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Founders Centennial IPA - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Centennial IPAFounders Centennial IPA

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6,343 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,343
Reviews: 1,745
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 209
Gots: 693 | 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 abrand
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%

On tap at local restaurant served in a pint glass

Pours a orangish amber color with a nice cloudy head. Good clarity and color is bright. Head has really good retention and lacing. Smells of fresh fruits, hops, and plenty of floral notes. Really good smelling beer. Taste is delicious and smooth. Lots of sweet citrus fruits and a bitter hoppy finish. Very sessionable. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and good carbonation from the tap. I will definitely look to get this anytime I see it on tap.

abrand, May 04, 2011
Photo of foogerd
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%

A- Tanned orange colored body with a decent sized white head with great retention and lacing.

S- Freshly cut grass and cracked pine with a bit of breads.

T- Hops manage to be pretty forward without overtaking the senses. Hop character is mostly grassy and herbal with a bit of citrus in the mix. A candylike presence of sugars balance out the bitterness with a light bready quality.

M- Smooth and light syrupy like with moderate carbonation.

O- One of the best IPA's Ive tasted. This is a must try for IPA lovers.

foogerd, May 03, 2011
Photo of lovindahops
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%

My first Founders Brew!!! I have never had the chance to have a brew from this amazing brewery

A- centennial pours a clear, light amber brew with an excellent head of foam. As the foam resides, there is a decent amount of lacing for the brew

S- Now this is balance! There is a clear oily pine resin scent that essentially explodes up the glass. Almost simultaneously, there is a caramelized malt scent. Again, literally balanced

T- a good centennial hop slap that has bitterness all over the taste. The malty flavor is around at the end of the brew and even lingers with bitter, bitter flavor. Again, the balance is incredible for this brew

M- crisp on the tongue. The taste is literally sharp and lingering with the bitterness

D- OK I get it. I understand why everyone is so big on Founders. This is a brew that is totally geared on balance. The bitterness is so delicious that you can keep enjoying this brew. OK.... I NEED FOUNDERS TO COME TO SYRACUSE!!!!

lovindahops, May 01, 2011
Photo of vfgccp
3.53/5  rDev -14.7%

Sampled at a free Founders tasting. Special thanks to Big Z’s in Huntington.

A – Medium honey body with a white head.

S – Bright green hop character. Grass. Mildly dusty. Soft orange citrus note.

T – Big, woody-bitter note right up front. Dry, grassy funk mid profile. Light malt, honey, and peppery-booze on the backend.

M – Light body with a clean, green bitter finish. Ok carbonation.

vfgccp, May 01, 2011
Photo of jgreenearrow
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a translucent amber brown with a fluffy inch thick head that dissipates slowly. A 1/4' head remains throughout the glass with lacing on the sides.

S: Sweet malts and pine tones dominate the nose accompanied by some orange citrus notes.

T: Sweet malts and some syrupy alcohol at the start. Strong piney flavors enter in the middle. The pine really become prevalent as the beer warms. Some sweetness of citrus hops are also present in the middle with bitterness in the finish.

M: This beer has a medium bodied feel on the tongue with ample carbonation. Some slight syrup texture on the tongue as well.

Overall, this is a good beer. The flavors of the beer are quite complex with the sweet malt being met by pine and citrus hops accompanied by bitterness. More pine notes are present in the flavor of this beer than probably any that I have had. But, it works.

jgreenearrow, May 01, 2011
Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.1/5  rDev -1%

On tap at U.S. Beer Company; poured into a 16oz plastic cup.

A: Pours reddish-caramel with a bit of off-white head.

S: Smells of medicinal hops, with a grapefruit back and a tad of caramel.

T: Hops pop up immediately and follow through. Sweetness from the malt is there, but it finishes with a dry bitterness.

D: Goes down easy and hits the spot. Refreshing and smooth.

Overall: A very nice example of a no-coast IPA. This one is crisp, easy drinking, and everything you'd expect from an American IPA.

JohnnyChicago, Apr 30, 2011
Photo of ElGallo
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%

12 oz. bottle poured into a big snifter. Bottled on 3/28/11. Appearance is copper, like a watered-down snifter of brandy.

Smells of caramel malt, mild hops, biscuit, and bland citrus. Taste is strong on the malt, light on hop bitterness. Some residua bitterness in the mouthfeel. Good overall flavors and a solid go-to beer. Not the best I've had from Founders, but all of their offerings are very good.

ElGallo, Apr 30, 2011
Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A: Standard pour yields a 1 finger foamy white head with good retention. Beer is a clear deep orange. Lacing is stringy and spotty with some patches and good cling. Attractive and particularly deep color for an IPA.

