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Founders Centennial IPA - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Centennial IPAFounders Centennial IPA

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6,523 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,523
Reviews: 1,753
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 225
Gots: 755 | FT: 12
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 bobhits
2.65/5  rDev -36%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Orange with a touch of red in the hugh. There are some bubbles rising up. A 1 finger head that's leaving more lacing that expected but not anything special. The head stays well and looks very nice and creamy.

Bready sour dough like bread notes finished with citrus aromas. This is surprisingly intense and tasty.

Odd, founders has nearly figured out the Dogfish Head malt mess. They however here are still keeping the hops in balance with the malt (IPA balanced) by a subtle hair. A touch of spice in the hops here. The hop and malt mix is good but it isn't great. They seem to contrast a touch poorly. I'm not sure what is off here. Still a lot of flavor and very enjoyable.

Well carbonated, medium body (a bit high given only 6.7) and frankly this doesn't drink that easy.

Well this is an overrated beer. That said it is pretty tasty to this IPA loving bastard. It just doesn't reach those elite levels. This beer has intense flavors. I think the intensity is popular but it is intense to be intense and the flavors just don't mesh.

bobhits, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of 9InchNails
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light copper with a lot of noticeable carbonation. A really nice frothy off-white head that formed later in the pour. As it settles, nice lacing forms on the glass.

Citrus hops and sweet caramel mostly on the nose. Quite a pleasant smell.

Sweet caramel, citrus, pine, slight grapefruit a bready doughy taste towards the end but with a lingering bitter hop finish.

Carbonation is medium to approaching prickly on the tongue. Light to almost medium body. Easy to drink for a relatively high abv.

Overall, a nice IPA that shouldn't be overlooked. Sweet and bitter with more of a lingering bitterness at the end. It's easy to drink as well, I'm on my third bottle. Give this a try if you see it -- it's definitely worth it.

9InchNails, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of falloutsnow
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Friar Truck's in Savoy, IL.
Bottled on date of 2011-06-27.
Poured into a standard US pint glass.

Pours a burnt tan head, about 1.5cm tall, decreases over a few minutes and leaves a bit of lacing. Head eventually becomes a ring around the glass with an island or two. Body is a cloudy, burnt tan or amber color.

Aroma is of tangerines and assorted citrus: some grapefruit, tart orange.

Floral and pine hop flavors are abundant, also some mixed grapefruit and orange citrus. Bitterness at the end with malt sweetness poking through the hop clouds. Alcohol is apparent in the middle and end, not particularly well-hidden.

Medium-bodied with similar carbonation. No harshness on the palate. Finish dry with a slight burn from the alcohol.

This was a good IPA, plenty of flavor, but the ethanol burn and obviousness was a bit of a let down. Perhaps this isn't so apparent when fresh, but that only means the hops are covering up the weakened malt body on this one.

falloutsnow, Nov 01, 2011
Photo of indesertum
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

quarter finger head. dissipates quckly. hazy amber brown

nice hop aromas on the nose. grassy, piney

pretty unique malt characters. rich, bready, sweet, kinda like kashi 7 grain cereal. good balanced bitterness at the end. nice carbonation.

good ipa, but not a favorite

indesertum, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of jtierney89
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy amber with a big bubbly head that slowly recedes. Decent lacing after each sip. Lots of floral scents including lots of grass and lemon rind.

The taste is very unique. Lots of citric, grassy and floral flavors from the centennial hop up front but the real star of this beer is it's sweet side. Starts with a lemon tartness that is mellowed out with honey and caramel and a modest hop presence to balance things out. The sweet side of the beer is literally lip licking good.

Can't be compared to a lot of other ipas I've had but definitely a good unique brew.

jtierney89, Oct 26, 2011
Photo of mjvos
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, clear amber with a small amount of head that eventually eases off to a thin glaze over the surface.

Pleases the nose with a good amount of citrus and pine smells.

