast. Drinkability is absolutely off the charts. Can I give it a 5.5? Very good IPA overall.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2009 04:04:16 | More by nickd717
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4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber color with about a finger of off-white head with good retention. Nose is delicious and hoppy. A lot of citrus and white grapefruit, not too much pine. A lot of good flavor in the taste. A nice fruity flavor up front, some tropical fruit like pineapples as well as citrus. A nice bitterness left behind. A fair amount of malt, as well, but not overpowering. Good mouthfeel, medium in body but good carbonation. Drinkability is good, would have guessed 5% alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2009 00:48:30 | More by fropones
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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
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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
Founders Centennial IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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