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Founders Centennial IPA - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Centennial IPAFounders Centennial IPA

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6,230 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,230
Reviews: 1,735
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 208
Gots: 639 | 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 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
Photo of champ103


3.1/5  rDev -25.1%

A: Pours a hazy copper/orange color. A one finger white head forms, but recedes in a second. Little lace is left behind.
S: Floral, herbal, and grassy hops. Citrus with a big pink grapefruit aroma. Some pine, and a lingering bitterness that is not over barring. A nice sweetness for some balance as well.
T: Whatever balance that was in the nose is gone here. Big grapefruit and citrus flavors. Plenty of resinous pine as well. A huge bitterness really detracts for me.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Though really syrupy and sticky. There is a big bitterness here. Combine that with a higher ABV than I like for that style, which makes this harder to drink than I would like.

Over the top bitterness ruins this for me. The nose showed some promise, but overall not a lot going on. Just a big bitterness. If you are a hop head, grab it. If you are looking for an IPA with some sort of balance (which an IPA should have no matter what anyone says) pass this by.

09-24-2010 05:54:01 | More by champ103
Photo of dzni


3.95/5  rDev -4.6%

A - Dark golden with a light head
S - Floral, honey, light citrus, some sort of berry maybe?
T - Taste matches the nose ... honey, citrus, hops
M - Smooth mouthfeel, some carbonation
D - Quite a nice beer with wonderful complexity and taste. Definitely one of the finer IPAs I've had that I could certainly go back to.

09-24-2010 01:52:18 | More by dzni
Photo of scottfrie


3.95/5  rDev -4.6%

12oz bottle into Duvel Green tulip. Thanks to two separate and generous BA's who sent me bottles of this.

A: Pours a citrus-amber with a thick cream colored head that slowly receded into a thick oily film that left patches of sticky lace.
S: Sweet notes of pineapple and grapefruit hops. There is a hint of topical bubblegum as well.
T: Big flavors of citrus hops including flavors of grapefruit and bitter lemon zest. Finish is sweet with caramel malt and there is a touch of bubblegum and toasted marshmallow. Bitterness is fairly high and lingers in the aftertaste.
M: Clean and easy on the palate. Carbonation is mellow and mouthfeel is slick and a touch oily.
D: Another great beer from Founders. Again, this is a very fresh and clean tasting IPA with a pretty decent hop punch. If I could get this locally I'd buy it often.

09-23-2010 20:01:18 | More by scottfrie
Photo of emmasdad


3.68/5  rDev -11.1%

Got this one as an extra in a recent trade, and decided now was the time. Pours a nice medium golden color, with a decent white head. Nice aromas here, all citrus and piney hops. Not a whole lot more on the palate, and although this one claims 7.2 ABV, I'm not really getting it. Good, serviceable.

09-20-2010 06:24:49 | More by emmasdad
Photo of PDXHops

South Carolina

3.88/5  rDev -6.3%

Growler poured into an oversized snifter. A man-sized frothy head settles down in short order, but leaves a fair amount of patchy lacing.

The nose has much more bready malt than I recall from the bottled version. There is plenty of citrus/floral goodness and a touch of pine, which turns out to be the most assertive hop flavor. Good level of bitterness, although it finishes a touch watery. Problem with the keg, perhaps? Definitely not the scorchingly bitter brew I remember, although still quite tasty and enjoyable. The caramel presence and lack of sticky/resiny mouthfeel keep this in 'good, not great' territory (although I highly recommend the bottled version- see my other review).

09-15-2010 22:04:44 | More by PDXHops
Photo of BeerAndBourbon


3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

A. Slightly hazy orangish gold with a two finger thick creamy small bubble head that dissipates leaving lacing on everything it touches.

S. Fresh floral and citrus hops.

T. Bitter upfront with some bright acidity, a bit of malt sweetness to slightly balance-bitter but not overwhelmingly.

M. Medium body with a biting carbonation.

D. Good, but I wouldn't care for more than one in a sitting.

09-15-2010 14:52:36 | More by BeerAndBourbon
Photo of IronCitySteve


4.22/5  rDev +1.9%

A: Pours a dark copper color with a nice one finger foam head and sufficient lacing.

S: Ample amounts of citrus and pine hop scents with a nice blend of some bready/biscuit malt character.

T: An extremely well balanced beer. The hop flavors are present throughout but the malt character becomes prevalanet in the middle and the back end which takes some of the bitterness away.

M: Leaves a nice clean bitter taste on the palate.

D: A great IPA, certainly one I would seek out again. This IPA goes down really easy and smoothly.

09-12-2010 12:54:59 | More by IronCitySteve
Photo of BeerImmediately


4.35/5  rDev +5.1%

On draft in the home bar...

Pours with a large off-white head over a deep amber colored body with a chill haze. Plenty of sticky lacing.

Plenty of pine and grapefruit in the nose, with a light smokyness in the back.

Incredibly smooth - glides across the palate. Flavors include sharp, sticky pine, grapefruit, caramel malt sweetness, and finishes with some sweet pineapple and toasted malt. Smooth, sharp, smooth.

This one is just a little thick/heavy for the style which affects drinkability, but oh so good overall.

09-11-2010 01:53:55 | More by BeerImmediately
Photo of Blanco


4.38/5  rDev +5.8%

Poured into a pint glass. It's slightly cloudy and amber with a nice sized head that does kind of recede quickly. There is some obvious carbonation going on here as well. Smells of blatant hops and some caramel and malt notes. There's obviously a lot of hops in the taste, but it's well balanced by the malt. Malt flavor is obviously present, but is muted enough to just balance the hops bitterness without overpowering it. It has a very nice medium body with slight creaminess. It's very drinkable. Probably my favorite IPA to have several of in one sitting.