Tastes of sweeter malts gracefully combined with hops and lingers just long enough.

It is crisp and goes down fairly smooth, and it does not leave the mouth with any unpleasant aftertastes.

Overall, this is a pleasant and enjoyable IPA to drink. It is a go-to beer of mine, and it always seems to hit the spot.

mjvos, Oct 26, 2011
Photo of quirkzoo
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Norsebrew for leaving the extra bottle at my place after our tasting. Bottled 2/25 and reviewed 10/23. Almost 8 months old but that didn't seem to hurt the brew that much.

Pours a deep amber with 1 finger of sticky head that reduces to a thin layer that persists. Aroma is strongly citrus. Lots of grapefruit with a sweet floral/tangerine undertone, almost like the sweet scent of flowers on a citrus tree (my parents use to have a lime tree and this beer smells like when that tree was in bloom). As I continue to let the beer open up I get a touch of alcohol on the nose but nothing overpowering. Taste is strong but not overpoweringly bitter. The hops are still there but aren't as present as on the nose. The citrus is balanced with a touch of malt sweetness. The mouthfeel is clean with active carbonation. Overall, this is a really nice IPA, I only noticed halfway through drinking it that it is almost 8 month old so I would be interested to try it fresh but it must have been well taken care of because the hop aroma and flavor was still very pronounced.

quirkzoo, Oct 24, 2011
Photo of Tucquan
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2011-10-22 at Capone's in Norristown, PA

A - Mostly-clear copper with a 1.5-inger off-white head

S - Citrus, pine, light malt.

T - Caramel malt, tart citrus and pine followed by a mellowing, slightly toasty caramel malt sweetness. Moderately-strong bitterness lasts a nice amount of time on the aftertaste. To me, the citrus/hop flavors are even more forward on-tap than in the bottle.

M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation give a smooth, crisp feel.

O - Quite enjoyable. I liked it better on-tap than bottled.

Tucquan, Oct 23, 2011
Photo of bundy462
4.83/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Murky burnt orange. Unfiltered with an impressive frothy head and big lacing that lasts the whole way through.

S: Pine, hops, citrus, slightly grainy. If you're an IPA fan, this is for you. It's pungent.

T: Excellent. Big citrusy pine the whole way with a big lingering bitterness. A true American IPA that is done about is good as it can be.

M: Prickly yet smooth. Medium bodied, almost creamy due to the frothy head.

O: This is a good one. One that should be near the top of your list. Another great brew from Founders.

bundy462, Oct 23, 2011
Photo of langm12
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A - Transparent Amber. Big frothy 2 finger white head with good retention.

S - Subtle nose. Citrus and floral notes. Some hops.

T - Lots of bitter hops and citrus up front, but sweet malts come through quickly. Really wonderful balance. Alcohol is very present all the way through.

M - Medium body and very smooth.

This is what IPAs are all about. Very good.

langm12, Oct 21, 2011
Photo of Keithstone44
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: crystal clear amber, with a solid 2-finger head that leaves behind some admirable lacing

S: Floral notes and citrus dominate, some malt-sweetness follows

T: Citrus from the hops is very evident in the beginning; the bitterness pairs nicely with the malt.

M: Medium-bodied and nicely carbonated, The alcohol is barely detectable

O: Artfully-made brew. Founders proves they are adept at conquering any style

Keithstone44, Oct 21, 2011
Photo of paperbackfoster
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark but very clarified deep amber/burnt orange. Head comes up to two fingers, lingers at one, and dissipates to a solid sheeting that's still pretty substantial.

S - A bit light on the aroma side. Delicate spice over grassy hop and a tinge of yeast.

T - Caramel and toasty barley lay down a base for resinous hops with a rye-like spice character. Big hops here, from that bitter hit up front to an herbal, lightly floral finish. The body carries a lot of hop character as well, lending an acidic brightness.

