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Founders Centennial IPA - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Centennial IPAFounders Centennial IPA

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6,354 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,354
Reviews: 1,746
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 209
Gots: 695 | 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 perrymarcus
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottler served in a standard shaker pint.
bottled: 12/06/10

pours a slightly hazy gold/copper with a 1/2 to 1" off-white head. decent retention and lacing.

nose is fairly aromatic, offering a nice citric hoppy base. grapefruit, lemon zest, and orange peel all come to mind.

taste-wise, citrus hops come charging out of the gate and basically persist through the finish. there is a touch of malt evident, but make no mistake this is clearly a hop-forward brew - though not overdone, if that makes sense. throughout the hops are primarily of the citrus variety though i do get a bit of pine. alcohol well-hidden.

crisp, medium-bodied mouthfeel with medium carbonation. good drinkability. overall a very nice, enjoyable IPA, though not quite transcendent.

perrymarcus, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of daliandragon
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased as part of a mixed six from the Beer Dispensary in Apex on Friday. Pours a handsome golden bronze color but the off white head stumbles quickly. Body is a bright cloudy, if that makes any sense. Nose is heavy on the lemon and grapefruit, along with some floral pine. Very nice, but not outstanding.

The balance is what caught me off guard. Some strong caramel malt tries a breakout early. It is locked up in the finish by the aforementioned pine and citrus but the clash gives this some complexity. Also possesses some of that oily quality you often find in the better IPAs. Carbonation is spot on. Fresh and nippy and almost no sign at all that this is tipping the booze-o-meter at seven plus.

Maybe not quite sessionable because a sixer would light you up pretty well but easy to drink a few for sure. This one deserves the plaudits.

daliandragon, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of ryantho00
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a pint glass.

Has a nice orangey amber terra cotta color with a finger or so that settles within a minute or so. Carbonation is evident and highlights the color.

I smell hops and an intense freshness, pines, floral, fruit-citrus, and a prfound freshness throughout.

This has a fantastic hoppy, citrus beginning that basically lasts throughout the entire drink. Hops and fresh citrus, grapefruit and limes and lemon are prevelant within this. It finishes crisp and clean and has a great hop bitter aftertaste left on the tongue.

Regardless of the alcohol content, this is remarkably easy to drink and enjoy, there is a small warming feel that will creep up on you!!

Definatly a great beer, cheers!

ryantho00, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of perryw
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle in to a standard pint glass. It had a finger's head and dissipated after a minute or two. Starts off with lots of bubbles coming to the top. It has a dark copper color and isn't quite translucent.

The smell has some citrus and pine notes to it. I pick up sweet citrus notes in the taste. There's a nice citrus bite in my mouth. Feels pretty smooth for the high alcohol content. Easy to drink a couple in an evening.

perryw, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of nosurrender23
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grade from the group = A-.

"Great "hoppiness" - it's all good!"

First, the beer pours slightly tan in color with a mild head but leaves nice rings on the glass as it is consumed.

The beer smells slightly hoppy with a fruity bitterness.

In the mouth, the beer exhibits a great mix that creates awesome smoothness for an IPA, which we found very smooth for an IPA!

While drinking, we noticed a smooth IPA with a nice dry complexity that had a light body and was not overpowering.

It was definitely felt that many could be consumed.

Finally, the taste was a great combo of hoppiness and bitterness that left a sweet, hoppy aftertaste from it's f***ing awesomely balanced brewing.

nosurrender23, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of itsmemandave
3.55/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep amber, serious 3 finger head. Stays.

S- Very sweet, lots of caramel. Hoppy.

T- Enormous malts overpower everything to me. It's pleasant enough, but the complexity is lessened due to malts. Mild alcohol in the back, surprisingly. Floral, but not as much as I'd like. Thankfully, the floral notes do "stick" once you get there.

M- Highly carbonated, medium body.

D- This is a nice, drinkable beer. I sucked down two fast. Far from world class, and I certainly don't understand the "A" rating. Pleasant nonetheless.

itsmemandave, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of WoodBrew
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I honestly expected better from Founders with respect to this IPA. I have seen where others have given it such high remarks....It gave me me high expectations. Those expectations where not met however. Nonetheless this is a decent beer. It is copper in color with a thin white head....not much lacing...if at all. The scent is decent....remniscent of an IPA. The taste like I say is good, but certainly not the best I ever had. The high alcohole content makes it tough for a session beer...but I would try if challenged. Enjoy!

WoodBrew, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of jboucher
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle with no freshness date poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Hazy burnt orange copper hue with chunky head. Great lacing that sticks to the glass til the very last drop.

Smell: Hoppy and floral with sweet malts settling in. Little bit of citrus, mostly grapefruit.

Taste: Sweet malty notes on the tip of the tongue with citrus-like hops commanding most of the attention. Grapefruit and lemon notes are very prominent with this one. Nice balance for an IPA since the malts are both detectable, and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: A medium bodied brew. Very smooth. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Very easy to drink despite being 7.2% ABV. Goes down very quickly.

