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Founders Centennial IPA - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Centennial IPAFounders Centennial IPA

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5,951 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,951
Reviews: 1,719
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.36%
Wants: 197
Gots: 529 | 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 MetalHopHead6


4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a shaped pint glass.

Founders Centennial IPA poured a dark hazy copper with a small creamy head and thick lace.

It smelled and tasted crisp and clean, with the smell popping from the bottle with citrus. The taste had more earthiness than the smell, with a sharp bitter bite. Many IPAs leave an acidic aftertaste; but what Centennial left behind was smooth. The feel was substantial and also unusually smooth for an IPA. It was remarkably refreshing and easy to drink, particularly for a relatively strong IPA.

Founders Centennial IPA is darn near the epitome of IPA. At the end of a long day, I often crave hops, and this ale brings it without any harsh edges. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2009 01:30:40 | More by MetalHopHead6
Photo of eallured


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

Pours a hazy caramel orange with a yellow-greenish head that sits for a while and leaves thick lacing. Poured into big sky tulip from bottle with no date code.
Smell is very citrusy, lemon and orange with a hint of malt and grist that makes me think of the HB shop.
Taste is crisp lemon and orange soon followed by a good amount of bitterness finishing with more fresh malt and some caramel.
Medium-full bodied with just a little grittyness or powderiness to the mouthfeel, likely from the little pieces suspended in this unfiltered, dry hopped brew.
Overall a great ipa with plenty of all 3 hops contributions, citrusy and bitter, but balanced. Would stand out even on the west coast. Will definitely be looking for this again.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2009 22:18:13 | More by eallured
Photo of HoppyMcStout


3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very slightly hazy (unfiltered) orangish color with good looking head - plenty of lacing as I drink. I expect the regular IPA aroma, but this one is subdued - seems just as malty as it does hoppy. The taste is quite pleasant. Mild peppery flavor. Different than the average IPA out there - the hops are there - only the bitterness doesn't kill your tastebuds after the first sip. This makes for one very drinkable IPA!

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2009 03:57:04 | More by HoppyMcStout
Photo of MaltyHoppyGood


4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dilute burnt orange, hint of gold. Unfiltered.

Smell: Immediatley releases a hop aroma upon opening. I poured into a pint glass straight from the fridge. This is when the smell was strongest, of Centennial hops. I usually consume a beer like this warmer. At about 45-50 degrees, the smell is less pronounced.

Taste: This is why my beer needs some casual warming. The taste is exceedingly balanced. It tastes like 2x potency version of Sierra Nevada Pale ale, with a modest addition of specialty grain malts.

It's bitter, it's wisely malted, and you can sense the bitterness riding on the back of your tongue minutes after sipping.

Mouthfeel: It slides smoothly and instantly expands into foamy, hoppy, malty goodness. Carbonation makes this an excellent summertime sipper. Faint alcohol notes are quickly diminished by malt and hop flavor and aroma.

Drinkability: These are best enjoyed less than or equal to three. <=3 beers. So, not so much a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2009 02:33:59 | More by MaltyHoppyGood
Photo of brewdoc75


3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a solid orange color with a generous pillowy white head. Moderate carbonation.

S: Suprise, suprise, smells like centennial hops. Strong aromas of orange and tangerine, followed up by a hint of grapefruit. Plenty of citrusy goodness. A hint of sweetness as well.

T: Refreshing citrus flavors with orange predominating followed by tangerine and finishing with grapefruit. A hint of grassiness and a touch of fruitiness as well. The beer has a slight sweetness towards the end and some mild caramel tones from the crystal malt. The hops rule this brew.

M: Medium bodied and delightfully crisp and clean.

D: A definite winner, but as far as IPAs go, I would say it is pretty average. I love centennial hops and don't get me wrong, this is full of them. I just feel there are better IPAs out there and more specifically better centennial IPAs. I will buy it again, but not in a sixer.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2009 01:32:18 | More by brewdoc75
Photo of rfgetz

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Nice Golden Amber/Orange

Smell: Good flora hoppy aroma with faint hints of pine and citrus

Taste: Malty to Hoppy to Bitter... the dance i look for in an IPA

Mouthfeel: Clean carbonation and smooth yet crisp finnish

Drinkability: Although i'm not always an IPA kinda guy, this one of my favorite IPA's out there and would take this perfectly balanced IPA during session drinking any day.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2009 14:45:38 | More by rfgetz
Photo of jkwuc89


4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy, golden red color with pale white head. Head retention is very good. Very true to the IPA style. Stronger taste and stronger finish when compared to Red Hook IPA which introduced me to this style during my travels to Seattle. If you like IPA's and are fortunate enough to be able to order a pint at your favorite pub, it is certainly worth trying.