M - Lively. Moderate carbonation and dry, acidic IPA character are nice on the tongue.

Overall - A very enjoyable IPA. Near to the heart of the style, perhaps a bit unembellished, but completely balanced and drinkable. The bitterness and mouthfeel are spot-on, and the hop character is comforting in its lack of extremes. The beer develops nicely as you finish the glass, the hops building on each other on the tongue for a deeper flavor.

paperbackfoster, Oct 20, 2011
Photo of JMWEB2
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice deep amber color with finger head, and some minor lacing.

S: Light malty smell, and a lot of citrus up front.

T: Sweet and grainy, but also a bitter finish with a citrus taste. Its nice.

M: Medium body, very balanced.

O: Founders has a very nice IPA here, I would enjoy another.

JMWEB2, Oct 20, 2011
Photo of Ehrnstrom
3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: pours a beautiful copper, with off-white head that dissipates quickly, modest lacing.

smell: hops with some floral notes, alcohol smell comes through also.

taste: full-bodied IPA with the 7.2% alcohol coming through prominently. Not sure if my bottle is a little old, but the aftertaste leaves a little to be desired. Still a refreshing beer regardless.

mouthfeel: carbonated a smooth, bitter but delicious

overall: Centennial used to be one of my favorite IPAs, but it has fallen off lately. Nevertheless, this is one of Founders' staples and an excellent beer.

Ehrnstrom, Oct 19, 2011
Photo of rangel2
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ambery/burnt orange in color, says my girlfriend.

Poured into Founder's Pint glass, with nearly 1 and 1/2 fingers off-white, more light tan, head. Lacing is nice on this one. Slowly works its way down as you do but hovers a good two to three fingers above the liquid at all times.

Right away, though, you know this beer rocks, as floral, citrus, and especially lemon hits your nose.

Sip starts bitter (pears, some more lemon zest) but breaks fast into a warm, welcomed malt (caramel) backbone -- Goddamnit! It's that good. Mildly alcoholy, faint esters, super clean finish that leaves that perfect bitter aftertaste that draws you back for each sip.

Mouthfeel is OK, suitable for this type of brew.

Overall, another outstanding ale from Founders.

It's a perfect 65 IBU, with an outstanding balance.

Nicely done. Also, at 7.2 ABV, be careful, because these go down fast!

rangel2, Oct 19, 2011
Photo of Neorebel
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Toasted orange in color - decent head and lacing. Light floral and citrus notes, some breadiness. While I expected a more 'adventurous' taste for some reason, I have concluded that where this beer really shines is its drinkability for an IPA. It's very balanced, not too dry or boozy, and it's not over the top. Big hit at the party the other night!

Neorebel, Oct 18, 2011
Photo of minterro
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A & S: floral hops, kinda sweet, slight alcohol tones. Not a very strong scent. When poured about a fingernail worth of off-white head, looks fizzy from the side and foamy from the top. The head looked like it was going to disappear quickly but after the initial decrease a nice layer of head is retained for the rest of the consumption. Lacing is present but most of it falls back into the beer eventually. Beer is translucent hazy orange with lively with carbonation bubbles.

T & M: very sweet tasting, but its not overwhelmingly sweet. Moderately hopped (again similar to the nose: floral), the floral hops complement the citrus (lemon) tones well, while the sweet malty background really complete this beer. Its not extremely intense, its just plain good. Slight bitterness to the finish. low medium carbonation, medium bodied and very smooth (like velvet on the tongue). Very easy to drink, even a bit refreshing because its not too dry in the finish

O: not founders best beer, but overall pretty well put together.

minterro, Oct 16, 2011
Photo of biboergosum
3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, a souvenir from a visit to Michigan a few weeks ago. Seraphim abound...

