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Founders Centennial IPA - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Centennial IPAFounders Centennial IPA

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6,222 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,222
Reviews: 1,734
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 208
Gots: 634 | 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 Blind00Squirrel


4.43/5  rDev +7%

Poured from a bottle into a Pint Glass.

Great dark amber color, slightly hazy and pours a thick rocky head.
The lacing on the glass is some of the best I've seen. The whole Pint glass is laced all the way down upon finishing this awesome beer.

The aromatics are excellent. Incredible florals hit the nose going in for the first taste.

The taste is outstanding. Great citrus notes, hops are fantastic, and just a touch of sweetness to eliminate any bitterness. Awesome!

Mouth feel is good. Coats the mouth and tongue well and leaves you wanting to take another sip.

This is a fantastic beer. I could overindulge on this fine brew because its hits so many high points for me. Highly recommend to all IPA lovers.

11-07-2010 23:45:23 | More by Blind00Squirrel
Photo of prdstmnky


4.03/5  rDev -2.7%

*review from notes on 6/2/10*

Bottled on date: 5/10/10

Pours a nice orangish copper color, with a solid 2 fingers of thick head and lots of lacing - great looking pour. Lots of floral / citrus hop aromas, as expected from this centennial hopped IPA. Taste is very well balanced, with a nice floral hop bitterness upfront, some citrus in the middle, and a caramel malt backbone that leaves a nice finish and taste in your mouth. A bit dry, but fairly drinkable.

Solid IPA by Founders Brewing.

11-05-2010 23:50:40 | More by prdstmnky
Photo of Fatehunter


3.58/5  rDev -13.5%

A - Poured out of a bottle into a pint glass. Rust colored with a nice inch of white head.

S - I could smell the citrus while I was pouring it with my nose at least a foot away. On closer inspection, lots of grapefruit, actually that's all I could get out of it.

T - Hoppy hops. Bitter. Good.

M - Sharp and crisp on the tip of the tongue. Moderate carbonation. It seems to soften out at the end.

D - Good IPA. I could drink this all day long. Good solid flavor and smell.

11-04-2010 23:44:45 | More by Fatehunter
Photo of JizackFH

New York

4.13/5  rDev -0.2%

A - Pours a nice dark orange with a nice creamy off white head that left decent lacing on the glass.

S - Hoppy, pine, citrus, sweet malts, earthy, and a little hint of alcohol.

T - the hops and citrus come in at first. Has a nice earthy/piney taste. Sweet malts come in and balance out some of the hops. There is also a small hint of caramel and alcohol.

M - Medium body and medium carbonation. Decently coats the mouth.

D - The drinkability is good. This beer goes down smooth, and leaves you wanting more. I can easily knock back a few of these.

So all in all I think this is a really good IPA. I have had many of these and I'm sure I will have many more. Good job Founders. Cheers.

11-04-2010 19:31:55 | More by JizackFH
Photo of MirkoCroCough

Croatia (Hrvatska)

4.63/5  rDev +11.8%

12oz into pint glass.

Clear orangey, dusky color. Beautiful.

Hoppy citrus pinehill salvation.

Crisp hoppy loveliness with malts in there just right. Awesome.

Smooth with some slight carb sting. Great sharp finish.

Very good, but with high abv beware. If you don't have anything to do, go anywhere that day, or have any responsibilities at all, go for it. Indulge in the nectar of the Godz. Amazing IPA.

11-03-2010 19:19:34 | More by MirkoCroCough
Photo of pburland23


3.95/5  rDev -4.6%

Picked up a six pack to enjoy over the weekend. Pours a garnet red into my Perfect Pint Glass. The hops aroma jumps out of the glass at you. The big aroma did not translate to the taste though which was incredibly well balance with some grassy malts. Not nearly as hoppy as I was anticipated. The bitterness was moderate, but enjoyable. Through three bottles, it proved to be an extrordinarily well balance and well crafted American IPA.

11-02-2010 19:52:30 | More by pburland23
Photo of MNJR


4.22/5  rDev +1.9%

Beautiful garnet-orange-amber color. The head is like whipped cream, quite unbelievable. Smells of orange, spice, honey, vanilla, mint, hops. Taste is quite good: powerful spicy hops, pine, hints of orange, honey-caramel and vanilla. A slight (very slight) antiseptic flavor is the only possible downside. That's the heavy, sharp hops. But it works. The mouthfeel is excellent, drinkability high. The 7.2% ABV is cloaked by the spice and hops. This is a mighty brew. Great accomplishment from our friends in GR.

I never read other reviews before I do mine, but then I check and come back if I missed something major. Yeah, this beer is a solid A- by almost all accounts. The minus I think is that antiseptic flavor that creeps up on you.

