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Founders Centennial IPA - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Centennial IPAFounders Centennial IPA

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6,545 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,545
Reviews: 1,753
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 226
Gots: 762 | 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 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
Photo of rowingbrewer
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours an amber color with a fairly thick off-white head. The smell is piney citrusy and slightly sweet malt presence. The flavor follows with the citrus and pine hop flavors up front followed by a slightly sweet almost caramel flavor. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with good carbonation. The beer is good but there are ipas inwould go for before this one

rowingbrewer, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of MeisterBurger
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle from the brewery store.

Pours a slight russety amber topped by a decent head. Lays down tight sheets of lacing.

Aroma of citrus peels and caramel with pine and toasty notes.

Tastes the same, like navel oranges and caramel. Bright and fresh tasting with a clean bitterness in the finish that's no where near harsh, only slightly spicy. Malt builds some breadiness with light touches of dark chocolate. Bitterness slowly builds with each sip giving a nice piney bitterness to balance it out.

Mouthfeel is medium, with a slight oiliness about it. Slightly dry in the finish.

Overall a very good and easy drinking IPA.

MeisterBurger, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of ReelBigwigFish
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass from bottled brewed on 6-28-11

A: Deep copper color with amber head and plenty of lacing.

S: Bitter citrus and pine hops with a sweetness backing it up.

T: Dry hop flavor, grapefruit, pine, hop resin. Theres also quite an earthy mineral taste lingering in there. Theres enough malt to tell that it's there but it does not even come close to beating out the hop flavors.

M: Medium bodied, nice biting carbonation, bitter but not super dry. Very drinkable for the higher abv.

O: Very tasty, would love to have this on draft. I'll be getting this one again.

ReelBigwigFish, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of GeorgeAldi
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear coppery gold pour with a half inch white head and lots of lacing. Tons of pine, grass, and floral hops in the nose. Just barely a hint of the underlying sweetness. Flavor is much more mellow than I expected. Somewhat herbal. Not sweet, but not horribly bitter. It’s a mellow, flavorful bitterness as opposed to an abrasive resiny bitterness. Some nice citrus and sweetness added to the hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is excellent, medium-light body with perfect carbonation. Awesome IPA.

GeorgeAldi, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of garuda
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Golden body, one finger of white fluffy head that retains and laces well.

S/T - Pineapple and pine resin hops up front in both, with a light bready and caramel malt sweetness backing it up, finishing with bitter pine.

M - Nearly full bodied, a little much for the style, but nicely carbonated and creamy, finishing bitter.

O - Nicely balanced, complimentary hop and malt flavor profiles, and it finishes bitter like an IPA should. Alcohol hidden well. I'd definitely try a fresh bottle of this.

garuda, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of J0E
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty fresh bottle, dated 7/29/2011.

A: Amber/copper with a nice inch of white head that stays pretty well. Decent lacing.

S: Bright grapefruit and piney hops. Pretty sweet smelling though.

T:A little sweet upfront, then a healthy amount bitterness. A nice malt balance.

M: medium body, plenty of carbonation.

O: A solid example of the style. Another fantastic IPA from Michigan. This is probably the freshest one I've had, thanks to Founder's new bottle dating.

J0E, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of chinchill
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served in a pint glass.

A: Clear amber with a smallish off-white head. Despite the size, the head has good retention and leaves plenty of sticky lacing.

Aroma: very fruity and a bit floral with hints of cotton candy. Smells like it will be sweet but I suspect not.

T - There is a lot of sweetness here, most noticable when the beer first hits the front of the tongue, but then a good hop hit takes over turning the flavor more piney and much more bitter. I found the bitterness, however, under control, thanks to the malt sweetness. Plenty of flavor, including hints of orange peel and red grapefruit. Presents a nice dynamic palette.

M - Full for style. Smooth but with light carbonation tingle and a very slight roughness from the hops or alcohol.

O - An outstanding IPA, although a single hop variety, even if Centennial hops, is not my ideal formulation.

chinchill, Aug 12, 2011
Founders Centennial IPA from Founders Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 6,545 ratings.