This beer pours a slightly hazy pale golden amber hue, with two fingers of foamy light beige head, which leaves a decent array of bubble-wrap lace around the glass as it recedes. It smells of muddled bitter citrus, bready caramel malt, and further earthy hoppiness. The taste is tropical fruit, restrained caramel malt, softly bitter citrus peel, and leafy, earthy hops. The carbonation is on the down low, the body medium weight, a wee bit zippy in the way of the hop, but nonetheless generally smooth. It finishes off-dry, the caramel malt subsumed by a burgeoning, if a bit late, overarching citrus/pine bitterness.

A drinkable enough IPA, but kind of lacking in the zazz, the verve, the je ne sais quoi, if you know what my West Coast lurvin' gob is talkin' 'bout...

biboergosum, Oct 14, 2011
Photo of andrenaline
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a slightly hazy copper orange colour, finger of head with solid retention and some nice fine sticky lacing.

S - Slightly soapy with earthy citrus and a touch of cotton candy and caramel on the finish.

T - Very earthy with cedar and pine notes coming through, citrus notes emerge as well and some milky caramel lingers on the finish.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and surprisingly wet on the finish.

O - Delicious IPA which is nicely hopped and boasts loads of flavour for an American IPA. Certainly a quality sample of the style, too bad it's not accessible in Canada.

andrenaline, Oct 14, 2011
Photo of One2Remeber
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Received the bottle from a friend in Kentucky, can not get my beloved Founders down in Florida:(
Pouring into a snifter.

A: Thick two inch head, extremely bubbly, live carbonation. tinted white colored head. Body is a gorgeous reddish-orange, hazy illuminating color. Beer is screaming "DRINK ME!"

S: Raisny, potent caramel sweet malts dominant in the nose. Light citrus, mellow, tropical fruits in the undertones.

T: Right off the bat you can feel the dry hoppage on the lips. Smooth bitterness (accustomed to hops) from the hops, taste like pungent hop juice. Extremely potent tropical fruit taste in the middle without being overbearing, very enjoyable. Acidic fruit taste on the back end in a combination with some hefty malts and bubbly carbonation.

M: Great transitions of flavor, caramel sweet malts with a bubbly sensation then fruity like jolly rancher candy to a pungent acidic fruit taste, back to loads of sweet malts and bubbly carbonation. Powerful notes of hops linger, almost feel like they are sitting on the pallet after the sip.

O: The beer is not over the top which is probably why I appreciate it so much! Alcohol is in check, not crazy with the hop flavors just enough to satisfy any hop head while maintaining a smooth malt profile that comes and goes to let the hops really shine. One of the most well balanced beers for the style I've had in a long time.

One2Remeber, Oct 13, 2011
Photo of Dope
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A nice hazy amber pour with a pretty substantial offwhite head. Lots of foam. Lacing is good and retention is decent.

S: Decent sweet grapefruit. Simple but decently strong.

T: Ahh very nice. Big grapefruit and citrus bite. Nicely bitter and balanced by the solid malt base.

M: Mid-range, carbonation is perfect. Bitterness has a nice bite to it.

O: Simple citrus/grapefruit IPA but it's just executed perfectly. Balance is just right, drinkability is there in spades.

Dope, Oct 13, 2011
Photo of keanex
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 5/2011 poured into a pint glass.

A: Hazy brown with orange tinges, much like home made iced tea. Many carbonation bubbles floating into a thing creamy looking tan head that maintained lacing and a layer on top.

S: Mostly fresh bright hops with citrus hints. Very bright but not complex.

T: Really mellow with some malt hints that builds up to a nice fresh citrusy hop flavor. Really balanced IPA.

M: Snappy carbonation in abundance with a nice medium mouthfeel.

O: A great representation of an IPA. Really mellow witha good build up and balance. I will definitely be picking this up again.

keanex, Oct 11, 2011
Photo of Holland
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 9/5/11 - had about one month later.

A: golden amber pour with a decent head and fantastic lacing - a thin layer covering 95% of the top.

