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Founders Centennial IPA - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Centennial IPAFounders Centennial IPA

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5,998 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,998
Reviews: 1,723
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.36%
Wants: 199
Gots: 541 | 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 biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

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

What's the deal, Founders?

My first few bottles of this beer were gushers. A trail of steam would whimper out the top and be quickly followed by a spewing tide of foam. Huge blubbery, frothy clumps of tinted white head lasted seemingly forever, continuously sprouting even once in the glass. Oddly enough, this whole batch is flat as a prairie mile, even swirling can't muster up a surf.

Consistent with earlier observations, Centennial IPA is a beautiful colour. It is a nice deep shade of auburn and offers plenty of copper highlighting. Although its illustrious twinkle can still be appreciated, this batch is plagued with coagulated proteins that seriously dirty the complexion and completely spoil clarity. These fish-food like flakes seem unavoidable no matter how soft and slow the pour. I've seen this before with Founders products...

I might still consider the aroma fantastic, but only because anything so heavily drenched in resiny alpha acids still bears some level of impression on me. The hoppiness is pleasant granted, but its charm can be short-lived. This sharp and potent blend of pine resin, flower petals and citrus pith can be extremely enjoyable or it can also slightly resemble an antibacterial cleaning agent - depends on temperature and how hard you swirl it.

Something I most definitely do not note this time around that I did before is any amount of depth. The malts underlying it could stand to be a little more toasty, a little more crisp, perhaps a little more forward. Not necessarily because I feel there is too much candied grapefruit or pine-resin drenched orange skins, but rather just to mop up all the excess alcohol. This batch (again, not entirely consistent with others) comes on a little hot.

I don't expect perfect consistency but the discrepancies I've highlighted are issues of infection. I chose to re-review what was, until recently, a favourite IPA of mine because since falling head-over-heels for it the first time around, I've since been routinely disappointed with subsequent purchases. The issue of poor QC seems to plague Founders; I've had similar experiences of infected bottles from many other of this brewery's offerings.

You'll note my score remains quite high even despite frustration and less than perfect QC. Centennial IPA usually is a delicious, dangerously drinkable beer - but not always. I don't mean for it to sound like that much of a gamble; even the bottles that have problems turn out to be pleasant, albeit imperfect, treats. Still, this brewery makes a world-class IPA and every drinker who buys it should have the benefit of that experience.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2009 03:18:33 | More by biegaman
Photo of Norfawkers


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

A decent, sippable, and complex IPA

Appearance: Dark golden, cloudy, little head

Smell: A nice overall bouquet, Hoppy goodness

Taste: Malty, smokey, hop kick

Mouthfeel: Smooth with bitter and lingering finish

Drinkability: An excellent sipping, complex but balanced

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2009 20:16:27 | More by Norfawkers
Photo of Albinoh


3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I felt the beer was good, nothing too exciting though. The apearance was nice, nice head and lace, a little turnid amber color. Nice spicy aroma and flavor, medium to high bitterness that builds up. The beer felt good, but it felt average to me. I would certainly recommend it to IPA lovers and I can see this beer being some peoples favorite.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2009 02:35:27 | More by Albinoh
Photo of ToddT


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

A- Amber colored with a one finger off white head. Head falls quickly to a cap but leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

S- Subdued aroma of grapefruit and pine hops.

T- Bitter hops, grapefruit and pineapple sweetness round out the dominate notes. Finish is bitter and dry.

M- Medium in body and well carbonated.

D- Very drinkable IPA and at 7.2% ABV not overly strong.

A nicely balanced IPA, very solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2009 05:06:41 | More by ToddT
Photo of jaxl


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

What a pleasant surprise. I know I had drank this a few years ago and enjoyed it but couldn't remember the exact taste. Picked up a six pack at a local grocery store.
Color is a nice golden brown. Smell is pleasant picked up some citrus. Taste is smooth for an IPA with this much abv. Very drinkable. I will definitely be enjoying this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2009 03:36:56 | More by jaxl
Photo of kegger22


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

Poured clear amber with a moderate head that didn't last very long. Aroma was citrus with a malty sweet background. The taste was well matched to the aroma, but a little bitter bite at the end. The feel was oily and medium bodied. Very enjoyable drink.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2009 21:53:22 | More by kegger22
Photo of jdg204


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

Had my eye on this bad boy for a while and finally decided to pick up a 6'er. I've had unbelieveable success with the all the other Founders' brews I've tried, so I was excited for this one.

A: Tarnished copper appearance with a thin yet bubbly off white head.

S: Fruity, fragrant, grapefruity, pungent, rind-like, smoky

T: Flavor follows the nose. There's some nice spicy, smoky, pungent grapefruit tones. A clean, oily, hoppy bitterness.

M: Very nicely carbonated and the body is better than medium.

