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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 lbower860
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this from the standard 12 oz bottle and poured it into a tulip

A: Beautiful burnt amber color that was a little darker than i expected with a medium creamy head that covered the glass with webs of white lace.

S: Not an overpowering aroma for me but very nice nonetheless. Doesn't have the in your face punchy hoppiness of some pas but that not what their going for here. What I do smell is grapefruit and some nice maltiness.

T: The taste of this beer really kicks ass. For me its the epitome of reliable, great tasting, balanced IPA. Alcohol is not very noticeable and has a elegant balance of centennial hops, citrus and bitter malt at the end. All around really great.

M: Great. Really smooth and from start to finish with the perfect amount of carbonation. Super refreshing to boot.

O: Awesome beer. In my opinion one of the best tasting and most reliable IPAs out there. Every time I have it im impressed. Bummer that founders doesn't ship to CT though!

lbower860, Jul 25, 2011
Photo of Jishguy
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured a slightly hazy golden brown body with a solid white one finger head that didn't stay around very long. Decent lacing along the glass.

S- Floral, grassy, and slightly citrus-like hops. A rich caramel malt note makes itself known in the back.

T- Wonderful spicy, and slightly fruity hop flavors immediately strike the taste buds. Citrus, pine, and grassy hop characteristics. This is perfectly balanced between a rich, sweet caramel malt quality.

M- Just slightly watery. Slightly. Great carbonation

D- Great for any occasion. I'd put down six with no problem.

Jishguy, Jul 25, 2011
Photo of JoeBCBC
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a 16oz. mug.

A- Pours a mellow copper-orange with a 3 finger bready white head. A hazy tornado of stirred up yeast can be seen swirling around the center of the glass. A 1 finger head lingers about through the entirety of the glass leaving lots of lace.

S- Very good hop aroma. Lemony, piney, and grassy notes coming from the high alpha centennials. Not as much malt coming through as I would have liked.

T- I know this is a popular IPA but I think it is missing something. Perhaps more balance coming from the malt, or more hop flavor. The Centennial bitterness is there however, and this beer is still very good. However, this wouldn't be my first choice in the vast world of IPA's focusing on a specific hop.

M- I think the carbonation is a little light for an IPA. Take this with a grain of salt however, because this is the first time pouring a beer into this type of glassware. Otherwise, the body is satisfactory.

O- A drinkable IPA, nothing too high in alcohol, nothing that kills you with a burst of hop flavor. Just a well brewed IPA. If you like the lemon, grassy bitterness from cent. hops, than this is for you.

JoeBCBC, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of KickbacksSteve
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip. Coppery golden in color. Medium, off white head. Moderate retention. Clear, oily lacing sticks to the glass. Aroma dominated by earthy hops and malt sweetness. Honestly the aroma has a bit of an "aged" smell to it. People into aging beer (like myself) know this familiar aroma. Sharing this one with cheesemoose and we both agree, this one isn't fresh. (purchased this week at Total Wine in Charlotte). Still tasty, just not what i expected. Wish it had a bottled on date. We just cant find one.

KickbacksSteve, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of Giggy
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very good IPA.
A: Nice red amber color with a white head that slowly falls but still sticks around.
S: Aroma of caramel mixed with hops.
T: Great hops flavor but not too bitter, ctirus and earthy.
M: High carbonation and medium body but yet felt creamy & smooth in the mouth.
O: Doesn't get much better than this, will definately reach for this one when I want an IPA again.

Giggy, Jul 23, 2011
Photo of antlerwrestler19
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a deep golden orange with a bit of haziness to it. A one finger light tan head of foam slowly rose up and disappeared pretty quick leaving minimal lacing. The aroma is that of piney hops followed by a orange/pineapple citrus character and a definite malt balance as niether the hops or malt backbone over power one another. The taste is really similar to the aroma with the sweet yet mellow caramel-like malt coming through and a hint of sweet citrus hops all followed by the bitter bite at the back of the palate - a really well balance beer. The mouthfeel is rather light with a little carbonation and surprisingly no burn from the 7.2abv. This is a nice refreshing IPA that was an easy sipping beer for me - I liked how it kept bringing forward new flavors with each drink, good stuff.


antlerwrestler19, Jul 21, 2011
Photo of DIM
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: This was a chill hazed, peachy golden color. It poured with a small but sticky head.

s: I found that sugar cookie/short bread malt profile that I love so much. There night have been a little vanilla as well. But the hops dominate of course, lots of lemon rind with some pineapple thrown in.

t: Mirrors the smell for the most part, but it doesn't quite come together as well here. The sugar cookies are here, but with the addition of some rougher caramel notes. This was plenty hoppy, but with a bit more naked bitterness than flavor.

m: This had a pretty hefty body, not surprising given the abv.

o: This is a very nice IPA, one I seem to recall enjoying more on-tap.