S: Nose is moderately aromatic. Citrus, pine and grassy hoppiness. Also some lactose notes mixed in. To style but nothing that really sticks out.

T: Opens citrus and grassy hop bitterness with some pine freshness mixed in. Sappy and slightly sticky towards the middle with a nice citrus sweet balance. More citrus at the end with some cane sugar and an accented hop finish. Aftertaste is a fresh, piney bitterness. Very refreshing and balanced.

M: Light bodied and moderately carbonated. Bubbly and crisp in the mouth with a slight dryness. Finish is dry with an aftertaste that coats the palate and lingers. Very nice. Stickiness is a welcome addition at the finish.

O: An incredibly balanced IPA, Centennial is crisp, easy to drink, and very delicious. Really the epitome of its style. Well worth seeking out.

SpeedwayJim, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of thagr81us
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%

Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Poured red-orange with a one finger bone white head that subsided to a half finger slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, and citrus hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, and subtle pine. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a pretty nice IPA. The flavors on this one were quite well balanced. The aroma was very nice too and kept you coming back for more. The citrus was very forward on this one, but very enjoyable. Get this one on your palate now if you have not before, if you have, you already know what I'm talking about.

thagr81us, Apr 28, 2011
Photo of thebrood1987
4.85/5  rDev +17.1%

Fantastic IPA smell of strong citrus orange like qualities with some pine leafy smells and some candy sugar like smells in there as well. You get the hop bite on the beginning and then the sweet almost chewy candy sugar malt which goes excellent with the citrus herbal pine hops on the finish. It also ends dry but not too dry. The bitterness from the hops is definitely there but isn't that strong considering this has an amazing sweet malt taste to it.

The sweet malt taste and even the hop taste kind of reminds me of some other IPA's I've had mostly Heavy Seas Loose Cannon and maybe some of Lagunitas beers mixed in with a little bit of Stone (because I know they like to use that Centennial hop) For being a single hopped beer it has plenty of kick and flavor. The malt bill is really what makes it shine. Who knows maybe they made the malt sweet and candy like because of only having one hop variety in there. Whatever they do they do it good and this beer is on the top of the list when it comes to IPA's.

thebrood1987, Apr 28, 2011
Photo of Kinsman
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%

Huge foamy and sticky head sits on top of a clear copper colored body. Plenty of head retention with a nice lace left behind.

Big aroma with sweet caramel and biscuity malt aromas at the base which are overlaid by a pungent citrusy hop aroma.

Delicate malt presence provides some sweeter qualities coupled with a notable grapefruit flavor make for a delicious IPA. Finishers with a bit of a bitter kick that comes across as a bit rough around the edges.

Mouthfeel is has a sticky and resinous hoppiness to it and a medium body feel. Overall, a top notch IPA but I served this one a bit too warm for my liking. Letting the next ones chill a bit longer I'm sure I'll find them more refreshing.

Kinsman, Apr 27, 2011
Photo of Daniellobo
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Nice IPA, tasty and well balanced.

Presentation: 12 oz brown capped bottle. Label with an illustration of harvest angles raising their hands up over brewing ingredients and a green background. Notes bottling date (02/28/11? semi covered by the top label… ), IBUs (65), and Alc. by Vol. (7.2%). Served in a tulip glass.

A - Minimally hazy deep gold pour with a nice frothy white head. Medium retention, good surface memory and lacing.

S - Notes of citrus, grapefruit and hint of pale malts.

T - Taste follows without any stridency, nice hoppy notes of citrus, light malty sweetness.

M - Medium-light body, with fair carbonation and a soft finish.

O - Nice flowing IPA.

Notes: Pretty nice IPA, maybe not an offering that Founders will be remembered for but this is quality and sits in the top bracket of IPA offerings. It had been a while since I had this one, and while not fresh of the bottling it still feels rich and worthy.

Daniellobo, Apr 26, 2011
Photo of jables7
4.68/5  rDev +13%

A- this beer has a beautiful orange/amber color. it literally stared me in the eye and dared me to drink it.

S- the centennial hops give this ipa a great nose. the grapefruit essence enters your brain through your nasal cavity and engulfs your brain. a great smelling beer

T- not many beers can stand up to the balance and intensity of this one. it brings tears to my eyes in such a good way. grapefruit without a doubt

M- a decent representation of the style but paling in comparison to the other categories.

O- this beer is exactly what an american ipa should be. it showcases the centennial hop and assaults the senses in a remarkably good way. hell of a beer.

jables7, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of emmasrue1
4.85/5  rDev +17.1%

Smooth, great cold. drank in a stein and the aroma and mouth taste was excellent. would buy again.
I also tried Crudmudgeon and this was so much better. I would recommend this beer any time of the year. I like the tidy bottle also.