D: Well, Founders is 5 for 5 on my personal approval scale, another rock star! Having just tried Double Trouble last week this really is a great complimentary brew. I think I almost love Founders' IPA's almost as much as their Stouts and Porters, amazing! Do yourself a favor and try this brew, it's a winner!

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2009 02:07:06 | More by jdg204
Photo of JonMich13

North Carolina

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

A = Clear orange amber body with a creamy white one finger head. Solid lacing.

S = Nice hop aroma. Not pungent, very pleasant.

T = Somewhat disappointing. A lot of bitterness but lacking in true flavor. A bit weak and watery up front with a bitter piny hop bite that turns into more of a spicy alcohol bitterness.

M = Fine mouthfeel, about where an IPA should be.

D = Good drinkability despite the bitterness. ABV well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2009 01:58:34 | More by JonMich13
Photo of Spidey13


4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Founders Centennial IPA pours a slightly hazy organge/copper color with a small white head. The nose is very sweet and hoppy and clean. Tangerine and pine notes from the hops along with a hint of caramel.

On the tongue, the spicy hops abound. Peppery notes jump around the tongue leading to a bitterness on the back that doesn't stick around any longer than its welcome. The mouthfeel is medium with medium carbonation.

Overall, this is a pretty darn good IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2009 10:47:01 | More by Spidey13
Photo of Jmoore50


3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good average IPA

The appearance is golden amber. No haze, good three finger head. The head retention is great, leaves medium sticky lacing all down the glass.

The smell is good. A really hop bitterness accompanies this one. Bitter fruit and sweetness also, sugars.

The taste was sharp, bitter, alcoholic lingering. Grapefruit, earthy, hop taste. Over carbonated, had a carbonation bite.

The mouthfeel was carbonation, hop bitterness, nothing great or even good. Even when it warmed up a bitterness was too prevalent.


Serving type: bottle

08-03-2009 05:45:01 | More by Jmoore50
Photo of plaid75

New York

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Sharp Edge Beer Emporium, Pittsburgh.

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger frothy white head. There was very good retention and retention.

The smell featured a resinous citrus hop.

The taste was upfront citrus hops with elements if pine and white pepper. Very robust crystal malt as well.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a superior IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2009 20:53:40 | More by plaid75
Photo of russpowell


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

After getting some fresh I'm bumping up taste & mouthfeel, smell & drinkability a .5 each. This is way better fresh...

Pours a chill hazed apricot with a finger of sand colored head. Hazing never completely clears, impressive lacing & pretty good head retention

S: Slight breadyness & pineyness, plus some tangerine

T: Pineyness & grapefruit up front, grainy bread & lemon as well. Slight apricot mixes with grapefruit, flinty dryness & a bit of saltyness as this warms. Finishes a bit tart/crisp with grapefruit with some salt sprinkled on it

MF: Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, slightly grainy, skews hoppy balance-wise

Drinks easy, hides the ABV well. A decent AIPA, but kind of disappointing for a Founders product IMO, hopheads may disagree

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2009 00:01:41 | More by russpowell
Photo of Clydesdale

District of Columbia

4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy amber-bronze color. The off-white head is somewhat large, dense, and fairly creamy. Retention is nice, with some foamy lacing.

S: A nice nose of tropical fruit and citrus. Mostly pineapple and grapefruit pith. There is a somewhat sweet malt aroma with some caramel notes. A slightly fragrant floral character as well.

T: A fairly firm malt backbone, with equal parts caramel and pale malts. Hop flavors again suggest grapefruit and tropical pineapple. Bitterness is pretty robust, with floral notes. A slight hint of alcohol into the finish.

M: The best feature of this beer, in my opinion. Somewhat full-bodied, with slightly tingly carbonation lending a creamy mouthfeel that eventually fades into a bitter finish.

D: This is a big IPA, in the sense that both hops and malt are demonstrably present. Because of it's substantial caramel malt character, it doesn't come across as a one-sided hop bomb, which I appreciate. That said, this falls somewhere between very good and great. An enjoyable beer at any rate.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2009 01:57:20 | More by Clydesdale
Photo of goblet

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured it out into a pint glass from a bottle with nice looking art on the label.two angels holding up the centennial logo.

the appearence is an amber orange hue, a bit cloudy with a good amount of carbonation .topped off with a creamy thick white frothy head with great retention .

the smell is like a bouquet of hops that are strong but not overwelmingly it also got a good back bone of malt some spice .

the taste is just so soft and smooth with hops and a decent hint of malt .it's floral ,it's piney and foresty ,the spicy ,grainness is blended very well.

the medium body is creamy with a great feel of balance on the palette followed with a piney hoppy after taste .

i like this brew a lot this is a great ipa very easy to drink the hops are not crazy over board like other ipa's, it's got tons of flavor and balance.great ... cheers.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2009 22:32:05 | More by goblet
Photo of GeezLynn


4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Orange-copper color with a nice white head, good retention. Sweet floral hop aroma, biscuit malt. Flavor is a strong, medium bodied malt accentuated by bitter hops.
Smooth and oily with moderate carbonation - Great mouthfeel.
This one is definitely on the maltier side of IPAs but has plenty of hop. Higher ABV, but just as drinkable as most of the lighter IPAs out there.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2009 02:22:51 | More by GeezLynn
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3.23/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a very small amount of head that fades quickly leaving behind some soapy lacing.

