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Founders Centennial IPA - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Centennial IPAFounders Centennial IPA

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5,971 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,971
Reviews: 1,721
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.36%
Wants: 199
Gots: 533 | 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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Photo of blackenmn


4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass:

Appearance and Smell-Poured a nice thick, consistent, very bright orange with a small frothy white head which laced the lass well. Definitely some carbonation hiding in the middle of this. The smell was powerful. Hard hitting piney hops with some definite deep citrus with some lemon and very subtle pineapple like sweetness in back.

Taste and Mouthfeel-Taste was full of citrus and pine. The pine took over when the hops hit. Left a strong lingering bitterness between sips. Very hoppy with a good complexity too it. Definitely not one dimensional in flavor or feel, had some citrus almost subtle toffee like sweetness which kept the pine from being too overwhelming.

Drinkability-I could drink a few of these without a doubt. Nice hoppy one without being too overly sweet or bogged down.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2009 03:19:47 | More by blackenmn
Photo of TLove

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz to glass tumbler.

Solid offering. 7.2% ABV strong throughout. The most surprising component is the strength of bitterness in the otherwise light 65 IBU for the IPA type.

A pale, reddish-orange tint with a 1/2 finger head and moderate lacing. The smell is overwhelmingly bitter and sour hops. There are definately some sharp Cascade dry, whole hops in there and a slight sweetness from some lime, avocado, lemon, and green raisin. The syrupy complexity has a surprisingly bitter hop structure for a beer with a mere 65 IBU's. Pungent and complex.

The finish is thin, stringent, and very dry. There is a touch of softness and minimal carbonation. The bitterness follows though to the end. Smooth finish and syrupy sweetness on the back end.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2009 04:16:46 | More by TLove
Photo of Mistofminn


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

Pours a light hazy copper color with an attractive white head with has excellent retention and amazing sticky lacing.

The nose is an expert blend of hops and malts. The ultimate balance, a great smelling IPA. An amazing marriage of earthy and floral hops.

Taste is a lot like the smell, a great blend of citrus and earthy hops that go along great with the malt backbone. Very well balanced.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice bitter after taste. A good carbonation level rounds it out. Great drinkability for an IPA.

Overall, this is a good representation of a widely represented style. Definitely above average. However, with so many great examples of the style out there, I doubt I would get this again. There are so many IPA's out there that are better (and probably cheaper) than this and I will reach for those. Still a good beer, no doubt.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2009 05:18:10 | More by Mistofminn
Photo of cdkrenz


4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Copper body with a rich, three inch, pale tan head.

S - Aroma of citrus, hops and an inkling of tobacco.

T - Perfect hops to start and they carry through to a rich, bitter finish.

M - Smooth and silky throughout, which is interesting in an IPA.

~ This brew is sure to please anyone that's a fan of great hops flavor.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2009 02:11:04 | More by cdkrenz
Photo of Morey


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

Pours a slightly hazy copper orange color with a nice white 2 inch head that has some major sticking properties.

Aroma is a nice blend of hops, malts, and earthy tones.

Taste alot like it smells. The hops hit you first, but the earthy and malty flavors rush in to make this a full flavored Ipa experience with a lingering bitter finish. Reminds me a bit of Great Divide Titan, but this is a bit more hoppy.

Medium bodied mouthfeel with a nice lingering bitterness accompanied by moderate carbonation.

I could definitely drink a few of these, but still, this is not your ideal session beer.

Morey's Bottom Line: A nice big bitter Ipa from the East Coast. The fresher the better. Would definitely purchase again, but I actually find Double Trouble to be more drinkable and all around better beer despite the higher ABV.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2009 22:43:14 | More by Morey
Photo of allboutbierge


4.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Absolutely wonderful IPA...probably the best Ive ever had.

Appearance has almost an golden apple juice color with a big white head letting off a rich crisp bouquet full of grapefruit and pine. Little floral note. Flavor is crisp and very rich in its bitterness...no sourness at all. Just tons of grapefruit and pine. Nice balance brought on by the toasty malts, finishes pretty grassy. An exceptional IPA that doesn't burn taste buds but carries a bitterness that doesn't bore after a few pints.