DIM, Jul 20, 2011
Photo of TheHungryHiker
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= Deep orange with a fluffy, dark tan head and good lacing.Tight carbonation.

S= Some piney hops and a bit floral. A hint of sweet malty orange.

T= A gentle IPA. The hops are present, but well balanced by a malt backbone. Grapefruit over pine in flavour. A light, refreshing IPA.

M= Sharp, tight carbonation in a very pleasant way. Very smooth and drinkable.

O= I enjoyed this IPA and could easily session it. That is, unbtil you look at the label and realize it is 7.2%ABV. The highish alcohol level is very well disguised and unnoticable. Watch out!

TheHungryHiker, Jul 17, 2011
Photo of FosterJM
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

645th Review on BA
Bottle to Tulip
Bottled 4/7/11

Thanks to @kzoobrew for this one

App- A darker orange with a bit of amber mixed in. A slow to form one finger head formed and was quick to recede. Nice whisps of lace and legs.

Smell- A big malty note with the spicy hop behind it. A little citrusy as well a bit muted.

Taste- Wow, a big spicy malty hoppy beer. This has a really specific hop kick with Centennial hops being front and center. It was just a tad muted citrus with a malty undernote. I can imagine this is all sorts of awesome when fresh.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonated. Big malty aftertaste with a bitter note.

Drink- A great third coast IPA that as I said would be all sorts of good when fresher. Kevin hooked it up and Im glad he did. Id love this one again.

FosterJM, Jul 16, 2011
Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured on tap into a pint glass.

A- Bronze burnt orange color, one finger white head, pretty clear, nice lacing and retention.
S- The aroma is excellent, very hoppy, nice peach and mango aromas coming out as well as citrus and pine, slight malt in the background to balance it out.
T- Taste is not as sweet as the aroma, more bitter, pine and grapefruit are present, slight malt and bready taste as well, very nice tasting IPA.
M- Medium mouth feel, crisp, nice carbonation, bitter on the palate.
O- This is a solid IPA, really impressed with the aroma, taste was not as impressive but still really enjoyable and one I would gladly revisit.

Chriscrundwell12, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale orange body, off white head, wisps of lacing.

Mango, apricot and tangerine offer a bold, fuit forward aroma with lingering floral character.

Orange marmalade, apricot preserves, fresh mango, chewy caramel, pine and a floral, spicy, bitter finish. Balanced and smooth with a moderate bitterness that slowly builds like the slow burn of a good salsa.

Full, creamy body with plenty of carbonation to lift is right of the tongue.

Love the fruit notes and I really like that its not just citrus. Not sure how this is accomplished, I thought Centennial was super citrusy, but I guess its more complex than I thought. I am trying to explore as much of the Founders catalog as I can now that I'm back in the midwest. They haven't let me down yet.

BradLikesBrew, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of DrewV
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle (no date code) at 45 degrees F into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy coppery-gold liquid with a full 2-finger creamy off-white head. Lacing is generous. Haze is due to the unfiltered nature of the brew.

S: Citrusy bitter hops up front. A strong malt backbone can be detected underneath.

T: Full-bodied bittersweet flavor all the way. Creamy caramel malts take the lead, followed up by the bitter hops to clean up the palate.

M: This is a thick, heavy IPA. Drying finish. Adequate carbonation fits the style perfectly. Not much aftertaste, just a clean finish.

O: A solid west coast style IPA in the same league as Stone's IPAs. I've been impressed by Founders' offerings and this is no exception. Extremely impressive brew here. A solid "A" all the way.

DrewV, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at New Beer Distributors in New York. I believe this is my first Founders beer, being as though my forays to the US usually stick to the West Coast. Let's see how it goes.

Pours a rather dark orange, almost bronze colour, with a fine and filmy head of white that sticks in fine patterned lacing to the sides of the glass. Good depth of body, and it leaves some very good static carbonation. Good look all up.

Nose is very citric and sharp, with very classic C hop characters of lemon and underripe orange. Slight hint of booze, and a touch of sweet malt that blends with the hops to give a slightly woody, slightly nutty character. Pretty good.

Taste is very nice, crisp hop bitterness that melds with a bed of soft malt and flavours of marzipan and lemon. Leafy, fresh bitterness laces the back of the palate, giving a bite that adds to its refreshment. Really, really well balanced, while staying full-flavoured and robust.

Really good IPA. I'm biased towards the West Coast examples, so I'd say this is my favourite American IPA not from the West Coast. But the style is directed that way anyway, so I guess you could say it's just my prejudices showing again...

lacqueredmouse, Jul 10, 2011
Photo of DustinPowers74
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a translucent orange with a two-finger, off-white, rocky head that has great retention and leaves thick, fluffy lacework. Aroma is spice, candi sugar, orange juice, floral hops, and herbal hops. Taste is tons of herbal hops, orange juice, orange peel, a bit of pale malt. Finish is herbal hops. Big time beta acid presence from the dry hopping. Pretty light-bodied for an IPA and very easy to drink. 7.2% is well hidden. Very nice.