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2009 23:52:32 | More by jkwuc89
Photo of EatsTacos

Yukon (Canada)

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

Pours a dark copper wiht a thick and creamy head that never really goes away, even to the bottom of the glass its half a finger. Nice thick lacing.

I could smell this beer all night and be happy. Grapefruit and pine are easily detected but the malt is not overpowered by any means. There are fruity notes that remind me of some English bitters I've had on cask. Pears, apples, pineapple, even banana

This beer is much more balanced than I would have imagined. The malt really reminds me of some English bitters most notably Fuller's London Pride. The hops are strong and in your face and display classic grapefruit and citrus sourness and tartness. The bitterness isn't too extreme and the finish is long.

This is a great American IPA and very balanced and drinkable

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2009 04:22:14 | More by EatsTacos
Photo of UDbeernut

New York

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

bottle poured into a pint glass

a: light brown/amber color with slight off white head that reduces into medium lacing and rings around glass

s: citrus hop aroma dominate the smell

t: Nice citrus hop profile well balanced by a strong malt backbone. Very enjoyable

m&d: medium bodied, slightly chewy mouthfeel. good amount of carbonation this is a very nice IPA


Serving type: bottle

06-30-2009 20:00:41 | More by UDbeernut
Photo of mdcrouser


4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from their shorty bottle into a standard pint.

There is a spot where I sit in my house so that the afternoon/early evening summer sun shines right in through north-northwest facing windows. This beer is sitting in a resulting "sunspot," and serves as a veritable prism, refracting brown and orange colors from the pint glass like a cartoon sunset. A nice head serves as a horizon, with bubbles rapidly pushing to the top.

Piney aromas dominate, with underlying citrus and even some cedar.

A delicious beer unfurls itself from the back of the tongue moving forward, layering upon every tastebud a wonderfully well-rounded beer. Notes of pine and grapefruit are heaviest

A bit of initial spiciness quickly turns to a smooth bitterness.

Highly drinkable, especially from this warm spot in the sun. One of the more enjoyable IPAs around.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2009 01:26:06 | More by mdcrouser
Photo of Impsonsay


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

Poured from a twist off bottle (that I didn't know was twist off until I already popped it off with a bottle opener) with a "Bottled" date of 04/07/09.
A - Poured a nice hazy amber color. I was a little disappointed at first by the quarter inch head that the pour produced. I was later impressed by that same head that never dissipated and laced beautifully.

S - Vibrant citrus/floral aromas in the nose. This is my favorite part of the beer, the heavy hops make for wonderful aromas and flavors.

T - Wonderful. Citrus hop flavors. The bitterness is appropriately strong, but doesn't overwhelm the palette. I also appreciated the tinge of malt that comes through in the after taste, a characteristic that seems to be missing (if not avoided) from most IPAS.

M - High in carbonation, but IMO it's always good to have a lot of carbonation in IPA's.

D - This is surprisingly easy to drink, I may have another very soon (maybe as soon as I finish this review).

All in all, I feel that this is a very drinkable IPA that I will frequent when I need a good hop fix.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2009 00:40:27 | More by Impsonsay
Photo of argock


4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap in a clear pint glass.

A: Appetizing reddish-amber hue with 1-finger off-white head and sheeting lacing.

S: Spicy, floral hops aroma is fresher and accentuated in the on-tap version compared to bottle. Malting is still significant and does its job.

T: Much more noticeable hops presence on-tap with spicy, floral C-type hops taking center stage but matched nicely with big-time malting, mainly with pale malt but with some caramel and crystal in there too.

M: Smooth and mouthfilling once warmed. Low carbonation and reasonably clean mouthfeel with nice floral hops aftertaste.

D: A really good IPA that is even better on-tap.

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2009 04:48:36 | More by argock
Photo of ZAP


4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Hoppiness remains the same...a lot of juicy fruit flavor with just mild bitterness...but this time the malt backbone really jumps out at me in its uniqueness....seems to have a toffeeish, english feel.

Scores actually remain the same

7-28-05 =4.2 rating
Cloudy deep coper colored....GREAT nose...awesome tropical fruits..sweet papaya...mango..perhaps some very sweet ripe oranges...

Mouthfeel is medium...buttery and slick....tastes a little buttery too...also the sweet tropical fruit flavors are evident as well....