Smell: More sweet than bitter, which is not what I was expecting for an IPA. Picking up some very subtle flowery hops.

Taste: Like the smell, more sweet than bitter. Very mild hoppiness.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, almost creamy due to mild carbonation. Goes down easy.

Drinkability: In terms of an IPA, this brew was actually disappointing. I was expecting more hops and less sweet. That being said, this beer is quite drinkable given its balance an non-overwhelming hops. It was good, but not quite what I was expecting for an IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2009 01:31:27 | More by krisandajt
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3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was my first time trying a Founders beer, with all the positive things I have previously heard about the brewery I was pretty excited.

A- Very nice appearance, nice head and a cloudy reddish golden color body.

S- Smells mostly of malt with slight hop aroma.

T- Smooth malty taste with a hoppy finish, more malt than hop flavor. The beer could use some more hops or less malt.

M- Good mouthfeel, nice carbonation although a little too much malty sweetness.

D- Drinking a couple of these is a pleasure, more than a couple is difficult for me due to the excessive malt character.

Overall a good IPA, if you prefer a maltier IPA you will love this beer. If you prefer a majority of hop character you may want a different IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2009 04:33:21 | More by pmccallum86
Photo of sgoodship


4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a 6 from Binny's

A: Nice hazy amber color. Large bubbles rising. Soft, yellowy cream head. Some nice lacing.

S: Grapefruit and orange hop.

T: Hop bite hits immediately with orange peel bitterness. It's accompanied by some sweeter grapefruit to take the edge off. Nice and refreshing - it ends bitter and dry.

M: Medium body - feels surprisingly full. Plenty of oily hop resin feel in the mouth.

D: I love a killer IPA delivering death blows of hops but with this one, I found myself wanting more caramel malt sweetness. I think the bitterness got too piney for me at times. Having said that, this is a fantastic IPA and I'd drink it any day of the week. Unfortunately there are better and cheaper IPA's available to me.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2009 04:11:38 | More by sgoodship
Photo of dmfrench


4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A more balanced, citrus sweet, and bready IPA.

A: Medium orange-copper cloudy body with an off-white somewhat persistent one finger head.

S: Grapefruit and oily hops, and a bit of biscuit malt. Quite fragrant.

T: Up front is a healthy dose of resiny hops, followed by sweeter grapefruit and lemon. The finish is a medium length dry bready malt.

M: Pleasant carbonation, and a nice gritty body.

D: Powerful flavors, but still quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2009 21:26:48 | More by dmfrench
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Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden orange with a great head. Smells very hoppy and citrus flavor is present. Likewise the taste has a great IPA bite, cooled down by the malts and citrus. I thought this was a great tasting IPA, very balanced for the style and affordable at $10 for a 6 pack.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2009 18:34:07 | More by greg202stewart
Photo of OldSchoolGamer


3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Since Devil Dancer just recently got released, I decided to give their regular IPA a second look. Here is my review:

A: Pours a nice golden amber color. Head is nice and creamy. Lacing is present.

S: Lots of citrus on the nose. Some malty sweetness. Not very complex, but very pleasant.

T: Overall, probably about as balanced of an IPA as you can get. Lots of citrus in the taste. Some floral notes as well. Malt backs up the hops, and adds some light sweetness. I also even get a yeast like character in there. Pretty much in the same league as Two-Hearted Ale and Stone IPA.

M: Definetly a medium bodied beer. Not very bitter at all. Slightly dry finish.

D: This is probably the most sessionable IPA in Founder's lineup. Very tasty and easy drining.

Overall, I think this a pretty solid, go-to IPA. Not in the same league as Double Trouble or Devil Dancer, but still very excellent and worth seeking out. I have yet to have one beer that I do not enjoy from Founders.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2009 18:03:15 | More by OldSchoolGamer
Photo of oelergud


4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Chubby 12oz brown glass bottle with a twist off cap and a label showing two angels holding up the centennial.
Beautiful translucent copper body with good carbonation and a light tan creamy head that falls quickly and leaves just a little lace.
Very nice mildly coarse hop scent up front with fruity notes and a detectable malt profile. This is very inviting.
Very tasty indeed. Mild hops blended well with a pine and earthy note. Some grass, citrus and vegetable. The aftertaste lets the hops come through full force and has great longevity.
Full slick body with residual sugars. A chewable IPA.
Excellent drinkability.


Serving type: bottle

07-15-2009 03:22:36 | More by oelergud
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
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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
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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
Founders Centennial IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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