10-29-2010 23:10:29 | More by MNJR
Photo of Mora2000


4.1/5  rDev -1%

Thanks to RBlaszak and djrn2 for each sending bottles of this beer. I appreciate it guys.

The beer pour a hazy orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma is oranges, papayas and pine. Very hoppy smelling. The flavor is a mix of orange and grassy hops with some bready and toffee malt. Low to medium bitterness. All things considered, this is a fairly balanced IPA that has a lot of flavor from the hops and malt. Very drinkable. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

10-28-2010 01:30:33 | More by Mora2000
Photo of Pentastar

New York

4.15/5  rDev +0.2%

Appearance: This beer is dark orange with a cream colored off white head.

Aroma: Sweet malts, some grassy hops and some alchohol.

Taste: Some bitterness interwoven with sweet malt with overtones of grapefruit, peach and lemon zest. Bitterness lingers in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: A very smooth, balanced beer.

Drinkability: Good overall drinkability.

10-20-2010 19:31:20 | More by Pentastar
Photo of rand


4.28/5  rDev +3.4%

Another surprise from joel6615. Thanks a lot Joel.

From 12 oz bottle to pint glass

A: pours a copper-tan with a chilled haze with lots of tight carbonation. A sudsy 1-inch head forms leaving lots of lacing.

S: Piny aroma with bready, honey-sweet malts. Mandarin-citrus rounds out the flavor with subtle alcohol warmth.

T: Taste follows the nose with clean, refreshing hoppy citrus up front. The hoppy notes are nicely bitter here, and they're quickly balanced by caramelly malts that add just enough sweetness to counter the bountiful hops. A touch of orange zest lingers in the background. Finishes bitter-sweet and clean.

M: Nothing unusual here, just about the right body for the style and 7.2% ABV. There's plenty of carbonation to leave the palate refreshed.

D/N: This is one of the better IPA's I've had. If I didn't know it was Founders I would have thought it was any number of the amazing IPA's on the West Coast - the beer has that refreshing, clean bitter-sweet complex. Any hophead could drink this all night, and the amazing balance of flavors make this a good introductory beer for the style.

10-18-2010 07:18:49 | More by rand
Photo of salvo


4.2/5  rDev +1.4%

Pours tawny with a fluffy head kept afloat by the tiniest bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. Nice lacing and hops oil running down the glass. Honey, biscuit, shortbread overpowers floral and earthy hops.

Taste is rich bitterness and floral hops that cuts through the malt; the malts reassert their sweetness halfway through the sip, and then the bitterness of the hops returns, more astringent than the first floral hops. Wonderful; wondering how this would be different on tap.

Very drinkable for over 7%. Rich mouthfeel; coats tongue and palate.

10-17-2010 20:58:15 | More by salvo
Photo of weizenbob


4.43/5  rDev +7%

Consumed straight from the 12 ounce bottle for lack of proper glassware. There was a small amount of unfiltered yeast resting on the bottom of the bottle. That doesn't normally bother me but it just didn't add to the appeal for me this time around. Since I drank it from the brown glass bottle, it was difficult to discern much else about the appearance.

A good deep whiff revealed hops, hops, and more hops. The deep floral smell of this brew is quite intoxicating. The fragrance is akin to a bouquet in a bottle.

Not surprisingly, the first sip of this IPA revealed layers of hops. Surprisingly however, is how balanced an IPA this is. Citrus undertones compliment the full on hops assault. A metallic taste appeared in the first couple of sips but thankfully was absent from subsequent sips. In the mouth, Centennial IPA feels amazing: not to heavy, not too light, just perfect.

This is 7.2% ABV but I'd never know it as the flavor and overall smoothness hides the alcohol quite well. That doesn't mean that it's exceptionally drinkable though. Despite its relative smoothness it is still a very full-flavored brew. However, this is one of the more drinkable IPAs that I've sampled. I wouldn't hesitate to hand one of these to someone to initiate them to the style. It's quite good, even straight from the bottle.

10-17-2010 13:44:35 | More by weizenbob
Photo of EricCioe


4.13/5  rDev -0.2%

This pours a dark orange with a nice frothy head that fades down to a ring and an island, and has great lacing. On the nose it's a citrus combination of lemon and orange, maybe wet straw, a nice nose. On the tongue there is the citrus right up front that fades into a pretty deep hop bitterness that sticks around. Maybe some sweeter notes in there, too. I'll have to revisit that as my palate develops. In the mouth the feel is a light-medium body. Some IPAs are like buzzsaws, this is more restrained and pleasant. Overall I like this beer and can drink a few of them in a row with no problem. One of the better IPAs I'm familiar with, right there with Two-Hearted and Stone.

