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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 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
Photo of BigB415
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours golden color with light head. No retention for the light lacing.

S: Hops, fruit.

T: More hops. I taste fruit like grapefruit and peaches.

MF: Usual IPA bitterness. Not a real hop bomb.

O: A nice IPA for the hot summer day. Really refreshing.

BigB415, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of Penguin3200
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New beer Sunday and time for a founders centennial IPA. Perfect this hot afternoon, but thankfully finally a respite from the heat and humidity.

Poured into town hall perfect pint, one finger head and nice lacing.
Head with good lacing. Copper golden and smells of pine and slight grapefruit. Nice showcase of the centennial hops clean fresh pine aroma.

Taste is balanced and hits with the nose aromas. Inish us great on this one and lingers really well. This is most quaffable. Good balance of the hops and malt.

Overall a great beer from founders and a regular in the rotation when in season.


Penguin3200, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of FourKicks
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Founders snifter.

Pours a gorgeous, golden-copper with 2 fingers of off white head that sticks around the laces the glass very nicely.

Smells great. Big citrus hops with pine and resin. Lots of grapefruit. Sweet malts and some grassy notes.

Taste is similar to the nose but better. Citrusy hops, mostly grapefruit. Some floral. Pine, resin and sweet malts.

It is a heavier, medium body with great carbonation. Creamy with a dry, crisp finish.

Very drinkable. Very well-balanced. Excellent IPA.

FourKicks, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of barleyPops
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pour is a dark orangey/amber with a frothy off-white head, fading to a skim layer of long lasting lace. a pleasant aroma of grapefruit and pine. flavor is a mild caramel malt sweetness with some floral notes and the aforementioned grapefruit bitterness on the tail. a go to IPA

barleyPops, Aug 05, 2011
Photo of stakem
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Standard 12oz brown stubby founders bottle into a snifter. It had a bottled on date stamped along the neck but it looks like there was an issue during stamping because it seemingly printed overtop itself and is illegible. This brew appears a fairly clear color of amber orange. Around the thinner edges it takes on more of an orange to lighter yellow hue and through the body a bit of redness. The cap forms more than a finger strong, slightly offwhite. The head displays some pretty solid retention that lasts throughout the entire duration from rising bubbles of carbonation from the etching in the bottom of the glass. Some patches of lace stick to the glassware.

The aroma of this brew is fresh with a citrus hop element that mixes with a lightly dank to grassy and herbal aspect. There is a fairly bold orange pulp to rind aspect throughout which brings on a bit of a sweeter smelling role to the aroma that gives way to faint floral and other fruity notes. As it warms up, it picks up a touch of pine. Overall this is a well put together and complex aroma of primarily hop characteristics. There is a faint amount of grainy sweetness but that hardly plays a role in the big picture.

The taste is bitter and oily with hop resines. It tastes of pine, orange and grapefruit pulp. A little bit of a mineral aspect is evident that gives way to a grassy taste that is somewhat dank as well. The alcohol is fairly evident for 7% abv, it accents a fruity quality throughout the profile mixed with a touch of flowers. There is a toasty grain to almost caramel grain presence but it provides hardly a touch of sweetness to balance out the resiny bitterness of this brew.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. All in all very well balanced and put together. Founders makes a solid line-up of brews straight across the board and this is no exception. Give it a try.

stakem, Aug 05, 2011
Photo of DogfishTail
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Definite haze to this one. Not much head, but it retains well. Darker orange hue.

S: Not lots of aroma to it, but I smell lots of malt with a pine bite to it.

T: A bit maltier than what I was expecting/hoping for, but surprisingly it balances out well. Alcohol doesn't come through as much as expected either.

M: Smooth well. Balanced carbonation.

D: I appreciate such a good beer for the price, but it didn't quite live up to what I had heard about it. I would drink it again for sure, but it isn't exactly what I look for in a single IPA.

DogfishTail, Aug 04, 2011
Photo of
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Golden copper with a solid, lasting, white head. Leaves nice lacing.

Smell - Deep and resinous pine-citrus hops dominate the aroma, but are backed up perfectly by a solid caramel malt presence.

Taste - Very well balanced flavour. Malt plays a larger role in the taste than it does in the smell. Rich caramel and citrus with a bracing bitterness.

This beer is a nearly perfect American IPA. It is very hoppy and bitter without being out of balance.

, Aug 03, 2011
Photo of richkrull
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice dark amber color with a good amount of fluffy beige head and great lacing.

Smell is full of hops and very very piney. Nice aroma.

Taste is more balanced than expected. The malt really plays a role in the flavor. Very hoppy second half and finish though.

Mouthfeel is medium. Very easy to drink for me at least.

overall a really good beer. I enjoyed it and will buy again.

richkrull, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of danoeltico
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a New Belgium sniffer

Dark copper color with a nice white head with about 1cm high with a just a touch of carbonation.

Pine grapefruit aroma with just a touch of maltiness.

Taste is not as hoppy as the aroma would lead onto because of the dry hopping. It has a nice hop profile that is well balanced with the malt that isn't overly bitter overall and has just a hint of bitter finish. Very well balance if bitter and finishing/aromatic hops. Very drinkable and well priced. Great value and taste.

danoeltico, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of Errto
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at Table & Vine, West Springfield, MA.

Pours a clear, medium body orange with a nice sheen. A fairly generous layer of light foamy slightly off-white head.