Serving type: on-tap

09-14-2009 17:22:04 | More by allboutbierge
Photo of HisDorian


4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Have been looking forward to this one for a few days.

Poured from bottle into an oversized tulip glass. Giant head, but great aromas coming off of it. I let it sit for about 6 minutes before I returned.

Still had a 2 finger head, and amazing amounts of lacing for about 3 more fingers. Citrus and pine from the hops immediately in the nose.

First sip is definitely a mild pale. Not a hop bomb, but very well balanced. A touch of carmel and a nice body to back up the grapefruity pine.

Nice decent presence in my mouth. Not too thin, not too chewy, and extremely sippable. I could see myself easily getting carried away with this beer.

All in all, it's a super smooth pale ale, that's extremely drinkable. Great balance, color, body, and everything else. Just a good all around beer.

I do believe I'm going to pick up a pack of this soon. :-)

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2009 08:03:38 | More by HisDorian
Photo of bret27


4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

App: Deep full amber, little head, not amazing, but nothing wrong.

Smell: Hops of the centennial kind. Citrusy, floral, little pine, earty sweetness.

Taste: Hops and malt, very well balanced imo, Good malty background. Definite full sweetness hiding behind the hops. Hops taste is same as smell but more pronounced pine, citrus+bitterness lingering.

Mouthfeel: Full body, dry finish.

Overall: Not a blast of any one component, but solid overall in every category. I saw a note that it was used as a benchmark in BJCP judging for ipa's, which makes sense because its just a good example of an all-around ipa.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2009 04:13:28 | More by bret27
Photo of JoEBoBpr


4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into the Sam Adams glass.

A - Pours a beautiful strong copper color with an off-white head that is pretty dense and is about 1.5 inches tall. The head has great retention.

S - Nice piney and grapefruit smell. There is also some nut and bread hints to the nose that blends in nicely with the piney smell.

T - Nice initial sweet malt taste that quickly is seized by the grapefruit acidity and dryness. There is also an immediate piney hint right before the grapefruit comes in. The hop character is extremely appealing.

M - Medium to light bodied with some nice crispness and great balance with CO2.

D - Very drinkable, ABV not too high.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2009 22:09:16 | More by JoEBoBpr
Photo of TheFightfan1


4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well I've had this on tap,with 100% centennial whole leaf hops in a randall. Now time to review the last beer in my variety pack.

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a extremley thick white heading that left soapy looking rings after every little sip.

Smell is very crisp and hoppy. Some caramel malts kick in along with some earthiness.

Taste is very hoppy and bitter but not overwhelming. Amazing hop taste off that bat. Light caramel malts give it an extra push and makes this even more enjoyable.

Leaves a slight hoppy oiliness in the mouth. medium bodied and a very crisp feel. Goes down smooth and bubbley with a long ligering in hops.

Drink is very good easy a session beer and a definite taster.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2009 15:37:15 | More by TheFightfan1
Photo of homebrewhawk


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

12oz. bottle served in a shaker pint. Poured a slightly hazy gold with about a finger of fine bubbled white head. Nice citrusy hop aroma with some bready malt. The hops jump right out at you, but they are backed up with a solid malt base. Medium bodied with smooth carbonation. Long drying finish from the hops. Pretty drinkable for such a hoppy beer. I can see this one becoming a regular in my rotation.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2009 03:25:26 | More by homebrewhawk
Photo of dfillius


3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Aggressive pour yields 3/4 finger of white foam with okay retention. Cloudy gold-amber liquid with bits in suspension. I should've been lighter on my pour. :-(

S: Alcohol, some hop, oxidation, sherry notes?

T: Nice malt balance with sweet finish as bitterness kicks in. Really nice! Alcohol is missing. Pleasant Centennial flavor and bitterness with floral and citrus. Some wet cardboard :-(

M: Mouth watering, pleasantly bitter.

D: Tasty and enjoyable. I think this one was slightly oxidized or old. I'd love to have another and buy a 6 pack of fresh stuff!

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2009 22:50:31 | More by dfillius
Photo of ndillon45

North Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

D-lish-us. Pours dirty brown with heavy carbonation present. Very thick, overflowing head. Aroma is right down my alley. I sunk my nose into this one was not disappointed one bit. However, I did sneeze about 10 times after fully engulfing my nostrils into the head. But the taste is outstanding. Feels great in the mouth and I wouldn't hesitate to drink this all night long, although that may not be so wise. Personally, I really love this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2009 02:59:25 | More by ndillon45
Photo of beerad666


4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an American pint glass.