DustinPowers74, Jul 09, 2011
Photo of STKPICR0720
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured a hazy golden color. This head that stuck to glass. The hops are most definitley present upfront and lingers. Somewhat of a sweet taste but mostly very hoppy, bitter, and just a great tasting brew. I would easily drink this again. I agree this brew is also very easy to drink even at 7.2% abv.

STKPICR0720, Jul 09, 2011
Photo of CHickman
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy amber in color with a 2 finger creamy beige head that was full of bubbles and faded very slowly, leaving great foamy lacing clinging to the side and leaving rings; a nice looking IPA.

Smells of citrus hops, orange peel, grapefruit, pine cone or piney hops, lemon zest, grains, sweet malt, caramel, wet bread, light spices like pepper and coriander, and some herbs and/or floral hops. Nice balance in the nose, with hops being the strongest aroma, yet tamed by the malt and grains.

Tastes sweet and hoppy up front, with citrus hops, orange peel, grapefruit, pineapple, pine cone/piney hops, lemon zest, sweet malt, floral hops, flowers, herbs, grains, caramel, wet bread, light spices like pepper and coriander, brown sugar, and some oily resin that feels like a hop was just freshly squeezed into the mix. The citrus fruits give way to malty sweetness and the biscuity or wet bread flavor that then slides over the tongue with a fruity oily residue. Slightly bitter finish, like a glass of grapefruit juice that leaves off with toasted grains or some other fruit like an apple or pear, maybe even a grape. For me this is a definite session beer, as it was very hoppy but not over the top.

Mouthfeel is creamy, slick and smooth, with a medium body that’s almost chewy, and little to no carbonation, with a zesty bitter finish that lets the citrus hops give you another kick before lingering for a while. The hop taste remains long after the beer is swallowed, which is the sign of a good IPA to me.

Great beer overall, it was very easy to drink on its own and I imagine it would pair well with food, particularly spicy food. Again, this is a session beer for me and another fine product from Founders that I’ve been lucky to enjoy several times over the past year. A high recommendation to go out and enjoy this brew.

CHickman, Jul 09, 2011
Photo of MDDMD
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-medium amber color with frothy white head which dissipates slowly

S-hoppy aroma with some pine and malt overtones

T-nice hoppy flavor with some nice malt balance and slight bitter finish

F-crisp, clean feel with good carbonation

O-a nice beer for drinking with a meal or just enjoying a couple on a hot summer day. A well-crafted IPA from a quality brewery.

MDDMD, Jul 09, 2011
Photo of seabass87
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from fresh growler into pint glass.

A- Cloudy dark amber brown. Cautious pour yields 2 fingers frothy eggshell white head that slowly dissipates into a healthy cap. Leaves only small hints of lace. Medium sized bubbles and no carbonation.

S- Well balanced hop profile - floral, piney, and citrus all come through here. Equalized by prevalent sweet malts. Nothing too bitter or outstanding.

T- This is an incredibly smooth IPA, while still tasting like a real IPA. The malts come sweet up front and are chased by the blend of hops. The hop flavor is still potent, but there is no bite during transition. The aftertaste melds everything together effectively up front, and then fades into warm, lingering hops. Hides the alcohol very well.

M- This beer is borderline creamy. Zero carbonation. Smooth, medium feel that matches the taste. Slight dry finish. I would have liked a hint of carbonation to provide a bit of zest.

O- I love Founders... They are one of my favorite breweries. This is a good IPA, but is lacking personality. I can't fault it on it's composition or it's balanced hoppiness, but it lacks that special "zing"... However, I could definitely drink a few of these. This is quality beer that is easy to find, and won't disappoint.

seabass87, Jul 09, 2011
Photo of sweett3k
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Awesome Michigan beer. If you are planning a vacation go to MICHIGAN. Great beers around all the time. This beer from GR is delicious. Has a beautiful head throughout the whole light amber glass. Sweet smell of flowery hops, citrus and all around make you happy smell. Taste of light malt, strong blend of hops and a nice after bite that keeps you thirsting for more. A very nice IPA. MICHIGAN KICKS ARSE AT MAKING BEER!

sweett3k, Jul 08, 2011
Photo of ColdPoncho
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice clear orangey/copper body with a big frothy offwhite head. Really excellent lacing

S - Earthy, floral hops, some fruits, pine needles. Nice

T - Pine resin bitterness, almost woody. Definitely the thing here is bitterness. not a lot of citrus. Pretty good.

M - Dry, kind of sticky. Medium body, and leaves a feeling of warmth.

O (D) - super decent. Am glad to have bought a sixer instead of just a single.