S: smells of citrus, pale malt and some bitterness. There is some wood and earthiness when it warms a bit.

T: fantastic taste starts with the malty goodness and citrus hops, then the bitterness, and finally some grain flavor in the aftertaste. Some earthy characteristics in the taste are present once it warms.

M: deliciously smooth, then fully carbonated for a crisp feeling. Medium body.

O: this beer is always a pleasure to drink. I thought I had purchased a 6-pack of Founder Porter at the grocery store, but it turns out someone had exchanged one of my porters for a Centennial IPA. As variety is the spice of life, one can't complain at all. This was a very pleasant surprise.

Holland, Oct 11, 2011
Photo of MONKandTUCK
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have finally concluded why our English brethren distinguish between cask and bottle versions of the same beers as, in fact, being different beers with the same name. The India Pale Ale - much like the Irish Dry Stout, though for different reason - is very different fresh, on draught, than from the bottle.

A - It's a deep golden color with a sufficient head that retains itself for at least the first few sips.

A - a blast of grapefruit and mild piney bite. Smells like a pack of Centennial hops was opened right beneath my nose.

F - This beer zings with heat from consummate Centennial bitterness. It's not offensively harsh or catty, but the uninitiated would find the grapefruit rind character abrasive. The malt does its job, being as unassuming as possible while propping up the hops oils... that also means as the hops qualities become more familiar the "boringness" of the grains become more apparent, and even a little grainy. That really can't count against this beer, since with each following sniff of the aroma and long sip I was blasted again with delicious Centennial abundance.

The real knock is that the Centennial hops, as versatile and masterful as they are, can't do everything.... they can only be themselves, not also something else. Other hops could have complimented them well in this beer.

It's natural to compare the to Bell's Two-Hearted, however, I'd rather not since I last had Two-Hearted from a bottle of unknown date... it's just not a fair comparison. However, this beer took me back to the first time I had 2-Hearted on draught... and I was overwhelmed by the same sensation of satisfaction.

M - The dryness of the finish really pulls it all together. I feel the body is spot on for an IPA: not thin, just malts reside in the background. I detected some faint grainy-ness early on, but I suspect I was looking for something creamier... which an IPA just is not.
As the beer drank, hops took their toll on the palate; however; the fusels' heat balanced that in company with a more perceptible malt body.

O - This is what American craft brewing is all about! I recently had several very acclaimed IPA's from the bottle, my God, they don't do the style justice! This was like Grapefruit on a tastebud murder spree. My receptors went haywire trying to figure out if they were taking down something juicy or sharp.

That said, I do feel the need to re-address one point: Centennial might be the single greatest hop going, it's certainly highly versatile and distinct. However, her sisters Cascade and Columbus make for a kinky menage trois... and Amarillo and Summit compliment equally well.

I'll pick this beer 8 days a week over virtually any hop-mess out there. The exception would be made for beers with judicious hop-pairings (given a similar yeast profile).

MONKandTUCK, Oct 10, 2011
Photo of tewaris
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz, bottled about 10 days ago, poured into a generic beer glass. Amber-copper hued, fairly clear, with a good and fluffy alabaster colored head. Good head retention and decent lacing.

Aroma is initially all bready and malty but slowly transitions through candied fruit to intense citrus with notes of tropical fruit. I bet it had to do with the head and the head space in the glass.

The taste is strong on citrus, specifically orange zest and grapefruit. Some alcohol here and there but never interfering. Not the driest IPA but fairly dry, with firm bitterness. Certainly not as big on tropical notes of mango-papaya-pineapple like Two Hearted, but definitely more earthy and perhaps marginally more bitter.

Good body, great feel, and more alcohol by volume than I like. Underrated in my opinion because it'll always be compared to Two Hearted; the latter is more "flamboyant and outgoing" but both are equally good in my opinion.

tewaris, Oct 09, 2011
Founders Centennial IPA from Founders Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 6,523 ratings.