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Founders Centennial IPA - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Centennial IPAFounders Centennial IPA

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6,527 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,527
Reviews: 1,753
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 226
Gots: 756 | 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 tone77
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy orange/brownish color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of citrus and lots of hops. Taste is hoppy, bitter, a touch of citrus, a bit spicy. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

tone77, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of pigc
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Light copper colored with a small head that fades quickly. Lacing clings to the sides of the glass.

S - Pine, green grass, slight citrus.

T - Earthy, piney hops up front with a finish of orange marmalade. Fruity with a slightly dry finish. Just enough malt to balance things out nicely.

M - Medium with average carbonation.

O - Solid IPA by Founders. This would definitely be one of my regulars if it was available in my area. I will always grab a sixer of this when visiting relatives in Milwaukee.

pigc, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of theRooster90
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from McDoogals in Kokomo, Indiana

A: Pretty good, less cloudy than I anticipated. Nice copper amber color, barely got a head but that's ok.

S: Pretty nice, fruity hoppy tones, with lots of citrus and freshness.

T: Nice slow build on this one, smooth upfront to eyeopening in the middle and a nice clean refreshing end.

M: Pretty nice, good carb, and nice hop balance. Left my mouth a little oily after finish but I'm ok with that.

O: Very nice balanced IPA definitely worth a try.

theRooster90, Sep 15, 2011
Photo of KDawg
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a dark gold/copper color with some see through quality

very aromatic nose with lots of citrus tones, hops, lemons and a floral quality to the nose as well. Certainly showing the hops but its not overpowering at all. Very tasty medium/full feel with mostly hoppy and citrus tones. This IPA saved the night for me. Exactly what I was looking for and a real good example of an IPA. Thank god for founders

KDawg, Sep 15, 2011
Photo of ngeunit1
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly hazy copper-orange color with a finger of frothy off-white head. The head fades down slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a nice balance of sweet and slightly bready caramel malts and some citrus hops with some grapefruit.

T - Starts off with some mild sweet caramel malts and some citrus hops. Through the middle, they grow stronger with the addition of some bitterness and some richer bready malts. The finish is a mix of citrus hops and grapefruit with some caramel/bready malts that linger.

M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with just a bit of a dry kick to it.

D - Very drinkable. The hop profile is very nice here as it the malt-hop balance. I really like the depth of the malt flavor alongside the hops.

ngeunit1, Sep 13, 2011
Photo of BrewMaester
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass this beer had a nice golden red color with a substantial head. Not much of a nose on this one although what i did get was floral citrus. The flavor was fruity and malty with less hops than youd expect from and ipa, for me this was a refreshing change. Doesnt taste at all boozey and has a creamy and satisfying mouthfeel, overall a really enjoyable ipa

BrewMaester, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of Dan3279
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With Founders being my favorite brewery I don't know what took me so long to drink this IPA. I poured the 12oz bottle into a pint glass to find a deep copper body with a slight amber hue when held up to the light. The beer had a nice two inch head that dissipated quickly. This is a great smelling IPA with strong pine and citrus hops with a bit of caramel. The taste was excellent with a big hit of pine hops. Now there are caramel malts noticeable but they are covered up pretty well with the dominate hops.

This was an easy beer to drink with great drinkability, smooth with a decent amount of carbonation with the alcohol not even noticeable. Overall a great hop bomb, a must try for any hop head and a find job by Founders.

Dan3279, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of jtd1969
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer previously in the bottle and on draft... Draft is incredible! However for this review, I had a bottle poured in the free pint glass I got with the draft some time ago.

Pours super thick head and a deep auburn color (less golden).
Smells of a fruit/citrus.. Not really heavy in smell, however.

Lot's of hops thru out, yet not as strong as I like for an IPA. Clear taste of smooth malts. A delight to drink. Could be a little more hoppy to my liking(reason for 4.0). Most of the hops to me come in the after taste...However, it is really a fantastic IPA. ABV is non-existent, as you can toss these back like bottled water.

jtd1969, Sep 09, 2011
Photo of mckemp
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Gold/orange with 1 finger of white head.

S- Hints of tangerine in the smell, not very hoppy.

T- Sweet for an IPA, citrus-y, hoppy and bitter.

M- Smooth and slides off the tongue.

O- Sets the standard for an IPA. Had the Dirty Bastard (best scotch ale I've had) and had my bar set high following it, but it is a very drinkable IPA.

mckemp, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of tobelerone
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


I quickly figured out my first bottle of Centennial was on the old side and got one that was a lot fresher this time around. What a difference that made! Great IPA. Dark orange, cloudy, 1/2 inch of off white head that falls quickly. A small white band remains on top, with patchy lacing on the sides of the glass.