ColdPoncho, Jul 07, 2011
Photo of BeerFiend2002
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip glass:

Pours a nice slightly hazy orange-amber color with a frothy, 2-finger, eggshell-colored, off white head.

Smells of grapefruit and some tangerine with piney and peppery notes mixed in.

Has a mostly grapefruit flavor with some herbal and piney notes. There is a bready malt backbone that gives way to a decent hop bitterness in the end. The finish tastes of bitter grapefruit rinds. There is a decent hop presence in this one, but the malt keeps it from bursting forth the way it otherwise could. Despite that, it is still quite good. The dry finish in this one keeps you wanting to come back for another sip.

Medium-bodied, slightly resiny brew that is very drinkable. The malt really tones down the hops and makes this one very easy to slam several of.

Overall, this is not a world class IPA, but it is very good. If you are looking for a pallate- thrashing hop bomb, this might not be for you, but it is still quite good and you wont be sorry you tried it.

BeerFiend2002, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of Gtg642
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Slightly darker orange than most Ipa's.
Dense one and a half finger off-white head.
Excellent lacing.

S- Typical of what a good Ipa smells like. Lots
of citrus and pine notes.

T- Taste is similar to smell. Citrus fruit notes
along with pine notes. Hint of grapefruit.

M- Thicker than most Ipa's which I prefer.
Carbonation is spot on.

O- In my opinion this is a top example of a
midwest Ipa. It also holds its own with the
West coast Ipa's. It is citrusy but still
bitter enough to satisfy hopheads.

Gtg642, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of colt45n
3/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer pours a light amber/dark orange color with a frothy off-white head and nice lacing.

S: Citrus hops with a strong woody, piney character. Some lightly sweet and bready malts. A little bit of grass in there, too. Most of the citrus is grapefruit, which becomes more pronounced as the beer warms.

T: Big time bitterness from the grapefruit peel and pine hop notes. A lot of toasted bread malt flavor in the background, which I found sort of surprising.

M: Medium in body with a medium carbonation and a lingering bitterness.

Not a bad beer by any means at all, just a average ipa nothing excellent stands out to me

colt45n, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Al's of Hampden into a standard pint.

A - Pours clear amber orange with a nice pillow of one finger tall white head leaving light rings of lacing down the glass.

S - Smells of bright grassy hops, grapefruit and other citric fruit, slightly bready caramel malt, and just the faintest hint of booze.

T - Starts off with a nice grassy hop bite slowly giving way to a mix of tropical fruits and lots of sweetness from the caramel malt. As you drink the beer the sweetness seems to only get stronger, drowning out most of the other flavors. A touch of booze can be detected toward the end of each sip. Finish is a mix of strong sweetness and a touch of dulled citric hops.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Resiny sweet feel with plenty of sweetness, combining with a touch of hop bitterness, in the finish.

O - Pretty good. I have always enjoyed this beer but it never gets to the point of being great. The hops tend to die down a bit too much toward the end, letting the sweetness creep in and dominate the finish.

orangesol, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

​I absolutely love Founders. What a stand-out brewery. The prices are great, the beer is incredible, and the brewmasters are never afraid to do something different. What more could you ask for? Here we have one of their classics: Centennial IPA. "Dry hopped, Unfiltered" says the label, which is great for serious purists; while I wouldn't describe myself that way, it certainly excites me to see that on the bottle. Love it!

​A: Now THIS is a good-looking IPA. The body is a gorgeous shining amber, gleaming in the summer sun. The head is an extremely foamy off-white cream, leaving a great abundance of awesome lacing. From the bottom of the glass comes multiple streams of fast-moving bubbles. This might just be the perfect look for an pale ale.

​S: Awesome hops kick at the front end. Piney and floral, it climbs heavy through the senses to give a nice dry-hopped salute. Some syrupy hits in the malt department come blazing in afterward, offerring heavy caramel aromas. It's very fragrant, reminding me of a perfume with certain whiffs. A lovely nose, to say the least.

​T: This is a hopped-up malt fest in a bottle. The bitter tastes are sharp and refreshing, a punch that I'm always expecting in a Founders brew. The malts swoop in underneath, providing support for the already heavy hops; a satisfying balancing act. Not a lot of yeast is present, but it serves its purpose of softening the palate for the finish. A good palate; slightly syrupy at moments, but it has some excellent flavor.

​M: The obligatory Founders smoothness takes full effect here. I wish there was a bit more carb for this style, but this is surprisingly drinkable.

​O: Just like everything Founders does, this is a beer that fires on all cylinders. The little flaws that show up aren't apparent with every drink, and, to be honest, they're overshadowed by this beer's greatest aspects. Another fantastic endeavor from a fantastic brewery. Founders, you rock!

BarryMFBurton, Jul 05, 2011
Founders Centennial IPA from Founders Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 6,527 ratings.