The color is a light brown almost copper color with some light golden highlights. I've seen the head be large and small on this and this time it was rather large about three to four fingers. Outstanding lacing on this guy, sticking to the glass till the last hoppy sip. The hop aroma hits you as soon as it begins to pour. With strong citrus and piney notes. The smell of a great IPA right there! The hops hit you with every drink of this beer. The depth is there too not overly complex but it isn't just a lot of hops, it has a good amount of malts with the pine and citrus. A great beer all around and something that I routinely find myself drinking.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2009 23:05:48 | More by beerad666
Photo of TheViolator666


3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with twist-off cap poured into pint glass.

A: Pours light brown/golden color. Leaves a thin white head and some nice light and thin lacing.

S: Surprisingly, there is a huge malt aroma. The citrusy and piney hops almost take a back seat the malt.

T: Centennial hops! Big pine flavor, with piney aftertaste as well as a definite malt sweetness. The malts are caramelly and earthy, and the hops are mostly pine with a bit of lemon zest. There is an alcohol burn as it goes down. Very well balanced.

M/D: The alcohol could be more well hidden, but the body of this one is very well done.

I think I have a grasp on centennial hops now! Overall, not an IPA for the folks that like Hop bombs, definitely a well balanced beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2009 23:20:27 | More by TheViolator666
Photo of Casey10


4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

aquired as extra from heliosphann thanks for this one !!

A - Copper orange hue with a light head

S - Faint not alot here slight orange smell

T - This is were this one takes off nice and tart smooth orange flavor slight peppery feel really nice ipa.

M - Citrusy, tart, warms the mouth with the hops flavors really kicking in.

D - Wow I wished I had regular access to this as I would make this a staple as it was very good.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2009 01:16:41 | More by Casey10
Photo of Lolli1315


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

A- Orangeish color and a little hazy. Maybe a finger of head, the lacing is excellent at well. Pretty reminicent of what a good IPA should look like.

S- Citrus flavors come through strong. The and orange and lemon are very prevalent and dominate the smell. Yeasty/bready smell very faint. A spice from the hops comes through at the end.

T- The citrus hits you first, but the bitterness smacks you quickly afterwards. Nice switch between the two tastes with the dry bitter finish being quite enjoyable for an IPA.

M- Moderate carbonation and thin mouthfeel. The type of beer I would like to wind down a summer afternoon with.

D- Wasn't crazy about the drinkability at the first sip of this beer, but after a couple drinks it was hard for me to put this beer down.

Notes: This will most likely be rotating with Two Hearted when I buy IPA's.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2009 21:18:25 | More by Lolli1315
Photo of DoubleDeadGuy


4.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite IPAs. Great taste, great drinkability. This tastes like what an IPA should taste like. Very pleasing to the palate. Can drink more than one in a sitting. I've had it on tap too and it's one of the few beers that tastes the same on tap or in a bottle. What more can be said?

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2009 06:50:15 | More by DoubleDeadGuy
Photo of jdklks


4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a nice, transparent bubble-laden amber color with a huge puffy white-tan head. looks good. smells good. citrusy, piney, hoppy. the usual smells from an ipa, but perhaps less intense with an added malt presence.

taste is good, but a little underwhelming. more malty than expected or desired (though it was apparent in the smell). a citrus fruit (esp. orange) sweetness up front. bitter hops through the middle and into the aftertaste, though late aftertaste is of sweet malts.

great mouthfeel and great drinkability. definitely sessionable on a hot summer night.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2009 04:58:02 | More by jdklks
Photo of jdubjacket


3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cracked one of these open on a lazy Sunday.

Pours a beautiful copper color with little head and only some lacing.

Smell is incredibly hoppy. Not as much citrus as I was expecting. A little bit of fruit.

One of the hoppier beers that I've had in a while. Hops come up and punch you in the face and hang around with a bitter aftertaste. Some malt presence back up the beer.