Ending notes: Would definitely get again. Yet another good beer from a solid brewery. Well done, Founders.

jboucher, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of greenmonstah
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into DFH snifter.

A - Nice copper with a half finger of white head. Great color. Plenty of carbonation.

S - Sweet and hoppy. Citrus, floral and a bit of pine. Can smell it as soon as you open the bottle. Really quite a treat.

T - A malty sweetness dominates. Not aggressively hoppy, allowing the malts to provide a backbone upon which the floral and citrus hops thrive. Finish is a bitter hop with a dry grain. Was expecting hoppier, but it is still delicious.

M - Medium body with nice dryness. Finish is dry and spot-on.

D - Easy to down. Can't get enough, but probably won't go out of my way to get more. That said, I could drink half a six pack before realizing I'd finished one bottle, it goes down so quick!

greenmonstah, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of daledeee
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a beautiful dark orange, nearly clear. White head with lacing.

Nose is floral and hoppy

Taste is good and hoppy with some malt and citrus oil. Very nice.

Mouth feel is pretty good as well with a nice carbonation but a little dry on the finish for me.

Really refreshing and pleasant to drink over all.

daledeee, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of yourchoice
3.48/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Cloudy amber color with little head. Little to no lacing.
S- Plums, but a bit sour.
T- Grapefruit, with a bit of bite expected from an IPA. The sourness is prevelant, but not as much as with the smell.
M- A little thin. Maybe a bit acidic.
D- The sourness took away from the beer. Pretty good, but I'd reach for several IPAs before having this again.

yourchoice, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of inlimbo77
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into standard pint glass. No bottle date, but I assume (from flavor) that it was very very fresh.

A: Nice clear amber color. It says "unfiltered", but very clear. I finger white/off white-ish head. Good carbonation. Lacing was nice.

S: Fruity and piney hops. I can't smell much of anything else, which isn't a problem. Just hops and some alcohol on the back.

T: Nice hop flavor throughout. Fresh and delicious. Crisp finish. Nice bite.

M: Watery. Not as sticky as I was thinking it would be. No real mouth coating.

D: Very drinkable. I sucked this one down and was definitely thinking this was a sessionable brew.

Overall, another solid brew from the Founder's crew. I really seem to like everything coming out of there barn. Wish they were easier to get here in DE.

inlimbo77, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of jayhawk73
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium copper color with a nice caramel head. Very citrusy, lemony, hoppy smell to this beer. Grapefruit, lemon, and centennial hops rule the day. Same w/ the taste. I get the hops first, followed by grapefruit, quickly followed by lemon. Lemon also is the aftertaste, and it lingers for a long time. Near the end of the beer, the lemon seems to really smooth out. Mouthfeel is good, interesting combination of hops and smoothness in your mouth. This is a really solid beer, maybe not my favorite IPA- but I've really enjoyed it. A good beer by a really good brewery.

jayhawk73, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of wmtxbb
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance: golden amber with a thick head that sticks around.

Smell: Typical citrus/pine scent of a dry hopped beer. Notes of earth as well.

Taste: crunchy caramel, amber malts with moderate bitterness and a strong hop presence. I like the imbalance in this IPA: strong hop flavor, but not too much bitterness along with an interesting malt profile.

wmtxbb, Feb 11, 2011
Photo of wheatyweiss
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a chalice.

Pours a light copper, bright in color. Perfect clarity with a smallish head that dies quickly to skim and laces adequately.

Aroma is of biscuit and floral hops. Very nice there is a bright hop aroma with a mineral aroma. Malt is well represented. Very nice.

Flavor is bready biscuity malt with the middle bringing floral and resinous hops. Mineral flavors in the middle bring a tannic flavor. Finishes dry with a lingering bitter finish. Warming alcohol on the exhale.

Mouthfeel is medium to thin, carbonation is prickly and adequate.

Overall a nice IPA, a bit lacking in the hop profile.

wheatyweiss, Feb 11, 2011
Photo of GarrettMD
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep amber, less than half a finger slightly off white head. Head stays around for a bit. Lots of carbonation rising in the glass. Very nice looking appearance.

S - Sweet smelling, floral hops, a bit of pine, some citrus as well. Malts balance out the aroma, not typical to an IPA. Some sweet caramel aromas.

T - Still very malt-dominated for an IPA. Caramel and light-roasted malts are the backbone with a hint of chocolate... weird. I get mostly bitterness from the hops, not really any flavor. If there is a flavor there and I'm not searching for it, it would be some earthly floral hops.

M - Medium bodied, great carbonation. Finish is slightly dry and bitter with some residual sweetness from the malts. Hints of the floral hops show up well after the sip is finished.

D - Very good drinkability. Not too high of an ABV, but alcohol still isn't noticeable. Finish makes me want to go back for more. Despite the beer not being as hoppy as expected, it's still very good. I may be under-rating it due to my expectations from west coast IPAs, but I could be wrong.