Fruity, citrusy aroma with lots of grapefruit; earthy and lightly floral with a touch of caramel malt underneath it all. Excellent flavor matches the nose, with citrusy, grapefruity, pineapple hops and a nice malt backbone. Good bitterness that lingers pleasantly in the finish. Much better and subtler than the older bottle, the nuances of the hops are all there in spades. Very drinkable.

Original review:

Dark gold beer with a smallish head; decent lacing and retention. Mildly hoppy aroma. Nicely hopped bitter taste..maybe a bit one dimensional for my liking. More bitter than anything else; the citrus and floral notes I like in IPA's were a bit lacking here. The beer does open up after time to reveal soft malty notes and the booze. Good mouthfeel, medium long finish, moderate carbonation.

I guess I was a little disappointed by this one. I really enjoy Founders beers but I wanted a little more subtlety and nuance here. Not bad by any means but could have been better.

tobelerone, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of jm1229
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle opened on 9/4/11 and poured into my Founders pint glass. No bottling date (why? maybe it was rubbed off...?).

A- Pours a hazy golden orange color with two fingers of off-white head. Tons of lacing.

S- Considering I could smell this as soon as I opened the bottle, it isn't as hoppy as I would have expected. Sweet malt with a hoppy backbone. I can smell some grapefruit but that's about it.

T- Definitely more malty than expected, albeit sweet. Nice hoppy aftertaste. It's the exact same aftertaste after a large swig of grapefruit juice. A little tart but definitely thirst quenching.

M- Nice carbonation in this and the abv goes unnoticed. Extremely drinkable.

O- All in all, it's not as fantastic as I would have expected, but it's still a damn good beer. A six pack of these would go quickly.

jm1229, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of cjoc83
3.18/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light copper color, some haze, about 2 fingers of creamy white head that dissipates after a few minutes to a frothy layer that leaves some nice lacing.

Smell is heavy on sweet and bready malts...I don't remember it smelling this malty. Under the malts are mostly floral hops with a bit of grapefruit mixed in.

Definitely a more malt forward IPA than most, but the hops are there, although admittedly not as much as I would like. And this is a pretty fresh bottle; bottled on date lists as 08/08, so it's not as if the hops have mellowed much in 3 weeks. Again, mostly bready and sweet malt to start that gives way to some floral hops in the middle, maybe just a touch of tropical fruit, although the malt taste is present all the way through. Finishes with a very mild grapefruit rind bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, decent carbonation, dry finish. Pretty standard.

As much as I love Founders, this beer didn't really do it for me. While certainly drinkable, it's overly malty and lacks that citrus hop flavor that I look for in an IPA. Would be a great IPA for those who love malty IPA's.

cjoc83, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orangish, hazy amber color with two fingers of foamy head. Great retention. Citrus and floral notes dominate the nose. Nice bready maltiness and solid citrusy, piny, floral hops. Great balance. Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied with just the right carbonation.

Nice, complex IPA that's easily drinkable.

tdm168, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep burnt orange pour with a scant head, and little lace to speak of.

S: Sweet malt aromas with citrusy hop nose.

T: Mouthwatering sweet maltiness over whelmed by a citrusy hop bitterness.

M: Sticky, firm bodied brew, with a little slickness to it.

O: Way good, not overpowering, nice tame IPA.

ArrogantDeadGuy, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy ruby with great white head that sticks around for the whole time drinking.

The smell isn't as hoppy as I'd like. I pick up mostly malt but with a little grapefruit from the hops.

The taste is along the lines of the smell. Very malty. The bitterness is there and overall very balanced but I was hoping for a little more hop flavor on this one. I pick some grapefruit and lemon but it is almost over powered by the malt.

Not a bad beer but not my favorite IPA either.

Edit: Bottle is about 2 months old.

Eriktheipaman, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of MrOH
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 6-6-11, so I'll cut it some slack.

Great orange color with a finger and a half of slightly off-white head, good retention. Mesh-like, spotty lace.

Citrus, but a little something more fruit-wise that I can't put my finger on. Some caramel, a little bit of toast.

Grapefruit, the unidentified fruit again. Light caramel and slight toast. Fairly gentle bitterness that spars with the slight sweetness. Given that description, it would seem that there isn't much going on, but this is definitely a case of the whole being more that the sum of it's parts. A complex beer that doesn't hit you over the head, quite nice.

Medium-light bodied with good carbonation.

Damn fine. I miss having Founders as my local brewery. This was always a great draft option at my after-work spot in GR.

MrOH, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of JMD
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a rich copper color with a thick sticky head that clings to the glass.

S: Juicy hop aroma with hints of citrus and pine. Balanced out with some bready carmel on the nose.

T: Big punch of citrusy hops upfront. Ruby red grapefruit, mandarin oranges, and lemon zest dominate. Slight earthy notes and hints of piney resin. Malt is present as well with carmel notes and light bread. Light alcohol as it finishes.

M: For such big flavor and high ABV, this beer is a bit too light.