Overall, a decent IPA and I'm glad I got to try it, but there are better, more balanced IPA's available.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2009 20:14:03 | More by jdubjacket
Photo of drabmuh


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

This was my first venture into Founders Beer. I hope to do a lot more. This was a good IPA. I have to say to begin, this is not my favorite IPA, but I would definitely drink it again. This beer has this apple-ish flavor. It pours dark yellow, slightly hazy but mostly clear. Thin head, doesn't quite cover the top of the beer. Aroma was strong to begin and fell away as the head fell away. This is a very drinkable IPA, bitterness builds as you drink it. Never overwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2009 21:33:31 | More by drabmuh
Photo of alcstradamus


3.25/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Murky amber pour with a huge 3 finger head that camps out forever and leaves nice lacing. Smell is musty earthy hops and caramel, and the taste is not much different. Seems like its lacking freshness, but no date code = fair game. There isn't really much to say about this beer, just your average IPA, not very complex or noteworthy

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2009 23:01:09 | More by alcstradamus
Photo of OlRasputin989


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

A: hazy, copper colored brew with an off-white head. leaves decent lacing

S: citric fruitiness and flowerlike, with notes of grapefruit, orange peel, and pine with a hint of malty toastiness.

T: oranges and lemon pepper up front. finishes with flavors of wheat toast, spicy pine, and a detectable malty sweetness

M: medium body with a lively carbonation. finishes with a light bitterness in consideration of the IBUs and the alcohol content

Overall, more than pleased with this purchase. Good nose on this one. A very good example of AIPA. This is my first beer from this brewery. I will be buying more.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2009 22:11:10 | More by OlRasputin989
Photo of biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

What's the deal, Founders?

My first few bottles of this beer were gushers. A trail of steam would whimper out the top and be quickly followed by a spewing tide of foam. Huge blubbery, frothy clumps of tinted white head lasted seemingly forever, continuously sprouting even once in the glass. Oddly enough, this whole batch is flat as a prairie mile, even swirling can't muster up a surf.

Consistent with earlier observations, Centennial IPA is a beautiful colour. It is a nice deep shade of auburn and offers plenty of copper highlighting. Although its illustrious twinkle can still be appreciated, this batch is plagued with coagulated proteins that seriously dirty the complexion and completely spoil clarity. These fish-food like flakes seem unavoidable no matter how soft and slow the pour. I've seen this before with Founders products...

I might still consider the aroma fantastic, but only because anything so heavily drenched in resiny alpha acids still bears some level of impression on me. The hoppiness is pleasant granted, but its charm can be short-lived. This sharp and potent blend of pine resin, flower petals and citrus pith can be extremely enjoyable or it can also slightly resemble an antibacterial cleaning agent - depends on temperature and how hard you swirl it.

Something I most definitely do not note this time around that I did before is any amount of depth. The malts underlying it could stand to be a little more toasty, a little more crisp, perhaps a little more forward. Not necessarily because I feel there is too much candied grapefruit or pine-resin drenched orange skins, but rather just to mop up all the excess alcohol. This batch (again, not entirely consistent with others) comes on a little hot.

I don't expect perfect consistency but the discrepancies I've highlighted are issues of infection. I chose to re-review what was, until recently, a favourite IPA of mine because since falling head-over-heels for it the first time around, I've since been routinely disappointed with subsequent purchases. The issue of poor QC seems to plague Founders; I've had similar experiences of infected bottles from many other of this brewery's offerings.

You'll note my score remains quite high even despite frustration and less than perfect QC. Centennial IPA usually is a delicious, dangerously drinkable beer - but not always. I don't mean for it to sound like that much of a gamble; even the bottles that have problems turn out to be pleasant, albeit imperfect, treats. Still, this brewery makes a world-class IPA and every drinker who buys it should have the benefit of that experience.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2009 03:18:33 | More by biegaman
Photo of Norfawkers


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

A decent, sippable, and complex IPA

Appearance: Dark golden, cloudy, little head

Smell: A nice overall bouquet, Hoppy goodness

Taste: Malty, smokey, hop kick

Mouthfeel: Smooth with bitter and lingering finish

Drinkability: An excellent sipping, complex but balanced

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2009 20:16:27 | More by Norfawkers
Founders Centennial IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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