09-10-2010 02:33:02 | More by Blanco
Photo of DAllspaw


4.3/5  rDev +3.9%

pours a deep copper/orange with off white lacing. Great looking IPA.

smell is heavy on pine and a bit of orange, more than I've noticed other than Racer 5.

taste is great, heavy bitter start that you expect from IPA but more of citrus flavor along with the malt, again getting more orange than usual.

very solid all around IPA, Founders makes some great stuff.

Again in Jan 12- this is very substantial, more malt presence than I remember, biscuity and more floral in the aroma. A little peppery bite as well .
Really a great IPA, not sure there is much better.

09-10-2010 00:25:35 | More by DAllspaw
Photo of SuperNova777


4/5  rDev -3.4%

Notes from 09/06/10

A:Pours a deep copper color with a solid fingers worth of eggshell head that falls nicely, really nice lacing down the glass

S:Smells of really fresh piney and citrus hops up front that invite you into another sniff. Also some semi-sweet malts as well.

T:At first the malts lead into the sip followed up by a hard hit of hops on the backend leaving resin on the palate. Bite of the hops lingers on far after the drink is down.

M:A semi-heavy body with good carbonation throughout.

D:Fours all across the board, A very session able IPA with a nice ABV that stills pack a nice punch of what it's all about..Hops. Another well done IPA from Michigan

09-09-2010 15:21:24 | More by SuperNova777
Photo of JoePat


4/5  rDev -3.4%

This beer pours a light amber color giving off an almost orange hue when held up to the light. The head is a nice light kaki color and an agressive pour give a good 2-3 finger head.

It has a nice crisp grapefruit aroma just as a good american IPA should. I also get a hint of a sweet malt in the aroma as it warms but the hops are the big attraction is this beer.

The flavor has a great floral and citrusy hop presence held up by a nice light malt back bone. The bitterness is just at that threash hold.

The moughtfeel is a little dry from the bitterness but that is what makes this beer crisp.

Great beer and very drinkable. Just the right amount of flavor and not too strong at 7.2%.

09-09-2010 00:43:12 | More by JoePat
Photo of FreshHawk


4.38/5  rDev +5.8%

A - Hazy orange/copper color with an average size, creamy, smooth, frothy, white head. Pretty good retention with a nice creamy layer of lace left.

S - Pale and just a hint of caramel malt provide a nice background to the hops. Pretty strong grapefruit, orange, and pine resin aroma. A touch of musty floral hops as well.

T - Similar to the nose. Some caramel and toffee malt flavors provide a background for the hops and a slight sweetness. Hops are pretty strong with grapefruit, citrus and pine being strongest. A bit of musty herbal/tea hops also are present. A touch of lemony citrus mid sip to finish. Not overly bitter.

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

D - Easy to drink, tasty and quite refreshing beer. Mouthfeel is just right and helps it go down even easier.

Notes: A nice, hoppy IPA that is refreshing and has a nice level of bitterness. Plenty of hop flavors that are pretty tasty. I would gladly keep drinking more of this. Solid example of an American IPA.

09-08-2010 07:11:21 | More by FreshHawk
Photo of RunForYourBeer


4.18/5  rDev +1%

Poured from bottle to a pint glass.
A: Hazy orange colored with a thin head.

S: Lots of hops here. Very strong citrus and pine scents.

T: Light bready malt followed by some a bitter citrus hop finish. I pick up some grapefruit as well.

M: Thin with medium-high carbonation.

D: Moderate. 7.2% could catch up quicker than expected.

09-07-2010 20:14:32 | More by RunForYourBeer
Photo of bigdonniebrasco


4/5  rDev -3.4%

A: clear amber, white head that dissipates relatively quickly
S: beautiful bouquet with resonance of grapefruits and flowers
T: hops dominate the taste; light spicing; fills mouth nicely
M: body not too watery, not too syrupy; pretty much what you would expect in an IPA
D: unlike many IPAs, invites re-drinking time and again

09-07-2010 02:40:12 | More by bigdonniebrasco
Photo of zimm421


3.95/5  rDev -4.6%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Appears a copper color with a hint of amber coloring. Has a nice white head that sticks around for a while and leaves nice lacing.

Smells mainly of hops, a nice floral/citrus aroma, but also has some sweetness in the aroma. The taste has some nice bitterness to it, a good amount of citrus and some pine. The taste is well balanced, with a nice malt base to it. Not overly sweet or overly bitter, but there is a slight alcohol burn in the aftertaste; it's definitely not hidden well.

The mouthfeel is on the high side of medium, thicker than most IPAs. There's also a good amount of carbonation for an IPA, but nothing to turn me off. This is fairly drinkable, but the alcohol burn in the aftertaste isn't overly enjoyable. All-in-all a great brew.

09-04-2010 01:22:27 | More by zimm421
Photo of CHADMC3


4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Centennial contains a bronze body with golden orange hues and lively carbonation that erupts into a foamy, off white head, which leaves a trail of sticky lacing clinging to the glass.

Citrus and floral hop aromas waft from the glass with fresh grassy notes and hints of sweet malt in the background.

Floral and pine hop flavors are immediate with citrus lingering just behind and more grassy notes. The malt sweetness shows up mid-palate as well as a touch of spice.

This is a very smooth IPA; medium in body and medium to high in carbonation with just a touch of hop bite.

This is a fine example of the style with traditional character and very tasty. This is an easy beer to enjoy and puts its best foot forward.

09-03-2010 22:03:11 | More by CHADMC3
Founders Centennial IPA from Founders Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 6,230 ratings.