10-16-2010 00:01:22 | More by EricCioe
Photo of dberthia


4.65/5  rDev +12.3%

I bought this beer from Heritage Licquor in Maplewood (very friendly folks there). This is every hop-heads delight as it has an awesome balance of bitterness of hops. This is one IPA that I could have several in a sitting and be 100 percent pleased the whole time!

I hope I can get a keg of this sometime for the kegerator!

10-15-2010 21:28:13 | More by dberthia
Photo of StlHopHead77


4.08/5  rDev -1.4%

A-Pours a deep,hazy orange with a one-finger off white crown that left slowly,revealing nicely distributed lacing.

S-Big piney hops and musty tropical fruit(mango,pineapple)upfront with some slight toffee in the background.

T-Earthy and herbal hop flavors of pine and parsley
with some grapefruit rind and caramel malt that lends balance but not sweetness.

M-Medium bodied with oily bitterness and a nice dry finish.

D-Very high drinkability here even with the moderate ABV.

10-14-2010 11:55:19 | More by StlHopHead77
Photo of BuxMontBeerLover


4.43/5  rDev +7%

My buddy bought a 6-pk at Wegman's for our beer tasting night knowing how much we both enjoy IPA's...WOW!

A - Slightly hazy, amber color. Poured into a pint glass and was greeted with a nice, frothy head.

S - Very nice...the first thing that hits you is the citrus smell along with a nice sweetness aroma.

T - Again, outstanding. I'm a huge DFH fan and I have to say this ranks at least as high as their IPA 60 in my book. Great hoppiness and caramel taste. Nicely balanced.

M - Again, nicely done. Not overly carbonated but enough that it gives you a little bite.

D - In my book, an outstanding IPA. My buddy and I each finished two during our tasting and we both agreed that this is a great IPA. If it hadn't been that we had other beers to try, we would have continued to finish up the 6-pk. It's really that good. This is a beer I could easily see becoming a favorite.

Highly recommend. Cheers!

10-11-2010 12:33:21 | More by BuxMontBeerLover
Photo of dmamiano

West Virginia

4.85/5  rDev +17.1%

Hazy orangish color with a small, off white head. Lacing surely eveident.
Bottle conditioned.
Earthy, sweet and floral notes hit the nose fast. I know just from the smell that this is one special beer.
Taste is malts, caramel sweetness accentuated by copious amounts of hops.
Hint of orange rind, full malt balance and a "whisp" of alcohol leads this into an amazing beer.
One of the best!

10-05-2010 23:28:37 | More by dmamiano
Photo of dubinsky


3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

A - Poured a nice hazy orange/copper color with a one finger, frothy, white head. Pretty good retention with nice lacing left behind.

S - Citrus smells come off strong in this beer with hints of caramel malt to level out the hops and hopefully provide balance. Strong grapefruit, orange, and pine resin aroma.

T - I was expecting much stronger hop bite in this beer, but i found it to be more mellow than i thought. Grapefruit and other citrus flavors dominate this beer. There is a slight sweetness from the malt, but surprisingly less than i was anticipating after initially smelling it for the first time. Great balance between hop bitterness, piney resin, citrus and finally the light malt flavor and aroma. Not overly bitter.

M - Medium body with a very nice amount of carbonation. Very smooth and creamy.

D - This is nice beer from the Midwest. I feel spoiled by the hop bombs we get in California and this beer is a great entry amongst those. Its very easy to drink and tastes great. Too bad its not available in California.

10-05-2010 02:34:47 | More by dubinsky
Photo of hosehead83


4.45/5  rDev +7.5%

Poured from a 12oz. "stubby" bottle into a standard pint glass.
Classic IPA color of burnt orange, with an inviting head of frothy foam.
Aroma-Piney hops, citrus notes
Taste-Citrus, piney hop note, tangerine, sweet pineapple. Hop bite is surprisingly mild for an IPA, but has all the flavor. Very drinkable. Another winner from Founder's!

10-04-2010 21:37:11 | More by hosehead83
Photo of Lauthaha


4.2/5  rDev +1.4%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a half-liter beer glass.

Appearance: Pours a bronze/tan color with a medium level of carbonation. Beer is fairly transparent, not cloudy. Intentionally heavy pour results in about a hand's worth of head which leaves thick lacing on the glass as it recedes. Finally settles to a creamy, foamy whipped-topping-looking film on the surface of the beer. Absolutely amazing, haven't seen head retention like this in a while.

Smell: Near perfect. Very hoppy (as expected) with a strong citrus bent to it. Nice floral hop bouquet, perhaps a touch of herbal flavor as well. Dewy-grass/morning-forest scent. Awesome.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Soft, buttery malt character coats the tongue in majesty. Through this slightly oily layer, bitter hops bite at the taste buds while a lemony zest accompanied by good carbonation electrifies the palate. Earthy, grassy flavor settles in as the party starts to wind down, and the beer goes down smooth, but leaves behind remnants of all aforementioned flavors to be savored after the sip is done.