I expected a little more pure citrus out of the centennial hops but I call them as I taste them..very solid IPA with hop "flavor" and not just pure bitterness..I'm sure East Coast IPA lovers will like this one a lot.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2009 02:44:29 | More by ZAP
Photo of naterock


4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a fluted tulip with a deep copper color and a two finger head that thins and laces eve so delicately down the glass.

Smell is extremely sweet and floral with a blast of centennial hops in the forefront with a delicate malt earthiness. I don't think it could get much better than this!

Tastes incredibly smooth and sweet with a back-end bitterness and kicked in the side with a tinge of alcohol, truly exceptionally balanced.

Mouthfeel is a tad too oily but incredibly well carbonated. Drinks incredibly well and eases as it warms with a becoming of a nice earthy flavor. Truly an exceptional beer!

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2009 01:45:30 | More by naterock
Photo of StarlightSeraph

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy copper-orange with barely any white head. Decent lacing.

Smell: Muted citrus (grapefruit), almost some wheat notes in there. Slightly sweet. Some lemon notes. Not sure if I can tell this is dry-hopped or not.

Taste: Bitter citrus, with a long lingering aftertaste. This is an intensely bitter IPA, and the citrus definitely takes a back seat, but complements the bitterness nicely. Alcohol is well hidden on the taste, but it warms the stomach. Really, really good IPA.

Mouthfeel: Thick, good carbonation, coats the tongue nicely.

Drinkability: I wish I had discovered this beer before - it's very good. The bitterness keeps this one a sipper, which is probably a good thing considering the ABV. It's not my favorite IPA I've ever had, but it's very, very good, and one I wouldn't mind picking up again.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2009 22:25:36 | More by StarlightSeraph
Photo of jsh420


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

bottled 06/16/09 super fresh

pours copper orange with a 1 finger white head that leaves lacing down the glass

smell is big floral hops and some malts

taste - wow i have never had this beer this fresh and oh boy is that much better. again big floral hops with a nice pale malt backbone - this beer is much more balanced then 2 hearted

mouthfeel is light smooth and creamy almost perfect

drinkability is perfect for days like today 90+ outside and humid

i still cant believe i was able to find this beer only bottled 3days ago - i might go back and buy another 6 because i dont see the one i picked up lasting the weekend

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2009 00:23:59 | More by jsh420
Photo of Pencible


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

This poured a nearly clear copper with a bit of off-white head. It smelled like strong pineapple and floral hops, with some copper and orange and honey. It tasted like orange and copper and pineapple hops, with earthy caramel malt and a bit of yeast. It was somewhat thick with some carbonation, and had a bitter aftertaste. Overall this beer had a great scent but the taste wasn't quite as fresh or clean. It still had good flavor and body, and was generally quite enjoyable. It felt like this cost more than a typical IPA, but that might just be due to market-wide price increases (due to hops shortage or taxes?). But if this is sold around the same price as any other IPA, it would be hard to not buy this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2009 17:50:54 | More by Pencible
Photo of ShogoKawada

Rhode Island

3.55/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle was in refrigerator for 3 days. Pulled it out, opened it, and the thing exploded. Managed to aim it at my pint glass, so I got about 5/6 of the beer.

A- Chestnut, nice copper color. Very thick head and nice lacing all the way. Foam is super active, don't know if I got a special bottle, but it's a mountain of foam.

S- Piney, floral hops. Sweet-smelling.

T- Bittersweet, piney, hop explosion. Sweet grapefruit notes in the aftertaste. Leaves a bit of peppery hops on the palate as well.This is a full-flavored IPA. The alcohol is there, but is not as overpowering as some of the DIPAs. This is a very good IPA.

M- Crisp. Highly carbonated (maybe my bottle was a fluke?), sweet aftertaste.

D- Pretty good. This beer is a hop bomb, but if you like these sorts of things you'll like this one. The taste of a DIPA with a slightly lower alcohol content. Still, at 7%+ it packs a punch. Not my favorite, but a very solid brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2009 23:53:07 | More by ShogoKawada
Photo of mdwalsh


3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 3 1/2 finger, off white head with a creamy top and large bubbles underneath, no real active carbonation but a pretty good lacing. Unfortunately, this head didn't stick around very long. The beer itself is golden red consistently throughout the glass, and fairly transparent.

Smell: Piney, Piney Hops. It was like sticking a fresh cut christmas tree trunk up my nose, and it was a little too much, There was no malt going on anywhere and the smell was so bitter it almost stung the nose. I'm giving a four because I know that's what some people want, and they do make it strong.

Taste: The taste is still piney, but it does have a little malty sweetness at first. The Alcohol comes through as well though. There is some dry, grape-like flavors in the after taste.