It is a very respectable beer and one of Founders best.

emmasrue1, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of azdback
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%

Poured into my favorite Surly pint glass. Bright burnt orange. Clear and very bubbly. The head is forming with large bb sized bubbles. The head is all of two fingers and straw to bright white in color. The head is also very frothy and luscious. Lace looks like she's gonna stay for a drink.

Smell is mild citrus and pine. Some sweetness from the malts and a bit of yeast or bready smells.

The taste is sweet and malty. The taste of a bitter fruit like a yellow grapefruit, but sweet also. As it warms I get more of a tangerine taste. Quite nice!!

Mouth is very nice. Nothing to complain about. It is a well crafted IPA all the way to the end. Rich and silky. Not a bit of water and some alcohol warms the belly.

Overall I enjoyed this offering from the brewery that is more famous for their Stouts. Nice to know they are not a one trick pony. Thanks to HandsomeBrew for this extra. Recommended!!

azdback, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of olmatty
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%

Appearance-Light caramel cheaded crystalline beer with a very thin white head.

Smell-Light biscuit, pine and citrus

Taste-Pine and citrus in equal measure which blend nicely with some biscuit malts. Significant hop bitterness with some orange peel and a lasting bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel-Moderate body and moderately carbonated.

Overall-Very pleasant and tasty. Centennial proves once again how versatile it is.

olmatty, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.53/5  rDev -14.7%

Founders Centennial IPA, growler filled at Brew York City Growler Bar @ Duane Reade Upper West Side, for $7.99 plus tax.

Appearance: Served on a regular pint glass, a beautiful pour with a superb white frothy carbonated head topped with soapy bubbles; lingers for a while. Color is dark caramel/toffee. Beautiful lacing, like a Pat Steir waterfall painting.

Smell: Malt, bread, biscuit. Foodstuffs. Chewing gum. Some piney hops, but not what you would expect from an IPA. Far from bitter.

Taste: Resiny-sticky hops, more of that persistent malt. Some bright bitter citrus (pomelo, lemon rind) but not much, resulting in a slightly disappointing brew. Cookie flavor, very bready, almost yeasty. Caramel sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Adequate, with medium flavor and body and low carbonation. Dry, slightly hoppy finish. Bready all around, some stickiness. Simple and not incredibly appealing, but well balanced and never boozy despite the hefty ABV.

Overall: In the old drinkability, this beer would get a "5.0" and beyond. Immensely drinkable! Goes down so easy. But it is a bit too inoffensive... good to session, but I didn't find it particularly enjoyable or outstanding. Too malty and bready for my taste, this is not what I look for in an IPA.

DoubleSimcoe, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of pieman25
4.7/5  rDev +13.5%

This is my first real IPA, and I must say I've enjoyed it!

Appearance - it poured a nice golden/orange colour, slightly murky, and without much head. I must say I expected some more head, but I'm not complaining.

Smell - it smelled of grains, a little alcohol cutting through, and some floral, almost plant like smell at the end - the only thing I can compare it to would be the smell of the grape vines I cut up at work when I prune them.

Taste - I don't think I've had a beer that's quite as complex as this - it starts off with some citrus, as well as some toasty notes. It then goes into a bit of a "peppery" almost spiciness, then follows into some lingering bitterness and sweetness, which sticks in the mouth a little bit.

Mouthfeel - I've had some heartier beers, but it did feel a little thick and hearty, it had a good level of body to it. Medium to low carbonation as well.

Overall - I have to say it is quite the beer, the only thing I don't really like about it is the alcohol flavour, it just makes me think of nail-polish remover. I've really enjoyed it, and I would recommend it to be had with something very hearty and with sharp flavours that can compete with the bitterness and the alcohol flavour. The alcohol flavour is actually quite the deterrent to me, I can't really stand the alcoholic zang at the end of the beer, I think that's the only improvement that can be made. All in all though, this is a very interesting beer.

pieman25, Apr 19, 2011
Photo of Dubbledown
4.68/5  rDev +13%

Poured into a Guinness 16 oz. pint glass. Very large 3-inch head above the rim of the glass. Deep yellow golden color. Serving temperature 48 degrees. Head falls after a few minutes but leaves great lacing. Clean floral scent mixed with a little alcohol. First taste, this IPA seems to strike a perfect balance between malt and hops. The aftertaste lingers and evaporates cleaner than any other IPA I've had. Close seconds include Harpoon IPA and Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA (which has more hop oil flavor) and especially Avery IPA, which finishes nearly as cleanly but, while excellent, doesn't have this IPA's incredible balance. The floral citrus taste is again extraordinarily balanced with the hop flavor profile. Truly one for the ages. This is the best American IPA I've tasted so far. Thank you, Founders. Excellent work. Tastes so good I'm sure I'll follow this one with another.