D: This is a very good IPA. BIg aroma and flavor, but this one is just a bit on the watery side for me. Still great though.

JMD, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of Treebs
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Underbar, served in a pint glass.

A: Pours a great medium orange with a golden hues intertwined. Nice fluffy white head that leaves a wonderful spider webbed lace down the glass.

S: Nice fruity sweetness, some type of berries, and a little grassy/earthy hop finish.

T: The taste is like nose. Nice citrus fruits with some sweetness and some grassy notes thrown in there as well. Bitter hop finish on the backend.

M: Very drinkable. Medium to light bodied with a nice dry citrus left on the palate.

O: I liked this brew. It had some nice flavors and very drinkable.

Treebs, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of JamnesCameron
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my New Holland Pint glass. Pours a deep copper with a creamy two fingered off white head that drops slowly leaving a nice cap of foam and some lacing.

Aromas of citric hops, grapefruit with a hint of caramel malt in the background.

Flavors of grapefruit hop bitterness and a nice underbelly of caramel maltiness for balance. Hops dominate in flavor. Finish is long with grapefruit lingering.

Mouthfeel is medium with a long lingering, mouthcoating hop bitterness. Good level of carbonation.

Overall, very nicely done. No complaints.

JamnesCameron, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of ElmerBruisery
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge 3 finger head that melts to a chunky rocky thick head with heavy lacing. Golden light amber color. Looks awesome!

Nose: one of my favorite hops. Citrusy, grapefuit, lemony and a little spicy, yum.

Mouthfeel: creamy, moderate carb, sticky

Taste, grapefuit, lemon, perfect malt balance, nice 65 ibus nice lingering sticky citrusy finish. 7.2% abv. I wish the hops were turned up a little more, but it could be because it's 2 months old. Nose definitely beats taste!

Well balanced, centennial hop highlighted, very quaffable, delicious. I've heard a lot about founders and this is my first chance to try one of their offerings, I'm impressed!

ElmerBruisery, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of Mibeerfan239
4.97/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

i love this ipa. the smell of the freshly poured head is strong and an exact introduction to the taste. great balance of hop bite, full flavor and mouthfeel.

it can easily be consumed 2-4 in a session. but, drink it quickly after purhcase. shelf life is not very long.

Mibeerfan239, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of MattyG85
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Appearance: Rich amber orange with lots of rising bubbles. Solid three finger white head with pretty good retention. Good amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: Strong aroma of citrus grapefruit, floral, and pine hops. Strong presence of resin and sweet caramel malts. Both the hops and the malts smell bold but everything is fairly balanced.

Taste: Starts out with a bright burst of citrus hops with grapefruit, orange, pineapple, and lemon flavors. A solid sweet malty base of caramel rounds things out. Finishes with a piney hop bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste. Pretty good balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Bitter but still pretty smooth and creamy.

Overall: A pretty solid take on a IPA. Hops and malts are bold and nicely balanced.

MattyG85, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of sjverla
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nose: Very hoppy. Strong citrus and a hint of pine. Sugary, but crisp, malts. Very slight hint of golden raisins.

Appearance: Hazy, deep orange, approaching amber. Small head floats on top.

Taste: A lot of hops. Very grassy and a little dry. Very faint fruitiness peeks in at the end and sets a brief intro up at the beginning; but make no mistake, this is a hop cannon.

Overall: They threw out the idea of balance entirely on this one. All hops, all awesome.

sjverla, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of eclipse54
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle from inlimbo77; thanks Bill!

A dark golden/copper color with about an inch of bubbly, frothy off-white head. Smells of hops, caramel, orange, and some toasted malt. Taste is bitter, with the hops dominating the forefront of the taste, but finishes with a delicious toasted malt character reminiscent of an amber. Also noticeable is some faint orange, caramel, and some herbal notes. The caramel really shines through as it warms, though the ever present hops round it out very nicely. Mouth begins with hoppy, bitter punch, smooths out in the middle as it takes on a caramely, creamy texture, and it finishes slightly dry. Overall, a very interesting and delicious brew that I'm glad to have tried! I would surely welcome this one again in the future.

eclipse54, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of Tballz420
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Centennial IPA pours out as a hazy, orange into amber colored brew, frothy cream colored head, sheets of lacing. The scent will key you into the fact that this is an IPA that's all about the hops. Grapefruit and citrus hops, fruity. Very enticing scent. Damn, the flavor is big for a beer this size. There is a slight caramel malt start, but that is decimated by the hops. We're talking citrus, lemon, grapefruit, oily, bitter, resinous hops. The malts emerge more as your mouth acclimated to the brew, and they are well blended. You can notice the alcohol a bit if you're looking for it, but that is also very well blended. Medium bodied.

Tballz420, Aug 18, 2011
Founders Centennial IPA from Founders Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 6,527 ratings.