Mouthfeel: Good medium body leave some bitter, cottony feeling though. Pretty smooth.

Drinkability: Pretty good, if you like piny hops. I don't, and I don't think most people do either.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2009 15:41:12 | More by mdwalsh
Photo of BamaBeerBuff

North Carolina

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

A: Pours an absolutely massive cream colored orange-tinged head beneath a hazy orange-copper body. Literally, the head was sticking 4 1/2 inches out of the glass like a snow cone. When it finally receded it left tons of thick, sticky lacing on the glass and a solid 1/2 to 3/4 inch of foam retained atop the beer. Looks great, I must say.

S: Bright citrusy, tropical fruit hop esters beneath a sweet sugar-cookie like malt aroma. Rather bold and enjoyable.

T&M: An initial wave of hoppiness is flavorful and balanced out quite nicely by a sweet-bread malt. Pine and tropical fruit hop flavors are the main players here, but this beer exudes balance. I'm always impressed when a brewer can have tons of hop flavor that doesn't overrun everything. There's a great malt backbone here that really makes this a sessionable, tasty, and enjoyable IPA. Body is full and creamy with a decent zesty carbonation.

D: One of the most well balanced IPAs that I've had. A wonderfully brewed beer that drinks quite easily and nicely. My first Founders beer has greatly impressed me. This just goes to show you don't need a huge IBU number to have a great IPA.

Many thanks to mikereaser for giving me this in a trade.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2009 03:47:53 | More by BamaBeerBuff
Photo of biggred1


4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber shade of pumpkin with a creamy, pockmarked orange cream tinted head that slowly melts leaving sticky lace behind on the glass. The nose is big grapefruit and pineapple hops with caramel malt. The flavor is every bit as good as the nose, nice resinous citrusy hops with a good malt balance. Medium slippery mouthfeel with nice fine carbonation. This is my staple IPA lately. A fine brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2009 23:05:22 | More by biggred1
Photo of atpben


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

Had this on tap at the Founders brewery. Poured into a pint glass with a light white head. Color appeared a dark orange color. Flowery aroma with a little bit of grapefruit and honey. In the taste the hop flavors come in very clearly with grapefruit and lemon being the majority with the right amount of malty sweetness to balance things out. I love the balance of this ipa. I also tasted a mild soapiness to the beer. A clean smooth finish to the beer. A very good IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2009 18:02:41 | More by atpben
Photo of SpecialK088


4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a sam adams pint glass

Light copper/amber color with a nice big head that lingers well about 1 to 1 1/2 fingers high lace is very sticky and thick on the glass

Piney and grapefruit very bitter nose classic IPA. Stragely I also get some peppery spice.

Bitter citrusy hops just a ton of flavor in this brew. Very lively and complex on the palate notes of sweetness in the finish and that classic IPA bitterness left in your mouth. Medium bodied.

This is my very 1st expeciance with Founders and so far im very exited at the prospect of being able to get it locally

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2009 00:08:02 | More by SpecialK088
Photo of dismal


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

Pours a cloudy dark orange with a small one finger white head that leaves some lacing down the glass. Smells of hops, citrus and a bit piney and grapefruit. The smell is pretty good. Taste is really good. Grapefruit and hops, piney a bit, not to bitter at all. Drinks really easily. Really good mouthfeel and easy to drink. A really great IPA. I'll be getting this one again sometime for sure.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2009 19:44:53 | More by dismal
Photo of wnh


3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. My first Founders beer.

Pours a clear, crisp red-tinted amber. One finger of foamy off-white head that quickly diminishes to a very thin, spotty film across the surface. Lots of lively bubbles rising to the surface, but they're not doing much for head retention.

Nose is zingy grapefruit zest at the very beginning, followed quickly by fresh-squeezed orange juice with pulp. Slight pine hop quality when I dig, but it's not readily apparent. There's some sweet biscuit-y, slightly nutty malt in the background, but the hops certainly take center stage, like they should in any good IPA.

The taste, however, is not what I expected. Hop bitterness up front, with a noticeable absence of citrus hops that I was expecting. Pine/resin hop flavors start to peek through after a couple of sips, but even those aren't to the level that I'd like. Bitter finish of moderate length, with a slightly sweet citrus up-turn that draws me back in.

Medium-bodied with good carbonation and just a hint of stickiness. Overall I must say I'm disappointed, especially after the first sniff I took. The flavor just doesn't live up to the expectations the nose set me up for.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2009 16:02:22 | More by wnh
Founders Centennial IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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