Grade A+ Purchased at Stoney's -- $10.99 per 6-pack

Dubbledown, Apr 18, 2011
Photo of zrab11
3.38/5  rDev -18.4%

A- Pours a hazy amberish orange color with a fluffy white head on it

S- Has some matlynees to it and some grapefruit and hops come through pretty strong

T- Hits you right up front with hops then in the middle you get hit with the grapefruit and then finishs crisp

M-Light bodied with good carbonation

D- Overall this beer just didnt do it for me. its complexity really wasnt there. I did drink this beer paired with a funky goat cheese and gizzards meal so that might have thrown it off alittle. I could see this maybe going well with some spicy food. Its grapefuit flavor just came through too strong to really like this one. Will try it again in a year or 2 just to give it another chance.

zrab11, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of Avantyawn
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%

12 ounce pour...

A: golden amber clear, tons of lacing, nice little head.

S: metallic sea water, sweet malts, piney hops. fruity citric scent.

T: Round, tart , fruity, sweet, bitter, slightly funky, pears, toasty and tasty. An unusual tasting IPA, yet somehow, stylistically, a quintessential American IPA.

M: Nice medium mouthfeel, sharp lively carbonation. Oily and coating-like.

O: Overall, drinking this beer is an uneven yet pleasurable experience. The beers flavors sort of jump all over the place, making it hard to peg what this beer's flavor cadence really is. Yet, every time I drink it I find it to be an interesting, satiating and, refreshing experience. My favorite part of this beer is the sticky dry hoppy oils that linger around your gums and cheeks.
A quality IPA that I am glad to have experienced.

Avantyawn, Apr 16, 2011
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4.58/5  rDev +10.6%

355ml brown bottle poured into a Young's pint pot.

A. Slightly hazy orange coloured ale with a white bubbly head.

S. Floral bouquet, tangerine zest and a faint strawberry aroma.

T. Peppery, spice followed by a beautiful hop balance. A nice gentle biter finish, not too light not too bitter, just a perfect marriage.

M. Medium.

D. A wonderfully balanced IPA that I could drink on a regular basis.

AEK, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of DannyDan
4.1/5  rDev -1%

A. Pours out an orange body with a thick white head that leaves some decent retention and good lacing. It has moderate carbonation.
S. The smell consists of citrus, pine and earthy hops.
T. the first thing that hits my taste buds in this IPA is pine, some grassy hops and earthy hops followed by some citrus and some pepper. There also seems to be a spicy taste to this IPA and it went nicely with the nachos and salsa I was eating while drinking this beer. The aftertaste has a peppery, pine and citrus taste.
M. Nice and smooth, the beer clings to the tongue and cheeks and lets you know this beer's taste will be with you after your done drinking it.
O. A nice, enjoyable IPA that is more peppery and spicy than other IPA's, a great choice for wanting something different when it comes to IPA's. This one is now on my list of must try IPA's.

DannyDan, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of Fluke828
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%

12oz bottle -> Liefmans Goudenband Cervoise
Bottled on 3/29/11

A-> Pours a beautiful deep copper color with a big 2 fingers worth of head that takes a bit to die down. All kinds of gorgeous lace sticking to the walls of the Cervoise.

S-> Hard to place. Definitely some faint fruit but the malt bill is also very well represented in the nose. Upon further inspection, I get muted orange zest with some pine but also get some faint malt sweetness behind it all.

T-> I actually get hit by the malt at first, which is uniquely refreshing in an IPA (and that is coming from someone who isn't bashful about his love for hops). Then the hop bite comes through int he middle and finishes with a mild dryness. Impressive balance, especially after this has warmed up a bit.

M-> This has a great feel. Medium bodied (dare I say a tad light for an IPA!?!?! but in a good way) and great up front with the sweet malts hitting first and closed out with the hoppy carbonation. Wonderfully balanced.

O-> I will admit the first few sniffs and sips did not do this beer justice. Only after it had warmed and been agitated a bit did the flavors and aromas reveal themselves. I knew it was fresh from the bottle date so I was put off at first...only to be brought back around and wowed by the balance of this beer.

Fluke828, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of Sensaray
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%

Pour produces an off white small-ish head with hazy amber body.

Bursting citrus and floral hop aroma on the pour. Malt character present upon further inspection.

My immediate reaction to the taste is perfect balance. Fruity malt tastes, and pleasant hop bitterness has a presence throughout. It's a hoppy balance. Light pine and orangy citrus to it.

Excellent mouthfeel. It lingers. Medium to light.

Overall very good ipa. Very balanced IPA.

Sensaray, Apr 14, 2011
Founders Centennial IPA from Founders Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 6,343 ratings.