The dominant smell is fruity hops, especially citrus. I detect grapefruit, maybe even a little tangerine. Perhaps even some tropical fruit like a banana or mango in there somewhere. On second sniff, a touch of bready malt, but the hops still rule. No alcohol detectable on the nose.

Taste begins with an aggressive but not overwhelming bitterness. A little malt sweetness cuts through, but not much. Something very drying (a touch of tannin maybe) towards the back of the throat, but this still does not leave one's palate exhausted, unlike some American IPAs.

The carbonation is enough to lift the beer into the far reaches of the mouth, but not enough to feel like one is inhaling gas or anything. Allowing the beer to warm a bit, a touch of alcohol comes through, but not as much as its 7.2% suggests.

This beer is often touted by many BAs as the epitome of the American IPA. While I'm not certain I can call it my absolute favorite, it's damned close.

Errto, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of BMoldy
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark orange, almost brown, with a 1 1/2 finger light-brown head that sticks around for a few minutes. Solid lacing. Hops dominate the aroma, with fruity notes being most prevalent. Citrus characteristics are strongest, but I can't help but pick up some blueberries or raspberries, too. Call me crazy... A little bit of toasted grain shows up underneath. The taste strongly mirrors the aroma, though the hops here taste more herbal and slightly spicy, shifting to more to fruit as it warms. Bitter in and out is probably a good –though too simplistic– way to describe this beer, for the hops are really in control here. Hides the alcohol beautifully. Mouthfeel has a nice weight to it and the carbonation is also just right. Finishes nice and bitter.

My first experience with Founders and overall a (very) positive one! This is a beer that definitely tastes better as it warms, and it certainly showcases the hops very well. Delicious, delicious, delicious.

BMoldy, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of mocktm
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 6/3/2011.

Hazy orange in appearance with half a finger's worth of semi-sticky white head. Surprisingly, the lacing is minimal as the head rescinds to a thin film. Not quite the juicy wet IPA I was expecting from Founder's.

Nose is pretty straight forward, boasting loads of pine, grapefruit and orange, accented by some minor malt sweetness for balance. Pretty standard, but done right.

This beer makes me a happy man. Hops a plenty with a biting bitterness making its presence known throughout. Malt sweetness brings up the rear to even it out a bit. Citrusy, candied goodness, a well done American IPA.

Medium bodied with a mouth-puckering dry finish. Smooth and easy drinking, although I would like a bit more carbonation.

Not the greatest IPA in the world, but I certainly would have no problem buying it again. Solid and reliable, cheers!

mocktm, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of vtblackdog
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first Founders offering! Poured from a 12 oz shorty bottle into a pint glass. Bottled on 5/30/11, consumed 7/30/11.

A - Beautiful clean light orange, dark yellow hue and clarity was perfection. A little head formed from the pour and left a bit of lacing at the edge of the glass.

S - Oh yea. Sweet orange, piney almost peppery hoppy nose.

T - Citrusy up front, bitter on the finish. Just how I like an IPA.

M - Carbonation tingles the tongue and doesn't disappoint.

O - Overall a great IPA for anyone loving IPA's!

Well done Founders.

vtblackdog, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of JackTheRipper
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy honey color with a thin head that was surprisingly sticky and persistent.
Bit malty in the nose. Hop aromas were floral but more muted than I would've expected. Mostly a sweet bready malt.
Really nice grapefruity hop flavor predominates. There's a sweet malt undertone. Nice bitterness.
Mouthfeel is spot on. Carbonation, alcohol burn, body, can't fault anything here.
Overall, this is a beautiful beer and highly recommended.

JackTheRipper, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of Jimmys
3.08/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: hazy orange with a good looking head. reasonable retention.

S: big malt presence. a bit of alcohol, raisin. aroma reminds me of a light american barleywine.

T: great balance between the malt backbone and the hop presentation. the american hops are obvious, just expected a bigger character.

M: smooth carbonation on a medium/big body.

D: overall for AIPA's, i must say there are betters out there. not bad, but i think my expectations were a little higher with so many positive reviews.

Jimmys, Jul 29, 2011
Photo of Meerkey
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy orange-gold with a little brown -auburn. Little bit of white head.

S: Light, tart, and hoppy. Some citrus and pine. Nice, but not very strong.

T: Lots of hops, bitter and a little drying. Citrus and some pine. Tart and refreshing. Some malts. A little bit sweet in the back of my throat.

M: Smooth, tart, dry. Carbonated. Nice.

O: Good. Nothing incredible, but I like it. I'd have another. recommended.

Meerkey, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of AgentMunky
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a cervoise glass.

A: A finger of head with good retention. The beer is cloudy aurburn-brown, translucent and partially clear. Good lacing.

S: Lovely! Citrus hops, with a soft, sweet, fruity character. Maybe a bit of pine. It's nice to be back in America, away from Fuggles and Kent Goldings. Strong and pleasing.

T: Nice beer. Pretty much on par with what I expect from a good American IPA. Lots of hops, smooth malt base, carbonation, and lightly dry finish.

M: Drying, biscuity, and lightly carbonated.

O: Good pick, would recommend, would have again. Still, nothing makes it particularly memorable. That said, I can't find fault either.

AgentMunky, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of VPSax
4.72/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased a six pack while on vacation in Michigan. Pours a beautiful amber color with an excellent head. Hoppiness that you would expect from a great IPA. A delicious beer that has an interesting finish that kept me coming back for more. In the middle of a heat wave, is beer hit the spot perfectly. Highly recommended.

VPSax, Jul 26, 2011
Founders Centennial IPA from Founders Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 6,527 ratings.