Drinkability: If a decent tolerance was built up, this could very easily be a session beer for me. As it stands, I'm going to have to stop after three, but if I didn't have things to do tomorrow, I could drink the whole six-pack. The earthiness is a bit much for me, but not necessarily a bad thing overall.

Founders Brewing Company has not let me down thus far. All of their beers are outstanding (and if you disagree, name the beer and I'd like to try it). Bravo on this one.

10-03-2010 23:41:14 | More by Lauthaha
Photo of IPAescotch


4.35/5  rDev +5.1%

Reviewed from notes:

Didn't get a good look out of it drank it from the bottle. No glasses to be found: man, the college beer-drinking atmosphere is killing me.

The hops are very apparent right off the bat, as it should be with an ipa. I detected some very citrusy yet earthy aromas. This needs stressing: one of if not the most aromatic hop bombs i've experienced. Not subtle, but thats not a bad thing.

Has an orange flavor to it, probably originating from the citrus hops. If nothing else this beer has reawakened a love for citrus and the ipa genre. Bitter, of course, not anything too crazy, i would describe as middle of the road in intensity, but it gave many tasters the bitter beer face.

Smooth and with the right level of carbonation.

The bottle describes this beer as a milestone and a standard for ipa. Usually i wouldn't agree with propoganda so wantonly, but this time i am inclined to agree

Weird side note: i literally had dreams about chugging a six pack of this beer. I would always have one beer left and would want to save it for later, but would decide it would taste so much better to drain it in one draught.

isn't it eery how dreams mirror reality?

10-02-2010 14:25:48 | More by IPAescotch
Photo of wvsabbath

West Virginia

4/5  rDev -3.4%

Serving type - Bottle

Appearance - Mellow tan/gold. ALmost looked like i just pour a rye ale. Nice 1 inch creamy head

Smell - Very strong hoppy smell. Got some citrus and malt kick also. Very nice, really got me excited now.

Taste - Well, the smell had me thinking it was going to be a strong hoppy kick in the jaw, but this is actually mild and smooth. There is some bite but defintley not a hop crusher. The citrus is mild at best, the malts with some hop overtones is the feature here. A nice and safe ipa

Mouthfeel - Well it certainly is smooth and easy on the mouth. The malts are wonderful to swoosh around your mouth and cover your tounge. This beer aint bitter enough to ruin mouth. Not but aftertaste. You can go into another style of beer right after this one.

Drinkabilty - This is so mellow and smooth, you can pound this down. But at 7.2 be careful. I was expecting more hop taste, but ended up with a mild solid ipa. This would be a wonderful starter to get someone into a ipa. Id drink this again but with stone ipa, racer 5 and commidore perry, i wouldnt take this over them.

10-02-2010 08:08:43 | More by wvsabbath
Photo of Dunkle


4.3/5  rDev +3.9%

Shared a bottle with a friend. Picked up from the local beer store.

A: This pours a light amber color with almost no head (probably because it was gently poured into an 8 oz glass).
S: Centennial hops, as one would expect! Other floral notes as well. Quite strong.
T: Well-balanced. Some malt flavors to start with and then the hops at the end. Bitter aftertaste, but not too bitter.
M: Perfection. This is the smoothest IPA I've had to date. Coats the tongue; medium-bodied.
D: Drinkable, especially for the style. This might be my new session beer.

This beer doesn't get the love it deserves! I think this ranks up there with Bell's Two Hearted, and it is certainly better than the Stone IPA.

10-01-2010 17:27:59 | More by Dunkle
Photo of Anthony1


4.55/5  rDev +9.9%

The beer is a light amber color with a large foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass. The smell is strong, very hoppy and complimented by notes of citrus and caramel. The taste is extremely balanced from start to finish. The combination of hops bitterness, caramelized malt and citrus sweetness blend together excellently. The hops flavor is the slightly more dominant one and comes out a little bit in the after-taste, but that's to be expected. Very smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, clean & dry finish. This beer has all of the elements to be the one that you stay with all night long. It's very tasty, has a good kick, not-too-filling and is another one of those beers where you just keep craving the sip.

09-28-2010 16:35:09 | More by Anthony1
Photo of kdpark


4.43/5  rDev +7%

A: Hazy tan, thick rocky head

S: Great citrus hops, signature centennial

T: A lot like it smells, surprisingly this isn't overwhelmingly hoppy, it is somewhat balanced with some really great toasty malt at the backend. Wonderful taste, delicious.

M: Medium, mouth-coating bitterness, but not again, not overwhelming.

D: Very high, for a drinkable IPA, you won't find one that is much better than this.

09-27-2010 01:28:29 | More by kdpark
Founders Centennial IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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