GarrettMD, Feb 10, 2011
Photo of GallowsThief
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade with HeadyHops81 (thanks Frank). Poured into my tulip.

A - Pours a deep amber color. Pure white head was just very slight and settled away quickly.

S - Good solid piney smell. Citrus grapefruit as well. Floral.

T - Great bitter taste as expected. Very hoppy. Finishes off with just a touch of sweetness that balances it out nicely.

M - Nice carbonation. Light bodied. Leaves a nice tingle on the tongue.

D - Yes sir this one is drinkable. Could easily have a couple.

GallowsThief, Feb 10, 2011
Photo of turfy
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a SN tulip. Robust, creamy white head that did not readily dissipate. A solid film lasted throughout the drink with very nice lacing. Color was a slightly cloudy deep orange/amber. The smell was a somewhat muted piney/floral aroma. Taste was upfront bitter hops but also a significant amount of maltiness, so very well balanced. A bright, clean taste with a bittery aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel. Two - three of these would be a good session when you are in the mood for a very well made IPA. Everything about this beer signals quality.

turfy, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of russwbeck
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear amber color with a thick off white, almost tan, head that is pretty stubborn an laces decently.

S: Piney hops, but pretty tame overall.

T: Very well balanced between a nice hoppiness laid along a subtle malty finish. Not much of a dry aftertaste, but pretty refreshing.

MF: Light with a bit of carbonation.

D: Very high, the balance is remarkable. It makes the beer extremely drinkable.

russwbeck, Feb 08, 2011
Photo of Genuine
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into my Sam Adams sensory pint glass.

Poured mid cloudy amber in color with a light tan head.

Smell - First the floral scent of the hops hit me first, then detecting some caramel like malts, very clean nose. More citrus in the aroma.

Taste - This one tasted a bit different than what I was expecting. Leaning towards the floral side of hops, instead of the citrus. Floral hops hit the palate first, then comes the very light citrus/pine notes, followed up by the solid malt back bone. I will say that it almost has the same finish as Sierra Nevada's Celebration.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, slick, carbonation closely reminds me of Sierra Neveda's Celebration, which is pleasant and not unwelcomed.

Drinkability - at only 65 IBU's this one is more than drinkable for me. I could have a few of these in one sitting and not get tired of it. This is my first brew from Founders, and I am happy to report that it is a very solid offering from Founders!

Genuine, Feb 08, 2011
Photo of CuriousMonk
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass. Pours a orange color with a beatiful creamy white head which leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Aroma is very floral and a bit perfume like with notes of pine, resin, grass and caramel. Flavour of grapefruit, citrus, pine, flowers, grass caramel and berries. Mediumbodied. Carbonation is lively with lots of small bubbles.

CuriousMonk, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of jrallen34
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into my De Struise glass... Pours dark orange, semi clear. There is a huge tope head, good retention. The top of the cap is ugly though as its lots of big water bubbles, not a tight enough formation. Poor lacing... The aroma is great, reminds me of a fresh Daisy Cutter. Enough malt character on the front with a hint of caramel and grapefruits to balance the hop pine finish. An almost perfect marriage... The taste is good but a let down from the nose, I was expecting greatness, got above averageness. The front is not very smooth rough and stale citrus, malt character is gone. The hops are really muted, the are present but not as fresh, maybe this is old...The mouthfeel is nice, very full, coats my mouth for several minutes...Quaffable at 7.2%.

Good not great, but I would gladly drink again, wouldn't buy a sixer though.

jrallen34, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of pdoran10
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a medium to light brown with a finger of white head. Not much lacing.

Smell is muted earthy and slightly citrus hops. Not a big nose. Could be a freshness issue.

taste is slightly roasted bready malt. Really nice touch with just enough roast. Earthy and grapefruit citrus hops a bit more noticeable in the flavor. Nice flavors, nothing that wows.

Mouthfeel is creamy and substantial for an ipa with moderate carbonation. Good touch here.

Nice drinkable IPA, could easily enjoy a six pack of these.

pdoran10, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of Auracom
3.43/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From notes. 12 oz. bottle on January 28th, 2011 in a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

A - Looks like a pretty solid IPA; very golden coloring with a white, foamy head. Slow dissipation down to white lacing.

S - Getting the hop kick, some pine, standard floral notes, but not much malt quality.

T - In-line with the smell. A little more malt characteristic in the taste but not enough to really provide balance. The hops are overpowering and give a big kick on the backend.

M - It feels a bit thin. Good crispness from the carbonation.

D - A bit of a disappointment. Fairly average.

Auracom, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of vapodge
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass

A - Cloudy, orangey amber. Moderate head with a little lacing.

S - Citrusy hops (mostly grapefruit), but not overpowering

T - hops present yet moderate -- decent malt counterbalance?

M - Just right. Zesty on the tongue after swallowing but not zingy

D - A very drinkable IPA -- not overly hoppy which allows you to drink other/more brews without annihilating your taste buds but neither is it a weak IPA.


vapodge, Feb 02, 2011
Founders Centennial IPA from Founders Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 6,354 ratings.